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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.

Governor scores $750,000 tax giveaway, says state can't afford services to middle class and poor

Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner, who made $61 million in 2013 – or $29,000 per hour – proposed to eliminate funding for organizations that serve people with disabilities, children with autism, homeless young people, runaway teenagers, immigrants, after school programs, arts and foreign language programs, parent mentoring … you get the idea.

In an article at [...]

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West Coast Port Employers: Shutdown Could Be 5 Days Away

From the Associated Press:

West Coast seaports could shut down in as soon as five days — hobbling U.S. trade with Asia — if dockworkers and their employers cannot reach a new contract, the head of a maritime association warned Wednesday in remarks intended to pressure an agreement after nine months of negotiations.

Without a [...]

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'K' Line executive sentenced to prison in price fixing case; agrees to assist DOJ investigation

In an article titled ‘K Line executive sentenced in relation to price fixing accusations,’ Vessel Finder reports:

In addition to the 18-month prison sentence and a $20,000 fine, Tanioka has agreed to provide assistance to the department in its current ongoing investigation that focuses on the ocean shipping industry

A Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha Ltd. (K-Line) [...]

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Keystone bill passes: Without McCain's Jones Act repeal amendment

Despite his amendment not being included, Senator McCain voted in favor of the bill.

The U.S. Senate yesterday voted 62 to 36 to pass a bill to permit construction of the Keystone XL pipeline, but declined to tack on an amendment by Senator John McCain that would have repealed the domestic shipbuilding requirement of the [...]

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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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