.. And we're called lazy.

Crane operators? Mostly men.

Truck drivers? Again mostly men. When men go on strike the whole economy grinds to a halt.

(Link: https://archive.md/JrNXq)

... On the west coast, it appears that part of the problem is simply sheer laziness
“In 15 years of doing this job, I’ve never seen them work slower,” said Antonio, who has spent hours waiting at Los Angeles County ports for cargo to be loaded. “The crane operators take their time, like three to four hours to get just one container. You can’t say anything to them, or they will just go [help] someone else.”
The Washington Examiner spoke to six truck drivers near the Long Beach/Terminal Island entry route, and each described crane operators as lazy, prone to long lunches, and quick to retaliate against complaints. The allegations were backed up by a labor consultant who has worked on the waterfront for 40 years. None of the truckers interviewed for this story wanted to provide a last name because they fear reprisals at the ports.

The shortages continue to intensify, and we are being told that they will be even worse by the time the end of December rolls around. According to USA Today, the following are in particularly short supply right now…

  • Ben & Jerry flavors
  • Carbonated drinks
  • Chicken
  • Coffee
  • Diapers
  • Fish sticks
  • Frozen Meals
  • Heinz ketchup packets
  • Marie Callender’s pot pies
  • McCormick Gourmet spices
  • Rice Krispie Treats
  • Sour Patch Kids
  • Toilet paper

How hard is it to make toilet paper, put it in a truck and drive it to stores around the country?

Quote from related article: The Knight & Drummer: Manpower.

> workers in the entire production, transportation and material moving occupations are 78.2% men. Not only will no goods be moving on the day men go on strike, they won’t be made, period.
Ladies pulling the plug in the west would mean that our bills would be late. But men pulling the plug would mean disaster.