By  on November 29, 2012

LOS ANGELES — The nation’s busiest ports, the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, have been hit with a labor strike at the height of holiday shopping season, causing a major work stoppage at the country’s largest commercial shipping center.

The strike began on Tuesday, when activity came to a halt at the APM Terminal, one of eight operating container terminals at the Port of Los Angeles, due to a walkout by 67 workers from the International Longshore and Warehouse Union Local 63’s Office Clerical Unit. By Wednesday, the rest of the 800-member clerical unit followed suit, defying an order from a labor arbitrator to return to work Tuesday night after the picket lines were declared invalid. The work stoppage has since spread to seven terminals at the Port of Los Angeles and three of the six container terminals at neighboring Port of Long Beach.

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