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Clerical workers at the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach averted a strike by reaching agreement on a new three-year contract. The settlement was reached late Thursday when office clerical workers represented by the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) reached agreement with 14 shipping lines.
The 650 full-time and 200 part-time office clerical workers who process shipping documentation have been working without a contract since their previous three-year contract expired on July 1.
On July 21 the two sides exchanged “best and last” offers, but failed to reach an agreement when bargaining resumed on Tuesday. With no negotiations Wednesday, there were veiled threats of a strike. Longshoremen represented by a separate local of the ILWU have said they would honor any pickets erected by the office clerks, effectively shutting down container handling at the busiest U.S. import gateway.
Under the terms of the new agreement, employers agreed not to use technology to reduce the clerical workforce or move clerical jobs to another location.
The union also committed to setting up a panel to resolve disputes between labor and management.
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