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Solidarity Prevails Again

At press time, some 31,000 unionized grocery workers were reviewing a tentative new contract on the heels of an 11-day strike in Connecticut, Massachusetts and Rhode Island. The agreement between the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) and Stop & Shop’s parent company, Netherlands-based Ahold Delhaize, preserves health care and retirement benefits, provides wage increases,…

Legislators Pronounce Bipartisan Backing of Jones Act to President

Attacks on America’s freight cabotage law – and the hundreds of thousands of U.S. jobs that go with it – are nothing new, but neither is solid bipartisan support for the century- strong statute. The latter point again came into focus March 13, in the form of a bipartisan letter sent by members of Congress…

Sunshine State Celebrates Jones Act

SIU VP Gulf Coast Dean Corgey (standing third from left) and Port Agent Ashley Nelson (standing second from right) pose with SIU members Recertified Bosun Abel Vazquez Tor-res, AB Victor Cortes, AB Christian Reyes Herencia, AB Manuel Rodriguez Maldonado, Recertified Steward Juan Vallejo Hernandez, Chief Cook Bryan Alvarez and SA La’Sonia…

Matson Takes Delivery of Kaimana Hila

SIU-contracted Matson took delivery of the second of two Aloha Class containerships, the Kaimana Hila, on March 28. The Jones Act vessel was built by union members at Philly Shipyard. Kaimana Hila is a Hawaiian transliteration for “Diamond Head,” the name of Hawaii’s iconic landmark crater near Waikiki Beach. The new vessel is the sister…

Coast Guard Commandant: ‘The Jones Act is Important To the Security of the Nation’

The commanding officer of the U.S. Coast Guard recently left no doubt about his strong support of the nation’s freight cabotage law. During a March 26 budget hearing conducted by the House Appropriations Homeland Security Subcommittee, U.S. Rep. Steven Palazzo (R-Mississippi) asked Coast Guard Commandant Adm.…

Paul Hall Center Apprentice Recalls Oval Office Experience

Corey Daniel Reseburg’s first trip to the nation’s capital will be tough to top. An apprentice at the SIU-affiliated Paul Hall Center for Maritime Training and Education, Reseburg on March 4 participated in an Oval Office ceremony where President Trump signed an executive order aimed at facilitating military veterans’ entry to the U.S. maritime industry.…

Marine Society Honors SIU President

A prestigious maritime organization recently saluted the outstanding career of the SIU’s top official. SIU President Michael Sacco on April 8 received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Marine Society of the City of New York for his years of dedication to the U.S. Merchant Marine. Marine Society President Capt. Tim Ferrie described Sacco’s accomplishments…

SIU-Backed Final Rule Boosts Mariner Access

A years-long effort strongly assisted by the SIU has resulted in new regulations aimed at benefiting mariners. The U.S. Coast Guard on April 1 issued a final rule titled “Seafarers’ Access to Maritime Facilities.” Published in the Federal Register, the rule requires “each owner or operator of a maritime facility regulated by the Coast Guard…

Culinary 2.0 Reminder

As previously reported, the SIU-affiliated Paul Hall Center for Maritime Training and Education continues to offer Culinary 2.0 classes designed to help students boost their skills while complying with a new rule that takes effect next year. Completing the coursework also is intended to aid individual shipping opportunities. Shipping Rule 5.A.(6), which will go into…