Date of Award


Degree Type

Major Paper

Degree Name

Master of Arts in Marine Affairs


This paper explores the role played by the U.S. maritime unions in influencing the formation of American shipping policy. The thesis of the paper is that maritime unions have exerted great influence on legislators, through lobbying efforts to foster special-interest legislation which benefits union members at the expense of the taxpayer. The research is based on standard works on shipping and maritime labor relations, Hearings of the House and Senate Merchant Marine committees, and newspaper and magazine articles which trace the progress of various pieces of maritime legislation. Only the activities of the seagoing unions are discussed, and the paper does not deal with similar activities by longshoremen's unions and other labor organizations indirectly associated with the maritime industry.