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The Seafarers (SIU) union, under the leadership of President Michael Sacco, has announced that it will reopen its hiring halls on June 15. The union is implementing strict safeguards to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Modifications have been made at the halls, including extensive cleanings, installation of dividers, shipments of personal protective equipment for members and staff, and the rearranging of seats to promote social distancing, as an initial step in the reopening transition. Members also will be required to wear a face covering and bring a completed COVID-19 screening questionnaire when coming to the halls.