The Alaska Marine Highway (Ferry) Strike is Like Extortion of Organized Crime

The strike shows the philosophical problem with allowing labor unions into critical positions in government operations acting as organized crime. Unions originally were supposed to band together poor, underpaid workers against powerful private businesses and corporations for a living wage. In the Ferry worker’s strike the union is attacking the small businesses and ordinary citizens that use the marine highway from a leveraged position operating a critical government marine highway. The extortion of the unions to leverage more money during the height of the summer work and travel/sales season and while the government is in the midst of a severe financial crisis is cause enough to get rid of the union from any critical government operations position that will directly, immediately harm the general public if it strikes.





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