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Revolting Trade Unions Just a Part Of Everyday French Life

Burning tyres, blockaded roads, diverted traffic, dumped farm produce and militant workers marching arm-in-arm through busy city streets. These are the images of French unionism in revolt seen around the world as strikers try and draw attention to their cause. This

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Port Strike Over, But Shipping Bottleneck Still Costing Jobs and Billions

Despite the February 21 settlement of a bitter labor dispute at West Coast ports between employers and members of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU), whose members command average wages and benefits of about $1,200 a day, the continuing bottleneck is still causing job and revenue losses across many US industries.

Long Beach Port (Jae C. Hong / Associated Press)

$1,200-per-Day Union Port Workers Want Employers to Pay Double-time

America’s best-paid union members caused another four day shut-down of the 29 West Coast ports that move 43% of U.S. imports and exports. About 80% of heavy crane operators have been calling in sick in an apparent scheme to delay port activity until the union can force employers to pay double-time for work on the four union contract holidays for “Lincoln’s Birthday” and “President’s Day.”

Long Beach Port (Jae C. Hong / Associated Press)

Longshoreman’s Union to Strike 29 West Coast Ports

For the last four months, the International Longshoreman and Warehouse Union has been involved in a “work slow-down” to shake-down employers for higher wages. But with 29 West Coast ports handling 43.5% of U.S. containerized cargo shipments and the movement of 12.5% of America’s GDP, a looming strike could cost billions of dollars per day and severely injure the U.S. economy.

Long Beach Port (Jae C. Hong / Associated Press)