AMO turns 75 – celebration to be held May 1

A celebration of the 75th year of the union that is now American Maritime Officers will be held on May 1 on the AMO Plans campus at 2 West Dixie Highway in Dania Beach, Fla.

A barbecue will be hosted from 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. on May 1 in the courtyard area of the AMO Plans campus, which is accessible from the further-east gate facing West Dixie Highway. Signage will be posted near the gate to direct attendees.

All AMO members and retirees who are not currently staying in on-campus housing for STAR Center will need to complete an online RSVP form in advance for security verification at the event gate to the AMO Plans campus. The form is available on the AMO Plans website.

On May 12, 1949, the union was chartered as the Brotherhood of Marine Engineers (BME), an affiliate of the Seafarers International Union of North America (SIUNA). Over time, the BME expanded its shipboard and regional jurisdictions, and under specific circumstances, changed its name and affiliation – Great Lakes District Local 101 of the Marine Engineers’ Beneficial Association, District 2 MEBA, District 2 MEBA-AMO, and finally, American Maritime Officers. AMO reaffiliated with the SIUNA in 2003.