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It is firmly fixed in the SUP Constitution that, based upon the principles of fairness, justice, respect and equality for all workers at sea and ashore, it is among the Union's objectives, "to support a journal which shall voice the sentiments of the seafaring class, and through its columns seek to maintain the knowledge of and interest in maritime affairs."  The West Coast Sailors is that journal, a monthly publication, containing the activities of the Union and of the maritime world in which it operates. The first issue, in June of 1937, noted that "thinking, studying, and a knowledge of industry which the Union represents are important in the development and achievement of the Union... and common sense, fearlessly applied, brings success to a Union." 

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Patriot Wins Watson Class Contract

In a long-awaited decision the Military Sealift Command awarded the maintenance and operation of eight Watson-class ships to Patriot with SUP sailors on deck. It is a remarkable milestone, an achievement of skill and dedication. The news came as the SUP celebrated 135th anniversary of its founding on a lumber pile on the Embarcadero in San Francisco, as well as Women's History Month.

President Biden Orders Jones Act Compliance

President Joe Biden in the first week of taking office declared and enacted strong support for the Jones Act. The "Buy America" Executive Order was the first of its kind to not only specifically mention the Jones Act, but to establish an office to ensure federal government compliance with the 100 year old law. Despite this Rep. Ed Case (D-HI) launched a fresh attack and the cruise industry took aim on a related cabotage law, the Passenger Vessel Services Act. This issue has important updates on COVID-19, the vaccine situation and celebrates Black History Month.

Capitol Attack Causes Second Impeachment But Congress Funds Jobs

An unprecedented riot in Washington breached Capitol security during the Electoral College vote count, but Congress had already passed pro-worker COVID relief funding. Lawmakers found the votes to overwhelmingly override a veto on the National Defense Authorization Act, which together with other legislation funded the Maritime Security Program, the Ready Reserve Force and Food for Peace. Meanwhile, the coronavirus continued its rampage and vaccines began a chaotic rollout. 

Defense Bill Clears Congress; COVID Relief Debate Drags On

The COVID-19 pandemic reached a peak not yet seen since March, just at the same time that the first vaccines arrived for health care workers. This issue gives basic information on the vaccine but many questions remain. In Washington, the leaders of the House and Senate debated a new stimulus bill.

Biden Wins Presidential Election

In tumultuous times, Joe Biden and Kamala Harris emerged the historic winners of a momentous election. Democrats held onto the House as the Senate awaited two runoff elections in Georgia. In California, Prop 22 passed amidst massive corporate spending, reversing existing pro-worker law. A second wave of coronavirus flared and reopenings were put on hold. We honored our veterans, analyzed the economics of international container trades in the e-commerce era, looked at the local effects of the pandemic on rents and vacancies, reported on travel restrictions, the long hurricane season, shipping cyber attacks and the wide sweep of election outcomes in this issue.

APL and SUP Reach New Two-Year Agreement

The SUP and APL reached a new deal that improved wages and benefits and held the line against concessions. Meanwhile, the President wavered and, although a deal appears likely, Congress struggled to pass another stimulus bill to aid working families and allocate funds to the Maritime Security Program. Hackers continued maritime attacks while the election draws near. There's the full slate of labor endorsements, the improved pensioner benefits, and the terms of the regular and restricted APL agreements, all available in detail in this issue.