Diary

I wonder if these union workers got double time holiday pay

Del Monte is switching its incoming banana shipments from a Camden NJ port to a family-owned port in Gloucester City NJ. The workers at the private facility will receive lower pay than the ILA workers at Camden. So what better to do between a Labor Day parade and picnic than to go destroy Del Monte pineapples at a South Philly port? Sounds like good family fun!

In a Labor Day demonstration, Philadelphia union dock workers dumped cases of Del Monte pineapples into the Delaware River today to protest Del Monte’s decision to switch its banana shipping business to a different port.

The International Longshoremen’s Association Local 1291 will lose 200 to 300 jobs – 400,000 labor hours a year – when Del Monte Fresh Produce Co. shifts 75 ships and a half million tons of banana cargo from Camden to the privately-owned Gloucester Terminals L.L.C., which pays workers less.

The protest, at Penn’s Landing, came as Philadelphia’s labor community was heading to the site for its yearly picnic, following the annual parade along Columbus Boulevard.

There’s more to it than what Del Monte has to pay “workers” who have no qualms about destroying the goods. For example…

[A] Del Monte vessel entering and departing Camden’s Broadway terminal needs two tugs, Holt said. [His family runs the new facility.] the At Gloucester, they’ll need one tug to dock and none to leave.

BTW I wonder if the Delaware River is now more polluted than before. I’m sure the EPA will be all over it and fine the union heavily if so.