One letter writer has suggested (TNT, 12-20) that Sens. Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell and Rep. Adam Smith intervene with the negotiations between the longshore union and the Pacific Maritime Association. Unfortunately, this will not happen, because the unions are big contributors and supporters of the Democrats. Plus that would only be a short-term solution to a decades-old problem.
Having said that, the unions are only a part of the problem. The main part of the problem is the way ports are formed and the weakness of the elected commissioners.
The current business model becomes quite murky because the problem solvers do …