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EGT Charges Dropped

Posted on 4th November 2013 at 16:45

All of the court cases connected to the EGT protests in fall of 2011 are now resolved, as it was announced over the weekend that charged against Jeff Washburn are being dismissed. Washburn was the president of the Cowlitz-Wahkiakum Central Labor Council and was the business agent for the United Association of Plumbers and Steamfitters Local 26 when he was arrested on September 7th of 2011, in connection with the ILWU protest on the train tracks leading into the EGT grain facility. In March of 2012, Washburn was convicted of obstructing or delaying a train, and after he filed an appeal, the conviction was reversed. Prosecutors announced plans to re-try Washburn, a trial that was supposed to begin this past Friday. Just prior to that trial, prosecutors announced that the charges were being dismissed. The leadership of the ILWU applauds the decision, saying that Washburn was wrongly arrested, and they’re pleased that his record has been rightfully cleared.