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Truckers' unionization battle is loaded with controversy

There are 58 comments on the Daily Breeze story from Sep 12, 2009, titled Truckers' unionization battle is loaded with controversy. In it, Daily Breeze reports that:

Marco Diaz,left, and Bismark Sanchez are two Swift truck drivers who were fired earlier this year.

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Houston, TX

#1 Sep 13, 2009
It sounds like Julio Henriquez gets it. The Teamster just want as many members as possible at $40/month. They don;'t care if any of the trucking companies go bankrupt just as long as they get their monthly dues. It's too bad some of these younger truckers don't understand economics as it relates to their jobs. Companies can only pay your wages if they are making money. Once the money runs out, so does your job!
Freight Person

AOL

#3 Sep 13, 2009
Have these guys been living in a cave? A raise in their pay would mean a raise in the costs for people who use Swift. And guess what.... customers aren't going to pay. Not in this economy. Customers are watching every dime.$18.00 an hour plus benefits is not too shabby at a time when a lot of good people in the transportation industry do not have jobs. Typical union mentality.. "Give me more, I don't care who it costs". As for not getting overtime pay, there are strict laws in California about overtime. Instead of unionizing, they should learn about how they are already protected and follow that avenue. They don't have to pay someone else $40/month to do this.
UCLA FAN

Bellflower, CA

#4 Sep 13, 2009
Unions are nothing more than organized criminals. They collect dues to keep them in power and do nothing for the employee except to protect the ones who will engage in criminal activity to protect the union. Unions cause the cost of living to raise by demanding unreasonable wages and benefits.
Terminator

Los Angeles, CA

#5 Sep 13, 2009
This is no doubt, a very complex issue. There are clearly two, three, maybe even more sides to this story. The public/consumers are watching this with no clear picture of whether there is even a right, or a wrong here. Is the confusion planned, is it necessary, or is it just a fact? A great comparison is the Torrance School Bonds. They finally passed, but ask 100 people in the City how a Bond works, and 99% of the people who voted can NOT tell you what a bond is, how it works, who pays for it, and why are teachers being laid off while new football stadiums get built. The answers are there for all of this, but there is just not enough clarity for us to get the full picture.
Let's hope, I think for everybodys sake, that the trucking issues are resolved quickly. Doubtful, but all of us are affected by what goes on down there at the Port, so let's hope that sombody can step in here, and be the Miracle Worker that is needed sooner vs. later...
Steven

Camarillo, CA

#7 Sep 13, 2009
Unions the problem not the solution.
Steven

Camarillo, CA

#8 Sep 13, 2009
You are so right. The union at docks are a bunch of gangsters and they get paid over 70 bucks per hour.
UCLA FAN wrote:
Unions are nothing more than organized criminals. They collect dues to keep them in power and do nothing for the employee except to protect the ones who will engage in criminal activity to protect the union. Unions cause the cost of living to raise by demanding unreasonable wages and benefits.

Since: Nov 08

Location hidden

#9 Sep 13, 2009
Unions suck. They are a MAJOR source of corruption, greed and hate mongering.
They also just happened to put GM and CHRYSLER out of business too. Now I have been forced to help put food in their mouths even when I can't afford to buy my own. I boycott them if I can.

They are mainly run by people with Zionist Socialist ideas. Like Rahm's mother, for instance. Most of their actions are covertly done.
interesting story

Norwalk, CA

#10 Sep 13, 2009
Good reporting by Gene Maddaus. It's refreshing to see some good, relevant local reporting rather than just regurgitated Associated Press articles.

p.s. I agree that these unions are primarily motivated by more dues rather than the best interests of American workers. As an example, look no further than the big unions who advocate amnesty for illegals.

These unions could care less if they flood the labor force with cheap workers; the union bosses just want their dues.
Wow

Rancho Santa Margarita, CA

#11 Sep 13, 2009
Unions are at the center of all evil in this recession. Obama is a union man, we are in a world of hurt and it is going to get worse.

union attitude = the co. can afford it. JUST LOOK AT what they did to GM!!!!!

companies can't afford union demands.
Wow

Rancho Santa Margarita, CA

#12 Sep 13, 2009
different view wrote:
It sounds like Julio Henriquez gets it. The Teamster just want as many members as possible at $40/month. They don;'t care if any of the trucking companies go bankrupt just as long as they get their monthly dues. It's too bad some of these younger truckers don't understand economics as it relates to their jobs. Companies can only pay your wages if they are making money. Once the money runs out, so does your job!
you just described GM
Wow

Rancho Santa Margarita, CA

#13 Sep 13, 2009
UCLA FAN wrote:
Unions are nothing more than organized criminals. They collect dues to keep them in power and do nothing for the employee except to protect the ones who will engage in criminal activity to protect the union. Unions cause the cost of living to raise by demanding unreasonable wages and benefits.
hmmm,, what does that say about mr. O, a chicago man :)
Wow

Rancho Santa Margarita, CA

#14 Sep 13, 2009
Eighthman wrote:
Unions suck. They are a MAJOR source of corruption, greed and hate mongering.
They also just happened to put GM and CHRYSLER out of business too. Now I have been forced to help put food in their mouths even when I can't afford to buy my own. I boycott them if I can.
They are mainly run by people with Zionist Socialist ideas. Like Rahm's mother, for instance. Most of their actions are covertly done.
Yes and they want to ruin Walmart too.
Marcy Winograd

Playa Del Rey, CA

#15 Sep 13, 2009
In reference to the much-talked about Employee Free Choice Act, I would urge the people of the port and beyond to support passage of this vital piece of legislation. The Act would allow unions to represent workers if the majority of those at a work site signed cards saying they want a union.

Currently, workers sign cards and then wait -- and wait and wait for an election to be held. During the waiting, comes the intimidation - hostility, threats - and efforts to drive away those who support a union. Over time, the composition of the work force can dramatically change, thus allowing an employer to challenge the need for an election because the workers who requested union representation are gone.

Not only will the Employee Free Choice Act make it easier to organize a union,
it will also put teeth into the unfair labor practice portions of the National Labor Relations Act so that when employers fail to bargain in good faith they are held accountable.

At this time of financial crisis, we must recognize the need to strengthen the engine of our democracy: the middle class. An integral part of that effort requires fairness and democracy in the workplace.

Bust the unions

Whittier, CA

#16 Sep 13, 2009
The strength of the middle class is entirely dependent on having jobs. Since unions tend to bankrupt companies the biggest enemies to the middle class are the unions. The best thing the government could do for us is to stop the flooding of the labor market with cheap labor, be it the illegals crossing over from Mexico or the H1B visas from India. That would give labor an edge without the thug union bosses driving our jobs overseas.
True

Ashland, KY

#17 Sep 13, 2009
I hate unions big business is all they are. Member of AFL-CIO for 8 years you can bet if there is more that 200 employees the is a no strike clause in your contract. Your international rep gets a bonus for keeping the big busineses working. Do the math 17000 truckers at Swift 20 dollars a week in Union dues.....do you really think you will ever strike? This will fail just like all attempts to Unionize Walmart. Kroger has a union for its workers but walmars pay is 3 an hour higher and benfits are cheaper than that of Kroger.
Willy

San Pedro, CA

#19 Sep 13, 2009
Here is what some union reps make for the Longshoreman.
http://www.unionfacts.com/unions/unionProfile...
Johny Jurillio San Pedro

San Pedro, CA

#20 Sep 13, 2009
Having grown up in Wilmington, I can remember when all those container truckers were teamsters and making very good living wages.

Then came the illegal aliens from Mexico with their junky, smoking, bad brakes and bald tire trucks....they under cut the American truckers until they moved on. Cut the prices to haul a container to LA to the third world bone.

Now we watch them complain about the working conditions. I have no sympathy for them. Most got amnesty in 1986...that is how they got the port ID required today. Very few still to this day speak english and the highway patrol has a field day writing them up. To bad they just didn't join the union 20 years ago when it was thriving. To bad!
taxpayer

United States

#21 Sep 13, 2009
Johny Jurillio San Pedro said "Having grown up in Wilmington, I can remember when all those container truckers were teamsters and making very good living wages.
Then came the illegal aliens from Mexico with their junky, smoking, bad brakes and bald tire trucks....they under cut the American truckers until they moved on. Cut the prices to haul a container to LA to the third world bone.
Now we watch them complain about the working conditions."

You just described what happened when President Regan granted Amnesty. Moyes and his Swift trucking undercut prices using new cheap labor. Now Moyes is trying to make them overload trucks which lead to deadly accidents. This white collar thug is trying to make up for the bucks he lost on his Hockey team. He should stay in beautiful Phoenix.
Unbelievable

United States

#22 Sep 13, 2009
Oh boy, we've got a big problem. The strong arm thugs of the unions are pushing hard but no where near as hard as they will be once their buddies in Washington pass card check. Then the REAL trouble beings. They're real close to taking over the health industry. They got Obama to add an addional 35% tarriff on tires from China and they're pissed. Not sure if right now is the right time for that.... Don't we own China a whole lot of money? Isn't China the ones that help stop our financial collasps acordimg to tax cheat Geithner? Now we screw them? Now we can look at paying 35% more for tires! Nice work Obama!

Obama is in bed with unions and between all the government take overs and the thugs with the unions America's in for a very rough nasty ride!
unnamed

United States

#23 Sep 13, 2009
Scab drivers should have never under cut the teamsters in the 80's. Now they are paying the price. Good luck, I hear they are looking for good drivers at ports throughout Mexico.

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