With increased use of robots on the docks, there will be fewer longshoremen needed.
With increased use of transponders and electronic information platforms, there will be zero clerks needed.
If the ILWU gives the Employers another 5 years before they go back to the bargaining table, when they get there there will be nothing left for them to bargain for, and no need for registering any more longshoremen because casuals will do and they have no benefits.
Bobby O Jr. is running up and down the Coast telling Locals that the robots have eliminated hundreds of jobs in LA/LB.
Bobby O Jr. has negotiated 2 robot Agreements that eliminated around 140 jobs per ship visit, and he refuses to provide his membership copies of the Agreements that they ratified.
Friday afternoon, PMA finally sent a written proposal to the Union and it includes some money, along with the pension increase.
Will the ILWU sell out their future for a few cents and some retirement money?
How is Big Baby going to sell this to his members?
If the ILWU agrees to extend the Contract, it will be the beginning of the end of a great Union.
I know what Harry would say.
Harry would say; “Homey Don’t Play That.”