The regional director of the National Labor Relations Board has accused a Vancouver, Wash., grain terminal of unfairly locking out employees for more than a year.

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The regional director of the National Labor Relations Board has accused a Vancouver, Wash., grain terminal of unfairly locking out employees for more than a year.

United Grain locked out longshoremen Feb. 27, 2013, after saying a member of the union bargaining team sabotaged company equipment.

NLRB regional director Ronald Hooks in Seattle says United Grain should have provided the union with a “timely, clear and complete offer” of what it needed to do to avoid a lockout.

United Grain disputes the finding. An administrative law judge will hear the matter June 30.

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Separately, Hooks said the longshoremen violated labor law by engaging in threats and violence early in the lockout. For example, he said, picketers threw rocks at a security officer and threatened to rape a manager’s daughter.

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