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08.17.17

IFPTE Joins Waterways Council, Inc.

Supporting our nation's inland waterways and Corps of Engineers navigation project workers

IFPTE is the newest member of Waterways Council, Inc. (WCI), a national public policy organization dedicated to preserving and modernizing U.S. inland waterways’ locks and dams.

IFPTE is the latest labor organization to join WCI, which is a coalition of like-minded unions, towboat carriers, ports, and agribusiness & energy shipping companies, just to name a few, who share the goal of protecting and enhancing America’s 12,000 miles of navigable inland waterways across 38 states.

Some of the issues that IFPTE and WCI will work closely on include:


  • ensuring that Operations and Maintenance (O&M) of Army Corps of Engineers managed locks and dams remains a Federal function;
  • working against the imposition of tolls or lockage fees on navigation locks, or of inequitable and unfair Public Private Partnerships (P3s); and
  • coordinating efforts to educate lawmakers and others on the critical needs of robust and efficient funding for our inland waterways infrastructure.

IFPTE Legislative/Political Director, Matt Biggs, commented that, “WCI is one of, if not the most, respected voice at the national level when it comes to inland waterways issues, including how policy impacts jobs. They have long been advocates for the important work performed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Federal employees, including those represented by IFPTE. IFPTE is pleased to join WCI and looks forward to a productive working relationship for a long time.”

“We are pleased to welcome IFPTE to WCI’s ranks of member-partners in the effort to modernize our inland waterways infrastructure. We look forward to working together as an infrastructure initiative rolls out ahead within the Administration and Congress,” said WCI President/CEO Mike Toohey.

To learn more about the WCI and the issues they are working on, visit their webpage.

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