Dockworkers’ dispute cuts production at Honda Indiana plant

Cargo containers are seen on top of ships anchored off the Long Beach Harbor waiting to be unloaded due to a labor dispute, as seen from a whale watching ship in Long Beach, Calif., on Monday, Feb. 9, 2015. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)

GREENSBURG, Ind. (AP) — A labor dispute that’s crippled international trade through the West Coast’s seaports has prompted Honda to cut production at its southeastern Indiana plant due to a parts shortage.

Honda spokeswoman Anita Sipes tells the Greensburg Daily News (http://bit.ly/1vWKrfY ) the automaker has tried using alternative means of getting parts.

But Sipes says cargo bottlenecks at 29 West Coast seaports affected by dockworkers’ contract dispute are preventing the Greensburg plant from getting electronics and transmissions.

Honda scheduled two days this week and next Monday as days that the plant’s 2,000 workers can stay home without pay, take paid time off or report for training or other duties.

Production at the Honda plant about 50 miles southeast of Indianapolis will be cut in half for the rest of this week.

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Information from: Greensburg Daily News, http://www.greensburgdailynews.com

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