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West Coast Shipping Problems with Harlequin Releases.


A lot of people have been concerned with the delayed shipping dates for the United States, particularly the West Coat (where I am at). What is being reported is that there is a union strike going on with dock workers in California. Since everything comes in from China on the West Coast, there is a big delay in many different kinds of products going on.


Here is what was sent in to me.

Just wanted to give you an update on why US customers are seeing a later 
date for the shipment of the harlequin book, cards and painting guide. 
There's a currently a dock workers strike going on in California that is 
delaying all product coming in from the Pacific to the U.S. All stores 
with product coming from the Pacific can expect delays.

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  1. Wow, workers in the USA are still in unions fighting for their rights! Thats some good news!

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    1. They aren't fighting for their rights.

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    2. The Longshoremen's contract expired and now they are trying to get the cost of living adjustment into the worker's wages along with benifits. Management wants nothing to do with their proposals.

      Samething everytime. Workers want a fair wage and management wants to keep their growing profits as much as possible.

      Without unions work in the US would be like working in a third world country. We have to fight tooth and nail to get a fair shake here and yet the gap between the top 5% and the rest of our nation is still worse than anyother country in the world.

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    3. And the gap gets bigger every year since Regan was sworn in.

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    4. What? Your kidding right?.
      The unions have been offered a 14% wage increase along with extra benefits and work guarantees. This would increase average wages to 147k. Meanwhile the unions are not budging and work slowdowns have been going on for awhile now. Stats are from CNN and USA Today.

      Not sure what third world country has dock workers making 147k per year, and even the claims from the unions that their workers only make 89k per year due to non guaranteed work doesnt cut it in my book.

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    5. I understand the situation, and I am fully with you!
      USA is for sure a tough place for a worker (the majority) to live and work, like the rest of the world. We here in europe only ever see, what the hollywood lets us see...
      But lets not take this any further since this is a wargaming forum.

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    6. guess Im moving to California where a dock worker can get paid more than you do starting at a law firm.

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    7. Yep, they make double what i do as a veterinarian. Wish someone would have told me that before i started school and took on all that debt.

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    8. Honestly I haven't seen their proposed deal so I need to see it, but the slow down is a combination of the strike and new regulations for the dock workers. It's not a one sided matter, it's both sides accusing the other of being bad.

      But as for the third world comment look at American history prior to Unions and the New Deal and you will see over 90% of Americans lived in poverty and it was the worker's fight for a fair living that got us to where we are today.

      If it wasn't for our grandfathers fighting for unions and a better living niether you or I would have gone to college, have health benifit and have the right to a safe work place.

      We have it very easy compared to them and forget what life was like for our families at the turn of the last century.

      But as for Unions and management deals it looks ugly everytime with no end in sight till there is a middle ground meet. Both sides are looking after their own interest which is why I believe there needs to be some new laws to bring the process into the 21st century instead of using the same laws used in the 60's.

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    9. I would love to have my X Wing models that have been sitting in the harbor for a couple of weeks now but I can wait a little longer if it means helping to keep our rights. It's only toys, not food stuff that js getting the priority right now.

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    10. So instead of doing a bit of research and making an informed comment you decided to just talk out of your ass. That's par for the course for an Obama defender.

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    11. ^ +1 i 100% agree with what you have said. it is the same here in Australia. though people are quick to judge unions as being corrupt (they are no more corrupt than those not in unions, power breeds corruption after all)...also i 100% agree that it is them "fighting" for their "rights" if they weren't they'd be at work making Paper.

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    12. I agree murphy with unions back then, but today's unions are nothing resembling what our great grandfather's unions looked like.

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    13. Umm. Ok Jon. Forget the fact I have a degree and studied American history enough to know more about what is happening than uying the BS being pushed at us from either side.

      The management is claiming they are offering a more than fair deal and the Union says it falls short. But in fact what is really happening is happening behind closed doors and not you nor I know what is really being said there.

      So no I am not 100% sure what is happening but I have been following it on and off now and both sides have a different story and I don't trust either side yet.

      By the way you don't know what is happening either and neither does anyone else here. We only get the info they decide to share which is not the whole story.

      These things are not Black and White, Good vs Evil and to say otherwise in this situation is wrong.

      There's a Strike happening. They happen and if you listen to only one side you are going to be a fool.

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    14. This is also why I believe there needs to be reform in this area but one that does not favor unions or bussiness. It most likely won't happen but I am a middle of the road guy who tired of the divisive crap happening today. I thought it was bad in the 80's and 90's but it is just painful to hear stuff today.

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    15. "I agree murphy with unions back then, but today's unions are nothing resembling what our great grandfather's unions looked like."
      Unions are heavily legally restricted (Taft Hartley) and co-opted by business interests you're sorely mistaken. The stage of labor in the US is the weakest it has been since the 19th century, and workers left in unions that are actually willing to fight for their workers deserve to be supported and applauded, most unions are too weak to do anything.

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    16. I can tell you right now, the UFCW (United Food and Commercial Workers) union is a joke. I worked at Kroger for five years and they did NOTHING except making things worse. Since then I've had a very low opinion of most unions.

      But dock workers seriously make $150k-ish a year? Shit, I'll move out west and do that. That's five times what I'm making now, and I have a college degree.

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    17. In the UK, unions are just ignored. Especially if you're in a dangerous job.

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    18. Unions heavily regulated? The port unions are some of the strongest in the nation, and there may be some weak unions out there, but this is not one of them. Unions used to be about workers rights. That is not the case here in this country anymore.

      A lot of people commenting here without any real information on what is going on, and the topic is way off course.

      Time to lock it.

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  2. I love the ocean, warm weather and sunshine. I'd be an awesome dock worker!

    Oh yeah, California cost of living...

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  3. Don't forget that President Obama is visiting the state as well. Seems like he only comes just when he needs money haha...

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    1. He's not running for re-election so he isn't there for himself. He also visited many conservative states when they were gokng through crisis and got mocked for it then too.

      He is doing what almost every modern president has done for the last 50 some odd years. The only difference between then and now is the speed of information and 24 hours of opinions played off as News. And that is every 24 hour news newtwork out there.

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    2. well i hope you get one like our current leader. then you can be the joke of the world. oh wait you already are. and it's not because of your current leader either. rather the last 3-4 of them. but you see them as heroes while those that enact positive change are dragged across hot coals, oh well you'll find out the hard way that what you have now is possibly the best thing you could have. but alas it'll take a few years of punishment from the new guy before it sinks in. (i'm talking of experience in my own country where it is well documented, don't think it won't in your own, as we are reading your countries handbook)

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    3. Your not even in the USA, you have no idea how shitty a president we have now, quite possibly the most cowardly president ever elected in America

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    4. Haha Nova Star, your ignorant conservative act is pretty funny. I think it is the ad hominem insult that is also untrue (hey remember when Reagan cut and ran from Lebanon? And that isn't even considering the dozens of other executive actions taken over the years that could be construed as cowardly, all of which is silly anyway) combined with the lack of relevance to the previous commenters discussion. You should go on tour with it, people would definitely pay to see it.

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    5. how is my not being an american make me understand things less? since the same thing is happening here....more or less....so yeah me not being american is irrelevant. we have union based strikes here so i do have some understanding of how things work. we also elect a leader.....so tell me Nova where the difference or lack of understanding originates from.

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    6. you may think you have a bum deal at the moment, think it could be and most likely will be worse with the "next guy" unlike here were we are set to get a good/better deal than currently as our "next guy" needs to do so in order to stay in office.

      do what we did and eject the best or among the best leaders of our time....see what happens next. it's the small end of town that suffers.

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    7. normally it is the rest of the world that follows your example, don't tell me you are looking at the situation where i live and going "that's a good idea" (note: regressive leaders are not required today's time frame, yet that is exactly what people will get as long as they support the big end of town. but what do i know i am not american.

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  4. Wow, this conversation degenerated quickly! I always find it amazing how the vitriol flies as soon as politics enters a discussion. I was just on Facebook and saw a bunch of this crap, with people fighting over the political stuff, so I came here to get away from all of that. I am deeply concerned over the state of the world and have deep rooted opinions on all of these issues, but this isn't the place for it. This is where we get away from the real world for a little bit to relax and be boys again to play in our imaginary universe. Can this please be a no fly zone for political stuff? If not, I'm posting a 42 page rebuttal to a prior post typed out on my phone, so help me God! LOL Happy gaming, gentlemen.

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    1. Agreed. I appreciated the initial information, but it's gotten out of hand.

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    2. But the real world is harshing on my harlequine mellow!!

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    3. Totally agree here. This is not the place to discuss politics. I'm here to read up on my hobby P:

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  6. I am happy with a short delay if it means a fair outcome for the longshoreman - solidarity forever

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