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Wheelhouse Weekly – April 02, 2007

April 2nd 2007

 

– Bridging the Information Gap With E-News You Can Use –

Volume 11 . . . . . Number 13. . . .April 13, 2007

STORIES COVERED

Also

REMINDERS

T-AGS Oceanographic Survey Ships Info

Required Coursework

Security Clearances

MSC Physicals

MM&P Health & Benefit Plan News

Notice to Members who are taking Vioxx

NMHC Mail-Order Prescriptions Website Updated & Improved

WWII USCG Veterans Outreach

Company Gives Bucks Back for buying Safe Shoes

Website Offers Union-Made Goods and Services




Did you miss a week? Back editions of the Wheelhouse Weekly are available in the section.


Reminder: MM&P Headquarters, Plans and Port Offices will be closed Friday, April 6, in observance of Good Friday.


MARINER LICENSING LEGISLATION INTRODUCED

Rep. Steve LaTourette (R-Ohio) has introduced legislation (HR 1605) intended “to streamline and improve the licensing and credentialing process for merchant mariners.” LaTourette is the ranking Republican on the House Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation, which will have initial jurisdiction over the legislation.

HR 1605  would prohibit the Coast Guard from charging a fee for any credential not issued within 30 days of when the  application is complete. Additionally, it would prohibit the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) from fingerprinting an individual for a Merchant Mariner Credential if the individual has already been fingerprinted for a Transportation Worker Identity Credential (TWIC). It would also require a feasibility report and timeline on alteration of the design of merchant mariner documents to make them TWIC- and International Labor Organization-compliant, including addition to the card of a biometric identifier.


 

NEW SIMULATION TECHNOLOGY SHOWCASED AT MITAGS

Hundreds of maritime industry professionals attended the grand opening of the Marine Simulation Technology Center on March 26 to view the newest set of technological tools designed to offer students at the Maritime Institute of Technology & Graduate Studies (MITAGS) the best navigational training in the world.

The event began with a reception and welcome remarks from MITAGS Executive Director Glen Paine. The “Strolling Strings Associates” played softly in the background as groups of spectators lined up for continuous tours of various technology stations including full mission bridges, towing simulators, the 14-station computer lab, vessel traffic system and the new crane simulator.

Walter Megonigal, director of training at MITAGS, told the group that the capabilities of the new simulators, “are not replicated anywhere else in the world.” By connecting the simulator system in Linthicum, Md., to the Pacific Maritime Institute in Seattle, Wash., he said MITAGS will create “a true, nationwide, National Maritime Simulation Training center that will provide the full spectrum of integrated training to the maritime community.”

MM&P International Secretary-Treasurer Glen Banks took the opportunity to underline the collaborative nature of the MITAGS program. “This is truly a joint venture where the best efforts of educators, seafarers and our contracted companies come together for the benefit of the common good,” he said.



MM&P MAGAZINE NOW ONLINE

The March-April issue of The Master, Mate & Pilot will arrive in your mailbox soon. In the meantime, look for it online on our Web site, .

In this issue of The Master, Mate & Pilot:

— Mariners have until Sept. 25, 2008 to obtain a TWIC: read about the enrollment process, how much it will cost and the fact that the final rule on TWIC recognizes a treaty obligation of the United States to “ensure coordination of shore leave, transit, or crew change-out for vessel personnel, as well as access through the (terminal) facility of visitors to the vessel…”;

— If your license was issued before Feb. 1, 2002, you can upgrade it under “old rules,” Coast Guard says;

— Awards to MM&P-crewed USNS JOHN ERICSSON and to Matson-contracted CAPE JACOB;

— MM&P and other maritime labor unions successful in first round of International Maritime Organization debate on manning: “certifying ratings to perform officer functions is not an acceptable answer to workload, fatigue and manning issues,” the unions say;

—  MM&P and MITAGS host LNG training standards development meeting.

To download the magazine, go to , click on “MM&P Magazine” and then on “Download Current Issue.”


SHORT SEA SHIPPING CONFERENCE TO TACKLE ROAD CONGESTION

Charles G. Raymond, chairman, president and chief executive officer of MM&P-contracted Horizon Lines, will kick-off the Journal of Commerce’s 4th Annual Short Sea Shipping Conference with a keynote address that offers solutions to road congestion. Also among the speakers at the event will be MM&P Special Projects Director Richard Plant. The conference will be held April 16, in Orlando, Fla.

Among the topics to be discussed: legislation recently introduced by Congressman Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) to boost short sea shipping by eliminating the harbor maintenance tax (HMT) charged on goods moved by water from one U.S. port to another or between the United States and Canada. Such taxes significantly raise the cost of waterborne transportation, making it less attractive to shippers. The Short Sea Shipping Promotion Act of 2007, HR 1499, has been referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means. The House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure’s Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation recently held hearings on the bill. Mark Yonge, managing member of Maritime Transport & Logistics Advisers, told the subcommittee that passage of the bill would motivate potential short sea shippers to move into high gear. Horizon Lines CEO Raymond authorized Yonge to testify that “if the domestic HMT is removed, his company would seriously pursue dedicating up to four 21-knot 600+ FEU containerships to the coastwise trade by mid-2007.”


HORIZON LINES BREAKS NEW GROUND IN CONTAINER TECHNOLOGY

The capability to electronically monitor the movement of containers through each link in the supply  chain may sound more like fiction than reality, but MM&P-contracted Horizon Lines is using radio frequency identification systems (RFID) in its Alaska service to do just that. RFID  technology, which is similar to the bar code identification systems  used by many retailers, allows RFID tag scanning to take place at great distance. The tags on containers transmit signals to readers placed at fixed points in distribution centers, terminals and along key Alaska highway routes. The system provides cargo visibility in the “black holes” within the container shipping network, giving shippers tighter inventory control and the opportunity to benefit from potential cost savings. Shippers who know a container just passed an RFID checkpoint an hour away can begin to prepare their facilities to receive the cargo, improving receiving efficiency and equipment turn time.

In addition to tracking the location of containers, Horizon is also monitoring shipments using Global Positioning Systems (GPS) with the objective of one day combining the two technologies. A pilot project to test a real-time GPS container monitoring system is underway in Puerto Rico. “Horizon is always looking to invest in new solutions that improve logistics,” a company spokesman said. “The Alaska RFID project is a great example of how technology, when applied correctly by logistics professionals, can help retailers and manufacturers create a competitive advantage with innovative logistics processes.”


USCG NEW ORLEANS REGIONAL EXAM CENTER MOVES

The Coast Guard will open its new, permanent regional exam center (REC) in New Orleans on April 2. The REC in Metairie was permanently closed on March 28. The address of the new REC is:

USCG Regional Examination Center
4250 Highway 22, Suite F
Mandeville, LA 70471
Phone: (985) 624-5700
Fax: (985) 624-5757  

It will be open Monday-Thursday from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., and Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. The office will be open for limited services during the lunch hour. Although testing will be conducted during the same hours, new exams must be started before 2:30 p.m. Monday-Thursday and noon on Friday. E-mail addresses for REC staff are expected to remain the same. For information on the status of a pending mariner credential application submitted through the New Orleans REC New Orleans, call (888) 427-5662 during normal business hours or e-mail iasknmc@uscg.mil. For information on the TWIC card, call (877) 687-2243. The REC in Mandeville can be reached from Interstate 12 or Interstate 10 via the Causeway Bridge, Causeway Boulevard, US-190 exits.


SENATE WW II MARINER BILL INTRODUCED; HOUSE SUPPORT FOR BILL GROWS

Sen. Ben Nelson (D-Neb.) has reintroduced the Senate counterpart to HR 23, the “Belated Thank You to the Merchant Mariners of World War II Act of 2007,” introduced by Congressman Bob Filner. Sen. Nelson’s bill, S 961, would also provide a $1,000 monthly benefit to eligible World War II merchant mariners or their surviving spouses. Nelson was the chief Senate sponsor of this legislation in the last Congress. S 961 has been cosponsored by Sens. Sam Brownback (R-Kan.), Charles Grassley (R-Ia.), John Kerry (D-Mass.), and Ted Stevens (R-Alaska).

In the House of Representatives, support for enactment of HR 23 continues to grow. The legislation had attracted 71 cosponsors as of March 29, a gain of 14 representatives over the course of the week. Adding their names to the list of supporters are Reps. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.), Henry Brown (R-S.C.), David Davis (R-Tenn.), Jane Harman (D-Calif.), Peter King (R-N.Y.), Jeff Miller (R-Fla.), John Olver (D-Mass.) Bill Pascrell (D-N.J.), Collin Peterson (D-Minn.), Chris Shays (R-Conn.), Zach Space (D-Ohio), Pete Stark (D-Calif.), Tim Walz (D-Minn.), and Lynn Westmoreland (R-Ga.).  Significantly, Filner, who is the chief sponsor of HR 23, has announced that the Committee on Veterans Affairs will hold a hearing on the legislation on April 18, the first step in a process that, it is hoped, will lead to enactment of HR 23 this year. Filner is chairman of the Committee on Veterans Affairs.

For updates on the status of HR 23, please go to the U.S. Congress Web site: http://thomas.loc.gov/.


MM&P GOVERNMENT GROUP WILL CREW USNS EMORY S. LAND

Military Sealift Command (MSC) will assume operation of the submarine tender USS EMORY S. LAND from the Navy early next year. The T-AS 39 vessel will be crewed by members of MM&P’s Government Employees Group. MSC will assign a rider crew to the vessel this autumn. The crew, which will be divided almost equally between civilian mariners and naval personnel, will man the vessel on the route to Bremerhaven, where it will be converted to USNS. The mission of submarine tenders is to provide fleet commanders with the ability to conduct on-site repairs to deployed submarines and surface ships. Tender support includes immediately available material and a sovereign staging area to conduct nuclear, submarine and surface ship repairs.  


OSU BUCKEYES TO BATTLE FLORIDA GATORS IN NCAA CHAMPIONSHIP

The Ohio State Buckeyes will take on defending national champion Florida in the championship game of the 69th annual NCAA Tournament tonight at the Georgia Dome. The Buckeyes have won 22 straight games. This is their ninth Final Four and the first since 1968. This past weekend, the Buckeyes beat Georgetown (67-60). They are trying to win their second national title (they won their first in 1960). The Gators’ tournament success is quite a bit more recent: they are fighting to become the first team since Duke (1991-92) to repeat as national champions. The Gators are on a nine-game winning streak. They knocked off Jackson State, Purdue, Butler and Oregon before taking out UCLA (76-66) in the Final Four on Saturday. Tonight’s game will feature the same two schools that fought for the football national championship, when Florida routed Ohio State 41-14.



MITAGS ACADEMIC NOTES

CLASS OPENINGS: Between now and the end of June 2007, seats are available in the following courses:


ARPA – Automatic Radar Plotting Aids: 6/5
AZIPOD-KAM-2 – Azipod and Kamewa Steering and Propulsion Systems: 6/2

BRM Bridge Resource Management: 4/23, 5/28
BRMP – Bridge Resource Management for Pilots: 5/2
BST – Basic Safety Training: 4/9, 6/4

[CMM – Chief Mate and Master Courses]
CMM-ADVWX – Advanced Meteorology: 6/11
CMM-CHS I – Advanced Cargo Handling (week 1): 4/23, 6/25
CMM-CHS II – Advanced Cargo Handling (week 2): 4/16
CMM-ECDIS � Electronic Chart and Display Information System: 4/30
CMM-MPP � Marine Propulsion Plants: 5/21
Available on a “Stand-By Basis Only”: CMM-SHS-ADV-I – Advanced Shiphandling (week 1): 4/9, 4/30, 5/14, 6/25
Available on a “Stand-By Basis Only”: CMM-SHS-ADV-II – Advanced Shiphandling (week 2): 4/16, 5/7, 5/21
CMM-WKP � Advanced Watchkeeping: 5/14

CONT-PLNG � Contingency Planning: 5/18
CSE-AASE – Confined Space Entry: 4/25

FF-BADV – Combined Basic and Advanced Fire Fighting: 4/9, 6/4

HAZ-Hazardous Materials (5-day): 4/16, 6/11

LAP � License Advancement Program: 5/28
MEDIA-RSP – Media Response: 5/17

MED-DOT-DA – Dept. of Trans Drug & Alcohol Testing: 4/21, 5/19, 6/16
MED-PIC � Medical Person-In-Charge: 5/14, 6/11
MED-PRO – Medical Care Provider: 4/16, 5/14, 6/11

[MSC – Military Sealift Command]
MSC-CBRD-1 (Chemical Biological Radiological Defense Orientation): 5/24, 6/28
MSC-DC (Damage Control): 4/23, 5/22, 6/26
Available on a Stand-By Basis Only: MSC-SMA � Small Arms: 4/30, 5/21, 6/25
MSC-SMA-R – Small Arms Re-Qualification (2-day): 5/4, 5/25, 6/29 (must have proof of passing all 3 weapons within 2 years)

ROP-5 – Radar Observer Original and Renewal (5-day): 5/14
ROR-1 – Radar Observer Renewal: 4/30, 6/4

SEC-OFF-VCF – Security Officer, Vessel, Company & Facility: 5/14
SHS-BAS – Basic Shiphandling: 4/23, 5/28
SHS-EMR- Emergency Shiphandling: 4/30, 6/4, 6/18

TPIC � Tankerman Person-In-Charge: 6/4

Check the MITAGS website at www.mitags.org for course descriptions associated with the course title abbreviations, and schedule revisions. For class availability or info on MITAGS courses and programs, contact admissions toll-free at 866-656-5568 or Email: admissions@mitags.org.


PMI ACADEMIC NOTES

Winter – Fall 2007

Due to the high demand for this program, PMI has now scheduled another that is already close to full enrollment for its 2007-start date. See the PMI Web site at www.mates.org for more info on this new development.

FOR REGISTRATION CALL JENNIFER FOWLER: 206 838-1126

SCHEDULE OF COURSES – (Course schedule also posted online at www.mates.org)

April 2007
9-11 SEC VCF
9-13 FF BADV
9-13 SHS BAS
9-13 ARPA
9-13 ECDIS
9-20 GMDSS
16-27 WKP BAS
16-4 TCNAV/CO BEGIN APRIL ’07 AB TO MATE PROGRAM
23-25 BRM
24-27 LFBT
30-4 AB
30-4 FF ADV
30-4 SHS BAS

May 2007
7-11 SHS BAS
7-18 GMDSS
7-18 CNAV
14-18 ARPA
14-18 SHS EMR-5
14-25 GMDSS
15TH RADAR RENEWAL
16-18 FF ADV
21-25 BST
21-25 ENAV
21-25 CHS BAS
21ST FL
22-23 SHS ASSESS
29TH FL

June 2007
TCNAV/CO – BEGIN JUNE ’07 AB TO MATE PROGRAM
LICENSE PREP
TPIC
MEDPRO
MED PIC
WKP BAS
GMDSS
LFBT
BST
AB
11-12         SHS ASSESS
11-15         ECDIS
11-13         SEC VCF
18-22         ARPA
18-22         SHS BAS
19TH      RADAR RENEW
SHS ASSESS
25-29         FF BADV
25-29         ROP

July 2007
9th      FL
9-13    ARPA
9-13    BST
10th    RADAR RENEWAL
10-11  SIM ASSESS
10-13  LFBT
16-20 AB
16-20 MED PRO
16-20 ENAV
23rd    RADAR RENEWAL
23-27  SHS BAS
23-3    CNAV
30-3   ARPA
30-3   MED PRO
30-10 MED PIC

August 2007
6-7      SAR
6-10    BST
7-10    LFBT
8-10    EP
14-17  LFBT
13-17  AB
13-17  CONSTB
13-17  SHS EM5
13-17  ECDIS
13-17  TPIC
20-24 AB
20-31 SHS ADV
20-24 CHS BAS
27-31  BAFF
27-31  ENAV
27-31  MED PRO
27-8    GMDSS
27-29  CSO/SSO

September 2007
4-7      LFBT
4-8      WX BAS
4-8      TCNAV
10th    RADAR RENEWAL
10-14  BST
10-14  AB
10-14  MED PRO
10-14  TCNAV
10-14  SHS BAS
17-21  MED PRO
17-21  ARPA
17-21  SHS BAS
17-21  TCNAV
17-28  GMDSS
19-21  AFF
24-5    WKP
24-28 ROP
26-28 AFF

For registration call Jennifer Fowler 888-893-7829

PMI MERCHANDISE FOR SALE!!!

High-quality clothing embroidered with the NEW PMI logo! We can ship these items also! Acceptable forms of payment are check, credit card, money order and exact cash. Call Laura Bendixen at 888-893-7829 for prices and to order. If we don’t have your size, we’ll be glad to special order for you at no extra cost.


MM&P MARKET WATCH AS OF 3-30-2007

 

D O W N A S D A Q S & P 500
12,354.35 2,421.64 1,420.86
Fund Name & Trading Symbol
 Closing
Price
 Vanguard 500 Index Fund (VFINX)
130.83
 Vanguard Extended Market Index Fund (VEXMX)
40.31
 Vanguard International Growth Fund (VWIGX)
24.65
 Vanguard Morgan Growth Fund (VMRGX)
19.25
 Vanguard Windsor II Fund (VWNFX)
35.33
 Vanguard GNMA Fund (VFIIX)
10.21
 Vanguard High Yield Corporate Fund (VWEHX)
6.25
 Vanguard Total Bond Index (VBMFX)
10.01
 Chase Growth Fund (CHASX)
19.23
 Fidelity Asset Manager (FASMX)
16.46
 Fidelity Growth and Income (FGRIX)
31.00
 Fidelity Magellan Fund (FMAGX)
91.32
 Fidelity Small Company Instl (FMACX)
21.46
 Fidelity Value Fund (FDVLX)
84.45
 Spartan US Equity Index Fund (FUSEX)
50.49
 Domini Social Equity Fund (DSEFX)
33.66

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~ Reminders ~





 

T-AGS OCEANOGRAPHIC SURVEY SHIPS MANNING REQUIREMENTS

REQUIRED COURSEWORK

All MM&P members are reminded that to sail aboard the T-AGS ships that MM&P-contracted Horizon Lines will be operating, you must have the required training certification and your certificates must be current in accordance with Military Sealift Command requirements. Members are also required to have had a MSC pre-employment physical and to possess Ship Security Clearance (see below).

The MSC Contract calls for all training certificates required for manning of these vessels to be no older than 5 years and that all STCW-95 courses be renewed every 5 years, or annually, as applicable.

Five-year renewable courses include, but are not limited to:

  • Advanced Fire Fighting
  • Basic Safety Training, and
  • Damage Control

Small Arms certificates must be less than 1 year old and MUST NOT expire during your tour of duty.

Members interested in applying for one of the positions onboard the T-AGS vessels are advised to make sure your certificates are up to date. If not, contact Mary Matlock or Diane Ford at MITAGS Admissions, email: admissions@mitags.org, and schedule to take the course(s) needed.

Those MM&P members interested in obtaining more information and facts about the T-AGS Oceanographic Vessels are asked to email the Director of Special Projects requesting the “facts sheet”. It will be provided by return email in an Adobe Acrobat PDF format.

Members interested in employment on the T-AGS ships are asked to provide a 1-2 page resume. Please list the desired position you are seeking along with the certificates of training you possess and their dates. Upon receipt it will be forwarded to Horizon Lines and a confirmation sent back to the member. Vessel turnover commenced Oct.17, 2004. Positions for all ratings remain open.

The point of contact for sending a resume for employment on the Horizon Lines T-AGS Oceanographic Vessels is Richard Plant, MM&P’s Director of Special Projects. Send resumes in an email or as a Word file attachment to him at: rplant@bridgedeck.org, by fax to 410-850-0973 or by mail to:

Richard Plant, Director of Special Projects

IOMM&P
700 Maritime Blvd.
Linthicum Heights, MD 21090



SHIP SECURITY CLEARANCE NEEDED

Members who want to sail for Horizon Lines on the T-AGS Oceanographic Survey vessels the company is set to begin operating for MSC must have Ship Security Clearance before going aboard.

Special software must be downloaded from the US Government’s Defense Security Service to complete the Security Clearance application. You must have an Internet connection and a Windows-based computer to retrieve the application and run the program.

Go to https://sclient.dss.mil/download/w9xfull.htm to download the software titled “EPSQ SUBJECT2_2”.

After the software is installed and the program is launched, select “Create” from the menu bar at the top of the screen. You will be required to enter your Social Security Number and a case-sensitive password. A window titled “Type of Form” will appear.

All Deck Officers should select the first button titled “Request for Security Clearance (SF86)” and then click “OK” to go to the next screen, “Type of Investigation”.

From the “Type of Investigation” screen:

  • Masters and Radio Officers should select the first button, “Single Scope Background Investigation (SSBI)”.
  • All other Deck Officers (C/M, 2/M, 3/M) should click on the second button, “National Agency Check (NAC or NACLC)”.

After selecting the appropriate investigation type, click on “OK” to begin filling in the forms.



MSC PHYSICALS

Horizon Lines requests all mariners seeking employment aboard the T-AGS Oceanographic vessels to take their MSC Physical at specially-designated facilities only after being advised to do so by the Company. This is to assure that all requirements of the MSC Physical are properly met.


MM&P FCU NEWS

GET NEW WHEELS OR LOWER EXISTING PAYMENTS WITH MM&P FCU VEHICLE FINANCING

Is it time to replace that car you’re driving? Vehicle loan rates are looking great at MM&P FCU.

Drive away in a new or used vehicle for a standard loan rate of:

4.75 percent for terms up to 24 months.
Standard loan rates for longer-term loans are:

5.00 percent for 25-48 months;
5.75 percent for 49-60 months ($20,000 minimum); and
6.25 percent for terms extending from 61-72 months ($25,000 minimum).
You can lower your loan rate even more — by 0.75 percent — by becoming a Preferred Borrower.

Are you paying a higher rate on your current vehicle loan at another institution? Consider refinancing your outside loan at the MM&P FCU and taking advantage of our lower loan rates.

MM&P FCU will finance up to 100 percent of your new vehicle loan, and up to 90 percent of NADA Book Value on a used vehicle. Maximum vehicle loan amount is $30,000.

PREFERRED BORROWERS GET LOWER LOAN RATES
MM&P FCU members can reduce the interest rate they pay on any new loan even further by becoming a preferred borrower. What is a preferred borrower? That’s a member who deposits at least 10 percent of the original loan amount into their MM&P FCU savings account and keeps those funds on deposit until the loan is paid in full. By doing this you save twice – first, your deposit works for you by earning our regular dividend savings rate, and second, you save money by reducing the interest rate on your loan by 0.75 percent.

Contact the MM&P FCU for full details on all loan programs by email to mmpfcu@bridgedeck.org or call 1-800-382-7777 toll-free.



 

MM&P HEALTH & BENEFIT PLAN NEWS

NOTICE TO MEMBERS WHO ARE TAKING VIOXX

On Sept.30, Merck & Co. voluntarily withdrew Vioxx, a popular anti-inflammatory medication, from the market. As a result, individuals who are currently taking the drug have been asked to contact their health care professionals to discuss discontinuing use of Vioxx and possible alternative treatments.

MM&P Plans Administrator Valerie Verrecchio reports that, “We have gotten a number of calls from members who want to know what to do with their remaining supply of Vioxx and whether the Plan or NMHC will refund their co-pay for the unused portion.

“Unfortunately, neither NMHC nor the Plan was aware of the Merck decision prior to the public announcement on Sept.30. As of that date, all deliveries of Vioxx to our members was suspended in accordance with Merck’s announcement. Orders that had already been processed and were in transit could not be stopped.

“In regard to refunds, Merck has set up a website at www.vioxx.com where members can obtain information on how to recover refunds from Merck for the unused portion of medication. Members can also call following toll free number for information: 1-888-368-4699.

“We are sorry for any inc onvenience this may have caused to members currently taking this medication, however, the matter is out of the control of the Plans.”



NMHC MAIL-ORDER PRESCRIPTIONS WEBSITE UPDATED & IMPROVED

MM&P Plans Administrator Valerie Verrecchio reports, “Good news! NMHC mail has finally gotten their website upgraded and functioning properly. I went in and tested it myself and found it to be quite user friendly.”

To use NMHC’s upgraded service, go to the NMHC Mail website at www.nmhcmail.com and click on “MEMBER LOGIN” at the bottom of the screen.

First-time and Registered users may bypass the welcome screen and go directly to the log-in page at https://members.nmhcrx.com/Login/Login.aspx.

  • First-time users should then click on the link marked “NEW USER: REGISTER HERE”.
    This will take you to a page titled “MEMBER REGISTRATION” where you will need to enter demographic information and submit it by clicking on the
  • “CREATE ACCOUNT” button.

After creating your account, NMHC will email you a password to gain entry into your records. With your first sign-in, the NMHC system will prompt you to change the NMHC password to one of your own choosing.

Once you are registered at NMHC, you can check the status of open orders by logging-in to the system through the “MEMBER LOGIN” page and going into the “MAIL ORDER” menu. You can look up all prescriptions and get the price our members will pay for any medication. You can also view an order history of all of your medication transactions (both retail and mail) for the last 24 months, locate 24-hour pharmacies in your zip code region as well as access other helpful member education information.

“We hope this welcome improvement will assist our members. Although you cannot order refills on line if you don’t provide a credit or debit card number, you can phone in your refill. Once you register on the website, you will still have access to all of the other information including checking the status of your order once it is phoned in,” said Ms. Verrecchio.



WWII USCG VETERANS OUTREACH

The U.S. Coast Guard has announced an initiative to identify and collect the oral histories of its World War II veterans. Coast Guard WWII veterans, including SPARS and merchant mariners, are encouraged to record their histories online with the Library of Congress Veterans History Project at www.loc.gov/folklife/vets.

Those veterans needing assistance in recording their stories can receive help from their local Coast Guard Auxiliary public affairs contact by leaving a message at 1-877-875-6296, a toll-free call.




 

COMPANY GIVES BUCKS BACK FOR BUYING SAFE SHOES

LMS Ship Management, the company that manages vessels for Central Gulf, Sulphur Carriers and Waterman Steamship, wants to remind MM&P members that they offer their crewmembers a $75 reimbursement on the cost of purchasing certain slip-resistant shoes and boots for use aboard ship.

This offer has been in place for some time and LMS reports that “we have been pleased with the participation to date, but feel a reminder may be in order.” Their goal is for every crewmember to wear slip resistant footwear during working hours aboard their vessels.

The $75 reimbursement is available to each crewmember who provides LMS with an original receipt for the purchase of slip resistant footwear. In order for the crewmember to obtain the reimbursement, they must wear the shoes while on duty. Upon presentation of the receipt, the crewmember will be reimbursed on their pay voucher. The receipt will be retained by the Master and will remain aboard the vessel.
 
 

Vessels in the LMS footwear reimbursement program are:

  • Green Cove
  • Green Dale
  • Green Lake
  • Green Point
  • Atlantic Forest
  • Sulphur Enterprise
  • Energy Enterprise
  • SGT Matej C. Kocak
  • MAJ Stephen W. Pless, and
  • PFC Eugene A. Obregon

LMS notes that in order to receive reimbursement, crewmembers must purchase one of the following recommended brands:

  • WORX by Red Wing Slip Resistant Footwear
  • Caterpillar (must have steel toe & slip resistant sole)
  • Wolverine (must have steel toe and slip resistant sole)
  • Dunham Sierra Work Boot EH
  • Steel Toe Voyager
  • Georgia Boot 6- or 8-inch Safety Toe Boot
  • Dr. Marten’s (must have steel toe & slip resistant sole)

LOOK FOR THE UNION LABEL:

Of the boots listed above, Red Wing, Caterpillar and Wolverine boots are produced by US union labor.

Redwing’s Union-made products are: Red Wing shoes and boots, Red Wing motorcycle boots and Craftsman (Sears).

Wolverine World Wide manufactures boots under the Caterpillar brand using US union labor. (Other union made safety-shoe brands by Wolverine are the company’s Hy-Test, Durashock and Bates Military labels. The company’s Wolverine brand combat boots are also produced using US union labor.)

Most Dr. Marten’s shoes and boots are produced in the UK.

To find US, union-made products, visit the AFL-CIO Union Label Service and Trades website at www.unionlabel.org and click on “Union Made Product Search”. To shop for union-made products online, go to www.ShopUnionMade.org.




 

WEBSITE OFFERS UNION-MADE GOODS AND SERVICES

The Union Label recently went digital with a new website offering shoppers an array of union-made gifts, from clothing and chocolates to computers, games and greeting cards.

The website, www.shopunionmade.org, launches on the eve of the fall and winter holidays, when shoppers will spend an estimated $1 trillion on gifts, food, drinks and other seasonal items, explained Matt Bates, Secretary-Treasurer of the AFL-CIO Union Label & Service Trades Department. The all-union shopping site, however, will be a year-round operation because that is what consumers demand, he added.

“Shoppers spent $56 billion in Internet sales last year, and on-line spending is doubling every two to three years. Everyday we receive Email and calls from people who want to support good jobs by buying union-made goods and services. The website will reach millions of people, 24 hours a day, with a quick convenient way to shop union,” Bates said.

“The public is ready for this. People have seen millions of good jobs disappear and they are looking for ways to take a stand and make a difference,” he added.

The AFL-CIO will target the peak of the holiday shopping season by promoting “Buy Union Week” Nov. 26 through Dec. 5. The newly-launched, all-union shopping site will be a cornerstone of that campaign. MM&P has a link to the Shop Union Site on this website under “Links and Other Sources”.



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