Liberty Maritime Corporation Announces Change in Union Affiliation

press release
Monday, October 03, 2011
Philip J. Shapiro, President and CEO of Liberty Maritime

Liberty Maritime Corporation (Liberty Maritime) of Lake Success, New York today announced that it has entered into a new collective bargaining agreement with the American Maritime Officers (AMO) union under which the AMO will provide U.S. citizen licensed deck officers and engineers to Liberty Maritime for the operation of five U.S.-flag dry bulk carriers effective October 1, 2011.  Those vessels had previously been subject to a collective bargaining agreement between Liberty Maritime and the Marine Engineers Beneficial Association, District No. 1-PCD (MEBA), which expired September 30, 2011.   The MEBA will continue to provide deck officers and engineers on the three U.S.-flag Pure Car/Truck Carrier vessels (PCTCs) operated by Liberty pursuant to a separate collective bargaining agreement between Liberty Maritime and the MEBA.


Mr. Philip J. Shapiro, President and CEO of Liberty Maritime, said:  “We worked many months with the MEBA to try to reach a new agreement, and as late as three days before the prior agreement was due to expire, the MEBA  called to say the Union was not interested in our proposal. Although we are saddened that we could not work out a mutually beneficial arrangement with the MEBA, we remain proud of our long and productive relationship with the Union and salute the  professionalism of  its  members.” 
 

Mr. Thomas F. Keenan, Executive Vice President of Marine Operations for Liberty Maritime, added:  “Contrary to what MEBA has publicly asserted, we offered increases in wages and in contributions to MEBA’s defined contribution retirement plan in exchange for freezing their defined benefit retirement plan.  We remain convinced that their members would have been better off under our proposal than the Union’s proposal. For the record, at no time has Liberty Maritime ever sought to “lock out” MEBA members.  We proposed pay increases, but in the end, we did not reach agreement because we simply could not bridge our economic and other differences prior to the expiration of the existing contract.” Regarding Liberty Maritime’s new AMO union affiliation, Mr. Keenan said: “We are all impressed with the smooth transition that has taken place with our new  AMO represented officers. 
 

 Mr. Shapiro added:  “We are delighted that so many of the our prior MEBA represented officers have contacted the Company seeking opportunities to continue working aboard the vessels that Liberty Maritime operates. ”   Mr. Shapiro concluded:  “We are looking forward to a long and productive relationship with the AMO and  to  continue  working with the MEBA on our PCTCs.”
 

Mr. William G. Miossi, labor counsel to Liberty Maritime, explained: “The MEBA represented officers are supervisors, and as such they are not covered by the National Labor Relations Act.  Although Liberty Maritime had no legal obligation to bargain with this Union upon expiration of their contract,  we nevertheless negotiated with the MEBA in a sincere effort to reach new terms.” Mr. Miossi added: “It is our view that the MEBA’s picketing of Liberty Maritime operated vessels and other actions  violate federal labor law.  Consequently,  today we have filed appropriate Unfair Labor Practice Charges against the MEBA with the National Labor Relations Board to deal with these issues.”


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