OSG Boatmen Approve Contract


July 2015


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SIU mariners working for Overseas Shipholding Group, Inc. (OSG) inland operations have unanimously ratified a new, three-year contract that includes wage gains each year and other improvements. The new agreement covers Seafarers who operate OSG tugs and barges primarily between Philadelphia and the Gulf Coast, and features increased longevity bonuses, overtime pay, holiday pay, and an increased pay rate for OS/Cooks on lightering fleets.


The negotiating committee members from the SIU were Atlantic Coast Vice President Joseph Soresi, Philadelphia Port Agent Joseph Baselice, AB Tankerman Edmund Putro, and OS Cook Calvin Griffith. The contract covers the approximately 75 SIU members who operate 10 OSG vessels.


“It’s definitely a good contract,” said Putro. “Those longevity bonus increases are a great benefit, to both new employees and old. We also got holiday pay implemented, which we haven’t had in 25 years. It’s just the one holiday, to start, but it’s in the contract, and hopefully we can build on that in the future.”


The new contract also includes increases in contributions to the Seafarers Money Purchase Pension Plan, reimbursement for disability insurance, and an increase to maintenance and cure pay rates. In addition, there is a new retention bonus for cooks, in accordance with existing plan requirements.


Baselice remarked in regards to the contract, “It was a successful round of negotiations, and the result of those efforts is a great new contract. Our committee did an outstanding job in addressing the concerns of the entire membership, and now we’ve got something great.”


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