LOS ANGELES (AP) - A dispute between West Coast dockworkers and their employers isn't going to steal Christmas.

LOS ANGELES (AP) A dispute between West Coast dockworkers and their employers isn't going to steal Christmas.

Longshoremen who handle billions of dollars of cargo have been working since July without a contract, and negotiations over a new one turned contentious this fall.

On Tuesday, full negotiating teams are meeting for the first time in nearly two weeks.

Public pressure has been mounting, especially because trade mostly to and from Asia has been slowed.

The union cites a shortage of truck beds to carry containers from dockside yards; their employers accuse dockworkers of orchestrating work slowdowns.

While both are a factor, retailers say most holiday goods are safely through the ports. Most likely affected would be the restocking of "must-have" toys or other surprise sellers.

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