President’s Column

Whether you’re reading this column online or in print, you know that the entire labor movement is mourning the unexpected passing of our friend and leader, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka. As someone who worked with and knew Rich since the 1970s, I want each of you to know that all of the tributes written and…

Newest Replenishment Oiler Christened

The newest ship to enter the Military Sealift Command (MSC) fleet was christened at General Dynamics NASSCO – a union shipyard – on July 17. The fleet replenishment oiler USNS John Lewis, which will carry CIVMARS from the SIU Government Services Division as part of its crew, was celebrated in a ceremony attended by family…

Arbitrator’s Ruling Mandates Vaccinations

An arbitrator on July 30 ruled in favor of the American Maritime Association’s (AMA) insistence that they can require all mariners sailing aboard the companies’ respective vessels be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. The SIU challenged the AMA’s mandate by demanding expedited arbitration, primarily because they unilaterally imposed it rather than bargain over its effects with…
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U.S. Maritime Advisory 2021-010

U.S. MARITIME ADVISORY 2021-010 Threat Type: GPS Interference Geographic Area: Various This revised advisory cancels U.S. Maritime Advisory 2021-004 1. Reference: None. 2. Issue: Instances of significant GPS interference have been reported worldwide in the maritime domain. This interference is resulting in lost or inaccurate GPS signals affecting bridge navigation, GPS-based timing, and communications equipment…

Houston Hall Status

UPDATE: The hall will reopen at 10 a.m. local time on Tuesday, September 14. The hiring hall in Houston is closed until further notice, due to inclement weather. The hall is still reachable by phone during business hours. We'll update this post whenever new information is available. ###

AMP Honors Sept. 11 Victims and Maritime Efforts

The new release below comes from the American Maritime Partnership, to which the SIU is affiliated. After the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, SIU members working aboard NY Waterway ferries evacuated more than 163,000 people from Manhattan. Some of the boats operated into the next morning in order to support emergency crews, and several…
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Exec. Board Message on Vaccine Mandate

The recent death of an unvaccinated SIU member from COVID-19 and the cancellation of a turbo activation involving a different SIU-crewed vessel due to a coronavirus outbreak have underscored the importance of vaccinations. As we’ve widely reported, there’s an October 1 COVID-19 vaccine mandate for crew members sailing aboard the union’s contracted vessels in the…

USCG: COVID-19 Safety Requirements Change

The following Marine Safety Information Bulletin was issued by the U.S. Coast Guard on September 2. COVID-19 Safety Requirements in the Maritime Transportation System: Change-3 The President issued Executive Order (13998), Promoting COVID-19 Safety in Domestic and International Travel requiring masks be worn on all “public maritime vessels, including ferries” to mitigate the risk of…

Details of MOU for Vaccine Mandate

The union and the American Maritime Association, in accordance with a recently announced arbitration decision, have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) for implementing a COVID-19 vaccine mandate, effective October 1, 2021. The arbitrator’s decision was reported by the SIU HERE A related policy for the hiring halls, union headquarters and Piney Point was announced…
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