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West Coast port shutdown affecting Eastern Washington business owners

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Spokane business owner Cheryl Scribner says the port shutdown is affecting her business Spokane business owner Cheryl Scribner says the port shutdown is affecting her business
SPOKANE, Wash. - Nearly 30 ports that handle roughly one quarter of the U.S. international trade have all but been in a lockout since negotiations with dock workers and their employees began in May. 

Cheryl Scribner, owner of a Spokane floor and carpet wholesale store, never thought the west coast labor disputes would become a problem for her.

"You never think it's going to affect you, especially in Spokane," says Scribner. "I just never thought it would ever get this close." 

Scribner says her business is completely dependent on imports and orders she places today more than likely won't be filled for more than eight weeks. She says it's not a problem for people looking to remodel their kitchen or bathroom, but it's a bigger concern for contractors looking to customize a project using supplies from Scribner. 

"With a custom house there's contracts and those houses have to be done within a time frame. So they have to re-select material or they have to wait," says Scribner. 

For now, there's nothing Scribner can do but wait and hope that the negotiations come to a quick end. 

"It's affecting me, it's affecting my employees, my customers and it's affecting the economy of Spokane," says Scribner.

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