Longshoremen on the West Coast of the United States returned to work on Sunday (20 February) after the longest dock strike in American history.
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Background: Longshoremen on the West Coast of the United States returned to work on Sunday (20 February) after the longest dock strike in American history. The strikers approved a nw 18-month contract on Saturday (19 February) which ended the 136-day strike.
The contract includes wage rises of up to 26 per cent, adding to the cost of the disputes which Government economists estimate at 2,000 million dollars (784 million sterling).
The strike began on the 1st of July last year and lasted 100 days until President Nixon invoked the Taft-Hartley Act on October 6th, forcing the 15,000 dockers back to work for an 80-day "cooling off" period. This expired on December 26th, but both sides extended their agreement twice while talks continued.