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    Unionized dock workers threaten to strike at 15 ports

    In just a few days, a walkout by thousands of dock workers could bring commerce to a near standstill at every major port from Boston to Houston, potentially delivering a big blow to retailers and manufacturers still struggling to find their footing in a weak economy.
    More than 14,000 longshoremen are threatening to go on strike Sunday - a wide-ranging work stoppage that would immediately close cargo ports on the East Coast and the Gulf of Mexico to container ships.

    The master contract between the International Longshoremen's Association and the U.S. Maritime Alliance, a group representing shipping lines, terminal operators and port associations, expired in September. The two sides agreed to extend it once already, for 90 days, but they have so far balked at extending it again when it expires at 12:01 a.m. Sunday.
    The union said its members would agree to an extension only if the Maritime Alliance dropped a proposal to freeze the royalties workers get for every container they unload. The Alliance has argued that the longshoremen, who it said earn an average $124,138 per year in wages and benefits, are compensated well enough already.


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    Re: Unionized dock workers threaten to strike at 15 ports

    Quote Originally Posted by TheDemSocialist View Post
    I wonder if those making money based on the labor of the longshoreman believe they themselves are compensated enough already?
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    Re: Unionized dock workers threaten to strike at 15 ports

    Quote Originally Posted by TheDemSocialist View Post
    Oh, hell, give 'em whatever they want. They deserve it. $125,000 probably includes their pension and healthcare benefits. They probably only make $95,000 when it all shakes out. Cheapskates.

    /Sarcasm

    Let them strike. When are we going to say that blackmail is illegal even if you're a union?
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    Re: Unionized dock workers threaten to strike at 15 ports

    Quote Originally Posted by MaggieD View Post
    Oh, hell, give 'em whatever they want. They deserve it. $125,000 probably includes their pension and healthcare benefits. They probably only make $95,000 when it all shakes out. Cheapskates.

    /Sarcasm

    Let them strike. When are we going to say that blackmail is illegal even if you're a union?
    Striking is not blackmail or threatening to strike is not blackmail either. Striking is a collective action by a group of individuals who are employed to go against management and refuse to work until some compromise or their demands are met.


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    Re: Unionized dock workers threaten to strike at 15 ports

    Quote Originally Posted by TheDemSocialist View Post
    Striking is not blackmail or threatening to strike is not blackmail either. Striking is a collective action by a group of individuals who are employed to go against management and refuse to work until some compromise or their demands are met.
    Striking is legal blackmail. Wait! Maybe it's better called legal extortion.
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    Re: Unionized dock workers threaten to strike at 15 ports

    Quote Originally Posted by iliveonramen View Post
    I wonder if those making money based on the labor of the longshoreman believe they themselves are compensated enough already?
    I wonder if you think you don't pay enough for goods already.
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    Re: Unionized dock workers threaten to strike at 15 ports

    Hope this doesn't last long.

    It would be a tragedy to have to drink domestic beer and wine.

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    Re: Unionized dock workers threaten to strike at 15 ports

    Quote Originally Posted by MaggieD View Post
    Striking is legal blackmail. Wait! Maybe it's better called legal extortion.
    Striking is not blackmail. Its a refusal to work.


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    Re: Unionized dock workers threaten to strike at 15 ports

    Quote Originally Posted by Gonzo Rodeo View Post
    I wonder if you think you don't pay enough for goods already.
    It seems the strike is based on royalties they already receive. I'm not sure how the equates to an increase in prices.
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    Re: Unionized dock workers threaten to strike at 15 ports

    Quote Originally Posted by TheDemSocialist View Post
    Striking is not blackmail. Its a refusal to work.
    And what's refusing to let anyone else work?
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