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Bush to Intervene in Port Lockout

October 7, 2002

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WASHINGTON _ President Bush will intervene in the West Coast port lockout Monday with a board of inquiry, a potential first step toward ordering dock workers back to their jobs, two administration officials said.

The board is to make a quick assessment of the economic damage of the labor dispute and determine whether the two sides are negotiating in good faith.

Bush is forming the board under the Taft-Hartley Act, hours after talks broke down between the union and management Sunday night.

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