Regional Director’s Report

Greetings brothers and sisters,

I’d like to thank our union brothers and sisters for choosing me to represent our region. It is an honor and a privilege to be elected as your regional director and it is humbling that you place your faith and trust in me. I do not take this responsibility lightly, and I will endeavor to represent you with the utmost transparency and boldness. Thank you for the opportunity to serve.

We all send former regional director Ricky Deising our best wishes. As a 35 year veteran of our union and a 32-year AMHS employee, he will be sorely missed. He fought every battle with his vast knowledge, upbeat personality, and tireless courage, all for the good of our union.

I’d also like to congratulate all the E-Board members, new and returning, with a special thanks to Brother Pete Lapinski for his invaluable wisdom and vigorous defense of our workers’ rights.  This is an exciting time for us with many endeavors ahead. I’m confident we will continue to unite and overcome any challenges.

We are still in contract negotiations with Alaska Nautical. We will continue to fight for our brothers’ and sisters’ rights in this ongoing struggle.

We are in our final stages of contract language with Delta Western. National President Alan Coté has been the driving force behind this contract, and we appreciate his knowledge and experience in this negotiation.

Because of the dedication of our brothers and sisters, we have secured contracts for Crowley, Sundance Stevedoring, Ketchikan Gateway Borough, and the City of Unalaska. Much gratitude to all the hardworking members for making these contracts possible.

Our AMHS contract will be in print and sent out as soon as the State of Alaska signature page is received. We are currently addressing LWOP, dispatch and sick leave issues with the State of Alaska. We will diligently pursue fair treatment for our members.

Happy holidays and Merry Christmas


In solidarity,

Joshua J. Stephenson

Regional Director

Inlandboatmen’s Union of the Pacific

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Three E-Board Seats Available

Greetings all,

Three e-board seats are still available for two deck and one engine. Members must be Full-Book, in good-standing for two years.  All interested members will be reviewed and approved by the e-board at their next meeting. Please contact the Regional Director for more information.

Thank you,

Joshua J. Stephenson

Regional Director

Ballot Results

Greetings Brothers and Sisters,

After a long day of tallying votes, the ballot committee has officially certified our Region’s ballots. Thank you to all the nominees and to all of you who voted. Congratulations to those newly elected into positions.

National President

Alan Cote – 179

National Secretary/Treasurer

Terri Mast – 166

Defense Fund Referendum

Yes – 113

No – 77


Regional Director

Josh Stephenson – 144

Gary May – 58



Pete Lapinski – 132

Julie Moeller – 74



Kerry Crocker – 187



Earling Walli – 122

Tony Tengs – 85


Executive Committee  – Names with stars by them will be our new Executive Committee


Executive Committee – Stewards

*Coledeen Greable – 36

*Jamie Plinneke – 24

*Larry Beaudoin – 21


Executive Committee – Deck

*Shawn Epton – 68


Executive Committee – Purser

*Michael Queen – 12

Robert Arnold – 7


Executive Committee – Engine

*Meagan Nye – 15


Executive Committee – SW

*Kris Wilson – 19


Executive Committee – Crowley

*Eric Helpenstell – 9


Executive Committee – Longshore

*Steve Cotter – 3


Convention Delegates – the top four will be attending the convention for our region

Earling Walli – 144

Tony Tengs – 127

Pete Lapinski – 114

Meagan Nye – 109

Dan Nore – 84

Linda Sue Scriber – 73

Coledeen Greable – 70

James Foster – 39

Eric Helpenstell – 35


Thank you and remember an injury to one is an injury to all.





2014_2015 VPDSD Class Flyer JNU_KTN

Reminder:  The Vessel Personnel with Security Duties  VPDSD classes scheduled in Juneau next week – Friday December 19th – has available class spaces!  See attached flyer!  This class is in danger of being canceled due to lack of enrollment…….Please contact me to attend – Regards, Amy Wilson 907-228-7254 or via email

This class may be canceled if the minimum enrollment of five (5) students is not met.  If this class is canceled then the February class will be canceled – due to instructor certification/availability.

  • The VPDSD class is recommended/available to all AMHS Crew Members.
    • Note: All AMHS Crew members at a minimum need the STCW Security Awareness (SA) Endorsement.
    • The VPDSD  is the next level up; by completing this course, you will automatically be eligible for the SA endorsement (if not already obtained)
    • It is not necessary to complete the VPDSD class if you already have the STCW VPDSD endorsement to your MMC.


Amy Lynch Wilson

Training Specialist, Operations

Alaska Marine Highway System

State of Alaska, DOT&PF

7559 N Tongass Hwy

Ketchikan, AK 99901

(907) 228-7254 ~ Direct Line

(907) 228-6872 ~ Fax


December 12, 2014

Vessel Personnel with Security Duties Classes


2014_2015 VPDSD Class Flyer JNU_KTN

09_12_2014 Revised AMHS Pamphlet_Training

Please find the attached class flyer for two (2) upcoming Vessel Personnel with Security Duties classes with Cape International.  The VPDSD class prerequisite is the AMHS online security course “Maritime Security Awareness” – see attached pamphlet with instructions on accessing the course – page 16.

This flyer and information about the STCW Security Endorsements is  posted on the AMHS Learning Portal

STCW Security Endorsements to Merchant Mariner Credentials (MMC)

All crew members should possess the appropriate USCG STCW Security Endorsements to their Merchant Mariner Credential (MMC).

The endorsements are free; USCG fillable applications ware posted on the AMHS Learning Portal under the Security Training topic heading.

If you have not done so already send a copy of your new STCW Security Endorsements to the AMHS Training Department for entry to your Training/Dispatch records.

The endorsements are progressive; i.e. if a mariner possesses the higher endorsement then the lower endorsements are included.  Many AMHS Mariners qualify for a higher endorsement (or may want to obtain a higher endorsement) then indicated for their current shipboard position.  The STCW Security Endorsements  are (from lowest level to highest):

STCW Security Awareness

    1. All Crew Members/All Vessel Positions

STCW Vessel Personnel With Security Duties (VPDSD)/Security Awareness (SA)

    1. Deck Officers, AB Bosuns/Able Seaman and Chief Purser/PSWIC – This course is recommended for all crew members

Vessel Security Officer (VSO) recent STCW VSO Endorsements include VPDSD and SA

    1. Master and Chief Mate



Amy Wilson