The Maritime Trades Department, AFL-CIO was well represented during the Sixth Annual Maritime Industry Congressional Sail-In which took place in Washington on March 24.
Representatives from labor and industry walked the halls of Congress together to meet with either elected officials or staff from more than 100 offices. Among those participating were San Francisco Bay Area and Vicinity Port Maritime Council President Gunnar Lundeberg, Hampton Roads Port Council President Kermit Man gram, MTD Executive Board Member Augie Tellez (of the Seafarers) and MTD Executive Secretary-Treasurer Daniel Duncan.
More than 20 different groups accepted assignments on either the Senate or House side of the Capitol. Approximately one-third of those meetings were with the actual member of the House of Representatives or Senate.
Each group promoted the importance of the U.S.-flag maritime industry, showing how labor and management are partners for a stronger industry. Among the specific issues discussed were continued funding for the Maritime Security Program; reauthorization of the Export-Import Bank; support for the Jones Act; preservation and enhancement of the U.S.-flag cargo preference shipping requirements; and support for the state maritime academies’ multi-mission vessel program.