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Capt George Quick hits the deck during a debate at the 2014 ITF Congress in Sofia, Bulgaria.

The San Francisco Bay Area and Vicinity Port Maritime Council honored one of U.S. maritime labor’s champions during its October meeting.

Delegates to the monthly gathering unanimously passed a resolution honoring Masters, Mates and Pilots Vice President George Quick on his 90th birthday (which was October 13).

The resolution reads:

WHEREAS, Captain George Quick has been a member of the International Organization of Masters, Mates and Pilots since 1951, and has been the Vice President, Pilot Membership Group, of that Union since 1982, and

WHEREAS, Captain George Quick throughout his nearly seven-decade career has been a stalwart advocate for working and retired mariners of all ranks and ratings, sailing aboard ships under the flags of all nations, including especially the United States, and

WHEREAS, Captain George Quick relentlessly pressed for national and international regulation that is favorable to seafarers, that protects the rights of seaman, that prevents de-skilling and commodification of maritime expertise, that sustains and expands seagoing jobs, and that brings a measure of dignity to the maritime workplace, and

WHEREAS, Captain George Quick advocated for these principles in ports around the world, as well as before the U.S. Congress in Washington, DC, and as a member of the delegation of the International Transport Workers’ Federation, at the International Maritime Organization in London, and

WHEREAS, Captain George Quick is viewed by many as an expert in all aspects of maritime law, policy and regulation and continues to inspire members of MM&P and other maritime labor organizations with his knowledge and vision of maritime matters, and as such is a treasured hero of the U.S. Merchant Marine, and

WHEREAS, Captain George Quick is about to celebrate a milestone birthday,

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the Maritime Trades Department San Francisco Bay Area and Vicinity Port Council, at its regular meeting on October 9, 2019, adopts this resolution by unanimous vote and herewith recognizes and thanks Captain Quick for his tireless efforts and considerable achievements on behalf of mariners throughout the world and wishes him a Happy 90th Birthday and continued success.