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.

Ex-Port of Los Angeles police chief sentenced to 2 years in prison

From CBS Los Angeles:

The former chief of the Port of Los Angeles Police Department was sentenced to two years in prison for failing to report more than $1 million in income.

Ronald Jerome Boyd, 57, was also ordered to pay $305,054 in restitution and two years of supervised release after he gets out of [...]


Longshore workers: Is your voter registration current? Find out online today

The 2016 election is critically important to our nation’s future. We encourage all ILWU members, pensioners, friends and family to verify that your voter registration is current, or to register to vote online before the deadlines below. Please urge your friends and family to register and vote as well. The ILWU International Executive Board [...]


Federal Maritime Commission voices concern about alliances

From Splash 247:

William Doyle, FMC Commissioner, said, ”We’ve been down this road before with language proposed but not implemented by the P3 Alliance and the language in the existing 2M Alliance.”

The creation of the Ocean Alliance – a new container grouping involving China Lines, OOCL, Evergreen, APL and CMA CGM, has hit a [...]


NFU wants Congress to start writing new Farm Bill right away

NFU President Roger Johnson. NFU’s progessive history includes fighting for increased co-operative rights, fair market access for family farmers, and voting rights for women.

Low commodity prices along with record or near record crop surpluses means that Congress needs to get to work right away on the next Farm Bill. That’s according to National Farmers [...]


US agency creates Jones Act enforcement division

Amid increased pressure from the US maritime industry to boost Jones Act enforcement, the US Customs and Border Protection has created a new division of enforcement for the nearly century-old law.

CBP’s Office of Field Operations has created the National Jones Act Division of Enforcement, which has a mission to “assist CBP and industry partners [...]


Vice President Joe Biden makes official visit to Port of San Diego

From the Port of San Diego:

The Port of San Diego was honored to welcome Vice President Joe Biden for an official visit on July 13, 2016, to deliver remarks on trade enforcement.

The Vice President’s speech took place at the Port’s Tenth Avenue Marine Terminal in San Diego, where a large U.S. flag [...]


Southern California was shut out of freight, road grants; local members of Congress are furious

From the Press-Telegram:

”Los Angeles is home to the busiest port complex in our nation and the region is responsible for moving 40 percent of the nation’s cargo trade,” wrote Congresswoman Janice Hahn. ”It is where the freight network begins and ends and should have been an obvious choice for a grant.”

Local lawmakers are [...]


Bernie Sanders Scores A Big Win For 62 Million Americans With $15 Minimum Wage Victory

The $15/hour minimum wage took another step towards becoming a reality after Bernie Sanders won the addition of the increase to the Democratic platform.

In a statement, the Sanders campaign announced:

Raising the federal minimum wage sets the moral standard in this country that we as Democrats affirm over and over again that ensuring that [...]


SOLAS Container Mass Verification Rule Enter into force

From Marine Link:

A new regulation requiring the gross mass of a container to be verified before it is loaded onto a ship enters into force today (1 July 2016). It will assist in ensuring that the millions of containers carried on ships each year are optimally stowed, thereby helping to prevent container stacks collapsing [...]


United Kingdom’s Brexit vote: ITF and ETF comment

”The ETF deeply regrets the outcome of the UK Brexit referendum. It is a sad but strong signal that an adequate European Union social policy is absent, and has sent workers away from the European project. The EU’s policies do not reflect workers’ expectations; a change has to come rapidly before other countries follow [...]


FMC Chairman Mario Cordero urges ocean carriers to accept obvious path to VGM compliance

The MSC Napoli disaster of 2007 was one of many incidents that brought container weight safety issues to the forefront.

With the July 1 implementation date for new container weighing requirements fast approaching, Chairman of the Federal Maritime Commission Mario Cordero said the time has come for ocean carriers to embrace the obvious solution to [...]


FMC Chairman addresses US-China regulatory issues

Consolidation of shipping lines, realignment of carriers alliances, environmental improvements in the shipping industry and achieving supply chain efficiencies were all among topics addressed during the U.S.-China Bilateral Maritime Consultations held in Los Angeles last week.

Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) Chairman Mario Cordero co-headed the U.S. delegation to the meeting with Deputy Maritime Administrator Michael [...]


Sanders demands Democratic Party reforms

Excerpts from Politico:

Bernie Sanders delivers a message outside his campaign office in Washington, D.C. earlier today.

Bernie Sanders delivered a simple message Tuesday at a press conference outside his campaign’s Capitol Hill office: The Democratic Party needs to be transformed, and he plans to push for that all the way through the Democratic [...]


Amendment to exempt Puerto Rico from Jones Act rejected

The US House of Representatives Rules Committee has rejected a proposed bill amendment that would have exempted Puerto Rico from the requirements of the Jones Act.

Opposition to the amendment, led strongly by the American Maritime Partnership (AMP) said that lifting Jones Act requirements would be of little economic help to the Caribbean island, which [...]


In Defense of the Jones Act for Puerto Rico

The American Maritime Partnership (AMP) has released a statement regarding Rep. Gary Palmer’s (R-AL) proposed measure to exempt Puerto Rico from the Jones Act – which requires waterborne cargo between two points in the United States to be transported on vessels that are American built, owned and crewed.

The Palmer amendment to H.R. 5278, the [...]