Seafarers Ratify Express Marine Contract

December 2010

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SIU members who are employed by Express Marine recently ratified a new three-year contract that includes wage increases and maintains benefits. Approved on Oct. 19 by a ratio of nearly three to one, the agreement covers approximately 50 Seafarers. It is retroactive to mid-June.


The SIU negotiating team included rank-and-file members Riley Johnson and Greg Allman and Philadelphia Port Agent Joe Baselice. Key assistance was provided by SIU Executive Vice President Augie Tellez and SIU Vice President Atlantic Coast Joseph Soresi.


“I would like to thank the membership, the Seafarers International Union and Express Marine for all the time and effort that went into bringing this contract together,” Johnson said. “I believe we can now move forward into a competitive market and a prosperous future.”


The new pact calls for wage increases in the second and third years, maintains medical benefits at the top level, and also maintains pension benefits. Additionally, for the first time, Express Marine is signatory to the SIU 401(k) Plan.


In his November report to the membership, SIU Vice President Contracts George Tricker noted, “Undoubtedly due to the rough economic times, these negotiations proved to be very difficult. Several sessions took place, primarily at the company’s headquarters in Camden, N.J. Despite the challenges, we secured a contract that boosts wages and maintains benefits. Congratulations to our negotiating team on a job well done.”


SIU crews at Express Marine help transport dry bulk and liquid cargoes, primarily along the East and Gulf Coasts. The SIU represents the captains, mates and ABs, while the other crew members are represented by the Seafarers-affiliated American Maritime Officers.

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