President’s Column

Time to Redouble Safety Efforts Back in February, if someone had used the expression “COVID fatigue,” we’d have looked at them as if they were crazy. Unfortunately, everyone reading this column knows what it means, and I think it’s no exaggeration to say we’ve all experienced it at least from time to time. Brothers and…

U.S. Senator Backs Jones Act

As the United States maritime community celebrated the centennial of the nation’s freight cabotage law, numerous legislators issued supportive statements. U.S. Sen. Gary Peters(D-Michigan) U.S. Sen. Gary Peters (D-Michigan) was among those elected officials who praised the Jones Act in early June. He posted a news release that read in part,…

Industry Continues Grappling with Challenges

Editor’s note: SIU members are encouraged to regularly check the union’s website for the latest union-specific news about the pandemic. There is a prominent COVID-19 section on the home page. Members also may sign up for text alerts by texting the word “join” (without the quotation marks) to 97779. The American maritime industry seemingly mirrored…
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Maritime Unions Endorse Sen. Sullivan

The presidents of four maritime unions, including SIU President Michael Sacco, earlier this week endorsed U.S. Sen. Dan Sullivan (R-Alaska). The text of their endorsement letter follows. Signing the document were Sacco, AMO President Paul Doell, MM&P President Don Marcus, and MEBA President Marshall Ainley. For a PDF copy, click HERE Dear Senator Sullivan: Oh…

‘Any Attack on Jones Act is Direct Attack on People of Hawaii’

Statement by SIU President Michael Sacco At their core, there is nothing new about recent, erroneous attacks against America’s freight cabotage law, commonly known as the Jones Act. This century-old law has endured because it always has been – and still remains today – vital to United States national, economic and homeland security. Jones Act…

‘Jones Act Means Good Jobs for Hawaii’

The Maritime Trades Department (MTD), to which the SIU is affiliated, has posted the following news item. It's available on the MTD website HERE. SIU President Michael Sacco also serves as president of the MTD. HAWAII PMC BLASTS LATEST ATTACK ON JONES ACT The Maritime Trades Department, AFL-CIO joins with the Hawaii Ports Maritime Council…
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Citing ‘Increasingly Grave Concerns,’ Unions Urge MSC to Assist CIVMARS

The presidents of three maritime unions, including SIU President Michael Sacco, recently sent the following communication to the commanding officer of the U.S. Military Sealift Command. For a PDF copy of the letter, click HERE. Dear Admiral Wettlaufer: We are writing to you today to communicate our ongoing and increasingly grave concerns regarding the mental…

Message of Sympathy from SIU President

Editor's note: The following message from SIU President Michael Sacco concerns the recent passing of a rank-and-file Seafarer. Dear SIU Brothers and Sisters: On behalf of the union’s executive board, I extend our deepest and most sincere sympathies to the family, friends and shipmates of our fallen brother, GUDE Michael Vaughan. Many of you have…

Algonac Hall Reopening

The hiring hall in Algonac, Michigan, will reopen tomorrow morning, July 28, 2020. The hall had been closed for one day for precautionary reasons. ###
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