Comment By Bob L.
Aug. 20th 2013
If this is what the Union wants then charge them any and all delays and over runs in the cast of the project, not the Taxpayer.
This project is not just being paid for by Seattle, it is being paid for by all of Americas taxpayers, and if there are added cost then the Seattle mayor and Seattle City Council should also be held responsible for cost any cost over runs, this should be for any projects that is being done, and all contractors should not get a bonus for getting done sooner, if done sooner that means that it was done by cutting corner, and any added cost should be the responsibility of the contractor who falsely under biding just to get the job, and these people who are supposed to be qualified to over see the project should be fired.
If a person wants to get picky then Long Shore Man should not be able to do any thing that is on land, that means driving trucks to move containers, loading or unloading ships or moving them around the port because they are on land, not on water, they should not be able to handle any thing in a Warehouse, that would fall under another union, here again it is ON LAND, so what gives them the right to take jobs away from other unions or organizations.
Like they say Long Shore Men are on the WATER not LAND, they would scream bloody murder if the Teamsters Complained that they were taking their jobs, Crane Operators should fall under Operating Engineers because it is on land, not on the water, how about the people who move these products on the water from place to place, see it can go both ways.
Things could get pretty ugly if all the unions complained about others taking their jobs, and they would have the right to, just like what is happening now.
Contractor should be able to hire who ever they want with out Harassment from any one, I think this is what the Government calls Profiling, and saying who can work and who can not, Profiling is not just Racial, it is any one who is Denied or Excepted.
Now how many are going to lose their job for the sake of people who already have a job, and are greedy and want to have control of who can get a job and who will not, because they are not in a union, now this is harassment and profiling backed by our Government Agencies.
Longshoremen picketing Seattle tunnel site
by KING 5 News
Posted on August 20, 2013
Members of the longshoreman’s union are picketing at the site of the new State Route 99 tunnel project under Seattle and blocking workers from going in.
The International Longshore and Warehouse Union Local 19 said it secured a deal with Seattle Tunnel Partners to do work on the tunnel terminals. Two-to-four of the jobs were supposed to be union jobs.
The ILWU says that agreement is not being upheld, so they are picketing and not allowing workers to enter the site. The two sides have been in negotiations for the past week, according to ILWU.
There was no immediate response from Seattle Tunnel Partners.