Unions are the friends of the little guy right? Well not really

By Derrick Hollenbeck, staff writer

As if California and America have not been damaged enough by greedy unions who don’t give a damn about the rest of us, a small union in the Port of Los Angeles has ground the economy of Southern California to a halt.

A strike by a union of about 800 members has effectively closed the port which is the busiest import/export hub in the country. As a result the Port of Los Angeles is suffering a loss of $ 1 BILLION DOLLARS A DAY!  The strike has spread to “600,000 truckers, dockworkers, trading companies and others depend for their livelihoods.”

   The impact of the strike by the International Long shore and Warehouse Union as described by an economist is ominous. He said, “The longer it goes, the more the impacts increase. Retailers will have stock outages, lost sales for products not delivered. There will be shutdowns in factories, in manufacturing when they run out of parts.”

As usual the issue separating the union and management is the union’s insistence upon continuing its extortionist policy of “featherbedding” by which temporary thieves come to the docks, don’t do any work and still get paid for being “on the job.”

Since there has not been a contract between the parties for 21 ½ years, it is very clear that the rank and file members are happy with conditions on the Los Angeles docks, so why the problem? These “featherbedding” jobs are not being filled by them. They have jobs that they like and want to keep. The push for extortion is being made to recoup some of the money the union laid out to purchase Barack Obama.

As is the case with most “blue collar” unions, the International Long shore and Warehouse Union, gave millions of dollars to Democrats (99% to 1% to Republicans) and they don’t have enough actual workers to extort to get back their outlay anytime soon.  They need to force management to play make believe with them – they want management to make believe “featherbedding” ‘workers’ actually exist so the union can collect union dues from these phantoms.

It is an excellent bet we will see more of this type of union attack on America in the coming months. They will want to extort as much money as they can from the companies they are killing, before they collapse.     

 Source:

http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-ports-labor-20121130,0,2659465,full.story  

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4 thoughts on “Unions are the friends of the little guy right? Well not really”

  1. Mafia did (does) the same thing; (“connected” wise guys show up, pick at their nails and collect “managerial wages). These Unions are Obama’s and the Democratic party’s “connected” wise guys.
    Any Union in such a strategic position should not be allowed to deprive others of work nor deprive the country of needed goods. An “honest” judge needs to issue an injunction and order arbitration while the workers continue to do their jobs. But how can illegality be arbitrated legally?
    Unions ‘own’ the Democrats and especially Thugmaster Obama!
    Their march for the destruction of America goes on.

  2. My hope is that the Gov Brown will force the unions back to work or that the problems will mount enough for him to Break the unions all together. It is obvious that unions are nothing more than super PACs for the liberal side because the liberal side is on the unions side, a classic case of quid pro quo. This is not a matter of “looking out for the workers;” they don’t even care about the workers except to force more union dues on them to fund their political machinations and will soon try to get card check passed again. My Dad said in the early 1970s that unions had outlived their usefulness. Unions are not held responsible for their violence either. Ronald Reagan fired the entire lot of air traffic controllers after setting a deadline for them to be back to work and they did not comply. Then all new workers were hired in their place. That seems a ideal solution to me. Break the Unions!!!!!!!!!!

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