West Coast Sailors

August 2008

At the request of the maritime Unions ?SUP, MM&P, MEBA, ILA and ILWU? affiliated with the AFL-CIO?s TTD, Laura Moskowitz, staff attorney for the Oakland, California-based National Employment Law Project, testified on September 17 before the House Committee on Homeland Security?s Subcommittee on Border, Maritime and Counterterrorism chaired by Representative Loretta Sanchez (D-California).

July 2008

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is mobilizing its store managers and department supervisors to warn that if Democrats win power in November, they?ll likely change federal law to make it easier for workers to Unionize...

June 2008

After 18 protracted and often contentious bargaining sessions plus many Union caucuses, the Sailors? Union, MFOW and SIU-Marine Cooks, successfully concluded negotiations with Matson Navigation Company.

May 2008

While negotiations between the SUP, MFOW, and SIU-Marine Cooks and Matson Navigation Company are ongoing, no significant headway has been made.

April 2008

Legislation that would provide long overdue compensation to U.S. merchant marine veterans of World War II remains bottled-up in the Senate Veterans? Affairs Committee; ?The Belated Thank You to the Merchant Mariners of World War II Act? (S.961).

April 2008

A maritime security regime is judged not only on how effectively it protects the workplace from potential terrorists acts, but what affect the security regime has on the efficiency of the maritime transportation system that provides our livelihood...

March 2008

A key international agency ruled on March 19, that the Bush Administration?s National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) is denying workers? rights in violation of international labor standards.

February 2008

President Bush?s budget proposal for Fiscal Year 2009, is a slap in the face to America?s working families who are already struggling to get by in an economy sinking under the weight of this Administration?s disastrous policies.

January 2008

Patriot Contract Services was notified by the U.S. Navy?s Military Sealift Command late last month that it was successful in its bid to operate two Special Mission Ships ?USNS Hayes and USNS Waters.

December 2007

Former U.S. Transportation Secretary Norman Y. Mineta this month called for a sweeping overhaul of federal maritime policy that would be centered in a revitalized Maritime Administration to preserve national economic strength.