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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.

US Ports criticise tax reform bill

From Container Management:

The American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA) has criticized aspects of new legislation being proposed by the US authorities.

In a statement, the AAPA said that infrastructure funding would be made more difficult by provisions in two separate ‘Tax Cuts and Jobs Act’ bills which have been approved by the House […]

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U.S. consumer confidence near 17-year high; goods trade deficit widens

From Reuters:

U.S consumer confidence surged to a near 17-year high in November, driven by a robust labor market, while house prices rose sharply in September, which should underpin consumer spending and boost economic growth.

The near-term growth outlook was, however, marred by other data on Tuesday showing a big rise in the goods trade […]

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Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach post solid October volumes

From Logistics Management:

October volumes at the Port of Los Angeles (POLA) and the Port of Long Beach (POLB) were solid, according to recent data released by the ports.

POLA handled 748,762 TEU (Twenty-Foot Equivalent Units). While this tally marks the port’s third-best volume output for October, it was down 8.1% annually when compared to […]

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Port of Oakland imports set record for second-straight month

The Port of Oakland this week reported a record-setting finish to the peak shipping season. The Port said it handled the equivalent of 76,706 20-foot import containers last month. It was the busiest October for imports in Oakland history and followed a similar record performance in September.

The cargo rush signaled a successful conclusion to […]

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Congress could use Puerto Rico aid to attack Jones Act and American jobs

From ‘Seafarers fret over new assault on Jones Act in wake of storms’ in Bloomberg News:

“The Jones Act is pretty much the only reason I have a job,” said Brett Cowan, a mariner from California who has been working on boats since he was 13. Changing the Jones Act, he said, “would put […]

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Labor advocates from US and Canada say Trump’s NAFTA proposal fails to protect workers

From Reuters:

The United States on Tuesday unveiled draft text on labor standards during the negotiations on modernizing the North American Free Trade Agreement as top officials from Canada, the United States and Mexico joined talks in Ottawa.

“The U.S. proposal makes no sense to me,” Jerry Dias, president of Canada’s UNIFOR labor union, told […]

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ILWU Canada ‘proud to help fight like hell’ in favor of $15 minimum wage to get BC workers out of poverty

Excerpts from an article titled ‘Vancouver rally held to push NDP government to raise minimum wage to $15 per hour’:

ILWU Canada members support raising Canada’s federal minimum wage, including ILWU Canada President Rob Ashton, seen here with microphone.

On Wednesday, September 27, International Longshore and Warehouse Union Canada members held a demonstration in […]

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Another big box ship order raises over capacity worries

From Marine Log:

Analysts are worried that the container shipping industry is about to build itself a whole new lot of overcapacity.

South Korea’s Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering Co. said in a regulatory filing today that it has clinched a 927 billion won (US$818 million) deal to build five container vessels for delivery by […]

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Gov. Brown decision means no public funds will be used to 'green-wash' job-killing automation

Note: We applaud Governor Brown’s decision to ensure this legislation doesn’t use public funds to “green-wash” job-killing automation. The ILWU Coast Longshore Division worked with ILWU California locals to educate the State Assembly on this important issue.

From an article titled ‘Labour Beats Port Automation’ from Port Technology:

California Gov. Jerry Brown

California Governor Jerry […]

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Despite expanded Canal, industrial booms around Los Angeles and other West Coast ports

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Port of Oakland poised to benefit from trade pact with China on rice

From Customs Today:

The Port of Oakland believes a new trade pact with China will benefit its export business and provide more opportunities for truckers to haul rice to export overseas.

American rice exports could enter China as soon as 2018 after approval of a trade agreement last month. Port officials have said it is […]

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Columbia River ports worry over Trump’s possible steel tariffs, impacts on other cargo

From the Daily News:

At least 870 jobs are directly tied to steel imports at the Ports of Kalama and Vancouver, so when President Trump starts talking about slapping tariffs on steel, Southwest Washington ports get understandably uneasy.

While the Trump administration delayed any decision on steel tariffs for several months, local ports and companies […]

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Study examines economic impact of US waterways

From Marine Link:

A study unveiled this week documents the contribution of the American tugboat, towboat and barge industry to the U.S. economy.

The study, developed through a cooperative agreement between the American Waterways Operators (AWO) and the Maritime Administration (MARAD) and conducted by PricewaterhouseCoopers, explores the industry’s economic contributions to employment, gross domestic product […]

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Cargo imports surged at U.S. seaports in June

From Dow Jones Newswires:

U.S. importers are on pace to bring more goods through the country’s seaports this summer than last, building up inventories from shoes to steel in a sign of growing hopes that the economy will pick up steam this fall.

Cargo imports surged at U.S. seaports in June, with gateways on the […]

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Los Angeles port sets hemispheric record for container throughput in fiscal year

From DC Velocity:

The Port of Los Angeles said this week that it handled 9.2 million twenty-foot equivalent container units (TEU) in its fiscal year that ended June 30, a record container throughput for any Western Hemisphere port.

The port also reported that June volumes increased 8.1 percent over the same period in 2016, marking […]

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