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A coalition of about 100 business groups, including shipping and trucking associations, sent a letter to President Obama Tuesday urging the White House to “take immediate action” to help end the strike entering its second week at the Southern California ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach.
Separately, a federal mediator late Tuesday agreed to step in to attempt to resolve the dispute.
Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service Director George Cohen said in a statement: “Based on a joint request from the parties, negotiations between the International Longshoremen and Warehouse Union Office Clerical Workers and the Harbor Employers Association will be conducted under FMCS auspices . . . at a date and location to be determined.”