2 Week “Pay Period” Dispatch

Please see the new dispatch language. This 2 week rule will replace the monthly AND the weekly. Dispatch will post the first of the Pay Period Schedules on 9/23/2015 covering the 9/26/2015 to 10/9/2015 pay period. Also attached are the dates for vacation requests and FFD. If you have any questions please contact us.

Bid and Pay Period Dispatch Plan 2015

15 II 289 Two Week Dispatching LOA

 

 

Yours in Solidarity,

Joshua Stephenson

Regional Director

Inlandboatmen’s Union of the Pacific

Alaska Region

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Regional Director Report

Greetings Brothers and Sisters,

Almost made it through the summer, and what a summer it has been! We have faced several bumps along the way, mainly with the AMHS contract, but all in all it has been a productive time. I hope everyone voted on our International ballots that were mailed out. We put out notices and asked several members to spread the word on how important it is we vote and show some strong numbers. Our union is only as strong as our members and activity, such as voting, is a significant way to express your involvement. Thank you to everyone who mailed in their ballots.

We held our Executive Council meeting in Portland August 17-18. We discussed problems and successes within each region, discussed the organization of the upcoming 2015 IBU Convention, which will be held November 4-6. I had the opportunity to meet a young, active member of the Columbia River Region. It was uplifting to see the energy and excitement he has for our union, we will be sending him and a young active member from our region to an upcoming young workers conference.

I attended the Alaskan Artic Summit in Anchorage from August 23-25. This was a convention centering on the opportunities and challenges of drilling and shipping in the Arctic. It is a vital area that will be a necessity to get a strong foothold in before the boom happens. There are dozens of countries and several private investors drooling at the chops to get involved in this prosperous exploration. Within the next several years and estimated 100,000 jobs will open up, the majority of these directly related to shipping and dock work.

Our Alaska Nautical Services guys have recently suffered an accident involving two members. Both were injured and we are uncertain when they will be able to return to work. Our thoughts and sympathies go out the families and the crew. We have minor issues arising on occasion, our Shop Steward continues to actively handle most matters promptly.

Crowley members are doing well, we have very few complaints or concerns, when they do arise our Shop Stewards handle most matters straight away. I cannot express my gratitude enough you for all you guys do, thank you.

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.

Our AMHS contract remains the most demanding. We are making improvements in communication and overall feel that the relationship with our main contact in LR is progressing well. AMHS contracts have been mailed out to all vessels, the contract is always available online thru the IBU-AK website.

Our 4 week dispatch is soon to be replaced with a 2 week “Pay period” dispatch. This will be a major change, we are hoping for the better. We can look at this is a trial period, there is a provision written in to allow either party to cancel the LOA with a 45 day notice.

The Actor Decision meetings are continuing. We are still trying to come to an agreement on some issues, notably use of vacation for health insurance coverage. We are also addressing our Southwest member’s use of vacation/sick leave. Our next meeting is Wednesday 9th and hope to rectify these concerns.

The state was unwilling to reasonably discuss our FVF ULP as a result we were unable to resolve our disagreement, the matter has been sent back to ALRA for further review. Because this was a joint filing with MEBA and MMP we have utilized the MMP attorney.

One of our Steward Eboard reps has resigned his position, that leaves us with one open Steward seat available. If interested send in notice to our Juneau office, your E-Board will vote to decide who will take that seat. This is your chance to get active in your department and have a voice.

We have not heard many issues regarding pay. It seems the negotiated pay raises have transitioned well.

Please remember our offices and phones are here for you. If you have any comments or concerns call or stop by anytime.

Yours in Solidarity,

Joshua J. Stephenson

Regional Director

Inlandboatmen’s Union of the Pacific

Alaska Region

907-790-9644 office

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VOTE AND BE HEARD

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
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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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