Disclaimer

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.

How Trump made wage theft routine

Excerpts from American Prospect:

With Donald Trump as president, more employers think wage theft is even easier to get away with.

Enrique (whose name has been changed to protect his identity) says that he and his coworkers wonder whether it’s worth it to file a claim with the Department of Labor or the appropriate state […]

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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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Obama takes unexpected setback on trade agenda as Fast Track passes Senate

From the Huffington Post:

President Barack Obama’s trade agenda suffered a setback Friday evening during a series of last-minute maneuvers in the Senate. While the upper chamber eventually passed a bill that would help Obama streamline a trade pact with 11 Pacific nations, the final product threw a wrench into the president’s plans.

The Senate […]

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ILWU disafilliates from AFL-CIO

[A PDF of the following letter is available at this link]

August 29, 2013

President Richard Trumka AFL-CIO 815 16th Street, NW Washington, DC 20006

Re: ILWU Disaffiliation

Brother Trumka:

It is with regret but resolve that we have come to the point where the International Longshore and Warehouse […]

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North Carolina's tobacco workers stand to benefit from state's strong farmworker union

Labor author and photographer David Bacon wrotes at TruthOut.org:

David Bacon

North Carolina has one of the lowest percentages of union members in the country. Yet in this non-union bastion, thousands of farm workers, some of the country’s least unionized workers, belong to the Farm Labor Organizing Committee. That gives the state a greater […]

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David Bacon: Farm Bill and subsidies to grain corporations displace Mexican farmers and fuel immigration

Photo by David Bacon

In this video, called ” How Globalization Creates Migration and Criminalizes Immigrants,” writer and photographer David Bacon shows haunting conditions immigrant workers face in this 2009 lecture that’s still relevant today. Among the causes is the subsidizing of large grain corporations like Archer Daniels Midland, which undermines Mexican farmers’ […]

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Increasing Reliance on Guest Worker Programs

Excerpts from a David Bacon article called “Displaced, Unequal and Criminalized – Fighting for the Rights of Migrants in the United States:”

The Department of Homeland Security workplace enforcement wave is focusing, not on low-wage employers, but on high-wage, and often unionized ones. There is a long history of anti-union animus among immigration authorities. Agents […]

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