We have had a few really good threads about unions but no e have mentioned a critical point.
I talk with a lot of shipping execs, port officials and finance guys… and they all have the same #1 concern about union labor.
I’ve worked union ships and, on some tough jobs, I know that on some dirty jobs its hard to convince the crew to work overtime even with with bonus rates. And observe any port or construction site in America and you will find many guys propping up fences.
I’m not saying that all union guys drag their feet but the executives I talk claim that they do… and it’s that lack of work ethic (Not high wages, law suits or benefits) that keeps them away from building ships in US shipyards and hiring American union crews.
Is this a fair complaint? If it is, what can be done by unions to improve productivity?