President’s Column

Perspective and Civility “What is wrong with him?!” “How can she believe such a thing?!” “Why in the world would they support that kind of candidate?!” These sorts of sentiments are all too common nowadays, as many people retreat to their social-media silos and their television “news” equivalents. With Election Day on the horizon, this…

NY Waterway Expands Fleet, Refits Ferries with ‘Greener’ Engines

SIU-contracted NY Waterway is in the midst of a busy and productive stretch. The company unveiled the first of six planned retrofitted ferries on July 26, with the reintroduction of the M/V Hoboken. The vessel, which is crewed by SIU members, is now powered by two brand new engines, which use 25% less fuel and…

Crew of Maersk Peary Receives Commendation for Rescue at Sea

Seafarers and officers from the Mearsk Peary recently received a United States Coast Guard (USCG) Certificate of Appreciation for their work in rescuing an otherwise doomed sailor in December 2021. U.S. Navy Capt. Ken Bridgewater presented the crew with the certificate while the ship was at anchor in Honolulu on July 8, in a ceremony…
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MTD: Jones Act Attacked While PMCs, Affiliates Offer Aid

The Maritime Trades Department of the AFL-CIO (MTD), to which the SIU is affiliated, issued the following news release on September 23. PMCS & AFFILIATES GEAR UP TO AID PUERTO RICO WHILE JONES ACT OPPONENTS AGAIN ATTACK VITAL LAW It didn’t take long. Even before Hurricane Fiona had cleared the Caribbean Basin, opponents of the…

SIU Begins Relief Efforts

The SIU is teaming up with national and local labor organizations, Seafarers-contracted vessel operators and other supporters to collect and deliver storm-relief supplies to Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Alaska. Container for relief supplies is delivered to the hall in Fort Lauderdale Collection points include the hiring halls in Houston; Philadelphia; Jacksonville, Florida;…

San Juan Hall Reopens

The hiring hall in San Juan, Puerto Rico, was closed on Monday, September 19 due to Hurricane Fiona – but the hall reopened Tuesday morning, September 20. As of this writing, the hall does have power but is without potable water. ###
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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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