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Scott Winter, who serves as both the MTD Vice President as well as in the same role for the Delaware Valley and Vicinity Port Maritime Council, told members of the PMC that ports, harbors and inland waterways must be included in the debate over infrastructure repairs.

Speaking at the council’s October meeting, Winter stated the nation’s ports and waterways are badly in need of upgrading with the approaching opening of a widened Panama Canal. He added America must be ready to meet the increase in commerce that will come in 2015.

Council members also received a follow-up report from Philadelphia Council, AFL-CIO, Secretary-Treasurer Liz McElroy on the successful Workers Stand for America rally held in the City of Brotherly Love in August. She said more than 50,000 union members and supporters took part in the march and demonstration. She reminded the PMC that the Workers Stand for America website still is accepting signatures for the Workers Bill of Rights.

Sister McElroy thanked the port council for its efforts that led to a new four-year contract for CWA and IBEW members at Verizon.

PMC President Joe Baselice announced to the council that the next MTD Executive Board meeting will be February 21 and 22 in Lake Buena Vista, FL.

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