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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.

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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Bernie Sanders, Danny Glover: Union workers have it better

Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders stood with thousands at a pro-union rally near Nissan Motor Co.’s plant in Canton, Mississippi, congratulating workers for their courage “in standing up for justice.”

“It’s our job to tell corporate America that they cannot have it all,” Sanders told the crowd. “Start treating the working people of this country with […]

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How has your Senator voted on Trump nominees so far?

The New York Times makes it easy to find out where our Senators stand:

The Senate has confirmed each of President Trump’s nominees that it has voted on so far. Fifteen members of the cabinet and eight other top administration posts require Senate confirmation.

All but three of the “no” votes have come from […]

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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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Sanders: After killing TPP, Trump should shut down his own sweatshops

U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) issued the following statement Monday after the White House said President Donald Trump would withdraw the United States from the Trans-Pacific Partnership:

“I am glad the Trans-Pacific Partnership is dead and gone. For the last 30 years, we have had a series of trade deals — including the North […]

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Bernie Sanders: Carrier just showed corporations how to beat Donald Trump

The Washington Post has published the following opinion piece by Sen. Bernie Sanders:

Today, about 1,000 Carrier workers and their families should be rejoicing. But the rest of our nation’s workers should be very nervous.

In exchange for allowing United Technologies to continue to offshore more than 1,000 jobs, Trump will reportedly give the […]

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Sanders to Trump: Take back offer to ‘racist’ Bannon

Steve Bannon: ”Totally Unacceptable”

Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders called on President-elect Donald Trump to rescind his offer for Stephen Bannon to serve a key role in his administration.

“This country, since its inception, has struggled to overcome discrimination of all forms: racism, sexism, xenophobia and homophobia. Over the years we have made progress in […]

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Senate Democrats settle on leadership team, Sanders elevated

Excerpts from Politico:

Facing a party in turmoil, with moderates and progressives battling to sway its direction after a devastating election, incoming Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer decided to try to make everyone happy.

The newly elected top Senate Democrat navigated a potentially messy fight between two party leaders on Wednesday and expanded his […]

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Donald Trump is moving to the White House, and liberals put him there

”There was Joe Biden, with his powerful plainspoken style, and there was Bernie Sanders, an inspiring and largely scandal-free figure. Each of them would probably have beaten Trump, but neither of them would really have served the interests of the party insiders.” — Thomas Frank

Note: The ILWU International Executive Board endorsed Bernie Sanders […]

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ILWU International President McEllrath: Why we can’t vote Trump

The following message from International President Robert McEllrath is published in this month’s Dispatcher:

ILWU International President Robert McEllrath

You may have heard that I don’t have much patience for politicians, especially ones who want our help when they’re desperate for votes or contributions – then ignore us when we need their support.

I liked […]

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Bernie Sanders Scores A Big Win For 62 Million Americans With $15 Minimum Wage Victory

The $15/hour minimum wage took another step towards becoming a reality after Bernie Sanders won the addition of the increase to the Democratic platform.

In a statement, the Sanders campaign announced:

Raising the federal minimum wage sets the moral standard in this country that we as Democrats affirm over and over again that ensuring that […]

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Sanders demands Democratic Party reforms

Excerpts from Politico:

Bernie Sanders delivers a message outside his campaign office in Washington, D.C. earlier today.

Bernie Sanders delivered a simple message Tuesday at a press conference outside his campaign’s Capitol Hill office: The Democratic Party needs to be transformed, and he plans to push for that all the way through the Democratic […]

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In Santa Monica, Bernie Sanders vows to fight on

From the Los Angeles Times:

Sanders said he expects the gap between him and Hillary Clinton in California to diminish as more returns come in and says he will take his fight to the last primary, which is next Tuesday in Washington, D.C.

Sanders avoided hitting Clinton during the speech and congratulated her on her […]

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What presumptive nominee? California Democrats still have some things to say

From The Los Angeles Times:

It was yet another election day slap in the face for Californians on Tuesday: Hours before voters were to cast ballots that one presidential candidate promised would upend the race, the media declared that the race was actually over.

Once again, the presidential primary has been decided elsewhere.

The Associated […]

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Media shrugs as Bernie Sanders draws enormous crowd in Oakland

Bernie Sanders held a rally Monday in Oakland at the Frank Ogawa Plaza with conservative estimates counting attendance between 20,000 and 30,000 people.

The media continues to berate Bernie Sanders for taking his campaign all the way to the Democratic National Convention with headlines like “Why Won’t Bernie Sanders Just Give Up Already?” However, […]

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