As the Sequester appears more certain, senior CBP (U.S. Customs and Border Protection) officials held a conference call on Friday, 22 February to share their strategy to deal with the mandated cuts in CBP funding.
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The following announcement shared by the Los Angeles/Long Beach Harbor Employees Association says that a settlement has been reached with the OCU.
The following press release from the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service announces that the USMX and ILA have reached an agreement for a comprehensive successor Master Agreement, subject to ratification by their respective members.
Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Center for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH) extended the annual medical device establishment registration period for fiscal year 2013 (FY2013) by one month. The FY2013 annual registration period that was scheduled to end on December 31, 2012, will now end on January 31, 2013. This means that an establishment may renew its registration through January 31, 2013.
The federal mediator, FMCS for the ILA and USMX negotiations issued a brief statement today. The ILA and employers are trying to work out a deal before their latest contract extension expires on February 6. The contract originally was set to expire last September 30 but has been extended twice.
30 day extension announced
Statement by FMCS Director George H. Cohen On United States Maritime Alliance And International Longshoremen’s Association Labor Negotiations
Talks between the International Longshoremen’s Association (ILA) and the United States Maritime Alliance (USMX) broke down Tuesday over the issue of Container Royalties (supplemental wages). A strike now appears likely when the current contract expires on December 29. Below is a recap of the situation.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) provided guidance for claiming drawback on imported goods that were damaged or destroyed during Hurricane Sandy. If duties and taxes were paid and the goods are either exported or destroyed, the goods may qualify for a duty drawback refund under 19 U.S.C § 1313(c).
The negotiating teams representing employers at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach released the following statement Tuesday, December 4, regarding the status of negotiations with the International Longshore and Warehouse Union Local 63 Office Clerical Unit (“OCU”): “Representatives of the harbor employers and OCU officers reached agreement tonight on terms of a new labor contract, ending the OCU’s eight-day strike at the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach. Longshoremen who had been honoring the pickets will return to work in the morning.”
A coalition forty-one associations representing US manufacturers, farmers, wholesalers, retailers, and transportation and logistics providers wrote President Obama and the Congress requesting federal intervention to reopen the nation’s busiest seaport complex. The Coalition urged the President “to take immediate action and use whatever means necessary, including Taft-Hartley, to get labor back to work in the nation’s largest port” as the strike enters its seventh day.