In a situation like this, MEBA has the same obligation to its pledges that it does to its full members. Since MEBA was elected by the TAL officers, and is the official and exclusive NLRB sanctioned representative of all officers, it has the same obligation to represent all of them as it would any other member at any other company.
If MEBA doesn’t step up and do the right thing, and take proper care of its TAL officers, what mariner that learns of this would ever sign a MEBA pledge card in the future? Or for that matter, any maritime union’s pledge card?
If MEBA does not take proper care of these men that it formally represents, how can any other MEBA member have confidence it MEBA?
If MEBA will allow a tiny foreign owned rust bucket company like TAL to beat it and it’s pledges/members into submission, why would any other company ever take MEBA seriously again?
MEBA needs to do what it promised and was elected to do, represent all of the TAL officers and do whatever it has to, to get them paid, and if necessary, get them new jobs. MEBA also needs to be a big-brother and make sure that the unlicensed crew gets paid too. If MEBA refuses or fails to do this, it is worse than TAL?