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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

STRIKE RESOLUTION

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.

Matson attempts to scuttle MSP for APL’s Guam run

In an effort to maintain its U.S.-flag monopoly in the Guam trade, Matson is attempting to make legislative changes to the Maritime Security Program (MSP) to force American President Lines out of that service.

 

Our maritime industry is too important to ignore

In 2016, over $475 billion worth of American exports were transported overseas by ship.