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UPDATE: LA Mayor: Parties agree to federal mediator to resolve Los Angeles port strike (photos)



Port workers picket outside of the closed APM Terminal at the Port of Los Angeles. The protest is now in its second week.
Port workers picket outside of the closed APM Terminal at the Port of Los Angeles. The protest is now in its second week.
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Port workers picket outside of the closed APM Terminal at the Port of Los Angeles. The protest is now in its second week.
Clerical workers at the Port of Los Angeles protest outside of the APM Terminals on December 4th, 2012.
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Port workers picket outside of the closed APM Terminal at the Port of Los Angeles. The protest is now in its second week.
Trucks remain idle at the APM Terminals at the Port of Los Angeles as a result of the clerical workers strike.
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Port workers picket outside of the closed APM Terminal at the Port of Los Angeles. The protest is now in its second week.
Many incoming ships at the Port of Los Angeles cannot unload their goods due to the clerical workers strike and are diverting to other ports outside of Los Angeles.
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Port workers picket outside of the closed APM Terminal at the Port of Los Angeles. The protest is now in its second week.
The clerical workers strike that began last Tuesday has shut down 10 terminals at the nation's busiest port complex.
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Port workers picket outside of the closed APM Terminal at the Port of Los Angeles. The protest is now in its second week.
Trucks cannot enter the APM Terminal at the Los Angeles Port due to the ongoing strike. The workers claim shippers are outsourcing their jobs – a claim that the shippers deny.
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Port workers picket outside of the closed APM Terminal at the Port of Los Angeles. The protest is now in its second week.
Striking workers outside the terminals at the Ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles. Both sides have agreed to federal mediation.
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UPDATE 11:01 a.m.: The union representing clerical workers says the strike – now in its eighth day – will continue despite a federal mediator entering the ongoing negotiations. 

Union spokesman Craig Merrilees says the mayor's efforts have helped bring both sides closer together, but there's still much work to do.

PREVIOUSLY: Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa announced Tuesday that a federal mediator will enter the ongoing talks to resolve the strike that has crippled operations at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach.

"I'm here to announce that both parties have agreed to a federal mediator at the (Port of Los Angeles) to help resolve the ongoing strike," Villaraigosa said at a news conference in Wilmington.

The mayor flew back from a trade mission to South America to personally join the talks, which have also caught the attention of the White House. Entering its eighth day, Southern California leaders say the strike is beginning to affect the regional economy.

"The parties need a mediator. They need someone to get us back to work," Villaraigosa said. "There are almost (20,000 people) impacted by this."

RELATED: Is the LA port strike costing $1 billion a day? Don't count on it, says economist

We will update this story as more information becomes available.