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Container ships line up outside the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach

Roughly 20,000 dockworkers have been working without a contract since July. Back-to-back weekend port shutdowns have many companies that rely on goods traveling to and from Asia growing increasingly nervous about disruptions.
Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times
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