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Mediator is sought for West Coast port labor impasse
Mediator is sought for West Coast port labor impasse

Port terminals and shipping lines operating along the West Coast are asking for a federal mediator to break a seven-month impasse in contract talks with dockworkers. The Pacific Maritime Assn., which represents employers, said Monday that outside help is needed because the two sides remain far apart on many issues and that alleged union slowdowns are "creating long-term — even permanent — damage to the West Coast." The employers said the slowdown has caused West Coast ports, including those in Long Beach and Los Angeles, to lose market share to East Coast and Gulf Coast ports. Steve Getzug, an employer spokesman, said employers told the union Monday they want a...

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