In researching AMO and visiting their website, I saw on the front page under Bulletins & Information “Bringing US officers to the international cruise industry.”
I was very surprised to see this as other than MEBA providing deck/engine officers to NCLA, I have never heard of an American union providing crews to any of the cruise lines. The bulletin was accompanied by the following video:
So the first thing I would like to ask is, have you guys heard of this? What is the status of their supposed “bringing of US officers to the cruise industry”?
The second thing that I would like to address is from the video. You’ll see Tom talking about some “program” where AMO will go around to high schools around the nation and supposedly recruit young kids into a training program for the cruise industry leading to STARTING salaries of approx. $100,000.
I’ve been researching the industry, to include reading the gCaptain and its forum, for about 5 years now. Why have I never heard of this “program” before? Something just isn’t adding up. Seems like a program like that would wind up being a big farce anyways.