The Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation will hear an argument that foreign carriers should not be permitted to collectively negotiate rates with domestic maritime service providers because it gives them an unfair advantage.
The Pacific Maritime Association has proposed extending the contract until July 1, 2022, with a 3.1 percent yearly wage increase over the base wage rate of $42.18 per hour.
The North Liberty, Iowa-based trucking and logistics company reported a net income of $14 million and operating revenues of $130 million for the first quarter of 2017.
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House members question whether the Shipping Act should be revised, and also said there is a need to protect domestic tugboat and terminal companies.
The ranking member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee introduced the Investing in America: A Penny for Progress Act, which aims to raise roughly $500 billion in transportation infrastructure funding via 30-year Treasury bonds.
The U.S. Department of Justice served several container shipping lines with subpoenas last week in Sausalito, Calif., where their top executives were attending industry meetings.