President’s Column

America’s Shipyards The state of American shipbuilding is a noteworthy example of the effects of government policy. While we in the SIU remain justifiably proud of the outstanding work performed by union shipyard employees, the worldwide shipbuilding statistics are sobering. Only onethird of a percent of the world’s ships carry the “Made in the USA”…

Administrator Reports More Progress with CHS

The union and the Seafarers Plans are continuing to work with Comprehensive Health Services (CHS) to identify and implement improvements in services for SIU members. In mid-November, the union and Seafarers Plans hosted a meeting at SIU headquarters that included the CHS CEO and their program manager for the Seafarers Health and Benefit Plan. Attendees…

Van Ovost Backs Jones Act, U.S. Mariners

The commanding officer of the U.S. Transportation Command (TRANSCOM) recently voiced her strong backing of the U.S. Merchant Marine and the laws and programs that keep it afloat. Gen. Jacqueline D. Van Ovost (USAF) addressed more than 600 attendees Dec. 3 in New York during the annual Admiral of the Ocean Sea event, sponsored by…
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Union Membership Numbers Reflect Broken Labor Laws

From the AFL-CIO, to which the SIU is affiliated: (Washington, D.C., Jan. 20, 2022)—Today’s Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) annual report on union membership makes it clear that American labor laws are unquestionably broken. While the report indicates a 0.5% drop in union membership from 2020–2021, the data is not representative of the greater union…

White House Touts ‘Historic Investment’

From the White House: FACT SHEET: Biden-⁠Harris Administration Announces Historic Investment to America’s Port and Waterway Infrastructure JANUARY 19, 2022 • STATEMENTS AND RELEASES U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to Invest $14 Billion from President’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law and Other Appropriations to Strengthen Port and Waterway Supply Chains and Bolster Climate Resilience Modern and resilient…

Wilmington Hall Closing

For precautionary reasons, the hiring hall in Wilmington is closed through Tuesday, January 18. The hall remains reachable by phone and email. It’ll reopen Tuesday morning unless otherwise reported on our website.
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Important Notice to PHC Students

Effective February 1, 2022, any upgraders or apprentices at the Paul Hall Center for Maritime Training and Education must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, including a booster shot if the student is eligible to receive one. ###

Jacksonville Hall Closing

For precautionary reasons, the hiring hall in Jacksonville is closed through Monday, January 10. The hall remains reachable by phone and email. It’ll reopen Tuesday morning unless otherwise reported on our website. ###

Hiring Hall Updates: Houston Closing; Baltimore Still Closed; Others Reopen

UPDATE: The Baltimore hall also is closed until further notice but remains reachable by phone and email. For precautionary reasons, the hiring in hall in Houston will be closed at least until this Thursday, January 6. Members can still reach the hall by phone and email. We’ll post an update when one is available. Two…
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