Matson strike possible - Business News

Matson strike possible - Business News

There are 80 comments on the Honolulu Star-Bulletin story from Jun 25, 2009, titled Matson strike possible - Business News. In it, Honolulu Star-Bulletin reports that:

Matson Navigation Co.'s top unionized officers could strike tomorrow -- putting a crimp in Hawaii's delicate supply chain -- if they do not reach accord during scheduled talks with the shipping company today.

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tolietpapertime

San Diego, CA

#1 Jun 25, 2009
load up on toliet paper --- here we go
willie

United States

#2 Jun 25, 2009
No problem, just ship via the SuperFerry....

Anyone wanna bet Young Brothers jacks up their rates during the strike?
Twitter

AOL

#3 Jun 25, 2009
"Without Matson ships running, Hawaii would be virtually cut off from the food and other necessities of life -- everything but oil, and you can't eat oil," said Charles Khim, a Honolulu labor attorney for MM&P,

What are those things moving around in the sky? Oh, airplanes. Lots of extra airlift these days. Matson ripping off the people with its phony sur charges and fees.$500,000,000 in profits. Zero community sponsorships. Its time for the people of hawaii to welcome other shipers to the state!!! Imagine if there was only one or two car dealers or supermarkets on the island. We are getting ripped folks. Wal-mart and Target Have helped to keep prices in check. Still Safeway, Foodland and Star are in bussines. Even smaller stores are sill in bussiness. Don,t fall for "the life blood of the islands song". Time for more competition in surface transport!!
scabies

Honolulu, HI

#4 Jun 25, 2009
let the union workers strike!

strikers need to be locked out permanently, replaced! with all those on unemployment, what is union leadership thinking?
OnlyParadise

Pearl City, HI

#5 Jun 25, 2009
this is no time for the union clowns to strike.

so many people are taking a wage cut and the unions want wage increase and better benefits.

Matson is not the only steam line running. Horizon and another steam line who run cars between the main land and Hawaii.

Let the union strike
chris

Honolulu, HI

#6 Jun 25, 2009
I know, we can get Lingle to furlough them all!
Island Boi

Fort Huachuca, AZ

#7 Jun 25, 2009
Just like clockwork another union thinks it is "Special" and deserves to be treated like gods. They mistakenly think their petty needs are more important than the needs of an entire state they want to hold hostage. So typical of American unions, thinking only of their small group of crying and spoiled children. Compare their petty grievences to the Japanese rail workers that went on strike one morning many years ago. After a few hours off the job and millions of people stuck at closed train stations, they went back to work, their point made with very minimal disruption. Now that is how a professional union makes their point. Sorry to say American unions just don't get it. Their outrageous demands caused GM and Chrysler into bankruptcy, they do not care if Hawaiians suffer. Ahhhh just another day working with childish unions, legends in their own mind.
Gimme a break

Kaneohe, HI

#8 Jun 25, 2009
These guys need to get a grip. They are no longer the only ponzi scheme in town, not do they have sole ownership of the docks. ILWU in solidarity with them - interesting to note that the union itself did not have any comment on that one. Looks like the boat drivers took note of the UPW et all about notifying the public of their ill concieved ideas - instead of a business card, they put their idiocy on a full sheet of paper. Nothing will be solved if they strike, and if anything, they will find themselves out of a job, with no pension. Convienently, they neglect to state that the newer ships are more highly automated and require less crew. There is a reason for the disparate pay scales, and believe it or not, it is Matson management trying to control costs.
Von

Aiea, HI

#9 Jun 25, 2009
If some of you can remember in the past when they went on strike Hawaii had a huge traffic jam because all the local people were out hording rice and toilet paper. Within an hour no rice or toilet paper could be found.

It does not bother me because I never use that stuff.
Von

Aiea, HI

#10 Jun 25, 2009
What gets me is when they said the made a profit?
Tell me where do they think the money came from anyway?

It's not exactly like they did a good job. Anyone can increase their cost if someone else must pay for it and then claim they made a profit. It has nothing at all to do with being a smart business operation.

No rocket science here
Yes We Cant

Herndon, VA

#11 Jun 25, 2009
Typical, let them strike fire them and hire people that would love to have a job paying 80,000 plus a year.
Local Mama

Wailuku, HI

#12 Jun 25, 2009
Von wrote:
If some of you can remember in the past when they went on strike Hawaii had a huge traffic jam because all the local people were out hording rice and toilet paper. Within an hour no rice or toilet paper could be found.
It does not bother me because I never use that stuff.
Good for you, Von. I take it, you're into recycling? Which one is softer? The Honolulu Advertiser or Star Bulletin? Or do you use the premium stuff like Pacific Business News?
Westside Wind

Honolulu, HI

#13 Jun 25, 2009
Abolish the Jones Act thereby allowing foreign flag carriers to service Hawaii. Senator Inouye is bought by these unions just like he is with Young Brothers Alaska parent company.
As much as the senator has done for the state, it can be argued he is also responsible for the high cost of living.
Matson and their unions have had Hawaii hostage year in and year out. Nuff!
local

Kailua, HI

#14 Jun 25, 2009
Here we go again with the unions. Whenever a crisis such as a down economy, these clowns decide to strike and hurt the people causing more negativity towards unionized labor. With furloughs on the horizon, how much can the non union people take from the greedy union management.
Tsarbomba

Corona, CA

#15 Jun 25, 2009
Westside Wind wrote:
Abolish the Jones Act thereby allowing foreign flag carriers to service Hawaii. Senator Inouye is bought by these unions just like he is with Young Brothers Alaska parent company.
As much as the senator has done for the state, it can be argued he is also responsible for the high cost of living.
Matson and their unions have had Hawaii hostage year in and year out. Nuff!
What's the tax on foreign imports? Say for instance, you started a shipping line to supply Hawaii via Vancouver, it not affected by the Jones Act. But will the foreign import tax wash out the savings compared to the high cost affiliated with the Jones Act?
pink slip em

Kailua, HI

#16 Jun 25, 2009
Go one strike...theres a lot of unemployeed people who need jobs. Matson should fire them all and hire new people. Demanding more when people are loosing their job is awful. FIRE THEM ALL if the STRIKE!
Righty

Honolulu, HI

#17 Jun 25, 2009
wah wah wah....life will change because you cry about it. Sit behind your keyboards and type all you want. The world wont change untill you get up and get out and do something about it.
Westside Wind

Honolulu, HI

#18 Jun 25, 2009
Tsarbomba wrote:
<quoted text>
What's the tax on foreign imports? Say for instance, you started a shipping line to supply Hawaii via Vancouver, it not affected by the Jones Act. But will the foreign import tax wash out the savings compared to the high cost affiliated with the Jones Act?
Much more straight forward to abolish the Jones Act.
Walmart ships from China, 15,000 containers on a foreign flag carrier the Emma Maserek. The very same ship goes back with empty containers?????
Point is, the U.S. allows products from China to the US, but not commerce between U.S. states unless you use U.S. flag carriers under the Jones Act. What's wrong with that picture?(politics?)
Have you ever heard of any foreign flag carrier going on strike?

Since: Aug 08

Makawao, HI

#19 Jun 25, 2009
I figure that President Obama will either nationalize Matson, or apologise that they are going on strike. After all, if it weren't for Bush....
LOL LOL LOL
Tsarbomba

Corona, CA

#20 Jun 25, 2009
Westside Wind wrote:
<quoted text>
Much more straight forward to abolish the Jones Act.
Walmart ships from China, 15,000 containers on a foreign flag carrier the Emma Maserek. The very same ship goes back with empty containers?????
Point is, the U.S. allows products from China to the US, but not commerce between U.S. states unless you use U.S. flag carriers under the Jones Act. What's wrong with that picture?(politics?)
Have you ever heard of any foreign flag carrier going on strike?
Logically, it's more straight forward to abolish the act, but in reality, you're fighting special interests all the way. Which is why I'm asking what the foreign import tax would be. It might be easier to do that instead. Have a smaller cargo ship go direct from China to Hawaii or Canada to Hawaii for those that still have fear of Chinese imports.

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