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Port Councils Show Union Pride on Labor Day 2023

For some, Labor Day is merely one last day to splash in the pool or fire up the grill. For the Maritime Trades Department and its network of Port Maritime […]

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Port Councils Stand in Solidarity with SAG-AFTRA, WGA

The Labor Movement coordinated a national Day of Action on August 22nd to support the Screen Actors Guild – American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (SAG-AFTRA) and the Writers […]

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U.S. Maritime & Ag Workers Feed the World from Washington State

At the Washington Port of Longview, American farmers, port workers, millers, mariners, and state and federal policymakers stood together Aug. 15 to commemorate the significant humanitarian shipment of 28,000 metric […]

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Labor Mobilizes for Maui Fire Victims

Wildfires ripped across the Hawaiian island of Maui last week, killing at least 96 people and displacing thousands. While the fires have yet to be extinguished, the disaster is already […]

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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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MTD’s Heindel Elected to AFL-CIO Executive Council

MTD President David Heindel is the newest member of the AFL-CIO Executive Council. Heindel was seated at the beginning of the organization’s summer meeting on July 18 at AFL-CIO headquarters […]

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Efforts Underway to Curtail Chinese Logistics Tracking of U.S.-Flag Ships and Cargo, and Control of Domestic Port Operations.

Imagine the following scenario: American military forces are placed on alert for possible immediate action in a destination without a nearby military base. The equipment they will need to sustain […]

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Clements Takes Over As Executive Secretary-Treasurer; Duncan Retires

March 31st saw the end of an era, with outgoing MTD Executive Secretary-Treasurer Daniel Duncan stepping down after a fruitful 12 years in the position. He was succeeded on the […]

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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.

The foundational labor law of the U.S. Maritime industry

The U.S. Merchant Marine as the fourth arm of defense
American mariners as the face of humanitarian aid
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