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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.

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, [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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Court rejects new bid to kill Jones Act by shippers in Hawaii hit by cabotage rules

From The Loadstar:

Another attempt to lift US cabotage restrictions was dismissed yesterday, when a court in Hawaii ruled against a class action brought by shippers against legislation which prohibits foreign companies from carrying US domestic cargo on ships.

Judges dismissed the action on the grounds that the claim was too broad to be able [...]

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‘Monsanto’s dream bill’: DARK Act And Trans-Pacific Partnership will keep consumers ignorant

Activists who fear genetically modified ingredients could present safety hazards in the food supply have waged a successful campaign to pressure multiple states to enact GMO labelling laws. But the DARK Act and TPP could undo all the hard work of food safety activists.

It’s called the Safe and Accurate Food Labelling Act of 2015, [...]

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Employer attorney warns port labor bills could backfire

From the Journal of Commerce:

Donato Caruso, an attorney representing USMX employers since 1967, said that though the bargaining process often is messy, it ultimately requires the two sides to resolve their differences based on trust and mutual respect, without government interference.

Congressional proposals to clamp down on longshore unions in reaction to West Coast [...]

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Trumka: Trans Pacific Partnership needs reform before it will help workers

Excerpts from an opinion piece by AFL-CIO President Rich Trumka in USA Today:

The last six months mark a fundamental shift in how our nation approaches and evaluates international trade proposals.

In just four months, among many other tactics, workers and their allies made more than 2.6 million phone calls and wrote more than [...]

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'Expensive and risky' port bill passes Senate committee on party lines

In an article titled ‘Senate to consider US port productivity bill,’ the Journal of Commerce reports:

A U.S. Senate committee Wednesday voted to send new legislation requiring U.S. ports to provide monthly productivity reports to the federal government to the Senate floor.

In a 13-11 vote along party lines, committee senators gave their stamp of [...]

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Trans-Pacific Partnership talks: Canada, Japan at odds over B.C. timber

One of Canada’s most protected industries — British Columbia timber — has been targeted by Japan in the massive Trans-Pacific Partnership trade talks, The Canadian Press has learned.

Japan is pushing Canada to eliminate or modify the controls it imposes on B.C. log exports — a practice that is heavily restricted by the federal and [...]

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Bill introduced to study opening interstate market to truck drivers under age 21

Legislation has been introduced in the U.S. Senate to study the viability of allowing truck drivers under the age of 21 to operate in interstate commerce.

Currently, in the lower 48 states, an individual can obtain a commercial driver’s license at the age of 18 but can only operate a vehicle in the state where [...]

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Obama signs trade bills into law, says tough battle still ahead

U.S. President Barack Obama on Monday signed into law legislation that gives him “fast-track” power to push ahead on a Pacific Rim trade deal that has been the subject of intense debate in Congress and across the nation.

Flanked by some of the lawmakers who supported the bill through a six-week congressional battle, Obama acknowledged [...]

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Fast Track Passes. TPP Now Nearly Certain to Pass Too.

From Mother Jones:

Well, it looks like the Trans-Pacific Partnership treaty is in business. The standalone fast-track bill just passed the Senate by a hair, 60-37. Several Republicans defected and voted no even though they had voted yes the first time around, but only one Democrat defected. So now it goes to President Obama’s desk, [...]

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Senators from OR, WA, CA vote to advance damaging trade deal

Disappointing news from DC: In an article titled ”Fast-Track Clears Senate Hurdle In Vote,” AlterNet calls out the Democrats who helped the damaging trade deal TPP advance to the next level.

U.S. Senator Ron Wyden is among the West Coast Democrats who cast a bad trade vote against the interests of working families.

The Senate [...]

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