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Shipping giants reduce sailings on world’s busiest route

Major container-shipping lines are slashing sailings on the world’s busiest shipping route between Asia and Europe as lower growth in China and a sluggish eurozone economy hurt container volumes.

The late summer season is normally a peak period for container shipping as retailers stock up for Christmas sales. About 95% of the world’s manufactured goods, [...]

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TPP Pacific trade deal puts profit over people: Labor activists

Campaigners for workers’ rights complain that they have been denied a voice in the trade talks, and have raised concerns about part of the deal that would allow corporations to sue governments for the potential loss of future profits.

“Corporate rights are treated as portable, binding and protected by enforceable laws in global trade agreements, [...]

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In a setback for Obama, negotiators fail to wrap up Pacific trade pact

High-level talks to forge a ­12-nation trade deal spanning the Pacific broke up Friday without resolving contentious disputes over Canadian dairy tariffs, the protection of cutting-edge drugs known as “biologics” and Japanese access to the North American automobile market.

Negotiators said they would continue to seek agreement over the coming months, but the failure to [...]

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Pacific trade ministers pose for group photo at Maui TPP meeting

Trade ministers from 12 Pacific Rim nations negotiating the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement posed for a group photo at a meeting in Lahaina, Hawaii on Thursday, July 30, 2015. From left, Singapore’s Minister for Trade and Industry Hng Kiang Lim, Peru’s Minister of Foreign Trade and Tourism Magali Silva, New Zealand’s Minister of Trade Tim [...]

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‘Monsanto’s dream bill’: DARK Act And Trans-Pacific Partnership will keep consumers ignorant

Activists who fear genetically modified ingredients could present safety hazards in the food supply have waged a successful campaign to pressure multiple states to enact GMO labelling laws. But the DARK Act and TPP could undo all the hard work of food safety activists.

It’s called the Safe and Accurate Food Labelling Act of 2015, [...]

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Trumka: Trans Pacific Partnership needs reform before it will help workers

Excerpts from an opinion piece by AFL-CIO President Rich Trumka in USA Today:

The last six months mark a fundamental shift in how our nation approaches and evaluates international trade proposals.

In just four months, among many other tactics, workers and their allies made more than 2.6 million phone calls and wrote more than [...]

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Editorial: Rail investments essential to port and local economy

In an editorial titled ”Olympia keeps local rail upgrades on track,” The Daily News applauds Washington State’s investment in a rail corridor project that will help Longview attract cargo.

The Legislature worked into triple overtime this year, but it did finally deliver our corner of Washington some great news: It committed the state to contributing [...]

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ITF comment on Greek situation

Speaking on his return from Greece, where he has been meeting with ITF (International Transport Workers’ Federation)-affiliated trade unions including the Pan-Hellenic Seamen’s Federation (PNO), the ITF general secretary Steve Cotton, said: “I’ve visited Greece many times but I have never before witnessed the level of insecurity people have over the nation’s future.

“Workers and [...]

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Columbia River deepening sparks $1 billion in investments

Despite criticism from environmentalists, the $200 million Columbia River channel deepening project generated over $1 billion in capital investments since its completion five years ago, port officials and terminal operators say.

In a new report released by Port of Portland and Pacific Northwest Waterways Association, consultants studied the economic impact of the project that deepened [...]

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Obama signs trade bills into law, says tough battle still ahead

U.S. President Barack Obama on Monday signed into law legislation that gives him “fast-track” power to push ahead on a Pacific Rim trade deal that has been the subject of intense debate in Congress and across the nation.

Flanked by some of the lawmakers who supported the bill through a six-week congressional battle, Obama acknowledged [...]

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Fast Track Passes. TPP Now Nearly Certain to Pass Too.

From Mother Jones:

Well, it looks like the Trans-Pacific Partnership treaty is in business. The standalone fast-track bill just passed the Senate by a hair, 60-37. Several Republicans defected and voted no even though they had voted yes the first time around, but only one Democrat defected. So now it goes to President Obama’s desk, [...]

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Senators from OR, WA, CA vote to advance damaging trade deal

Disappointing news from DC: In an article titled ”Fast-Track Clears Senate Hurdle In Vote,” AlterNet calls out the Democrats who helped the damaging trade deal TPP advance to the next level.

U.S. Senator Ron Wyden is among the West Coast Democrats who cast a bad trade vote against the interests of working families.

The Senate [...]

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Trans-Pacific Partnership: Trade agreement faces another test as legislation returns to US Senate

The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), a wide-ranging proposed trade agreement that could include more than 10 countries, has faced another test in the US Senate as legislation needed to close the deal returned for a second run through the chamber.

Opposition in the House of Representatives, where Democrats refused to renew a previously uncontroversial program providing [...]

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Doctors, nurses, others charged in $712M Medicare fraud bust

In the largest-ever crackdown on health-care fraud by the Justice Department, criminal charges have been filed against 243 people across the nation involving $712 million in false billing from Medicare, officials announced Thursday.

“This action represents the largest criminal health-care fraud takedown in the history of the Department of Justice,” said Attorney General Loretta [...]

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TPP defeat: Why labor movement’s war against fast track may not be over

Excerpts from The [...]

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