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Port talks deadlocked over fate of arbitrator
Port talks deadlocked over fate of arbitrator

California political leaders voiced growing exasperation Thursday with a labor standoff that has clogged West Coast ports, as word spread that the main sticking point in negotiations has been the fate of a single, low-level official who rules on disputes involving Los Angeles and Long Beach dockworkers. Talks between the International Longshore and Warehouse Union and shipping companies have stalled recently over a union request to change the rules for removing local arbitrators who decide on workplace issues. But sources familiar with the talks say the main obstacle to a settlement has been union leaders' desire to fire arbitrator David Miller. In interviews and statements, several...

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