President’s Column

During the White House Labor Day observance, both President Biden and AFL-CIO President Liz Shuler emphasized the importance of passing legislation that would boost workers’ rights. Biden reiterated his full support for the Protecting the Right to Organize (PRO) Act, while Shuler explained why the bill remains organized labor’s top legislative priority. The bill already…

Message from Maritime Labor

September 29, 2021 COVID-19 is here to stay. Our members aboard vessels remain in grave danger with the Delta variant on the loose. Many of our organizations have lost members to ravages of the disease; including some who have lost their lives while aboard ship. Several ships have had serious outbreaks over the last 18-plus…

Union Welcomes New Shipboard Jobs

SIU members are sailing aboard the recently reflagged tanker Pohang Pioneer – an outright addition to the Maersk Line, Limited (MLL) fleet. Built in 2018 by Dae Sun Shipbuilding & Engineering Co. in Korea, the shallow-draft vessel is 357 feet long, has a beam of 59 feet and can sail at around 18 knots. It…
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GLMTF Names Sen. Peters 2021 Legislator of the Year

The following news release was issued by the Great Lakes Maritime Task Force (GLMTF) on November 19. U.S. Senator Gary Peters 2021 Legislator of the Year  U.S. Senator Gary Peters (D-MI) The Great Lakes Maritime Task Force (GLMTF) has recognized the tremendous work done by Michigan U.S. Senator Gary Peters for protecting and advancing the Great Lakes Navigation System.  Senator Peters has moved the needle…

USDOT: The Biden-Harris Action Plan for America’s Ports and Waterways

The following news release was issued by the Department of Transportation on November 9. The Biden-Harris Action Plan for America’s Ports and Waterways While American ports are a cornerstone of the U.S. economy, outdated infrastructure and the COVID-19 pandemic have strained their capacity and jeopardized global supply chains.  According to the 2021 Report Card for…

SIU Statement Supporting Waiver Transparency

The new waiver transparency process launched by the Biden Administration is great news for American workers. These steps are groundbreaking and long overdue. They promote accountability and will further bolster the Buy American Act. The SIU applauds this significant development, which we believe will help create and maintain good jobs here at home. (See: https://www.madeinamerica.gov/…
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SAB Action Announced

A new action by the Seafarers Appeals Board (SAB) means a formal return to business as usual when it comes to the Shipping Rules. Prior SAB actions temporarily amended the Shipping Rules in order to help meet manpower obligations during peak stretches of the COVID-19 pandemic. Those actions (numbers 480 and 481, respectively) are rescinded…

Updated Guidance Issued for Entering U.S.

Beginning Nov. 8, 2021, there are updated guidelines for flying to the United States. According to the State Department, “U.S. citizens and Legal Permanent Residents (LPRs) who are eligible to travel but are not fully vaccinated will need to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test one (1) day before their flight’s departure. U.S citizens…

Message from Maritime Labor

Click HERE for a PDF copy September 29, 2021 COVID-19 is here to stay. Our members aboard vessels remain in grave danger with the Delta variant on the loose. Many of our organizations have lost members to ravages of the disease; including some who have lost their lives while aboard ship. Several ships have had…
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