Shipping lines and dockworkers reach tentative deal

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SAN FRANCISCO - Shipping lines and dockworkers reached a tentative deal late last night on a new labor contract.

The deal will avoid a shutdown of 29 ports that would have choked off trade through the West Coast.

The agreement should start easing the severe congestion that's been building up at the nation's busiest ports.

And that's been causing businesses across the nation to lose money.  Imports were trapped on boats and exports were trapped on land.

Details of the proposed 5-year contract for about 20,000 West Coast dockworkers hasn't been released.

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  • Jim Parker

    Does this mean they will go from working like snails to maybe at a turtles pace?They are overpaid to hell and back already yet want more? Wow sign me up for the job where I work 4 hours and get paid for 8 yet do the work I would do in 1 hr !!! Oh yeah thats right the average Joe,Mary mark or whoever would never get on with the so called union. Well sorry guys so much for a great no work high paying job offer.If you aren’t family or big friend of a member of the union no chance of getting into it.But no fear that low paying walmart job will always be there.
    Americans can only wonder why there is never a no strike clause in the contract.If so or maybe even not next time fire them all and start from scratch–remember Reagan did it !!!!