July 17th 2018

Delegates representing each of the union’s five membership groups convened the 87th MM&P Regular Convention on Monday, July 9, at MITAGS, the MM&P training institute, in Linthicum Heights, MD.

The convention will run until Wednesday, July 11.

Speakers on the first day of the proceedings included MM&P President Don Marcus and Secretary-Treasurer Steve Werse.

“Every MM&P membership group has had to fend off attacks in the past two years,” Marcus said.

“But we are well suited to face the challenges ahead.”

All the MM&P vice presidents, the MM&P Plans administrator and the president of MIRAID addressed the convention on the second day.

Delegates serving on committees performed convention-related functions, examined the union’s financials and considered a number of resolutions submitted by union members.

Along with union representatives and staff, delegates also participated in working groups on topics that included labor law, health and benefit plans, negotiating techniques and the MM&P Political Contribution Fund.

MM&P’s fraternal ties with other labor unions and allied organizations were outlined in speeches by officials of: the International Longshoremen’s Association, the MM&P Panama affiliate UCOC, Actors’ Equity, the Organization of Black Maritime Graduates and the Captain Phillips-Lane Kirkland Maritime Trust Foundation.

Texas A&M Maritime Academy Superintendent Mike Rodriguez also spoke.

Awards for outstanding service to MM&P members over the course of many years were given to West Coast Pilots Representative Kip Carlson, East Coast Pilots Representative Tim Ferrie, former Pacific Ports Vice President Paul Nielsen, United Inland Group Portland Representative John Schaeffner and San Francisco Representative Ray Shipway.

Carlson and Nielsen also received their 50-year pins. “The best thing I ever did in my life was to join MM&P two days after graduating from the California Maritime Academy,” Carlson said.

A solemn remembrance was held for long-time MM&P member Charlie Malue–a staunch labor advocate, the MM&P Great Lakes & Rivers representative from 2005 to 2014 and a personal friend to many of those present–who died earlier this year.

Convention delegates dedicated the MITAGS Academic Building to MM&P President Emeritus Tim Brown–leader, mentor, friend, and true union brother–who served as International President from April 1991 to December 2012.

Complete coverage of the convention will be published in the July-August issue of The Master, Mate & Pilot.