Wed Dec 5, 2012, 03:23 AM
pinboy3niner (50,552 posts)
Mayor: Deal approved to end costly port strike
Source: Associated Press
JOHN ROGERS - Associated Press (AP)
Posted December 5, 2012 at 1:56 a.m.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Negotiators reached an agreement late Tuesday to end an eight-day strike that crippled the nation's largest port complex and prevented shippers from delivering billions of dollars in cargo to warehouses and distribution centers across the country, the mayor of Los Angeles said.
Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa emerged from the talks to make the announcement just a few hours after he had escorted in the federal mediators who had just arrived from Washington.
"The negotiating team has voted to approve a contract that they'll take to their members," Villaraigosa said, flanked by smiling negotiators, union members and the two mediators.
The deal came after days of negotiations that included all-night bargaining sessions suddenly went from a stalemate to big leaps of progress. Villaraigosa said the sides were already prepared to take a vote when the mediators arrived.
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An ILWU rep said on local CBS News affiliate's 11pm News report that dockworkers will return to work servicing ships Wednesday. Clerical workers also will be back on the job, subject to workers' approval of the agreement. The reporter quoted a union official as saying there is no way the agreement will not be approved.
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