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The Bush Administration has ordered the Pacific Maritime Association, which represents employers at 29 West Coast ports from San Diego to Seattle, to reopen dock facilities.

President Bush invoked the Taft-Hartley Act to impose an 80-day cooling off period.

Operations are expected to resume late today. Some estimates are it could take six or seven weeks to clear the backlog of cargo.

The 10,500 members of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union had been locked out by management as part of a long labor dispute.
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