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President’s Report

Although the COVID-19 global pandemic is far from finished as of this writing in mid-December, I extend one last 2020 “thank you” to all Seafarers and their families for a job well done in the face of unprecedented challenges. Your work has never been more important, and you consistently have risen to the occasion. Well…

AOTOS Goes Virtual, Honors Entire Industry

The United Seamen’s Service (USS) 51st annual Admiral of the Ocean Sea (AOTOS) Award was presented virtually for the first time, in a Dec. 9 ceremony that highlighted the work of the entire American maritime community. U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine L. Chao accepts this year’s AOTOS award during a virtual…

Labor Department Honors Crowley As Veteran-Friendly Employer

U.S. Secretary of Labor Eugene Scalia recently awarded SIU-contracted Crowley Maritime the Honoring Investments in Recruiting and Employing American Military Veterans (HIRE Vets) Platinum Medallion for its exemplary success recruiting, employing and retaining U.S. military veterans. The HIRE Vets Medallion Program, created through a 2017 federal…

SIU-Backed Candidates Fare Well on Election Day

The SIU’s political department has completed its review of the results of Election 2020. The findings show overwhelming success for candidates supported by the SIU. Unlike most federal political action committees, the Seafarers Political Activities Donation – SPAD, the union’s voluntary fund – is bipartisan, and the union contributes to incumbents, challengers and candidates running…

New Defense Bill Constitutes A Huge Victory for Maritime

A year of unprecedented challenges nevertheless contained some potentially fantastic news for the United States maritime industry. On Dec. 3, the House and Senate Armed Services committees released the conference report agreement for the William M. “Mac” Thornberry National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2021. At press time, both the House and Senate…

Horizon Reliance Crew Rescues Two

Seafarers came to the rescue after a small plane went down in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. On Nov. 7, SIU members working aboard the Horizon Reliance (Sunrise Operations) helped rescue the crew of the downed aircraft, adrift in a life raft roughly 1,000 nautical miles from Honolulu. “We were en route to Honolulu,…

SIU’s Year in Review

Identifying a given year’s top story – good or bad – sometimes may be difficult, but that’s certainly not the case when reviewing 2020. The COVID-19 global pandemic impacted virtually all aspects of life around the world. By mid-December, the novel coronavirus had claimed 1.55 million lives worldwide (more than 300,000 in the United States).…

Maersk Sends Holiday Gifts Showing Gratitude Towards Union Crews

SIU-contracted Maersk Line, Limited (MLL) knows that its crews made plenty of sacrifices in 2020, and the company recently said “thank you” in a big way. In mid-December, MLL sent $10,000 to each of its American-flag vessels, to be used for crew welfare. Additionally, all mariners in good standing who sailed at least 120 days…

Steward: Maritime Careers Worth Exploring

Recertified Steward Just B. Self isn’t the type to seek publicity, but when he recently saw an opportunity to help showcase the U.S. Merchant Marine, he readily agreed. Self launched his maritime career in 1991 after graduating from the Treasure Island (California) Job Corps program. He…

SIU’s Heindel Tackles Crew-Change Crisis

Presented with the sizable task of describing some of the more significant challenges facing the maritime industry, SIU Secretary-Treasurer David Heindel opened with what’s arguably the runaway leader in that category: crew-change crises across the globe. Besides his role with the SIU, Heindel also serves as the…

Steadfast Seafarers Serve in War’s Final Stages

Editor’s note: This is the ninth installment from a 1951 booklet titled “The Seafarers in World War II.” Penned by the late SIU historian John Bunker, the publication recapped SIU members’ service in the War. More than 1,200 SIU members lost their lives to wartime service in the U.S. Merchant Marine. Earlier segments are available…