Okay I have a few things…
By your own admission you know that Chouest is acting and treating its employees as other companies are. However, how convenient to forget that It was more than a year after all the other majors let people go and cut wages before ECO did.
Yes ECO decided to take back their contributions but ECO’s contributions were only 3%. So if you were a participating member making 100K a year and you put at least 6% into your 401k to then qualify for ECOs 3% then that means after a year you didnt get 3k into your retirement. Yeah it sucks but 3k towards money I dont plan to see before I retire is not the end of the world. Yes it sucks but to make up for this, I just added an additional 3% to be taken out of my check.
Yes new builds are still coming out. AS you have noticed ECO is a lot more than boats. They have many other businesses that need to remain afloat as well. If they release a new boat every 3 months, that keeps hundreds of guys working in a shipyard who have families to support as well. Not to mention its just smart business. If at the end of this downturn, there are 312s waiting to go to work and we can phase out some of the still active 240s and 260s then that decreases your fleet age. Your overall age of fleet is a factor in deciding whom to go with.
Also there are many tax advantages to spending X amount on your equipment every year. The shipyards are set up as NPOs. If you dont like the tax laws then petition your congressman or Senator.
Also, if you are making 350 a day at 182 days a year, your are making $63,700 a year. This is only working 6 months out of the year. Why not get a side job at home. I know if I needed to, I would stand up at a window and ask “do you need fries with that?” if i were hurting that bad. And you say you dont spend a lot but the median household income for 2016 was $56,516. Less than what you do on your own six months out of the year. If you are single you have no reason to complain, if you are married with children have your spouse get a job, if you dont want her working then do something when you get home.
You claim that you will purposely do nothing and look for somewhere else to work. You seem to forget about the millions of people out there, let alone mariners, who would love to kick your ass to make as much as you do. People who are making nothing at all.
And let us not forget what other major oil companies have done. HOS fired all those employees when things got bad and forced the employees remaining to work 28 and 14. If im gonna make 100k a year I would much rather do it at 28/28 than 28/14
Also lets not forget what Harvey did with their tugs…Safety dept walks on board one night and says we just sold all the tugs. BTW, we sold the pensions with the boats. Guys who had been with the company 20-30 years depending on their pension were basically told its gone. That if they wanted to stay working at Harvey, they could come back to the office tomorrow morning and fill out an app as a new employee to work on the supply boats.
I agree sometimes things happen in the office I dont like. But your particular experience with your coordinator and manager are yours not mine. You cannot condemn all 12 or so Managers and all 30 or so coordinators based on just yours.
The fact that you even have a job should make you think twice. You have basically no experience and anyone with less than two full issues under their belt still have a whole lot to learn. In the last year I have had a third mate working as an AB- he was glad to have his job. I had a Master 1600 with a 6000 ITC working as an AB- glad to have his job. I even had a Master 1600 Oceans with a 10,000 ITC and full DP working with the company for 16 years working as my AB. And you know what his reaction was? “It is what it is. If they need me to be an AB then I will be an AB”
But you see although you didnt tell us your age, I suspect you are only in your 20s maybe early 30s. A whole new generation. There is something called taking pride in your work. If you are gonna agree to dig ditches for a living then be the best damn ditch digger there is. If you dont wanna work here, if you think the grass is greener then by all means leave and go somewhere else. Let someone at home who is waiting on a phone call get a chance to work as an AB.
Those of us who have worked in the industry long enough have seen wages come and go, thats life. Sometimes things are good sometimes not so good.
And before anyone starts praising unions, I will have you know, I had a prosperous blue water career before ECO. However there is one difference here. At union halls, they will go with the guy who has the most time on his book. So if ECO were a union and your time dictated your job and position, you would have been fired a long time ago.
Youd better hope to hell you are not transferred to my vessel, because if you are and I see a lackadaisical cry baby attitude like you have displayed on this thread I will not only write you up, but I will do everything in my power to fire you. So dont come on here and try to get sympathy. A lot of people have it and have had it a lot worse than you do.