Letters to the Editor

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Tag: ilwu

Sep.
9th

UNION: Wages reflect value labor brings

As one who has spent 35 years in the stevedoring business, managing ILWU labor on behalf of shippers, I was disappointed by the thinness of economic rationale in your editorial, “Strange sympathy for Longshore lawlessness” (TNT, 9-9).

I doubt you meant it as such, but your pause – “hold your breath” – prior to detailing ILWU earnings leans a bit to the snide side when you overlook the fact that longshoring is both dangerous work and essentially day labor. Members work at the whim of ship schedules and must take work as it comes or not at all. To

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Sep.
9th

UNIONS: Plenty would work those jobs for less

I read the paper Friday, and my heart weeps for the poor, unfairly treated members of the ILWU, the UFCW and the Tacoma Education Association.

How dare a company open up shop and not offer the job to the members of the longshore workers’ union? It is appalling that a company would make any decisions without consulting the ILWU first; it’s only the proper thing to do.

I feel such agony for the men and women working in our ports, making those measly wages and benefits. It’s so unfair. Now it seems that members have taken to

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