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Biden’s Labor Cred Risks More Cracks Over Pacific Ports Fight

  • Potential labor dispute threatens to snarl supply chains
  • New challenge for Biden after rail intervention angered allies
Container cranes stand idle at the Port of Los Angeles in Los Angeles, California. 

Container cranes stand idle at the Port of Los Angeles in Los Angeles, California. 

Photographer: Mario Tama/Getty Images

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President Joe Biden celebrated avoiding a disaster when the government stopped a railroad shutdown, but another economy-threatening labor dispute looms on the West Coast.

Dockworkers at some of the nation’s busiest ports have worked without a union contract since July 1 and there has been little progress toward a new deal. Negotiations resumed after Thanksgiving and both sides have vowed to stay at the bargaining table until a new pact is reached.