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With deal, West Coast seaports tackle huge cargo backlog

With deal, West Coast seaports tackle huge cargo backlog

Dockworkers along the West Coast began the monthslong task Saturday of clearing seaports of cargo that was caught up in a contract feud between their union and employers. Parked off the Southern California coast is a flotilla of ships bulging with thousands of tractor-trailer sized containers that hold a shopper's delight of goods — which already would be on store shelves but for a labor dispute that has disrupted international trade. The leader of the Port of Los Angeles, the nation's largest, said it would take three months "to get back a sense of normalcy." The volume of cargo that West Coast dockworkers and their employers must clear, now that they've...

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