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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.

US Ports criticise tax reform bill

From Container Management:

The American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA) has criticized aspects of new legislation being proposed by the US authorities.

In a statement, the AAPA said that infrastructure funding would be made more difficult by provisions in two separate ‘Tax Cuts and Jobs Act’ bills which have been approved by the House […]

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FMC’s Doyle to Exit Commission in January, 2018

Excerpts from Marine Link:

On Nov. 27, the Office of Commissioner William P. Doyle of the U.S. Federal Maritime Commission issued the following:

“Last week, I notified The President of the United States Donald J. Trump of my intention to leave the Federal Maritime Commission effective January 3, 2017. It has been an honor […]

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Jones Act carrier goes extra mile to deliver jet fuel to Puerto Rico

From Marine Log:

Crowley Petroleum Services has completed delivery of more than 177,000 barrels of Jet A-1 fuel to Puerto Rico aboard the company owned and operated articulated tug barge (ATB) Innovation / 650-9.

The loaded vessel departed Corpus Christi, Texas, last week and transported the fuel to San Juan, where it is being safely […]

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ICTSI had several OSHA safety violations in U.S., faces allegations of 'mass firings, poverty wages' at global ports

The International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) reports that workers in Madagascar are some of the lowest paid in the world, some earning less than US$40 per month. In 2012, many of these workers joined the Syndicat Général Maritime de Madagascar (SYGMMA) to fight for an end to precarious, low-paid, and unsafe working conditions at […]

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Federal grant to help Port of Long Beach retrofit diesel-burning engines

From the Long Beach Post:

A $2.4 million federal grant awarded to the Port of Long Beach (POLB) will help the complex begin to decrease its pollution levels just weeks after the twin ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach approved its updated Clean Air Action Plan (CAAP) that has goals of bringing it to […]

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US House passes port cybersecurity act

From Port Strategy:

The US House of Representatives’ Homeland Security Committee has passed legislation aimed at addressing cybersecurity concerns at the country’s ports.

H.R.3101 – Strengthening Cybersecurity Information Sharing and Coordination in Our Ports Act of 2017 was reintroduced by House of Representatives member Norma Torres, who represents California’s 35th congressional district.

It was spurred […]

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House reps: Shore up security funding at LA, Long Beach ports

Excerpts from the LA Daily News:

While praising efforts to protect the Los Angeles and Long Beach ports from terrorist and cyber attacks, members of Congress aired concerns Monday about threats to public safety and the economy if federal funding for maritime security programs isn’t raised to meet new threats.

At a rare on-site […]

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Port of Longview candidate wants to 'loosen port’s ties to the ILWU' and open port to non-union labor

‘That worked well with EGT didn’t it?’ said Averett, referring to the 2011 labor unrest when the ILWU clashed with EGT over jurisdiction.

Excerpts from an article titled ‘Labor, fossil fuels and taxes take center stage in port race’ in The Daily News:

Port Commissioner Doug Averett is defending his seat against Kent Preston, who […]

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Scapegoating a law that protects good jobs will not help Puerto Rico

From The Hill:

More than a month after Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico, the situation remains dire. Forty percent of the island is without running water. Many roads and bridges are impassable. The electric grid is largely offline. The people of Puerto Rico desperately need and are entitled to help from the U.S. government. But […]

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ILWU Local 4 joins community in fighting ‘big oil money’ in Vancouver port election

From an article titled ‘When Big Money Lands In A Small Vancouver Election’ at Oregon Public Broadcasting:

The longshoremen’s union back port commission candidate Don Orange and have spoken out against the proposed oil terminal. If elected, Orange could shift the power of the three-member port commission board against the project for the first time. […]

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Unions disappointed, but not surprised by Trump decision to disband labor-management forum

From the Washington Post:

After several months of silence on the topic, President Donald Trump did what many federal unions thought was inevitable: He disbanded a formal advisory panel designed to create and foster partnerships between labor and agency management.

His decision to eliminate the National Council on Federal Labor-Management Relations came late last Friday […]

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Jones Act has only minor impact on hurricane relief

From the Ellsworth American:

Calls for its repeal notwithstanding, the Jones Act — a federal law requiring cargo shipped between U.S. ports be carried on vessels built and registered in the United States — is having little, if any, impact on Puerto Rico’s recovery from the ravages of the hurricane that devastated the island last […]

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FMC Commissioner: The value of U.S.-flag ships and the Jones Act cannot be overstated

This opinion piece is by William Doyle, a commissioner with the U.S. Federal Maritime Commission. It is published in Foll At Maritime Executive.

With Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, Maria and Nate, it has been a tough hurricane season, but the U.S. Merchant Marine has once again answered the call. In fact, but for the Jones Act […]

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Congress could use Puerto Rico aid to attack Jones Act and American jobs

From ‘Seafarers fret over new assault on Jones Act in wake of storms’ in Bloomberg News:

“The Jones Act is pretty much the only reason I have a job,” said Brett Cowan, a mariner from California who has been working on boats since he was 13. Changing the Jones Act, he said, “would put […]

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Labor advocates from US and Canada say Trump’s NAFTA proposal fails to protect workers

From Reuters:

The United States on Tuesday unveiled draft text on labor standards during the negotiations on modernizing the North American Free Trade Agreement as top officials from Canada, the United States and Mexico joined talks in Ottawa.

“The U.S. proposal makes no sense to me,” Jerry Dias, president of Canada’s UNIFOR labor union, told […]

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