Toyota Motor Corp. said Monday it has reduced overtime at certain North American plants, but has yet to see a “significant impact” on operations. A Nissan Motor Co. spokesman said Monday that there has been some impact on parts shipments to the West coast, forcing the auto maker to use airfreight to deliver some parts to the U.S.
While large Japanese auto makers have based more car and light truck production in North America, key parts still come from Asia for many vehicles sold in the U.S. market. The Pacific Maritime Association, which represents employers, and the International Longshore and Warehouse Union, appear to be at an impasse in negotiations as cargo movement has come to a near standstill.Add Honda, and little Subaru to the American factories being harmed by shortages of component parts. Needless to say, autoworkers in these plants earn far less than your average ILWU worker.