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LA port strikes halt truckers

| November 30, 2012

Strikes by clerical workers at Los Angeles-area ports have put an estimated 5,000 truckers on the sideline for the time being.

Work has halted for an estimated 5,000 truckers serving ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach while a clerical workers strike continues for the fourth day.

The Los Angeles/Long Beach Harbor Employers Associations are continuing negotiations with the International Longshore and Warehouse Union Local 63 Office Clerical Unit. Other ILWU have refused to cross OCU picket lines, which had idled cargo from moving.

Union members have said the dispute is over job security and outsourcing. The LA/LB HEA is a not-for-profit organization representing the region’s shipping agencies and terminal operators which assists in administration of labor contracts.

Art Wong, a POLB spokesman, said the strike had resulted in possibly 5,000 to 6,000 truckers not working.

As of Nov. 30, POLB had three container terminal open while POLA had one.

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