West Coast Sailors

April 2018

On March 23, the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2018 was signed into law after being approved by Congress ahead of the deadline to avert a partial shutdown of the federal government. The Appropriations Act provides, and in some cases exceeds, statutory funding for key maritime programs for the current fiscal year.

March 2018

American President Lines announced last month a new foreign-flag Eagle Express X (EXX) service, offering an 11-day transit from Shanghai to Los Angeles.
 

February 2018

USA Maritime, which the Sailors’ Union is a member, has joined with a large and diverse group of organizations urging the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) to support funding for the McGovern-Dole International Food for Education and Child Nutrition program and the Food for Progress program. As stated in the Coalition’s January 30 letter to USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue, “these programs improve livelihoods and educational opportunities, while building the political stability and capacity necessary to grow future markets for U.S. agricultural products.”

January 2018

The U.S. Department of Transportation told the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia that Matson Navigation Company’s “untimely” challenge to federal subsidies granted to rival container shipper American President Lines for Guam and Saipan trade routes as part of the Maritime Security Program must be rejected for lack of jurisdiction.

December 2017

A ship captain’s unwillingness to listen to his crew’s suggestions to change course from the path of a raging hurricane; A weak corporate safety culture that left crewmembers ill-prepared to deal with heavy weather; An old ship with outdated lifeboats, open to the elements are factors that contributed to the sinking of the El Faro in the fury of Hurricane Joaquin on October 1, 2015. 
 

November 2017

Congressman John Rutherford (R-Florida) and Ranking Member Peter DeFazio (D-Oregon) highlight the importance of American maritime for Puerto Rico’s recovery and the capacity and capability of Jones Act vessels to meet Puerto Rico’s present and future needs. 
 

October 2017

Every time a natural disaster in the United States requires the assistance of U.S.-flag shipping, the rats who shill for foreign interests swarm out of the sewers to call for the waiver or repeal of the Jones Act.
 

September 2017

The U.S. Government Accountability Office heightened growing concern over the alarming conditions of government-owned standby cargo ships intended for surge sealift service in national security emergencies. 
 

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

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