Truth be told, most people can't handle the work that longshoremen do. I know this because I did it for 33 yrs. and most newcomers never come back
after their first day.
How many of you on this site have ever pitched 110 lb. bags, 14 hrs. a day, seven days a week, on production based pay with the standard par quota
being 60 tons per hr. For ten men? I'm betting none.
How many of you have loaded 500 lb. bales of cotton, by hand in the hold of a ship, where it's 115 degrees in the shade? I'm betting none?
How many of you have the training and/or experience to safely operate all the various models of cranes & winches that are utilized on the worlds
seafaring vessels? I'm betting none.
How many of you are trained to operate all types of heavy equipment, on and off the ship, including excavators, dozers, front-end loaders, forklifts,
container handlers and shore cranes? I'm betting none.
How many of you have gone inside the oil tanks of a seagoing tanker to be repeatedly buried with grain while you shovel your way out, filling voids in
the tank as you go? Much less for 14 hrs. a day in 115 degree heat. I'm guessing none.
How many of you have handled explosive ordinance in your line of work? How many have been escorted to a site well away from the ship to build a
shipping crate with non-sparking tools for an unpackaged Patriot missile? I'm betting none.
How many of you are qualified to operate military hardware from Humvees to the M1A2 Abrams tanks? I'm betting none.
And that's just the tip of the iceberg! You people wouldn't begin to believe or understand the scope of work that longshoremen do.
It's unbelievably hard work and it's extremely dangerous. During my career, I saw several of my co-workers killed and numerous others maimed on the
job. I've been there when the grain elevator exploded and killed numerous workers.
I assure you all, it's NOT a job that most people are capable of doing, much less willing to do.
I've "literally" seen men who were so muscle bound that they couldn't get their wallet out of their own back pocket, not last more than half a day
before they quit.
But for anyone who's interested, all you have to do is show at the hiring hall to get your chance. That's how I got mine.
edit on 30-1-2016 by Flatfish because: (no reason given)