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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.

TPP Pacific trade deal puts profit over people: Labor activists

Campaigners for workers’ rights complain that they have been denied a voice in the trade talks, and have raised concerns about part of the deal that would allow corporations to sue governments for the potential loss of future profits.

“Corporate rights are treated as portable, binding and protected by enforceable laws in global trade agreements, […]

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ICTSI, Honduran gov't persecute dockworkers after peaceful picket in Portland

Honduran authorities circulated this picture from the Oregonian in search of union dockworkers Carlos Alvarado, left, and Glen Galdames, as they picket outside Terminal 6 on March 4. Longshore workers walked off their jobs at the Port of Portland’s container terminal Tuesday in solidarity with the Hondurans, who are members of the SGTM union […]

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The Bogota Solidarity Centre and Possible Intervention in Venezuela

From the Alliance for Global Justice:

The Solidarity Center office in Bogotá has received an unusually large two-year grant of $3 million for its operations in the Andean Region.

The scope and dimensions of the grant are not fully known, nor the exact programs to which it will be applied.

However, given the history […]

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Cannibalism on the Left

From the South Bay Labor Council:

At a time when economic inequality has reached record levels and unions face existential threats, you would think the Labor movement would refrain from eating its own, but no.

In a recent article in the online newsletter Counterpunch, “long time unionist” Alberto Ruiz attacks the AFL-CIO sponsored Solidarity Center, […]

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The Wikileaks Revelations: The AFL-CIO and Colombia

Pedro Mosquera

Jorge Ortega

Luis Mayusa

These photos of unionists who have been killed by the Colombian government and paramilitaries are from Justice for Colombia.

Writer Alberto C. Ruiz reports on recent State Department cables released by Wikileaks and says:

What these cables portray is an organization, the AFL-CIO, which […]

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The fight for union autonomy and workers’ rights in Latin America

Coast Longshore Division supports dockworkers and their unions

Published in the Coast Longshore Division Newsletter, Winter 2010 issue.

In the past year, the Coast Committee has become increasingly involved in regional solidarity through direct support of dockworkers in Latin America. Latin American dockworkers are seeing the social contracts that they have with their governments systematically […]

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