I really never thought I would see the day when Longshoremen would not have enough work.
"Everything's pretty slow right now," said Evans, vice president of the International Longshoremen Association, AFL-CIO Local No. 1303. Evans, a third-generation union member and port worker, had to tell his son, who was on college break for the summer, there was no work for him at the port.

The union frequently turns away members who stop by to see if they can put in a day's work. Jobs are based on seniority. Evans and another union member, Gulfport Councilman Truck Casey, said about 70 union members work full time at the port. With part-time work, they estimate, the total force for a week is about 130.
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