Kathleen “Kate” Hunt is the vice president of the SIU Government Services Division. She was appointed to that post in 2018.
Hunt began her maritime career as an AB working on ferries in Cape Cod, Massachusetts, in 1976. In 1980, she became the first female patrolman for the National Maritime Union (NMU), spending many years as an NMU official.
After the SIU/NMU merger in 2001, Hunt was assigned to be a representative for the SIU’s Government Services Division, working with the SIU crews aboard Military Sealift Command vessels, NOAA research vessels and other government-owned ships.
During that time, Hunt also worked as an SIU-affiliated Seafarers Entertainment and Allied Trades Union (SEATU) representative, serving members employed at worksites in the Northeast while she worked out of the union’s New York-area office.
In August 2016, Hunt was appointed by the SIU’s Executive Board to serve as the National Director of the UIW. In this capacity, Hunt oversaw dozens of UIW shops in the continental United States and Alaska and in the United States Virgin Islands.