Hidden in New Highways Bill, ‘Stealth Attack’ Stuns Maritime Unions

By Bruce Vail, contributing writer at Working In These Times Unions representing the crewmembers aboard U.S.-flag cargo ships are reeling from a stunning setback in Congress that threatens to idle as many as 16 vessels and eliminate up to 2,000 maritime jobs. One of the unions described the move by Congress as a “stealth attack” because it took place in … [Read more...]

Maritime Union Expands into Drilling Industry: AMO unveils details of DP training programs

As gCaptain first reported in August, American Maritime Officers' (AMO) union training facility, STAR Center, has announced plans expand its simulation training programs to include Dynamic Positioning training, furthering the maritime union's sphere of influence within the Gulf of Mexico drilling industry. Today, AMO has revealed some more details about the program, … [Read more...]

Liberty Maritime Addresses Change in Union Affiliation

Liberty Maritime today confirmed its new collective bargaining agreement with the American Maritime Officers (AMO) union, essentially replacing the MEBA union members on five of its bulk carriers with AMO officers as of October 1. As we reported over the weekend the change in manning is not sitting well with MEBA, who claims to have reached a agreement-in-principle with … [Read more...]

Liberty Maritime Decision Sparks Fierce Labor Union Dispute – Things Are Getting Ugly

Liberty Maritime Corporation has found themselves in the midst of a heated labor union dispute after the company somewhat abruptly ended its long-standing labor relationship with the Marine Engineers Beneficial Association (M.E.B.A) union, entering into a contract with the American Maritime Officers (AMO) to man its vessels instead. Despite several months of negotiations … [Read more...]