President’s Report

PRO Act: Time is Now You may be aware of polling from the past couple of years that reflects a very favorable view of unions in the United States. Around 65 percent of Americans approve of labor unions, which is the highest percentage in almost 20 years. I didn’t know until recently that those same…

White House Establishes Pro-Worker Task Force

In late April, President Biden signed an executive order establishing the White House Task Force on Worker Organizing and Empowerment. The task force will be dedicated to mobilizing the federal government’s policies, programs, and practices to empower workers to organize and successfully bargain with their employers. AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka stated, “The fight to strengthen…

Vaccinations Slow Global Pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic is on the decline in the United States, as vaccines become more widely available and restrictions on businesses have relaxed somewhat. However, the COVID-19 virus has taken a serious toll on the country, and the effects aren’t done. As of press time, the pandemic had killed 578,500 in the U.S., and infected…
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Federation Applauds ‘Historic Signing’

From the AFL-CIO, to which the SIU is affiliated: AFL-CIO Commends Biden Administration on Making Juneteenth a Federal Holiday Statement from AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka and AFL-CIO Civil, Human and Women’s Rights Director Clayola Brown on Juneteenth, the holiday commemorating the official freeing of the last enslaved Black people in the United States: Today’s historic…

Senator Shelby Recognized for Maritime Support

From the Shipbuilders Council of America: U.S. Senator Richard Shelby Receives Maritime Leadership Award, Shipbuilders Highest Honor   WASHINGTON – The Shipbuilders Council of America (SCA), the national association representing the U.S. shipbuilding, maintenance, and repair industry, today presented U.S. Senator Richard Shelby (R-Alabama) with the SCA Maritime Leadership Award. The award is given annually…

Shipbuilders Honor Congressman Garamendi

From the Shipbuilders Council of America: Congressman John Garamendi Receives Shipbuilders Highest Honor - Maritime Leadership Award Rep. Garamendi with SCA President Matthew Paxton and SCA Chairman Ben Bordelon WASHINGTON – The Shipbuilders Council of America (SCA), the national association representing the U.S. shipbuilding, maintenance, and repair industry, today honored Rep.…
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Reminder About MMC Renewals

According to the latest pandemic-era guidance on merchant mariner credentials (MMC) from the U.S. Coast Guard, those documents “may only be extended for up to one year from their date of expiration. Merchant Mariner Credentials (MMC) (National Endorsements only) that expire between March 1, 2020 and June 30, 2021 are extended until the EARLIER of…

USCG: Masks No Longer Required Outdoors on Vessels

The U.S. Coast Guard recently posted the following news item, which is available on the agency's Maritime Commons blog HERE. The first link below goes to a three-page Marine Safety Information Bulletin on the same subject. Update to mask requirement for persons aboard vessels On June 10, 2021, CDC announced that, until it can amend…

Additional Nations Open to Vaccinated Travelers

As of June 10, 2021, at least two-dozen countries have opened to U.S. travelers who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19. The travel website AFAR is maintaining a one-page list of such nations at the following link: https://www.afar.com/magazine/travelers-with-covid-vaccines-can-visit-these-countries That post includes at least two other links, both for U.S. State Department pages, that Seafarers may want…
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