Business: That Tricky Trike Strike

Dock stoppage annoys but doesn 't paralyze

What dock strike? Now in its second month and with a good possibility of ending this week, the walkout by longshoremen at container ports from Maine to Texas has so far sent no more than a ripple through the U.S. economy. It has been a strike of a thousand pinpricks—an annoying shortage here, a raised price there. Unlike stoppages in major industries such as coal and steel, which threaten the nation's ability to produce, the dock strike has only slowed or stopped deliveries of hundreds of less-than-vital...

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