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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.

Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP): Fast Track not a done deal, the people will stop it

From Truth-Out:

The corporate media are reporting that since the Republican leadership and President Obama support Fast Track trade authority, it is a done deal. And that message, also heard by countries negotiating the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), is driving the race to finalize that agreement.

The truth is: Fast Track is not a done deal. [...]

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Why the Trans-Pacific Partnership is a pending disaster

TPP sign

Republicans, who now run Congress, say they want to cooperate with President Barack Obama and point to the administration’s Trans-Pacific Partnership, or TPP, as the model. The only problem is that the TPP would be a disaster.

The TPP is a Trojan horse in a global race to the bottom, giving big [...]

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U.S. fines Japanese shipper NYK Line $59.4 million for price-fixing

NYK, or Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha, agreed to plead guilty to a one-count felony criminal charge in the scheme, which spanned the period of 1997-2012, and pay the fine.

U.S. justice authorities fined Japanese shipper NYK Line $59.4 million Monday for conspiring with other companies to fix the prices of transporting cars to and from [...]

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FMC to launch website to track congestion surcharges

From the Journal of Commerce:

The U.S. Federal Maritime Commission will launch a website soon that will serve as a clearinghouse for port congestion surcharges, following industry confusion over planned U.S. West Coast surcharges, Commissioner Michael A. Khouri said Tuesday.

“The commission is gathering information from the carriers to compare announcements and actual tariff language [...]

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Dishonest media offensive by PMA jeopardizes contract negotiations and deflects from a growing congestion problem

SAN FRANCISCO, CA –On Monday, the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA), which represents over 70 multinational ocean carriers and maritime companies in contract negotiations with the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU), began a media offensive against the ILWU. PMA’s media offensive is designed to smear the union and to deflect responsibility from a growing congestion [...]

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SEC alleges insider trading in coal acquisition

Federal regulators claim that three men used insider information to profit illegally from Arch Coal’s acquisition of International Coal Group.

Frank Tamayo schemed with two other men to generate more than $5.6 million in profits from 13 mergers and acquisitions, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission says in a lawsuit.

One of the transactions [...]

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The farm bill’s runaway costs overwhelm savings

Bloomberg writes that, ”The cost run-up was predictable – and unsurprising to anyone familiar with the history of bloated farm bills. The 2002 version of the bill, for example, was supposed to cost $451 billion over 10 years, but ultimately came in at $588 billion. The 2008 bill was even worse, chewing up $913 [...]

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Farmers Union Opposing Trans-Pacific Partnership

Two hundred and fifty Farmers Union members from across the country are in the nation’s Capital this week telling Congress to vote against the Trans-Pacific Partnership. South Dakota Farmers Union President Doug Sombke is heading up the state’s 25 member delegation. He says the current TPP under discussion doesn’t address the current trade deficit that’s [...]

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U.S. to consult Chinese regulators on Maersk-MSC alliance

The U.S. Federal Maritime Commission is unlikely to approve a proposed alliance between container-shipping giants Maersk Line and Mediterranean Shipping Co. before consulting with Chinese regulators, according to one of the agency’s commissioners.

FMC Commissioner William Doyle, one of the agency’s five commissioners, told The Wall Street Journal that he wants to consult with his [...]

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Maersk, MSC file plan with US commission on proposed tie-up

Copenhagen-based Maersk Line and Geneva’s Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) submitted their 10-year agreement known as 2M with the US Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) on Wednesday local time. The scope of the deal will straddle trade routes from Europe to the US and into Asia.

The FMC will start a 45-day review period before a decision [...]

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$15 Minimum Wage for Oregon campaign thanks ILWU Local 8 for ‘taking a stand for all workers’

From the 15NowPDX campaign web site:

For the last 18 months ILWU Local 8 (along with other ILWU Locals 19, 21, and 23) has been embroiled in a labor dispute that has kept Local 8 locked out of the ports for over a year. This past week that labor dispute was resolved and a new [...]

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Appeals court says grain elevator can’t be forced to handle GMO corn

In an article called ”Court rules in elevator’s favor in biotech dispute,” the Capital Press reports:

The Syngenta biotech firm can’t use a century-old warehouse law to force a grain elevator company to accept its genetically engineered corn, according to a federal appeals court.

The ruling will likely preclude other biotech seed companies from using [...]

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AP: US sent Venezuelan youth to Cuba to “provoke unrest”

A program overseen by the US Agency for International Development (USAID) sent almost a dozen youth to Cuba from Costa Rica, Venezuela, and Peru, with the goal of rousing opposition against the Cuban government, an Associated Press (AP) investigation revealed earlier this week.

USAID initiated the program shortly after the inauguration of US President Barack [...]

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Delay container-scanning rule two years? Not good enough, importers say

Mandated by the SAFE Port Act of 2006, the Department of Homeland Security issued a requirement that 100 percent of U.S.-bound ocean containers be scanned at the foreign port of origin. Since then, Congress and DHS have been kicking the can down the road, repeatedly delaying implementation of a rule that industry says is [...]

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U.S. blacklists North Korea shipping firms over arms shipments

The ship, Chong Chon Gang, was discovered last July near the Panama Canal hiding a large amount of arms, including two MiG-21 jet fighters under 200,000 bags of sugar, which the United States said showed a clear attempt to circumvent U.N. and U.S. sanctions against North Korea.

The United States on Wednesday blacklisted two North [...]

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