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BYLINE: Bill Mongelluzzo
LONG BEACH, Calif. -- Negotiators for the International Longshore and Warehouse Union and Pacific Maritime Association have picked up the pace as Tuesday's contract expiration deadline approaches.
"They're meeting every day and over the weekend," said ILWU spokesman Craig Merrilees.
"There's great intensity on both sides," said Jim McKenna, PMA president.
The current waterfront contract expires Tuesday. Both sides are attempting to avoid a repeat of the 2002 negotiations when negotiations dragged on beyond the July 1 expiration date and employers responded to ILWU work-slowdowns with a 10-day lockout of …