Unions 1, Pirates 0: Seafarers Thank their Union in Fighting Pirates
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The American crew members of the Maersk Alabama - a ship recently hijacked by Somali pirates - regained control of the ship. The seamen specifically cite their union membership as a reason for how they were able to beat the pirates.
In an interview with NBC, the ship's Third Engineer, John Cronan, said this about their efforts:
"We are American seamen. We are union members. We stuck together, we did our jobs. And that's how we did it."
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