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The articles excerpted on this site report on the state of the industry as seen by mainstream media, and do not necessarily reflect the opinion of the officers of the ILWU Coast Longshore Division.

Coalition of U.S. senators say improving labor standards must be key part of trade negotiations

U.S. Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) joined a group of senators in urging the United States Trade Representative to include strong labor protections as part of the negotiation over the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), saying that many parts of the proposed agreement currently fall short of acceptable labor standards.

In a letter to Ambassador Michael Froman, fourteen […]

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President Obama dismisses Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s ‘Investor-State Dispute Settlement’ warning on TPP

U.S. President Barack Obama pushed back against Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., for her increasingly vocal attacks against a massive trade deal the president is seeking with 11 Pacific Rim nations. In an interview with columnist Matt Bai published Saturday, Obama accused his party’s most outspoken critic of his global trade policy of “being a […]

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Port of Los Angeles police chief pleads not guilty to federal corruption, tax charges

The chief of police for the Port of Los Angeles pleaded not guilty Friday to federal corruption and tax charges.

Ronald Jerome Boyd, 57, of Torrance, was indicted last month in Los Angeles on charges of wire fraud, making false statements to the FBI and tax evasion.

After entering a plea, Boyd was released from […]

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US container imports surge as West Coast backlog clears

From the Journal of Commerce:

Containerized imports through major U.S. port gateways hit record levels in March as West Coast ports disgorged shipments that backed up during weeks of gridlock, according to the latest Global Port Tracker report.

The number was up 44.9 percent from February, when West Coast ports were crippled by reduced productivity […]

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