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The Seattle Times reports that after being locked out on Friday, dockworkers at 29 West Coast ports are expected to return to work today.

The lockout was ordered by the Pacific Maritime Association, which represents employers at the ports, as a way of cooling off the situation after a negotiation period that was becoming protracted and unproductive. However, it was not expected by local analysts that the lockout would improve the situation, and concerns remain about the impact labor strife at the ports might have on imports and exports, as well as upcoming holiday season sales.
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