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LOS ANGELES, July 28 (Reuters) - The union representing more than 25,000 dockworkers at 29 ports on the West Coast of the United States has reached a tentative agreement for a new six-year labor contract, the parties said on Monday.
The previous deal expired on July 1, but work at the docks went on without interruption while representatives for the International Longshore and Warehouse Union and the Pacific Maritime Association remained at the bargaining table.
Details of the proposed agreement were not disclosed in a joint statement, with both sides saying they would discuss the terms with their respective members first. The deal is subject to ratification by both sides.
“It allows West Coast ports to be competitive and provides the good jobs that workers and communities need,” the statement said.
The West Coast ports handle more than 12 million cargo containers per year accounting for some 11 percent of the U.S. gross domestic product.
The previous round of contract talks in 2002 triggered a 10-day lockout that resulted in an estimated $15 billion in economic losses for the United States. (Reporting by Dean Goodman)