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Biden to Visit Busiest US Port as Union Talks Raise Risk of a New Logjam

  • Pro-union leader seeks to avert port snarls as midterms near
  • US battling hot inflation, product shortages amid recovery
Container ships at the Port of Los Angeles.
Container ships at the Port of Los Angeles.Photographer: Bing Guan/Bloomberg

President Joe Biden’s administration is trying to avert another inflation-spawning logjam at the nation’s busiest seaport, just as the economy is starting to recover from the last one.

Biden will visit the port of Los Angeles on Friday with the White House closely watching talks on a new union contract for 22,000 West Coast dockworkers. A collapse of the negotiations risks a work stoppage during the port’s busiest time of year, one that would snarl US supply chains still suffering pandemic disruptions.