LOS ANGELES Dec 4 Union and management
negotiators have agreed to the intervention of a federal
mediator in a bid to settle a week-old strike by clerical
workers at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach that has
idled most of America's biggest container port complex.
The agreement to mediation, announced by Los Angeles Mayor
Anthony Villaraigosa, came after an all-night bargaining session
that a spokesman for the Harbor Employers Association,
representing shippers and terminal operators, said had left the
parties "still far apart."