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Analysis: U.S. ports' drive to control costs leads to labor strife

Members of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union Local 63 Office Clerical Unit walk a picket line during a strike near APM Terminals in Los Angeles, California in this file photo from December 2, 2012. REUTERS/Jonathan Alcorn/Files

Members of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union Local 63 Office Clerical Unit walk a picket line during a strike near APM Terminals in Los Angeles, California in this file photo from December 2, 2012. REUTERS/Jonathan Alcorn/Files

Members of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union Local 63 Office Clerical Unit walk a picket line during a strike near APM Terminals in Los Angeles, California in this file photo from December 2, 2012. REUTERS/Jonathan Alcorn/Files
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The YM Bamboo, a container ship operated by the China Ocean Shipping Company (COSCO) is docked at the Port of Oakland in Oakland, California in this file photo from January 14, 2011. REUTERS/Beck Diefenbach/Files

The YM Bamboo, a container ship operated by the China Ocean Shipping Company (COSCO) is docked at the Port of Oakland in Oakland, California in this file photo from January 14, 2011. REUTERS/Beck Diefenbach/Files

The YM Bamboo, a container ship operated by the China Ocean Shipping Company (COSCO) is docked at the Port of Oakland in Oakland, California in this file photo from January 14, 2011. REUTERS/Beck Diefenbach/Files
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The skyline of Lower Manhattan in New York is seen behind the shipping docks in Newark, New Jersey in this file photo from December 27, 2012. REUTERS/Gary Hershorn/Files

The skyline of Lower Manhattan in New York is seen behind the shipping docks in Newark, New Jersey in this file photo from December 27, 2012. REUTERS/Gary Hershorn/Files

The skyline of Lower Manhattan in New York is seen behind the shipping docks in Newark, New Jersey in this file photo from December 27, 2012. REUTERS/Gary Hershorn/Files
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Anchored container ships and with other vessels sit offshore near the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach during a strike by the International Longshore and Warehouse Union Local 63 Office Clerical Unit in Los Angeles, California in this file photo from December 2, 2012. REUTERS/Jonathan Alcorn/Files

Anchored container ships and with other vessels sit offshore near the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach during a strike by the International Longshore and Warehouse Union Local 63 Office Clerical Unit in Los Angeles, California in this file photo...more

Anchored container ships and with other vessels sit offshore near the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach during a strike by the International Longshore and Warehouse Union Local 63 Office Clerical Unit in Los Angeles, California in this file photo from December 2, 2012. REUTERS/Jonathan Alcorn/Files
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Containers are pictured at the ITS terminal at the Port of Long Beach, California December 4, 2012. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni

Containers are pictured at the ITS terminal at the Port of Long Beach, California December 4, 2012. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni

Containers are pictured at the ITS terminal at the Port of Long Beach, California December 4, 2012. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni
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