In the latest chapter of the labor battle at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, the Pacific Maritime Association, which represents shipping companies in their dealings with port labor, is under fire after it prevented dockworkers from unloading ships Monday. The PMA said it issued the order to clear out cargo containers from congested terminal yards, but the move left nine container ships languishing at sea as they waited to be unloaded, the Long Beach Press Telegram reports.

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