WASHINGTON – American Federation of Government Employees National President J. David Cox Sr. today issued the following statement:
“Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families of the 33 crewmen aboard the El Faro cargo ship that appears to have fallen victim to Hurricane Joaquin.
“Crew members aboard the ship are members of the Seafarers International Union, while officers are represented by the Seafarers-affiliated American Maritime Officers union. We stand in solidarity with our union families during this difficult time.
“We are also praying for the safety of our sisters and brothers in the Coast Guard, as they continue the search for survivors.”