I meant exactly what it said.
This was a highly visible chance for any of the unions to step in and help with this debacle. All of the monthly union rags always have stories about how they helped out some ship load of poor foreign seaman stranded by some shitty owner. The unions all have tons of slush fund money that they give away to politicians for minimal if any return on investment.
Imagine if each union had pledged tens of thousands of dollars from their respective political activities fund to help theses stranded AMERICAN seamen. Imagine if each union sent just one of their lawyers down to the port to start the ball rolling on the legal aspects of his tragedy. Imagine if they hired a launch, bought plane tickets and gave each crew member some pocket money to get home. This could have been the biggest recruitment propaganda tool that no money could ever buy.
Instead every fucking martime union in the country LOOKED THE OTHER PHUCKING WAY AND DIDNT DO ONE PHUCKING THING TO HELP THESE STRANDED AMERICAN SEAMEN.
The only time they care is when it’s time to collect dues or negotiate contracts to protect their cut.