More Supply Chain Disruptions Coming

Things appear to be almost back to normal at West Coast ports, at the heart of major supply chain disruptions that began happening across the US last year. But a new wave of disruption could soon hit. While the ill effects of Covid have disappeared, the increasing need for automation by ports to stay competitive has increased the labor conflict that has long plagued them.

On Friday, the collective bargaining agreement covering shore workers along the West Coast expired, and included a “no strike” clause in the contract. This will allow 22,400 shipbuilders to leave the job at any time until the new contract is ratified. Negotiations began in May and could last for months. A strike would close 29 ports, including the adjacent Los Angeles and Long Beach complexes, which handle 47 percent of containerized imports from China and other Asian manufacturing hubs. More Supply Chain Disruptions Coming

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