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DeFazio urges defeat of controversial trade deal

News release from the office of Congressman Peter DeFazio (D-OR) March 4, 2015

Proposed trade deal would devastate U.S. manufacturing

Washington, D.C. – With Congress preparing to consider Trade Promotion Authority at any time, Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-OR) joined his fellow members of Congress and hundreds of American workers, including Oregon AFL-CIO President Tom Chamberlain, […]


Port of Portland approves another rebate for terminal operator due to continued labor problems

Commissioners voted 6-1, with one abstention, to authorize as much as $3.7 million in rent rebates to ICTSI Oregon Inc., which operates the Port’s international container terminal. The Port intends the payments, in the form of rent reductions, as savings that ICTSI can pass on to shipping lines so the ocean carriers will continue sending […]


Port of Portland will pay $10 a container to retain shipping lines as longshore dispute sails on

The Port of Portland will pay shipping lines $10 a container to keep sending cargo vessels here despite longshore labor disputes that started last spring and drove up costs.

Port commissioners voted 7-2 Wednesday in favor of the payments to ocean carriers, up to a total $1 million, on top of subsidizing the company that […]


AFL-CIO’s Chamberlain joins Port of Portland board

Tom Chamberlain

The Oregon Senate on Wednesday confirmed Oregon AFL-CIO President Thomas E. Chamberlain as the newest member of the Port of Portland commission.

The governor appoints members of the commission.

The nine commissioners are unpaid. They serve four-year terms.

From the Portland Business Journal



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

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The Honorable Nancy Pelosi United States House […]