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    Default Newark's Baraka eyes jobs, shipping container fees collected for labor union

    Very interesting article!
    Known as a "container royalty fund", the fee sends $5.10 cents per ton of goods into the coffers of the ILA, a storied legion of dockworkers that has chapters in more than 200 ports from Canada to Puerto Rico. The union then uses it to pay for member health and pension benefits, and provide many with substantial bonuses at the end of the year.
    "Anything works for us. In their tax returns, they had about $20 million in reserve. So if they have $20 million, we could certainly use some of that," he said. "We're not trying to hurt the ILA. We just want to be fair."

    Though done through official channels and in his elected role as the city's chief advocate, the mayor's quest for a cut of the royalty fee and longshore jobs for residents referred by his office has its underworld parallels. Real-life kickback schemes and hiring cronyism dramatized in the 1954 Marlon Brando film, "On the Waterfront," led to the formation of the Waterfront Commission of New York Harbor, a bi-state agency that to this day works with federal prosecutors to prevent plundering of the docks.
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    Default Re: Newark's Baraka eyes jobs, shipping container fees collected for labor union

    I doubt that Newark will get, or is entitled to, a piece of the container royalty fund. That fund was negotiated to compensate the ILA for all the jobs lost by the outsourcing of packing and unpacking the containers. That work was previously done on the piers by ILA workers. Now it's all done at offsite low waged non union warehousing container stations.
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