As the search for the crew of the El Faro continues, Maryland and DC AFL-CIO Executive Board member Elizabeth Brown, Port Agent for the Seafarers in Baltimore, asked that the local union movement keep the crew – which includes 28 Americans and five Polish members – “in your prayers.” The union observed a moment of silence nationwide Tuesday at 3P EST. Seafarers International Union President Michael Sacco said Monday “we know that the search crews are doing everything possible to locate our brothers and sisters. On behalf of our entire organization, I extend our deepest, most heartfelt thanks to everyone involved in the search, including those from the Coast Guard, Navy and Air Force as well as fellow Seafarers who have been deployed. I’m sure others have also pitched in; I thank every single one of them.” Sacco said that support on social media “has been overwhelming,” adding that “at a time when we’ve basically felt helpless, it has been comforting to pull together and share our hopes and feelings and thoughts. Whether on the ships or in the halls or in cyberspace, we remain a family.”
photo courtesy Florida Times-Union; click here for bios of all the missing crew members.