Judge grants restraining order in contentious Longview mill strike

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Longview Paper Mill (From Energy.gov)

LONGVIEW, Wash. (AP) — A judge has issued a temporary restraining order in hopes of keeping the peace along picket lines outside a Longview box plant.

The Daily News of Longview reports that on Tuesday a judge granted KapStone a three-day restraining order imposing a 10 mph speed limit on the roads entering the plant. On Friday the judge will hold a hearing on KapStone’s request to limit the union to two pickets on either side of the mill-employee gate.

Local 153 of the Association of Western Pulp and Paper Workers has been striking against the company since Aug. 27 over what they say are unfair labor practices.

KapStone has accused strikers of smashing picket signs into vehicles entering the plant and taunting workers.

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