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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.

Signing of Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal opens up tough battle in U.S.

From the Los Angeles Times:

Representatives of the United States and 11 other Pacific Rim nations on Thursday formally signed a sweeping free-trade agreement reached last fall, setting in motion what is expected to be a hard battle for approval in national legislatures, none more contentious than in the U.S.

Michael Froman, President Obama’s chief [...]

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ITF comment on today’s TPPA signing in New Zealand

Commenting on today’s TPPA trade agreement signing in New Zealand, ITF (International Transport Workers’ Federation) president Paddy Crumlin said: “We, like our fellow global unions and everyone who protested in Auckland today, are clear about one thing: the TPPA – Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement – offers nothing to workers in the Asia-Pacific region except job insecurity [...]

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UN expert: Trans-Pacific Partnership lacks human rights protections

Alfred de Zayas said the TPP ”is fundamentally flawed and should not be signed or ratified unless provision is made to guarantee the regulatory space of States.”

The top United Nations expert on human rights has called on the 12 nations considering the Trans-Pacific Partnership to reject the massive trade agreement since in its current [...]

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AMP slams multiple errors in Jones Act report

Excerpts from Maritime Log:

The American Maritime Partnership (AMP), the voice of the domestic maritime industry, has released a statement pointing to “the sheer number of factual errors” in a recently published report entitled “The Jones Act: Protectionism v. Global Trade,” and produced by the Alliance for Innovation and Infrastructure (AII).

“The publication is littered [...]

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How the presidential election could endanger TPP trade deal

From The Huffington Post:

Leading presidential candidates’ opposition to President Barack Obama’s signature trade agreement is jeopardizing the landmark deal, according to a senior White House official.

The official, who requested anonymity, indicated that they’re paying special attention to Republican front-runner Donald Trump — who called the TPP a “terrible deal” and has expressed his [...]

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Auto carriers accused of bid rigging and price fixing before Federal Maritime Commission

The Federal Maritime Commission has received a Class Action Complaint filed by Cargo Agents, Inc., International Transport Management, Corp., and RCL Agencies, Inc. against some of the world’s top vehicle transport services providers.

The complaint filers are purchasers of vehicle carrier services and allege that the some of the largest providers of deep-sea vehicle transport, [...]

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Top Japanese official in charge of TPP accused of graft

Akira Amari, in an April 2015 photo.

Expensive sweet bean confections and more than $148,000 in cash could have lured the current Japanese economic minister to take a bribe – while negotiating terms for the Trans-Pacific Partnership.

Tokyo’s top fiscal policy chief Akira Amari has been at the center of a possible graft scandal, [...]

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Conservative U.S. justices prepared to deliver blow to unions

Chief Justice John Roberts and Justice Anthony Kennedy, two key votes on the nine-member court, indicated during an 80-minute oral argument in the case involving California teachers that they could side with the three other conservative justices in delivering a ruling overturning a 1977 high court precedent.

U.S. conservatives have long sought to curb the [...]

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$1.2 billion approved for ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach

A funding bill approved Friday by Congress includes $1.2 billion to pay for dredging and other maintenance work at the Los Angeles and Long Beach ports, a local congresswoman said.

Rep. Janice Hahn, D-San Pedro, called the funding “a major victory for our ports, allowing them to invest in dredging, maintenance and other improvements that [...]

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Maersk joins WTO trade alliance

Maersk has joined the Global Alliance for Trade Facilitation, which was launched by the World Trade Organisation earlier this year as a public-private partnership to support the implementation of the Trade Facilitation Agreement.

The alliance also includes the International Chamber of Commerce, the World Economic Forum as well as companies such as DHL and Wal-Mart.

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CP-NS potential merger raises flags in Congress

Canadian Pacific Railway’s attempt to takeover Norfolk Southern Railway has already raised alarm with a group of Illinois lawmakers and prompted a pointed response from the Canada railroad.

Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., on Dec. 14 urged the U.S. Surface Transportation Board, the rail regulatory agency, to consider the potential negative impact of the Canada railroad’s [...]

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Congress to delay ACA’s ‘Cadillac’ tax on pricey health plans until 2020

Excerpts from the Washington Post:

Congress’ two-year postponement in what has been dubbed the “Cadillac tax,” because it applies to high-priced insurance, is the most significant of three changes to ACA taxes that are woven into a sprawling budget package on which the House and Senate are preparing to vote within the next few days.

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8 Terrible Things About the Trans-Pacific Partnership

Excerpts from In These Times:

Like the WTO agreements or NAFTA, the TPP is an attempt to set the rules of the global economy to favor multinational corporations over everything else, trampling on democracy, national sovereignty and the public good. The more than 600 corporate lobbyists who had access to the draft texts used their [...]

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House approves first Surface Transportation Board reauthorization bill in 20 years

The U.S. House on Thursday unanimously approved the Surface Transportation Board Reauthorization Act of 2015 (S. 808), a bipartisan bill that proposes to reauthorize and reform the STB. The bill, which the Senate passed earlier this year, now goes to President Obama for his signature.

The bill represents the first reauthorization of the STB and [...]

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Joe Burns: The entire labor movement should be paying attention to Wisconsin’s Kohler Strike

Author Joe Burns has written about successful ILWU actions and spoken at the invitation of the ILWU. Excerpts from his article in In These Times:

Two thousand workers at the Kohler faucet plant in Northern Wisconsin have been walking the picket since November 16. Such a strike would have been commonplace decades ago. Nowadays [...]

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