Union Pickets Seattle Tunnel Project Over 4 Jobs

SEATTLE (AP) — Longshoremen are picketing at the site of Seattle’s $3.1 billion tunnel project, arguing that four jobs along the waterfront have been improperly given to other union workers.

A couple dozen members of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union began their protest Tuesday, blocking access to the waterfront area where the four workers would be operating. ILWU Local 19 President Cameron Williams says the mobilization will continue until there is movement toward returning the four jobs to the longshoremen.

Boring at the tunnel project began just a few weeks ago, as the world’s largest tunneling machine started digging a pathway that will ultimately carry vehicles under downtown. The longshoremen are upset about four jobs that will load excavated dirt onto a barge.

Williams says those jobs have been ILWU jurisdiction for decades.


Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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