By  on December 27, 2012

Dipping its toe into the contentious contract dispute between the union representing East and Gulf Coast dockworkers and a consortium of shipping companies, the White House on Thursday urged the parties to reach an agreement expeditiously.

Matt Lehrich, a spokesman for President Obama, said the White House is monitoring the situation closely and implores the International Longshoremen’s Association and the U.S. Maritime Alliance to “continue their work at the negotiating table to get a deal done as quickly as possible.”

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