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West coast port workers continue negotiations after contract expiration

Union and employers expect to finalize a new labor contract covering 22,000 dockworkers on the US west coast. Cargo will keep moving during negotiations.

Cargo is still moving in 29 ports on the US west coast. | Photo: LUCY NICHOLSON/REUTERS / X90050

Labor contracts for 22,000 port workers expired on Friday, but cargo will keep moving in ports while labor union the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) and employers gathered in the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA) continue talks, Reuters reports.

The agreement covers 29 ports stretching from California to Washington State that handle almost 40% of US imports.

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