Alaska Inlandboatsmen Union Unanimously Endorses Senator Murkowski for Re-election

The IBU represents Alaska Marine Highway System Workers, and a variety of other vessel and shoreside workers

ANCHORAGE, AK – The Executive Board of the Inlandboatmen’s Union of the Pacific, Alaska (IBU) has voted unanimously to endorse Senator Lisa Murkowski’s (R-Alaska) re-election campaign. The IBU members work on a variety of vessels, including ferries, tugboat and barges, dredges tour boats, and water taxis and represent shoreside workers including ticket sellers, traffic and terminal attendants, terminal agents, warehouse workers, maintenance workers, tankermen, longshore, dispatchers, and seafood workers. 

“Senator Murkowski has long been a strong champion for our issues. It was through her negotiations and authoring of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act that the Alaska Marine Highway System received hundreds of millions in federal funding to keep our ferries afloat,” wrote Erling Walli IBUP-Alaska Regional Director. “We appreciate Senator Murkowski’s leadership in Congress, her consistent support of the Alaska Marine Highway and her continued advocacy for the Jones Act to protect mariners’ rights not only in Alaska but throughout the country.”


The bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act will bring billions of dollars in infrastructure investment to Alaska, including over $300 million of federal funds to help keep the ferries afloat for the foreseeable future. This funding provides long desired certainty and stability  for the employees of the Alaska Marine Highway System and residents of Southeast Alaska. In 2019, ferry services statewide came to a halt due to a strike caused by then Commissioner of Administration Kelly Tshibaka, who prompted the IBU’s first strike in over 40 years

Senator Murkowski and her re-election campaign look forward to announcing additional endorsements as the race progresses.