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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.

Union official: Strike causing ‘serious problem’ for APMT; use of military is unsafe and illegal

”The Port of Callao in struggle, we are fighting for fulfillment of our labor rights. Training for new port technology. Security and health in port jobs. We urge prompt solutions from the government. Respect or strike!” Photo by SUTRAMPORPC.

Excerpts from a Journal of Commerce article titled ”Union official disputes claim of minimal strike [...]

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No solution in sight for dockers’ strike at Callao port

Hundreds of union dockworkers are without work during the strike. The union called on the International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) and Peruvian authorities to intervene over allegations that APM Terminals was acting illegally and disregarding the risks to health by using seafarers to assist with unloading containers.

The dockers’ strike at Callao port in [...]

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Obama takes unexpected setback on trade agenda as Fast Track passes Senate

From the Huffington Post:

President Barack Obama’s trade agenda suffered a setback Friday evening during a series of last-minute maneuvers in the Senate. While the upper chamber eventually passed a bill that would help Obama streamline a trade pact with 11 Pacific nations, the final product threw a wrench into the president’s plans.

The Senate [...]

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Here’s Everything You Need To Know About Obama’s Trade Deal In One Short Speech

From Huffington Post:

Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) took to the Senate floor Friday evening to make a point-by-point analysis of why a trade deal being negotiated by President Barack Obama would harm the United States.

While Obama has said that the deal, called the Trans-Pacific Partnership, is “the most progressive framework for trade” the United [...]

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West Coast Longshore workers overwhelmingly vote to approve new 5-year contract, 82% in favor

SAN FRANCISCO, CA (May 22, 2015) – West Coast Longshore workers have overwhelmingly voted to ratify a tentative contract agreement reached in February with employers represented by the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA).

Members of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) voted 82% in favor of approving the new 5-year agreement that will expire [...]

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Want to know where your meat was raised? WTO case pressures Congress to stop labeling

An article titled ‘U.S. loses meat labeling case; trade war looms’ shows one of the many ways free trade agreements hurt consumers and farmers:

Consumer group Public Citizen pointed to a 2014 survey showing nine in 10 Americans supported the labeling rules.

Canada and Mexico are readying trade sanctions against the United States after [...]

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MUA successful in retaining wharfie penalty rates

The Maritime Union of Australia has had a huge win in the Fair Work Commission in retaining current penalty rates despite opposition by well-resourced stevedoring employers.

Employers, particularly Qube and DP World, were also unsuccessful in their attempts to have the working week increased from 35 hours to 38. MUA National Secretary Paddy Crumlin said [...]

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Coups, Massacres And Contras: The Legacy Of Washington’s New Point Man In Latin America

Excerpts from Mintpress News:

Mark Feierstein, former associate administrator for USAID and Washington’s new point man on Latin America, testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington. Feierstein’s legacy of covert regime change has many Latin American leaders questioning Washington’s intents.

A quick review of Mark Feierstein’s track record in Latin America reveals that the new senior [...]

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ITF president expresses condolences over latest docker death

According to Seatrade Global, the boom of the 23-row ZPMC super-post-panamax crane snapped causing wreckage including the cabin to fall and smash into the hold of 6,674 teu Maersk Karachi below.

ITF (International Transport Workers’ Federation) president and chair of its dockers’ section, Paddy Crumlin, has expressed the organisation’s condolences over the death of [...]

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Strike hits Callao port

Port workers have begun an “indefinite” strike at the general cargo facility in Callao, Peru operated by APM Terminals (APMT).

The International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) has voiced its support for the strike by Peruvian union SUTRAMPORC. According to a statement from SUTRAMPORC secretary Geraldo Honores, the union has gone on strike because APMT “has [...]

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Trade proposal deal reached, congressional leaders say

From CNN:

A day after suffering an embarrassing setback when Obama’s own party rebuked him on a major trade bill, Senate leaders said they have struck a deal to move forward on the measure.

Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and top Democrat Harry Reid announced the deal on the Senate floor on Wednesday afternoon.

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Sen. Wyden leads revolt against trade legislation … for now

Oregon Sen. Ron Wyden, a leading Democratic backer of President Obama’s trade agenda, and more than a dozen other pro-trade Senate Democrats voted against a Republican proposal to begin consideration of legislation that would give Obama fast-track authority to negotiate trade agreements.

The vote was 52-45, short of the 60 votes needed. After the vote, [...]

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ITF docker unions pledge support for Peruvian colleagues

Dockworkers seek union recognition, collective bargaining for safer workplaces and an end to discrimination at Callao, the largest port in Peru.

ITF dockers’ section representatives meeting in Perth, Australia, have backed the ITF-affiilated Peruvian SUTRAMPORPC union as it prepares to begin an indefinite strike at APM Terminals’ North Pier terminal in Callao, Peru tomorrow.

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Coalition of U.S. senators say improving labor standards must be key part of trade negotiations

U.S. Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) joined a group of senators in urging the United States Trade Representative to include strong labor protections as part of the negotiation over the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), saying that many parts of the proposed agreement currently fall short of acceptable labor standards.

In a letter to Ambassador Michael Froman, fourteen [...]

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President Obama dismisses Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s ‘Investor-State Dispute Settlement’ warning on TPP

U.S. President Barack Obama pushed back against Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., for her increasingly vocal attacks against a massive trade deal the president is seeking with 11 Pacific Rim nations. In an interview with columnist Matt Bai published Saturday, Obama accused his party’s most outspoken critic of his global trade policy of “being a [...]

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