Reason #6,482 why Right-to-Work and Employment-at-Will laws make sense.
Union dispute slows work at vital western port to a crawl
So because a bunch of old, fat over-paid crane operators don't want to either do their job or quit, every other business and hourly employee that has anything to do with shipping through Portland has to suffer...and in the end, the increased costs fall on all of us.
This is exactly why any employer needs to absolute right to hire and fire at will. If I, as a business owner, offer you a pretty cushy job with above-average pay and benefits and you decide that, instead of being grateful for the opportunity to take home a paycheck, tat you're going to hurt my business, I should be able to send you packing and replace you with the first applicant who comes along who can pass a drug test and is willing to do the job right.
I'll say it right now: Unions had a place in this country once, but those days are long gone and they won't be back. Now they're just a parasitical cancer on our economy in the form of a slightly-legal mafia enterprise that adds nothing of value to any business that they infect. If we're going to get America back to the top of the industrial world again, we need to get rid of these press gangs and their lazy, disloyal members and let American companies reward their best workers and get rid of their worst. And when we've saved American businesses from the curse of union-backed inefficiency, we need to get rid of the public-sector unions, too. You want a job? Be better than the other guy who wants it. When you get the job, do it right or get used to filling out new job applications. The Japanese auto companies seem to do just fine without a bunch of slobs organizing slowdowns and committing sabotage every time one of them gets butt-hurt over some real or imagined slight, so maybe it's time for America to follow their lead in this area.