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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.

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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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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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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LA and Long Beach port CEOs named to US Department of Commerce committee

Port of Long Beach (POLB) Chief Executive Director Jon Slangerup has been named by US Department of Commerce Penny Pritzker to the Department’s Advisory Committee on Supply Chain Competitiveness (ACSSC), the port announced this week.

Slangerup and 10 other industry professionals who represent different segments of the supply chain were appointed to the 45-member ACSCC, […]

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Dredge funding falls short for some East Coast ports

From an article titled ‘Obama’s funding request leaves some ports wanting’ in the Journal of Commerce:

Among U.S. ports pursuing major harbor deepening projects, there were decidedly more losers than winners in President Obama’s 2017 budget request unveiled earlier this month. For some, the $4.1 trillion proposal came with a mix of good and bad […]

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Changes afoot for U.S. coal industry

With the U.S. coal sector showing signs of weakness, the Interior Department is pausing new coal leases and launching a review of the federal coal program.

In his final State of the Union address earlier this week, President Barack Obamasaid the nation’s energy policy priorities should focus on a transition away from “old, dirtier energy […]

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Congress to delay ACA’s ‘Cadillac’ tax on pricey health plans until 2020

Excerpts from the Washington Post:

Congress’ two-year postponement in what has been dubbed the “Cadillac tax,” because it applies to high-priced insurance, is the most significant of three changes to ACA taxes that are woven into a sprawling budget package on which the House and Senate are preparing to vote within the next few days.

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Senators press for NAFTA auto rules in TPP — White House sees TPP deal in next several weeks

Three senators from the auto producing states of Ohio and Michigan have urged U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman to insist that the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement contain “rules of origin” for autos that are at least as strong as in the 20-year-old North American Free Trade Agreement.

“The NAFTA rules of origin should be the […]

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In a setback for Obama, negotiators fail to wrap up Pacific trade pact

High-level talks to forge a ­12-nation trade deal spanning the Pacific broke up Friday without resolving contentious disputes over Canadian dairy tariffs, the protection of cutting-edge drugs known as “biologics” and Japanese access to the North American automobile market.

Negotiators said they would continue to seek agreement over the coming months, but the failure to […]

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Obama signs trade bills into law, says tough battle still ahead

U.S. President Barack Obama on Monday signed into law legislation that gives him “fast-track” power to push ahead on a Pacific Rim trade deal that has been the subject of intense debate in Congress and across the nation.

Flanked by some of the lawmakers who supported the bill through a six-week congressional battle, Obama acknowledged […]

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TPP defeat: Why labor movement’s war against fast track may not be over

Excerpts from The […]

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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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Virginia port chief blames ‘federal incompetency’ for congestion

Excerpts from the Journal of Commerce:

[T]he troubles at the Virginia marine terminals and the aging infrastructure both on- and off-port are not so much the product of local inadequacies, but federal incompetency, Port Director and CEO John Reinhart said Thursday.

“These aren’t local problems, these are symptoms of growth without the necessary infrastructure,” Reinhart […]

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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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