The Maritime Trades Department of the AFL-CIO issued the following news release on March 3.
MTD Executive Board Focuses on Jones Act During Meeting March 8-9
The Executive Board of the Maritime Trades Department, AFL-CIO will focus on efforts to promote and strengthen the Jones Act – the nation’s freight cabotage law — when it meets in Lake Buena Vista, FL on March 8 and 9. Puerto Rico recovery efforts will receive special emphasis. Also, the Board will hear about cabotage law fights taking place in Canada, Australia and elsewhere around the world during its two-day session.
A total of eight speakers are scheduled to appear, including representatives from Crowley, National Shipping and TOTE Maritime – three of the US-flag shipping companies who have been resupplying Puerto Rico since Hurricane Maria. In addition, several union officers will detail how their members are helping in the recovery.
The audience will include labor officials and maritime business representatives. The sessions will take place in the Palm Ballrooms 3-4 at the Hilton Orlando Lake Buena Vista, 1751 Hotel Plaza Boulevard, Lake Buena Vista FL 32830.
MTD President Michael Sacco will call the meeting to order at 9:30 a.m. (EST) each day.
The agenda for Thursday, March 8, offers National Shipping President Torey Presti; TOTE Maritime President, Puerto Rico Tim Nolan; AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka; and International Association of Machinists Eastern Territory Chief of Staff Juan Negron.
Scheduled for Friday, March 9, are US Representative Cedric Richmond (D-LA); Crowley Senior Vice President and General Manager, Puerto Rico Services John Hourihan; American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten; and Seafarers’ Rights International Executive Director Deirdre Fitzpatrick.
The Maritime Trades Department, AFL-CIO is composed of 22 international unions and 21 port maritime councils in the United States and Canada representing nearly 5 million working men and women.
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