LOS ANGELES — The Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach resumed full operations Wednesday following a tentative contract deal reached late Tuesday between representatives for the International Longshore and Warehouse Workers Local 63 Office Clerical Unit and the Harbor Employers Association, while industry groups remained concerned over a looming deadline for contract talks between dockworkers and ocean carriers on the East Coast.
Federal mediators were called in Tuesday by Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa to help end the eight-day strike that has cost the Southern California economy an estimated $8 billion. At 10:30 p.m., Villaraigosa emerged from the port-side talks with both negotiating teams to announce, “The ILWU voted to approve the contract.” While the agreement still needs to be ratified by the OCU’s 800 members, union officials said they expected it to pass. The clerical workers had been working without a contract since their previous one expired in June 2010.
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