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Feb 21, 2015

Contract negotiators for U.S. West Coast ports reach tentative deal

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Shipping companies and the dockworkers union reached a tentative labor deal on Friday after nine months of negotiations, settling a dispute that disrupted the flow of cargo through 29 U.S. West Coast ports and snarled trans-Pacific maritime trade with Asia.

The deal, confirmed in a joint statement by the two sides, was reached after U.S. Labor Secretary Thomas Perez arrived in San Francisco on Tuesday to broker a deal with the help of a federal mediator who joined in the talks six weeks earlier.

Feb 20, 2015

No deal yet in U.S. West Coast port dispute; talks to continue

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Shipping executives and union leaders for dock workers at 29 U.S. West Coast ports remained locked in a dispute on Friday as talks, brokered by the U.S. labor secretary, headed into a fourth straight day.

Negotiations ended late Thursday with no deal, two sources close to the talks told Reuters Friday, adding that there is more work to do in discussions set to resume in the morning.

Feb 20, 2015

Los Angeles hospital warns 179 patients possibly exposed to ‘superbug’

LOS ANGELES, Feb 19 (Reuters) – A large Los Angeles teaching
hospital has told scores of patients they may have been exposed
to a drug-resistant bacterial “superbug” during endoscopy
procedures that infected seven patients and contributed to two
deaths.

More than 170 patients who may have been infected by the
carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae, or CRE, are being
offered home testing kits that would be analyzed by the
University of California at Los Angeles hospital system, UCLA
officials said.

Feb 19, 2015

U.S. labor secretary presses on in West Coast port talks

LOS ANGELES, Feb 19 (Reuters) – The U.S. labor secretary
engaged in a third straight day of talks with shipping
executives and union leaders for dockworkers on Thursday seeking
to settle a contract dispute that has led to months of
disruptions at the 29 ports along the West Coast.

Labor Secretary Tom Perez joined the talks in San Francisco
at the behest of President Barack Obama, who has come under
growing political pressure to intervene in a conflict that has
reverberated through the trans-Pacific commercial supply chain
and could, by some estimates, cost the U.S. economy billions of
dollars.

Feb 19, 2015

L.A. hospital warns 179 patients possibly exposed to ‘superbug’ from endoscopies

LOS ANGELES, Feb 19 (Reuters) – A large Los Angeles public
hospital has notified scores of patients they were possibly
exposed to a drug-resistant bacterial “superbug” during
endoscopy procedures that infected seven patients and may have
contributed to two deaths.

The 179 patients who may have been infected by the
carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE) are being offered
home testing kits that would be analyzed by the University of
California, Los Angeles, hospital system, UCLA officials said.

Feb 19, 2015

Pressure mounts on shippers, union to settle West Coast ports dispute

LOS ANGELES, Feb 18 (Reuters) – The U.S. labor secretary
joined congressional leaders and three governors on Wednesday in
pressing shipping lines and the dockworkers’ union to settle a
contract dispute that has led to months of turmoil clogging
cargo traffic at 29 West Coast ports.

Tom Perez, the labor secretary, was sent to San Francisco as
an emissary of President Barack Obama, who has come under
mounting pressure to intervene in a conflict that has
reverberated through the trans-Pacific commercial supply chain
and could, by some estimates, cost the U.S. economy billions of
dollars.

Feb 18, 2015

Refinery blast at Exxon refinery in Torrance, Calif., injures 3

LOS ANGELES, Feb 18 (Reuters) – An explosion and fire ripped
through a gasoline processing unit at an Exxon Mobil refinery in
Torrance, California, near Los Angeles on Wednesday,
slightly injuring three workers and shattering windows of
surrounding buildings, authorities said.

The cause of the blast, shortly before 9 a.m. PST (1600
GMT), was under investigation, but there was no evidence of foul
play, said Torrance Fire Captain Steve Deuel.

Feb 18, 2015

U.S. labor secretary to hold more talks in West Coast ports dispute

LOS ANGELES, Feb 18 (Reuters) – U.S. Labor Secretary Tom
Perez planned to hold a second round of talks with shipping
company executives and union leaders for 20,000 dockworkers on
Wednesday, seeking to broker a deal to end months of labor
turmoil clogging cargo traffic at 29 West Coast ports.

Perez was sent to San Francisco as an emissary of President
Barack Obama, who has come under mounting pressure to intervene
in a conflict that has reverberated through the trans-Pacific
commercial supply chain and, by some estimates, could cost the
U.S. economy billions of dollars.

Feb 18, 2015

U.S. labor secretary joins talks in West Coast ports dispute

LOS ANGELES, Feb 17 (Reuters) – U.S. Labor Secretary Tom
Perez on Tuesday urged shipping company executives and union
leaders for 20,000 dockworkers to settle a contract dispute that
has led to months of clogged cargo traffic and other disruptions
at 29 West Coast ports.

Perez was sent to join the talks in San Francisco by
President Barack Obama, who has come under mounting pressure to
intervene in the labor conflict that has rippled through the
commercial supply chain across the Pacific and by some estimates
could ultimately cost the U.S. economy billions of dollars.

Feb 17, 2015

U.S. West Coast ports reopen as labor secretary arrives for talks

LOS ANGELES, Feb 17 (Reuters) – U.S. West Coast ports,
closed to incoming cargo vessels during the three-day holiday
weekend, reopened in full on Tuesday as Labor Secretary Tom
Perez arrived in San Francisco seeking to broker a settlement
ending months of shipping disruptions.

Perez was sent to meet with the two sides in the conflict at
the behest of President Barack Obama, who has come under
mounting pressure to intervene in a labor dispute that has
cascaded through the U.S. commercial supply chain and beyond.

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