U.S. Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-Mississippi) entered the following remarks into the U.S. Congressional Record on March 22, 2023.
Mr. Speaker, I rise today to include in the Record the following proclamation honoring the career of Michael Sacco, who recently retired after serving for nearly 35 years as president of the Seafarers International Union.
Whereas, Michael Sacco recently retired following nearly 35 years as president of the Seafarers International Union; and
Whereas, Sacco is universally recognized throughout the American maritime industry as one of its most effective leaders; and
Whereas, his long list of noteworthy achievements includes helping secure enactment of the U.S. Maritime Security Program, leading the historic merger of the SIU and the National Maritime Union, powerfully defending the Jones Act, and protecting mariners’ rights not only in the United States but also around the globe; and
Whereas, Sacco also had been the longest-serving member of the AFL-CIO Executive Council, where his guidance proved beneficial to numerous other labor leaders; and
Whereas, Sacco also played a crucial role in helping develop the SIU’s affiliated school – the Paul Hall Center for Maritime Training and Education – into one of the world’s finest, most modern facilities for new and experienced seafarers alike; and
Whereas, Sacco proficiently promoted the success of his union’s contracted companies, though never at the expense of his own rank-and-file members; and
Whereas, Sacco’s immense popularity both within the union and throughout the labor movement and the maritime industry reflected a healthy respect and admiration for his lifetime of service; now, therefore be it
Resolved, That the United States Congress salutes Michael Sacco for his work, his dedication, and his achievements. I appreciate everything he has done on behalf of the U.S. Merchant Marine, and I wish him the best in retirement.