With tricky health care agreement in hand, negotiations proceed on West Coast port contract

  • by: JUSTIN PRITCHARD , Associated Press
  • Updated: August 27, 2014 - 6:45 PM

LOS ANGELES — Negotiators hoping to forge a new contract for dockworkers and keep hundreds of billions of dollars in cargo moving smoothly through West Coast seaports made significant progress with a tentative deal on health care benefits, a knotty issue that tied up talks for months.

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