In this Jan. 14, 2015, file photo, incoming container ships line up outside the Port of Los Angeles as they await for dock space. Employers could lock out West Coast dockworkers in as few as five days if the two sides do not reach a new contract. That warning came Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2015, from the head of a maritime association who is negotiating a new deal with a union representing longshoremen at 29 ports that handle about $1 trillion in trade annually. ( Damian Dovarganes, File AP Photo)
By JUSTIN PRITCHARD Associated Press
02/04/2015 7:01 PM
LOS ANGELES — West Coast seaports could shut down in as soon as five days — hobbling U.S. trade with Asia — if dockworkers and their employers cannot reach a new contract, the head of a maritime association warned Wednesday in remarks intended to pressure an agreement after nine months of negotiations.
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