PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A union local has filed an unfair labor practice claim against the owner of a Pacific Northwest grain terminal that locked out employees after alleging a worker sabotaged equipment.

The charge filed Monday against United Grain Corp. by Local 4 of the International Longshore & Warehouse Union contended the lockout was an extreme, illegal response.

The local represents roughly 200 workers who load grain and other cargo at the Port of Vancouver, Wash.

More than a quarter of all U.S. grain exports move through Pacific Northwest grain terminals, so any labor problem at the ports is a concern for farmers shipping their corn, soybeans and wheat to customers in Asia.

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