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West Coast Port Dispute Forces Some Companies to the Air

Posted February 18, 2015

(Agence France-Presse)

Japan’s top three automakers said Wednesday that a US port strike has hit their North American production with some resorting to airlifts to keep plants running at full steam.

Dock workers on the US West Coast are reportedly on a go-slow and have not been supplying full crews for months in a bid to gain bargaining leverage in labor negotiations – a situation that led to a crippling French fry shortage at Japanese fast-food outlets last year.

Now, Japan’s major automakers say that the prolonged labor dispute is hitting their supply chain as they race to ship parts to North American factories. Click here to read more.