President’s Report

Time for Growth Earlier this year, the SIU teamed up with several other maritime unions to share our blueprint for American maritime growth with the new administration. In modern times, there have been long stretches where it felt as if the best-case scenario for our industry was simply hanging on. That is absolutely not the…

Pro-Maritime Bill Back

Pro-maritime legislation strongly backed by the SIU has been reintroduced in both the House and Senate. On March 11, U.S. Rep. John Garamendi (D-California) and U.S. Sens. Roger Wicker (R-Mississippi) and Robert Casey (D-Pennsylvania) reintroduced the Energizing American Shipbuilding Act. This bipartisan and bicameral legislation would recapitalize America’s strategic domestic shipbuilding and maritime industries by…

AFL-CIO Applauds American Rescue Plan

The AFL-CIO and its affiliates (including the SIU) are pointing out the many facets of the American Rescue Plan, signed March 11 by President Biden on his fiftieth day in office, that will benefit union members, their families and their communities. The $1.9 trillion federal legislation is designed to help the nation recover by providing…
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Reminder About DOT Regs, Testing

Notice/Reminders Pre-Employment Drug Tests are Reported to Coast Guard; Marijuana Still Banned by Department of Transportation Seafarers are reminded that the U.S. Department of Transportation forbids the use of marijuana by employees subject to drug testing under DOT regulations. Even if marijuana use is legal in your home state, it is still illegal under federal…

SIU Assists with Next Phase of ‘Book Waves’ Philanthropy in Puerto Rico

The SIU remains active in a project that involves delivering school books for children in Puerto Rico, Guam and Alaska. For more background on the program, click HERE. Below is a new press release from the Transportation Institute about recent outreach; SIU Port Agent Amancio Crespo is quoted in the release. Transportation Institute and U.S.…

EPI Statement on Union Election at Amazon

From the Economic Policy Institute: Statement • By Celine McNicholas • The results of the election at the Amazon fulfillment center in Bessemer, Alabama, reveal a broken union election system. It is clear that if policymakers do not reform our nation’s labor law system, then they are effectively denying workers a meaningful right to a…
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Reminder: Survey Aims to Assist Mariners

As previously reported, Seafarers are asked to consider participating in an anonymous survey (“Mariner Mental Health Needs during COVID-19”) conducted by the University of Washington. As noted on the landing page: “Results from this survey will be used by federal agencies, vessel owners/operators, mariner unions, maritime training institutions, seafarer welfare organizations and MTS stakeholders to…

Vaccination Guide Available

The International Chamber of Shipping, the International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF), Intertanko and the International Maritime Health Association have teamed up to publish “Coronavirus (COVID-19) Vaccination for Seafarers and Shipping Companies: A Practical Guide.” The document – available in PDF form HERE and also linked on the ITF website HERE – is a quick read…

Norfolk Hall Reopens

The hiring hall in Norfolk, Virginia, has reopened as of this morning (Thursday, March 25). The hall had been closed for precautionary reasons. ###
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