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Businesses warn of 'coast wide port shutdown'...
FOXNEWS ^ | 12/25/12 | FOX

Posted on 12/25/2012 1:43:20 PM PST by Doogle

As if Superstorm Sandy and the looming fiscal crisis weren't enough, a potential strike by thousands of dock workers from Boston to Houston threatens to shock the economy as early as this weekend.

Business groups and state officials in recent days have called on President Obama to intervene, and use emergency powers to "avoid a coast wide port shutdown." They warn it could cost billions, citing estimates that a 10-day port lockout in 2002 cost $1 billion a day -- and caused a major backlog in shipments.

Florida Gov. Rick Scott is the latest to enter the fray and call for White House intervention. But a port strike would affect more than the East and Gulf coasts, where all these ports are located. It could choke supply chains across the country. Groups ranging from the automobile industry to the National Retail Federation to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce to the Cheese Importers Association of America are warning of dire consequences.

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: dockworkers; obama; odungoville; ratslushfund; strike; unions
Odungo to the rescue..... What they should investigate is how Union members register their kids as union members. Then they are allowed to "contribute" $3000 each to the RAT party. One of the sticky points in the negotiations are the bonuses members get, (20,000 to 40,000)....now you see how easy it is to contribute to the RATS. Nice scam eh?
1 posted on 12/25/2012 1:43:26 PM PST by Doogle
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To: Doogle
What this country needs to do is crash and burn.

You want to spend $1.6T we don't have? Fine. Let's watch as we crash and burn.
You want to re-elect Obama? Fine. Let's watch as we crash and burn.
You don't feel like reforming entitlements? Fine. Let's watch as we crash and burn.
You want to levy punitive taxes on anyone with the temerity to be productive? Fine. Let's watch as we crash and burn.
You want to go on strike and cripple the economy? Fine. Let's watch as we crash and burn.

No one will grow up and start making the necessary (responsible) choices until we crash and burn.

2 posted on 12/25/2012 1:49:59 PM PST by ClearCase_guy (Republicans have made themselves useless, toothless, and clueless.)
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To: Doogle

Union thug greed never ceases to amaze me.


3 posted on 12/25/2012 1:51:04 PM PST by FlingWingFlyer (U.S. elections have become nothing but another cheap ripoff of American Idol.)
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To: Doogle

No cheese. Moose and children hurt worse.


4 posted on 12/25/2012 1:55:42 PM PST by bgill (We've passed the point of no return. Welcome to Al Amerika.)
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To: bgill

Crash and burn now. Crashing and burning will get worse as time goes on. Crash and burn now. These union thugs are nothing more than corrupt grifters on society.


5 posted on 12/25/2012 1:59:18 PM PST by hal ogen (First Amendment or Reeducation Camp?)
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To: Doogle

This will put Obama in a pickle with the Longshoreman Union cutting off the United Auto Workers Union.


6 posted on 12/25/2012 2:00:14 PM PST by umgud (No Rats, No Rino's)
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To: ClearCase_guy
What this country needs to do is crash and burn.

Unfortunately, after the crash, there will still be the same cast of characters in place with their hands out.

Crash or no crash, we need to kill unions........ hell, we need to defeat liberalism.

7 posted on 12/25/2012 2:04:32 PM PST by umgud (No Rats, No Rino's)
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To: bgill

Vhat about the squirrel?


8 posted on 12/25/2012 2:06:33 PM PST by griswold3 (Big Government does not tolerate rivals.)
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To: Doogle

Could replacement workers walk on these jobs?


9 posted on 12/25/2012 2:09:01 PM PST by txhurl
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To: Doogle

...knew about this strike two months ago.


10 posted on 12/25/2012 2:09:10 PM PST by Doogle (USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated))
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To: txhurl

maybe, after their legs heal....*smiles*


11 posted on 12/25/2012 2:10:48 PM PST by Doogle (USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated))
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To: Doogle

Don’t expect him to be like Ronald Reagan. I think the governor f Florida wrote that they ould be in violation of the law. Stock up if you haven’t already.


12 posted on 12/25/2012 2:13:29 PM PST by SueRae (It isn't over. In God We Trust.)
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To: Doogle

Obama can’t help. He’s on special assignment in Hawaii.


13 posted on 12/25/2012 2:15:29 PM PST by encm(ss)
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To: umgud

A battle between unions isn’t a problem. unemployment isn’t a problem. Scarce goods, high prices, and layoffs are not a problem.

The nation be damned. The One has been reelected. he has gone back to playing golf and lecturing the leaders of coequal branches of government.


14 posted on 12/25/2012 2:15:32 PM PST by JohnBrowdie (http://forum.stink-eye.net)
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To: griswold3

He got his nut a long time ago...


15 posted on 12/25/2012 2:37:00 PM PST by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously, you won't live through it anyway)
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To: txhurl

If they can make it past brick bats sure


16 posted on 12/25/2012 2:38:01 PM PST by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously, you won't live through it anyway)
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To: Vendome

Some of the Right-to-Work states also have good gun laws. Union goons with bats meet Mr. Samuel Colt helping the unemployed get a good job.


17 posted on 12/25/2012 2:48:58 PM PST by Fai Mao
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To: Vendome

You think that would happen in Houston?


18 posted on 12/25/2012 2:52:51 PM PST by txhurl
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To: umgud
Unfortunately, after the crash, there will still be the same cast of characters in place with their hands out.

Not all of them.

Only the survivors.

19 posted on 12/25/2012 2:56:44 PM PST by null and void (Going Galt: The won't of the people)
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To: umgud

No what we need are American jobs.

American jobs.

Quit outsourcing, and bring back the jobs we have already exported. Use the tax code to balance the budget and to punish companies which export jobs.

Do this now. Our country will collapse if we do not.

Bring back US jobs. Now. Do not try to collapse the economy first, that will only further empower the left, and simply REPLACE US power with Chinese power — which none of us will like at all..

Bring back US jobs.

Now.


20 posted on 12/25/2012 2:56:57 PM PST by Cringing Negativism Network
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To: Doogle

Compulsory unionism is a violation of rights, not a “new” right.


21 posted on 12/25/2012 3:10:06 PM PST by 4Liberty (Some on our "Roads & Bridges" head to the beach. Others head to their offices, farms, libraries....)
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To: Cringing Negativism Network

No what we need are American jobs.

American jobs.

Quit outsourcing, and bring back the jobs we have already exported. Use the tax code to balance the budget and to punish companies which export jobs.

Do this now. Our country will collapse if we do not.

Bring back US jobs. Now. Do not try to collapse the economy first, that will only further empower the left, and simply REPLACE US power with Chinese power — which none of us will like at all..

Bring back US jobs.

Now.


The most sane approach....we sure would not be dependent on longshoremen striking in the ports if we were self-producing

You dont need the ships if it ain’t being made in Communist China


22 posted on 12/25/2012 3:16:56 PM PST by SeminoleCounty (Seems that the ones who understand little about the economy are economists)
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To: txhurl

I think it would happen anywhere. These guys mean to protect their jobs and enforce their demands by any means including violence, mayhem and destruction of property.

They collectivists and can’t act other way.


23 posted on 12/25/2012 4:01:12 PM PST by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously, you won't live through it anyway)
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To: Fai Mao

Yeah, I can see that.

News at 11....


24 posted on 12/25/2012 4:02:02 PM PST by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously, you won't live through it anyway)
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To: Doogle
Sounds like LOTS of great-paying jobs are going to become available, and to Hell with the Union Bailout when they need Taxpayers' money, again, to keep them solvent.

A Nationwide Strike by Unions would be one of the best opportunities to rid both Public and Private employment of corrupt DNC-Money Laundering slugs.

25 posted on 12/25/2012 4:04:26 PM PST by traditional1 (Don't gotsta worry 'bout no mo'gage, don't gotsta worry 'bout no gas; Obama gonna take care o' me!)
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To: Doogle

25 workers have already walked of the docks. I understand rescue efforts are in progress.....


26 posted on 12/25/2012 4:05:21 PM PST by tbpiper
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To: txhurl

Have you seen, “On the Waterfront?”

And this is real.


27 posted on 12/25/2012 4:06:32 PM PST by Vermont Lt (We are so screwed.)
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To: Vermont Lt

I’d like to see those jobs snatched up and kept by RTW crews.

I’d like to think TX would be the union’s weakest link - let’s break that chain.


28 posted on 12/25/2012 4:26:29 PM PST by txhurl
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To: Doogle

Here’s an idea—let each state Governor (R) of course, call out the National Guard to protect the ports and hire non-union workers to do the jobs. Unions want a fight—give it to them.


29 posted on 12/25/2012 5:18:11 PM PST by tflabo (Truth or Tyranny)
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To: FlingWingFlyer

The unions will drive this port biz to Mexico and it will come up via Mexican truckers.


30 posted on 12/25/2012 5:20:18 PM PST by nascarnation (Baraq's economic policy: trickle up poverty)
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To: nascarnation
West Coast and Gulf Coast Mexican ports have been expanding as fast as they can to take up the slack from congested and stifled American ports. They have unions but Mexican unions don't strike--they know what's good for them.

US longshoreman get four times what Mexican longshoremen get--and shippers from Asia and across the Atlantic are not stupid.

31 posted on 12/25/2012 6:20:43 PM PST by hinckley buzzard
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To: nascarnation
West Coast and Gulf Coast Mexican ports have been expanding as fast as they can to take up the slack from congested and stifled American ports. They have unions but Mexican unions don't strike--they know what's good for them.

US longshoreman get four times what Mexican longshoremen get--and shippers from Asia and across the Atlantic are not stupid.

32 posted on 12/25/2012 6:27:51 PM PST by hinckley buzzard
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To: txhurl

Stevedores make teamsters look like kittens.

And, it takes more than a walk on job to swing those containers around.

I am sure they could find qualified replacements. I would not want to be a scab in that crowd. I like my teeth.


33 posted on 12/25/2012 7:44:50 PM PST by Vermont Lt (We are so screwed.)
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To: Doogle

You can bet your ass I look for the union label when I shop. Parasites.


34 posted on 12/25/2012 8:21:00 PM PST by glock rocks (Pro Deo et Constitutione - Libertas aut Mors)
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To: Doogle

Are any ports Union-free? If so, they should train extra workers so they can take over operations at another port so that the second port can fire all the Union people.


35 posted on 12/26/2012 1:49:27 AM PST by UnwashedPeasant
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