I got my GMDSS and ARPA tuition paid for thanks to GCMA. I loosley followed their transformation to NMA.
I really just discover their website the other day.
The “brown list” is the best in my opion. Puts the shoe on the other foot for a change.
The news letters have a lot of usefull information but the articles are very biased and one sided. So you have to wade through self serving propaganda to get the facts.
Very opinionated journalism I guess would be a nice way to put it.
I wish I could find someone to get me grants so i could go to school for my third mate’s license.
I was appualed at how guys from the gulf coast were taking these classes for free and expecting to just be handed a piece of paper for doing nothing. And the whole time bashing anyone who was union affiliated.
Our instructor was a Master Mariner from Mitags on the East Coast. He could have cared less whether these guys went union or not. But they took out their anti union sentment on him anyway.
He put up with some stuff I wouldn’t have.
I don’t know if those other fools ever passed or not. He offered them a retest on a saturday moring delaying his own flight back home to try and help these jerks out. They thought they were gonna just get handed a piece of paper for showing up and listening to a union speil.
I did a search on here for NMA and got nothing. I found this on a “National Maritime Assosciation” search.
Not much on here about them.
The news letters are almost like self serving blogs rather than nuetral industry issue reporting.
I don’t think I am going to pay $30 some bucks a year to be able to call this guy and cry on his shoulder every time a company screws me over.
It seems like it is one main guy and maybe one or two friends as associate contributors.
I could do that.
I don’t have the time to do that and I can’t make enough money at it to do that so maybe he is the best guy for the job after all.
I liked the GCMA at first but after the union idea got shot down in the 90’s they went pro company for awhile and now they are pro mariner again but under a different name. Too many changes for me to have any kind of loyalty.
Aligning yourself with NMA is akin to bragging that you are an AMO member while scabbing on a non union boat.
Joining the NMA to me would be about like trying to join Pilot’s Agree.
A day late and way too many dollars short to ever get a union vote in a southern state.