Executive Board

Michael Sacco

President

Michael Sacco is president of the Seafarers International Union of North America, AFL-CIO – a federation of 12 autonomous unions representing 80,000 merchant mariners; industrial, service and government workers; and others in various professions. He first was elected to the position by the SIUNA executive board in June 1988.

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Augustin Tellez

Executive Vice President

Augustin “Augie” Tellez is the executive vice president of the Seafarers International Union. He was appointed to that position in November 2005. Previously, he served as the union’s vice president of contracts and contracts enforcement from 1991-2005. In that post, he managed the SIU’s collective bargaining and contract implementation efforts throughout all segments of the industry, including deep sea, Great Lakes, inland and passenger vessels.

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David W. Heindel

Secretary-Treasurer

David Heindel has been the secretary-treasurer of the Seafarers International Union; Atlantic, Gulf, Lakes and Inland Waters District/National Maritime Union, since February 1997.

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George Tricker

Vice President Contracts

George Tricker is the vice president for contracts and contracts enforcement for the Seafarers International Union. He has served in that position since being appointed by the union’s executive board in November 2005. He was elected in 2008 and re-elected in 2012.

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Dean Corgey

Vice President Gulf Coast

Dean Corgey is vice president of the Seafarers International Union’s Gulf Coast Region.

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Tom Orzechowski

Vice President Lakes and Inland Waters

Tom Orzechowski is vice president of the Seafarers International Union’s Lakes and Inland Waters.

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Nicholas J. Marrone

Vice President West Coast

Nick Marrone is vice president of the Seafarers International Union’s West Coast Region.

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Joseph T. Soresi

Vice President Atlantic Coast

Joe Soresi is vice president of the Seafarers International Union’s Atlantic Coast Region.

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Kathleen Hunt

Vice President Government Services Division

Kathleen “Kate” Hunt is the vice president of the SIU Government Services Division. She was appointed to that post in 2018.

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Karen Horton-Gennette

UIW National Director

Karen Horton-Gennette is the national director of the Seafarers-affiliated United Industrial Workers (UIW).

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