Monday, May 18, 2009

Trouble in Galveston

A KHOU/Galveston County Daily News article reports that the president of the local International Longshoremen's Union has filed a lawsuit against the port of Galveston and various other related parties alleging the port has "rogue port police officers" and has done nothing to reign them in.

Among the allegations are that port police officers stop stevedores from the cruise terminal (who receive tips from passengers) just more or less for the sake of harassment, and his members have been told that the stops will end when the longshoremen "share the wealth." Complaints, the suit alleges, have been met with more harassment. The complaint says this has been going on for as long as five years and demands a jury trial.