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Gov. Inslee says tunnel work to resume as labor talks continue

September 23, 2013 J,

The tunnel-boring machine known as Bertha that’s used for the Alaskan Way tunnel project was shut down because of a labor dispute, but the governor says the project will be back on track soon.

The longshoremen began picketing at Terminal 46 on the waterfront on Aug. 20.  Bertha has not moved since.

The dispute is about who should transport the dirt from the dig site.

The jobs in question would cover about four to eight work shifts a day.

The longshoremen’s union said the task of moving the dirt along a conveyer belt to the barges belongs to them.

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