Deal reached in LA, Long Beach port strike

Deal reached in LA, Long Beach port strike

Clerical personnel at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach settled a strike that idled the busiest shipping hub in the United States, officials said.

Leaders of the 800-member International Longshore and Warehouse Union Local 63 Office Clerical Unit reached a tentative accord late Tuesday and the clerical workers were to return to work Wednesday, the Los Angeles Times reported.

The union’s full membership must ratify the deal before it becomes final.

Since the strike began Nov. 27, 20 ships went to rival ports in Oakland, Ensenada and Panama while others waited offshore for a resolution.

At the center of the dispute was the union’s claim that employers have been outsourcing jobs through attrition.

There is “no outsourcing under this contract,” Berry said.

The deal was struck after Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa brought in two federal mediators Tuesday morning to work toward breaking the stalemate, the Times said.

The clerical unit’s strike was supported by the 10,000 regional members of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union, which honored the picket line and refused to work. The strike had idled 10 of the 14 cargo container terminals at the complex.