Shipbuilding and Maritime Union Members and Management Representatives Hit Capitol Hill
A Day of Thank You to the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate for the Jones Act.
William P. Doyle, CEO & Executive Director of the Dredging Contractors of America participated in a “Day of Thank You to the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate for the Jones Act.” Doyle as a representative of management for the maritime industry joined labor on April 9th thanking Congress their support of the U.S. Maritime sector.
With the Capital building setting the stage, members of both organizations pointed to the benefits of the language included in the Merchant Marine Act of 1920. The Jones Act regulates maritime commerce in the United States by requiring goods shipped between U.S. ports to be transported on ships that are built, owned, flagged, and operated by U.S. citizens or permanent residents. President Jimmy Hart, flanked by officials and rank and file members representing 17 International Unions that comprise the Metal Trades Department, AFL-CIO, rallied today with representatives of Maritime unions and the industry at the United States Capitol to urge Congress to stand in support of America’s Metal Trades Manufacturing and Production workforce. Addressing a range of key issues, including averting the shutdown of the Philly Shipyard and loss of 1200 jobs, continued and reaffirmed support for the Jones Act, and fairness for federal employees in the work place, the rally served as the precursor for attendees to enter the halls of government meet individually with Members of Congress to discuss these issues and the impact they have on workers in the plant and on the jobsite.
“The Jones Act has always been one of our most important issues because it is vital to our country’s national security, employs highly skilled American workers with good paying jobs and plays an integral role in maintaining our nation’s manufacturing infrastructure. With the US shipbuilding industry constantly battling against foreign competition that is bolstered by government subsidies, members of Congress need to know that continued acceptance of government subsidies in the foreign shipbuilding industry, without a proportional response will ultimately result in economic pressures spelling the end of the American industrial shipbuilding industry. That is why we are here in force, in support of workers, in support of the industry, in support of our nation’s economy, to tell Congress that we must “Save the Philly Shipyard” a real gem in the fabric of the United States manufacturing infrastructure. Finally yet importantly, I am proud to lead a delegation of Metal Trades represented Wage Grade Federal Employees that have traveled from throughout the country to arrive at our nation’s capital with one simple message for Congress, which is “that the assault upon federal workers is intolerable. Shutdowns resulting in uncertainty, anxiety and no pay for subcontractors is unacceptable and Presidential Executive Orders that circumvent statute cannot be tolerated said Jimmy Hart, President, Metal Trades Department, AFL-CIO.
“It was a great day on Capitol Hill serving as an industry representative visiting Congressional offices with our labor partners in the AFL-CIO. My sector commands American built, owned, operated, and crewed dredging vessels. My dredging companies spend billions of dollars in the United States recapitalizing their fleets in U.S. shipyards and purchasing U.S. equipment. And they employ and provide benefits for thousands of hard working American families,” said William P. Doyle, CEO & Executive Director of the Dredging Contractors of America.
The Jones Act requires that cargo shipped between two points in U.S. waters be transported on American vessels crewed by American workers. It supports 650,000 American jobs across the United States, fosters innovation.