AFL-CIO Maritime Trades Department Executive Secretary-Treasurer Dan Duncan joined the America’s Work Force Union Podcast to discuss efforts by the Biden Administration to solve the current supply chain crisis.
Duncan said the Biden Administration has worked to address the issue in its Action Plan for America’s Ports and Waterways, which creates flexibility in port grants. This will allow port authorities to redirect project cost savings toward tackling supply chain challenges. The plan also provides more than $240 million in grants to fund programs to modernize ports and marine highways.
Union workers in the maritime industry want to work, but industry layoffs and shorter working shifts instituted before and in the middle of the pandemic created a shipping bottleneck, he said.
Duncan also credited Biden for reaffirming his administration’s support for the Jones Act, which says goods shipped between U.S. ports must be transported on U.S. ships.
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