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SoCal Port Strike Costing $1 Billion Per Day As Union Clerks Turn Down $190,000 Offer
Red State ^ | December 4, 2012

Posted on 12/04/2012 1:24:57 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet

Among the nation’s shrinking union population, the unionized office workers at Southern California’s ports make more than most actors in the Screen Actors Guild. They make more than union construction workers, truck drivers, school teachers, cops, fire fighters, and just about any other unionized profession you can think of (with the possible exception of sports players).

In fact, other than union bosses themselves, it can be easily argued that the office workers at SoCal ports are the union movement’s crème de la crème. As the office workers’ union has, so far, rejected an offer bringing their total compensation to nearly $200,000–they have become the highest paid office workers in the nation and they have a no layoff provision in their contract.

They are the 1% among unionized workers…Which is why their strike—which is costing $1 billion per day—seems all the more ridiculous.

Unionized office workers at California’s Los Angeles and Long Beach ports have been on strike now for over a week and it’s costing the California economy a staggering $1 billion per day as dock workers refuse to cross the office workers’ picket lines and unloaded ships line up, anchored at sea.

Losses mounted Friday for the strike-hobbled local ports, where picketing clerical workers have closed nearly all cargo terminals at the nation’s busiest shipping complex.

The strike by the 800-member clerks union, which began Tuesday, is creating losses estimated at $1 billion a day, including forfeited worker pay, missing revenue for truckers and other businesses and the value of cargo that has been diverted to other ports...

(Excerpt) Read more at redstate.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; Extended News; News/Current Events; US: California
KEYWORDS: california; economy; strike; unions
What's one billion dollars a day to such a thriving state?
1 posted on 12/04/2012 1:25:04 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Aren’t they working on a big port in Mexico to receive the China stuff and route it up thru Texas?


2 posted on 12/04/2012 1:28:07 PM PST by nascarnation (Baraq's economic policy: trickle up poverty)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I have a friend who makes 70K at UPS for driving 15 trucks a day through a car wash and filling them with gas.


3 posted on 12/04/2012 1:30:11 PM PST by Huskrrrr
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

190M for a clerk.

And they aren’t satisfied.


4 posted on 12/04/2012 1:31:59 PM PST by stephenjohnbanker
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To: Huskrrrr

I have 2 buddies who are retired pilots...both 30 year employees. One, a captain, flew passengers and made 225k when he retired; the other flew boxes and envelopes and made 275k.


5 posted on 12/04/2012 1:37:10 PM PST by sanjuanbob
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

So goodies from Uncle Hu Jintao are held up on the left coast. That’s just awful. [Little irony and sarcasm there.]


6 posted on 12/04/2012 1:54:19 PM PST by familyop (We Baby Boomers are croaking in an avalanche of rotten politics smelled around the planet.)
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To: Huskrrrr

A guy that got out a few months ahead of me back in the early 90s had a job like that lined up out west. After a couple of months he came back to SC because of some bimbo he knew. After arrival he got busted on a DUI and possibly some other stuff and did some time.


7 posted on 12/04/2012 1:55:06 PM PST by wally_bert (There are no winners in a game of losers. I'm Tommy Joyce, welcome to the Oriental Lounge.)
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To: stephenjohnbanker
190M for a clerk.And they aren’t satisfied.

Ten bucks says that you have to "know someone" to get one of these jobs.Very possibly in the Biblical sense.

8 posted on 12/04/2012 1:59:22 PM PST by Gay State Conservative (Benghazi: What Did Baraq Know And When Did He Know It?)
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To: Gay State Conservative
Bingo! When I lived in CA in the 90’s the tugboat pilots had a strike. These guys were making $250K plus in the 90’s. From what I recall people were stunned at the amount these guys were bringing in. The benefits were just as outrageous. Also, according to the news reports those jobs were not easy to get. The whole industry was built on nepotism and who you knew.....
9 posted on 12/04/2012 2:07:19 PM PST by martinidon
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Kabuki theater.

Obama gave the go-ahead, while Villar, Hahn, teacher’s union and all the dems support the strike.

All part of the plan to destroy America.


10 posted on 12/04/2012 2:08:08 PM PST by reagandemocrat
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Ronald Reagan had a solution to these sorts of shenanigans and employed it.


11 posted on 12/04/2012 2:40:39 PM PST by elkfersupper ( Member of the Original Defiant Class)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

The absolutely best thing we could do for our economy is to simply repeal all of our federal laws giving special rights and protections to unions.


12 posted on 12/04/2012 2:52:35 PM PST by 9YearLurker
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To: sanjuanbob

And your point is?


13 posted on 12/04/2012 2:52:50 PM PST by Osage Orange ( Liberalism, ideas so good they have to be mandatory.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

This is simple.

People are selfish. Unions are groups of people, thus large groups of evil.

If you allow unions, you open the door to this kind of tyranny.

If you give in, you will give in every single time there in a collective bargaining agreement negotiation.

So, either pay and shut up, or don’t.

It’s just math.


14 posted on 12/04/2012 2:58:55 PM PST by Bronco_Buster_FweetHyagh (I cling to guns and religion.)
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To: martinidon
I dunno....there's a certain amount of very special skill set's in piloting a tug boat...They push and haul multiple million dollar boats and merchandise around. It's not a job you just hire on..and start the next day.

I don't think there are too many thousands of job's for tug boat operator's out there.

That said...do I think they should make $250k a yr..??? I dunno...if that what the market bares, I'm good with it. But if that's what a Union has demanded...with untold bene's...I'm against it.

15 posted on 12/04/2012 3:11:16 PM PST by Osage Orange ( Liberalism, ideas so good they have to be mandatory.)
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To: Osage Orange

First of all, it’s a very dangerous job. Secondly, it doesn’t matter what they’re making as long as it’s in the private sector.

Public sector collective bargaining should be illegal. It should also be illegal for the state to interfere in the private sector concerning employer/union negotiations except for the purpose of preventing intimidation, thuggery, etc.


16 posted on 12/04/2012 3:24:17 PM PST by Gene Eric (Demoralization is a weapon of the enemy. Don't get it, don't spread it!)
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To: Bronco_Buster_FweetHyagh

>> Its just math.

There’s no reason why employees should not have the right to negotiate their salaries and benefits as a group. That doesn’t mean the employer is obliged to continue their employment however.

The “greed” factor applies to every level in the organization, management not excluded. Anyone in the chain of employment deserves the right to complain but at the risk of being fired without any involvement from the state. If two employees wish to complain as a group, why not let them do it? They can both be fired. It’s the state’s involvement that’s problematic, not the collective negotiating. The state must not be involved which includes outlawing public unions, or more specifically, collective bargaining.

This is liberty!


17 posted on 12/04/2012 3:34:07 PM PST by Gene Eric (Demoralization is a weapon of the enemy. Don't get it, don't spread it!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

This is going to be fun. When the Walmart shelves start going empty what is the Great Leader going to do?


18 posted on 12/04/2012 3:50:25 PM PST by DManA
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Three words: Port of Ensenada


19 posted on 12/04/2012 3:58:39 PM PST by morphing libertarian
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To: stephenjohnbanker

............and I read today, 11 weeks a year vacation


20 posted on 12/04/2012 3:59:49 PM PST by morphing libertarian
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To: Gay State Conservative; All

” 190M for a clerk.And they aren’t satisfied.

Ten bucks says that you have to “know someone” to get one of these jobs.”

These jobs are never published. I was told that you have to be a “blood relative” of a current employee , or politically connected to get a job with them. It is a closed shop.


21 posted on 12/05/2012 7:58:11 AM PST by stephenjohnbanker
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