Longshoremen Lockout Over

By: Aaron Baskerville
By: Aaron Baskerville

The Longshoremen's union at 29 West Coast ports agreed Tuesday return to work under a 30-day contract extension.

A union spokesman said the Bush Administration proposed the extension to avoid invoking the Taft Hartley Act, which imposes an 80-day cooling off period that would force the ports to reopen.

IQF Food Products Inc. of Haslett says even though the lockout has ended, it will still be affected. The company says it takes at least another 30 days or longer to unload all the goods that have been stacking up.

For IQF, who ships food products across seas to Asia, It's scared some clients won't need anymore goods. A spokesman says Asian markets usually only are interested in their goods twice a year or every six months.

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