LOS ANGELES, Dec 4 (Reuters) - Striking harbor clerks
reached a tentative contract deal with management at the twin
ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach on Tuesday night, settling a
week-old labor clash that has idled most of America's biggest
The accord followed a resumption of negotiations after the
two sides agreed to accept the help of federal mediators under
pressure from Los Angeles Mayor Anthony Villagraigosa, who
announced the deal.