Re: "West Coast port crisis needs president's intervention" (editorial, 2-13).
The editorial board lays blame at the feet of West Coast dockworkers, but then claims to be agnostic on who is actually causing the problem. Let's focus on supporting good jobs in our community, shall we?
At other times, The News Tribune trumpets that trade-related jobs are some of the best-paying in the state. Why? The reason is simple: The longshore workers stand up for themselves in a union, and so should everyone who believes in supporting our local economy.
Dockworkers do a hard and dangerous job that takes a physical toll, and I don't see why they should not fight for good compensation, which then is spent in our community. Who knows where the shipping companies take their profits?
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If the shipping companies weren't cutting two-thirds of the working shifts and moving towards a complete lockout, they might have a leg to stand on. The shippers are to blame, and they should just sign a fair contract and let the ports get back to work.