West Coast Sailors

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.

 

October 2016

World-wide container volumes are on track for zero growth this year, which would mark the sector’s worst performance since the 2009 economic crisis and a likely catalyst for further bankruptcies and possible shipping-industry consolidation.

 

September 2016

SUP-contracted Matson Navigation Company that it had signed an agreement with San Diego’s General Dynamics NASSCO to build two new combined container and roll-on/roll-off (Con-Ro) vessels for its Hawai’i fleet. 

 

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