Uplifting MTD Meeting

Anyone who attended the most recent meeting of the Maritime Trades Department Executive Board must have come away encouraged and energized. As reported in detail throughout this edition of the LOG, we heard from representatives of the administration, the military, the labor movement and Congress. Collectively, their remarks underscored support for the U.S. Merchant Marine,…

New Jones Act Study Confirms Economic Value, Job Growth

A new study leaves no doubt that the Jones Act is vital for U.S. national, economic and homeland security. The Transportation Institute (TI) on March 4 announced that the domestic maritime industry now employs almost 650,000 Americans across all 50 states and contributes $154 billion to the nation’s economic growth annually. That data comes from…

Matson’s Kaimana Hila Christened

Vessel is pictured late last year during its float-out New SIU jobs are on the way following the recent christening of a union-built containership. Matson’s Kaimana Hila formally was welcomed March 9 at Philly Shipyard. U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii) served as the vessel’s sponsor. The new vessel is the sister…
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MARAD Awards Grants for Marine Highway Projects

The following news release was issued by the Maritime Administration. Maritime Administration Awards $6.7 Million in Grants for Marine Highway Projects Throughout the U.S. Today, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration (MARAD) announced $6,790,000 in grants to three Marine Highway projects.  The funding, provided by MARAD’s Marine Highway Program, will go towards enhancing existing…

SIU CIVMARS Take Part in International Unrep Training

The U.S. Navy has issued the following news brief, available on their website HERE SIU CIVMARS, members of the union’s Government Services Division, sail aboard the USNS Pecos. U.S., Japan Maritime Forces Conduct Replenishment-at-Sea SOUTH CHINA SEA (NNS) – The fleet replenishment oiler USNS Pecos (T-AO 197) and the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) ship…

Tentative Agreement Reached in New England Workers Strike

The following news article was posted by the SIU-affiliated Maritime Trades Department. It can be viewed here. The UFCW is an affiliate of the AFL-CIO, as is the SIU. Tentative Agreement Reached in UFCW New England Strike About 31,000 workers are returning to their grocery-store jobs across New England after the United Food and Commercial…
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