I think you have already seen my comments on the SIU and Engineers situation under the Misc Job topic area (viewtopic.php?f=12&t=417&sid=bdd0b3c9bd8faecdd99154434a6857cb#p1262
I had a discussion with one of the SIU reps that came on board and we had a frank discussion about it. This is no time to be dividing the associations representing workers. If they want to be an all encompassing union, I think that would be great, but they should do it with a spine and approach existing officer unions about merging, not a business venture (takeover) as it seems to be the case. At the very least SIU should be changing some of the language in their contract to reflect an officer position. The first and only contract I sailed under the SIU, was basically the same as the ratings, hell I think the words "OS" to "Engineer"was the only thing changed from the rating's contract, and I think that was done with Liquid Paper.