Well I know this is a bit of a basic question but i’m a little lost on the subject. Basically I am confused about joining a union etc and how it works.
from what i understand the point of joining is you get a certain standard of pay, safety, and benefits that you otherwise would not be guranteed? I was just reading the SIU website and just got more confused than anything. This is where I stand at the moment:
I have my MMC, STCW, and TWIC. I was in the navy as a machinest mate but never worked on a ship, only in a shore based operation refurbishing equipment. I have spent the past two + years working in a Marina where I am running small boats, anywhere from 12ft - 50ft, doing everything from running from one side to the other of the hudson. I also work on a 70 foot racing yacht. I think I am considered an ordinary seaman but I may have enough time to get AB, but I have no idea. I am assuming i’m not.
my question is do I now just join a union, do i need something more, or what. I am in NYC, i am looking for an entry level job in a tug company idealy. I would like to get in on the ground floor of a solid big company more than anything else. any advice or links would be great! Thanks!