President’s Column

Power of Solidarity Both during the recent government shutdown and throughout the teachers’ strike in Los Angeles, union members showed the enduring power of collective action and solidarity. Grassroots mobilization, standing up for the truth, and having each other’s backs led to positive outcomes in both cases. Community outreach across the country also proved very…

SIU, MTD Support Furloughed Workers

Unions were undeterred during a 35-day federal government shutdown that ended in late January. Members of Congress meet with workers at the SIU hall in Honolulu. Standing in back, starting fourth from right, are Sen. Mazie Hirono, Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, Sen. Brian Schatz and Rep. Ed Case. During that unprecedented closure,…

Ocean Ships Inc. Awarded ESD Contract

Seafarers will continue sailing aboard two expeditionary transfer dock (ESD) vessels, following a recent announcement by the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD). The DOD on Jan. 25 reported that SIU-contracted Ocean Shipholdings, Inc. has been selected to continue operating the USNS Montford Point and the USNS John Glenn for up to five-and-a-half years. Ocean Shipholdings…
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Domestic Maritime Industry Creates 65,990 Jobs in Florida

From left: SIU Port Agent Ashley Nelson, SREC Juan Vallejo-Hernandez, SIU VP Gulf Coast Dean Corgey, CC Brian Alvarez, VP Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Bill Hanson (on board the El Coqui). Corgey was a featured speaker at the event in Florida. The following news release has been issued by the…

Legislators Back Jones Act

The office of U.S. Rep. Steven Palazzo (R-Mississippi) has issued the following news release, which can be viewed on his website HERE. The full letter is linked at the end of the release. Palazzo Leads Effort to Protect American Shipbuilding Washington, DC - Congressman Steven Palazzo (MS-4) led a group of his House colleagues in a letter to…

Matson’s Kaimana Hila Christened by Rep. Gabbard

Seafarers-contracted Matson has issued the following news release and accompanying photo: Matson, Inc., a leading U.S. carrier in the Pacific, and Philly Shipyard, Inc. (PSI), the wholly-owned U.S. subsidiary of Philly Shipyard ASA, christened the second of two Aloha Class containerships built for Matson in a ceremony at Philly Shipyard on Saturday, March 9. …
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