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Why is there concern about possible disruption at U.S. West Coast ports?

Negotiations for new longshore labor agreements on the West Coast, indeed at ports generally, are when the risk of disruption is at its highest. West Coast longshoremen have in the past sought to apply pressure on management by striking or employing any of a number of slowdown tactics. No recent negotiation between the International Longshore and Warehouse Union and the Pacific Maritime Association, representing waterfront employers, has been free of disruption.

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