West Coast Sailors

March 2019

Two sets of hearings in both the House and Senate on Capitol Hill in Washington D.C. on March 6, highlighted the critical nature of existing legislation, government funding and program support for maritime interests as both a vital American industry and a national defense asset. 
 

February 2019

The triennial election of officers of the Sailors’ Union of the Pacific –via secret, mail balloting over a two-month period– concluded on February 1, with the tallying of ballots and the certification of the election by UniLect, the Impartial Balloting Agent selected by the membership at the November 2018 Union meetings.
 

January 2019

The Military Cargo Preference Act of 1904 is crucial to the survival of the U.S. Merchant Marine. The law provides that only U.S.-flag ships “may be used for the transportation by sea of supplies bought for” the military services, thereby providing an essential base of preference cargo that sustains the private U.S.-flag fleet in times of peace. 

December 2018

Continuing its initiative to force American President Lines from the Guam trade in order to regain its monopoly, Matson Navigation Company on November  7, filed suit in the U.S. District Court of the District of Columbia against the Maritime Administration to stop the agency from making Maritime Security Program payments for the APL Guam and APL Saipan,
 

November 2018

SUP-contracted Matson Navigation Company has launched its new direct U.S. flag service between Honolulu and the Republic of the Marshall Islands (“RMI”), reducing cargo transit times to the RMI from the U.S. mainland by as many as eight days.

October 2018

Based on legislation and advice received from 140 countries, the SRI report reveals that 91 countries representing 80% of the world’s coastal United Nations Maritime States have cabotage laws restricting foreign maritime activity in their domestic coastal trades.
 

September 2018

Canadian seafaring Unions finalized an agreement this month with the Canadian government that secured cabotage rights for Canadian mariners aboard vessels flying any flag traversing that nation’s domestic waterways.
 

August 2018

Americans want strong Unions. That’s the message from polling that shows more than 60% of voters nationwide approve of organized labor. And that’s certainly the message from Missouri, where voters on August 7, overturned the state’s so-called “right-to-work” law by an overwhelming margin.

July 2018

SUP-contracted Matson Navigation Company christened the largest containership ever built in the United States in a ceremony at the Philly Shipyard on June 30.

June 2018

On National Maritime Day, the introduction of the bipartisan Energizing American Shipbuilding Act was announced during a press conference featuring the bill’s sponsor in the House of Representatives, Congressman John Garamendi (D-California), and its sponsor in the Senate, Senator Roger Wicker (R-Mississippi).

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