California may find itself in a disastrous fiscal situation, but that won’t stop California’s newly-empowered unions from flexing their muscle. In the aftermath of the failure of Proposition 32, which would have prevented public sector unions from funding politicians, the unions are celebrating their confirmed power by striking. The latest strikes started today with the International Longshore and Warehouse Union Local 63, which shut down the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach. The Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach are the busiest ports in the United States.
Comments: Here we have more criminal behavior from the esteemed members of the unions.
Ah yes! When you lie down with dogs, (unions) you get up with fleas! (Crippling and destructive strikes- See Hostess) Just the tip of the iceberg when you have unions totally backed by your Federal government.
My younger brother saw the waste, fraud and abuse that goes on at Long Beach: his ship waited nearly 3 days to load a shipment of wheat. The reason? A union-mandated supervisor couldn´t be located. Never mind that there was one (two? three?) available on nearby piers - the union has their own list of requirements that would make most banks blush.
And so here we are - unions are now shutting down two major west coast ports. This reeks of the air traffic controllers´ strike. Too bad we don´t have the leadership now that was shown then.
They´ll push the nation toward Communism, and then suffer the consequences of that with the rest of us. (Only the union elites will prosper under the Party; union rank and file will be oppressed with everybody else.)
Once the Panama Canal is widened, then freight will go to Houston rather than LA. There´s also a railroad project in Columbia which will compete with the Panama Canal. The days of west coast ports are numbered.
1. This is national security. Nationalize the operation of the ports ´til adults from the union step forward. 2. Intermodal ports are huge investments that are also constrained by geography. There are none in Kansas, for example. Significant idle capacity isn´t available in this or most capital-intensive industries. 3. Sending west-coast cargoes to Gulf or other ports isn´t feasible. Locomotives, well cars, double-stacks, and intermodal railyards at the other end are also not sitting there waiting. 4. The biggest problem is the usurper in the White House. 4.
Having sailed into and out of Long Beach, it is huge and a marvel to watch working BUT these are unions and where there are unions there are thugs who want power. Massive container ships sit off the coast waiting their turn to get unloaded. You can see the possibilities for corruption there. Those ships are captive. The products on them must be delivered. The trains and semi´s that will deliver those containers are waiting and counting on that business to pay their bills.
The backs of the UNIONS must be broken and the criminal in them imprisoned for American industry to get fixed, period!!
Just FYI, in the cruising industry, California ports are considered some of the hardest to deal with in the US due to a) the unions b) the feds. Canada and Mexico are much easier to work with and seem much more happy for the business.
Most container ships are from China to LA, so New Orleans and Charleston definitely not economical alternatives. Obama has said we will have a Scrooge Christmas if he doesn´t get his way on everything and this is part of it. The affect on the economy will be disasterous.
Ports like Singapore have through-puts that make LA/LB look medieval. Other modern seaports use bar code tracking and computerized and automated cargo tracking, while the LA/LB unions refuse to update, and insist on paper manifests. It´s the 21st century, guys, get with the program.
Organized labor in this country has a long history of criminal/anti-American behavior. EXHIBIT "A".......In 1943, at the height of World War II, 500,000 members of the United Mine Workers, led by John L. Lewis, walked off the job, thereby shutting down the nation´s vital wartime coal industry.
Exactly #4 and #17. Re-routing a container from a Chinese port is no easy task, especially when your container is one of thousands that needs to be re-routed. My inlaws company uses Long Beach and my mother-in-law is furious over this strike. Not only does this delay shipments but it holds containers already in the port hostage. You want your product put on a train? Too bad! These selfish, union scum secretaries make 100k + a year, have benefits, vacation and pensions. But its not enough! They want 12 weeks vacation and $190,000 a year. My inlaws would love to have 12 weeks vacation too-- though they are lucky to get a week a year. Looks like this may ruin their Christmas trip to visit us. The world has gone mad. Posted from my iPhone, please pardon any typos.
Prop 32 had no support. The anti-prop 32 gang was all over the airwaves lying about the bill and who was funding it. They never fought back. It was a chance for California to make a comeback, and it failed. And this is what we get. A true tragedy.
You mean the same port where foreign run loaded trucks drive into warehouses then return later to haul away the same merchandise now labeled made in the USA? My brother has refused as many other independent truck line owners to even enter Ca. Trains by all means ---especially to ship to states where most the tracks have been removed.
As noted above, the improved Panama canal (within a year or two from completion) will reroute goods destined for the central and eastern parts of the US to the Gulf of Mexico or further up the eastern seaboard. CA ports will then only serve CA and NV.
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