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Ports stalemate could hit economic output for $50 billion, study says
Ports stalemate could hit economic output for $50 billion, study says

Failure to reach a new labor contract for nearly 20,000 dockworkers at 29 West Coast ports could cause far-reaching disruptions to factory jobs, import prices and even holiday gift-buying habits. So says a new report from the National Assn. of Manufacturers and the National Retail Federation, two trade groups whose members’ health is closely tied to their ability to move their products in and out of the country. The six-year contract between the International Longshore and Warehouse Union and the Pacific Maritime Assn., which represents employers operating port terminals and shipping lines, is due to expire on June 30. Negotiations began in San Francisco in May and are widely...

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