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Labor Secretary Thomas Perez met both parties accompanied by a mediator from the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service who has been assisting in the talks since early January.
Draymen say they could be forced out of business by huge demurrage and detention bills.
PMA says it offered the ILWU a 5-year contract with 3% annual wage increases, and negotiations will continue, but a lockout could occur in 5-10 days.
Transpacific carriers cite port congestion and stronger demand as economy improves.
New style port directors are trying to tailor ports to industry supply chain needs.
Senate moves to decouple fight over immigration policy from Homeland Security, but resistance remains in House.