Friday, May 18, 2012

ILWU Offers Reward for Union Hall Burglary

International Longshore and Warehouse Union Local 21 is offering a $2,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or people who burglarized the union’s meeting hall near the Port of Longview last month.

On April 9, a safe at the hall was broken into and a large amount of cash was stolen, according to the union, along with credit cards, blank checks and paperwork. Also, computers were stolen and anti-union graffiti was spray painted on the walls.

Anyone with information about the crime is asked to call the Longview police crime tip line at (360) 442-5920.

The burglary came about two weeks before an ILWU billboard on Longview’s outskirts was defaced with graffiti, although police have said the sign vandalism did not appear to be specifically targeting the union.

The billboard, which was erected in November 2011, while the union was in the midst of a battle over the use of labor at the Port of Longview’s EGT grain terminal, was replaced May 8. The labor dispute was settled early this year.