President’s Column

In Peace and War The safety of SIU crews is always our absolute top priority. With that in mind, the union is actively participating in high-level, recurring discussions involving our military leaders, vessel operators, fellow maritime unions and others – including the International Transport Workers’ Federation – who are diligently working to help ensure the…

New TOTE Contract Features ‘Unprecedented’ Wage Gains

Seafarers have ratified a new 18-month agreement with TOTE Services that prominently features large wage increases on the eight ships the company operates for American Roll-On/Roll-Off Carrier (ARC). During the January membership meetings, SIU Vice President Contracts George Tricker reported, “This new agreement features unprecedented increases in both wages and overtime. This agreement makes the…

SIU Mourns Passing of Michael Sacco

Seafarers International Union President Emeritus Michael Sacco died Dec. 28 in St. Louis, surrounded by family members. He was 86 years old and passed away from natural causes. Mike was the longest-serving president in SIU history, having led the organization from 1988 until his retirement in February 2023 (a period spanning nearly 35 years). Members…
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SIU-Affiliated School Named a ‘Center of Excellence’

The SIU-affiliated Paul Hall Center for Maritime Training and Education, which includes the Seafarers Harry Lundeberg School of Seamanship, has been named a "Center of Excellence for Domestic Maritime Workforce Training and Education" by the U.S. Department of Transportation's Maritime Administration (MARAD). The related MARAD press release appears below and is available on the agency's…

State Department Weighs In On Houthi Attacks

The U.S. Department of State has issued the following news item. It's available on the Department's website HERE. Houthi Attacks on International Shipping Press Statement Matthew Miller, Department Spokesperson February 21, 2024 The United States condemns the reckless and indiscriminate attacks on civilian cargo ships by the Houthis. The Houthis are behaving like a terrorist…

Coast Guard Announces Change to MMC Design

The Coast Guard's National Maritime Center has issued the following announcement. A related brochure is available HERE. New Merchant Mariner Credential Format On March 1, 2024, the U.S. Coast Guard will begin issuing Merchant Mariner Credentials (MMCs) in a new format.  This new mariner credential will replace the legacy passport-style red book and associated endorsement…
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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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