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Sat Dec 22, 2012, 03:41 PM

Gov. Scott pleads with Obama to help avoid ports strike

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DECEMBER 21, 2012

Earlier this week, the National Retail Federation asked President Barack Obama to step in and help avoid a workers strike that could shut down ports along the East Coast, including Tampa, Jacksonville, Miami and Port Everglades. Now, Gov. Rick Scott is chiming in with his own letter to the president asking for action to prevent unions representing port workers from imposing a lockout on Dec. 29.

"As governor of Florida, I am deeply concerned about the economic well-being of my state," Scott wrote. "The predicted effects of a strike on the state of Florida would be devastating."

Scott writes that cargo-related activities in Florida's ports generate 550,000 jobs either directly or indirectly and contribute $66 billion to the economy. He said a strike could affect the supply chain nationwide and even could impede military operations.

The governor suggests that Obama use the powers vested under the Taft-Harley Act of 1947 to address the dispute. In 2002, President George W. Bush invoked the law, which restricts the power of labor unions, to end a strike that shuttered 29 West Coast ports for 11 days.
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Reply Gov. Scott pleads with Obama to help avoid ports strike (Original post)
Teamster Jeff Dec 2012 OP
Panasonic Dec 2012 #1
Capt.Rocky300 Dec 2012 #2
Teamster Jeff Dec 2012 #4
BlueJazz Dec 2012 #3
julian09 Dec 2012 #5
freshwest Dec 2012 #6
lamp_shade Dec 2012 #7

Response to Teamster Jeff (Original post)

Sat Dec 22, 2012, 03:49 PM

1. Obama is busy at the moment.

 

The unions remains strong. Deal with it.

Or give up your position and let someone competent do the job.

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Response to Teamster Jeff (Original post)

Sat Dec 22, 2012, 03:49 PM

2. Unions don't impose a lockout........

They go on strike. Management imposes a lockout.

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Response to Capt.Rocky300 (Reply #2)

Sat Dec 22, 2012, 03:52 PM

4. I noticed that

I assume he used "lockout" for a reason but I'm not sure why.

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Response to Teamster Jeff (Original post)

Sat Dec 22, 2012, 03:51 PM

3. Dear Gov. Scott: In case of a strike, use the light rail to transport some goods across Florida.

Oh..that's right, you turned it down and all the funds/money that went with it.

Tsk, tsk...A pity.

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Response to BlueJazz (Reply #3)

Sat Dec 22, 2012, 04:02 PM

5. He wasn't worried about rail jobs, he should tell shipping companies to give dock workers

 

a big raise to help Florida economy.

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Response to julian09 (Reply #5)

Sat Dec 22, 2012, 04:11 PM

6. +1

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Response to BlueJazz (Reply #3)

Sat Dec 22, 2012, 04:12 PM

7. That was my first thought. n/t

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