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Pacific Shippers Charge Longshore Slowdown
Has Spread to Los Angeles and Long Beach

Nov. 6, 2014, 5:00 AM

Dockworkers negotiating a new labor agreement have expanded a work slowdown to the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, the biggest of the 27 West Coast ports, management alleged in a Nov. 6 statement.

The job action by the International Longshore and Warehouse Union “will leave half of the yard crane positions unfilled,” Wade Gates, a spokesman for the Pacific Maritime Association, representing terminal operators and shipping lines, said in a statement.

The union, however, said Nov. 3 that the original slowdown charges were an attempt “to smear the union and deflect responsibility from a growing congestion problem that is plaguing ...

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