That’s an excellent point.
I could see having some jobs on a national “eHall” board, and some jobs on traditional local boards.
Since there are now probably a dozen different maritime unions that probably have over 100 union halls, and several hundred union employees, it’s going to take years to digest and consolidate those union halls.
I don’t like the idea of spending half my life on a boat, and the other half hanging around a dreary rundown union hall in a bad neighborhood where I have to pay big city prices for a shitty hotel room, parking, and so on.
What features should a union hall have?
Here is my off the top of my head wish list. Locate new consolidated union halls in a very nice union owned full service hotel and commercial building open to the public in a good downtown/waterfront area with a view of shipping activities. It should be an iconic landmark high quality building that promotes union pride and professionalism to the public. There should be classrooms for training onsite. If a guy has to hang around a union hall, he should be able to knock out STCW and other courses while he’s there. A good onsite clinic for drug tests, physicals, vaccinations, and basic walk-in treatment open to seafarer’s and the public. Seafarers would receive deep discounts on rooms, meals, parking, etc.
The Seaman’s Guild iconic landmark building would be very well known and appreciated in the city. Inside and out, it would celebrate America’s maritime heritage and the professionalism of its members. It would convey to the public a firm positive impression of Seafarer’s contributions to society and the economy. Everyone that visits the building to go to a commercial tenant, eat in a good restaurant, or stay in the hotel, would immediately understand why Seafarer’s Guild members are worth every penny of our new high salaries.