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Imminent port strike would hit 4 Florida ports

The M/V Cathrine Rickmers gets ready to unload at Jaxport, one of four Florida ports that would be affected if dockworkers go out on strike Dec. 30. Photo from Jaxport.

Four of Florida’s biggest ports will shut down in nine days if dockworkers and shipping companies don’t reach a labor agreement, putting a dent in the state -- not to mention the national -- economy just as 2013 gets started.

Workers at 15 ports along the East and Gulf coasts will walk out on Dec. 30 if a deal isn’t reached. The International Longshoremen Association and the United States Maritime Alliance Ltd. are squabbling over wages and royalties for workers. According to USA Today, talks broke down between the two sides Monday.

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