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Small union is causing
big problems for ports

Los Angeles Times, by Ronald D. White

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Posted By:StormCnter, 12/1/2012 4:58:04 AM

The small band of strikers that has effectively shut down the nation´s busiest shipping complex forced two huge cargo ships to head for other ports Thursday and kept at least three others away, hobbling an economic powerhouse in Southern California. The disruption is costing an estimated $1 billion a day at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, on which some 600,000 truckers, dockworkers, trading companies and others depend for their livelihoods. "The longer it goes, the more the impacts increase," said Paul Bingham, an economist with infrastructure consulting firm CDM Smith.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: mws50, 12/1/2012 5:08:45 AM     (No. 9042492)

Hire replacements. Problem solved.


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Reply 2 - Posted by: ocjim, 12/1/2012 5:24:13 AM     (No. 9042494)

Absolutely mind-blowing salary and impact numbers in this article. A handful of clerical(???) workers causing a $Billion a day losses. You have gotta be kiddin´ me. What an incredible indictment of unions today?!

And what are they fighting for...

FTA: ´´Stephen Berry, lead negotiator for the shipping lines and cargo terminals, said the clerical workers have been offered a deal that includes ´´absolute job security,´´ a raise that would take average annual pay to $195,000 from $165,000, 11 weeks´ paid vacation and a generous pension increase.´´

Extortion.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: Keekng, 12/1/2012 6:29:45 AM     (No. 9042518)

Only one billion a day? Moonbeam should be able to cover that with a tax increase.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: franq, 12/1/2012 6:59:34 AM     (No. 9042536)

Wait until the janitors go on strike. We´ve all seen toilets with roll of toilet paper emptied into them...along with other "stuff".

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Reply 5 - Posted by: right-turn, 12/1/2012 7:10:54 AM     (No. 9042544)

Something is wrong with this. Fire them all and replace them with people that want to work.
This is blackmail!

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Reply 6 - Posted by: dirtyjersey, 12/1/2012 8:01:47 AM     (No. 9042587)

Wait till the Mexicans build a container port and rail link in Ensenada. For some reason, unions always think that people will continue to be extorted without any reaction.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: Keekng, 12/1/2012 8:21:56 AM     (No. 9042623)

They were offered "a raise that would take average annual pay to $195,000 from $165,000, 11 weeks´ paid vacation and a generous pension increase" and they turned it down? That is truly incredible.


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Reply 8 - Posted by: MOAB, 12/1/2012 8:43:30 AM     (No. 9042651)

How about them Unions! Another industry will be moving to Mexico thanks to Unions and high taxes.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: privateer, 12/1/2012 8:50:49 AM     (No. 9042664)

Mafia paper-pushers sure get paid well. Moonbeam should declare Oakland´s port a union-free zone. Oh wait, in the interest of National Security, King Hussein could do it. LOL.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: Ouachita, 12/1/2012 9:29:46 AM     (No. 9042751)

In 2014 the Panama Canal will open a second, larger shipping lane for the large container ships. That train to Houston that the clerk alludes to will then be leaving Houston and other major Gulf Coast ports. The West Coast ports will then be reduced in size.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: JAN, 12/1/2012 10:00:23 AM     (No. 9042822)

They have joined forces with anarchists, OWSers, and assorted other criminals.



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Reply 12 - Posted by: veritas, 12/1/2012 11:11:15 AM     (No. 9042991)

This involves national security. Seize the ports. Get them operating. Arrest any troublemakers.

Of course, under Stinky the Gutless, none of that will ever happen. So the rest of the country takes another big hit.

I should go pluck more chickens. Gonna need the feathers....

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Reply 13 - Posted by: horacer, 12/1/2012 11:19:01 AM     (No. 9043011)

... the union wants to continue a practice called "featherbedding," or bringing in temporary workers even when there is no work.

I must be on the wrong planet. The whole world is nuts.

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