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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.

Sen. Bernie Sanders’ San Pedro waterfront rally expected to draw thousands

From the Daily Breeze:

Thousands of union workers will rally Friday on the San Pedro waterfront during a campaign swing by Sen. Bernie Sanders as he continues to barnstorm the state for presidential primary votes.

The outdoor event, sponsored by Harbor Area labor unions, will be held at the Downtown Harbor dock area just [...]

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Bernie Sanders unveils California television ad

Reported in the Los Angeles Times:

Bernie Sanders released a television ad on Tuesday that urges Californians to send a message to establishment Democrats in the state’s June 7 primary.

“What choice do Californians have in this election?” Sanders says in the 30-second ad, over footage of workers and students. “The biggest one of all. [...]

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The British are coming — with cheap wheat exports

The United States is about to import the largest wheat cargo from the U.K. in more than two decades as a combination of ample British supply, a weaker pound and rock-bottom freight rates make the unusual trade viable.

It’s unusual for the U.S. to import large quantities of wheat, not least because it’s the third-biggest [...]

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Bernie Sanders inspired this progressive to challenge a conservative Democratic incumbent

ILWU International President Bob McEllrath with Congressional candidate Dave McTeague, May 2016. Photo by Dawn Des Brisay, ILWU Local 40.

From the Huffington Post:

A progressive House candidate is tying himself as closely to Bernie Sanders as possible in the hopes that it will help him pull off a major upset against a [...]

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KING 5 reporter gains 'whole new respect' for longshore workers after crane tour

KING 5 reporter Alex Rozier reported this morning from a Port of Tacoma crane with ILWU Local 23 President Dean McGrath and ILWU crane operator Mike Hartman.

McGrath pointed out that “40% of Washington jobs are based in some form or fashion to this industry, and it’s important that we all recognize [...]

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Port of Oakland export rebound now at four straight months

An export rebound continues to build steam at the Port of Oakland. The Port said today that containerized export volume increased 7 percent last month from a year ago. It was the fourth consecutive month of increases in Oakland.

The Port said that 2016 export volume is up 16.3 percent through April. That’s welcome news [...]

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Bernie Sanders rallies to feature progressive U.S. Senators on May 3

U.S. Senators Tusli Gabbard and Bernie Sanders

U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii) and U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Oregon) are coming to Oregon on Tuesday, May 3 for a series of organizing meetings. Join us for a conversation about the issues that matter and meet with members of Congress who care:

Portland Rally with [...]

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Farm, ranch groups ask Congress to reject Trans-Pacific Partnership

One hundred sixty-one food, farm, faith and rural organizations have sent a letter to Capitol Hill urging lawmakers to reject The Trans-Pacific Partnership trade pact.

“The main beneficiaries of the TPP are the companies that buy, process and ship raw agricultural commodities, not the farmers who face real risks from rising import competition. TPP imports [...]

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ITF top level board praises Panama papers release and exposure of injustice and wrongdoing

Commenting on the continuing furore over the release of the Panama papers, ITF (International Transport Workers’ Federation) president Paddy Crumlin said: “Cover up, silence, secrecy, zero accountability. Those are what these leaks have exposed. For those who have campaigned against flags of convenience (FOCs) in shipping, these new facts, shocking though they are, will not [...]

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TPP ‘worst trade deal ever,’ says Nobel-winning economist Joseph Stiglitz

From CBC News:

Stiglitz said the provision could be used to prevent raising of minimum wages.

Nobel Prize-winning economist Joseph Stiglitz says the Trans-Pacific Partnership may well be the worst trade agreement ever negotiated, and he recommends Canada insist on reworking it.

“I think what Canada should do is use its influence to begin a [...]

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ILWU endorses Senator Bernie Sanders for President

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – The ILWU’s International Executive Board voted today to endorse U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders for President.

“Bernie Sanders is the best candidate for America’s working families,” said ILWU International President Robert McEllrath. “Bernie is best on the issues that matter most to American workers: better trade agreements, support for unions, fair [...]

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Arch Coal paid execs $8M in bonuses on eve of bankruptcy

Hufbauer called the $8.12 million payout to executives on the eve of bankruptcy ‘really suspicious.’

Arch Coal Inc. paid its top executives more than $8 million in bonuses the business day before the company filed for bankruptcy in January, according to U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Missouri filings published last week.

Securities [...]

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US ports business looking shipshape

From CNBC:

Business at the nation’s leading container ports is picking up, perhaps a sign the general economy may be in better shape than some suggest.

As a group, loaded container volumes at the nation’s top 10 ports notched a 14 percent increase in January 2016, compared with the year-ago period, according to figures compiled [...]

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China Shipping and Cosco merge to become China Cosco

From a Reuters report titled ”China launches new shipping giant to battle downturn”:

China on Thursday launched a challenge to global shippers AP Moller Maersk and Mitsui OSK Lines, but analysts said the giant company must slim down its workforce and order book to weather one of the industry’s worst-ever slumps.

Created from the state-driven [...]

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Port of Stockton registers record year for ship arrivals

The Port of Stockton specializes in bulk shipping. The Central Valley Business Journal reports that there were 245 ship arrivals at the port last year, compared with just 100 during the recession in 2009.

For the second year in a row, the Port of Stockton set a record for ship arrivals in 2015. Overall, [...]

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