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U.S. labor secretary getting involved in West Coast ports’ contract dispute
SEATTLE -- There is new hope this week that the contract dispute and work slowdown at all 29 West Coast ports, including Seattle and Tacoma, could soon come to an end. U.S. Labor Secretary Tom Perez is expected to meet with both sides Tuesday and try to help them iron out their differences. There have been work slowdowns and management halting of loading and unloading of vessels -- all part of the ongoing contract dispute between the longshore union and shippers that threatens businesses, jobs and livelihoods.