Talks conclude for day in LA port strike

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Associated Press

Posted on July 6, 2010 at 6:00 AM

Updated Tuesday, Jul 6 at 6:00 AM

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Another day of negotiations have ended without a deal between shippers and clerical workers at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach.

Union negotiator John Fageaux Jr. said talks wrapped up Monday with little agreement on the job security guarantees and provisions against outsourcing that are the workers' chief concerns.

Shippers negotiator Stephen Berry says guarantees sought by the union would force the hiring of workers with nothing to do and keep companies from using new technologies.

The union has made an offer of no wage or pension increases for workers of one of the 14 companies with which it is negotiating a new contract. The union gave the employer until 5 p.m. to respond to that offer.

Negotiations are otherwise set to resume Tuesday at 1 p.m.

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