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President’s Report

Let’s Look Out for Each Other I recently read a joke about two crows who figured out they were looking at a scarecrow rather than a real person, based on one single condition: The dummy didn’t have a cell phone in his hand. Connectivity, of course, is an important part of everyday life. Whether it’s…

SIU to Congress: America Needs A Strong U.S. Merchant Marine

SIU members and officials on April 10 helped promote the U.S. Merchant Marine during a day-long series of meetings on Capitol Hill. Those gatherings were part of the yearly Maritime Congressional Sail-In, a grassroots bipartisan effort that has become an industry staple (during non-pandemic times). Representing the SIU were Chief Mate Lindsey Austin, AB Jimmy…

SIU President Issues Pre-Balloting Report

Pursuant to Article X, section 1(e) of our Constitution, I am submitting at this regular May membership meeting of this election year, my Pre- Balloting Report. The balloting for our General Election of Officers for the term 2025-2028 will commence on November 1, 2024 and continue through December 31, 2024. The election will be conducted…

Federation Honors President Sacco

Editor’s note: The AFL-CIO Executive Council (SIU President David Heindel is a member) recently adopted the following statement during its first meeting since SIU President Emeritus Michael Sacco passed away late last year. On the Passing of Michael Sacco Michael Sacco The entire AFL-CIO family mourns the passing of Michael Sacco, our brother and friend,…

All Hands Safe After USNS Button Incident

SIU members helped extinguish a shipboard fire March 28 near Mobile, Alabama, on the USNS Sgt. William R. Button (Crowley). No injuries were reported and, while the formal investigation hasn’t been finalized, indications are that the mishap involved equipment failure rather than human error. SIU members from the USNS Button are pictured with SIU Port…

Task Force Honors Sen. Stabenow

Sen. Stabenow The Great Lakes Maritime Task Force (GLMTF, to which the SIU is affiliated) recently saluted the work of a pro-maritime legislator. The group on April 10 recognized “the significant contributions U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-Michigan) has made throughout her Congressional career protecting the Great Navigation System and supporting American jobs with investment in…

Third Time’s the Charm for Wilmington

Two previously scheduled benefits conferences in Wilmington, California, had been postponed due to inclement weather, but the gathering finally took place April 3 at the hiring hall. The well-attended conference, conducted by Seafarers Plans Administrator Maggie Bowen with assistance from SIU officials including Secretary- Treasurer Tom Orzechowski and Vice President West Coast Nick Marrone, formally…

U.S. Trade Representative Backs Investigation

The government on April 17 announced that after review of a petition filed with the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) by five national labor organizations – including the SIU-affiliated Maritime Trades Department – the USTR is initiating an investigation of acts, policies, and practices of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) targeting the…

New Tonnage Enters SIU Fleet

The SIU in late March helped welcome the new Waterman ship M/V Green Ocean into the Seafarers-crewed fleet. Pictured in Baltimore following a late-March ceremony commemorating the ship are SIU members and officials including President David Heindel (far right), Exec. VP Augie Tellez (far left) and Port Agent John Hoskins (second from right). A “Maiden…