The cruise rally organized by the Galveston International Longshoremen’s Association on Wednesday delivered a clear message: Cruising equals jobs for Galveston.

More than 120 longshoremen, cruise workers and community leaders turned out with signs to show their support for bringing back safe, sustainable cruising. We hope that the message influences decision makers at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to not extend the “No Sail” order past the current termination date of Oct. 31. The order has been in place since March.

Rodger Rees is port director and CEO for the Galveston Wharves.

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Charlotte O'rourke

The editorial mentions the large number of jobs associated with cruising which is a good point then a mixed signal is sent when you say “we’ve weathered the cruise suspension well”. Really?

I don’t think the people that lost their jobs and insurance would agree that it is being weathered well. That was the purpose of the rally ... to stress the importance of jobs. Lots of people have no income, no job, no food to put on the table because cruising is suspended.

The public port employees - like yourself - have weathered the pandemic well because they haven’t lost their jobs, ability to feed the family, benefits, or health insurance while other port’s saved their public financial resources for future useand let port staff go until cruises can safely return.

Lucille Rees

Thank you Port of Galveston employees for taking your lunch break to rally with your brothers & sisters for the safe & responsible return of the cruise business to POG. May our leaders and Our Father hear your message! 🙏

Charlotte O'rourke

Cruise impacts thousands of galveston county workers. Cargo also impacts good paying jobs.

Dock workers must currently travel to other ports to work jobs that used to call and work here.

Let’s keep those cargo jobs in our prayers as well and hope the port starts focusing on cargo ships with its dockage, wharfage and jobs and not just lay dockage which produces quick revenue but less jobs and overall revenue than cargo ships.

Thanks for posting that public employees were on their lunch break and supporting the workers that have lost their jobs and insurance. Hopefully everyone will continue to support getting jobs back.

Lucille Rees

Please do not let specific prayers imply the absence of continued universal prayers. It does not.

May Our Father watch over and bless our brothers and sisters engaged in and/or seeking cargo jobs. May Our Father watch over our Port and bless it with safety, abundance and prosperity enough to positivity impact our island and beyond. Amen. 🙏💕

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