(Los Angeles, California - KPCC) A federal mediator will enter the ongoing talks to resolve the strike that has crippled operations at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa says. But the union representing clerical workers says the strike – now in its eighth day – will continue.
"I'm here to announce that both parties have agreed to a federal mediator at the (Port of Los Angeles) to help resolve the ongoing strike," Villaraigosa said Tuesday at a news conference in Wilmington.
The mayor flew back from a trade mission to South America to personally join the talks, which have also caught the attention of the White House. The ports handle about $1 billion of cargo a day, and Southern California leaders say the strike is beginning to affect the regional economy.
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