Sunday, June 22, 2014

...and I should feel sorry WHY?

I'm not rabid anti-union, which has previously pissed off several of our members.  Having said that, SOME unions are over the top in their demands.  These clowns are on the abusive, self-important, WTF list.

IMHO anyway.

The West Coast ports that are America's gateway for hundreds of billions of dollars of trade with Asia and beyond are no stranger to labor unrest and even violence.

Now, the contract that covers nearly 20,000 dockworkers is set to expire, and businesses that trade in everything from apples to iPhones are worried about disruptions just as the crush of cargo for the back-to-school and holiday seasons begins.

With contentious issues including benefits and job security on the table, smooth sailing is no guarantee.  

On one side is the International Longshore and Warehouse Union, with its tradition of fierce activism dating to the Great Depression, when two of its members were killed during a strike. On the other is the Pacific Maritime Association, which represents shipping lines and operators of terminals at 29 West Coast ports.

Both acknowledge that they are unlikely to agree on a new contract before the current one expires June 30, but they plan to negotiate past that deadline. That would fit the pattern from contract talks in 2008 and 2002. In 2002, negotiators didn't reach an agreement until around Thanksgiving, following an impasse that led to a 10-day lockout and a big disruption in trade.

The union's total control over the labor pool means huge bargaining leverage, which negotiators have parlayed into white-collar wages and perks for blue-collar work. A full-time longshoreman earns about $130,000 a year, while foremen earn about $210,000, according to employer data. Workers pay nearly nothing for health coverage that includes no premiums and $1 prescriptions.

I knew the longshoremen made good money, but that's friggin' ridiculous.  They're manual laborers for Christ sake, not rocket surgeons or brain scientists.  I'm not sure what the answer is, but more money isn't it.  Anyone making that kind of bread, in this economy, thinking they 'deserve' more, isn't going to negotiate in good faith.

Lock the bastards out and hire scabs.  Scabs willing to pay at least a $10 scrip fee at CVS, Walgreens or the Vons Pharmacy. 


Cocky BalBloYa said...

Those Butt Fucking Dock Munkys. Nuke all of them. I could design a complete robotic replacement system in an afternoon over a 12 pack.

Balls Across The Nose said...

I would be called a Longshoreman but I only 5 feets tall and I can't spell it.

Rabbid Poots said...

I'm not Rabid either Shtevo

I'm A Rabbid.

C U in the cartoons.

Dey Kall Me Da WAD Shot said...

You should feel sorry.
Sorry and ashamed about that stain you left on Grandma's pillow
when we left you alone there for a few minutes last time we visited.

Maybe you can explain why it was so hard to scrub out?

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Remorseful Muthafukka said...

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alan said...

I would be one of those nearly rabid anti-union guys, who happens to have a union membership (excuse me while I throw up in my mouth a little).

It is interesting how little some unions do and how much some are over the top. We have been working without a contract since January. Interesting that our union has been in stewardship for over 2 years, which means that one man is collecting the money and writing the checks.... and still we don't have a contract.

It is also interesting that the reason that this company unionized was to improve wages and benefits for the pilots. It was successful and because this company was one of the biggest providers, it transformed the industry. Now, thanks to the union, most providers provide better pay and benefits than this company. Why? because the union also limits what they can pay. Go figure.