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Deal Reached, Ending LA Port Strike

By Jack Phillips
Epoch Times Staff
Created: December 5, 2012 Last Updated: December 5, 2012
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The Maersk cargo container terminal is idle at Los Angeles harbor as a strike by International Longshore and Warehouse Unions continued on Dec. 4, 2012, in Los Angeles, Calif. A deal was reached to end a strike, the mayor of Los Angeles announced. (Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

The Maersk cargo container terminal is idle at Los Angeles harbor as a strike by International Longshore and Warehouse Unions continued on Dec. 4, 2012, in Los Angeles, Calif. A deal was reached to end a strike, the mayor of Los Angeles announced. (Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

A deal was reached to end a strike at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, the mayor of Los Angeles announced.

The Orange County Register reported that thousands of port workers returned to their jobs by Wednesday after the weeklong strike crippled both ports—the two largest in the United States. The strike cost some $540 million per day in wages and business.

“Just a few short weeks ago we had the shuttle Endeavour in LA, so I think it’s appropriate to say, ‘Mission Accomplished,’” Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa said, according to NBC Los Angeles.

Villaraigosa’s announcement came after federal mediators entered the negotiations. Around 450 clerical workers went on strike, joined by 10,000 longshore workers.

Around 600,000 Southern California workers were impacted by the strike, including truckers, the Register reported.

“I was affected by the strike. Everyone was,” trucker David Pace told the paper.

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