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A Union You Could Believe In

The proud anti-communist history of the Seafarers' International Union.

12:00 AM, Apr 14, 2009 • By STEPHEN SCHWARTZ
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But behind the crew, like a specter at sea, one finds the remnant of an American labor movement that represented something other than bureaucratic self-interest and disregard for the rights of members. The SIU once acted as a scout protecting the maritime interests of the United States from Russian infiltration. SIU determination and faith aboard the Maersk Alabama demonstrates that these values have not vanished from the American labor movement, and that some union men and women remain valuable allies in defending freedom.

Stephen Schwartz is a frequent contributor to THE WEEKLY STANDARD.