President’s Column

Labor Day Media coverage of this year’s Labor Day often included what I consider a crucial fact. Namely, the general public has a favorable view of organized labor – but people who want to join unions often fight an unfairly uphill battle. AFL-CIO President Rich Trumka, who’s been a friend for many years, did a…

AFT Becomes MTD’s Newest Affiliate

The Maritime Trades Department (MTD) recently welcomed its newest affiliate: the American Federation of Teachers (AFT). “We are very proud and honored that the AFT has joined the ranks of the MTD,” declared MTD President Michael Sacco, who also is president of the SIU. “We have had a very good working relationship with the AFT…

Express Marine Crews Approve New Contract

SIU mariners working aboard Express Marine vessels recently ratified a new, three-year contract with wage increases each year, among other improvements. Negotiating for the SIU were Captain Riley Johnson, Mate Jeff Fackett and AB Scottie Duncan, alongside Philadelphia Port Agent Joe Baselice. The contract includes improved vacation benefits, a boost to the Seafarers Money Purchase…
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Coast Guard Publishes NVIC Updates

The U.S. Coast Guard on October 18 announced publication of changes to five Navigation and Vessel Inspection Circulars (NVICs). The agency last month publicized modifications to three of the documents (04-14, 08-14 and 09-14) (see related post HERE). The October 18 communication appears below and includes links to all five NVICs. The NVIC specifically pertaining…

SIU Mourns Passing of Rep. Cummings

The SIU is mourning the death of U.S. Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Maryland), a longtime backer of workers’ rights and an unwavering supporter of the U.S. Merchant Marine. Cummings, who spoke at the 2007 convention of the Seafarers International Union of North America, passed away Oct. 17 at age 68. His office reported that the congressman’s…

USNS Miguel Keith Set for Christening

The U.S. Department of Defense has issued the following news item, which is available on DOD website HERE The vessel will be crewed by SIU CIVMARS. Navy to Christen Expeditionary Sea Base USNS Miguel Keith (ESB 5) The Navy will christen the Expeditionary Sea Base USNS Miguel Keith (ESB 5) during a 10 a.m. PDT…
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