West Coast Sailors

August 2017

The SUP, MFOW, SIU-AGLIW, AMO, MEBA and MM&P on July 28, sent strong recommendations and comments to the Maritime Administration’s Maritime Workforce Working Group regarding the state of the U.S. Merchant Marine.
 

July 2017

After two weeks of contentious bargaining, the SUP, MFOW and SIU-Marine Cooks, which comprise the SIU-Pacific District, reached a concession-free agreement with Matson Navigation Company on June 30, averting a potential strike

June 2017

This month the membership of the SUP voted overwhelmingly in favor of the following resolution, at all regularly scheduled Union meetings:

May 2017

 Pres. Trump signed a $1.1 trillion spending bill that will fund the government through September 30, of this year. The legislation fully funds the Maritime Security Program (MSP) at the authorized level for Fiscal Year 2017 and sustains other programs crucial to the U.S.-flag maritime industry.

April 2017

In an effort to maintain its U.S.-flag monopoly in the Guam trade, Matson is attempting to make legislative changes to the Maritime Security Program (MSP) to force American President Lines out of that service.

 

March 2017

In 2016, over $475 billion worth of American exports were transported overseas by ship.

 

February 2017

A letter was sent to President Trump by USA Maritime Chairman James Henry. USA Maritime emphasizing the importance of Food for Peace.

 

January 2017

United States Secretary of Transportation-designee Elaine Chao reaffirmed her longtime support for the U.S.-flag maritime industry during her confirmation hearing before the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee on January 11.

 

December 2016

Congressman Duncan Hunter (R-California), Chairman of the Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation, sent a letter dated December 2, to President-elect Donald Trump highlighting the importance of the Jones Act.

 

November 2016

Like it or not, Donald Trump will be inaugurated as the nation’s 45th president on January 20. With the Republicans retaining control of the Senate and the House of Representatives and now gaining the White House, the road ahead for organized labor will be challenging.

 

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