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Trump’s NAFTA renegotiation goals aimed more at helping corporations than uplifting workers

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Do not be fooled by Donald Trump’s refusal to pursue the Trans-Pacific Partnership. That “position” appears to be a one-off, as his administration appears headed toward a renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) that will make it worse — and will mirror many of the Trans-Pacific Partnership’s problems.

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Sen. Murray says Trump’s NLRB nominees take ‘anti-union, anti-worker’ stands

Excerpts from an article titled ‘NLRB nominees avoid answering tough question’ in Work Day Minnesota:

In a multi-hour exhibition of evasion, President Trump’s two nominees to the National Labor Relations Board spent several hours before the Senate Labor Committee ducking, bobbing and weaving and generally avoiding answering tough labor law questions from the committee’s Democrats.

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McCain wants to get rid of ‘Buy American’ law

From the Phoenix Business Journal:

U.S. Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., has introduced legislation to undo a ‘Buy American’ law that dates back to 1920.

McCain wants Congress to repeal the decades-old Jones Act. The law institutes some rules and regulations on shipping.

That includes regulations on waterborne shipping between two U.S. locations that dictate the […]

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Source: Trump drops plans for food aid shipping that would support American jobs

Excerpts from Reuters:

President Donald Trump’s administration has dropped plans for an executive order that will require all U.S. food aid to be transported on American ships after members of Congress protested, congressional and aid sources said on Friday.

Reuters reported on Thursday that Trump was considering issuing an order that would have increased to […]

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Port of Tacoma commission candidate pulls out of race over racist, sexist Tweets

From KPUG 1170:

A former candidate says “insensitive, unacceptable and unkind” comments he post on Twitter about women, African-Americans and others is forcing him to pull out of the race.

Many of the tweets go back more than a year and show him praising President Donald Trump and blaming black people for crimes against whites […]

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Trump’s proposed budget would be ‘devastating’ for Northwest wheat growers

From Spokane Public Radio:

As much as 90 percent of Washington states wheat crop is exported to other nations. While the sale price was enough to make a good profit just a couple years ago, growers this year are seeing prices about a dollar below the break-even point for them, about 5 dollars a bushel.

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Trump’s first budget is a ‘reverse Robin Hood’

Excerpts from CNN Money:

President Trump’s first budget can be summed up like this: Big gifts for the rich, big cuts for the poor.

He would give a lot more money to the defense industry and wealthy taxpayers, and he would pay for that with an unprecedented slashing of safety net programs for America’s poor.

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Republicans and Democrats agree: If Trump has tapes, he’ll need to turn them over to Congress

From the Washington Post:

In the six days since President Trump abruptly fired FBI director James B. Comey, concern from both parties has mounted about the selection of a replacement and the president’s suggestion that he may have secretly taped conversations with the ousted director.

Key Republican and Democratic lawmakers on Sunday called for […]

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Thousands of people in US rally against Trump, for workers

Excerpts from the Associated Press:

Thousands of people chanted, picketed and marched on cities across America as May Day demonstrations raged against President Donald Trump’s immigration policies.

Police in Oakland, California, arrested at least four activists who chained themselves together to block a county building. Despite the California clash, the initial rounds of nationwide protests […]

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Former FMC Chairman Mario Cordero named executive director at Port of Long Beach

From the Long Beach Post:

Mario Cordero, who was appointed by the Obama Administration as chairman of the Federal Maritime Commission in 2013, will return to Long Beach to head the country’s second largest seaport.

The Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners is expected to vote tomorrow to confirm Cordero’s appointment during a special public […]

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Trump promised to bring back coal jobs. That promise ‘will not be kept,’ experts say.

From the Chicago Tribune:

President Donald Trump lifted a moratorium on federal coal leases Tuesday, paving the way for excavation of a fossil fuel on public land in the West that few mining companies seem to want.

The order follows the president’s campaign promise to revive the struggling coal industry and bring back thousands of […]

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Long Beach, LA ports say sanctuary threats wouldn’t defund projects — yet

From the Long Beach Press Telegram:

The Long Beach and Los Angeles ports won’t have to worry about U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ threat to pull billions of dollars worth of federal grants from local and state governments that support sanctuary cities.

That’s because even though they are departments of cities at odds with the […]

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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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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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