POLBStrike at Twin Ports Ends – International Longshore and Warehousing Union (ILWU) workers returned to work on Wednesday after an 8-day strike at the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach. The strike began in protest of the outsourcing and automation of jobs. Workers agreed to end the strike after agreement on a new labor contract. Both ports have resumed normal operations.

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Port of Seattle Approves New Program – The Port of Seattle Commission has approved a 25-year program that will create new jobs and reduce the port’s negative impact on the environment. The plan aims to spur economic growth by making the region a leading Northwest logistics hub.

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US, Taiwan Settle on Cargo Security Program Standards – On November 26, the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) and the Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office in the US (TECRO) signed a mutual recognition arrangement. Both parties agree to mutual standards and compatibility for Taiwan’s Authorized Economic Operator (AEO) program and the US’s Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (C-TPAT) program.

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ILA Donates to Hurricane Sandy Fund – The International Longshoremen’s Association (ILA) has made a $250,000 donation to the ILA’s Hurricane Sandy fund. The union hopes the donation will ease the financial burden of ILA members who have suffered losses from the storm.

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