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West coast port chief Cordero doesn’t see labor deal by July 1

Negotiations regarding a new labor agreement for port workers on the US west coast began May 10, but according to Port of Long Beach’s CEO, Mario Cordero, a deal will not be in place by July 1.

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The head of the US’ second-busiest port doesn’t see talks over new labor contracts for 22,000 dockworkers at 29 West Coast operations reaching settlement by a July 1 deadline, but is optimistic of a solution a month or two later.

“I have confidence that the two parties know what’s at stake here,” Port of Long Beach Executive Director Mario Cordero said on Bloomberg Television on Friday. “They will resolve their differences within a reasonable time. It’s not going to be before July 1. But I think we may be looking to a couple of months thereafter. On that front, I’m optimistic.”

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