Open Letter from Seafarers International Union to House and Senate Maritime Industry Congressional Sail-In Participants
On behalf of our entire organization, particularly our rank-and-file members, we extend our sincere thanks to you for spending time with our Sail-In groups on March 1. Whether you’re just getting acquainted with the American maritime industry or you’ve long been familiar with our importance to U.S. national and economic security, we appreciate your time and your interest.
The U.S. Merchant Marine has a centuries-long record of reliable service to our country. Whether our civilian mariners are transporting commercial cargoes or delivering the goods for our troops anywhere in the world, we pride ourselves on professionalism, dedication and patriotism.
Our industry contributes billions of dollars each year to the U.S. economy, accounts for hundreds of thousands of American jobs, and plays a key role in homeland security. We’re proud to uphold the mantle described by President Franklin D. Roosevelt as America’s fourth arm of defense.
Thank you again, and please know we are always available to discuss the American maritime industry.
Last but not least, we also thank and congratulate our fellow participants from other maritime unions, shipyards, vessel-operating companies, coalitions and other associations who teamed up to make the annual event successful.