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Misinformation prompts pervasive attack on the Jones Act – Unions and members of Congress set the record straight

Every time a natural disaster in the United States requires the assistance of U.S.-flag shipping, the rats who shill for foreign interests swarm out of the sewers to call for the waiver or repeal of the Jones Act.

Reserve fleet deficiencies cited in government report are threat to American sealift capabilities

The U.S. Government Accountability Office heightened growing concern over the alarming conditions of government-owned standby cargo ships intended for surge sealift service in national security emergencies. 

Maritime labor urges immediate action to bolster U.S.-flag fleet

The SUP, MFOW, SIU-AGLIW, AMO, MEBA and MM&P on July 28, sent strong recommendations and comments to the Maritime Administration’s Maritime Workforce Working Group regarding the state of the U.S. Merchant Marine.

Agreement reached with Matson Navigation Company

After two weeks of contentious bargaining, the SUP, MFOW and SIU-Marine Cooks, which comprise the SIU-Pacific District, reached a concession-free agreement with Matson Navigation Company on June 30, averting a potential strike


This month the membership of the SUP voted overwhelmingly in favor of the following resolution, at all regularly scheduled Union meetings:

Maritime Security Program fully funded; Food for Peace sustained for fiscal year

 Pres. Trump signed a $1.1 trillion spending bill that will fund the government through September 30, of this year. The legislation fully funds the Maritime Security Program (MSP) at the authorized level for Fiscal Year 2017 and sustains other programs crucial to the U.S.-flag maritime industry.