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What the Looming Port Strike Is Really About

wiseone Wrote: Dec 21, 2012 12:07 PM
Yes. A couple years ago the Longshoremen struck the port of Longview, WA, approximately 55 miles NW of Portland, OR on the banks of the Columbia River. It was initially reported as a "wildcat strike", meaning it was not formally authorized by the International union, but upon hearing of it Longshoremen in Seattle and Tacoma also struck in support of the Longview Longshoremen. Here is a clipping describing the vandalism that occurred. "Longview police say hundreds of Longshoremen stormed the Port of Longview early Thursday, overpowered and held security guards, damaged railroad cars, and dumped grain that is the center of a labor dispute."
It's not about jobs. It's not about safety. It's not about improving dockworkers' living standards. The looming, long-planned East and Gulf Coast port strikes are about protecting Big Labor's archaic work practices and corrupt waterfront rackets.

Are you ready for a fiscal cliff? The union bosses of an estimated 14,500 workers at 15 ports are preparing to send the economy plunging back into recession over productivity and efficiency rules changes. You read that right. Much more on that in a moment. But first, here's what's at stake.

The International Longshoremen's Association's (ILA) grip extends from Boston to Texas to Florida and all points...

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