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Wheelhouse Weekly – April 30, 2007

April 30th 2007

 

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

Volume 11 . . . . . Number 17. . . .April 30, 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.


INCORPORATING LICENSE INTO MERCHANT MARINER CREDENTIAL A BAD IDEA, MM&P SAYS

MM&P has told the US Coast Guard (USCG) that its plan to incorporate the mariner’s license into its proposed merchant mariner’s credential (MMC) will not help the agency achieve its stated goals of reducing the paperwork burden, cutting back on red tape and improving the flow of commerce. A better approach, the union says, would be to upgrade the MMC so that it could also serve as a Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC), while retaining the license as a separate document.

MM&P’s comments were filed on April 25 in response to USCG’s supplemental notice of proposed rulemaking on the Consolidation of Merchant Mariner Qualification Credentials.

The USCG seeks to combine the merchant mariner document (MMD) and license, with its STCW endorsements, into a single document called the Merchant Mariner Credential (MMC). The agency said it considered combining all documents in the TWIC card, but that in this case, there wouldn’t be enough room on the card to print the necessary information. In addition, the USCG says, the amount of data would exceed the storage capacity of the chip embedded in the TWIC.

“These are problems of the USCG’s own making,” MM&P says in its official comments. The information overload would be created precisely by the agency’s proposal to incorporate the license and the MMD into a single card.

In the scenario envisioned in the union’s counter-proposal, unlicensed mariners would only be required to hold one document: the MMC/TWIC would serve as a certificate of qualification, an identity document and a biometric transportation security card all in one. Licensed officers would have to carry an MMD/TWIC, and their license, with all the required endorsements, which would continue to serve as their certificate of qualification.

“We see no benefits to combining ratings’ and officers’ credentials into a new MMC,” MM&P said. “A consolidated MMC would not reduce either the number of documents a mariner would have to carry or the number of issuance fees he or she would have to pay. A combined MMD/TWIC would.”

Current documentation and licensing regulations, MM&P said, should not be transformed into a system of endorsements on a newly created MMC. “The overwhelming majority of licensed officers favor retaining the license as a separate document and as a certificate of qualifications at the licensed level,” MM&P said, and “this is evident from the comments USCG has received on this proposal.”


NORMAN MINETA SPEAKS OUT IN FAVOR OF MONTHLY BENEFIT FOR WORLD WAR II MERCHANT MARINERS

Former Secretary of Transportation Norman Mineta testified before the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs last week in favor of HR 23, a bill which would grant certain World War II merchant mariners or their surviving spouses a $1,000 monthly benefit. The legislation, which is known as the “Belated Thank You to the Merchant Mariners of World War II,” was introduced in the House by Veterans’ Affairs Committee Chairman Bob Filner (D-Calif.). MM&P submitted a statement for the record in strong support of this important and long overdue piece of legislation.

In his testimony, the former Secretary of Transportation, now a member of the Board of Directors of MM&P-contracted Horizon Lines, spoke at length of the heroism of World War II merchant mariners, thousands of whom lost their lives in the conflict. “Merchant mariners, both men and women, were among the first prisoners of war in Europe and Asia and throughout the war, many lost their lives in prison camps,” Mineta said. “Many more suffered the brutal conditions of forced labor and enslavement in enemy concentration camps.” More than 1,500 American merchant vessels were sunk supporting the war effort.

Mineta quoted General MacArthur, who wrote, “With us [merchant mariners] have shared the heaviest enemy fire. I have ordered them off their ships and into fox holes when their ships became untenable targets of attack. At our side, they have suffered in bloodshed and in death. I hold no branch of service in higher esteem.”

“It is a curious fact that in so many battles at sea where merchant mariners fought hand in hand with their Navy gun crews , only the Navy crews received recognition and benefits from the GI Bill,” Mineta said. “Merchant mariners wounded or killed in the very same action did not even receive recognition for their same sacrifices.”

Mineta said that when President Roosevelt signed the GI Bill, he expected Congress would soon pass similar legislation in favor of members of the merchant marine who, the President said, “have risked their lives time and time again during the war for their country.”

Mineta told the committee that HR 23 and its companion Senate bill, S 961, offer America “a unique opportunity to right a historical wrong.” For updates on the status of HR 23, visit the U.S. Congress Web site: http://thomas.loc.gov/


 

LAWMAKERS GRILL DHS ON BENEFITS OF PERSONNEL SYSTEM OVERHAUL

Members of a House subcommittee have asked Department of Homeland Security (DHS) officials why, in an agency already rated among the lowest for job satisfaction, they are moving ahead with a controversial personnel system overhaul which appears to be worsening employee morale. At an April 23 hearing of the House Homeland Security Subcommittee, legislators also questioned whether the “Human Capital Operational Plan,” as DHS now calls its personnel system, is really that different from “MaxHR,” an earlier attempt at an overhaul that has been partially reversed by the courts.

Last spring, an appeals court found the labor relations portion of MaxHR illegal, saying it unfairly limited collective bargaining. National Treasury Employees Union President Colleen Kelley told the subcommittee that the regulations implementing the personnel system “gut employee due process rights, putting in serious jeopardy the agency’s ability to recruit and retain a capable workforce.”

Marta Perez, chief “human capital” officer at DHS, told lawmakers at the hearing that it was too early to make a judgment call about how the new plan is working. She suggested the department could conduct monthly surveys to see whether the personnel management changes are having a positive effect.

Although MM&P members are not affected by the DHS rules, maritime labor is closely monitoring the situation because the Department of Defense (DOD) has been working to apply other controversial personnel system reforms to a group of employees that would include civilian mariners. The DOD proposal was put forth under the name “National Security Personnel System (NSPS).” MM&P members and other civilian mariners are excluded from the human resource and appeals provisions of NSPS, but not from the labor relations provisions.



 

TSA EXCLUDES AVIATION LABOR FROM DISCUSSIONS ON EMPLOYEE SCREENING IMPROVEMENTS

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is working with a group of industry leaders to come up with a plan to maximize the effectiveness of employee screening at airports. But labor leaders have been excluded from these discussions, a move Edward Wytkind, president of the AFL-CIO’s Transportation Trades Department (TTD), calls “bizarre” since it ignores the vital role aviation labor plays in implementing security programs. MM&P is a member of TTD.

“We don’t know if the plan is good, bad or ugly,” Wytkind says, “because we were never consulted about it. It is irrational that the TSA places such low value on the input of aviation employees.”

TSA has just released a new six-point plan to bolster employee screening, and is now working with the American Association of Transportation Security/Administration and other industry groups to develop standards for the plan, which will eventually involve testing, followed by a rollout at the 452 commercial U.S. airports.

AFL-CIO unions have been at the forefront in calling for a sensible universal access system capable of quickly processing busy aviation workers through the security screening systems at airports.


MM&P-CREWED USNS GRAPPLE ON TV

USNS GRAPPLE, one of Military Sealift Command’s three rescue-salvage ships, will be featured May 2 on the History Channel show “Modern Marvels: Deep Sea Salvage,” at approximately 10:00 p.m. EST. The GRAPPLE, classed T-ARS 53, is crewed by 26 civilian mariners and four military personnel. It is one of the 39 ships in the Naval Fleet Auxiliary Force. Check your local listings to confirm the airtime in your area/time zone. Please note that some satellite service airtimes may differ. Go to http://www.history.com/minisites/modernmarvels for upcoming episodes, air dates and show descriptions. Or go to the network’s main page www.history.com/ and click “SCHEDULE” at the top for all History Channel programming info by date and time zone.



DRUG TEST COLLECTOR TRAINING IN PACIFIC PORTS FOR MASTERS AND CHIEF MATES

The drug test collector training required by the Department of Transportation will be offered: April 30 in the Ports of Los Angeles/Long Beach; May 2 in San Francisco; and May 4 in Seattle. This one-day training course should be completed by all members sailing as Master and Chief Mate. You must retrain if you have not taken the course within the past five years. There are a limited number of spaces available for this course. Please contact the respective union hall to sign up.


MASSACHUSETTS SENATE BILL WOULD GIVE VETERANS PREFERENCE IN HARBOR PILOT APPLICATION PROCESS

A bill introduced in the Massachusetts Senate would give applicants with veteran’s status preference in the selection of Boston harbor pilots.
Senate bill 528 would require the commissioners to give “absolute preference” to “persons who have served in the military or naval forces in time of war and have been honorably discharged.”


MARITIME ADMINISTRATION MOVES

The Maritime Administration (MARAD) moved to its new offices, in the vicinity of Washington Navy Yard, at the end of April. E-mail addresses and phone numbers remain unchanged. MARAD’s mailing address is now:

U.S. Maritime Administration
West Building
Federal Plaza Center
1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
Washington, DC 20590


MITAGS ACADEMIC NOTES

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

Openings are available in our Spring and Summer Small Arms Original and Renewal Courses.  See dates below.


AIS – Automatic Identification System: 7/13, 8/3
ARPA – Automatic Radar Plotting Aids: 6/5, 7/24
AZIPOD-KAM-2 – Azipod and Kamewa Steering and Propulsion Systems: 6/2

BRM Bridge Resource Management: 5/28
BRMP – Bridge Resource Management for Pilots: 7/17, 8/1
BST – Basic Safety Training: 6/4

[CMM – Chief Mate and Master Courses]
CMM-CHS I – Advanced Cargo Handling (week 1): 6/25
CMM-ECDIS � Electronic Chart and Display Information System: 7/9
CMM-MPP � Marine Propulsion Plants: 5/21, 7/30
CMM-SHMGT-I � Ship Management I (week 1): 7/16
CMM-SHMGT-II – Ship Management (week 2): 7/23
CMM-SHS-ADV-I – Advanced Shiphandling (week 1): 5/14, 7/9
CMM-SHS-ADV-II – Advanced Shiphandling (week 2): 5/21, 6/25, 7/16

CONT-PLNG � Contingency Planning: 5/18
CSE-AWR-2 – Confined Space Entry Awareness (2 day): 7/12

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

HAZ-Hazardous Materials (5-day): 6/11, 7/23

LAP � License Advancement Program: 5/28
LEG – Legal Aspects of Pilotage(Evening): 7/17, 8/1

MEDIA-RSP – Media Response: 5/17, 7/12
MED-DOT-DA – Dept. of Trans Drug & Alcohol Testing: 5/19, 6/16, 7/28
MED-PIC � Medical Person-In-Charge: 6/11, 7/23
MED-PRO – Medical Care Provider: 6/11, 7/23

[MSC – Military Sealift Command]
MSC-CBRD-1 (Chemical Biological Radiological Defense Orientation): 5/24, 6/28, 7/21
MSC-DC (Damage Control): 5/22, 6/26, 7/19
MSC-SMA � Small Arms: 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): 7/9
ROR-1 – Radar Observer Renewal: 6/4, 7/23, 7/30

SEC-OFF-VCF – Security Officer, Vessel, Company & Facility: 7/9
SHS-BAS – Basic Shiphandling: 5/28, 7/23
SHS-EMR- Emergency Shiphandling: 6/4, 6/18, 7/30
SHS-EMR- BRMP-3� Emergency Shiphandling & Bridge Resource Management for Pilots: 5/23, 7/10

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

Spring – 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)

May 2007
7-11    ROP
7-11    SHS BAS
7-11    BST
7-18    CNAV
7-18    GMDSS
8-11    LFBT
14-18  ARPA
14-25  GMDSS
14-15  BFF
14-19  WX ADV
16-18  AFF
21-25  ENAV
21-25  TPIC
21-25  CHS BAS
21st     FL
22-23 SHS ASS
21-25  BST
22-23 BFF
29th    RADAR RENEWAL
29-2    WX BAS
29-2    AB
29th    FL
30-31 SHS ASSESS

June 2007
1-2      SHS ASSESS
4-8      TPIC
4-8      MED PRO
4-15    MED PIC
4-15    WKP
4-22    TCNAV
5-8      LFBT
11-13  SEC VCF
11-13  WKP
11-15  BST
11-15  AB
11-29  TCNAV
18-22 ARPA
25-29 ROP
25-29 BAFF

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 4-27-2007

 

D O W N A S D A Q S & P 500
13,120.94 2,557.21 1,494.07
Fund Name & Trading Symbol
 Closing
Price
 Vanguard 500 Index Fund (VFINX)
137.69
 Vanguard Extended Market Index Fund (VEXMX)
41.91
 Vanguard International Growth Fund (VWIGX)
25.88
 Vanguard Morgan Growth Fund (VMRGX)
20.25
 Vanguard Windsor II Fund (VWNFX)
37.25
 Vanguard GNMA Fund (VFIIX)
10.20
 Vanguard High Yield Corporate Fund (VWEHX)
6.29
 Vanguard Total Bond Index (VBMFX)
9.99
 Chase Growth Fund (CHASX)
19.90
 Fidelity Asset Manager (FASMX)
16.80
 Fidelity Growth and Income (FGRIX)
32.67
 Fidelity Magellan Fund (FMAGX)
95.93
 Fidelity Small Company Instl (FMACX)
22.31
 Fidelity Value Fund (FDVLX)
88.90
 Spartan US Equity Index Fund (FUSEX)
52.90
 Domini Social Equity Fund (DSEFX)
35.82

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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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