David Heindel is Secretary Treasurer of the Seafarers’ International Union (SIU) of North America, AFL-CIO (the American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations). He began his career with the SIU in 1973. Prior to that, he sailed on deep-sea vessels as a member of the engine department before coming ashore in 1980 to work as a patrolman in his native New Orleans, Louisiana, USA.