Thursday, April 6, 2017

Well, that's one way to get hired

Via a random set of clickings, I learned today that longshoremen in New York take Good Friday off, as well as a day in March called Gleason's Birthday, in honor of Thomas Gleason, a particularly influential President of the International Longshoremen's Association. From his New York Times obituary:
He always felt that his greatest achievement as president of the I.L.A. was the guaranteed annual income he won for union members, beginning in 1964. This allowed hundreds of longshoremen to collect as much as $32,000 a year for doing no work after their jobs were eliminated by containerization, a process in which goods are shipped in large containers so that the need for workers to load and unload is substantially reduced.  
Although costly, the guaranteed income was preferred by both the shipping industry and the union to the old shape-up when dock work was day labor, when 7 to 10 men would bid for each job each morning and who got the job was often determined by kickbacks and violence.
That doesn't sound very fun.

4 comments:

  1. 7-10 applicants per position? Those odds look downright rosy!

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  2. CJ: Let us see, if that works for medicinal chemists whose jobs are eliminated! Who will not say no to such a cushy deals, I ask? Wonder if there is such thing as medicinal chemists union?

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  3. Note that "Gleason's Birthday" is observed on St Patrick's Day, March 17th (at least this year), while a quick Google search shows that Gleason's actual birthday was in November.

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  4. Stock markets are also closed Good Friday, which I always find odd for the US (though enjoyably so). Back in public school, in the durn foreigner country I grew up, we got vacation both Good Friday and Easter Monday.

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