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ILA rank-and-file ratify six-year contract, ending year-long battle with ship management

Pact calls for $3 an hour wage hikes; maintains royalty-payment formula.

The International Longshoreman’s Association’s (ILA) 14,500 rank-and-file members late Tuesday overwhelmingly ratified a six-year master contract covering 14 East and Gulf Coast seaports. The agreement ended more than a year of contentious negotiations that threatened to shut port operations from Maine to Texas for the first time since 1977.

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Labor Demonstration at the Hong Kong International Terminals

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Marchers call for talks over docks face-off

More than 4,000 protesters, including Hongkong International Terminals contracted workers, marched on the Central Government Offices calling on the government to negotiate an end to the 11-day docks strike. The protest came yesterday as Confederation of Trade Unions leader Lee Cheuk-yan urged Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying to press the port operator to negotiate with workers.

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Workers Continue Protests at Li’s Hong Kong Port Operator

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Workers at Hongkong International Terminals Ltd., backed by billionaire Li Ka-shing’s port operator, continued a six-day strike for higher wages after a court ruling barred them from entering terminals in the city.

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MIQ Logistics Sequestration Update

The following is an update of the potential effects of the Sequestration on Federal agencies responsible for monitoring international, particularly import, shipments.  As cargo volumes increase after the recent Lunar New Year holiday, these effects increasingly will manifest themselves, causing some supply chain disruption and delay.

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Cross-Border Mexico Supply Chains Benefit from Newly Opened Laredo Facility

Overland Park, KS, March 12, 2013MIQ Logistics announces the opening of a new facility in Laredo, Texas, to better serve customers’ cross-border supply chain needs. The Laredo operations will be under the leadership of Salvador “Sal” Beattie.

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Update on Effects of the Sequestration on CBP Operations

U.S. House of Representatives on March 6 approved H.R. 933, the Department of Defense, Military Construction and Veterans Affairs, and Full-Year Continuing Appropriations Act of 2013. The bill provides necessary funding to keep the doors of the government open until the end of the fiscal year on September 30.

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Devin Neuburger Joins MIQ Logistics in New Orleans, LA

Overland Park, KS, March 5, 2013MIQ Logistics is pleased to announce that Devin Neuburger has joined our Global Operations team as Logistics Manager of the company’s new Global Service Center in New Orleans, La. He is responsible for managing all operations and is accountable for overall P&L growth in New Orleans.

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Effects of Sequestration on Customs Operations

Customs and Border Protection has posted the latest information regarding the effects of sequestration on CBP Operations on their website at:http://www.cbp.gov/xp/cgov/newsroom/advisories/info_seq_cbpops/.

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John Carr Promoted, Named CEO of MIQ Logistics

Overland Park, KS, February 27, 2013MIQ Logistics is pleased to announce the promotion of John Carr. Effective immediately, Carr serves in the expanded role of president and chief executive officer of MIQ Logistics, and retains his current board of directors’ position. Carr joined the company in 2007 as president of Americas and Europe. He was named its company-wide president in 2009.

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