Fri Dec 28, 2012, 08:47 AM
Omaha Steve (51,268 posts)
Little time left to head off longshoremen's strike
By DAVID B. CARUSO and SCOTT MAYEROWITZ
EW YORK (AP) - Shipments of products as varied as flat-screen TVs, sneakers and snow shovels could sit idle at sea or get rerouted, at great time and expense, if more than 14,000 longshoremen go on strike as threatened - a wide-ranging work stoppage that would immediately close cargo ports on the East Coast and the Gulf of Mexico to container ships.
Commerce could be brought to a near standstill at major ports from Boston to Houston if the strike takes place on Sunday, potentially delivering a big blow to retailers and manufacturers still struggling to find their footing in a weak economy.
"If the port shuts down, nothing moves in or out," said Jonathan Gold, vice president of supply chain and customs policy at the National Retail Federation. And when the workers do return, "it's going to take time to clear out that backlog, and we don't know how long that it's going to take."
The 15 ports involved in the labor dispute move more than 100 million tons of goods each year, or about 40 percent of the nation's containerized cargo traffic. Losing them to a shutdown, even for a few days, could cost the economy billions of dollars.
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In this Dec. 18, 2012 file photo, a truck driver watches as a freight container, right, is lowered onto a tractor trailer by a container crane at the Port of Boston in Boston. The crane and a reach stacker, left, are operated by longshoremen at the port. The longshoremen's union may strike if they are unable to reach an agreement on their contract, which expires Dec. 29, 2012. A walkout by dock workers represented by the International Longshoremen’s Association would bring commerce to a near halt at ports from Boston to Houston. (AP Photo/Steven Senne, File)
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Response to Sherman A1 (Reply #1)
Fri Dec 28, 2012, 09:47 AM
primavera (5,191 posts)
2. Just so
I have no sympathy for the financial losses of businesses that refuse to treat workers decently. Perhaps they should take notice that those businesses that do treat workers well don't have these problems.
Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)
Fri Dec 28, 2012, 10:30 AM
reteachinwi (579 posts)
I hope the International Longshoremen's Association can connect the supply chain of the big box stores to their fight. Abuse of labor exists throughout.