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Port strike averted as union, management resolve sticking point
Port strike averted as union, management resolve sticking point

A weekend strike by dockworkers from Maine to Texas was averted Friday after union and management negotiators settled a major sticking point and extended the contract deadline until Feb. 6 to hammer out the rest of a long-term deal. The announcement came from federal mediator George Cohen, who entered talks between the International Longshoremen's Association and the U.S. Maritime Alliance in the fall. "While some significant issues remain in contention, I am cautiously optimistic that they can be resolved," he said. The port of Baltimore, which has about 1,200 longshoremen, had been preparing for a strike with extended hours at its marine terminals to move cargo. ...

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