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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.

Trade proposal deal reached, congressional leaders say

From CNN:

A day after suffering an embarrassing setback when Obama’s own party rebuked him on a major trade bill, Senate leaders said they have struck a deal to move forward on the measure.

Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and top Democrat Harry Reid announced the deal on the Senate floor on Wednesday afternoon.

The chamber […]

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Obama trade push gets thumbs down from Democrats

President Barack Obama’s in Asia this week pushing a deal that almost none of his allies at home want.

On the Hill, most of the pushback is coming from the president’s fellow Democrats, who say it undercuts the economic fairness argument that’s a central focus of his midterm strategy.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) […]

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The Trans-Pacific Partnership is in trouble thanks to grassroots pressure

From the Washington Post:

Despite the fact that woefully little attention has been paid to the deal by mainstream news outlets, liberals, unions and tea party groups — which dubbed fast-track “Obamatrade” — have created a groundswell of grassroots opposition to the TPP that seems to have been heard by enough lawmakers in Washington […]

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Senate Leader Harry Reid: I am against fast tracking the Trans Pacific Partnership

Harry Reid, who as the leader of Senate Democrats controls which legislation is brought up for a vote, said Wednesday that now was not the time to think about bringing a request for trade promotion authority to Congress. ”I’m against ‘fast track,’ ” he said. ”I think everyone would be well advised just to […]

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Japan sees trouble ahead as trade pact stalls

Until earlier this month, Japan had been under strong pressure from the U.S. to open its market as part of the highly contentious Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade negotiations. On Thursday, Japan appeared to be suddenly let off the hook.

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid made clear his opposition to granting the Obama administration power […]

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Follow the Money: The Cost of the War on Terror

Broken down individually, the government has spent $806 billion for Iraq, $444 billion for Afghanistan, $29 billion for enhanced security and $6 billion on “unallocated” items. The vast majority of all the money appropriated has gone to the Department of Defense. … Only $8 billion (or 1 percent) went to veterans’ care, via the […]

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ILWU Opposes Korea-United States Free Trade Agreement

Despite potential increases in cargo movement benefiting dockworkers, union opposes proposed Korea-United States trade agreement because it continues failed trade policy and is harmful to workers, consumers, and the environment in both South Korea and the United States

December 13, 2010

VIA FACSIMILE: 202-225-4188 (and First Class Mail)

The Honorable Nancy Pelosi United States House […]

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An open letter to President Obama on Costa Rica's labor violations

The following letter is also available in pdf format and in Spanish. La carta siguiente se puede leer en español.

June 17, 2010

The Honorable Barack Obama President, United States of America The White House 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue

Washington, DC 20500

President Obama:

This letter is a follow up to my April 22, 2010 letter […]

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Estimado Presidente Barack Obama: Salvemos la democracia, salvemos SINTRAJAP

22 de abril de 2010

Honorable Sr. Barack Obama Presidente de los Estados Unidos de América La Casa Blanca 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue Washington, DC 20500

Sr. Presidente Obama:

Me tomo la libertad de dirigirme a usted sobre un asunto que es motivo de gran inquietud para el Sindicato Internacional de Trabajadores Portuarios y Almacenistas (ILWU) […]

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ILWU President McEllrath urges President Obama to take immediate action to stop attack on Costa Rican dockers

“You cannot promote trade agreements in the Western Hemisphere as mechanisms to encourage countries to provide enforceable labor standards and at the same time stand idly by while the Costa Rican Government ousts the democratically elected leadership of a union, freezes its bank accounts, and militarizes the ports in the build up to […]

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