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 […]
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 […]
By Steven Greenhouse in The Guardian:
After spending tens of millions of dollars in hopes of electing Hillary Clinton, the labor movement fears that President-elect Donald Trump, the Republican-controlled Congress and the supreme court will be hostile to labor and take numerous steps to hobble unions.
These steps can range from appointing a National […]
From an article titled ‘Unions brace for pro-business shift in labor policy under Trump’ by Reuters:
Trump’s victory means a conservative Supreme Court and Republicans controlling Congress, the NLRB, and agencies that govern union and workers’ rights.
Unions in the United States face sweeping changes to labor law and regulations under a new Republican administration […]
”We don’t get an annual raise, we have to pay for our health insurance, and we have no retirement. I’m not making enough to give my kids a better future,” said Trump employee Maria Jaramillo. The workers at the Trump International Hotel — more than 80 percent of whom are immigrants and more than […]
‘In a nutshell, the NLRB is attempting to financially cripple the ILWU for trying to uphold the ‘work jurisdiction’ clause of their coast-wide agreement.’ — Joe Burns, In These Times
Joe Burns, a former local union president active in strike solidarity, is a labor negotiator and attorney. He is the author of the book […]
From an article titled ‘Federal labor board rules longshoremen intentionally slowed work, made threats in 2012’ in The Oregonian:
The National Labor Relations Board has once again ruled that longshoremen engaged in unfair labor practices during a 2012 dispute with the container-terminal operator at the Port of Portland.
But the three-year struggle is not […]
Although very little work is happening at Terminal 6 at the Port of Portland, its operator and the union representing the workers there are continuing to spar.
On Wednesday, ICTSI Oregon, which operates the container terminal, issued a press released trumpeting a National Labor Relations Board ruling affirming an administrative law judge’s ruling that ILWU […]
Staff at a major Los Angeles warehouse serving Amazon and other big retailers went on strike Tuesday, protesting unpaid wages and overtime, dangerous conditions, a lack of breaks and water during hot summer months, and retaliation by management against their organizing efforts. The strike continued on Wednesday.
The stoppage is the latest tactic in […]
Thursday, September 10 concluded a historic six weeks of testimony in back-to-back individual hearings of 38 independent contractor port truck drivers who claim they’ve been misclassified, many of whom have been on strike against their employer, Carson-based Pacific 9 Transportation (Pac 9), six times in the last two years.
The individual hearings, which began on […]
The men and women of the ILWU have exported America’s grain from Pacific Northwest terminals since 1934. They are currently locked out of Japanese-owned facilities in Portland, OR and Vancouver, WA.
Excerpts from the Capital Press:
The ILWU has violated a court order for the second time by blocking grain shipments, according to a […]
Handy Shipping Guide, a UK-based media outlet, published an article this morning called ‘Reefer Shipping Container Argument at Port Leads to Freight Slowdown and Truck and Trailer Delays; Ongoing Labour Dispute ‘Will Go On For Years’. Excerpts:
Problems with management began shortly after Philippines-based ICTSI took over the Port of Portland’s container terminal operations […]
Workers at a vessel fueling facility in Unalaska, approved unionizing last week after months of controversy over work conditions and allegations of abuse.
Jon Brier, international organizer of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union said the vote held last Thursday and the majority of eligible Delta Western employees voted in favor of the action to […]
The JOC says the recent truckers’ strike in Vancouver, BC, ‘served as the flashpoint of an emerging drayage crisis that’s adding hundreds of millions of dollars to shipping costs and threatening the growth of intermodal commerce’ and concludes that ‘any solution to the drayage problem will require cooperation among terminal operators, longshore labor, chassis […]
Locked-out ILWU members and supporters have taken their message to the water. Union members have been locked out by Japanese corporations Marubeni and Mitsui. Photo by ILWU Local 4
Excerpts from the Journal of Commerce:
A federal judge has found the International Longshore and Warehouse Union in civil contempt of court for ignoring an […]