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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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Signing of Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal opens up tough battle in U.S.

From the Los Angeles Times:

Representatives of the United States and 11 other Pacific Rim nations on Thursday formally signed a sweeping free-trade agreement reached last fall, setting in motion what is expected to be a hard battle for approval in national legislatures, none more contentious than in the U.S.

Michael Froman, President Obama’s chief [...]

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ITF comment on today’s TPPA signing in New Zealand

Commenting on today’s TPPA trade agreement signing in New Zealand, ITF (International Transport Workers’ Federation) president Paddy Crumlin said: “We, like our fellow global unions and everyone who protested in Auckland today, are clear about one thing: the TPPA – Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement – offers nothing to workers in the Asia-Pacific region except job insecurity [...]

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UN expert: Trans-Pacific Partnership lacks human rights protections

Alfred de Zayas said the TPP ”is fundamentally flawed and should not be signed or ratified unless provision is made to guarantee the regulatory space of States.”

The top United Nations expert on human rights has called on the 12 nations considering the Trans-Pacific Partnership to reject the massive trade agreement since in its current [...]

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How the presidential election could endanger TPP trade deal

From The Huffington Post:

Leading presidential candidates’ opposition to President Barack Obama’s signature trade agreement is jeopardizing the landmark deal, according to a senior White House official.

The official, who requested anonymity, indicated that they’re paying special attention to Republican front-runner Donald Trump — who called the TPP a “terrible deal” and has expressed his [...]

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Top Japanese official in charge of TPP accused of graft

Akira Amari, in an April 2015 photo.

Expensive sweet bean confections and more than $148,000 in cash could have lured the current Japanese economic minister to take a bribe – while negotiating terms for the Trans-Pacific Partnership.

Tokyo’s top fiscal policy chief Akira Amari has been at the center of a possible graft scandal, [...]

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