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Los Angeles-Long Beach port strike enters 2nd week

LA Port Strike

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Idle trucks at the APM Terminals at the Port of Los Angeles as a result of the clerical workers strike.

A strike that's closed most of the Los Angeles-Long Beach port complex enters its second week as L.A.'s mayor calls for round-the-clock talks to end it.

Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa sent a letter Sunday to strikers and management, urging them to negotiate 24/7 instead of breaking off talks nightly. He also wants them to use a mediator.

The strike that began last Tuesday has shut 10 terminals at the nation's busiest court complex. Villaraigosa says it's costing the local economy billions of dollars as some ships have sailed to other ports to unload their cargo.

Dockworkers refuse to cross picket lines set up by union clerical workers, who've been wrangling with shippers over a new contract for more than 2 years. The clerical workers claim terminal operators are outsourcing their well-paid jobs – a claim that shippers deny.

Read the mayor's letter below.

Mayor's Letter

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