Union Seals Long-term Great Lakes Bulker Contract

MaritimeProfessional.com
Sunday, June 30, 2013

The Marine Engineers’ Beneficial Association (M.E.B.A.) and Interlake Steamship Company have successfully reached an agreement on a 12-year contract for 10 bulker vessels on the Great Lakes.

Rank and File Members Erik Wlazlo, Jon Hines, Rob Thomas and Kelsey MacDonald were in M.E.B.A. Headquarters to negotiate terms of the agreement. These members did a great job in assisting President Mike Jewell and M.E.B.A. Representative Greg Quintana in securing the defined benefit pension plan and locking in some of the largest shipboard wage increases the union has seen on a commercial contract in decades. “This is a surprisingly good contract considering the current economic conditions. We are very happy,” said Eric Walzlo. Increased Plans funding was also agreed to as well as wage reopeners every four years.

The 10 Interlake vessels employ M.E.B.A. mates, engineers and stewards (considered officers on the Great Lakes). Feedback from the Interlake fleet has been positive and they recognize and appreciate President Jewell’s efforts and negotiating ability. “This contract will exceed the expectations of most of the members,” said Rob Thomas. “I think that once people have read it they will be satisfied overall.”
 
Interlake and M.E.B.A. have enjoyed a solid relationship for years, which has benefited the union members and the company. Both organizations look forward to continuing a mutually prosperous relationship over the next 12 years.

The M.E.B.A., America’s oldest maritime labor union, supplies U.S. Coast Guard-licensed deck and engineering officers in both the U.S. domestic and international trades.


 

Maritime Today


The Maritime Industry's original and most viewed E-News Service

Maritime Reporter April 2016 Digital Edition
FREE Maritime Reporter Subscription
Latest Maritime News    rss feeds

Contracts

Asia Dry Bulk-Capesize Rates Under Pressure

Capesize rates fall in a quiet market as holidays weigh; 20 charter-free capesize ships could add to downward trend. Freight rates for large capesize dry cargo

Egypt to receive first LNG shipment from Rosneft in May

Egypt will receive the first of five agreed shipments of liquefied natural gas (LNG) from Russia's Rosneft this month, an official at the state gas board EGAS told Reuters on Thursday.

DNV GL 7 JIPs in North America

In a concerted drive to find smart solutions to safely reduce complexities and cost in the North American oil and gas industry, DNV GL is leading seven new joint

Great Lakes

Ferry Drydocking Completed on 2-day Turnaround

Great Lakes Shipyard hauled out the Kelleys Island Ferry Kayla Marie on April 18 for its USCG five-year inspection survey. The yard completed all work, and refloated the vessel two days later,

Great Lakes Inks M.E., N.C. Coastal Protection Project Deals

Great Lakes Announces $55 Million in Subcontract Work in the Middle East and Award of $38 Million for a Domestic Coastal Protection Project Great Lakes Dredge

USCG Uses Skiff Ice Boat to Rescue Injured Man

The U.S. Coast Guard medically evacuated a man off of a dredging barge in Lake Erie near Sandusky, Ohio, Wednesday evening. At approximately 5:45 p.m., a good

 
 
Maritime Careers / Shipboard Positions Naval Architecture Navigation Offshore Oil Pod Propulsion Salvage Ship Electronics Ship Simulators Shipbuilding / Vessel Construction Winch
rss | archive | history | articles | privacy | contributors | top maritime news | about us | copyright | maritime magazines
maritime security news | shipbuilding news | maritime industry | shipping news | maritime reporting | workboats news | ship design | maritime business

Time taken: 0.0786 sec (13 req/sec)