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As the White House keeps a tight lip on whether it plans to intervene in the looming port strike, the nation's business leaders are urging President Obama to invoke Taft-Hartley in order to ensure that 14 U.S. ports remain open. Unionized dockworkers have threatened to strike at 14 ports around the U.S. beginning this weekend, with the potential hit to the economy estimated at over $1B per day.
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  • wyostocks
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    Obama is appointing a commission to look into the matter and it will report back to him in 90 days.
    28 Dec 2012, 11:43 AM Reply Like
  • Windsun33
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    This could get interesting for Obama - to go for the best interests of the US or for the unions.
    28 Dec 2012, 11:53 AM Reply Like
  • Dana Blankenhorn
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    The management is demanding givebacks. Why do they need givebacks, except to pad their own wallets? These operations are phenomenally profitable, labor costs are very low. It's silly. It can be settled in a heartbeat. Automation will continue, and management will save more that way than they will in taking a few dollars out of the pockets of the workers who are there now.
    28 Dec 2012, 11:56 AM Reply Like
  • wyostocks
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    dana

     

    You have no clue of the issues. The debate is about future jobs; no impact on current workers.
    28 Dec 2012, 12:05 PM Reply Like
  • Windsun33
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    HUH???

     

    Have you read what the dispute is actually about? The whole issue is that unions want kickbacks as a payback for automation.
    28 Dec 2012, 12:13 PM Reply Like
  • Dana Blankenhorn
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    No, it's not about kickbacks. It's about givebacks. It's not worth the management arguing about.
    28 Dec 2012, 12:23 PM Reply Like
  • Dana Blankenhorn
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    Management wants to cut future workers' pay. That matters to current workers. We've seen what happens with "two-tier" wage structures. The experienced people are pushed out in favor of the new ones.

     

    The cost of settling this on fair terms just isn't worth the fight.
    28 Dec 2012, 12:24 PM Reply Like
  • Windsun33
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    Wrong.

     

    It wants to cap the kickback that dock workers get from "allowing" containers to be used. That stupid rule dates from the 60's and is a relic of when the Mafia controlled 95% of the docks (vs "only" about 20% now).

     

    The cost per container at US ports is the highest in the world, and a recent report by NYC showed that NY dock workers are idle 40% of the time, yet getting full pay. From New Jersey ports it costs an average of around $2200 to get a container from delivery to the dock to onboard the ship. In China it is around $500, in Japan around $900.
    28 Dec 2012, 12:41 PM Reply Like
  • Dana Blankenhorn
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    So you admit you want our labor costs to be those of China? That's the ultimate goal. I'm for building the market, not tearing it down. This is a dispute that doesn't have to happen.
    28 Dec 2012, 01:06 PM Reply Like
  • Windsun33
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    Trying to discuss issues with you and Terry is like arguing with a pig - it accomplishes nothing and annoys the pig.
    28 Dec 2012, 01:27 PM Reply Like
  • Dana Blankenhorn
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    I like that. Have a great New Year.
    28 Dec 2012, 02:03 PM Reply Like
  • Mad_Max_A_Million
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    Windsun33 quote: "Trying to discuss issues with you and Terry is like arguing with a pig - it accomplishes nothing and annoys the pig. "

     

    I only regret that I can't give you 4 thumbs up for that remark. I laughed so hard I dam-near hurt myself.
    28 Dec 2012, 02:14 PM Reply Like
  • wyostocks
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    mad max / windsun

     

    Make that 5.
    28 Dec 2012, 02:18 PM Reply Like
  • kingShehi
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    Windsun33 do not deserve to be a member of this great site - and have been reported for abuse.

     

    Bravo Dana for not falling to his/her level.
    28 Dec 2012, 02:26 PM Reply Like
  • Dana Blankenhorn
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    Sorry, but I wasn't really offended. I found the comment funny. Useless, but funny. I can be useless and unfunny, which I don't think is as good as being useless and funny. Because funny is useful. It lightens everyone's load.
    28 Dec 2012, 05:27 PM Reply Like
  • wyostocks
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    king.....
    Please lighten up. Get a thicker skin.
    28 Dec 2012, 08:27 PM Reply Like
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