President’s Column

The SIU’s greatest strength has always been the professionalism and reliability of our rank-and- file members, and those characteristics have been on display quite often lately. As you’ll see in this issue of the LOG, our members recently responded in fine fashion to a shipboard emergency; safely and compassionately rendered aid to refugees stranded at…

Maritime Trades Department Tackles Key Issues

The venue and format were new, but the aim of the Maritime Trades Department (MTD) Executive Board remained familiar when the group convened April 25 at AFL-CIO headquarters. Through a series of approved statements and input from guest speakers, the board focused on promoting all segments of American maritime while protecting the jobs of rank-and-file…

Gen. Van Ovost Emphasizes Maritime’s Vital Importance

The commanding officer of the United States Transportation Command (TRANSCOM) recently reiterated her ardent support of the U.S. Merchant Marine. Addressing the Maritime Trades Department (MTD) Executive Board via video on April 25, Gen. Jacqueline Van Ovost also made it crystal clear that America’s national, economic and homeland security depend on maintaining a vibrant maritime…
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DIA Report Details Effects of Houthi Attacks on Commercial Shipping

The U.S. Defense Intelligence Agency has issued the following news item. The 12-page report is available on the agency's website HERE and is linked at the end of the article. JOINT BASE ANACOSTIA-BOLLING  –  The Defense Intelligence Agency has released a new report detailing how Houthi maritime attacks have affected international trade supported by an expansion of…

Pro-Worker Legislation Reintroduced

The office of U.S. Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-New York) has issued the following news item. As noted in the release, the SIU supports the legislation. The SIU also is part of the Department of Professional Employees, which also backs the bill. Reps. Nadler & Scott, Senator Murray Reintroduce Bicameral Bill to End Forced Arbitration in…

Report Credits NLRB’s Progress

A new report from the Economic Policy Institute (EPI) documents the pro-worker accomplishments of the National Labor Relations Board during the Biden administration. The press release accompanying the report appears below. The full report (it's contained on one web page) is available HERE. New report examines the NLRB during the Biden and Trump administrations President…
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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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