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February labor disputes at West Coast ports have ended but Dave Blanchard of IndustryWeek reports on the lingering supply chain consequences - including how manufacturers can avoid the impact of similar events in the future. Supply Chain: Any Old Storm in the Ports By: Dave Blanchard (Industry Week) The labor dispute at the U.S. West Coast ports may have ended, but its impact on manufacturers could be long and lingering as it exposed vulnerabilities within the global supply chain. Gene Seroka, executive director of the Port of Los Angeles, has estimated that it could take as much as three months to clear up the backlog of containers from cargo ships that were anchored offshore during the work slowdown. And a Wall Street Journal report estimates that it could take up to six months to get back to business-as-usual at all 29 West Coast ports affected by the dispute. More than 70% of all imports from Asia enter the United States through one of the West Coast ports, and the labor slowdown
Workers in right-to-work states could face challenges with unions stemming from recent discussions by the NLRB. Deceptive assault: Obama NLRB seeks to gut right-to-work laws, say critics By: Perry Chiaramonte (Fox News) Opponents of Big Labor complained to lawmakers Wednesday that the Obama administrations National Labor Relations Board is poised to gut right-to-work laws with a seemingly simple tweak they claim could leave independent workers at the mercy of the unions they rejected. The board is considering requiring non-union workers who work at unionized companies - something that can only happen in the 25 so-called right-to-work states - to pay fees to unions in order to file workplace grievances. That, complained Mark Mix, president of the National Right to Work Committee, gives the unions, who control the grievance process, too much power over workers who opted out. History has shown that union officials all too often initiate on-the-job discrimination, which forces a worker