Thursday, November 11, 2010

NY/NJ Terminal Operators and the ILA

You just can't make this stuff up!

The Waterfront Commission is now trying to do it's job (since they have been threatened with being made extinct), and have started questioning the employment practices on the waterfront.

The most recent abuse which came to light are the timekeepers, which are generally paid for more than 24 hours a day, as they are apparently doing the job of 3 people.

When questioning the terminal operator why this can't job can't be computerized to save money, here was the discussion, are report in the Journal of Commerce.

Terminal executives disputed Goldstock's (from the Waterfront Commission) suggestion that ILA timekeepers and shop stewards have undemanding jobs that allow them to collect pay of up to $464,000 for working only a few hours a day at jobs they got through inside connections. Devine said NYCT once tried to hire fill-in timekeepers and "burned through about a half-dozen people that couldn't do the job."

Couldn't the work of a timekeeper with six-figure pay be done by a skilled data entry worker making $20 or $25 an hour? Goldstock asked.

"Those people don't have an ILA contract," Curto replied.


I guess that just gives an indication of what caliber of people belong to the ILA.

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