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Labor Secretary Perez sets Friday deadline in port dispute

Labor Secretary Perez sets Friday deadline in port dispute

Labor Secretary Thomas Perez has set a Friday deadline for shipping companies and the dockworkers union to end a long-running labor dispute that has clogged West Coast ports. Contract talks between the the Pacific Maritime Assn., which represents shipping lines and cargo terminal operators, and the International Longshore and Warehouse Union are expected to continue Friday. The sides negotiated late into the night Thursday in San Francisco, but no agreement was reached. A spokeswoman for Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf, who has participated in a nightly call with Perez and mayors of West Coast port cities, confirmed that if a deal isn't reached Friday, Perez plans to force the...

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