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Karen Horton-Gennette has been appointed by the SIU Executive Board to become the new UIW National Director. She assumed the post effective Jan. 1, 2019, replacing Kate Hunt, who had held the position since August 2016 and is Vice President of the SIU’s Government Services Division.
The yearly report on union membership from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) showed very little change in 2018.

The nearly 400 UIW members at Save The Queen (Queen Mary) in Long Beach, California are the proud benefactors of a new three-year collective bargaining agreement.

Approved in July by an overwhelming margin, the new pact boasts an impressive array of features including annual wage hikes for tipped as well as non-tipped employees, yearly increases in pensions and the maintenance of health benefits at previously negotiated levels.

With respect to certain work rules, the new accord calls for:

Reduced “pointing” for calling -out during special events,

Union members at UIW-contracted and Seattle, Washington-based Techsea International are the proud beneficiaries of a new five-year collective bargaining agreement.

Initial negotiations for the accord took place in early March at the SIU/ SEATU hiring hall in Honolulu, Hawaii, the home waters of the 50-plus Techsea Observers whom the new pact covers. Members unanimously ratified the contract July 3.

Attention: UIW Members

Don’t miss your chance to find out firsthand which political candidates support your views.

Representing public- and private-sector employees in the Virgin Islands for nearly three decades, the United Industrial Workers/Seafarers International Union is sponsoring two free forums. These events are open to all union members.

The first event is scheduled for Tuesday, October 2 at Walkers by the Sea on St. Thomas.

The second gathering is set for Thursday, October 4 at Reading Rainbow School on St. Croix.

Missouri voters on Aug. 7 provided the state’s working families – and the labor movement nationwide – with a tremendous victory by rejecting the state’s so-called right-to-work law.

Union-Contracted Company Makes International Headlines

Massive Pot of Soup Sets Guinness Record

A UIW-contracted company which seasonally employs 70-100 UIW members recently earned its way onto the world stage by producing the most massive pot of a traditional Mexican soup in history.

According to a report released April 26 by the AFL-CIO, 5,190 American workers died on the job in 2016, an increase from 4,836 deaths the previous year. Another estimated 50,000 to 60,000 died from occupational diseases, meaning approximately 150 workers died on the job each day from preventable, hazardous workplace conditions. Overall, the national job fatality rate increased to 3.6 per 100,000 workers from 3.4 in 2015, the federation reported.