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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.

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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Senators demand retailers crack down on port trucking operations

Excerpts from Freight Waves:

The USA Today investigation into port trucking operations in California set off a firestorm of controversy – ranging from how dare trucking companies take advantage of hard-working drivers to views that the article misrepresented not only port truckers, but trucking companies in general.

Just when it seemed the controversy had subsided, […]

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After port closures, Lowenthal, Poe call on DHS to give information on cybersecurity

From Congressman Alan Lowenthal’s office:

Following the closure of several US container terminals due to a recent cyberattack, Congressmen Alan Lowenthal (CA-47) and Ted Poe (TX-02) have called on the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to provide a classified briefing to Congressional Members representing ports throughout the nation.

In the letter to DHS Secretary John […]

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Harbor Maintenance Tax legislation introduced in Congress

From the American Association of Port Authorities:

Yesterday, bipartisan, bicameral legislation was introduced to ensure that all Harbor Maintenance Tax (HMT) money collected is returned to ports for the maintenance of federal navigation channels and supporting maritime infrastructure.

The Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund Reform Act of 2017 was introduced in both the House and Senate. […]

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OMSA fires back at ‘erroneous’ and ‘misguided’ report on Jones Act changes

From gCaptain:

The Offshore Marine Service Association (OMSA) has issued a statement in response to what it calls “erroneous claims and misguided research” by the American Petroleum Institute in relation to the Customs and Border Protection Agency’s (CBP) proposed modifications to rulings related to the use of Jones Act vessels in the offshore oil […]

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AAPA continues to work with Rep. DeFazio on Harbor Maintenance Tax

From the American Association of Port Authorities:

Legislation intended to stimulate infrastructure investment was introduced last week by House Transportation and Infrastructure (T&I) Committee Ranking Member Peter DeFazio (D-OR). The Investing in America: A Penny for Progress Act (H.R. 1664) is based on legislation enacted by 17 states that will increase their state gas taxes […]

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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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House Republicans push forward anti-union ‘right-to-work’ bill

From Think Progress:

Earlier this month, Republican Reps. Steve King (IA) and Joe Wilson (SC) re-introduced a so-called right-to-work bill that would significantly hamper unions across the country and likely lower wages for all Americans.

On the campaign trail, President Trump said he is “100 percent” in favor of right-to-work laws.

So far, 27 states […]

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Republicans push anti-union ‘Right-to-Work’ in Washington State and Washington D.C.

Excerpts from The Stand:

Republicans in the Washington State Legislature and Congress are introducing bills this week that would institute so-called “right-to-work” policies in Washington and nationally, an attempt to deliver a severe blow to the labor movement and weaken workers’ collective bargaining rights at the behest of U.S. corporations.

Right-to-work laws ban unions and […]

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Labor movement braces for three-front battle with Trump, Congress and courts

By Steven Greenhouse in The Guardian:

After spending tens of millions of dollars in hopes of electing Hillary Clinton, the labor movement fears that President-elect Donald Trump, the Republican-controlled Congress and the supreme court will be hostile to labor and take numerous steps to hobble unions.

These steps can range from appointing a National […]

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NFU wants Congress to start writing new Farm Bill right away

NFU President Roger Johnson. NFU’s progessive history includes fighting for increased co-operative rights, fair market access for family farmers, and voting rights for women.

Low commodity prices along with record or near record crop surpluses means that Congress needs to get to work right away on the next Farm Bill. That’s according to National Farmers […]

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Southern California was shut out of freight, road grants; local members of Congress are furious

From the Press-Telegram:

”Los Angeles is home to the busiest port complex in our nation and the region is responsible for moving 40 percent of the nation’s cargo trade,” wrote Congresswoman Janice Hahn. ”It is where the freight network begins and ends and should have been an obvious choice for a grant.”

Local lawmakers are […]

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In Defense of the Jones Act for Puerto Rico

The American Maritime Partnership (AMP) has released a statement regarding Rep. Gary Palmer’s (R-AL) proposed measure to exempt Puerto Rico from the Jones Act – which requires waterborne cargo between two points in the United States to be transported on vessels that are American built, owned and crewed.

The Palmer amendment to H.R. 5278, the […]

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Push for more funding for L.A./Long Beach port complex moves forward in Congress

Megaship CMA CGM Benjamin Franklin called on Long Beach for the first time in December. Megaships require infrastructure accommodations, including channel dredging, due to their enormous size.

From the Daily Breeze:

A port funding request that could provide revenues for dredging as the Los Angeles/Long Beach port complex prepares for the new megaships […]

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US Congress turns eye toward SOLAS container weight rule

From the Journal of Commerce:

The U.S. Congress will look into the impact the global SOLAS container weight rule will have on exporters next week, the latest sign of how some shippers’ frustration with the rule is mounting ahead of the July 1 deadline.

A House subcommittee on April 14 will hear from representatives of […]

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