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LA ports reopen after
crippling 8-day strike ends

Associated Press, by John Rogers

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Posted By:LittleHoodedMonk, 12/6/2012 1:14:07 AM

Los Angeles - Port clerks returned to work Wednesday, jubilant in the knowledge that an eight-day strike that paralyzed the nation´s busiest shipping complex had won them - at least for now - guarantees that their jobs won´t be outsourced to China, Arizona or other places. The 600 clerical workers at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach represented by the International Longshore and Warehouse Union won only modest increases in wage and pension benefits over the life of a new four-year contract. (Snip) "The key issue in this whole strike was the outsourcing of good jobs,
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So, 600 people [and their union] were able to completely shut down these two major American ports. Sounds like something that Homeland Security needs to address.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: miceal, 12/6/2012 1:29:00 AM     (No. 9050899)

Do I care? NO! I wish NOTHING but the worst for the West Coast. Sorry, but you built this so live with it.....

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Reply 2 - Posted by: ZurichMike, 12/6/2012 1:32:06 AM     (No. 9050902)

Remember when Reagan fired the air traffic controllers? The good old days.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: Pam, 12/6/2012 2:00:03 AM     (No. 9050911)

The new wage package means if a two wage earning family works at the ports, they are part of the 2%. Millionaires and billionaires don´t you know.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: flatwater, 12/6/2012 2:20:21 AM     (No. 9050918)

Typical union scum.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: kelty, 12/6/2012 3:30:41 AM     (No. 9050931)

Do you have a problem with tax dollars staying in the US and not going to China or Taiwan?

And as a CA, I´m glad the jobs are staying here.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: ho72, 12/6/2012 4:47:53 AM     (No. 9050945)

I agree with #5. These workers will be paying more in taxes and supporting local businesses far more capably than if they´d been forced to take jobs at Walmart (where they´d likely be on foodstamps).

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Reply 7 - Posted by: A Balrog of Morgoth, 12/6/2012 8:33:59 AM     (No. 9051210)

#5 and #6 got lost on their way to Daily Kos.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: SoCalGal, 12/6/2012 9:00:22 AM     (No. 9051248)

Re #1, attitudes like that are scary for the lack of knowledge they display. The Port of Los Angeles is one of the main ways in and out of the United States as a whole. Its paralysis shuts down the shipment of American production to the rest of the world on the Pacific side.

And why anyone who can look up numbers knows that all Californians are not responsible for what goes on their politically is beyond my ken. We all did not "build this". And our numbers are in the many millions.

We have excuses for many things we do and say. Blind ignorance of the facts is not an excuse.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: SoCalGal, 12/6/2012 9:02:02 AM     (No. 9051255)

Correction: "goes on THERE politically"

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Reply 10 - Posted by: SoCalGal, 12/6/2012 9:03:25 AM     (No. 9051260)

Goodness. What a messy post. Meant to say:

And why anyone who can look up numbers DOESN´T KNOW that all Californians are not responsible for what goes on their state politically is beyond my ken. We all did not "build this". And our numbers are in the many millions.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: civilservant, 12/6/2012 9:17:59 AM     (No. 9051292)

#´s 5 & 6, I´d explain the junction between the higher rates and lower economic activity that will produce LOWER tax revenue´s but as you are both products(obviously) of the Edumacational Sistem(TM)given us by the democrats, you would not understand.


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Reply 12 - Posted by: earlybird, 12/6/2012 9:28:46 AM     (No. 9051308)

According to the article their beef was that they were increasingly being replaced by workers in other countries or other lower-paying states as they retired or were off on their extended vacations and so forth.

Apparently their rather complicated work is computerized to the extent that it can be handled from any location, not just at the local Port offices. They say outsourcing has occurred, that they have proof; the Port says no.

The reason a relatively small union can paralyze a port is that they are pretty much the nerve center of the entire operation. And then the other unions join in.

The unions have far too much power no matter where in our country they exist. There was a time long ago when they served a useful purpose. That is long past. Now they are a power force, a political force, that would shape our country. Politicians like Jerry Brown and Obie know that.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: Emerson, 12/6/2012 9:30:38 AM     (No. 9051312)

I have an odd feeling that some didn´t read the article so don´t understand what #5 and #6 were talking about.

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Reply 14 - Posted by: bullhead, 12/6/2012 12:28:18 PM     (No. 9051886)

When the widening of the Panama Canal is complete, ship traffic will increasingly arrive at Gulf Coast (aka The Third Coast) ports located in right-to-work states.

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Reply 15 - Posted by: civilservant, 12/11/2012 1:37:53 PM     (No. 9059875)

#14, striking union members are the primary reason that labor decamps to China........

It´s possible you are unaware of the Stevedore issues that predicated the usage of conatinerized shipping models.

See, it was STRIKING UNION members that forced the change way back when......and the continued demands that keep them looking for OTHER ports.

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