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West coast ports strike is unlikely even if no deal is reached by July

Although a labor agreement between US west coast port workers and their employers is unlikely to be reached by July when the current contract ends, neither of the parties foresee an imminent strike.

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Employers and the union representing more than 22,000 dockworkers at 30 US ports on the West Coast are unlikely to reach a wage deal by the time the current contract expires next month but neither side foresees disruptions that would hobble supply chains.

“Neither party is preparing for a strike or a lockout,” the International Longshore and Warehouse Union and the Pacific Maritime Association, which represents more than 70 terminal operators and ocean carriers, said in a joint statement Tuesday.

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