Strike Slows Activity At Busy Calif. Port Complex

By: AP
By: AP

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Activity at the nation's busiest cargo complex is still down to a crawl because of a strike by clerical workers, whose picket lines are being honored by dockworkers at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach.

Seven of eight terminals in Los Angeles and three of six in Long Beach were closed to cargo container traffic yesterday, the fourth day of the walkout. Union clerical workers claim shippers are outsourcing their jobs.

Officials say labor talks are being held but there's been no indication a deal is imminent.

The clerical workers' contracts with 14 terminal operators expired 2 1/2 years ago. Ongoing contract talks broke off on Monday then resumed on Thursday.

The chief negotiator for the shippers remained hopeful about a resolution, saying the talks have been professional and courteous.

Combined, Los Angeles and Long Beach handle 40 percent of the nation's import trade.

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