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Gov. Scott pleads with Obama to help avoid ports strike

 Earlier this week, the National Retail Federation asked President Barack Obama to step in and help avoid a workers strike that could shut down ports along the East Coast, including Tampa, Jacksonville, Miami and Port Everglades. Now, Gov. Rick Scott is chiming in with his own letter to the president asking for action to prevent unions representing port workers from imposing a lockout on Dec. 29.

"As governor of Florida, I am deeply concerned about the economic well-being of my state," Scott wrote. "The predicted effects of a strike on the state of Florida would be devastating."

Scott writes that cargo-related activities in Florida's ports generate 550,000 jobs either directly or indirectly and contribute $66 billion to the economy. He said a strike could affect the supply chain nationwide and even could impede military operations.

The governor suggests that Obama use the powers vested under the Taft-Harley Act of 1947 to address the dispute. In 2002, President George W. Bush invoked the law, which restricts the power of labor unions, to end a strike that shuttered 29 West Coast ports for 11 days.

Here is a link to the letter: Download Scott to Obama on ports


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What is truly sad is that a labor union full of mere shipping clerks, who are overpaid, can hold the state and nation hostage, while hundreds of thousands of their fellow citizens go without jobs.

Dr. Ed Holmes

Go ahead and strike. Our country needs another boat load of Chinese junk like someone needs metastatic cancer. Make the products in the USA.

mike s

more companies who profit in the millions and when leverage is with the employees who make that money machine produce, let's stomp on the worker. Big surprise! Then you got pundits blaming the hourly worker? The carrier would replace all of them with your Miami cubans for Florida poverty wage and profit even more if they could ,so don't play on "fellow citizens out of work" union wages are the only wage scale keeping the non-scale above poverty wage.

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