Deal reached to avert U.S. port strike for now

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bobber1956 wrote:

wew-this is actually bigger than the cliff negotiations.

Dec 28, 2012 1:23pm EST  --  Report as abuse
JohnnyReno wrote:

… and those port workers make about as much as our congressmen.

Dec 28, 2012 1:56pm EST  --  Report as abuse
MikeBarnett wrote:

I agree with the comment of bobber1956 because our Brazilian interests would have had more difficulty shipping to US buyers in the northeast at an already difficult time for the US economy. The ripple effects would cause greater losses of sales in our second biggest market. The deal should be fair to workers because they purchase products and pay taxes. I have not studied the details of “cargo lashing” at this time, but I would not want cargo containers to fall off the ships, and seas have sufficient power to dislodge unsecured containers.

Dec 28, 2012 2:02pm EST  --  Report as abuse
AndrewBinga wrote:

Fire the dock workers and replace them with people who want to work.

Dec 28, 2012 3:06pm EST  --  Report as abuse
bobber1956 wrote:

AndrewBinga
Ever been down on a dock in mid January with a 40mph wind at 25 degrees and just have to get this stuff unloaded. Me either but I am gald they do. Pay the man.

Dec 28, 2012 3:31pm EST  --  Report as abuse
go2goal wrote:

It’s time to start finally paying workers a LIVING WAGE and to stop exploiting workers in order to enrich the way over paid executives, bankers, and shareholders….PERIOD!

Give the workers what they are asking for…they aren’t the greedy bastards. The greedy bastards are the senior executives and the board…..cut the SERP plan and executive salaries and bonuses to help cover the costs of the hard working laborers!

It’s time for economic equality in the US….the rich have had it too easy for way too long!

Dec 28, 2012 3:41pm EST  --  Report as abuse
truckerinport wrote:

The typical ILA member gets paid over $125,000. The victims here are the truckers who have to wait between 3 to 4 hrs getting a container out of the ports and are penalized with these work slowdown protests that the union implements from time to time. These union members should appreciate what the earn and try to remember to treat the truckes that bring in there containers with respect and dignity. Working at the piers myself I can tell you of horror stories on the treatment of the truckers by some of these union members.

Dec 28, 2012 3:49pm EST  --  Report as abuse
JustProduce wrote:

It is laughable to read that these workers are not greedy.
Let’s leave other greedy people out of this debate. Let’s not divert the attention away from what matters. Let’s focus on the workers and their wages instead.
If you want to see whether these people get paid too much or not, open their jobs to a free markets. Remove the unions and see what happens when people can actually get fired for poor performance. Once the under-performers are out, there will be job openings. Since there will be no union membership, prior union members will not be able to place their family members ahead of outside candidates. After a few rounds, if the work is as hard as it is portrayed the wages will go up as no workers would want to fill the openings. If, on the other hand, the jobs pay too high of wages, pay will go down. Simple. The market is a great price discovery mechanism, but only when monopolistic agents like unions are removed.
In an open market, jobs that offer better wages attract more job seekers. This reduces wages until the job pays what it should based on what all other similar jobs pay.
So, I say we let the new job seekers establish the right wage levels and not the unions.

Dec 28, 2012 6:36pm EST  --  Report as abuse
BurnerJack wrote:

In all the reports about this impending Labor Action, I have as yet senn NO details as to what the demands are, what the issues are, what the present comensation package(s) are and what the union(s) want. Seems like an AMAZING ommission. Are we being kept in the dark for a reason? What might those reasons be? Isn’t that just basic News Journalism? When I look to the Media, I look to be informed. Maybe more than what Kim Kardashian is wearing today. Is that really asking too much? It must be really demoralizing to be a journalist today, spending all that time and money for education only to be allowed the most trivial tidbits of irrelevance to report on knowing full well there is so much more to be said. Sigh….

Dec 28, 2012 7:17pm EST  --  Report as abuse
bobber1956 wrote:

truckerinport
How about the Teamsters? They won’t help you out? Yeah, thought so. Some of us have been around a while.

Dec 28, 2012 7:49pm EST  --  Report as abuse
CountryPride wrote:

America and the American worker has already been sold to the Chinese by crooked politicians in return for artificially keeping our economy running and therefore keeping them in political power. Once the Chinese owned superport Punta Colonet which is just south of California in Mexico is finished, American ports, their workers and American truck drivers are finished. They will use cheap Chinese and Mexican labor at this port and then thanks to NAFTA use Mexican rail and semi’s to ship in cheap Chinese garbage to increase their already dominant stranglehold on American markets. The only solution to this problem is 1. Americans need to start putting into practice buying local or don’t buy at all unless absolutely necessary.

Dec 29, 2012 5:14am EST  --  Report as abuse
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