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MARAD Designates MTD Affiliate Training Facilities “Centers of Excellence”

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration (MARAD) just announced its list of 2024 designees for its Centers of Excellence for Domestic Maritime Workforce Training and Education. This list is […]

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MTD President Testifies on Red Sea Shipping

MTD President David Heindel on Jan. 30 testified during a hearing conducted by the U.S. House Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation Subcommittee. The hearing’s title was “Menace on the Red […]

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Maritime Labor Groups Thank Military, Urge Ongoing Vigilance

The Maritime Trades Department and several other maritime labor organizations recently wrote to the commanding officer of the U.S. Transportation Command, Gen. Jacqueline Van Ovost, expressing appreciation for the military’s […]

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MTD Mourns Passing of Former President Sacco

The Maritime Trades Department, AFL-CIO is in a profound state of grief following the news that former MTD President Michael “Mike” Sacco died earlier this week at age 86. President […]

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Bipartisan Bill Backs U.S. Maritime

The following news item has been issued by the office of U.S. Rep. John Garamendi (D-California). As noted in the release, the MTD supports the legislation. Wicker, Casey, Garamendi, Wittman […]

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Norfolk PMC Hosts 2 Virginia Elected Officials

The Hampton Roads Ports Maritime Council held its first meeting since the pandemic welcoming two Virginia elected officials to a question-and-answer lunch at the Seafarers Union hall in Norfolk, VA. […]

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New Study Highlights Washington State’s Booming Maritime Sector

According to a recent analysis by the McKinley Research Group, Washington’s Maritime industry was a significant generator of economic activity for the entire state in 2022. Over the year, the […]

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MARAD Invests Over $653 Million in U.S. Ports

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration (MARAD) announced that 41 different port improvement projects across the country will be awarded a combined $653 million as part of the Port […]

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Biden to Jones Act Foes: “Not on My Watch!”

Above image provided by Susan Walsh/Associated Press. In a speech before hundreds of unionized Philly Shipyard workers on July 20, President Joe Biden reaffirmed his longstanding support for the Jones […]

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Maritime Trades Department, AFL-CIO

The Maritime Trades Department, AFL-CIO represents workers of the United States and Canada in the ports and shipyards, on the waterways and open seas, and also in other allied trades.

We advocate for those workers’ needs, whether that be within the labor movement or in the halls of power. Read more about the Department here or learn about the issues affecting maritime workers here.

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MTD 2024 Executive Board Meeting

AFL-CIO Headquarters 815 Black Lives Matter Plaza NW, Washington, DC, United States

The MTD Executive Board will be gathering at the AFL-CIO Headquarters in Washington, D.C. for their annual meeting on April 25th, 2024. Event registration for Board Members, Port Council leaders, […]

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