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Bipartisan Panel Declares Jones Act Did Not Impede Gulf Spill Cleanup

A bipartisan panel appointed by President Obama determined that the Jones Act did not impede cleanup operations in the Gulf of Mexico following the massive oil spill caused by an explosion, then collapse of the BP Deepwater Horizon drilling platform. … Continue reading

ITF Votes Heindel, Three MTD Executive Board Members to Key Positions

David Heindel, secretary-treasurer of the Seafarers International Union of North America, recently was elected chair of the Seafarers’ Section of the International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF).  Three members of the Maritime Trades Department’s executive council—TCU President Robert Scardelletti, ILA President … Continue reading

Grass Roots Action Saves Thousands of AFSCME Jobs in Kansas

Members of the Kansas Organization of State Employees (KOSEA) AFT/AFSCME Local 300 won an important grass roots political victory when they prevented the state legislature from enacting a budge that would have cut 1,000 jobs and furloughed thousands of state … Continue reading

MCTF Updates the Situation in the Gulf

Officials Repeat that Jones Act Has Not Impeded Cleanup Assistance  The Maritime Cabotage Task Force (MCTF) has issued an update on the situation along the Gulf Coast, citing retired U.S. Coast Guard Admiral Thad Allen, the National Incident Commander for … Continue reading

MCTF Corrects the Record on the Jones Act

The critics have it wrong.  “There has been ‘no case’ where the federal government has refused use of foreign vessels in the Gulf oil spill clean-up because of the Jones Act, the nation’s preeminent cabotage law. That was the conclusion … Continue reading

Department of Homeland Security Sets Aside $288 Million for Port Security

Projects to enhance port security were high on the list of grants recently released by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). According to a department spokesperson, $288 million will be set aside for port security, out of $789 million for … Continue reading

Philadelphia PMC Activists Tell Bank of America to Do What’s Right

More than two dozen trade union activists associated with theDelawareValleyand Vicinity Port Maritime Council joined hundreds of others to hit the bricks in downtownPhiladelphiato hear AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka call out Bank of America. Appearing at a rally near the … Continue reading

UA Urge Enactment the Fire Sprinkler Incentive Act

The United Association of Journeymen and Apprentices of the Plumbing and Pipe Fitting Industry of theUnited Statesand Canada (UA) is urging Congress to take action on the Fire Sprinkler Incentive Act, which would enhance fire safety by amending the tax … Continue reading