Skip to comments.SoCal Port Strike Costing $1 Billion Per Day As Union Clerks Turn Down $190,000 Offer
Posted on 12/04/2012 1:24:57 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet
Among the nations shrinking union population, the unionized office workers at Southern Californias ports make more than most actors in the Screen Actors Guild. They make more than union construction workers, truck drivers, school teachers, cops, fire fighters, and just about any other unionized profession you can think of (with the possible exception of sports players).
In fact, other than union bosses themselves, it can be easily argued that the office workers at SoCal ports are the union movements crème de la crème. As the office workers union has, so far, rejected an offer bringing their total compensation to nearly $200,000they have become the highest paid office workers in the nation and they have a no layoff provision in their contract.
They are the 1% among unionized workers Which is why their strikewhich is costing $1 billion per dayseems all the more ridiculous.
Unionized office workers at Californias Los Angeles and Long Beach ports have been on strike now for over a week and its costing the California economy a staggering $1 billion per day as dock workers refuse to cross the office workers picket lines and unloaded ships line up, anchored at sea.
Losses mounted Friday for the strike-hobbled local ports, where picketing clerical workers have closed nearly all cargo terminals at the nations busiest shipping complex.
The strike by the 800-member clerks union, which began Tuesday, is creating losses estimated at $1 billion a day, including forfeited worker pay, missing revenue for truckers and other businesses and the value of cargo that has been diverted to other ports...
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Aren’t they working on a big port in Mexico to receive the China stuff and route it up thru Texas?
I have a friend who makes 70K at UPS for driving 15 trucks a day through a car wash and filling them with gas.
190M for a clerk.
And they aren’t satisfied.
I have 2 buddies who are retired pilots...both 30 year employees. One, a captain, flew passengers and made 225k when he retired; the other flew boxes and envelopes and made 275k.
So goodies from Uncle Hu Jintao are held up on the left coast. That’s just awful. [Little irony and sarcasm there.]
A guy that got out a few months ahead of me back in the early 90s had a job like that lined up out west. After a couple of months he came back to SC because of some bimbo he knew. After arrival he got busted on a DUI and possibly some other stuff and did some time.
Ten bucks says that you have to "know someone" to get one of these jobs.Very possibly in the Biblical sense.
Obama gave the go-ahead, while Villar, Hahn, teacher’s union and all the dems support the strike.
All part of the plan to destroy America.
Ronald Reagan had a solution to these sorts of shenanigans and employed it.
The absolutely best thing we could do for our economy is to simply repeal all of our federal laws giving special rights and protections to unions.
And your point is?
This is simple.
People are selfish. Unions are groups of people, thus large groups of evil.
If you allow unions, you open the door to this kind of tyranny.
If you give in, you will give in every single time there in a collective bargaining agreement negotiation.
So, either pay and shut up, or don’t.
It’s just math.
I don't think there are too many thousands of job's for tug boat operator's out there.
That said...do I think they should make $250k a yr..??? I dunno...if that what the market bares, I'm good with it. But if that's what a Union has demanded...with untold bene's...I'm against it.
First of all, it’s a very dangerous job. Secondly, it doesn’t matter what they’re making as long as it’s in the private sector.
Public sector collective bargaining should be illegal. It should also be illegal for the state to interfere in the private sector concerning employer/union negotiations except for the purpose of preventing intimidation, thuggery, etc.
>> Its just math.
There’s no reason why employees should not have the right to negotiate their salaries and benefits as a group. That doesn’t mean the employer is obliged to continue their employment however.
The “greed” factor applies to every level in the organization, management not excluded. Anyone in the chain of employment deserves the right to complain but at the risk of being fired without any involvement from the state. If two employees wish to complain as a group, why not let them do it? They can both be fired. It’s the state’s involvement that’s problematic, not the collective negotiating. The state must not be involved which includes outlawing public unions, or more specifically, collective bargaining.
This is liberty!
This is going to be fun. When the Walmart shelves start going empty what is the Great Leader going to do?
Three words: Port of Ensenada
............and I read today, 11 weeks a year vacation
” 190M for a clerk.And they arent satisfied.
Ten bucks says that you have to “know someone” to get one of these jobs.”
These jobs are never published. I was told that you have to be a “blood relative” of a current employee , or politically connected to get a job with them. It is a closed shop.