Regional Directors Report

Greetings Brothers and Sisters,

This has been an educational past two months for me here. Our members have been very accepting of the change in office in our region. I would like to encourage our members to call or stop by our office to discuss any issues you may have, I believe in an open door policy. I want to thank all of you again for your support and trust.

Our E-Council met here in Juneau in January to deal with issues facing our members and to take care of our Regions business. Last week I attended the national council meeting where we discussed, planned and executed the actions of our union with the direction of all the regional directors, national president and national secretary-treasurer. Our agenda was full, every region having new issues and old to attend to. This has been a very busy time for us as far as taking care of the business of our union.

AMHS- We have finally received the signature page from the State for our new CBA. We have posted this on the IBU website. The contract has been sent to Seattle for printing, this should be available in a few months.

With the current oil climate in such a drastic state of affairs, Governor Walker has directed substantial cuts across the board. Thankfully, the Governors support of maritime industry has proposed a budget that allows the AMHS to operate at 400 service weeks, the normal operating average.

The DOT has implemented a quick fix of using AMHS bars and bartenders as a sacrificial lamb to fall in line with budget cuts. Even though AMHS has been funded through fiscal year 2015, ending on July 1st 2015, the bars are still being closed now. The justification is that our bars lose money year round and the bartenders make over a million dollars a year combined including benefits. We’ve asked for the cost and revenue figures to substantiate these claims, but we have not yet received them.

We have been in several meetings with legislatures to discuss the top heavy management of AMHS, as opposed to taking the lazy man’s way out by simply cutting vessel service and mariners jobs. During winter months AMHS cuts the operating fleet down in half while retaining near 100% office support.

Several senators and representatives are in favor of and understand the necessity of AMHS service to our great state. We encourage all mariners, friends and family to call House Transportation Committee to courteously voice your opinion on the matter.

Rep. Dan Ortiz –                907-465-3824

Rep. Neal Foster –            907-465-3789

Rep. Shelly Hughes –        907-465-3743

Rep. Charisse Millett –     907-465-3879

Rep. Benjamin Nageak – 907-465-3473

Rep. Louise Stutes –         907-465-2487

Rep. Matt Clayman –        907-465-4919

We are currently setting up a solid date to meet with state to discuss an agreeable fix to the four-week dispatch issues. We are arranging for the later part of March with meetings in Ketchikan to include dispatchers to utilize their experience for a solution.

To our understanding the State has not yet implemented the Actor decision. We still do not know how implication of this ruling will impact our members.

We are waiting to hear the decision on the unfair labor practice filed for FVF crew meals. That decision could be a lengthy wait as there was no deadline put on the decision date.

Crowley- The vast majority of our members with Valdez Crowley are happy. There are some travel pay issues that are being addressed by our shop stewards, thank you both for your help and leadership up there.

Ketchikan Gateway Borough – All reports are things are running smooth.

Valdez longshore- With a new contract in place our brethren are doing well.

City of Unalaska- Our members doing good and happy.

Alaska Nautical Services- We are still attempting to come to an agreement with ANS management. Due to a change in operations, ANS has decided to renegotiate the entire contract that is in place. Negotiations are in progress and hope to find a resolve soon. Hold fast up there guys.

Delta Western- Negotiations ongoing, national president Cotè is still spearheading this contract.


Yours in Solidarity,

Joshua J. Stephenson

Regional Director IBU Alaska


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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