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This is an actual press release from the AFL-CIO in all its grammmmmatical glorrrry!

My favorite: “there is no time in the history of this great state that we need to compete with the rapidly changing and fiercely competitive world market”.



PRESS RELEASE



For Immediate Release Contact: President Samuel E. Lathem December 8, 2009 or Gerald L. Brady
(302) 283-1330



Delaware State AFL-CIO Endorses Deepening the of the Delaware River


Sam Lathem, President of the Delaware State AFL-CIO announced today that our organization encourages the Army Corp of Engineers to deeping the shipping channel in the Delaware River and Bay. President Lathem adamantly states, “there is no time in the history of this great state that we need to compete with the rapidly changing and fiercely competitive world market”. He further stated; “our Delaware waterways place us in a severe disadvantage, compared to other world ports, especially at a time when the super tankers are the stars of the fleet. We have world class ports; just lack the ability to access them”!!!

Wilmington, Philadelphia, and New Jersey has always enjoyed the benefit of the Delaware River as a worldwide accessible shipping lane, yet we a steadily losing that advantage to larger cargo ships, more competitive world wide ports, and a rapidly advancing worldwide economy. “This is not simply a matter of maritime importantance or dock workers jobs; this is truly about sustaining a regional economy that far extends beyond the geographic regional. Banking industries, investment firms, cargo carriers and warehouse commercial real estate are simply a few examples of segments of our economy that reap the benefits and gains of a free and open market

I realize there are environmental concerns which can be mitigated with proper planning and environmental expertise.

This is not simply about jobs; it also includes a stabilized economy, and a world class destination for generations to benefit from as our region competes with global competition

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Posted at 5:07pm on December 16, 2009 by Rick Jensen

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