I recently got my Third Mate’s License and am eager to get sea time and pay by any means. Given the state of the industry, it seems (in some ways) beneficial to join the SIU to work as an AB and start working towards my 2nd Mate’s License. I really cannot afford to sit in an MM&P hall for 4-8 months to wait for a job; I am aware of opportunities through MEBA and AMO, but was curious if anyone knew if it is legal or illegal to be part of both the SIU and a Deck Officer’s union. I have been told that it is fine since one caters to unlicensed mariners and the other doesn’t, but I have been told recently that being a member of both will result in getting blacklisted. Can any current union members help me out?
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