Continuing with an unofficial theme of 2021, SIU officials and delegates negotiated multiple contracts recently, all of which featured gains across the board. At press time, more contracts were in the final stages of possible ratification, and will be featured in upcoming editions of the Seafarers LOG.
Delegates and officials recently finalized a new three-year agreement with Seabulk Towing, which was ratified with unanimous member approval.
“The delegates did an outstanding job,” said SIU Assistant Vice President Michael Russo. “We were able to sit down with the company and hammer out a good contract that works for everyone else in the fleet.”
The SIU’s negotiating committee included Russo, SIU Patrolman J.B. Niday, SIU Patrolman Kelly Krick, Engineer Delegate Richard Johnson, Deck Delegate Chris Mc- Calip, Captain Delegate Joshua Rodrigues and Mate Delegate William Soileau.
The agreement included pay increases in all three years plus hurricane pay. It maintains medical and pension benefits with no losses anywhere.
An SIU committee also recently negotiated a new three-year agreement with OSG’s inland operation. The negotiating team included SIU Vice President Atlantic Coast Joseph Soresi, SIU Port Agent Joe Baselice and AB Tankerman Ed Putro.
The contract features wage gaines, increases to holiday and overtime pay, and boosts to the Seafarers Money Purchase Pension Plan. It also includes increases to lightering pay and pay for additional meals, while maintaining the current Core-Plus medical benefits and top pension plan contributions.
The SIU has also ratified a new contract with Crowley at Penn Terminal, a three-year agreement that features annual wage increases. The new pact also adds a holiday and personal day, as well as an increase to the Seafarers Money Purchase Plan, all while maintaining the current Core-Plus level of benefits and pension contributions.