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LONGVIEW, Wash. —The main BNSF rail line is shut down through southwest Washington, as BNSF police and inspectors investigate tampering along the railway from north of Vancouver to Chehalis.

Spokesman Gus Melonas says BNSF personnel discovered the tampering shortly before 11 a.m. Monday along that corridor. He says nine trains including Amtrak are being held. A limited number of freight trains are being escorted through at restricted speeds. The first incident was reported near the Longview

( 9.21.2011 )

LONGVIEW, Wash. (AP) Longshoremen returned to the railroad tracks near a Columbia River grain terminal with union members’ wives and mothers Wednesday, blocking a shipment and facing more arrests in their battle for jobs.

Two union officers and about 10 of the women were detained, International Longshore and Warehouse Union Local 21 President Dan Coffman said in a statement. Coffman was among those involved despite a judge’s repeated orders that the union not block entrance to the site.

Law enforcement officers brought a massive force to various parts of the railroad tracks, including two tactical vehicles, canine units and about a dozen personnel in full riot gear. At least two protesters were treated after being hit with pepper spray, and the train eventually made its way into the EGT Development facility.

Union leaders decried the law enforcement activity, saying it amount to a private security force paid for by taxpayers…

…The actions appeared to defy the National Labor Relations Board and the orders of a federal judge who has already held the union in contempt and is considering fines for previous actions…

15 Comments!

  1. Claire: barbarian, etc
    Posted September 27, 2011 at 8:14 am |

    Union leaders decried the law enforcement activity, saying it amount to a private security force paid for by taxpayers…

    Head… hurts.. must have a nice lie down….

  2. SondraK, TEA Party zombie
    Posted September 27, 2011 at 8:20 am |

    ^Yea, I know.

  3. Posted September 27, 2011 at 8:43 am |

    Tampering with the Rails is Domestic Terrorism …. oh, my bad, these are Left Wingers…. never mind, they’re just lawfully protesting.

    Eff ‘em.

  4. geezerette
    Posted September 27, 2011 at 8:54 am |

    Just pepper spray???

  5. DougM (jackassophobe)
    Posted September 27, 2011 at 9:14 am |

    Sabotage of transportation infrastructure?
    Obama’s not gonna like that.
    Oh, wait, maybe repairing union thuggery is what the stimulus re-bill is for.

    I remember a small item from Atlas Shrugged where rail workers, retirees, and their families guarded the John Galt Line from union sabotage … armed.

  6. Posted September 27, 2011 at 9:39 am |

    Maybe Obama would like to get the saboteurs rounded up before opening his yap about (much more vulnerable) highspeed rail again.

  7. Lucius Severus Pertinax
    Posted September 27, 2011 at 10:08 am |

    “a private security force paid for by taxpayers…”

    The Police are always “thugs” when they ain’t doing what YOU want.
    We are, after all, dealing with people with the mindset of that profane nitwit we all saw in that video a few days ago.

  8. TheOldMan
    Posted September 27, 2011 at 11:00 am |

    A nice $12MM fine should cool things down.

  9. Posted September 27, 2011 at 12:12 pm |

    Better yet, a 20 year sentence for the Union bosses.

  10. dick not quite dead white guy
    Posted September 27, 2011 at 1:09 pm |

    Captain Bullshit, Warrior For The Middle Class, told them to take off their bedroom slippers and put on their boots. Smart man; hard to tamper with the railroad in bedroom slippers.

  11. mech
    Posted September 27, 2011 at 3:59 pm |

    LOL

  12. Fat Baxter
    Posted September 27, 2011 at 6:24 pm |

    Y’know, the military has a lot of experience watching roads and looking for IED emplacers…..

    Just sayin’……

  13. Independent Voter
    Posted September 27, 2011 at 6:50 pm |

    I thought they were just Sock Luckers.

    Isn’t that what the union PR man said to KGW TV?

    Or was it Box Kites?

  14. Independent Voter
    Posted September 27, 2011 at 7:02 pm |

    THIS is domestic terrorism, despite the dyke(s) saying it isn’t.

    They’re just trying to find a way to blame it all on conservatives, and then it can be called terrorism. As long as the unions are involved, it’s just tolerance, diversity, and a peaceful protest.

  15. Spin
    Posted September 28, 2011 at 1:47 am |

    Doesn’t Omama understand… this is part of the “international railroad” he was braggin’ on over the weekend.