LORAIN, Ohio (WJW) — Lorain community members and officials gathered Monday morning to rally support of bringing shipping jobs back to the area.

The AFL-CIO, the Ohio State Building and Construction Trades Council, the AFL-CIO Metal Trades Department and Bartlett Maritime Corporation held the rally in support of the Bartlett Maritime project in Lorain and Lordstown.

President of the AFL-CIO Metal Trades Department Jimmy Hart announced the rebirth of the American Maritime Union in Lorain.

“America is in crisis, my friends, and everybody in this room knows it,” Hart said. “It’s crucial that the American worker solves it. For too long, our communities have been neglected and that’s why we’re here today in Lorain, Ohio.”

Joining them were U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown and U.S. Representative Tim Ryan at the Black River Landing Amphitheater in Lorain.

The proposed projects have the potential to bring 4,000 permanent metal trades union jobs as well as 2,000 to 3,000 construction jobs, according to a release from the AFL-CIO.

“Union workers built this country and strengthened our national security. Ohioans in Lorain, Lordstown and across the state are ready now to do our part by expanding and improving our Naval shipyard performance,” said Ohio AFL-CIO President Tim Burga. “Strategic investments in the Marine Highway are crucial to the Navy’s efficiencies and readiness and workers in Ohio and the Great Lakes region have what it takes to advance this mission,” Burga said.