i believe the main reasons were the retirees current and future would have to pay almost double what they are now to keep their health plan per month. they also wanted to contribute less to the pension. on the dock they wanted to remove seniority and set shifts. they would be able to work you only 35 hours per week and would not be required to give you benefits because you are not working the required 40 per week here in oregon to receive them. also they wanted to change the hours required for casual workers to get on the board from 1000 hours in 6months to 1300 hours in 6months. This means instead of working 43 hours weeks for 6months you would need to work 55hour weeks for 6months and we all know that would never happen. edit: also they wanted to make it to where you have to buy your sick days because not enough employees use their sick days. heres the company site outlining these but remember its ran by the company so they make it sound great hxxp://ww.oakhanswers.com/rep/index.html replace the x's with t's and add a w. i cant find the proposals at the site anymore so i guess they took them down so people cant view them anymore.