President’s Column

Answering the Call Congratulations to SIU members and to all of our union’s port personnel for the incredible job you did last month in filling a large number of jobs in less than 24 hours, in response to a handful of no-notice vessel activations. Our industry, like so many others, is currently weathering a manpower…

DHS Secretary Backs Jones Act

DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas U.S. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas recently underscored his support of America’s freight cabotage law. During an April 27 hearing of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Homeland Security, the secretary answered a question from U.S. Rep. Steven Palazzo (R-Mississippi) about the Jones Act. Palazzo noted that during his time…

World War II Merchant Mariners Honored With Congressional Gold Medal in D.C.

(Photo courtesy DOD) The SIU on May 18 joined in celebrating long-overdue recognition for U.S. Merchant Mariners of World War II as they received the Congressional Gold Medal in the Capitol Building. Ten members of the American Merchant Marine Veterans (AMMV) participated in the one-hour ceremony, which featured remarks from members of congress, the administration,…
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AMP Weighs in on Waiver Request

From the American Maritime Partnership (AMP), to which the SIU is affiliated: WASHINGTON — The American Maritime Partnership (AMP), the voice of the domestic maritime industry, today released the following statement responding to an unjustified Jones Act waiver request in relation to energy prices. “This unjustified Jones Act waiver request by Gunvor would pad the…

AFL-CIO Backs Jones Act

Delegates to the AFL-CIO convention recently approved a resolution backing the Jones Act, America’s freight cabotage law. SIU Secretary-Treasurer David Heindel read the statement June 15 in Philadelphia. The full text follows. SUPPORT FOR THE JONES ACT Submitted by the Maritime Trades Department, AFL-CIO Cabotage laws have been around since the beginning of the United…

Endurance Crew Rescues Capt. of (Not That) Black Pearl

Bosun Moussa Hamdy relayed this account of a recent rescue conducted by the SIU-crewed MV Endurance (TOTE Services). For additional photos, visit the SIU Facebook page HERE. On June 15 at 0858LT the MV Endurance received a MAYDAY call from the 30-foot sailing vessel Black Pearl 170nm off the coast of Charleston, SC. The watch…
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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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