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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.

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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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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The Trans-Pacific Partnership is dead, Schumer tells labor leaders

The Senate’s soon-to-be top Democrat told labor leaders Thursday that the Trans-Pacific Partnership, the trade deal at the center of President Obama’s “pivot” to strengthen ties with key Asian allies, will not be ratified by Congress.

That remark from Sen. Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.), who is expected to be the incoming Senate minority leader, came […]

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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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Controversial Trans-Pacific Partnership trade pact stalling despite Obama push; working class Americans fear more loss of jobs overseas

From the International Business Times:

Chances have all but vanished for passage of the controversial Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade pact despite a huge last-ditch effort by US President Barack Obama and an upcoming trip to Asia to tout the deal.

The White House had been hopeful about nailing down the unprecedented trade agreement with 11 […]

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Violence against trade unionists remains rampant in Colombia

Colombian labor unions said the country’s authorities have failed to enforce worker protections and revealed that they are being threatened.

From Telesur TV:

Colombia has failed to enforce worker protections in a free trade agreement with the United States, U.S. and Colombian labor unions said on Monday.

In a complaint issued by the AFL-CIO […]

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Farm, ranch groups ask Congress to reject Trans-Pacific Partnership

One hundred sixty-one food, farm, faith and rural organizations have sent a letter to Capitol Hill urging lawmakers to reject The Trans-Pacific Partnership trade pact.

“The main beneficiaries of the TPP are the companies that buy, process and ship raw agricultural commodities, not the farmers who face real risks from rising import competition. TPP imports […]

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TPP ‘worst trade deal ever,’ says Nobel-winning economist Joseph Stiglitz

From CBC News:

Stiglitz said the provision could be used to prevent raising of minimum wages.

Nobel Prize-winning economist Joseph Stiglitz says the Trans-Pacific Partnership may well be the worst trade agreement ever negotiated, and he recommends Canada insist on reworking it.

“I think what Canada should do is use its influence to begin a […]

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National Farmers Union head skeptical of Trans-Pacific Partnership

From Crop Protection News Reports:

The NFU believes the TPP will hurt rural communities more than help them by opening American jobs up to cheaper, foreign labor.. Pictured is National Farmers Union President Roger Johnson.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is trying to gain support on Capitol Hill for its Trans-Pacific Partnership by telling […]

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Signing of Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal opens up tough battle in U.S.

From the Los Angeles Times:

Representatives of the United States and 11 other Pacific Rim nations on Thursday formally signed a sweeping free-trade agreement reached last fall, setting in motion what is expected to be a hard battle for approval in national legislatures, none more contentious than in the U.S.

Michael Froman, President Obama’s chief […]

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ITF comment on today’s TPPA signing in New Zealand

Commenting on today’s TPPA trade agreement signing in New Zealand, ITF (International Transport Workers’ Federation) president Paddy Crumlin said: “We, like our fellow global unions and everyone who protested in Auckland today, are clear about one thing: the TPPA – Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement – offers nothing to workers in the Asia-Pacific region except job insecurity […]

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UN expert: Trans-Pacific Partnership lacks human rights protections

Alfred de Zayas said the TPP ”is fundamentally flawed and should not be signed or ratified unless provision is made to guarantee the regulatory space of States.”

The top United Nations expert on human rights has called on the 12 nations considering the Trans-Pacific Partnership to reject the massive trade agreement since in its current […]

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How the presidential election could endanger TPP trade deal

From The Huffington Post:

Leading presidential candidates’ opposition to President Barack Obama’s signature trade agreement is jeopardizing the landmark deal, according to a senior White House official.

The official, who requested anonymity, indicated that they’re paying special attention to Republican front-runner Donald Trump — who called the TPP a “terrible deal” and has expressed his […]

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Top Japanese official in charge of TPP accused of graft

Akira Amari, in an April 2015 photo.

Expensive sweet bean confections and more than $148,000 in cash could have lured the current Japanese economic minister to take a bribe – while negotiating terms for the Trans-Pacific Partnership.

Tokyo’s top fiscal policy chief Akira Amari has been at the center of a possible graft scandal, […]

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Maersk joins WTO trade alliance

Maersk has joined the Global Alliance for Trade Facilitation, which was launched by the World Trade Organisation earlier this year as a public-private partnership to support the implementation of the Trade Facilitation Agreement.

The alliance also includes the International Chamber of Commerce, the World Economic Forum as well as companies such as DHL and Wal-Mart.

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