Tag Archives: economics

American Airlines glitch leaves 15,000 Christmas flights without a captain

Got this story by way of the Loadstar.

Reading the story I am impressed by the level of incompetence management showed. But in the view of the traveler (customer) the union will be blamed. So more anti-union sentiment will be generated.

In this case it is clearly a management mess-up.  Why shouldn’t the union call them out?  Why should the union go overboard to help management out of the mess? Why should temporary and part time workers get overtime pay for standard hours (for airline crews) in violation of the union contract?

What customers see is a flight that is canceled. If management says “It’s the union’s fault!” it would be lying.  Laying blame on the union is not fair.

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via American Airlines glitch leaves 15,000 Christmas flights without a captain | World news | The Guardian

China’s top ports have been ripping off shipping lines

Good article by Jason Jiang. It seems like businessmen will be businessmen anywhere.  Regulation is sometimes necessary.

screenshot-splash247.com 2017-11-16 08-27-01-343via Investigation finds China’s top ports have been ripping off shipping lines for years – Splash 247

NWF, MarAd release study on unscheduled lock outages

A new study by the US Maritime Commission on the problems with lock outages in our inland river waterways. If we don’t maintain the locks, we lose competitive advantage in agricultural products particularly; for instance costs of exporting soybeans goes up and lets Brazil become the cheapest source.

I’ve included a link to the pdf of the study below.

American Shipper   via NWF, MarAd release study on unscheduled lock outages

BY HAILEY DESORMEAUX |THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 02, 2017

PDF of study:

Lock Outage NWF_FINAL_REPORT 2017