Greetings Brothers and Sisters,

Candidates have been nominated for the International offices of the ILWU. You’ve probably received a ballot by now for that election. It is important that you take the time to vote. The IBU as  the Marine Division of the ILWU participates in many ways with the International and a strong showing at the ballot box shows all of the members, divisions, and locals that we take democracy seriously and that we have a strong voice in the affairs of the union. Traditionally we have had about a 35% voter return, lets show our Union Pride! So VOTE and be heard!

Yours in Solidarity,

Joshua J. Stephenson

Regional Director

Inlandboatmen’s Union of the Pacific Alaska Region




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Greetings Brothers and Sisters:

The attached new DSF has been revised to more accurately align with the IBU Collective Bargaining Agreement and to be more user friendly for crew.  Please make this new form available to all IBU members.  If you have the old version of the DSF (any printed prior to August 2015), please destroy them as they are obsolete. The form has been changed to once again include the seven day off between assignments selection options.

This new DSF should be completed in its entirety and will replace any previous DSF on file for the crew member.  Only selections offered on the form will be acceptable.  Altered forms will be rejected and returned for correction and resubmission.  All employees are encouraged to submit the new DSF:

IBU DSF (08-2015)

For questions regarding this, please contact:

Deborah Porter

Dispatch Supervisor, AMHS Operations

Ketchikan Central Office

Ph:  (907) 228-7262

Fx:  (907) 228-6873


Yours in Solidarity,

Joshua J. Stephenson

Regional Director


August 12, 2015

Greetings Brothers and Sisters,

The Governors picnic is being held this Friday August 14th 4:30-7:00pm at the UAS campus. Bring family and friends along and enjoy yourself. Lets show up and show our support. Make an IBU presence! 

Governor’s Picnic 2015

Yours in Solidarity,

Joshua J. Stephenson

Regional Director

Inlandboatmen’s Union of the Pacific Alaska Region

August 12, 2015

Director Report July

Greetings brothers and sisters,


Hats off to our Governor for not buckling during a very frustrating time! The Governor has once again proven that he is a man of his word and has the best interest of the state and its workers in mind by refusing to buckle and release a budget that did not honor negotiated pay increases. Although the budget is funded only for the fiscal year 2016, it is still a victory. Thank you to the Honorable Bill Walker.

Recently your IBU delegates and I attended the 36th ILWU Convention, June 8-12. It was fantastic to be a part of this exceptional experience. ILWU brothers and sisters from all over the globe attended, Australia, Panama, Japan, Netherlands and New Zealand. This brought the realization that the ILWU is truly international, with strong ties to several unions across the globe, joining and aiding them in their struggles and victories. The constant message was that education, organization and solidarity are imperative to the success and of our union, unions in general.

It is still incumbent upon the rank and file of our union to act upon this message. To ensure that the rights and privileges of our members are not lost, we must stand united and fight the powers that would love to see unions dissolve. It is our obligation to the men and women who fought and died for fair wages, fair working conditions and fair treatment to leave our union in a better way than when we came into it.

Your E-Board will be meeting this September 29th, after the summer season is over. We have several issues to address, mainly within AMHS. As normal that contract to proves to be the most challenging.

August 17th will be the E-Council meeting. Our Directors from each region will be discussing national and regional matters.

Our Alaska Nautical Services contract has been agreed upon and is in force. We have had minor issues with them, thankfully we have a very active Shop Steward who handles most disagreements before they become major issues.

Crowley members are doing well, we have a concern once in a while; however, we have Shop Stewards there that are top notch and handle most matters directly. Thank you for all you do up there, your dedication is appreciated.

Sundance Stevedoring, Ketchikan Gateway Borough and City of Unalaska have been quiet and are content.

Our Delta Western struggle continues. National President Alan Coté is still working on locking in a contract. The road is tough, the company will only meet one day a month to negotiate. This makes for a trying discussion process.

I’m happy to report that after 2 years, we had very good news regarding Cook Inlet Tug and Barge. The Board has affirmed that Cook Inlet captains are not statutory supervisors and all impounded ballots will be counted. This decision is not only good for this particular campaign, but will be useful for future organizing drives that include captains. The next steps here are (1) Region 19 to count the impounded ballots, and (2) if we win, the IBU will make a bargaining demand.

AMHS contracts are in the mail. We held off printing until the outcome of your pay increases were passed by the Legislature. As soon as they are received we will be issuing them to vessels and employees. Remember that the contract is available online on our IBU website.

The Actor Decision meetings are ongoing. We are trying to find an agreeable solution to address the undesirable effects for AMHS employees. We feel we are close to resolving the issue. We are trying to resolve the LWOP problems during this course.

We recently entered into an agreement with the state allowing FVF employees to be dispatched out of their home ports while the vessels are operating out of opposite ports. This was a matter of some debate, but in the end we agreed that this a gesture of good will on our part to help save the state some money in a financially unstable time.

We are still in negotiations with the state concerning FVF ULP. This was a joint filing with MEBA and MMP. We have until August 30 to come to an agreement. We feel that we can come to an agreement here.

Our ULP against the state for unliterary changing language in its trip pass policy is ongoing. These processes are quite lengthy and we often go long stretches without hearing any word.

We have not received any word from the state about our last Labor Management Committee where we addressed the problems with 4-week dispatch and the colossal amount of problems that originate from it.

On a positive note, the new pay scale is due to be out soon. The state has said that it will be posted soon and sent out. As soon as we receive it we will send to department heads. Remember to check your paystub and ensure it correctly reflects your new wage effective July 1.

Thank you to everyone for your feedback. One of the drawbacks of this position, I have found, is that not everyone is going to be happy with the outcome of decisions or my representation for them. It is a difficult realization. The measure of true success is if the people you represent are happy. I do hope the vast majority of our members are happy. Again please remember our office and phone are here for you. If you have any comments or concerns call or stop by anytime to discuss anything on your mind.


Yours in Solidarity,

Joshua J. Stephenson

Regional Director Inlandboatmen’s Union of the Pacific Alaska Region

907-790-9644 office

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Ship’s Delegate and Department Representative

Attention:   IBUP Members


From:           Joshua Stephenson, Regional Director

Date:           June 30, 2015

It is once again that time of year for elections on board the Alaska Marine Highway Vessels for the position of SHIP’S DELEGATE and DEPARTMENT REPRESENTATIVE.

What does a Ship’s Delegate do?  The Ship’s Delegate (Shop Steward) is the Union representative sailing on the vessel.  Should there be problems on-board; the Ship’s Delegate can help to resolve them.  The Ship’s Delegate can also help with contract language discrepancies and as a representative of the Union can help to solve problems before they get off the vessel.  The Ship’s Delegate helps in orientation of new crew members on board and acquaints the new mariners with their responsibility in the Union.

 What is a Department Representative? The person that you can consult with in your department. Who has the ability to give you advice regarding the contract, and your responsibilities of  your job. The Department Representative will stand with you in an onboard dispute within your department.

Please hold a Union meeting to select your Ship’s Delegate and Department Representative.  The Union office will need to know who has been elected on each vessel and each crew, so that we are better able to serve our membership.

These positions are extremely important in the functionality of the Union.


Ship Delegates and Department Representatives

Greetings Brothers and Sisters,

Each summer we hold elections for Ship Delegates and Department Representatives. We ask that elections be held as soon as possible on each vessel to select your Ship’s Delegate and Department Representatives. Each crew will hold a brief union meeting to nominate and elect their delegates and representatives. It would be beneficial that all delegates be permanent crew members and have a willingness to help their fellow Union Sisters & Brothers.

The Union offices will need to know as soon as possible who has been elected on each vessel and each crew, so that we are better able to serve our membership.

Knowledge of our contract is a must, you will be the person called upon during all ship board inquiries and meetings when a problem arises to be a witness to all meetings held on behalf of your Union Sisters & Brothers.

If you have any questions or want to learn more about the responsibilities of the above positions, please contact the Regional Director Joshua Stephenson or Patrolman Pete Lapinski.