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Anyone know if this strike might affect deliveries????


Associated Press
Update 1: Independent Truckers Strike at U.S. Ports
06.28.2004, 02:19 PM

Upset over wages, fuel costs and anti-union laws, hundreds of independent truckers went on strike at several U.S. ports Monday, slowing the movement of cargo containers that can hold everything from furniture to electronics to frozen food.

Nationwide independent truckers, who get paid by the load, had called for a strike from Monday to Sunday. It was unclear how many truckers went on strike.

About 200 independent truckers demonstrated at Port Newark, one of the nation's busiest container ports, said Tiffany Townsend, a spokeswoman for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.

"We're certainly open for business, but obviously volume is down," Townsend said.

About 30 independent truckers went on strike at the Port of New Orleans. While some terminals reported slower-than-normal business, it was too early to tell if the boycott was responsible, said David Wagner, the port's chief operating officer.

Calls made to three of the approximate 20 trucking companies that employ independent drivers at the Port of New Orleans were not returned.

Dozens of independent truckers walked picket lines in South Carolina outside the Port of Charleston, the nation's fourth-busiest container port.

"Shut it down!" one picket shouted above the roar of engines as a container truck moved through the gate of the Columbus Street terminal in Charleston. "Go back home!" shouted another.

"We just peacefully want to come out here and let people know we are doing a whole lot more with a whole lot less," said Chris Stonier of Ladson, S.C., who started driving big rigs a decade ago when fuel was 95 cents a gallon. The average price for a gallon of diesel fuel was $1.70 last week and has been as high as $1.76 this year, according to the U.S. Energy Department.

The protest seemed to take a toll on port traffic. Grady Hendrix, who joined about two dozen other truckers outside the Columbus Street Terminal, counted 20 trucks leaving the terminal in the first two hours it was open. On a normal day, he said, there would be that many trucks in a half hour.

At the Port of Boston, two or three independent truckers stood across the street from the entrance of the Conley container terminal, said Massachusetts Port Authority spokeswoman Georgeane Tacelli. She said they were holding signs, but had no effect on operations or traffic.

Truckers are upset over rising costs and low wages. But they also want to be able to form unions and collectively bargain for better contracts from shipping and trucking companies that hire them out.

Owner-operators of trucks are considered independent business people and are forbidden by federal price-fixing laws from negotiating or talking with employers together.

"The carriers are taking advantage of the independent operators due to their lack of representation and due to their lack of recourse," said Robert Fezekas, a Meraux trucker and lobbyist.

Fezekas said he would like to see Louisiana exempt independent truckers from the antitrust laws.

Abraham Venson, an organizer of the New Orleans strike, said the group does not want the federal government to re-regulate the industry but said a way has to be found to keep independent drivers in business.to electronics to frozen food.

Nationwide independent truckers, who get paid by the load, had called for a strike from Monday to Sunday. It was unclear how many truckers went on strike.


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My friend is an Independent. This will fizzle quickly. Everyone of these guys will cut the other one's throat when the opportunity arises...
 

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The President should declare a state of emergency and send in the Marines to break up the strike...Oh wait, most of the Marines are in Iraq...Doomed
 

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DOOMED!!! :D

What else can we fret about?

I heard the waves were big in the Atlantic. I sure hope the ship gets through!

I hope the truck carrying my Elise doesn't get slowed by construction work on the freeways!

Deep breaths, everyone. For those of you who have been through La Maz classes...

Ahee Ahee Ahee Awhoo...

repeat as needed.
 

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An earthquake will hit California and all Elises will be destroyed when a freeway overpass falls on the trucks carrying them to the dealers. Tornadoes will wipe out all of the cars in the midwest. A hurricane will hit Florida and move up the east coast, taking out all Elises in its path. Fires in the northwest will fry all cars in Oregon, Washington and other states up there. Polar bears attack and trash the few cars that make it up to Alaska. Volcanic eruptions wipe out cars in Hawaii. El Nino causes flooding of the Mississippi River, eliminating all Elises in any midwest states missed by the tornadoes. Dust storms in Texas and Oklahoma sand blast Elises until nothing is left but the Lotus emblem.

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jml1952 said:
An earthquake will hit California and all Elises will be destroyed when a freeway overpass falls on the trucks carrying them to the dealers. Tornadoes will wipe out all of the cars in the midwest. A hurricane will hit Florida and move up the east coast, taking out all Elises in its path. Fires in the northwest will fry all cars in Oregon, Washington and other states up there. Polar bears attack and trash the few cars that make it up to Alaska. Volcanic eruptions wipe out cars in Hawaii. El Nino causes flooding of the Mississippi River, eliminating all Elises in any midwest states missed by the tornadoes. Dust storms in Texas and Oklahoma sand blast Elises until nothing is left but the Lotus emblem.

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Well, at least I'll have my emblem.

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The loggers went on "strike" in Tacoma, Wa a month or so ago. All they wanted to get across was the price of fuel was costing them a fortune. This will last a short time if at all. If any of you need an emblem call my parts guy. Maybe he can get one of these faster than the car.
 

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Well, at least I'll have my emblem.
I already have two Lotus badges.

One is on the nose of my Colorado Orange/Cirrius White Elan.

The other (given to me by a friend) stored safely in my wife's jewelry box.

My third one will be on the front of my Chrome Orange Elise.:wave:

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sorry, you cannot get a case of whoop ass as it is all delayed in shipping containers at the port.
 

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jml1952 said:
An earthquake will hit California and all Elises will be destroyed when a freeway overpass falls on the trucks carrying them to the dealers. Tornadoes will wipe out all of the cars in the midwest. A hurricane will hit Florida and move up the east coast, taking out all Elises in its path. Fires in the northwest will fry all cars in Oregon, Washington and other states up there. Polar bears attack and trash the few cars that make it up to Alaska. Volcanic eruptions wipe out cars in Hawaii. El Nino causes flooding of the Mississippi River, eliminating all Elises in any midwest states missed by the tornadoes. Dust storms in Texas and Oklahoma sand blast Elises until nothing is left but the Lotus emblem.

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You forgot this.... on the way to my dealer the transporter will get run off the road by a Nissan Sentra, totalling all cars on board....The Nissan will emerge unscathed....
 

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ivan1 said:
You forgot this.... on the way to my dealer the transporter will get run off the road by a Nissan Sentra, totalling all cars on board....The Nissan will emerge unscathed....
You got that right...All your Elises belongs to Sentra...resistence is futile....you will be spanked hard by the Sentra at BW or SOW :D :D :D :D
 
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