You all should know well by now that I am no fan of unions. I don’t like their focus, their tactics, the politics or their ways of doing business. Here is yet another example. The dock workers and longshoremen in Tacoma and Seattle, now also LA and San Diego, have been working without a contract since July 1st. That they continue to work under an old contract is admirable. To slow things down to get their way is not. Yes, they do have the option to strike, which would probably speed negotiations up since it is believed that each day of a strike could cost a billion dollars or more. That ain’t chump change. The ports handle about 29% of our GDP and that is a force to be reckoned with. It appears that there are other contributing factors at work here, and have been for many years. That a letter was sent to the Obama administration for arbitration is a good thing. That they have waited this long is not. Many businesses are and have been suffering because of this slowdown, through no fault of their own. Unions don’t seem to really care about who they hurt at times. In a time of plentiful cheap labor (being pushed by big business and Obama), the unions seem to be cutting their own throats. But that seems to be what big business wants. Who will win in the end between big business and unions is anyone’s guess. The losers will be small business and consumers. That never bodes well for the economy.