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Washington Governor Jay Inslee is wading into the dispute between longshore union workers and United Grain Corp. at the Port of Vancouver.

The Columbian reports that Inslee has written to both sides, urging them to settle their differences.

He says the dispute has the potential to damage the long-term reputation of Washington ports, and has taken a toll on everyone involved.

Inslee says that the International Longshore and Warehouse Union members, along with United Grain, should consider working with a federal mediator.

Grain growers from Eastern Washington say they are worried about getting their crop to overseas markets if the strike drags on.

United Grain has locked out 44 workers at the port, and alleged that a union official has sabotaged equipment there.

The union has denied wrongdoing and has been picketing the company's headquarters.

United Grain is operating with replacement workers.

This story originally appeared on Oregon Public Broadcasting.

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