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Port workers pursue outsourcing agreement with help from federal mediator to secure good jobs and end strike

LA Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and ILWU Vice President-Mainland Ray Familathe

LA Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and ILWU Vice President-Mainland Ray Familathe. Associated Press photo.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Tuesday, December 4, 2012
CONTACT: Craig Merrilees 510-774-5325

LOS ANGELES, CA – ILWU office clerical workers will work with a federal mediator in order to secure an agreement with employers that protects good jobs from being outsourced from communities surrounding the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach.

The decision to work with the federal mediator follows an all-night negotiating session led by Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa that resulted in important progress—but an agreement to end the outsourcing of good jobs from the harbor area to foreign countries and other states—remains a serious obstacle that is preventing a settlement needed to end the strike.

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