Preparing for future tops Maritime Trades Department Executive Board agenda (2/22)

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The Maritime Trades Department (MTD), a group of labor unions and port maritime councils including the SIU, is conducting its executive board meeting in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., on Feb. 24-25.


Michael Sacco, president of the SIU, also serves as the MTD President.


Below is a press release drafted by the MTD, talking about the future of the maritime industry in the U.S.


Preparing for Future Tops MTD Executive Board Meeting Agenda


Setting the course for the future within the U.S.-flag maritime industry will be of primary concern when speakers from the government, business and military – all representing various aspects of the industry – address the Maritime Trades Department, AFL-CIO Executive Board when it meets February 24-25, 2011, at the Buena Vista Palace Hotel near Orlando, Florida.


Among those scheduled to take part in the two-day meeting are two U.S. Congressmen, the U.S. Maritime Administrator, the commander of the U.S. Military Sealift Command, and the head of the Shipbuilders Council of America.


The audience will include labor officials and maritime business representatives.


The sessions will take place in the Ireland Room of the Buena Vista Palace Hotel, 1900 Buena Vista Drive, Lake Buena Vista, FL. MTD President Michael Sacco will call the meeting to order at 9:30 a.m. (EST) each day.


The scheduled speakers for Thursday, February 24, include U.S Maritime Administrator David Matsuda; Christopher Koch, President of the World Shipping Council; Capt. Jeffrey Lantz (USCG ret.), Director of the Coast Guard Commercial Regulations and Standards; Mark Ruge, Director of the American Maritime Council; and Dale Lumme, National Executive Director of the Navy League of the United States.


Guests slated to speak before the MTD Executive Board on Friday, February 25, are U.S. Representatives Charles Rangel (NY) and Russ Carnahan (MO); RADM Mark Buzby (USN), Commander of the U.S. Military Sealift Command; Maj. Gen. James Hodge, Commander of the U.S. Army Combined Arms Support Command; RADM Kevin Cook, Director of the Coast Guard Prevention Policy; Max Paxton, President of the Shipbuilders Council of America; and Jim Gordon, President of the Cape Wind Project.


The Maritime Trades Department, AFL-CIO is composed of 23 international unions and 21 port maritime councils in the United States and Canada representing 5.5 million working men and women.


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