Finally, we read a common-sense counterpoint to the inflated figures bandied about by pro-business forces in an attempt to bulldoze the Obama administration to act against the International Longshore and Warehouse Union and its members.
As Michael Hiltzik points out, you would have to sink all the cargo ships to achieve the $1 billion a day in losses many have incorrectly cited. This is the same drivel that we encountered in 2002 when the employers locked out the ILWU in all the ports of the West Coast.
Beware the pro-business demagogues who repeat phony numbers.
Peter B. Olney
The writer is director of organizing for the ILWU.
What comes to mind is the long 1934 ILWU strike organized by radical left-winger Harry Bridges. There are few jobs that pay such a high wage without a college degree.