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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.

USAID’s ‘cockamamie’ secret campaign to undermine Cuba via social media

Cuban activists poked fun at ‘Tio Sam’ (Uncle Sam) after learning that the U.S. was behind their social networking tool and planning to use it to instigate a ‘Cuban uprising.’

When is humanitarian aid from the U.S. a cover for espionage? And should the U.S. agency in charge of humanitarian aid ever be a conduit [...]

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US-Colombia Free Trade Agreement's labor safeguards are failing to keep trade unionists alive

Ever Luis Marin Rolong is one of the 73 Colombian labor activists have been executed in the three years since the Labor Action Plan promised to protect unionists from such killings.

Ever Luis Marín Rolong kicked off a macabre annual body count in January when he became 2014′s first labor activist assassinated in one of [...]

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Eurpoean exporters concerned over impact of P3 Alliance

Plans for three of the world’s largest container shipping firms to form an alliance to share vessels on routes between Europe, Asia and America have lead to concerns that shipping costs for recyclable waste could increase.

The P3 Alliance has been criticized by the Global Shippers Forum – the trade body for the international shipping [...]

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Longshore Union vindicated as federal court throws out lawsuits by ICTSI and Port of Portland

Filipino company ICTSI sought to undermine the collective bargaining agreement and multi-employer system that has benefited the industry and economy for decades

”ICTSI’s attack on the decades old collective bargaining relationship between the ILWU and its own employer association, PMA, demonstrates ICTSI’s arrogance and complete disregard for the rules of engagement here in [...]

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The US Federal Maritime Commission gives P3 alliance the green light

The US Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) has cleared the proposal for the P3 alliance, formed by Denmark’s Maersk Line, the Switzerland-based Mediterranean Shipping Company MSC and France’s CMA CGM. The FMC ruling takes effect on Monday 24 March and will apply to trades between the USA and Asia, North Europe and the Mediterranean, FMC said [...]

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Sea Star, Horizon Lines agree to $3.4 million settlement over price fixing claims

Among the contracts affected were U.S. Postal Service contracts to transport mail and Department of Agriculture contracts to ship food. Both Sea Star Line and Horizon Lines previously pleaded guilty, in related criminal proceedings, to anticompetitive conduct in violation of the Sherman Act.

Jones Act shipping companies Sea Star Line and Horizon Lines have agreed [...]

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Alaska legislators attempt to influence negotiations with IBU, MEBA

Sen. Dennis Egan, D-Juneau, has said it’s not the job of legislators to get involved in contract talks. Ricky Deising, regional director of the Inland Boatmen’s Union of the Pacific, said the issue of standby passes for employees, pensioners and family members comes up during each round of negotiations.

From an article titled ”Leaders want [...]

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Edward Snowden critiques Dianne Feinstein remarks

From Politico:

”We’re seeing another ‘Merkel Effect,’ where an elected official does not care at all that the rights of millions of ordinary citizens are violated by our spies, but suddenly it’s a scandal when a politician finds out the same thing happens to them.” — Edward Snowden, on Diane Feinstein’s anger about NSA [...]

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Senate-CIA dispute erupts into a public brawl

”I have grave concerns that the CIA’s search may well have violated the separation-of-powers principles embodied in the U.S. Constitution” and undermined Congress’ ability to effectively oversee the administration, Ms. Feinstein said in a long and detailed speech on the Senate floor Tuesday.

Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Dianne Feinstein (D., Calif.), a longtime defender of [...]

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Dennis Kucinich blames US meddling for Russian invasion

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine was spurred by U.S. behind-the-scenes actions, says former Ohio congressman and Democratic presidential candidate Dennis Kucinich.

Kucinich said the United States has been involved covertly and behind the scenes with the CIA and two government foreign aid groups, the National Endowment for Democracy and the United States Agency for International Development, [...]

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Report sheds light on farm bill cost

For the 2014-2015 marketing year beginning Sept. 1, the report projects a seasonal average farm price of just $3.65 per bushel of corn–compared to $4.50 for the current year. In 2015-2016, the price drops further to $3.30 per bushel before beginning a slow but steady climb back up to $4.10-$4.20 per bushel by 2023 [...]

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MOL to pay $1.275 million FMC penalty

Mitsui O.S.K. Lines Ltd. (MOL) has agreed to pay $1,275,000 in penalties under a compromise agreement with the Federal Maritime Commission. The agreement between the FMC and MOL and its corporate affiliate Nissan Motor Car Carrier Co. (NMCC) resolves allegations that MOL and NMCC violated section 10(a) of the Shipping Act, 46 U.S.C. § 41102(b), [...]

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The U.S. Counterattack in Central America

Jose Maria Villalta, a pro-union candidate for president, was a front runner in Costa Rican polls until a propaganda campaign was waged by the U.S.-backed oligarchy.

At peak moments of the “war on drug trafficking” or for “humanitarian activities”, there may be dozens of ships at Costa Rican bases, from aircraft carriers to amphibious vehicles, [...]

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Obama heads back to Mexico to meet his NAFTA counterparts

President Barack Obama is headed to Toluca, Mexico – hometown of Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto, next week for a North American summit.

A big topic of the meeting will be the Trans Pacific Partnership, a trade agreement that the Obama administration is negotiating and wants to see get approval from Congress, but that has [...]

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The Trans-Pacific Partnership is in trouble thanks to grassroots pressure

From the Washington Post:

Despite the fact that woefully little attention has been paid to the deal by mainstream news outlets, liberals, unions and tea party groups — which dubbed fast-track “Obamatrade” — have created a groundswell of grassroots opposition to the TPP that seems to have been heard by enough lawmakers in Washington [...]

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