Two union longshore workers left the job for one hour Friday afternoon at the Port of Longview to protest last week's misdemeanor conviction of the union's international president for blocking a train in Longview last summer.
Port of Longview officials said the two workers walked off the job at Berth 5 at 4 p.m. while a vessel was unloading calcined coke. The dock workers returned to work Saturday, according to port officials.
Port of Kalama officials reported no walkouts Friday or Saturday. Other walkouts were reported at the Port of Portland.
The dock workers were protesting the conviction of International Longshore and Warehouse Union President Robert McEllrath by a Cowlitz County jury Friday.
McEllrath, who is based in San Francisco, was sentenced to one day in jail and ordered to pay $543 for leading hundreds of union supporters in blocking a grain train headed into the EGT grain terminal at the Port of Longview in Sept. 7, 2011.
Friday's walkout occurred just as longshoremen and grain handlers in Portland, Vancouver, Seattle and Tacoma agreed to continue talks on a new labor agreement that expired Sunday. The two grain terminals at the Port of Kalama and the EGT terminal at the Port of Longview are not included in the contract talks.