Tentative deal has been reached for West Coast port workers

A tentative agreement has been reached at West Coast ports that could put an end to strike threats and worker stoppages.

The Pacific Maritime Association and longshoremen have been at odds for more than a year. The deal, reached last night, would include a six-year contract covering all 29 West Coast ports.

In recent months, the Maritime Association has accused the longshore and warehouse union of staging work stoppages that have caused backups at ports.

Both sides must still ratify the agreement, but the U.S. Meat Export Federation calls it tremendous news for the red meat industry.