Regional Director’s Report


Sisters and Brothers of the Alaska Region,

Greetings all from the home front of the Alaska region, we have been busy here doing what we do best and that is fighting for your rights in the work places. As you all know we have been in contract negotiations for the past eleven months and are still in a struggle for our members with Alaska Nautical on getting them a fair deal. We are pleased to anounce that we have five contracts signed, sealed and delivered for our members. We are in the process of working with our National President, Alan Cote` in working out the details for our newest members working for Delta Western in Dutch Harbor in getting their first ever contract worked out. We want to take the time and say thank you to Pete Lapinski for being the wizard of getting the job done, and also to Karena for all she has done to keep our team moving forward. Our members with Crowley in Valdez, Gateway Borough in Ketichikan, Valdez Longshore, Unalaska and AMHS all have security for the next two plus years because of you the members being pro-active in assisting the union in the process of negotiations. This contract season has been one of the biggest fights in the history of this region with moving forward in keeping what you have in your collective agreements with your employers.

Nothing comes without a price and we have to say that this region has some serious decisions ahead of it. We mailed out the ballots yesterday Oct 16th to each Full Book member in good standing as of Oct 5, 2014, to decide who your future leaders will be for the next three years. Along with your ballots there will be a question to vote on whether to allow the IBU Alaska Region to use the defense fund to supplement the Patrolman’s fund which is part of your dues each month. We recommend a “yes” vote from your E-Board to allow us to operate without any slowdowns or closures of our offices or lay off’s of either our Secretary’s position or Patrolman being used only during part of the year. We have been using a special fund for the past five years that is due to run out in the near future, but with a “Yes” vote we can continue forward without asking our members for a dues increase for this region.

This has been a year of many fights and struggles and with us needing to reach out to everyone we could for support during our battle with SB 182 during negotiations for our AMHS members this past winter which dragged out for almost seven months. Along that journey several elected officials stood up and backed the three maritime unions with our efforts to stop the bill. We have taken a stance as a union to support several of these officials by our support to help them be reelected.  We have backed Walker/ Mallott for Governor and Lt. Governor because of their support for labor. The Parnell administration wanted to take away many of your rights at the table and did not give cost of living increases willingly to all the state employees and their families who are in unions. For U.S. Senator we are backing Mark Begich, along with the National ILWU, IBU and the CLC of southeast. Sen. Begich consistently backed maritime workers and Alaskans overall.

In the southeast we are supporting Senator Dennis Egan, House Rep. Cathy Munoz and House Rep.Sam Kito who took over for Beth Kertula, who make up the Juneau delegation. We are also supporting Jonathan Kreiss-Tomkins House Rep.for Sitka. They were all very instrumental in the battles we have ongoing with the state. They reached out to several of the members of the IBU to assist them and us in the fight with the state using LWOP and vacation incorrectly, along with the battle to get back your rights with the Jones Act. This will be a huge battle this next legislative session and we will need all the help we can to get this awesome team being reelected. Please keep in mind these candidates helped our union countless times during this time I was in office as regional director. I urge you all to use your best judgment when using your power to vote and make it count so our Union has the best support when called upon for our members throughout the great state of Alaska.

We are also supporting Dan Ortiz for House from Ketchikan, Larry Murakami for House Rep from Fairbanks, Harry Crawford for State Senate from Anchorage, Tamara Roselius for State Senate from Fairbanks, Matt Claman for House Rep. from Anchorage, Warren Keogh for State Senate from Chickaloon.

We have just finished having our regional E-Board meetings this past month in September and I would like to thank each of the board members for their willingness to step up and be part of this regions business and for being part of the leadership for how this union is run. Being a democratic body the union is directed by the board regionally and by the E-Council nationally and hold all elected officials accountable to the office for which they are elected. We want to wish each of those board members who are either retiring or stepping away all the best in whatever they are moving on to do.

I would also like to say during this past term that I have served, we witnessed major involvement from our members being more proactive with this office on how we deal with the process of representing you the members. We have been able to assist you through our web site with updates and also through social media during plans of actions.

We urge each of you to take the time when your union ballot arrives and vote right away to have your vote count. Our union is each and every one of you and we need solidarity now.


Yours in Solidarity, Ricky Deising

Regional Director

Inlandboatmen’s Union of the Pacific Alaska Region






IBU Candidate Endorsements


October 15, 2014


Greetings Brothers and Sisters,

The Alaska Region E-Board has voted to formally endorse the following candidates for the State General Election:















Yours in Solidarity,

Ricky Deising

Regional Director










Upcoming Classes

Please find the attached flyers for the upcoming classes at the bottom of this post.

  • PSC/Lifeboatman
    1. This class is offered in the fall and spring in Ketchikan and Seward
  • Fast Rescue Boat  
  1. This class is offered in the fall and spring in Ketchikan
  • RORO Crowd and Crisis
  1. This class is offered in the fall/winter/spring in Ketchikan and in the spring in Seward and Juneau

These class flyers and the 2014-2015 AMHS Training Department Schedule (attached) are posted on the AMHS Learning Portal under the topic heading “Latest Updates” and/or under the topic headings with SE and SW classes.  They are also posted under the topic headings for PSC/Lifeboatman, Fast Rescue Boat, and RORO Course Information.

Check the AMHS Learning Portal periodically for new class flyers and information

Special Union Nomination Meetings

Greetings Sisters and Brothers of the Alaska Region,

It’s election time again for our union. All offices are open to full book members in good standing for the past two years. In the Alaska region we will be holding special meetings on Sept 10th, 2 pm in Juneau and Sept 11th, 1:30 pm in Ketchikan. Both meetings are for the purpose of nominating members for all open positions that we have in the Alaska region and National offices. Being a democratic body we urge all of you that qualify to run for office.

National President, National Secretary/Treasurer, Regional Director and Patrolman positions, along with all seats on our E-Board are needing to be filled once again for the next three years.

Our National Constitution describes the job duties of both the Regional Director and Patrolman on pages 45-49, and National president and National Secretary/Treasurer on pages 23-28. Our  Alaska-By-Laws describe all regional positions up for election, including Chairman, vice-chairman and twelve committee members. Please take the time to read the Constitution and the By-Laws and it will describe in detail what is expected of you during your oath of office.

Please know that you are the union and that you are the ones who need to step up and be part of your futures that lay ahead of you. We challenge each and everyone one of you to become more involved in your union and to run for one of the many seats that need filling. Over these past 2 ½ years we have heard many of your issues and we have asked you to step up and be the one who will give direction to how this Union is run, whether though a regional or national position.


Yours in Solidarity, Ricky Deising

Regional Director.

Inlandboatmen’s Union of the Pacific Alaska Region

907-790-9644 office

907-790-9646 fax



MM&P Job Action Called Off

There will be NO job action this Saturday 8/30/14 by the MM&P that would cause any of our members in the IBU to not be at work. We welcome the news that MM&P has offered an LOA to keep the conversation open and we wish their team all the best

The State and Masters, Mates and Pilots (MM&P) have entered into a Letter of Agreement (LOA) that extends the expired contract as well as cares for negotiations on a new three-year contract covering July 1, 2014 through June 30, 2017.

This LOA extends the negotiation period, avoiding the risk of a job action by MM&P members. We at the IBU are proud to show our Solidarity to our Sisters & Brothers of the other unions throughout the great state of Alaska.