Union Weighs Move from New York

 

August 2013

 

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It’s not definite, but the SIU is aggressively pursuing plans to move its New York-area operations from the current hall in Brooklyn to a newer facility in Jersey City, N.J.

 

During the July membership meetings, rank-and- file Seafarers approved the move.

 

“Nothing has been finalized, but the union received a substantial offer for the Brooklyn hall, and there’s no shipping in New York,” noted SIU Secretary-Treasurer David Heindel. “The vast majority of our ships in that area are in New Jersey.”

 

SIU Vice President Atlantic Coast Joseph Soresi, who’s based at the New York hall, added, “The new building we’re looking at in Jersey City would be much more convenient for the vast majority of our members in this area. The building itself is more modern and close to public transportation. It has some parking spots but it’s in a residential area and there’s also street parking.”

 

It would be an historic move. The SIU kept its headquarters in New York from the union’s founding in 1938 until 1982, when the current headquarters building opened in the Washington, D.C., suburb of Camp Springs, Md. The union always has maintained a facility in New York, however.

 

Moreover, while not quite a homecoming, a relocation to Jersey City wouldn’t be the first time the SIU operated from there, either. The union for many years shared a Jersey City office with its affiliated United Industrial Workers.

 

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