THE LONGSHOREMEN'S DOCK STRIKE earlier this month hit home for two staffers at The Journal of Commerce, causing an abrubt and surprising absense of some of the luxuries of life.

Staff writer Roseanne Scotto, who recently became Roseanne Scotto Sullivan, ordered a black lacquer wall unit from Seaman Furniture Co. two months ago. She put a percentage of the cost down to "assure the delivery date." But to date, her delivery has been canceled twice. When she called her sales representative, he assured her that it was not Seaman's fault. Because the wall unit is an Italian import, he said, the container was held back in Italy by the dock strike.Maritime advertising sales representative Gerard Ekedal also was recently inconvenienced by the ILA strike. While eating at a restaurant in Congress, N.Y., he soon became aware that the baby back ribs he had ordered weren't the normal tasty ribs he had come to love and expect. Then he spoted a small card on the table that read, "Usual Baby Back Ribs Had to Be Substituted Due to Dock Strike."

It was only a three-day strike. Imagine if it went a week how many excuses companies could come up with to blame their delays in service and poor quality goods.