After a slight lull, Seafarers recently enjoyed the restart of a regular gathering at the hiring hall in Tacoma, Washington.
Following the August membership meeting, the union hosted a barbeque for Seafarers and their families. Approximately 80 people attended, and the event was successful, said SIU Port Agent Warren Asp.
“Although it’s been a couple of years since the last one, this is something that Tacoma did annually for some time,” Asp said. “We’re looking to revive the event and host it on an annual basis again.”
The port agent said “many members, both active and retired” pitched in to help either on the grill or setting up and cleaning up.
“The main idea was to thank the members for a busy summer,” Asp concluded. “The membership stepped up this year both to fill jobs on our military activations and paint a house (through the volunteer project Paint Tacoma-Pierce Beautiful). Tacoma is very thankful and this is a small way to show that thanks and give back to them.”