Skip to comments.West Coast: $100,000 longshoreman: union wins the global game
Posted on 10/06/2002 10:06:58 PM PDT by Ernest_at_the_BeachEdited on 04/13/2004 3:37:26 AM PDT by Jim Robinson. [history]
OAKLAND, CALIF. -- To American unions, globalization is a nefarious force that has wiped out the jobs of millions of well-paid blue-collar workers.
But the members of one union have played the global-trading system as well as any international investor: the longshoremen. They wield so much power that they have managed to obtain cradle-to-grave benefits and salaries to make many white-collar college graduates envious. For the longshoremen, globalization has been nothing but a blessing.
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Who'da thunk it?
Sounds like a union that REALLY needs to be busted up.
My dad is a professional union buster, and I can tell you that the person that breaks the ILWU will claim an 8 figure prize.
So, smart guy, if it is so easy, walk up and claim the fortune of a lifetime.
There is a reason these guys make that kind of money.
In Silicon Valley, some work for just promise of pay (over 200 apply to job w/no pay)
...and this is significant to the ILWU in what way?
Who'da thunk it?
Enron, Arthur Andersen, Worldcom, Global Crossing, Tyco, etc.
The union is against increased efficiency for the business of getting goods to YOU...
They are attempting to hold the free mrket hostage to protect their own jobs as those jobs become increasingly less necessary... And therefore more expensive... To YOU...
The added pain that this shut down will cause to the American economy and it's businesses that rely on just in time inventory will shock the sheeple...
One day, conscious humans will realize that unions are part of the problem, not part of the solution...
Some of the libs just make it too easy.
And no, I couldn't really avoid her. Her husband and mine share an office - he's an NPR kind of guy and mine plays Rush in his down time.
Seems out of character with their founders ideology. They should contribute to those out of work in the Silicon Valley!
They know how to bring home the bacon?
"Well _______... if this was gonna be decided by public opinion I'd be concerned.. but this isn't a prom queen election... if PMA had been able to maneauver us into striking it'd have been dicy but now almost anything that happens benefits us.... we're ready to go back to work at anytime.... or stay locked out as long as they like... heck, even if MonkeyBoy orders PMA to let us back in, that works for us too... and when this is all over and we're back to work with a new contract we'll be making more money than ever... If Bush wants to get all froggy and jump in with PMA and actually attempt to bust us out of the ports ... well I'm guessing we won't be seeing another Repug President for a Long LONG time... "
"FEAR the clapping Monkey!"
What about increasing the number of ships sent directly to Canada from Asia or whatever? They're not "diverted." Truckers and trains would deliver the goods from Canada to wherever they were supposed to go, and bring US products and food for export back to the Canadian docks.
and East Coast ports are unavailable because the Panama Canal is too small to handle the huge Pacific ships.
Could some cargo (as much as they can handle... not necessarily all) be unloaded in Mexico or some central American country, trucked across, and then shipped to the East coast of the US?
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