Longshoremen have taken to the countryside in their ongoing labor dispute with several Northwest grain handlers.

Several representatives of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union have recently gone on “road trips” to rural communities in Washington and Montana to protest the grain handlers’ actions and try to win favor with farmers.

Along the way, they’ve picketed grain elevators owned by Columbia Grain, United Grain and Louis Dreyfus.

The longshoremen’s picketing resulted in a local union leader, Scott Mason, being cited for criminal trespass at a facility in Harlem, Mont., on Sept. 18.
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