West Coast dockworkers' contract expires, but trade continues

Shipping containers at the Port of Los Angeles in Los Angeles, California. (File) (David McNew/file, Getty Images)
Shipping containers at the Port of Los Angeles in Los Angeles, California. (File) (David McNew/file, Getty Images)
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Updated: 7/01 2:16 pm

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The contract that keeps thousands of dockworkers on the job at West Coast ports from San Diego to Seattle expires this afternoon.

But don't expect a disruption in the billions of dollars of trade that crosses the waterfront just yet.

The International Longshore and Warehouse Union has promised to keep negotiating with the association that represents shipping lines and terminal operators at 29 ports.

Tough issues still to be resolved include whether workers should shoulder more of the hefty cost of health care, and the talks are expected to last for weeks. The more they drag out, the more jittery companies will feel.

According to a recent analysis by groups representing retailers and manufacturers, a work stoppage lasting just five days would cost the U.S. economy nearly $10 billion.

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