Negotiations Update October 2018

Negotiation Update for September 2018


Attention all IBU Members,

Our team met September 18 and 19th with the State in Juneau

There were 10 rules left to discuss. On the State’s side there was a new spokesperson Nancy Such, Deputy Director of Department of Administration and Shirley Marquart Executive director of Alaska Marine Highway System.

The Atmosphere had a definite change and discussions with the state were very positive and amazingly honest.  Nancy Sutch has had past experience with our contract and was able to get up to speed quickly on our proposals and issues. We had a progressive conversation about the previous talks that have been going on for almost two years.  We then went over in detail each remaining rule along with a Tazlina proposed Supplemental (LOA).  We brought up that the IBU has lost over 70 + job positions due to the Taku, Chenega and the possible loss of the Fairweather. We expressed that we hope these new ships will give our members a fairer playing field with  greater job opportunities.

As stated in previous updates we are still going after an end to COLD for a goal of getting an equal pay scale for both out-of-state and in-state wages as issues have come up with both the Union and the State having to validate employee’s residencies. We seek a raise (internal adjustment) for those left out of the last contract and an overall percentage raise in pay to all members.  We are standing strong on our position of not having to pay for healthcare.

When we spoke to the new executive director for the ferry system about the public/private corporate model, she seemed to understand and was concerned with the current state of Ship to Shore relationships and the need to address it.

Overall the State understood our positions and seemed to want to move quickly on the outstanding rules.  We meet again October 15th – 17th hoping for a resolution and a complete TA.

Our next general membership meeting will be October 23rd  at 1400 in Ketchikan and Juneau at our offices to discuss in depth our Future TA.


In Solidarity,

Your Union,

We work for you

A chance to show off all those awesome photos you post online.

Hello IBU Membership –

We are in the process of revamping the membership website, and would love to see your vision of the Inlandboatmen’s Union reflected in the design. We are putting a call out for your best images that reflect your time on the water and being involved in the union. Please email all images to All photos emailed to that account will be assumed legal for public use.

Thanks in advance for your participation! We look forward to serving you better with a more effective website.

Marina V. Secchitano

Default lodging per diem vs. hotel actuals

Hi members please take note that if you are not turning in “hotel actuals” (turning in a receipt every week, you will be paid your lodging per diem every two weeks instead of every week. You can always talk to the hotel you are staying at and let them know that you need to get a weekly receipt.

Attention – New Memos

Hi Members,

Please see the Forms and Salary Schedules page to view new memos for Bid and pay period schedules  2019 under “Timelines”

or click here to view page.

Marine Evacuation System

Hi Members,

The M/V Columbia will be deploying their Marine Evacuation System.

Where: Ketchikan – Vigor Shipyards

When:  Thursday October 4, 2018 – Arrive at 1230, deployment starts at 1300

Please contact Amy Wilson, AMHS Training Specialist, to register for the class, preferably via email. Email: or by phone 907- 228-7254

Click here to view the memo for more information.

Per Diem Procedures

Hi Members,

It’s yard time for some vessels and to clarify the per diem form process see the link below to read the publication sent out by the employer. The Purser or PSWIC will most likely be the person in charge of the forms, but it’s a good memo to read to educate yourself about the per diem process.


Per Diem Payment Procedure 09-13-18

Ship’s Delegate Update

Attention Members,

This is a notification that we have new ship delegate reps on the Columbia B crew. You can turn to these members if you have any pay problem questions or shipboard disputes or any questions about our contract in general. Please seek out these members so you can identify who to go to if any of these situations arise and give them a thank you while you’re at it for taking on these positions. 🙂

Click here to view the updated chart (also found under Alaska Region Organizational Charts)

New Delegates:

Deck Rep: Ken Pilny
Purser Rep: Dell Casidsid
Steward Rep: Deb Paul

Hello members,

There is space available in the Fast rescue boat (FRB) class on October 1-5 and the Rating formed part of the navigation watch (RFPNW) class October 8-10. To sign up for either class you need to contact Amy Wilson via e-mail or call her at 907-228-7254