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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.

$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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Appeals court says grain elevator can’t be forced to handle GMO corn

In an article called ”Court rules in elevator’s favor in biotech dispute,” the Capital Press reports:

The Syngenta biotech firm can’t use a century-old warehouse law to force a grain elevator company to accept its genetically engineered corn, according to a federal appeals court.

The ruling will likely preclude other biotech seed companies from using [...]

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AP: US sent Venezuelan youth to Cuba to “provoke unrest”

A program overseen by the US Agency for International Development (USAID) sent almost a dozen youth to Cuba from Costa Rica, Venezuela, and Peru, with the goal of rousing opposition against the Cuban government, an Associated Press (AP) investigation revealed earlier this week.

USAID initiated the program shortly after the inauguration of US President Barack [...]

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Delay container-scanning rule two years? Not good enough, importers say

Mandated by the SAFE Port Act of 2006, the Department of Homeland Security issued a requirement that 100 percent of U.S.-bound ocean containers be scanned at the foreign port of origin. Since then, Congress and DHS have been kicking the can down the road, repeatedly delaying implementation of a rule that industry says is [...]

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U.S. blacklists North Korea shipping firms over arms shipments

The ship, Chong Chon Gang, was discovered last July near the Panama Canal hiding a large amount of arms, including two MiG-21 jet fighters under 200,000 bags of sugar, which the United States said showed a clear attempt to circumvent U.N. and U.S. sanctions against North Korea.

The United States on Wednesday blacklisted two North [...]

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Sheriff's letter on longshore union lockout is a must-read

Should public law enforcement provide private security for an overseas corporation that’s locked out local union workers? Longshore and Shipping News readers know the answer, but at last, here’s a rational message from law enforcement on the matter.

Excerpts from The Columbian, followed by Clark County Sheriff Garry Lucas’ letter in its entirety:

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Japan says Trans-Pacific Partnership regional free trade talks agree broadly on labour, health issues

Pacific trade talks have reached broad agreement on labour issues and sanitary and phytosanitary standards but some difficult aspects remain to be tackled, Japan’s chief negotiator said on Saturday.

Chief Japanese negotiator Koji Tsuruoka said the 12 member nations of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) made progress at talks in Ottawa but there was no discussion [...]

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Citizens’ group concerned about secrecy around Trans-Pacific Partnership trade talks in Ottawa

The Council of Canadians, a concerned citizens’ group, is sounding the alarm over what it says is too much government secrecy on a round of Trans-Pacific Partnership trade talks currently being held in Ottawa.

Trade officials from the 12 TPP countries are meeting behind closed doors in Ottawa from July 3-12. It’s believed at least [...]

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Canadian truckers slam increasing U.S. border fees

Canadian truckers have blasted a U.S. proposal that would greatly hike some fees at the border.

The fleet group, the Canadian Trucking Alliance, says it strongly objects to a proposal from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to substantially raise the Animal Plant and Health Inspection Service fees.

In filing comments in response to the USDA’s [...]

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Trans-Pacific Partnership talks resume next week in Canada

Twelve country officials involved in the US-led Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations plan to meet in Ottawa from July 3 to 12 to iron out outstanding issues like tariffs and intellectual property rights.

The 12 countries, including Australia, Brunei, Chile, Canada, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, the U.S. and Vietnam, initially sought to meet in [...]

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Obama promises Trans Pacific Partnership text

The text of the Trans Pacific Partnership remains secret at the moment, but President Barack Obama intends to present it to the public in November.

According to Reuters, POTUS’ remarks were made on Friday after discussing the timeline with New Zealand prime minister John Key during a visit to Washington.

President Obama is planning a [...]

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Obama and Trade: Recipe for Ripoffs

”Why is WikiLeaks rooting around for these documents and releasing them to the public? The pacts will require Senate approval, yet lawmakers have had to beg for any details about them. Based on leaks, other big concerns center around health issues. For example, some provisions would block government policies that discourage smoking. There are [...]

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WA legislators call to broaden scope of Grays Harbor terminals review

The Westway and Imperium expansion projects that are proposed to bulk up storage and rail capacity at Port of Grays Harbor in Hoquiam to handle a flux of crude oil have some Washington legislators saying pump the brakes.

Seven members of the Washington State legislature issued a letter to Imperium and Westway and ICF International.

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Trident Alliance on Track for launch

Trident Alliance, the shipping industry initiative for enforcement of maritime sulphur regulations, is on track for launch after its exploratory meeting in Copenhagen last week.

At a full-day meeting on May 28, hosted by Maersk Maritime Technology and Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics (WWL) in Copenhagen, representatives from a dozen shipping companies, including some of the world’s [...]

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Reuters: Maersk, MSC, others in talks to end EU antitrust probe

The world’s two biggest container shipping companies, AP Moeller-Maersk and Mediterranean Shipping Company, are seeking to end a European Union antitrust probe without paying any fines, three people with knowledge of the case said on Tuesday.

The European Commission said in November last year that the companies and some of their rivals might have been [...]

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