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GOP moves to block unions’ port slowdown tactic


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Mar 13, 2022
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House Republicans are backing legislation to deter unions from staging work slowdowns at the nation’s ports, warning the tactic could worsen the nation’s supply chain crisis.

Rep. Ted Budd, North Carolina Republican and a leader of the effort, says the bill is needed to prevent unionized dock workers from attempting to gain leverage during contract negotiations by paralyzing critical infrastructure, as happened in a bitter nine-month West Coast negotiating battle in 2014.

I can honestly say I didn't see this one coming, and it does put Democrats in something of a bind--the Dockworkers' Union as well, for that matter. Considering how bad the supply chain issues are already, being seen as deliberately making them worse--or even just threatening to--is likely to cause an enormous backlash.
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