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Old 08-19-2007, 01:05 AM
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Default Interesting SIU History re: DQ

The SIU is showing past support of the DQ on their web site. There is no mention of their current opposition that I can locate. Also, there doesn't seem to be any way to Email their officials.

First, on their "About the SIU" page, a photo of the DQ appears at the top.

Next, a search on their web site for "Delta Queen" reveals the following:

Oct, 2005- "SIU Delivers Katrina Relief"
"Several of the union’s contracted companies have been affected by Katrina. The Delta Queen Steamboat Company, which had facilities in New Orleans, continues operating its fleet but has moved its offices to New York State."

Oct, 2005- "For Seafarers, it's always Safety First"
"we have an ongoing program with Delta Queen Steamboat Company where we visit each of their ships three times per year and teach a wide variety of safety programs."

Date unknown- "Delta Queen Honored"
The National Historic Landmark Delta Queen – crewed by SIU members – will be inducted into the National Maritime Hall of Fame at a January 24 ceremony at the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point, N.Y. A national committee of museum directors and maritime historians selected the Delta Queen for this honor.

The Delta Queen -- the last operational steam paddlewheeler that has overnight accommodations – is the only National Maritime Hall of Fame boat still plying the waters. To be eligible for this award, usually the honored ship (or in this case, boat) must have been sunk or scrapped for at least five years.

However, the committee made an exception this year for the Delta Queen as it appears she will sail on for years to come.

“This is a great honor for the Delta Queen,” said Rick Abramson, president of Delta Queen Steamboat Company, Inc. “The Delta Queen is a treasured piece of Americana, and we are proud to continue to preserve a piece of our history.”

January, 2003- in SIU President Sacco's report to members:
"And, in a most welcome rebound from the economic consequences of September 11, three SIU-crewed riverboat cruise vessels in the Delta Queen fleet returned to service under new ownership."(DN)

In SIU's "2002-The year in review":
"The month of May brought some of the year’s best news, and again it had roots in September 11. SIU members recrewed the Delta Queen river cruise fleet — dormant since parent company American Classic Voyages filed for reorganization following the attacks — after Delaware North Companies Inc. purchased the Delta Queen, Mississippi Queen and American Queen at auction. Delaware North also bought the Delta Queen brand name."

July, 2002- SIU President Sacco's report titled "A Break in the Clouds":
"After a tumultuous period that followed September 11, the Delta Queen boats are under contract."
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