Maritime Trades ALF CIO

Post-Gazette Writers Demand Owner’s Removal from C-SPAN Board

Members and supporters of NewsGuild-CWA gathered outside of C-SPAN’s headquarters in Washington, D.C. on March 8 to protest Pittsburgh Post-Gazette owner Allan Block’s continued presence on the network’s board of […]

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Chris Given Takes Over As MTD Eastern Area Executive Board Member

Chris Given takes over as the MTD Eastern Area Executive Board Member, effective March 1. Given, the secretary-treasurer of the Seafarers Union of Canada, succeeds his father, Jim, who held […]

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2023 MTD Board Meeting Looks Toward Future, Acknowledges Past

It’s no overstatement that the 2023 Executive Board meeting of the Maritime Trades Department, AFL-CIO was history in the making. The Executive Board, composed of representatives from the MTD’s 24 […]

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Heindel Takes Helm; Sacco Retires After 34 Years As MTD President

David Heindel became the sixth president in the history of the Maritime Trades Department, AFL-CIO when the MTD Executive Board unanimously elected him during its meeting February 17 in Lake […]

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Defense Spending Bill Includes Strong Jones Act & Maritime Provisions

Complete with the statement “It is the sense of Congress that the United States Merchant Marine is a critical part of the national infrastructure of the United States, and the […]

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Maritime Unions United Against New Jersey Broadside On Jones Act

Once again, maritime unions and allies are pushing against yet another attack on the Jones Act. This time, the fight is taking place in New Jersey, where its state senate […]

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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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