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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.

Alaska company agrees to pay $10 million in biggest-ever Jones Act fine

From Alaska Dispatch News:

An Alaska natural gas producer has agreed to pay the U.S. government $10 million in what amounts to the largest penalty ever levied in the history of the nearly century-old Jones Act, the U.S. Justice Department said Tuesday.

A Jones Act waiver can be obtained from the secretary of Homeland Security […]

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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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Delay container-scanning rule two years? Not good enough, importers say

Mandated by the SAFE Port Act of 2006, the Department of Homeland Security issued a requirement that 100 percent of U.S.-bound ocean containers be scanned at the foreign port of origin. Since then, Congress and DHS have been kicking the can down the road, repeatedly delaying implementation of a rule that industry says is […]

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US climbdown on container scanning?

The US government had planned to have systems in place capable of scanning every container entering US ports – about 11.6m teu per year – by 2012, but this was again delayed by two years due to gaps in the logistics chain.

Few in the industry are surprised to hear that the US may have […]

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GAO report casts huge doubts on TWIC program

From Marine Log:

Eleven years after initiation, DHS has not demonstrated how, if at all, TWIC will improve maritime security.

A GAO review of a pilot test on the program conducted by TSA found that the test’s results were incomplete, inaccurate, and unreliable for informing Congress and for developing a regulation (rule) about the biometric […]

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Shippers Fail to Kill Overseas Container Scanning Plan

Container scan

Shippers on Wednesday failed to convince members of Congress to scrap legislation requiring all containers be scanned overseas before being allowed into U.S. ports.

The “scan all” requirement is set to take effect next month despite the Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, along with major shippers, repeatedly telling Congress that […]

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TWIC electronic readers still years away

Use of electronic readers to verify valid Transportation Worker Identification Credentials at ports is more than 2 years away, Coast Guard Rear Adm. Paul Zukunft said March 26.

Zukunft, who spoke at a joint hearing of the House Transportation and Infrastructure and House Oversight and Government Reform committees, said the Homeland Security Department is working […]

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Vancouver lawmakers question use of labor on grain silo project

Three Washington state lawmakers are raising concerns about the use of labor on a major construction project at the Port of Vancouver, alleging the company involved employed foreign rather than local workers.

… White said Thursday that whether any workers at the site were brought on using the H1B1 visa program in particular doesn’t […]

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Napolitano questioned on cross-border trucking in House hearing

In 2006, Congress approved the Safe Port Act – requiring the Secretary of Homeland Security to draft guidelines for federal, state and local law enforcement related to cross-border trucking and that department’s jurisdiction “no later than April 2008.”

Nearly four years later, the cross-border guidelines have yet to be presented.

U.S. Rep. Peter King, […]

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Increasing Reliance on Guest Worker Programs

Excerpts from a David Bacon article called “Displaced, Unequal and Criminalized – Fighting for the Rights of Migrants in the United States:”

The Department of Homeland Security workplace enforcement wave is focusing, not on low-wage employers, but on high-wage, and often unionized ones. There is a long history of anti-union animus among immigration authorities. Agents […]

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UA Local 393 resolution in support of ILWU Local 21

It’s important to note that progress has been made since the passage of this resolution, and the solidarity from labor unions around the world continues to be strong. On January 11, Plumbers and Fitters Local 393 in San Jose, CA, adopted the following resolution by unanimous vote:

Condemn Use of U.S. Military […]

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Port of Astoria focuses in on security cameras

The Port of Astoria sits on a $200,000 grant from the Department of Homeland Security meant for security improvements.

“I’d like to talk with other ports that have them,” said Commissioner Bill Hunsinger, who voiced his displeasure at installing cameras instead of hiring guards.

The commission agreed to hold an executive session to discuss the […]

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Construction begins on Rail Recovery Line at Port of Everett

Everett has been identified by the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) as a Strategic Recovery Port, in the event of a natural or man-made disaster.

Constructing this additional half-mile rail line alongside the shipping terminals at the port of Everett would provide more opportunities for faster recovery from such a disaster impacting Seattle, Tacoma […]

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ILWU Pres. McEllrath: TWIC fails to protect our ports, and workers pay the price

By Robert McEllrath, International President, International Longshore and Warehouse Union

Two million Americans and counting have been pressed through a system that was supposed to improve our national port security, but hasn’t. Those longshoremen, marine clerks, truck drivers and anyone else who needs to enter a U.S. marine terminal has had to get a Transportation […]

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‘American harbors will be filled with foreign vessels’

An Oil Tanker in Cook Inlet, Alaska. Ship Strong for America says that the Obama Administration must stop Jones Act violations or "American harbors will be filled with foreign vessels."

Ship Strong for America, an organization dedicated to preserving the strength of our nation’s maritime industry and homeland security, today announced its first ‘call […]

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