Regional Directors Report

Greetings Brothers and Sisters,

As you may have heard, our dues increase ballot sent out failed. This is concerning for your Union because of the financial status we are in. IBU operates at a negative budget, at current costs we will be broke in less than two years. As the AMHS lays vessels up or sells them and reduces fleet size, our membership naturally declines. With the terrible news that Alyeska will not award Crowley Valdez the extension for contracted services, our membership regresses even more. Our Alaska membership cast a total of 161 votes. We are still struggling with a way to get our membership to take more interest, especially the voting aspect. Any ideas would be appreciated!

Our E-Board met in Ketchikan March 8-10. We chose to hold our E-Board meeting in Ketchikan with the hopes more members would attend the general membership meeting. We had a few turn up or call, not the numbers we had expected, a step in the right direction at least.

Victory for Unions! Following the passing of Antonin Scalia a national ‘Right to Work’ effort was thwarted. Had it passed the implications for the IBU would have been devastating.

Remember to think of a name change you may like and submit to our Juneau office before November 2016. We have had very few submissions to date.

Please remember to CC myself, Pete and Karena on emails, often times at least one of us it out of office. To ensure your requests or issues get attended to please CC us.

Our ANS contract is gearing up for a busy summer season. Not as quite as busy as past years. There have been a couple minor issues as ANS gets ready for seasonal manning and returning employees laid off for the slow winter season. Our shop steward is still on the ball up there in Valdez and doing a great job.

Crowley Marine Services will not be providing oil spill prevention and response services in Valdez and Prince William Sound when its contract expires June 30, 2018. Crowley has provided marine services in Prince William Sound since 1990. This is a devastating blow not only to our Union, especially Alaska Region, but a superb company. Both MM&P and IBU have requested to meet with Crowley concerning the contract loss and future plans. The July 18 2018 date allows for plenty of time to weigh options, but the process has already begun. Over the next 2 + years we know our members will continue the great professionalism and safety record that has been demonstrated over the years. IBU Union officers will be in Valdez to meet with members in May.

Sundance Stevedoring, Ketchikan Gateway Borough and City of Unalaska all are pleased with no issues.

AMHS. With the State of Alaska’s implementation of their interpretation of the Actor Decision it has become confusing for IBU members to know when they will have health insurance in any given month. The IBU is unable to determine with any certainty if a member will have health insurance, we do not have access to the States personnel information. Payroll is the official division that turns health insurance on and off, to have the most current status of your health insurance eligibility this is who you need to contact. If you are unable to contact your payroll tech, the supervisor is Shawna Reid 465-8846.

The union is continuing to fight hard to resolve this incorrect interpretation of the Actor decision. IBU has filed an Unfair Labor Practice regarding the State of Alaska’s implementation of the Actor Decision, which includes issues regarding health care eligibility.

We have filed an Unfair Labor Practice against the State for not bargaining in good faith and implementing their interpretation of Actor decision while we were still negotiating an agreeable solution. This is a very long process, as is mostly everything with the state.

At our last E-Board meeting it was voted to cancel the 2 week pay period dispatch if a mid-week update was not agreed to be put out. The state has clarified with us the wording and is discussing if they are willing to enter into this agreement. Minus the agreement to post a mid-week update we will cancel the pay period dispatch and return to the former monthly dispatch.

Please remember that grievances take several months to resolve. Arbitrations take even longer. We have several of each active with the state.

Please remember to vote, remain active and uphold the level of professionalism the public has come to expect from our membership. Safe sailings.

The IBU offices are staff are here to serve YOU. This is your union. If you have any questions, comments or concerns call or stop by anytime.


Yours in Solidarity,

Joshua J. Stephenson

Regional Director

Inlandboatmen’s Union of the Pacific

Alaska Region