Unions to attempt to shut down Mississippi River trade

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    Actually, the unions aren't saying they will shut down barge traffic, but that it will shut down due to the extremely low water levels in the Mississippi River. They are demanding the govt release water from the upper Missouri River to help raise the water levels.

    But if that's done, then the Missouri won't have enough water for traffic, and a new problem starts.
     
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    Collective bargaining my ass. More like extortion of the economy and American people. This could cost us billions
     
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    Geez, did either of you read the article??
     
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    I didn't read the article. I heard on the radio this morning the strike is about barge weight because the shoreman get paid a percentage based on weight. Smaller barges equal less weight. And they don't want last years wages and percentages continued. They want them increased.

    The media can twist the facts to make the strike appear proper or just but you should know better.
     
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    Yep God is using a drought as extortion!
     
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    Mother nature forces the use of smaller barges and unions threaten to strike if wages for smaller barges aren't increased. The companies have no choice but to use smaller barges so imo the demands equate to extortion.
     
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    Facts would just confuse them.
     
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    No one is calling for a strike. The barge owners are upset about the Army Corps cutting water flow from the upper Missouri due to a federal mandate to protect that area, and Obama won't go to Congress to get that reversed.

    The limit on barge weight is due to the low water levels, not any regulations put on them. If they load any heavier, they ground.

    I just took a bridge over the Mississippi yesterday. The river is roughly one third as wide as it normally is, and the sand bars have been exposed so long they're covered by grass and weeds. And they had to lower the drinking water intakes so much that our water has a slight green color, and tastes like shit.
     
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    And the economy is the victim if this strike goes through. This isn't a couple of weeks with kids out of school or an auto production line shut down.
     

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