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Forum Post: East Coast ports strike looms — Feb. 6 deadline

Posted 1 year ago on Jan. 5, 2013, 8:57 p.m. EST by GirlFriday (17435)
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The threat of a strike by the ILA, which would be the first on the East Coast since 1977, sent shockwaves through big business. A group of more than 100 business owners, along with Florida Gov. Rick Scott, sent a letter in early December to President Obama, calling on him to invoke powers granted to the president in the 1947 Taft-Hartley Act that would allow him to stop the strike.

Last year alone, these 14 East and Gulf coast ports — from Boston to Baltimore; Wilmington, N.C., to Savannah, Ga.; and Miami to Houston — handled 110 million tons of cargo. In 2011, more than $208 billion worth of commodities went through the Port of New York and New Jersey, making it the biggest port on the East Coast and the third largest in the country.

At the core of the ongoing impasse in contract negotiations is the USMX’s demands for big concessions from the ILA on the key issues of what’s known as the container royalty fee and the Master Contract Wage Scale, including a guaranteed eight-hour workday. USMX wants to cap and eventually eliminate the royalty fees. In a release issued on Dec. 27 announcing the latest temporary extension of the collective bargaining agreement, the ILA announced some progress in negotiations around the central issue of the container royalty fee.

Where does the struggle go from here?

A potential coastalwide strike by the ILA would have huge implications for the U.S. labor movement, especially in this period. This struggle deserves continued attention as the new deadline of Feb. 6 approaches.

The Southern Workers Assembly has also recently released a petition calling on President Obama not to invoke Taft-Hartley in the event of a strike by the ILA. You can sign that petition at this ­address: ­southernworker.org/ilarighttostrikepetition/

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[-] 2 points by DKAtoday (25009) from Coon Rapids, MN 1 year ago

I love these port strikes - in a round a bout way it draws attention to products being brought into the USA market place and tangentially brings public thought to off-shored product as well as foreign born product being able to under cut domestic made product. This along with unfair labor practice in the USA.

[-] 2 points by TrevorMnemonic (5827) 1 year ago

Great post.

Thanks for the info!

[-] 2 points by shoozTroll (17632) 1 year ago

Signed.

Thanks for posting.

Unions have been hit hard in the last decade and it needs to be turned around.

[-] 1 points by GirlFriday (17435) 1 year ago

Thanks for signing. It's a good as time as any to amp it.

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[-] -1 points by GirlFriday (17435) 1 year ago

It's pretty simple. A notorious jack off and 100 corps put in a request. A countering request is made.

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[-] 0 points by GirlFriday (17435) 1 year ago

Noted.

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[-] 0 points by GirlFriday (17435) 1 year ago

I don't pout. I just don't buy into your propaganda. You guys don't like that. You guys like to roll it out no matter how shitty it is and you don't like getting called on it.

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[-] 0 points by GirlFriday (17435) 1 year ago

Good luck with that. You're going to need it.

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[-] -1 points by GirlFriday (17435) 1 year ago

Like I said, good luck with that. You're going to need it. In fact, you might want to go pack a lunch real quick.

[-] 1 points by shoozTroll (17632) 1 year ago

It's the least I can do.

Don't know if you saw this one the other day when VQ posted it, but you might want to check it out.

http://salsa3.salsalabs.com/o/50112/p/dia/action3/common/public/?action_KEY=9160

[-] 1 points by DKAtoday (25009) from Coon Rapids, MN 1 year ago

Thx for forwarding = http://salsa3.salsalabs.com/o/50112/p/dia/action3/common/public/?action_KEY=9160

What I said when I signed:

What ever happened to truth in reporting? Are back to the days of yellow journalism? Worse is our journalism written and over the air - now captive to corpoRAT ownership? Does what reaches the public have to pass an owners approval? Or fit with the owners view point or ambitions? Do we need a friendly ( to the people ) outside country or countries to hack into our airwaves to deliver real news to the USA Public?

[-] 2 points by shoozTroll (17632) 1 year ago

Thanks for that...........:)

This should be one for those that think OWS doesn't have an issue with News Corp.

The whole country should.

[-] 1 points by DKAtoday (25009) from Coon Rapids, MN 1 year ago

Absolutely. How is the public controlled? Mis....um....information - we currently get spin or non-coverage from our msm media sources.

Let us hope for a successful - Exxon hates your children commercial run. Let it be the start of a continuing public outreach education effort.

[-] 3 points by shoozTroll (17632) 1 year ago

How much for 15 seconds during the super bowl?

WAY too much, but wouldn't it be nice?

[-] 2 points by DKAtoday (25009) from Coon Rapids, MN 1 year ago

So awesome - imagine 1-1/2 minutes to air the Exxon hates your children commercial or something.

[-] 2 points by shoozTroll (17632) 1 year ago

1 1/2 minutes?

You mean there's a long version?

I haven't seen that one. You got the link?

They could do a new one too.

We're BP

We're Bad People ruining the World today for your children tomorrow.

Because BP means Bad People.

[-] 1 points by DKAtoday (25009) from Coon Rapids, MN 1 year ago

I'm just thinking the amount of truth and real issues that could be aired in that time - an expansion on Exxon for one showing also fossil fuel extraction destruction from practices like fracking or mountain top removal mining or coal ash fields from power plant waste..................

By the way i really like that one Because BP means Bad People ( addition if I may ) doing Bad Practices using Bad Processes

[-] 1 points by shoozTroll (17632) 1 year ago

Could we get paid for this? .......LOL!

I got the finish line....................!

And Bad People means Big Profits!

So buy some stock today.

[-] 1 points by DKAtoday (25009) from Coon Rapids, MN 1 year ago

LOL - such a sad but true at the moment finish to the statement/commercial. Small print disclaimer for buying stock = yours will be the 1st to lose value at any time for any reason.

[-] 1 points by shoozTroll (17632) 1 year ago

There's always an applicable disclaimer for us little people.

That's just another way Bad Practices mean Big Profits.

[-] 1 points by DKAtoday (25009) from Coon Rapids, MN 1 year ago

It is always in the fine print = this is how you are screwed and these are only the ways we are required to mention. However briefly and incoherently.

[-] 2 points by shoozTroll (17632) 1 year ago

Well, they are Belligerent Plutocrats.

OK, I have to stop now................:)

I've gone polysyllabic.

[-] 0 points by GirlFriday (17435) 1 year ago

Done.

[-] 0 points by shoozTroll (17632) 1 year ago

Another Murdock publication smearing Occupy.

And some people wonder why I attack anything posted from anybody that's ever had anything to do with FLAKESnews or New Corp.

I won't stop, because Murdock won't stop.............lying about everything he can make buck lying about.

[-] 0 points by GirlFriday (17435) 1 year ago

I am not a Murdock fan. He is in the shit business.

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[-] 2 points by OTP (-203) from Tampa, FL 1 year ago

So you endorse the government interfering in private groups determining how they operate?

[-] -1 points by GirlFriday (17435) 1 year ago

Again. Sweet Pea, it is very, very simple. I think you know this.

[-] 1 points by OTP (-203) from Tampa, FL 1 year ago

"The Southern Workers Assembly has also recently released a petition calling on President Obama not to invoke Taft-Hartley "

Are these guys really asking the person who just signed free trade with Panama, S korea and Columbia to back them?

Really?

[-] 0 points by GirlFriday (17435) 1 year ago

First, you have 100 corps that asked him to invoke it.

Second, this also goes to Solis.

I doubt that anyone is under any illusions here. But, check out the ports and the money that moves through. I would rather see a large response from the people ( to combat shit like the douche bag Rick Scott) that support not invoking Taft-Hartley even if it is simply for posterity.

Look at the number of ports and the amount of cash that moves through. To shut that shit down could be the tipping point.

[-] 2 points by OTP (-203) from Tampa, FL 1 year ago

I agree 100% about the ports, and reaching a tipping point. Im just saying, 1,000,000,000 corporation could ask me to do something....who am I working for?

Thats the line in the sand.

We need to draw a line in the sand.

Not a left vs a right side. An us side vs a corporation side.

[-] 1 points by GirlFriday (17435) 1 year ago

That's what I am sayin'.

[-] 1 points by highlander (-163) 1 year ago

I wish you luck on the petiton.

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[-] 0 points by quantumystic (1710) from Memphis, TN 1 year ago

I hope they bring commerce to a grinding halt and I hope they form some real picket lines with some real backing from the old school "union thugs" , you want to whine about "union thugs" you try to cross that picket line you may just find out about "union thugs". I hope Obama invokes the act and that the workers stand their ground forcing a physical face off.

[-] -1 points by Paleocon (10) from Richmond, VA 1 year ago

I think the labor movement needs to fight battles it can win. To win, it needs the support of the general population. I'd advise it to sever its divisive ties with the D-wing corporatists and align itself with independents. It must begin to address issues affecting our entire society -- e.g., the loss of our democracy, the destruction of the Bill of Rights, the corruption of our foreign policy, the economic disparity, the war against the bottom 99%, the domination by the "Fed" banksters.

I've read that the AFL-CIO, in the Cold War period, spent more abroad, on subsidies to CIA union fronts, than it spent here at home on organizing workers. Unions need to decide which master to serve. Do they serve the flag-waving war-making system, or do they serve the people?

[-] 3 points by GirlFriday (17435) 1 year ago

the loss of our democracy, the destruction of the Bill of Rights, the corruption of our foreign policy, the economic disparity, the war against the bottom 99%, the domination by the "Fed" banksters.

And they do.

[-] 0 points by Paleocon (10) from Richmond, VA 1 year ago

Really? Half of these guys supported Scott Walker and Ronald Reagan. Do any of them even know what the "Fed" [i]is[/i]?

[-] 1 points by GirlFriday (17435) 1 year ago

Really? The reality is that you don't support union action and you are desperately looking for anything to justify this stance and still come off as a rational human being and not a big jerk.

The problem is that this has become repetitive over the last year. Utilized by those that were trying to coopt. You know? Same group that wanted inclusiveness but wanted to privatize social security, the public education system and the like.

[-] 0 points by Paleocon (10) from Richmond, VA 1 year ago

I certainly DO support "union action", if the action benefits the working class as a whole. What I don't support is self-defeating action -- narrowly focused action that turns most people against unions. I'm asking unions to assume a leadership role in society: They need to distance themselves from the system and side explicitly with the whole people.

Social Security and Medicare are two things the government does right. That's because the programs run themselves, without a lot of input from our "Elected Politicians". Single Payer is, by far, the most efficient way to deliver health care to everyone.

Public education produces a mindless regimented society, but private education also has its problems, so I'm not sure what the answer is: Maybe we need a mixture of the two.

I support the Commons -- sharing resources, cooperative society. But when things are jointly owned, it's sometimes hard to get people to take responsibility and show initiative.

[-] 1 points by shoozTroll (17632) 1 year ago
[-] 0 points by Paleocon (10) from Richmond, VA 1 year ago

This is good to see! I hope the days of labor-traitors like Meany and Kirkland are finally behind us.

But Hoffa can do more. He is still narrowly focused on worker rights. I'd like to see him stand up for the Bill of Rights, which are now under attack by the D-and-R Establishment.

Hoffa wants to "ensure a corruption-free union", but we also need a corruption-free government! When will the Teamsters help us to take back our country? When will they sever their ties with the D-wing of the War Party? When will they become an INDEPENDENT force in American politics?

[-] 1 points by GirlFriday (17435) 1 year ago

When will they sever their ties with the D-wing of the War Party?

That's what really pisses you off, doesn't it? It isn't the fact that you find unions don't fight for all people. The reality is that you don't support union action and you are desperately looking for anything to justify this stance and still come off as a rational human being and not a big jerk.

Public education produces a mindless regimented society, but private education also has its problems, so I'm not sure what the answer is: Maybe we need a mixture of the two.

When you are forced into rote memorization due to the testing scam. That thing the teacher's union informed you of twenty years ago?

You have had ample time to bring yourself up to date with the public education system, the faux privatization, and the testing scam.

[-] 0 points by Paleocon (10) from Richmond, VA 1 year ago

I'm not the one here who is "pissed off" (your term), GirlFriday. I'm actually rather amused as I watch you "desperately" (your term) trying to stereotype me, categorize me, and tell me what I think.

Your accusations make no sense. Why would I NOT support "union action"? Why would I favor rote memorization? You seem to regard me as some sort of demon. In reality, I'm an open-minded human being looking for a way to contribute to the movement to take back our country and revive the public commons.

Again, it's nice of you to reply. And thank you for all of the down-votes: I must be doing something right!

[-] 1 points by GirlFriday (17435) 1 year ago

I don't waste time down voting and you are transparent.

My accusations make perfect sense. You laid your reasoning or the lack thereof out quite well. Watching you side step is actually quite humorous.

[-] -1 points by Paleocon (10) from Richmond, VA 1 year ago

You puzzle me, GirlFriday. You have made no effort to dialogue with me or enlist me in your cause. Just the opposite: you have tried to thwart my desire for cooperation and communication. Are you trying to build the movement? or destroy it? What is your mission here?

You are indeed wasting your time when you post insulting replies. If you want to use yor time more wisely, I advise you to make an effort communicate honestly, respectfully and intelligently.

[-] 1 points by GirlFriday (17435) 1 year ago

lol

Why would I enlist you in my cause? You keep thinking that it is I that should move to you. You have had ample time (over 20 years) to look at the faux privatization of education. You have had ample time to look at RTW states and to analyze the benefits of union action. So, the question is..........what is your mission here?

I'm not going to treat you like an idiot. I'm not going to baby you. You are an adult. You are, at least, a semi-educated adult.

[-] 0 points by Paleocon (10) from Richmond, VA 1 year ago

Thank you for giving me a decent reply. My mission is explained here:

http://occupywallst.org/forum/why-i-am-here/#comment-912534

[-] 2 points by GirlFriday (17435) 1 year ago

You seem to think that you have bypassed your initial assessment of the union and public education. You have not. It is noted.

[-] 1 points by Paleocon (10) from Richmond, VA 1 year ago

It's nice to know that all of my words are being noted and put down in a book somewhere. And it's nice to know that somebody compares my every word with the current party-line and notes every deviation, however slight. Thanks for helping to keep me in line.

You attach far more weight to my words than I do. I didn't realize that my random exploratory comments would be treated as monumental.

What exactly did I say, again? I recall saying something mildly critical about labor unions, and something mildly critical about public education. For these unthinkable sins, I suppose I am now damned for all eternity.

[-] 1 points by shoozTroll (17632) 1 year ago

What we really need is a corruption free WallStreet.

It's the key people keep missing.

[-] 0 points by Paleocon (10) from Richmond, VA 1 year ago

I agree! We paleoconservatives are no fans of Wall Street -- and the revolving door between the "Fed", Goldman Sachs, and the Treasury Department.

We lost our freedom in 1913, in the dead of night on Christmas Eve, when Congress handed our currency over to a private banking conglomerate -- the misnamed "Federal Reserve". We need to abolish this conglomerate's debt-based currency and replace it with government-issued debt-free currency.

[-] 1 points by shoozTroll (17632) 1 year ago

We lost out freedom in 1974 when treason was legalized for the Nixon pardon.

We lost our economic freedom when we allowed Wallstreet to purchase the FED to use as their personal scapegoat.

See. It's working.

[-] 0 points by shoozTroll (17632) 1 year ago

You shouldn't talk crazy like that.

I'm thinking you really don't know much about unions.

If you did?

You'd be SCREAMING to end corporate and Wallstreet corruption.

But you don't.

You pretend it's the unions.

That's dangerous.

[-] 0 points by Paleocon (10) from Richmond, VA 1 year ago

I do NOT "pretend it's the unions". As a paleoconservative, I am very much focused on the take-over of our country by the casino banksters and the neo-con advocates of war and empire.

I see unions as part of the solution. But unions have very little power today. I want them to use what power they have wisely and effectively. How can you possibly object to that?!

[-] 0 points by shoozTroll (17632) 1 year ago

You prefaced everything with some BS about traitors, yet ignored my comment on treason.

You want to talk public unions?

Or the big 3?

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[-] -1 points by GirlFriday (17435) 1 year ago

Sure you are. You just didn't have anything.

[-] -1 points by freehorseman (267) from Miles City, Mt 1 year ago

The deal has been sealed.I have not seen Obama do anything to help labor in the past for years.But he does give a good speach.Remember he did nothing for workers in Wisconsin.Nothing on minimum wage.Nothing on card check.Nothing on an all out assult on our public institutions to privatise.But again he does give a good speach.

[-] 1 points by GirlFriday (17435) 1 year ago

So, you signed it?

[-] 0 points by freehorseman (267) from Miles City, Mt 1 year ago

I am very sorry but I belive it does nothing to solve anything except make the signatories feel better.

[-] -1 points by ProblemSolver (79) 1 year ago

I would like to Cap and eventually Eliminate Profits .. will you sign my petition ,when I make one .. ;-/

[-] 1 points by GirlFriday (17435) 1 year ago

Will have to see it, did you sign this one?

[-] -3 points by ProblemSolver (79) 1 year ago

I am sorry, I can not take part in signing this.

When people fight there is usually wrong on both sides. To choose a side is to choose one wrong over another .. I can not.

[-] 3 points by JesseHeffran (3903) 1 year ago

I have to say that your inaction does more to help one side over the other than if you were to sign the petition. Your inaction, you not signing the petition, allows one of the disputing parties to use the government stick to beat the other side into submission. If you sign the petition and the president goes along with it then both sides have to work it out without government interference. You, my friend, are choosing a side through your lack of participation, the wrong side I might add.

[-] -1 points by ProblemSolver (79) 1 year ago

The government was Elected by the majority..we have to have faith they will act appropriately .. if we have any faith in democracy whatsoever.

[-] 3 points by GirlFriday (17435) 1 year ago

Oh, what a bunch of bullshit. You do it all the time.