The International Longshore and Warehouse Union, representing about 20,000 longshoremen at 29 west coast ports, excluding Canada, are negotiating with the Pacific Maritime Association for a new contract.  The current six year contract expires on June 30, 2014.  Although both sides claim a commitment to negotiate until a deal is reached, concern remains about a strike disrupting shipments.  Should a lockout ensue, as happened in 2002 lasting 10-days, shippers will have to find alternative ports in the Gulf, east coast, or possibly Canada.

Ken Gilliland

The California Legislature concluded a busy week as members raced to advance bills before the deadline to pass bills out of policy committees. In spite of heavy opposition from Western Growers and a large coalition of state business interests, two notable labor union-sponsored bills advanced through Senate policy committees and will next be heard in the Senate Appropriations Committee in August.

Matthew Allen

The U.S. Supreme Court issued a unanimous ruling Thursday that President Barak Obama’s recess appointments to the National Labor Relations Board during a brief Senate break in 2012 were invalid, finding that the Senate was not in recess when the appointments were made. The decision calls into question hundreds of rulings made by NLRB when the board was controlled by Obama’s appointed board members in 2012 and part of 2013.

Jason Resnick

Many members of the House on both sides of the aisle have expressed the need to pass legislation fixing our broken immigration system. While the Senate took action by passing S. 744, the House has yet to pass a single bill to reform our immigration system. With 17 legislative days remaining until the House adjourns for its August recess, the urgency for action mounts as a key window for action closes.

Recap of immigration reform action by the U.S. House of Representatives for the day ending June 25, 2014:

Bills passed: 0

 

It has been 363 days since the Senate passed S. 744 with no action by the full House.

As June 25, 2014, there are only 17 scheduled legislative days left to pass immigration reform before the House adjourns for its August recess.  

Twitter Hashtags: #ready4reform #ifarmimmigration #immigration

Ken Barbic

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