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Los Angeles Port Truckers Vote To End Strike

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Truckers from three companies have voted to end their strike at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach.

The vote Thursday came after a truce brokered by LA Mayor Eric Garcetti.

The mayor, the Teamsters union and the companies said in a joint statement that the two sides would "continue discussions to resolve outstanding issues."

Truckers had accused the firms — WinWin Logistics Inc., QTS Inc. and LACA Express — of improperly classifying them as contractors, not full-time employees, to minimize wages and benefits.

The companies said in the statement that they have agreed to "respect drivers' right to choice with regard to unionization."

The truckers' action comes as the powerful dockworkers union and multinational shipping lines are negotiating a new contract for about 20,000 West Coast workers.

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