President’s Column

Big Wins for Maritime The most recently enacted National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) contains a number of key victories for the U.S. Merchant Marine, and I’m proud to say the SIU played an active role in helping secure many of the components. One of the particularly noteworthy developments is the doubling of the new U.S.…

AMP Salutes Rep. González-Colón

The leading U.S. domestic maritime coalition recently honored a longtime backer of the industry. The American Maritime Partnership (AMP) on Nov. 16 presented U.S. Rep. Jenniffer González- Colón (R-Puerto Rico) with its American Maritime Champion Award. According to the coalition, “The award recognizes individuals or groups of individuals who have added to the rich heritage…

Bisso Boatmen Ratify Three-Year Contract

SIU members employed by E.N. Bisso & Son unanimously have ratified a three-year contract featuring substantial gains. The union represents 70 boatmen at Bisso, which is headquartered in New Orleans. They work as wheelmen, deckhands and engineers aboard a fleet of 14 tugs, providing ship docking and offshore towing services. Negotiations took place Nov. 15-17…
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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…

Federal Grants Boost NJ Ferry Services

The following news item was issued Jan. 23 by the office of U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez (D-New Jersey). It's available on the senator's website HERE. Menendez and Booker Announce Nearly $11.3 Million in Federal Transportation Grants for Two NJ Ferry Services FTA funding will support upgrades to Monmouth County’s Belford Ferry Terminal and NY Waterway…

NMC Announces ‘E-Sign’ Updates

The U.S. Coast Guard's National Maritime Center issued the following news item on Jan. 23. National Maritime Center Now Accepting Electronically Signed Documents In keeping with our goal to continuously improve our services to mariners, the National Maritime Center (NMC) will now accept electronic signatures (e-sign) on all CG-719 series forms and all supporting documentation…
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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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