Union workers have stalled talks to settle new contracts for dock workers at 29 West Coast ports. Employers have been left exasperated after the unions representing ocean shipping lines and port terminal operators have demanded 'small table' talks. The Maritime Association has called the latest development a slowdown tactic. Labor complaints have become an increasing issue and employers have alleged that dockworkers are deliberately dragging as they load and unload ships. Public pressure has been mounting to resolve the labor strife issues. Many of the affected ports handle billions of dollars worth of exports and imports daily.The Unions will meet again for further discussions on December 2.