President Biden makes the Jones Act a priority for American workers

President Biden has ushered in an agenda of rebuilding the American economy. Whether this is through infrastructure projects or domestic shipping supporting American workers, all aspects will help the economy recover from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Maritime Trades Department Executive Secretary-Treasurer Dan Duncan explained how the American shipping industry is getting a boost. He also discussed the Warrior Met Coal strike and a recent fundraiser.

What is the Jones Act and how does it apply?

Duncan explained how the Jones Act is one component of the 1920 Merchant Marine Act. It applies to cargo being sent from one U.S. port to another. These shipments must be carried on an American flagged vessel and must be crewed by Americans.

The Jones Act also applies to cargo being flown in planes or transported by trains.

President Biden has remained strong on enforcing the Jones Act, going as far as to contact the Maritime Trades Department for advice on how it should be applied and if waivers should be issued. Foreign flagged companies are attempting to break this barrier in order to get a piece of the American market. President Biden has remained strong, however.

Supporting the workers at Warrior Met

Since the United Mine Workers are an affiliate of the Maritime Trades Department, Duncan was honored to go to Alabama where mine workers are striking at Warrior Met Coal. He said he was proud to stand in solidarity with the workers.

Duncan said the strike has reached new heights, with about a dozen workers dressed in camouflage shirts marching in front of the three hedge fund owners of Warrior Met. The efforts of the workers seem to have worked, as Duncan reported that negotiations will resume this week.

Fundraiser event

Finally, Duncan discussed a recent fundraising event in Florida. Each year the South Florida Port Council holds a skeet shooting event near the Florida Everglades. The event benefits the Lymphoma and Leukemia Society.


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