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Alaska’s Maritime Unions Endorse Mark Begich for Governor

“Mark Begich is the only candidate who understands our issues and knows how to get the work done.”

ANCHORAGE– Mark Begich was proud to receive the endorsement of Alaska’s three maritime unions today in his bid for Governor. The Inlandboatmen’s Union (IBU), International Organization of Masters, Mates & Pilots (MM&P), and Marine Engineers Beneficial Association (MEBA) represent over 1000 workers in Alaska and are part of the $1 billion maritime industry in Alaska.

“I am honored to receive the endorsement of these three critical unions representing thousands of jobs and over $300 million in worker’s wages each year,” said Mark Begich. “The maritime industry is a critical part of Alaska’s economy contributing over $1 billion each year.”

The IBU, MM&P, and MEBA represent Alaska’s talented and highly skilled workforce including engineers, deck officers, mariners who work on tug, ferry, and harbor tour vessels, mariners who work on dredges, marine engineers, crew and radio operators, as well as airport workers and municipal employees in Southeast Alaska.

“We are proud to support Mark Begich for Governor because he is the only candidate with a decades-long record of supporting both the maritime industry and Alaska workers,” said Don Marcus, President of the Masters Mates & Pilots. “When it comes to the current challenges facing Alaska’s economy, our workers, and the maritime industry, we know Mark Begich is the only candidate who understands our issues – like the marine highway system and the Jones Act – and knows how to get the work done.”