The Seafarers International Union of North America (SIUNA), AFL-CIO, will conduct its 2012 quinquennial convention September 11-12 at the Paul Hall Center for Maritime Training and Education in Piney Point, Md.
The convention’s theme, “Delivering Since 1938,” is a salute to the organization’s 75th anniversary, which begins next year. Michael Sacco, SIUNA president, will chair the two-day convention. Among the guest speakers scheduled to address the delegates are:
Rear Admiral Mark Buzby, Commander, U.S. Military Sealift Command
U.S. Rep. Nick Rahall (D-West Virginia)
Paddy Crumlin, National Secretary, Maritime Union of Australia
Dr. Conrad Oca, President, Associated Marine Officers’ and Seamen’s Union of the Philippines
Jackie Smith, President, Norwegian Seafarers’ Union
Stephen Cotton, Maritime Coordinator, International Transport Workers’ Federation
Vice Admiral Al Herberger, USN (Ret), former U.S. Maritime Administrator and Deputy Commander of the U.S. Transportation Command
Maryland and D.C. AFL-CIO President Fred Mason
Metropolitan Baltimore Council AFL-CIO President Ernie Grecco
In addition to observing the anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, convention delegates will focus on key issues including maritime piracy, maintaining a strong U.S. Merchant Marine, rebuilding the economy, and protecting workers’ rights including the right to collectively bargain.
The SIUNA was chartered in 1938. It consists of 12 autonomous affiliate unions representing approximately 82,500 members.