President’s Column

Great Work all Around Congratulations are in order for several recent accomplishments by Seafarers, union officials and staff. Most recently, everyone stepped up during a no-notice turbo activation starting in mid-July. While the timing proved challenging, our rank-and-file members, manpower office and personnel in the hiring halls once again delivered. Your collective efforts – virtually…

NY Waterway Crews Rescue Nine Boaters in Hudson River

SIU members employed by NY Waterway have a long record of helping people in distress, and they continued the tradition July 12 when they rescued nine individuals whose boat capsized in the Hudson River. Capt. Jason Peters was following his daily route between Manhattan and Weehawken, New Jersey, on the ferry John Stevens when he…

Union Crews Save Jet Skier in NY

SIU members working aboard the tugboats Richardson Sea and Chabria Sea were involved in a water rescue with a happy ending on June 25 – the International Day of the Seafarer. The two vessels, operated by Centerline Logistics (previously known as Harley Marine), noticed an increase in police activity near the Statue of Liberty in…
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NMC Issues Reminder About Medical Certificate Applications

The Coast Guard's National Maritime Center issued the following notice on August 8. Direct Submission of Medical Certificate Applications to the NMC The Coast Guard has an established option for submission of medical certificate applications (CG-719K and CG-719K/E forms). Mariners may submit medical certificate only applications directly to the National Maritime Center (NMC). Regional Examination…

AFL-CIO Applauds Senate Passage of Inflation Reduction Act

The AFL-CIO, to which the SIU is affiliated, issued the following news item on August 7: AFL-CIO President Liz Shuler on today’s Senate victory for working people: Today the Senate passed legislation that will transform the lives of working families at every level, and we urge the House of Representatives to pass this bill swiftly…

Paul Hall Center ARCM Class Raises Bar for Tech Skills

Updated Course Features Cutting-Edge Equipment A popular course at the SIU-affiliated Paul Hall Center for Maritime Training and Education (PHC) has updated its curriculum and added new equipment that utilizes the latest technology in the reefer container industry. Benjamin Hernandez These changes signal major improvements to the school’s advanced refrigerated container maintenance (ARCM) class, a…
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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,…

MSIB: COVID-19 and Transportation

The following news release was issued by the Coast Guard on April 19. MSIB: COVID-19 Safety Requirements in the Maritime Transportation System: Change-5 The Coast Guard Assistant Commandant for Prevention Policy has published Marine Safety Information Bulletin 02-21 Change 5 “COVID-19 Safety Requirements in the Maritime Transportation System”. UpdateOn April 18, 2022, the US District Court,…

Mask Policy Updated

Due to the decrease in COVID positivity rates and the new CDC guidance, the SIU’s COVID policy is being amended to remove the mask-wearing requirement at headquarters, the hiring halls and the Paul Hall Center for all employees and visitors who are fully vaccinated and have received booster shots (if they are eligible to get…
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