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    Re: Lights etc.
    From: Dave Weilacher
    Date: 2003 Oct 10, 12:28 -0700

    If I remember the merchant marine situation correctly, at the time, a seaman 
    was being paid like $10 per hour plus room and board.  However, he was also 
    being paid at time and 1/2 for an additional 8 hours per day.  The argument 
    being that they didn't have anywhere else to go so that was fair.
    At the same time, he was complaining about our vessels being under manned, 
    because of cost cutting.  He was also complaining that they were severely 
    restricted in the number of days they could work per year.
    It takes little imagination or arithmetic skill to figure out they could 
    double their crews, if the overtime pay wasn't mandatory.  Even though the 
    wages didn't sound all that attractive on the surface,  when you include room 
    and board and limited ability to spend, it sure sounded good for the time.
    This wasn't an issue of the rich getting richer while the poor whined about 
    it.  It was a matter of a union strangling american shipping and their own 
    membership out of greed.
    Dave Weilacher
    .US Coast Guard licensed captain
    .    #889968
    .ASA instructor evaluator and celestial
    .    navigation instructor #990800
    .IBM AS400 RPG contract programmer

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