500 or more Longshoremen storm Wash. port grain terminal, take guards hostage, cause damage... 1. LONGVIEW, Wash. - Hundreds of Longshore workers stormed the Port of Longview, overpowered security guards, damaged rail cars and dumped grain at the center of a labor dispute that has spread to Seattle and Tacoma ports, officials said Thursday. Six guards were detained for a couple of hours after 500 or more Longshoremen broke down gates about 4:30 a.m. and smashed windows in the guard shack, said Longview Police Chief Jim Duscha. The International Longshore and Warehouse Union believes it has the right to work at the facility, but the company has hired a contractor that's staffing a workforce of other union laborers. In Seattle and Tacoma, a wildcat strike shut down both ports after hundreds of Longshore workers failed to show up for work on Thursday. 500 or more Longshoremen storm Wash. port grain terminal, take guards hostage, cause damage | StarTribune.com And, in a related story..... 2. Trumka's Union Take Hostages at Port, He's Obama's Guest of Honor at Jobs Speech The White House has announced that nearly two-dozen guests will sit with first lady Michelle Obama to watch President Obama deliver his jobs speech to a joint session of Congress. The list of business, labor, and political leaders includes GE chairman Jeffrey Immelt, AOL co-founder Steve Case, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka; and Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley. Read more: Obama brings guests to jobs speech And, further related.... 3. G.E. to Share Jet Technology With China in New Joint Venture As China strives for leadership in the world’s most advanced industries, it sees commercial jetliners — planes that may someday challenge the best from Boeing and Airbus — as a top prize. And no Western company has been more aggressive in helping China pursue that dream than one of the aviation industry’s biggest suppliers of jet engines and airplane technology, General Electric. http://www.nytimes.com/2011/01/18/business/global/18plane.html?pagewanted=all Hey, anybody know who President Obama's head of the 'president's jobs council' is???