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E-Board Vacancies

In compliance with your Alaska Region by-laws vacancies in Regional E-Board seats, this is the thirty day notification that there are currently 2 steward seats, 2 engine seats, 1 Longshore and 1 vice chair position open. It is our hope to fill these seats with representatives from the departments. If you are interested in putting YOUR name forward, not nominating someone else, please email and cc Thank you

“In the event an EBoard vacancy or vacancies occur between regularly scheduled elections, the Eboard will issue a public call for qualified, interested IBU members of the department or departments with vacant seats to make known their interest, in writing, to fill the vacant position or positions. After thirty days’ notice, the Eboard may appoint a suitable replacement or replacements for the vacant seat or seats from the pool of interested candidates. If, after thirty days, there is an insufficient number of, and/or no, qualified candidates from the department or departments with vacancies from which to choose, the Eboard may fill the vacant positions from the membership at large to serve in the vacant seats until the next regularly scheduled Eboard election.”


In Solidarity,

Joshua Stephenson

Alaska Regional Director

Inlandboatmen’s Union of the Pacific



Election Results Are In!!

Greetings Brothers and Sisters,

Today was our election day on the National and Regional level. We had a 38% voter return, the highest in recent memory! That is a good feeling and we hope we can keep the membership participation rolling. Thank you to everyone who sat on the ballot committee(s), participated in the election by voting and made this election vibrant and active.

There were good debates and discussions among the membership, which is an important role in being an active Union. The more active and interested we are the stronger we are.

Congratulations to everyone who will be sitting on the Regional E-Board and Convention Delegates. We have a lot of work this coming year. Some very critical decisions are going to be discussed and voted on. I look forward to working with everyone.  

Here are the results from all regions and national:

Election results

Within our region the tally was as follows:

376 ballots sent out (this number represents full book members in good standing)

144 ballots received.

Here is our regional vote breakdown:

National President:         Gary Bucknum:                 17

Alan Cote:                          35

Marina Secchitano:          77


Secretary Treasurer:       Terri Mast                           108


Name Change:                  Inlandboatmen’s Union of the Pacific:     104

Inland Boatworkers Union:                          28


Alaska Regional Tally

Regional Director:                     Joshua Stephenson:       119

E-Board Chair:                          Earling Walli:                      79

John Morris:                       48

E-Board Southwest Rep:               Michael Queen:                11

E-Board Purser Rep:                Rob Arnold:                        8

E-Board Steward Rep:            Kari Wiest:                          37

E-Board Deck Rep:                 Mark Hillberry:                  37

Paul Transki:                       26

Trina Arnold:                      25

Shawn Epton:                    24

Tim Eide, JR.:                      19

Wesley Thomas:               14

Geoff Nordlund:               6

E-Board Crowley Rep:           Eric Helpenstell:               4

Alaska Delegates:                  Earling Walli:                      88

Robert Arnold:                  76

Mark Hillberry:                  70

Trina Arnold:                      68

Shawn Epton:                    50

Paul Transki:                       50

Time Eide, JR.:                   40

Geoff Nordlund:               27

Wesley Thomas:            22


In Solidarity,

Joshua Stephenson

Alaska Regional Director

INLANDBOATMEN’S Union of the Pacific








New Cash-In Procedure


We have a new Letter of Agreement concerning Cash-In’s. Starting today IBU members working for AMHS will turn in a State of Alaska leave slip for their cash-in requests. Leave slips are provided by your employer. For any questions concerning this new procedure please call payroll.

18II079 Vacation A-Days Cash-in LOA

Joshua J. Stephenson

Regional Director

Steward’s with Lifeboat Endorsements

If there are any Steward’s who are on the beach, not currently dispatched on the pay period crew list and have a lifeboat endorsement or have an application that has been approved by the Coast Guard and want to potentially work in yards in deck or engine dept, please notify the Union office @ 907-790-9644 or We are closed Friday November 10th in honor of Veteran’s Day but Earling Walli will be in the office from 1000 to 1400.