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  • webuchadnezzar_reva webuchadnezzar_reva Nov 30, 2012 1:15 AM Flag

    Striking clerks in Long Beach CA....don't they have it pretty fat already?

    Q. How are the office clerical workers compensated?

    A. The office clerical workers as a group are among the highest paid clerical workers in America. Their annual compensation packages currently total an average of $165,000, including the following:
    Average hourly wages of $40.50, or approximately $85,000 per year, with some earning up to $250,000 per year - by comparison, the average wages for a freight and cargo agent in the United States is $40,680,* according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
    A "Cadillac" health care plan - for which they pay nothing - although the cost of premiums paid by the employer for family coverage under the plan is $41,000 per year (benefits include, e.g., $0 co-pay for generic drugs; $0 for x-rays, diagnostics, and lab tests; $5 office visit co-pays; 90% coverage for infertility; and more).
    Pensions of up to $60,000 per year after retirement.
    Early retirement with full benefits after as little as ten years of work.
    Total paid time off of over a quarter of the working year, including: an average of four and up to seven weeks of vacation per year; an average of over four weeks of holiday pay per year; an average of approximately three weeks of sick leave per year; and additional paid time off for medical and dental appointments, medical leave, bereavement, and other forms of leave.
    Meal and transportation allowances.
    Education reimbursements.

    *May 2011 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates United States



    Sentiment: Strong Sell

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    • Web,
      Your outrage over clerks getting paid over $150,000 received 4 thumbs down!!! Now do you understand the mentality of these freaks of nature posing as human beings?
      They see NOTHING wrong with that. Instead they are critical of those who think this is unphuckingbelievable!
      4 thumbs down? Really?

    • Just so you know. The clerks are indeed well-paid and compensated. They are striking against 14 shipping lines, almost all of which are FOREIGN-OWNED even though they list local office addresses.

      The cause of the strike, aside from the fact that they have been without a contract for 2 years, is that the shippers want to use "tele-commuting" workers. They want the jobs performed in India, not Long Beach.

      For example, one task performed at each port is determining the load-unload scheduling (the locations of containers on ships is computerized), basically establishing the sequencing of the box movements to minimize port time.

      Technically, that job could be done if B.F. Eqypt by a $2 per hour clerk. But why should we let them? Why should we allow foreign companies to use our ports and employ slave labor in 3rd world countries? Because they can? Do you think the Chinese ports allow this?

      Nope. Only in America do we so readily relinquish control of our assets under the guise of "capitalism".

      Screw that.

    • adventures_of_dingleberry_dog adventures_of_dingleberry_dog Nov 30, 2012 8:25 AM Flag

      They cut your paycheck... now how much are they worth?

      I thought Republicans weren't supposed to be jealous of other's lots in life. Ya know, "We shouldn't be taxin' the rich. It's not their fault they are rich. You're just jealous of their success."

      Do I detect someone who is "jealous of their success"?

    • wow it is very unusual to see this kind of income in the transportation industry. i wonder what the clerks in port of seattle are getting.

      smells like homeland security/tsa inefficiency is at work here also...

    • He ordered the striking PATCO air controllers back to work or they would all be fired. They didn't return. They were all fired.

      Time to fire some clerks!!


      Sentiment: Strong Sell

      • 1 Reply to webuchadnezzar_reva
      • Wow! Excellent example Webby...

        When was the last time an Air Traffic Controller pulled loose his tie, screamed "This was a bad day to quit sniffing glue", grabbed his binoculars and looked out of the tower windows to get a fix at LAX?

        ATC is done in front of a radar screen in a dark room sitting next to half dozen other controllers while talking on headsets. It's all electronic feed. Would it matter if that was a room at LAX? We fly our Predators in Afghanistan from seats at Nellis AFB. Why not fire all those high-paid US controllers and move the control room to Mumbai?

        Your choice.

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