J, Are You Angry At The Striking Port Workers?

Apparently there is a huge strike of port workers on the west coast which is affecting shipments coming into good ol’ ‘merica. And while this is affecting an almond farm who was “forced to cut 76 employees on its night crew”, I think we all know the true victim is our friend J, who can’t seem to find a stocked New 3DS anywhere due to the strike.

Poor guy, I don’t know how he’s going to recover from this. Hopefully Obama can step in and save J from a psychotic lack-of-3D-gaming induced meltdown. Thanks Obama.

3 thoughts on “J, Are You Angry At The Striking Port Workers?”

  1. God damn port workers. Also stupid shipping lines. There’s no good guys in this dispute. The workers get fantastic wages for jobs that require little to no education (starting grunt w/ no experience gets $26/hr.) Experienced operators of equipment, including OT frequently get >200K/yr. The jobs are so highly sought out, that they hold a lottery to get into the Longshoreman’s union. Reportedly, the union is asking for wage and benefit increases that are not out of line w/ COL increases, but they are also trying for work rule changes that are just stupid, like the ability to unilaterally reject labor arbitrator’s rulings. Typically, if there is a labor dispute, the employee and the co go to a predetermined by contract arbitrator to resolve it. The union wants to basically do the arbitration. Good luck getting that. The shipping companies have pretty much brought this on themselves, tho. They treat employees like commodities, and only order them in from the hall when needed. What that means is that a longshoreman will have a lot of time off then work a bunch of OT, and it will be for many different companies. So there isn’t any loyalty to a particular company being generated. Plus it means that the union selects who is sent out. Guess who they send out when there is a labor dispute. The shipping co’s would be much better off keeping men on payroll all the time, and treating them like a valuable member of the team, instead of just a commodity.

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