Friday, November 15, 2013

The Official Report by the Waterfront Commission of New York Harbor

The Waterfront Commission of New York/New Jersey posted on their web-site the official report submitted to the Governors of New Jersey and New York.  This report was issued in March 2012, but references public hearings conducted in 2010.   Not sure what took them so long to issue the report.  The wheels of government turn slowly.

Click here for link to complete report.

Below is how it starts...
To the Honorable Chris Christie, Governor, and the Legislature of the State of New Jersey
and To the Honorable Andrew M. Cuomo, Governor,and Legislature of the State of New York: 
Between October 14, 2010 and December 2, 2010, the Waterfront Commission of New
York Harbor (“Commission”) conducted public hearings concerning unfair employment 
practices within the Port of New York District )"the Port", or "the Port of New York-New Jersey")
The hearings demonstrated and publicized that certain hiring practices, achieved
primarily through calculated provisions of collective bargaining agreements, illogical
interpretations of other provisions, and claims of “custom and practice,” have created within the
Port no/low-work, no/low-show positions generally characterized by outsized salaries. The
privileged few that are given those jobs are overwhelmingly connected to organized crime
figures or union leadership.

Not much has changed since the early days.  The Waterfront Commission is trying.  We shall see.

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