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Talks to resume in LA-Long Beach ports strike that has shut harbors down

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Negotiators for employers and workers at the Los Angeles and Long Beach ports will resume talks following the third day of a strike that has shut down most of the terminals at the nation's busiest port complex.

The lead negotiator for the harbors' employers association, Stephen Berry, says he wrote a letter to the union president Thursday afternoon inviting him back to the negotiating table with no preconditions.

Craig Merrilees, an International Longshore and Warehouse Union spokesman in San Francisco, confirmed the meeting would take place Thursday night.

About 70 clerical workers from the union were picketing seven of eight Los Angeles terminals and three of six Long Beach terminals.

The clerical workers have been locked in a contract dispute with 14 shippers for 2 years.

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