L.A. Port Workers to End Strike

    Shipping containers are stack beside idle cranes December 4, 2012 at the Port of Los Angeles in southern California as a strike by port clerical workers enters its second week.   A federal mediator has been called in to try to break a strike deadlock which has crippled a key US trade hub for the last week. The strike by clerical workers at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, which handle more than 40 percent of ocean-shipped US imports from Asia, is costing billions to the local and wider US economy. The White House said it was monitoring the standoff closely, and LA Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa announced the two sides had agreed to federal mediation, after he spent the night in negotiations himself.
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    It’s back to work on the Los Angeles and Long Beach docks on Wednesday after leaders of the 800-member clerical union agreed to end a weeklong strike that had crippled the region’s docks. A tentative deal was made late Tuesday night between International Longshore and Warehouse Union Local 63 Office Clerical Union and the Harbor Employers’ Association after a marathon round of negotiations backed by Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, who was a union leader prior to holding elected office. Although the local chapter of the ILWU is relatively tiny, the strike was backed by 10,000 regional members of the ILWU—and the strike had caused 20 ships to be diverted to rival ports in Oakland, Calif.; Ensenada, Mexico; and Panama. The strike began Nov. 27, when the clerical workers’ union had expressed frustration over jobs being shipped overseas.

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