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Labor dispute could affect Boston port

A labor dispute between longshoremen and a consortium of shipping companies and East Coast ports is generating worries that, if unresolved, the dispute could lead to a shutdown of the Boston port and others.

According to the United States Maritime Alliance, which represents the ports and shipping companies, the International Longshoremen’s Association voted to strike when the current contract ­expires on Dec. 29.

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