Wednesday, December 26, 2012
Grain Exporters Prepare for Lock Out and Violence by Union.
Violence is expected. As the Zero points out here, "
"...[S]ome pilots who steer giant vessels express worries for their safety." The Coast Guard has declared a 'safety zone' and armed guards have been put on boats to keep violent union workers at bay.
Employers are trying to modernize the ports but those time and labor saving ways of doing things means less work for longshoremen. ILWU wants more money and assurances for members. The rejected deal reportedly would have given union members a raise to $34/hour with $30 each hour in benefits. It also called for operators to have more say in firing workers. It also called for an end to work stoppages.
The union has complained to President Obama's union friendly National Labor Relations Board.
Posted by Victoria Taft, 11am - 3pm KPAM 860 at 06:56