President’s Column

The recent win by workers who formed a union at an Amazon distribution center in New York is excellent news in its own right, but it also signals even greater potential for employees across the country. For anyone who missed it, this was no April Fools’ Day joke: On April 1, more than 2,500 individuals…

Rank-And-File Seafarers Approve Union’s 2021 Financial Records

Seven SIU members in early April approved the union’s financial records for 2021. The SIU Constitution requires that a group of rank-and-file Seafarers (elected by fellow members) annually examines the organization’s financial records for the previous calendar year. Accordingly, this process began with the financial committee’s election in Piney Point, Maryland, and then in the…

Military Readiness ‘Inextricably Linked’ To U.S. Commercial Maritime Industry

A recent hearing in the U.S. House of Representatives featured candid discussion about challenges facing the maritime industry, and also emphasized the critical need for a strong U.S. Merchant Marine. Two individuals testified at the March 31 gathering, conducted by the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Readiness and Seapower and Projection Forces: U.S. Air Force…
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MARAD Posts Details for Obtaining Replica Medal

Following the recent ceremony in which U.S. Merchant Mariners of World War II were honored with the Congressional Gold Medal, the U.S. Maritime Administration posted the following information about how to obtain replicas of the award. The original post is available on the agency's website HERE. MARAD Honors America’s World War II Merchant Mariners, Releases…

SIU Turns Out for Maritime Day Observance at DOT

For photos from the event, visit the SIU Facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/SeafarersInternational/ For the White House’s National Maritime Day proclamation, click HERE SIU officials and apprentices from the union-affiliated Paul Hall Center for Maritime Training and Education contributed to the respectful, appreciative atmosphere May 24 at Department of Transportation (DOT) headquarters as the agency hosted…

NMC: Surge in Applications

The following news item was posted by the Coast Guard on May 20. The NMC has experienced a significant surge in application submissions for Merchant Mariner Credentials (MMC) over the last several months. NMC staff are taking prompt action to process these applications, along with any previously pending applications, as quickly as possible. As we…
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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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