Could a maritime highway solve the U.S. shipping crisis?

AFL-CIO Metal Trades Department President Jimmy Hart joined the America’s Work Force Union Podcast to discuss why the creation of a maritime highway to link the ports of the nation’s intermediary cities could solve future supply chain issues.

The current supply chain crisis is both frustrating and tragic because it stems from the nation’s procrastination on infrastructure investment, Hart said. Over the past decade, the AFL-CIO has advocated for the establishment of a maritime highway to prevent bottlenecks in the supply chain. A maritime highway would link the ports of America’s cities to ensure a fluid transportation of goods. Many coastal cities in the nation once had vibrant ports, and there is no reason such an approach cannot be brought back, he added.

He also suggested U.S. companies purchase forgeign ships, retool them to American specifications and revitalize their shipping fleet in order to ensure an efficient shipment of goods.

Lastly, Hart spoke about the Richard Trumka PRO Act and the budget reconciliation bill that would make President Biden’s Build Back Better Agenda a reality. Hart is confident Biden will eventually be able to get his Build Back Better plan passed, along with pieces of the PRO Act.

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