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White House to intervene in US ports labour dispute

Published Sun, Feb 15, 2015 · 09:50 PM
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SEEKING an end to a protracted labour dispute that has led to costly delays in West Coast shipping, President Barack Obama has decided to intervene, the White House announced.

At the president's request, Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez will travel to California to "meet with the parties to urge them to resolve their dispute quickly at the bargaining table", according to a statement issued on Saturday by Eric Schultz, a White House spokesman. Mr Perez will try to mediate a settlement between an association of the major shipowners of the West Coast and the union of longshoremen who unload those ships, which collectively bring in half the nation's imported cargo.

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