Maritime Trades ALF CIO

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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Historic First as US Merchant Mariners to Participate in Arlington Veterans Day Ceremony

Representatives of the U.S. Merchant Marine – including MTD-affiliated union members – will participate in the annual Wreath Laying Ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National […]

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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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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
Our stances on policy issues throughout the years

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