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US west coast ports headed for possible strike, shutdown

Now out of contract, longshoremen free to join picket lines

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Standstill threat: At risk is a portion of the US$435 billion worth of annual trade through Los Angeles and Long Beach, the two largest US ports. - PHOTO: BLOOMBERG

[SAN FRANCISCO] For executives at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, the 120 disgruntled truck drivers who picketed for five days last month proved to be little more than a nuisance. Now the busiest ports in the United States face a potentially wider problem: 7,000 longshore workers