President’s Column

In late August, I had the bittersweet duty of presiding over the elections of Liz Shuler as the new president of the AFL-CIO, and Fred Redmond as the new secretary-treasurer. As you undoubtedly know, the proceedings were necessary because of the unexpected passing of my longtime friend AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka earlier that month. If…

SIU Jobs Secure as SEACOR Acquires U.S. Shipping Corp.

All SIU jobs and the union contract remain in place following the recent acquisition of Jones Act carrier U.S. Shipping Corp. (USSC) by SEACOR Holdings. SEACOR announced the transaction’s completion Aug. 13. “Nothing changes as far as we’re concerned,” said SIU Vice President Contracts George Tricker. “It’s business as usual, with all SIU jobs maintained…

Seafarers Answer Call for Activations

Once again, Seafarers have met the sudden demands of the United States Transportation Command, in conjunction with the Military Sealift Command (MSC) and the Maritime Administration (MARAD), by successfully completing Turbo Activation 21-1. The recent exercise involved crewing 18 vessels: 17 MARAD Ready Reserve Force (RRF) ships and one MSC roll-on/roll-off carrier. SIU members stepped…
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USA Maritime Issues Comment on Supply Chains

The following comment was issued by (SIU-affiliated) USA Maritime's Chairman C. James Patti, in response to a Department of Defense notice entitled: "Request for Comments: One-Year Response to ''America's Supply Chains". The comment was posted on October 14. USA Maritime Issues Public Comment on DOD Notice USA Maritime, a coalition whose membership includes shipping companies…

SIU Welcomes Nomination of Phillips as Maritime Administrator

The Seafarers International Union salutes the Biden White House for nominating Rear Adm. Ann Phillips (USN ret.) to be the next U.S. Maritime Administrator. Phillips served nearly 31 years on active duty prior to becoming the Special Assistant to the Virginia Governor for Coastal Adaptation and Protection. In that role, she coordinated with federal, state…

School Has Openings for Instructors

The SIU-affiliated Paul Hall Center for Maritime Training and Education is hiring a Simulator Specialist/Instructor and a Deck Instructor. Both jobs are full-time. The respective job listings follow. Simulator Specialist/Instructor Full Time Compensation: To be paid no less than the minimum as per the CBA, however, actual hourly rate to be determined based on skill…
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Message from Maritime Labor

Click HERE for a PDF copy September 29, 2021 COVID-19 is here to stay. Our members aboard vessels remain in grave danger with the Delta variant on the loose. Many of our organizations have lost members to ravages of the disease; including some who have lost their lives while aboard ship. Several ships have had…

Wilmington Hall Closed Until Oct. 4

For precautionary reasons, the hiring hall in Wilmington, California is closed until Monday, October 4. The hall is still reachable by phone during regular business hours. ###

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…
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