President’s Report

Union is Strength The government’s annual report on union membership in the United States didn’t necessarily include any big surprises. Published each year by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the most recent document showed a decline in overall union membership (undoubtedly caused at least in part by the pandemic) and an increase in the…

Strong Maritime Support Evident in House Hearing

While the subject matter is complicated, the upshot from a recent House hearing is crystal clear: America relies on a strong U.S. Merchant Marine, and with that in mind, the industry deserves prioritization during the pandemic. Many other pro-maritime comments were voiced Feb. 9 during a hearing titled, “State of the U.S. Maritime Industry: Impacts…

President Biden Specifies Jones Act In ‘Buy American’ Executive Order

Only in office for six days, President Joe Biden confirmed his career-long support for the Jones Act by specifically including the nation’s freight cabotage law in his “Buy American” executive order. Issued Jan. 25, the order states: “Reiterates the President’s strong support for the Jones Act. The President will continue to be a strong advocate…
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Sens. Baldwin, Young, Peters Reintroduce Bipartisan Great Lakes Winter Commerce Act

Sen. Tammy Baldwin, D-Wisconsin, issued the following news release on March 3, 2021. Sens. Baldwin, Young, Peters Reintroduce Bipartisan Great Lakes Winter Commerce Act U.S. Senators Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), Todd Young (R-IN) and Gary Peters (D-MI) are reintroducing the Great Lakes Winter Commerce Act, bipartisan legislation that will codify the U.S. Coast Guard's icebreaking mission…

Union Plus Offers Help to Texans

If you are a union member who participates in certain Union Plus programs and have been affected by the severe storms in Texas, you may be eligible for financial assistance through the Union Plus Disaster Relief Grant program.¹ Union Plus Disaster Relief Grants of $500 are available to eligible participants of one of the following programs: ·     Union Plus Credit Card Program² ·     Union Plus Mortgage Program ·     Union Plus Personal Loan Program ·     Union Plus Life Insurance ·     Union Plus Accidental…

Biden Affirms His Solid Support for Unions

From the Maritime Trades Department, AFL-CIO: In a speech union members have waited decades to hear from any chief executive of the United States, President Joe Biden reaffirmed a commitment he made while a candidate for the office: “I made it clear when I was running that my administration’s policy would be to support unions…
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SecDef: Vaccines ‘Safe and Effective’

The Defense Department has posted a video of DOD Secretary Lloyd Austin discussing COVID-19 vaccines. The video is available here: https://www.defense.gov/Watch/Video/videoid/784646/ As provided by DOD, this is the text of the video: Hello there, I’m Lloyd Austin, Secretary of Defense. I wanted to speak with you today about the coronavirus … and about how we…

SIU Working with Gov’t, Companies on Mask Order Clarifications

The recent executive order concerning masks on public vessels and the related CDC guidance has caused some confusion in the industry. While vessel operators are within their rights to require masks to be worn at all times aboard their vessels, a number of our contracted companies are awaiting clarification from the federal government regarding the…

CDC Encourages ‘Prevention Tools’ Including Vaccines

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has posted the following information. For a PDF version, click HERE. To access the COVID-19 section of the CDC website, click HERE. Vaccines (shots) are one of the tools we have to fight the COVID-19 pandemic. To stop this pandemic, we need to use all of our…
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