A Cowlitz County jury Friday found longshore union President Robert McEllrath guilty of obstructing a train during last summer's labor dispute at the EGT grain terminal.

Jurors deliberated about an hour and 40 minutes before delivering the verdict.

"I have no regrets for leading my men and women against corporate greed. What's happening in this country against the middle class is wrong, and I have no regrets," McEllrath told District Court Judge Edward Putka.

Chief Criminal Deputy Michelle Shaffer declined comment Friday.

Putka sentenced McEllrath to one day in jail and 89 days suspended, plus $543 in fines and court costs.

McEllrath, a San Francisco resident with Clark County roots, is the international president of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union. He was the highest-ranking dockworker among hundreds of union supporters charged in connection with the dispute between Longshore Local 21 and EGT grain terminal at the Port of Longview.

Prosecutors argued that on Sept. 7, 2011, McEllrath directed a large crowd of dockworkers and their supporters to block the arrival of a grain train at the EGT dock at the port. Obstructing a train is a misdemeanor, and a federal judge had barred the union from disrupting trains or operations at EGT.

McEllrath maintained that the longshoremen were fighting for their jobs and exercising their legal right to demonstrate.

This is his second trial on the same charge. In June, the jury failed to reach a verdict.

Editor's note (Oct. 1): A previous version of this article reported an incorrect first name for Judge Edward Putka.

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