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North Carolina's tobacco workers stand to benefit from state's strong farmworker union

Labor author and photographer David Bacon wrotes at TruthOut.org:

David Bacon

North Carolina has one of the lowest percentages of union members in the country. Yet in this non-union bastion, thousands of farm workers, some of the country’s least unionized workers, belong to the Farm Labor Organizing Committee. That gives the state a greater [...]

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NY-NJ Port Still Closed, While Other Ports Reopen

The Journal of Commerce reports:

Hurricane Sandy, October 29

The Port of New York and New Jersey remained closed on Wednesday, while all other ports in the Northeast and mid-Atlantic reopened by Wednesday morning following the passage of Hurricane Sandy.

The terminals in New York Harbor could remain closed for at least another day as [...]

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Consumers, farmers squeezed as grain giants tighten grip

Japan-based Marubeni, owner of Columbia Grain in Portland and across the U.S., is an example of the growing power of a small number of grain traders. Many say this consolidation is nearing a monopoly and is detrimental to farmers and consumers. Marubeni/Columbia Grain is part to the Northwest Grainhandlers’ Agreement with ILWU Locals 4, [...]

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Dockworker deaths inspire rallies for waterfront safety in Australia

MUA rally for safety

Waterfront workers today are protesting at major ports and stevedoring headquarters around Australia to demand a national safety code, following the death of 56 year-old Newcastle wharfie, Greg Fitzgibbon last month.

A 20 tonne pallet of aluminium ingots on board the Weaver Arrow crushed Mr Fitzgibbon on September 23.

A [...]

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Maritime Labor Alliance Endorses Obama-Biden

The American Radio Association, the Inlandboatmen’s Union, the International Longshoremen’s Association, the International Longshore and Warehouse Union, the International Organization of Masters, Mates & Pilots and the Marine Engineers’ Beneficial Association endorse Obama-Biden ticket. The members of the Maritime Labor Alliance are fully committed to the future growth and economic viability of the United [...]

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Maersk Gaining as U.S. Imports Most Boxes in Five Years

Maersk, the largest container line by market value, will report a 44 percent gain in net income to 21.9 billion kroner ($3.8 billion) for this year, according to the mean of 18 analyst estimates. The Copenhagen-based company also owns oil tankers and drilling rigs, with container shipping generating 45 percent of revenue, data compiled by [...]

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USW, Cargill reps returning to bargaining

A local United Steelworkers contract negotiating committee and Cargill Inc. representatives will head back to the bargaining table as employees from the company’s Hammond, Indiana facility rejected a tentative contract agreement reached earlier in the month.

Bob Lofton, staff representative for the United Steelworkers District 7, said the union is waiting for the company to [...]

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Bunge earnings double as drought alters grain trade

Bunge has taken advantage of the unusual trading patterns caused by poor global weather, shipping corn to the United States from Brazil and exporting the grain from Ukraine.

Bunge Ltd shares jumped on Thursday as the agribusiness giant doubled quarterly profits by mobilizing its global grain network to supply customers hit by the worst U.S. [...]

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Port of Long Beach receives $1.34M to reduce diesel pollution

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has announced a $1.34 million grant for a Port of Long Beach project to deploy cleaner cargo-handling equipment at its container terminals.

The funds will help two terminals, Piers A and J, to retrofit 11 rubber-tired gantry cranes with diesel particulate filters or exhaust treatment technologies. The grant also will [...]

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JH Kelly to play major role in Kalama grain terminal expansion

JH Kelly and Borton were competing with Minnesota-based T.E. Ibberson, which built the EGT grain terminal at the Port of Longview. Union trade workers rallied in support of Kelly, saying they feared that Ibberson would hire mostly out-of-town workers, as it did at EGT. Northwest Labor Press photo.

Longview contractor JH Kelly will receive a [...]

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Union victory over Turkish no strike law

ITF unions provided support and solidarity for the Turkish workers.

Turkey’s government has withdrawn a controversial ban on strikes in civil aviation in the face of determined national and international protests.

The ban had been added to Law 2822, passed earlier this year. This is now being wholly replaced by a new Collective Labour Relations [...]

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Panama abandons land-sale plan in duty-free zone

Panamanians protest the sale of public lands, October 2012. Critics of the law say the lease charges should be increased and the money invested in the impoverished Caribbean coast province of Colon. Colon province is home to several Atlantic ports that service ships using the Panama Canal and supply the country’s only oil refinery. [...]

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ADM’s quest for Australia’s GrainCorp heats up grain race

U.S. agriculture giant Archer Daniels Midland raised the stakes in the global race for grains trading power last week, by seeking talks to buy smaller Australian shipper GrainCorp to build up its platform in Asia.

The 10 percent purchase comes at a time of dramatic consolidation in the global grains sector amid intense competition to [...]

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Kalama council proceeds with plan to annex 250 acres near port

The proposed annexation area is east of Interstate 5 Exit 32 to the north of the Kalama River in the area of Old Highway 99 and Kress Lake.

Last week, Kalama City Council members approved a plan to annex 250 acres of Port of Kalama property and several adjoining parcels into the city. The next [...]

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ICTSI Unit Acquires 35% of Pakistan International Container Terminal

International Container Terminal Services Inc. has announced its unit ICTSI Mauritius Ltd. has completed the acquisition of a 35% stake in Pakistan International Container Terminal Ltd.

PICT, which is publicly listed, has a maximum capacity of 750,000 twenty-foot equivalent container units, ICTSI said in a statement to the Philippines stock exchange. The company didn’t disclose [...]

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