There is certainly some truth to that
However, I’m strongly anti-union, especially Anti Maritime Union in America. Much more anti-union than European seafarers.
I can go either way on American union crew. Sometimes I have good experience with union mariners, and other times not so good.
I have worked with a lot of foreign mariners in the US on work visas, as refugees, as recent immigrants or as new American citizens. I’ve also had quite a few crew that appeared to be illegal aliens. No doubt about some of them.
I’ve had a lot of great American crew and many who are nothing but problems. Being an old man, I am ocassionally amazed at how great some of the kids are, but more often shocked that so many of them are ignorant walking piles of shit.
I like having one or two foreign mariners aboard, as long as they speak reasonably good English. I don’t like crewmen that I cannot speak with without a translator.
The Jones Act is absolutely essential to having any American built, American flag vessels, and any American Mariners. Without the
Jones Act, there would be nothing left in a few years.