Eleven of Oregon’s major agricultural organizations on Monday urged the state’s congressional delegation to support the fast-track trade bill as well as the pending Trans-Pacific Partnership.
The push by the agricultural groups comes as the Oregon AFL-CIO is ratcheting up its campaign to to persuade Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., to oppose a fast-track trade bill.
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 [...]
”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’:
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 [...]
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, [...]
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, [...]
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, [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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.
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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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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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 [...]
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 [...]