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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.

Labor advocates from US and Canada say Trump’s NAFTA proposal fails to protect workers

From Reuters:

The United States on Tuesday unveiled draft text on labor standards during the negotiations on modernizing the North American Free Trade Agreement as top officials from Canada, the United States and Mexico joined talks in Ottawa.

“The U.S. proposal makes no sense to me,” Jerry Dias, president of Canada’s UNIFOR labor union, told […]

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New Republican NLRB majority may start undoing Obama-era labor laws

From Fortune:

The National Labor Relations Board may soon start unwinding Obama-era legislation seen by industry as favorable to labor. On Monday, Senate Republicans confirmed a second Trump nominee to the five-member board, giving it a Republican majority for the first time in the current administration.

William Emanuel will join President Trump’s first nominee, Marvin […]

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Adm. Mark Buzby sworn in as U.S. Maritime Administrator

From Maritime Executive:

Secretary of Transportation Elaine L. Chao has given the oath of office to Rear Adm. Mark H. Buzby (USN, ret.’d), formalizing his appointment as the head of the Maritime Administration. Adm. Buzby takes over from executive director Joel Szabat, who has headed up the agency since the departure of former administrator Paul […]

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Columbia River ports worry over Trump’s possible steel tariffs, impacts on other cargo

From the Daily News:

At least 870 jobs are directly tied to steel imports at the Ports of Kalama and Vancouver, so when President Trump starts talking about slapping tariffs on steel, Southwest Washington ports get understandably uneasy.

While the Trump administration delayed any decision on steel tariffs for several months, local ports and companies […]

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Administrator of the Maritime Administration: Who Is Mark Buzby?

Mark H. Buzby, a retired U.S. Navy admiral, has been nominated by President Donald Trump to lead the Maritime Administration (MARAD). Located in the Department of Transportation, MARAD is responsible for waterborne transportation, including facilitating its use and overseeing its integration with other segments of the transportation system. The agency is responsible for the U.S. […]

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Trump’s NAFTA renegotiation goals aimed more at helping corporations than uplifting workers

More at Truth-Out

Do not be fooled by Donald Trump’s refusal to pursue the Trans-Pacific Partnership. That “position” appears to be a one-off, as his administration appears headed toward a renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) that will make it worse — and will mirror many of the Trans-Pacific Partnership’s problems.

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Sen. Murray says Trump’s NLRB nominees take ‘anti-union, anti-worker’ stands

Excerpts from an article titled ‘NLRB nominees avoid answering tough question’ in Work Day Minnesota:

In a multi-hour exhibition of evasion, President Trump’s two nominees to the National Labor Relations Board spent several hours before the Senate Labor Committee ducking, bobbing and weaving and generally avoiding answering tough labor law questions from the committee’s Democrats.

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McCain wants to get rid of ‘Buy American’ law

From the Phoenix Business Journal:

U.S. Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., has introduced legislation to undo a ‘Buy American’ law that dates back to 1920.

McCain wants Congress to repeal the decades-old Jones Act. The law institutes some rules and regulations on shipping.

That includes regulations on waterborne shipping between two U.S. locations that dictate the […]

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Source: Trump drops plans for food aid shipping that would support American jobs

Excerpts from Reuters:

President Donald Trump’s administration has dropped plans for an executive order that will require all U.S. food aid to be transported on American ships after members of Congress protested, congressional and aid sources said on Friday.

Reuters reported on Thursday that Trump was considering issuing an order that would have increased to […]

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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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Trump’s proposed budget would be ‘devastating’ for Northwest wheat growers

From Spokane Public Radio:

As much as 90 percent of Washington states wheat crop is exported to other nations. While the sale price was enough to make a good profit just a couple years ago, growers this year are seeing prices about a dollar below the break-even point for them, about 5 dollars a bushel.

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Trump’s first budget is a ‘reverse Robin Hood’

Excerpts from CNN Money:

President Trump’s first budget can be summed up like this: Big gifts for the rich, big cuts for the poor.

He would give a lot more money to the defense industry and wealthy taxpayers, and he would pay for that with an unprecedented slashing of safety net programs for America’s poor.

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Decision by Trump’s CBP ‘hurts workers, prevents creation of 3,200 new American jobs’

From ‘Mariners, Shipbuilders Call on President to Put U.S. National & Economic Security First’:

“The Administration’s decision today to delay the revocation of letter rulings impacting the lawful enforcement of the Jones Act in the Gulf of Mexico is extremely disappointing. This delay and move to a regulatory review process will damage our American mariners […]

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Long Beach, LA ports say sanctuary threats wouldn’t defund projects — yet

From the Long Beach Press Telegram:

The Long Beach and Los Angeles ports won’t have to worry about U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ threat to pull billions of dollars worth of federal grants from local and state governments that support sanctuary cities.

That’s because even though they are departments of cities at odds with the […]

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FMC aligns with Trump with new committee on ‘regulatory reform’

Federal Maritime Commission news release:

Acting Chairman of the Federal Maritime Commission Michael A. Khouri today designated the agency’s Managing Director, Karen V. Gregory, to serve as Regulatory Reform Officer.

Ms. Gregory will stand up a Regulatory Reform Task Force that will work to identify burdensome, unnecessary, and outdated directives and recommend how they should […]

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