President’s Report

Let’s Look Out for Each Other I recently read a joke about two crows who figured out they were looking at a scarecrow rather than a real person, based on one single condition: The dummy didn’t have a cell phone in his hand. Connectivity, of course, is an important part of everyday life. Whether it’s…

SIU to Congress: America Needs A Strong U.S. Merchant Marine

SIU members and officials on April 10 helped promote the U.S. Merchant Marine during a day-long series of meetings on Capitol Hill. Those gatherings were part of the yearly Maritime Congressional Sail-In, a grassroots bipartisan effort that has become an industry staple (during non-pandemic times). Representing the SIU were Chief Mate Lindsey Austin, AB Jimmy…

SIU President Issues Pre-Balloting Report

Pursuant to Article X, section 1(e) of our Constitution, I am submitting at this regular May membership meeting of this election year, my Pre- Balloting Report. The balloting for our General Election of Officers for the term 2025-2028 will commence on November 1, 2024 and continue through December 31, 2024. The election will be conducted…
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Gabon and Eswatini listed as Flags of Convenience

The International Transport Workers' Federation (ITF), to which the SIU is affiliated, recently posted the following news item. ITF Seafarers' Section Chair David Heindel, quoted in the article, also serves as president of the SIU. To access the release on the ITF website, click or tap HERE. The International Transport Workers' Federation (ITF) adds two…

SIU Helps Celebrate Maritime Day in D.C.

The SIU and its affiliated Paul Hall Center for Maritime Training and Education (PHC) played noteworthy roles in this year’s National Maritime Day ceremony at U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) headquarters in the nation’s capital. SIU President David Heindel SIU President David Heindel was a featured speaker at the May 22 gathering; PHC Apprentice Eliot…

A Proclamation on National Maritime Day, 2024

From the White House: Our Nation’s merchant mariners embody the highest aspirations of our democracy, always answering our country’s call with commitment and courage.  Today, we honor their service and sacrifice.  Together, we recommit to meeting our sacred obligation to care for them and their families. Unbreaking and unbending in their devotion to duty, our…
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Important Notice to Seafarers Regarding Vaccines at CVS

Effective immediately, CVS retail stores are no longer in-network with Cigna for vaccine administration (including Covid-19 vaccines and boosters). This means that if you have any type of a vaccine at a CVS retail store, you will have a higher copayment. As confusing as it may sound, CVS MinuteClinics and CVS HealthHubs are still in-network. CVS MinuteClinics…

Updated COVID Policy for Paul Hall Center, Hiring Halls

Effective immediately, the COVID vaccine will no longer be a requirement to enter a hiring hall or to attend classes at the Paul Hall Center. Apprentices are, however, still required to be vaccinated in order to be assigned to apprentice positions. If anyone else is not fully vaccinated (meaning the original vaccines and any available…

Vaccination Records at Your Fingertips

The SIU has partnered with WellCheck to bring members a new way to keep your proof of COVID-19 vaccination at the ready - on your mobile device. By using the WellCheck app, SIU members can upload their vaccine cards using their smartphone, where the information listed will be verified by state medical databases. Once verified,…
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