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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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FMC aligns with Trump with new committee on ‘regulatory reform’

Federal Maritime Commission news release:

Acting Chairman of the Federal Maritime Commission Michael A. Khouri today designated the agency’s Managing Director, Karen V. Gregory, to serve as Regulatory Reform Officer.

Ms. Gregory will stand up a Regulatory Reform Task Force that will work to identify burdensome, unnecessary, and outdated directives and recommend how they should […]

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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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Trump names Alexander Acosta as labor secretary nominee

Trump’s first disastrous nominee, Andrew Puzder, withdrew his name from consideration. Today Politico reports that Trump has chosen pick number two:

President Donald Trump on Thursday announced his intent to nominate Alexander Acosta, a former Justice Department official and current dean of Florida International University College of Law, for labor secretary, just a day after […]

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Puzder can't be labor secretary; he's anti-labor

Opinion from the Workplace Justice Project and the Centro de los Derechos del Migrante in the Baltimore Sun:

President Trump campaigned on promises of higher wages and better jobs, but he has betrayed those promises with his nomination of fast-food chain CEO Andrew Puzder for secretary of the Department of Labor.

The Department of Labor […]

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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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Hardee's veteran calls Trump's labor nominee Puzder a 'disaster for workers'

Excepts from an opinion piece called ‘Andrew Puzder will be a disaster for workers. I know: He was for me.’ in the Washington Post:

JoAnn Wise, author of this opinion piece in the Washington Post, worked at Hardee’s for 21 years.

I already know what Trump/Puzder economics look like because I’m living it every day. […]

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Trump removes Democrat Cordero from leadership of Federal Maritime Commission

From ‘Mario Cordero, former Long Beach port leader, is out as chair of maritime commission’ in the Press Telegram:

Mario Cordero, a former Port of Long Beach harbor commissioner, was forced out last week as chairman of the five-member Federal Maritime Commission after President Donald Trump replaced him with Republican Michael Khouri.

The change of […]

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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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Viewpoint: What’s coming for unions under President Trump

Trump employees fight for union rights

Excerpts from Labor Notes:

With the election of Donald Trump as president and Republican majorities in both the House and Senate, we are entering a period of existential crisis for unions and our organized power. The coming months and years are going to call for a spirit of […]

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Why Japan is hell-bent on saving the Trans-Pacific Partnership

From The Globe and Mail:

When Japan recently rushed to become the first country to ratify the Trans-Pacific Partnership, it did so in part to pressure fence-sitters such as Canada to fall in line.

No country fears the consequences of TPP’s demise more than Japan. U.S. president-elect Donald Trump’s stated intention to erase his country’s […]

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Politico: ‘Trump launches war on unions’

Politico reports that ‘The president-elect seems to be assembling a pro-business Cabinet that could clash with unions at every turn.’

Excerpts from Politico:

The war between Donald Trump and the nation’s labor unions is on.

Labor leaders, who spent tens of millions of dollars campaigning against Trump, said after the election they’d give him […]

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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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Trump’s Transportation pick Chao ‘hostile to unions, hostile to all workers’

Elaine Chao was deputy secretary of transportation in the administration of George H.W. Bush and she headed the Labor Department under President George W. Bush from 2001 to 2009. She is married to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, a Kentucky Republican.

Excerpts from ”Transport pick Chao gets conservatives’ praise, labor criticism” in Bloomberg:

President-elect […]

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