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West Coast dockworkers approve new labor contract
West Coast dockworkers approve new labor contract

West Coast dockworkers ratified a labor contract Friday covering 29 ports, ending a year-long process for a new deal that erupted into labor strife on the docks. The new contract, which the union and shipping companies started negotiating last May, will expire in July 2019. Members of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union overwhelmingly voted for approval, with 82% giving the contract the go-ahead. Shipping companies, represented by the Pacific Maritime Assn., ratified the contract earlier this week. The deal includes wage increases for dockworkers and a new arbitration system to settle disputes between the parties. Changes to that system became a major sticking point in...

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