Ive been doing the deep sea sailing now for the same company (non-union) for 5 years now. Im looking to get back into tug work and a faster turnaround time for time on/time off (like a 14 28day rotation vs 3 months). I worked for a tug company in the Texas back before I got my license, it was an SIU company but I always dealt directly with the company, the only times I dealt with SIU was to renew my annual medical clinic card.
So my question is, if I wanna try something different for a while, I dont have any “hot leads” to deal with any HR folks directly, but Im always hearing “rumors” about tug jobs from the union hall. Any body know which companies actually post tug jobs for licensed mates at the SIU halls? (and to make matters worse, I dont have my TOAR done, I was hoping to get lucky and find a company that has an active “training mate” program Ive heard about, but never been involved in, I do have my PIC and have previous experience on tank barges.
Thanks for any input, Im very leary right now about diving right in to a new area for my career, I have a good thing going now, but with our first baby on the way and Im taking several months off, I was thinking of doing some moonlighting to see what else is out there (but at the same time not plunge to deep with a company and end up burning a bridge…ie i figured the union route may be a safer bet, just incase Im not ready to commit totally back to tug work)
Thanks for any help.