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West Coast port labor dispute

Shipping companies and dockworkers have reached a tentative deal on a new five-year contract, staving off a shutdown of 29 ports that would have crippled trade along the West Coast.

The agreement follows months of contentious negotiations and allegations of slowdowns by workers and shift cuts by employers. The dispute all but closed the ports, prompting President Obama to dispatch Labor Secretary Thomas Perez to jump start stalled talks.

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Port dispute: What you need to know

Shipping companies and dockworkers have reached a tentative deal on a new five-year contract, staving off a shutdown of 29 ports that would have crippled trade

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