Maritime Trades Department, AFL–CIO

The Maritime Trades Department, AFL–CIO (MTD) is one of seven constitutionally-mandated departments of the AFL-CIO. Formed on August 19, 1946 by the American Federation of Labor, the stated goal of the Department is to give "workers employed in the maritime industry and its allied trades a voice in shaping national policy."

Maritime Trades Department, AFL–CIO
FoundedAugust 19, 1946
HeadquartersCamp Springs, Maryland
Key people
Michael Sacco, President

In efforts to support the U.S. maritime industry, MTD has helped promote legislation such as:

  • the Cargo Preference Act of 1954,
  • the Merchant Marine Act of 1970, and
  • the Maritime Security Act of 1995.

The MTD has a network of 19 port maritime councils across the United States and Canada, as well as 24 affiliate unions.


See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b c d De La Pedraja Tomán, 1994, p. 394.


  • De La Pedraja Tomán, René (1994). A Historical Dictionary of the U. S. Merchant Marine and Shipping Industry: Since the Introduction of Steam. Westport, Connecticut: Greenwood Press. p. 768. ISBN 0-313-27225-5.

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