Just when I thought I was out, they dragged me back in.
Did you know that there is a major strike going on that has shut down the Los Angeles and Long Beach ports going on 9 days now? This work stoppage is affecting 40% of the imported freight into the US and costing the economy an estimated $1 Billion per day.
Well if you watch the lamestream mediots, you probably haven't heard about it.
You see, 800 union clerical workers, who average $41/hour (or about $167,00/year when benefits are factored in) are unhappy that the ports want to eliminate some some unnecessary positions though attrition and automation. They also feel that $190,000/year in salary and benefits is a more deserving rate of compensation for pushing paper.
In support of these poor, neglected, underpaid clerks, 10,000 dockworkers are refusing to cross the picket-lines; shutting down all operations in LA/Long Beach and bringing commerce on the West Coast to a screeching halt.
Because of this, the company I work for, a family owned auto parts distributor with 70 employees in 3 states, has 5 containers stuck in limbo with another 13 due in the next couple weeks. This is inventory we need to stock our shelves in order to supply smaller automotive businesses and consumers during one of our busiest times of the year.
According to our freight forwarder, every day that the port is shut down sets back terminal operations 2-4 days. Not to mentions the addition costs that the port is going to charge us for storing the containers during the work stoppage.
Now multiply these losses out by the tens of thousands of businesses, truck drivers, workers and families that are being held hostage by the greedy one-percenters in the clerical union.
Ho, ho, ho.
Of course President Pull-Ups could do something about this and ask for a court ordered 80 day cooling off period as provided for in the Taft-Hartley Act; but don't hold your breath, he's got a round of golf and a 20 day/$4 Million Hawaiian vacation to get to.
And if this isn't enough to collapse the economy, their union brethren along the nation’s East and Gulf Coasts will be walking off the job to ring in 2013 if they aren't able to extract their pound of flesh when their mediated 90 day extension ends on December 29.
So Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year America, at least that lump of coal you get in your stocking can be used to keep you warm on those chilly winter nights.
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