In addition to presenting details of the new standard freightship and tanker agreements as part of his July report to the membership, SIU Vice President Contracts George Tricker also provided updates on other pacts.
Tentative agreements – which match the work rules and shipping rules of the standard contracts – have been reached as follows:
- TOTE Services, Inc. – ARC car carriers. An 18-month agreement through December 31, 2023. Baseline increase of 20% to wages including overtime, for parity with SIU Standard Freightship Agreement.
- Chesapeake Crewing – The union and company have agreed to the following changes to wages and benefits for M/V SLNC Corsica: inclusion of Juneteenth as a holiday; two additional vacation days, bringing the total to 14 for 30; a seven percent increase for wages and wage-related items, effective year one. Option years two and three, four precent TLC, respectively, and option years four and five, three percent TLC, respectively.
Additionally, the following contracts have been extended due to continued negotiations:
- Intrepid Personnel and Provisioning; American Petroleum Tankers; Liberty Maritime (bulk carriers and North Star Shipping’s Liberty Peace); Maersk Line, Limited (heavy lift vessels); Seabulk; Crowley Liner Services (heavy lift and CONRO vessel); Marine Personnel and Provisioning; Waterman Steamship (heavy lift and bulk carriers); Waterman Transport (pure car/pure truck carriers); and Transoceanic Cable.
Moreover, SIU Assistant Vice President Bryan Powell recently reported that an agreement has been reached between the union and Key Lakes for a wage and benefit reopener covering the period July 1, 2022 through June 30, 2025. (Key Lakes operates two vessels on the Great Lakes, primarily hauling stone and iron ore.) The agreement provides for wage increases of seven percent in 2022, four percent in 2023 and three percent in 2024. It also calls for increases to the company contributions to the Seafarers Money Purchase Pension Plan; and maintains the current top-level Core Plus health benefits and the top-level Seafarers Pension Plan benefits, among other highlights.
The SIU negotiating committee consisted of Powell, Port Agent Todd Brdak, Patrolman Tyson Little and Patrolman Ryan Covert.
Finally, a new agreement between the SIU and Port City Marine Services, Inc. recently was ratified. (Port City operates three ITBs on the Great Lakes, primarily transporting cement.) The contract took effect June 16, 2022 and lasts through June 30, 2028; it includes a wage and benefit re-opener June 16, 2025.
The contract provides for wage increases of seven percent in 2022, four percent in 2023 and three percent in 2024. It calls for increases to the company contributions to the Seafarers Money Purchase Pension Plan, maintains the current top-level Core Plus health benefits and the top-level Seafarers Pension Plan benefits, among other highlights.
The union’s negotiating committee consisted of Powell and Brdak.