You might have read that clerical union workers went on strike at the California ports and the other unions refused to cross the picket lines. They settled the strike. Look at these wages:
From the AP:
The clerks, who make an average base salary of $87,000 a year, have some of the best-paying blue-collar jobs in the nation. When vacation, pension and other benefits are factored in, the employers said, their annual compensation package reached $165,000 a year.
"We know we're blessed," one of the strikers, Trinnie Thompson, said during the walkout. "We're very thankful for our jobs. We just want to keep them."
Union leaders said if future jobs were not kept at the ports, the result would be another section of the U.S. economy taking a serious economic hit so that huge corporations could increase their profit margins by exploiting people in other states and countries who would be forced to work for less.
End of article.
I hope the shippers move as much business as possible to other ports that are not held ransom by these unions.
Must be mindful that cost of living and prevailing wage rates in California are higher than most, if not all, other states. For example, the mean hourly wage for California is $24.96 versus $19.83 for North Carolina.
hey fan. tend to agree with you. but using other ports on the west coast won't happen. none big enough to handle the size of the ships or amount of cargo they carry. Panama canal not big enough (yet) to allow passage of the huge ships through to the east coast ports that could handle them. Meanwhile, the clerks get a nice Christmas raise.