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Japanese firm plans to build light-rail cars in L.A. area after all
Japanese firm plans to build light-rail cars in L.A. area after all

A month after threatening to avoid California when talks with organized labor groups derailed, a Japanese company said it would follow through with much-touted plans to open a light-rail manufacturing facility in Los Angeles County after all. Rather than build a new factory, Kinkisharyo International of Osaka will retrofit an existing space in Palmdale to build light-rail vehicles for the Metropolitan Transportation Authority. The company will also recognize a labor union if a majority of employees request one. The agreement marks the apparent end of a multi-year battle between Los Angeles County's powerful organized labor movement and a company that has not traditionally had unions...

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