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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.

AFL-CIO cuts off campaign money until trade battles are resolved

The AFL-CIO is not only lobbying against pending trade deals, it’s also suspending campaign contributions to members of Congress.

The union says it wants to “conserve resources for the historic legislative battle around fast track (trade promotion authority) and the debate over the Trans-Pacific Partnership.”

Past trade deals “form a mountain of broken promises made [...]

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Post-negotiations report: Sky isn’t falling

”Not only will the shipping costs to the West Coast ports be lower due to the shorter distance traversed, but also due to the increased efficiency of the vessels carrying the cargo,” the UCLA report found.

Excerpts from a Los Angeles Times article titled ‘Ports dispute to have a small effect on economy’:

The [...]

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Unions ready to battle against TPP trade deal

OBAMA AND GOP: The White House boasts GOP allies in pushing for the TPP, including House Ways and Means Chairman Paul Ryan, R-Wis. (shown here), and Senate Finance Chairman Orrin Hatch, R-Utah.

AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka put lawmakers on notice Tuesday that votes in favor of giving President Obama fast-track authority for a pending multilateral [...]

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The Trans-Pacific Partnership clause everyone should oppose

A police woman removes a woman protesting the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) on Capitol Hill in Washington January 27, 2015. (Kevin Lamarque/Reuters)

Excepts from an opinion piece in the Washington Post by Senator Elizabeth Warren:

The United States is in the final stages of negotiating the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), a massive free-trade agreement with Mexico, Canada, [...]

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ILWU among 60+ unions to tell congress: 'No Fast Track' on trade deals

ILWU International President Bob McEllrath was among more than 60 leaders of major unions in the public and private sectors nationwide who sent a strong and united message to Congress against fast-tracking trade deals. Collectively representing almost 20 million workers and their families, they wrote (excerpts):

Fast Track trade deals mean fewer jobs, lower wages, [...]

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DeFazio urges defeat of controversial trade deal

News release from the office of Congressman Peter DeFazio (D-OR) March 4, 2015

Proposed trade deal would devastate U.S. manufacturing

Washington, D.C. – With Congress preparing to consider Trade Promotion Authority at any time, Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-OR) joined his fellow members of Congress and hundreds of American workers, including Oregon AFL-CIO President Tom Chamberlain, [...]

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Richard Kinder cracks Top 100 on Forbes’ ‘World’s Billionaires’ list

From the Houston Business Journal:

Richard Kinder is still the richest person in Houston, and he’s now among the 100 richest people worldwide, according to Forbes’ “The World’s Billionaires” list for 2015.

Although he plans to step down as CEO of Kinder Morgan in June, Kinder will remain active as the executive chairman and [...]

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Analyst: 'Cargo is moving again, but long-term problems at the ports must be addressed' : 'Cargo is moving again, but long-term problems at the ports must be addressed'

In an article titled ‘US West Coast ports busy, struggling with backlog’:

Most West Coast U.S. ports have been busy since Friday, when negotiators reached a tentative settlement in a nine-month labor dispute and work slowdown.

The cargo is moving again, but long-term problems at the ports must be addressed, said transportation analyst Tom O’Brien [...]

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Governor scores $750,000 tax giveaway, says state can't afford services to middle class and poor

Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner, who made $61 million in 2013 – or $29,000 per hour – proposed to eliminate funding for organizations that serve people with disabilities, children with autism, homeless young people, runaway teenagers, immigrants, after school programs, arts and foreign language programs, parent mentoring … you get the idea.

In an article at [...]

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PBS: Is the economic impact of the labor disputes at West Coast ports just hype?

Excerpts from PBS:

ALISON STEWART: Right now, there are 29 ports affected from Southern California up to Washington State. And the backlog has been its worst in the past week, since this whole thing started.

So, what does that mean for an average consumer?

CHRISTOPHER THORNBERG: Not much at this particular point in time.

You [...]

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Congressman Lieu criticizes PMA decision to continue closures at California ports

Congressman Ted Lieu

WASHINGTON, DC (Feb. 12, 2015) – Today, Congressman Ted W. Lieu (D-Los Angeles) issued the following statement regarding the continued closure of the Long Beach and Los Angeles ports by the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA). PMA announced this morning that ships at Southern California ports will not be unloaded on Thursday, Saturday, [...]

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ABC News: Commerce Secretary says it's 'not time for the federal government to step in' to negotiations

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From a KGO article titled ‘Commerce Secretary Pritzker addresses West Coast port slowdown’:

U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker was in San Francisco taking a tour of a company called Dodocase [...]

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Seattle City Council members: PMA's 'destructive negotiating tactic' has cost the US economy up to $2 billion a day

Download a PDF of the letter by clicking on the image.

Dear James C. McKenna:

We would like to express our strong disappointment in the Pacific Maritime Association’s (PMA) decision to repeatedly suspend port activity along the West Coast. These temporary lockouts are a destructive negotiating tactic that has caused shipments to be delayed [...]

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Shippers plan 4-day partial shutdown of U.S. West Coast ports

Shipping lines are planning a partial four-day shutdown of U.S. West Coast ports starting on Thursday, as labor talks between the companies and the union representing 20,000 dockworkers stalled, the companies said on Wednesday.

Loading and unloading of cargo vessels at the 29 ports will be suspended again, as they were last weekend, on Thursday [...]

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ILWU news release: Port employers cancel talks and idle vessels

Union calls on employers to work vessels, deliver cargo & resume talks

SAN FRANCISCO, CA (FEBRUARY 11, 2011) — Today, the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA), a consortium of international corporations, informed the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) that ships will not be worked at West Coast Ports four of the next five [...]

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