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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.

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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New Republican NLRB majority may start undoing Obama-era labor laws

From Fortune:

The National Labor Relations Board may soon start unwinding Obama-era legislation seen by industry as favorable to labor. On Monday, Senate Republicans confirmed a second Trump nominee to the five-member board, giving it a Republican majority for the first time in the current administration.

William Emanuel will join President Trump’s first nominee, Marvin […]

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ILWU Canada ‘proud to help fight like hell’ in favor of $15 minimum wage to get BC workers out of poverty

Excerpts from an article titled ‘Vancouver rally held to push NDP government to raise minimum wage to $15 per hour’:

ILWU Canada members support raising Canada’s federal minimum wage, including ILWU Canada President Rob Ashton, seen here with microphone.

On Wednesday, September 27, International Longshore and Warehouse Union Canada members held a demonstration in […]

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Union power on display in California’s just-completed legislative session

Excerpts from the Sacramento Bee:

Labor is a major player at the Capitol, where Democratic lawmakers are sympathetic to its issues and some are former union members themselves. The party achieved two-thirds’ control of both houses of the Legislature last fall with the help of millions of dollars in union campaign contributions and get-out-the-vote efforts.

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Six Indian sailors, languishing 18 mos. in marooned vessel near Scotland, finally reunited with family

From Mid-day.com:

Over 18 months after being detained at Aberdeen Port in the north east of Scotland, six Indian members of a crew were finally reunited with families, when they arrived in the city late last night. “We counted every day [that we were away]. We knew our ordeal would end someday and that we’d […]

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Gov. Brown decision means no public funds will be used to 'green-wash' job-killing automation

Note: We applaud Governor Brown’s decision to ensure this legislation doesn’t use public funds to “green-wash” job-killing automation. The ILWU Coast Longshore Division worked with ILWU California locals to educate the State Assembly on this important issue.

From an article titled ‘Labour Beats Port Automation’ from Port Technology:

California Gov. Jerry Brown

California Governor Jerry […]

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FMC supply chain innovation project report to be revealed this fall

Excerpts from Supply Chain Dive:

The U.S. Federal Maritime Commission will complete its efforts toward an industry-based supply chain innovation project this fall, which it will then present via report, American Shipper reported.

The project was launched in May 2016, out of industry frustration to the ongoing gridlock at many U.S. container ports in 2014 […]

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Congress sends Trump legislation denouncing Charlottesville violence, white supremacy

From the Washington Post:

Congress sent a resolution to the White House on Tuesday condemning the violence at the white nationalist rally in Virginia last month and urging President Trump to speak out against racist hate groups.

The legislation, which passed by unanimous consent in the Senate on Monday and in the House on Tuesday, […]

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Cyber attacks threaten shipping & dominate maritime news

By FMC Commissioner William P. Doyle in the Maritime Professional:

The maritime industry must redouble its efforts to secure IT systems and data.

In June, Maersk Line A/S’s information systems were severely disrupted by the so-called Petya virus. FMC provided Maersk with relief to help them get through the difficult situation. In Mid-July, a researcher […]

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Leaders from SF, LA, other disaster-prone cities look to Houston for real-life lessons

San Francisco’s seawall is prone to collapse in an earthquake. Though the Port is working to engineer a solution, a fix is likely still years away.

Excerpts from SF gate:

Cities across the country that live with the threat of disaster — from earthquakes in San Francisco to hurricanes in Miami — are anxiously […]

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Port of Vancouver USA admits it violated meetings law

From The Columbian:

The Port of Vancouver is taking the unusual step of asking for a ruling against itself in a lawsuit challenging its past interpretation of the Washington Open Public Meetings Act.

In a motion for summary judgment filed Wednesday in Clark County Superior Court, port attorneys wrote, “The Port acknowledges that Riverkeeper is […]

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