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West Coast dockworkers, employers to talk contract concept

Associated Press Associated Press 27/09/2016

LOS ANGELES — Representatives of dockworkers who load and unload cargo at 29 West Coast sea ports will meet with their employers to discuss the concept of extending their contract, even though it doesn't expire until 2019.

It's an attempt to broker labor peace at ports with a history of unrest. In early 2015, bitter negotiations over the contract now in effect caused major disruptions in the flow of billions of dollars of cargo. Ports from San Diego to Seattle handle a huge volume of trans-Pacific trade that is vital to the U.S. economy.

In a joint statement Tuesday, the International Longshore and Warehouse Union and the Pacific Maritime Association of shipping companies and port terminal operators said they will meet Nov. 1 and 2 to discuss having discussions about a new contract.

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