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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.

Sanders’ ad features Tulsi Gabbard, Hawaii’s Senator who will speak Tuesday in Oregon

From the Bernie Post:

A moving television ad released by Bernie Sanders features Representative Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii, who discusses the true cost of war.

Sanders’ campaign released the ad on YouTube. It focuses on the cost of war, and is voiced by Representative Tulsi Gabbard, a veteran and supporter of Bernie Sanders.

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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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Oregon longshore workers: Don't be left out of the primary; check your voting status online today

Don’t be left out of the primary election!

Check your voter registration online today at this link: https://secure.sos.state.or.us/orestar/vr/showVoterSearch.do?source=SOS

Oregon has a closed primary — that means only voters registered with a party may be able to vote in that party’s primary. If you intend to vote, know that April 26 is your last chance [...]

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Guatemala former President alledgedly accepted bribes from port terminal operator

From BBC:

Guatemala’s former president Otto Perez Molina started the approval process for the $225m port project immediately after his election in November 2011.

Guatemala’s former president Otto Perez Molina and his vice-president, Roxana Baldetti, took at least $25m in bribes from a Spanish port company, an anti-corruption commission alleges.

The firm, TCB, won a [...]

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US Congress turns eye toward SOLAS container weight rule

From the Journal of Commerce:

The U.S. Congress will look into the impact the global SOLAS container weight rule will have on exporters next week, the latest sign of how some shippers’ frustration with the rule is mounting ahead of the July 1 deadline.

A House subcommittee on April 14 will hear from representatives of [...]

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Car buyers sue ro-ro carriers at FMC

”Our goal in the FBI is to expose the back room deals and secret handshakes and to stop the culture in some businesses that allows these crimes to take place,” said special agent Steve Vogt after Toru Otoda, a ‘K’ Line executive, was sentenced to 18 months in US prison and fined USD20,000 in [...]

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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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MARAD and USCG Defend Jones Act in Congressional Hearing

Last week, in a hearing of the House Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation Subcommittee, congressional representatives called for increased funding for the U.S. Coast Guard’s acquisition needs and questioned administrators on the status of America’s merchant fleet.

All present spoke in defense of the Jones Act, America’s cabotage law. Admiral Zukunft emphasized the quality of [...]

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Labor attorney and author Joe Burns outlines NLRB's 'war against ILWU's solidarity unionism'

‘In a nutshell, the NLRB is attempting to financially cripple the ILWU for trying to uphold the ‘work jurisdiction’ clause of their coast-wide agreement.’ — Joe Burns, In These Times

Joe Burns, a former local union president active in strike solidarity, is a labor negotiator and attorney. He is the author of the book [...]

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Utah lawmakers pass bill to subsidize coal exports through Port of Oakland

A Utah proposal to invest more than $50 million in taxpayer funds for a coal shipping facility at the Port of Oakland cleared that state’s Legislature on Thursday and is on its way to the governor’s desk.

Terminal Logistics Solutions wants to build a $250 million bulk commodities terminal at the former Oakland Army Base [...]

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Two Maersk Units Fined For ‘Recreated’ Billing Records

From Maritime Executive:

Farrell Lines is a U.S. flag roll-on, roll-off carrier, part of Maersk Line, Limited, a division of Maersk Group. Logistics firm Damco USA, a subsidiary of Netherlands-based Damco, is also part of Maersk Group.

Ro/ro carrier Farrell Lines and affiliated subcontractor Damco have paid civil fines of $3.66 million on charges [...]

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Former ship captains tell of megaship risks, importance of container weight

In June 2013, the container vessel MOL Comfort couldn’t continue sailing under its own power because the vessel’s hull suffered a serious crack while sailing on the Indian Ocean. The container ship was fractured in 2 parts, fore and aft, according to Vessel Finder.

Excerpts from a Vessel Finder article titled ‘Mega-ships bring mega-risks, [...]

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National Farmers Union head skeptical of Trans-Pacific Partnership

From Crop Protection News Reports:

The NFU believes the TPP will hurt rural communities more than help them by opening American jobs up to cheaper, foreign labor.. Pictured is National Farmers Union President Roger Johnson.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is trying to gain support on Capitol Hill for its Trans-Pacific Partnership by telling [...]

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