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Fear of work stoppage leads to cargo surge at local ports
Fear of work stoppage leads to cargo surge at local ports

The Port of Los Angeles had its busiest June ever, and neighboring Long Beach hasn't handled so much cargo in June since before the recession. But the influx of cargo containers had less to do with economic improvement than retailers' worries about beating a possible dockworkers' strike or lockout, experts said. Nearly 20,000 dockworkers at 29 West Coast ports are now loading and unloading cargo containers from Asia and elsewhere without a contract. A six-year agreement with employers expired July 1. Negotiations are underway for a new deal. Fearful a breakdown in talks could shut West Coast ports, retailers rushed goods into the country before the contract expired,...

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