Seems like the Art of the Slow Down has once again paid off for the ILWU.
Word is that the parties are back at the bargaining table, and making progress, and equalization for crane operators is being discussed.
Once again the hall men are taking the hit for their Union.
In LA/LB the employers have started to order 6 men for 5 transtainers, out of the hall, while steady men are shifted to operate transtainers in pairs just like they always have.
The Employers continue to play the steadies against the hall men, and they are creating an even bigger rift in the membership over the use of steady men.
Bobby O Jr. told the membership at the Union meeting, that the transtainer cut backs are going to be just like the swing men cutbacks from the last contract, the union will eventually pressure the Employers to hire back the additional men, just hang in there, it will be ok.
Based on past experience, he is right.
The Art of the Slow Down is paying off again.
Go ILWU, or should I say Go Slow ILWU.