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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.

ITF unions stand in solidarity with Spanish dockers

ITF news release:

June 5, 2017: ITF dockers have unanimously offered their solidarity and practical support to dockers in Spain who are on strike.

ITF and ETF affiliates have unanimously passed an emergency motion during their section conference in Cape Town.

Comisiones Obreras and UGT members walked out at 8am this morning (Monday […]

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Trump’s proposed budget would be ‘devastating’ for Northwest wheat growers

From Spokane Public Radio:

As much as 90 percent of Washington states wheat crop is exported to other nations. While the sale price was enough to make a good profit just a couple years ago, growers this year are seeing prices about a dollar below the break-even point for them, about 5 dollars a bushel.

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Trump’s first budget is a ‘reverse Robin Hood’

Excerpts from CNN Money:

President Trump’s first budget can be summed up like this: Big gifts for the rich, big cuts for the poor.

He would give a lot more money to the defense industry and wealthy taxpayers, and he would pay for that with an unprecedented slashing of safety net programs for America’s poor.

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Thousands of people in US rally against Trump, for workers

Excerpts from the Associated Press:

Thousands of people chanted, picketed and marched on cities across America as May Day demonstrations raged against President Donald Trump’s immigration policies.

Police in Oakland, California, arrested at least four activists who chained themselves together to block a county building. Despite the California clash, the initial rounds of nationwide protests […]

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Trade expert says export growth key to U.S. economy

From the American Journal of Commerce:

A noted trade expert is calling for an export resurgence to stimulate the U.S. economy. Dr. Walter Kemmsies said in Jack London Square last week that the Port of Oakland can help make it happen.

“Oakland supports exports,” the economist told an audience of 100 supply chain leaders gathered […]

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The One Percent Solution: How Corporations Are Remaking America One State at a Time

ILWU ally Gordon Lafer helped Local 142 win a collective bargaining agreement with Pacific Beach Hotel in a multi-year struggle. His latest book discusses the powerful forces against America’s workers:

In the aftermath of the 2010 Citizens United decision, it’s become commonplace to note that politics has become dominated by a small slice of the […]

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House Republicans push forward anti-union ‘right-to-work’ bill

From Think Progress:

Earlier this month, Republican Reps. Steve King (IA) and Joe Wilson (SC) re-introduced a so-called right-to-work bill that would significantly hamper unions across the country and likely lower wages for all Americans.

On the campaign trail, President Trump said he is “100 percent” in favor of right-to-work laws.

So far, 27 states […]

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Hanjin Shipping declared bankrupt as Port of Long Beach recovers

From the Los Angeles Business Journal:

As Hanjin Shipping Co. finally sank Friday, the Port of Long Beach looked to a future without its most important cargo carrier and former lease-holder of its largest terminal.

A South Korean court declared Hanjin bankrupt Friday, officially ending the company’s 40-year history in the global shipping trade.

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Puzder can't be labor secretary; he's anti-labor

Opinion from the Workplace Justice Project and the Centro de los Derechos del Migrante in the Baltimore Sun:

President Trump campaigned on promises of higher wages and better jobs, but he has betrayed those promises with his nomination of fast-food chain CEO Andrew Puzder for secretary of the Department of Labor.

The Department of Labor […]

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Maersk biggest operator of former Hanjin ships, but two-thirds of fleet remains idle

From Seatrade Maritime:

Maersk Line is the largest operator of former Hanjin Shipping vessels, but more than two-thirds of the vessels from the bankrupt company’s fleet remain inactive, according to Drewry.

Of Hanjin’s fleet of 98 containerships, with a capacity of around 610,000 teu when it filed for receivership on 31 August last year, 31 […]

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Viewpoint: What’s coming for unions under President Trump

Trump employees fight for union rights

Excerpts from Labor Notes:

With the election of Donald Trump as president and Republican majorities in both the House and Senate, we are entering a period of existential crisis for unions and our organized power. The coming months and years are going to call for a spirit of […]

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Seattle pushes for bond for former Hanjin terminal

Excerpts from the Journal of Commerce:

The Port of Seattle wants a financial guarantee for Terminal 46 lease payments.

The Northwest Seaport Alliance is attempting to block the sale of a terminal once owned by now-defunct Hanjin Shipping unless Mediterranean Shipping Co., the buyer, posts a security bond to protect the interests of the Port […]

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Container shipping costs skyrocket after Hanjin collapse

From Hellenic Shipping News:

Container shipping costs, which radically plunged, now shows signs of recovery after the fall of Hanjin Shpiping Co. The strategy of Maersk Line, the world’s largest shipping group which cuts down shipping fees until its competitors fall down and pick fruit when they are liquidated, seems to be working. As […]

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Alliances, megaships, capacity to strain ports in 2017

Excerpts from an article titled ‘New alliances, bigger ships put US ports on high alert’ in the Journal of Commerce:

US ports are facing what could be a historically challenging 2017 as changes in the rapidly evolving steamship industry — among them new alliances, consolidation, and escalating ship capacity — heighten the already vigorous competition […]

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Bankrupt shipper Hanjin selling terminal operations at Port of Seattle

From the Seattle Times:

South Korea’s Hanjin Shipping, one of three major companies that calls on Seattle’s Terminal 46 near the stadiums, filed for bankruptcy protection at the end of August, worrying local retailers about the fate of their cargo. Hanjin had been delivering about three major shipments per week to the Port — nearly […]

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