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.

Guatemalan union activist murdered in front of his home

Prensa Libre shows people gathering at the scene of the murder of Guatemalan union activist Mynor Rolando Ramos Castillo, the sixth member of his union to be assassinated.

Mynor Rolando Ramos Castillo, a municipal worker in Jalapa, a city in southeast Guatemala, was shot and killed in front of his home over the weekend. [...]


U.S. leads Pacific Rim to historic TPP trade pact as critics line up

The U.S. brokered a historic accord Monday to ease trade in goods and services among a dozen Pacific-rim nations that make up about 40 percent of the world economy.

The Trans-Pacific Partnership, five years in the making, will now be subject to months of scrutiny by lawmakers that could yet derail it. Critics on both [...]


Leadership changes could mean end of controversial TPP

Excerpts from a Salon piece titled ‘The unexpected upshot of John Boehner’s ouster: The Trans-Pacific Partnership is in danger’:

Without a liberated John Boehner around to partner with Democrats, the task of shepherding through a trade agreement disliked by conservatives becomes difficult. After a potential blitz of legislation in October, right-wing House members will be [...]


Arctic shipping and safety – Legal challenges and opportunities

One of the most significant global issues over the past 10 years is the vast changes in the Arctic region. The world has again turned its attention to the Arctic, this time mainly because of the climate effects in the Arctic, the economic potential of the region, and the geopolitical implications of changes in the [...]


Striking warehouse staff call on Amazon for better pay and conditions

Staff at a major Los Angeles warehouse serving Amazon and other big retailers went on strike Tuesday, protesting unpaid wages and overtime, dangerous conditions, a lack of breaks and water during hot summer months, and retaliation by management against their organizing efforts. The strike continued on Wednesday.

The stoppage is the latest tactic in [...]


Another RoRo car carrier hit with fine by Federal Maritime Commission

The Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) has completed a compromise agreement with Siem Car Carriers AS, a vessel-operating common carrier based in Oslo, Norway, after submitting a voluntary disclosure to the Commission, earlier this year, identifying certain unfiled space charter agreements with respect to its provision of Roll On–Roll Off (RoRo) transport services for the movement [...]


Senators press for NAFTA auto rules in TPP — White House sees TPP deal in next several weeks

Three senators from the auto producing states of Ohio and Michigan have urged U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman to insist that the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement contain “rules of origin” for autos that are at least as strong as in the 20-year-old North American Free Trade Agreement.

“The NAFTA rules of origin should be the [...]


Coal dealt another heavy blow in California

The bad news continued for the coal industry on Wednesday as the California Assembly passed a bill that would require the states pension funds CalPers and CalSTRS to liquidate their investments in coal companies. The two public employee pension funds manage a combined $476 billion in assets.

Why Coal? According to the bill’s author and [...]


Port of Oakland’s ‘Oakpass’ plan on hold

A plan by Port of Oakland’s terminal operators to work containers on Saturdays and charge fees to weekday clients has been set aside by the Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) pending further information.

The original plan would see the introduction of full container operations on Saturdays, a rarity in the industry throughout the US. Its purpose [...]


Millions strike in India over 'anti-labour' reforms

All India Trade Union Congress secretary Gurudas Dasgupta said the response had been ‘magnificent’ and estimated over 150 million workers participated in the strike. Major ports were shut down.

Millions of workers across India went on strike Wednesday in protest at planned labour law reforms, the biggest show of strength by trade unions since [...]


TPP Pacific trade deal puts profit over people: Labor activists

Campaigners for workers’ rights complain that they have been denied a voice in the trade talks, and have raised concerns about part of the deal that would allow corporations to sue governments for the potential loss of future profits.

“Corporate rights are treated as portable, binding and protected by enforceable laws in global trade agreements, [...]


Outrageous order: Australian judge says union must pay scabs

From an article titled ”Maritime union ordered to pay up over ‘scabs’ posters at Fremantle port” by the Australian Associated Press:

The Maritime Union of Australia has been ordered to pay thousands of dollars in penalties and compensation to five employees named as “scabs” in posters distributed at Fremantle port.

Federal court justice Antony Siopis [...]


FMC collects $1,227,500 in penalty payments

News release from the Federal Maritime Commission:

August 4, 2015

Federal Maritime Commission Chairman Mario Cordero announced that the Commission has completed compromise agreements recovering a total of $1,227,500 in civil penalties. The agreements were reached with seven non-vessel-operating common carriers (NVOCCs) and one vessel-operating common carrier (VOCC). The agreed penalties resulted from investigations conducted [...]


In a setback for Obama, negotiators fail to wrap up Pacific trade pact

High-level talks to forge a ­12-nation trade deal spanning the Pacific broke up Friday without resolving contentious disputes over Canadian dairy tariffs, the protection of cutting-edge drugs known as “biologics” and Japanese access to the North American automobile market.

Negotiators said they would continue to seek agreement over the coming months, but the failure to [...]


Pacific trade ministers pose for group photo at Maui TPP meeting

Trade ministers from 12 Pacific Rim nations negotiating the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement posed for a group photo at a meeting in Lahaina, Hawaii on Thursday, July 30, 2015. From left, Singapore’s Minister for Trade and Industry Hng Kiang Lim, Peru’s Minister of Foreign Trade and Tourism Magali Silva, New Zealand’s Minister of Trade Tim [...]