Jan 22, 2015 4:32 PM by News Staff
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Negotiations over a new contract that would restore order at West Coast seaports are on a one-day hiatus, as dockworkers planned rallies against employers they say are trying to exploit a cargo congestion crisis at harbors that are a vital trade link with Asia.
Longshoremen are marching Thursday evening in Los Angeles and Washington state.
They say that operators of port terminals are cutting back jobs to hurt workers and pressure union negotiators into a bad deal.
Employers counter that longshoremen are slowing work, creating gridlock as containers full of imports dwell on dockside yards. Employers say they're ordering smaller work crews because they're focusing on clearing the backlog at night instead of also unloading ships.
Contract talks, now overseen by a federal mediator, are expected to resume Friday.
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