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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.

OMSA fires back at ‘erroneous’ and ‘misguided’ report on Jones Act changes

From gCaptain:

The Offshore Marine Service Association (OMSA) has issued a statement in response to what it calls “erroneous claims and misguided research” by the American Petroleum Institute in relation to the Customs and Border Protection Agency’s (CBP) proposed modifications to rulings related to the use of Jones Act vessels in the offshore oil […]

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Alaska company agrees to pay $10 million in biggest-ever Jones Act fine

From Alaska Dispatch News:

An Alaska natural gas producer has agreed to pay the U.S. government $10 million in what amounts to the largest penalty ever levied in the history of the nearly century-old Jones Act, the U.S. Justice Department said Tuesday.

A Jones Act waiver can be obtained from the secretary of Homeland Security […]

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The One Percent Solution: How Corporations Are Remaking America One State at a Time

ILWU ally Gordon Lafer helped Local 142 win a collective bargaining agreement with Pacific Beach Hotel in a multi-year struggle. His latest book discusses the powerful forces against America’s workers:

In the aftermath of the 2010 Citizens United decision, it’s become commonplace to note that politics has become dominated by a small slice of the […]

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Wikileaks: The CIA is using popular TVs, smartphones and cars to spy on their owners

The Washington Post reports that: In the case of a tool called “Weeping Angel” for attacking Samsung SmartTVs, Wikileaks wrote, ”After infestation, Weeping Angel places the target TV in a ‘Fake-Off’ mode, so that the owner falsely believes the TV is off when it is on, In ‘Fake-Off’ mode the TV operates as a […]

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House Republicans push forward anti-union ‘right-to-work’ bill

From Think Progress:

Earlier this month, Republican Reps. Steve King (IA) and Joe Wilson (SC) re-introduced a so-called right-to-work bill that would significantly hamper unions across the country and likely lower wages for all Americans.

On the campaign trail, President Trump said he is “100 percent” in favor of right-to-work laws.

So far, 27 states […]

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The Jones Act under attack

Posted at Maritime Executive:

Over the years, lawmakers and presidents have proposed making somewhat controversial changes to the Jones Act. Some have gone so far as to recommend repealing it entirely as Senator John McCain did in 2015.

The Jones Act, passed in 1920, protects legally-defined maritime workers and helps maintain a safe […]

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Trump names Alexander Acosta as labor secretary nominee

Trump’s first disastrous nominee, Andrew Puzder, withdrew his name from consideration. Today Politico reports that Trump has chosen pick number two:

President Donald Trump on Thursday announced his intent to nominate Alexander Acosta, a former Justice Department official and current dean of Florida International University College of Law, for labor secretary, just a day after […]

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Puzder can't be labor secretary; he's anti-labor

Opinion from the Workplace Justice Project and the Centro de los Derechos del Migrante in the Baltimore Sun:

President Trump campaigned on promises of higher wages and better jobs, but he has betrayed those promises with his nomination of fast-food chain CEO Andrew Puzder for secretary of the Department of Labor.

The Department of Labor […]

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Republicans push anti-union ‘Right-to-Work’ in Washington State and Washington D.C.

Excerpts from The Stand:

Republicans in the Washington State Legislature and Congress are introducing bills this week that would institute so-called “right-to-work” policies in Washington and nationally, an attempt to deliver a severe blow to the labor movement and weaken workers’ collective bargaining rights at the behest of U.S. corporations.

Right-to-work laws ban unions and […]

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ITF considera ‘descabellado’ el plan de reforma portuaria española

Los trabajadores portuarios españoles están construyendo el apoyo de los hermanos y hermanas sindicales de todo el mundo, incluyendo este grupo de hermanos en Koper, Eslovenia.

La ITF (Federación Internacional de los Trabajadores del Transporte) califica el plan del gobierno español para destripar la normativa portuaria de “descabellado” y un peligro para la posición […]

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ITF: Spanish port plans ‘beyond belief’

Spanish dockers are building support from longshore workers around the world, including this group of brothers in Koper, Slovenia.

The ITF (International Transport Workers’ Federation) today described plans by the Spanish government to gut the rules that govern Spanish ports as beyond belief and a danger to Spain’s standing in the world.

ITF president […]

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Trump’s Transportation secretary pick Elaine Chao confirmed in Senate, six Democrats vote no

Excerpts from the Washington Post:

On Tuesday, Elaine Chao was confirmed as secretary of Transportation. … But unanimity was not to be.

Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., voted no, as did Democratic Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand, N.Y., Jeff Merkley, Ore., Elizabeth Warren, Mass., Cory Booker, N.J., and Bernie Sanders, I-Vt.

The vote was 93 to […]

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Viewpoint: What’s coming for unions under President Trump

Trump employees fight for union rights

Excerpts from Labor Notes:

With the election of Donald Trump as president and Republican majorities in both the House and Senate, we are entering a period of existential crisis for unions and our organized power. The coming months and years are going to call for a spirit of […]

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Why Japan is hell-bent on saving the Trans-Pacific Partnership

From The Globe and Mail:

When Japan recently rushed to become the first country to ratify the Trans-Pacific Partnership, it did so in part to pressure fence-sitters such as Canada to fall in line.

No country fears the consequences of TPP’s demise more than Japan. U.S. president-elect Donald Trump’s stated intention to erase his country’s […]

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Politico: ‘Trump launches war on unions’

Politico reports that ‘The president-elect seems to be assembling a pro-business Cabinet that could clash with unions at every turn.’

Excerpts from Politico:

The war between Donald Trump and the nation’s labor unions is on.

Labor leaders, who spent tens of millions of dollars campaigning against Trump, said after the election they’d give him […]

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