Logistics companies ordered to pay warehouse workers $1M in back pay

In an effort to combat wage theft affecting foreign workers, the Department of Labor has recovered $1.1 million in back wages from two separate companies operating in the San Diego area.

The wages were recovered from Freig Carrillo Forwarding Inc. and ACV Logistics Inc. for 50 Mexican nationals, some paid as little as $2.43 an hour, according to a news release.

Federal investigators reported the two logistics companies used affiliates to compensate the workers in Mexican pesos by direct deposit each week.

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China tariffs lifted US production but hurt downstream industries

Tariffs on products from China in many cases reduced imports, raised prices and increased domestic production, according to a recent 315-page report from the U.S. International Trade Commission.

The USITC studied the effects of Section 232 on steel and aluminum from China as well as Section 301 tariffs on scores of other imports from the country. The added duties date back to 2018, when they were introduced by the Trump Administration as it took an aggressive stance against China’s industrial and trade policies.

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Dock workers’ strike hits cargo handling at German ports

Dock workers at Germany’s North Sea ports went on strike March 23 in the latest of several walkouts that have added pressures on shipping as their union demands a hefty pay rise to counter high inflation.

Associated Press reports that the 48-hour strike, which is to end on the morning of March 25, has largely paralyzed cargo handling at major ports including Hamburg, Bremerhaven and Wilhelmshaven, first reported by news agency dpa. It follows a 24-hour walkout in June 2022, and a previous one-shift warning strike.

However, there will be no further strikes before late August under a deal reached at the labor court in Hamburg on March 23, the court said. The agreement calls for the two sides to set three further dates for negotiations up to August 26. Courts in several cities had rejected bids by employers for injunctions halting the current strike.


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