On NPR last night, it was said that one of the main reasons that the longshoreman were threatening strike was that the companies they worked for wanted to get rid of the royalties system they had in place, which gave the workers a certain amount per ton of goods moved through the port, to compensate them for loss of wages due, at least in part, to the automation of the industry. Now, my question is, why did do the workers feel like the should be compensated for that? When we invented the computer, did they give royalties to all the workers that made typewriters? I know that's not close to a perfect analogy, but why should an employer have to compensate employees if their job is made obsolete?
This might not be the exact right place for this but it seemed the most appropriate.