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Wheelhouse Weekly – August 31, 2009

August 31st 2009

 

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

Volume 13 . . . . . Number 35. . . . August 31, 2009

STORIES COVERED

REMINDERS

T-AGS Oceanographic Survey Ships Info

Required Coursework

Security Clearances

MSC Physicals

MM&P FCU News

MM&P Health & Benefit Plan News

Meet Our New Prescription Benefit Manager, PHARMACARE

Notice to MM&P Health & Benefit Plan Participants

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.


SEN. EDWARD M. KENNEDY REMEMBERED

The memory of Massachusetts Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, a staunch supporter of America’s working families, was honored last week in ceremonies across the country. At MM&P headquarters, International Secretary-Treasurer Glen Banks gave instructions that the flag be flown at half staff.

Kennedy was chairman of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions. He was a cosponsor of the Employee Free Choice Act and a major supporter of health care reform. “We’ve lost a friend who was at the center of legislative initiatives to make jobs safer and more secure and to empower workers to pursue their dreams through strong unions and collective bargaining,” said Ed Wytkind, president of the AFL-CIO’s Transportation Trades Department (TTD).

“For five decades, virtually every major piece of legislation to advance the civil rights, health and economic well being of the American people bore Ted Kennedy’s name and resulted from his efforts,” said President Barack Obama. “Our country has lost a great leader, who picked up the torch of his fallen brothers and became the greatest United States Senator of our time.”


MARINERS’ RIGHTS TOP NMSAC AGENDA

In domestic and international forums, MM&P continues to strongly advocate for mariners’ rights.

The National Maritime Security Advisory Committee (NMSAC), which met by conference call Aug. 24, once again took up the question of shore leave and mariners’ access to visitors and to representatives of welfare and labor organizations. Several committee members, including representatives of shipping companies and port facility operators, expressed strong dissatisfaction with the Coast Guard’s refusal to enforce the mariners’ welfare provisions of the International Ship and Port Facility Security Code (ISPS Code).

During the meeting, NMSAC committee member Mike Rodriguez, who reports directly to MM&P International President Tim Brown, spoke out strongly on behalf of seafaring labor. In response to the Coast Guard’s assertion that the problem of limits on shore leave was becoming less of an issue, Rodriguez pointed out that many mariners are becoming resigned to the shoddy treatment they receive in the United States and no longer even try to go ashore.  He called it a “sad state of affairs” that mariners expect to be treated poorly in the United States. Although Rodriguez acknowledged that individual Coast Guard officers around the country had been helpful in resolving issues on a case-by-case basis, he said the leaders of the Coast Guard should be responsible for developing consistent enforcement policies.

The Coast Guard has stated on several occasions that it cannot legally require port facilities to allow mariners to cross facilities to go ashore. The agency has said it believes that would constitute an instance of “taking private property” that is prohibited under the U.S. Constitution. In any case, the Coast Guard has yet to make such a legal opinion public, nor has it filed a reservation with the International Maritime Organization to inform the world that the United States is unable to enforce the ISPS Code.

Following the Aug. 24 meeting, NMSAC renewed its call for the Coast Guard to:

— enforce port facility obligations under the ISPS Code, the Maritime Transportation Security Act and the relevant provisions of Title 33 of the Code of Federal Regulations;

— require each port facility to facilitate access for seafarers by requiring that every port facility security plan facilitate shore leave, crew changes and access for visitors, in accordance with the ISPS Code and international instruments;

— convene a high-level group to address all related seafarer access issues, consisting of representatives of the Department of Homeland Security, the Department of State, seafarers unions, seafarers welfare organizations, facility owner/operators, facility security officers and shipowners associations.


ACCESS TO SHORE: USCG SECTOR COMMANDER UPHOLDS MARINERS’ RIGHTS

Captain Marcus Woodring, USCG Commander, Sector Houston-Galveston, has reaffirmed the need for a proper balance between security and the human rights of seafarers. In a Port Security Information Bulletin dated Aug. 17 (PSIB 04-09), Woodring calls shore leave “critical to the welfare of seafarers.” He also said denying vessel services to ships at berth increases the risk of casualties and pollution by causing “additional vessel movement(s) to a lay berth or anchorage to receive these critical services.”

 “In addition to creating discord, the refusal of mariner access and the refusal of vessel stores/services across a facility violates the requirements of 33 CFR 105.200 (b)(9) and 33 CFR 105.270,” Woodring said. “Facility security plans which lack these provisions and which declare the denial of stores or mariners through facility premises do not meet federal requirements,” he added. Woodring said the Houston-Galveston Captain of the Port “will not approve resubmissions [of facility security plans] without these important issues being addressed.”

MM&P strongly supports the position expressed by Captain Woodring and continues to call on senior Coast Guard leadership to develop and strongly support similar policies that will ensure the rights and welfare of seafarers.


NATO COUNTER-PIRACY MANDATE EXPANDS; PIRATES FIRE ON NAVY HELICOPTER

NATO’s involvement in the fight against piracy entered a new phase in mid-August when the North Atlantic Council (NAC) approved “Operation Ocean Shield.” The new mission builds on NATO’s previous counter-piracy mission in the context of a more comprehensive approach. While at-sea counter-piracy operations continue to be the central focus, an element of regional state counter-piracy capacity building has been added: NATO will now try to help regional states combat piracy on their own.

In related news, Somali pirates aboard a captured ship, the MV WIN FAR, opened fire with a large caliber weapon on a U.S. Navy helicopter as it carried out surveillance in mid-August. There were no casualties and the crew aboard the helicopter, which was under the observation of other naval forces in the area at the time, declared later that they were unaware that they were being fired on. The MV WIN FAR is a Taiwanese-flagged vessel that was seized by pirates earlier this year. In other news, Somali pirates have reportedly demanded $2.8 million for the Greek-owned MV IRENE and its Filipino crewmembers.


MYSTERY OF MISSING CARGO SHIP CONTINUES EVEN AFTER VESSEL RESURFACES NEAR AFRICA

Top Russian officials say that the ARCTIC SEA, a cargo ship hijacked in July under murky circumstances in the Baltic Sea, may have been carrying a suspicious cargo in addition to its declared load of Finnish timber. Some industry observers have speculated that the vessel, which was seized by pirates near Sweden last month and vanished for weeks before being recaptured by the Russian navy, may have held weapons or even nuclear materials. The Maltese-flagged ship, with a crew of 15 Russian sailors, was originally heading to Algeria.

But a spokesman for the Russian military said that Moscow did not know if the ship was carrying any cargo other than wood. “We do not know what it was carrying, we only know there is wood and whatever else it is carrying must be clarified by the investigation,” Nikolai Makarov, chief of Russia’s general staff, told reporters during a visit to Mongolia last week. Makarov added that it was unclear why the hijackers had bothered to seize the ship. Two Russians, four Estonians and two Latvians are now jailed in Moscow on suspicion of hijacking the ARCTIC SEA. They were arrested when the Russian military recaptured the vessel off the Cape Verde Islands. Russian officials have said that a preliminary search of the ship found nothing suspicious. They have vowed to conduct a more thorough search when the ship reaches the Russian port of Novorossiysk.

According to the Russian authorities, the hijackers who boarded the ship on July 24 forced the crew to shut down the navigational equipment and change course. The U.K. Coast Guard made contact with the vessel on July 28. The ship was sighted off Brest, France, on July 30, but then was not seen again until it was found off the coast of Africa. There are still many questions about what happened on the ship over the four weeks it was missing and why it had taken so long to locate it.


AMERICAN MERCHANT MARINE VETERANS CHINA COASTERS CHAPTER SEEKS NEW MEMBERS!

The American Merchant Marine Veterans China Coasters Chapter is seeking new members. The only requirement to join is a Merchant Mariners Document. Meetings are held on the third Saturday of each month. Discussion focuses on a variety of maritime-industry related topics, including the Jones Act, cargo preference and the campaign to achieve fair compensation for World War II merchant mariners. For more information, please send an e-mail to chinacoasters@earthlink.net, write to American Merchant Marine Veterans, China Coasters, 440 North Avalon Blvd., Wilmington, CA 90744 or call or fax 310 834 2488.


D-BOOK MEMBERSHIP CLASS IN SAN FRANCISCO SEPT. 30-OCT. 1

The D-Book Membership class will be held in the San Francisco Hall on Sept. 30-Oct. 1. The class begins at 0900. All applicants should complete this course as soon as possible to avoid delays in becoming members. Applicants should take the course before completing 360 days of covered employment. For more information and to sign up, please contact the San Francisco Hall at 415-777-5074.


SEPT. 1 DEADLINE FOR D-BOOK APPLICANTS TO SUBMIT PAPERWORK TONEXT GEB MEETING

The deadline for D-Book applicants to submit material for consideration at the Sept. 8 meeting of the MM&P General Executive Board (GEB) is 5:00 p.m. East Coast time, Tuesday, Sept. 1. As has been previously mentioned in MM&P publications, a one-week deadline for D-Book document submission is now in effect. All back-up paperwork for the application, including a copy of the “D” Certificate for the D-Book membership class, four letters of recommendation from senior officers and a copy of the discharge (if the applicant got off a ship just before or on the deadline date) must be received by the MM&P Membership Department by close of business, 5:00 p.m. East Coast time, one week before the GEB meeting in question. Applicants’ initiation fee must also be paid in full. The final two GEB meetings for 2009 will be held on Sept. 8-9 and Dec. 1-2. The deadline for submitting material to the Dec. 1 meeting is COB 5:00 p.m. East Coast time, Tuesday, Nov. 24.


REBUILT SEACOR TANKER RULED ACCEPTABLE UNDER JONES ACT

A tanker that was retrofitted in China to conform to double-hull regulations is not in violation of the Jones Act and can participate in the U.S. trades, according to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. In a ruling made last week, the appeals court reversed an earlier district court ruling that had found in favor of plaintiffs, including Crowley Maritime. The most recent ruling upheld the original decision by the Coast Guard, which had determined that the modifications did not violate the Jones Act because the weight of steel added was equal to less than 10 percent of the total weight of the tanker. The work done to the hull in China transformed the SEABULK TRADER into a double-hull tanker, which extends its life under the U.S. Oil Pollution Act of 1990.


COAST GUARD RELEASES ACCIDENT INVESTIGATION REPORT ON FATAL WATER TAXI ACCIDENT

The Coast Guard has released its final accident report on the March 2004 capsizing of the pontoon taxi LADY D in Baltimore. Five passengers died in the accident. According to the Coast Guard, the master should not have decided to depart the dock at Fort McHenry in the face of an approaching visible squall line. Among the recommendations in the report: direction to Coast Guard inspectors to investigate vessels nationwide that may be at elevated risk of capsizing and a review of stability standards and testing procedures.


MATSON’S ANDRASICK RETIRES

James Andrasick, chairman of Matson Navigation Co., announced his retirement, effective tomorrow. The 65-year-old executive had also served as chief financial officer at Matson parent company Alexander & Baldwin with oversight of the company’s legal, logistics and environmental departments.


MITAGS ACADEMIC NOTES

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


ARPA – Automatic Radar Plotting Aids: 9/22, 10/6, 11/16

AZIPOD – (2-Day) Azipod Propulsion Systems: 10/1

BST – Basic Safety Training: 10/5

BRM – Bridge Resource Management: 9/14, 11/16

BRMP – Bridge Resource Management for Pilots: 12/3

CNAV – Celestial Navigation: 10/19

CHS-BAS – Basic Cargo Handling & Stowage: 10/5

CONT PLNG – Contingency Planning:  9/17

[CMM – Chief Mate and Master Courses]

CMM-ADVWX – Advanced Meteorology: 9/21, 11/16

CMM-CHS I – Advanced Cargo Operations (week 1): 10/5

CMM-CHS II – Advanced Cargo Operations (week 2): 10/12

CMM-MPP – Marine Propulsion Plants: 11/2

CMM-SHMGT I – Ship Management (week 1) : 9/7, 11/30

CMM-SHMGT II – Ship Management (week 2) : 9/14

CMM-SHS-ADV-I – Advanced Shiphandling (week 1):  10/12, 10/26, 11/9, 11/30

CMM-SHS-ADV-I I – Advanced Shiphandling (week 2): 10/19, 11/2, 11/16

CMM-WKP – Advanced Watchkeeping: 11/9

EP – Emergency Procedures: 11/4

ENAV – Electronic Navigation: 9/7

ENVRO-REGS PERMIT – Environmental Regulations In The Maritime Industry / Epa General Permit For Commercial Vessels:  10/7, 11/11

FF-BADV – Basic and Advanced Fire Fighting Combined: 10/5

HAZ – Hazardous Materials (5-Day) course: 10/12

LAP – License Advancement Program (Chief Mate & Master Only): 09/14

LAP – License Advancement Program (Original Third Mate Only): 11/30

LEG – Legal Aspects of Pilotage: 9/28, 12/2

MEDIA RSP – Media Response Workshop: 9/18, 11/19

MED-DOT-DA – Dept. of Trans Drug & Alcohol Testing: 10/17, 11/14

MED-PIC – Medical Person In Charge: 11/9

MED-PRO – Medical Care Provider:  11/9

[MSC – Military Sealift Command]

MSC-CBRD-1 – CBRD Orientation: 11/20

MSC-DC Damage Control: (Special Evening Course: 11/16 – 19/09)

MSC-SMA – Small Arms Training: 11/16

ROR-1 – Radar Observer Renewal: 9/21, 10/5, 11/9, 11/16

SAR – Search & Rescue: 11/2

SEC-VCF – Security Officer: Vessel, Company & Facility: 9/14, 11/13

SEC-VSO-R – Vessel Security Officer Refresher (1 day):  11/13

SHS-BAS – Basic Shiphandling: 11/9

SHS-EMR-5 – Emergency Shiphandling: 10/12

SHS-EMR-BRMP3 – Emergency Shiphandling and Bridge Resource Management for Pilots: 9/28, 11/30


WKP BAS – Basic Watchkeeping: 9/21

WX BAS – Basic Meteorology: 9/14

…remember: If you can’t make the class, make the call.  Be courteous, don’t be a “no show.”


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 e-mail: admissions@mitags.org.


PMI ACADEMIC NOTES

Schedule of Courses – Please also see our schedule online at www.mates.org

For registration, call our registrar, Jennifer Pitzen, at (206) 838-1126

September 2009

14-18  Basic Cargo Handling
21        Radar Renewal
21-2    Celestial Navigation
22-25  ARPA
21-25  Medical Care Provider
21-2    Medical Person-In-Charge

October 2009

5-9 Basic Stability
12-16   Basic Meteorology
12        Security Refresher
19-30  GMDSS
19-23  Tankerman Person In Charge
26        Radar Renewal
26-30 Medical Care Provider
27-29  Security VCF

November 2009

2-13    Watchkeeping with BRM
2-6      Radar Observer Unlimited
9          Radar Renewal
9-13    Medical Care Provider
9-20    Medical Person In Charge
10-12  Security VCF
16-20  Tankerman Person In Charge
20       Flashing Light
30       Security Refresher

December 2009

7          Radar Renewal
8-11     ARPA
14-16   Security VCF


MM&P MARKET WATCH AS OF 8-28-2009

D O W N A S D A Q S & P 500
9,580.63 2,028.77 1,028.93
Fund Name & Trading Symbol
 Closing
Price
 Vanguard Asset Allocation Fund(VAARX)
46.07
 Vanguard 500 Index Fund (VFINX)
95.18
 Vanguard Extended Market Index Fund (VEXMX)
30.01
 Vanguard International Growth Fund (VWIGX)
15.88
 Vanguard Morgan Growth Fund (VMRGX)
13.75
 Vanguard Windsor II Fund (VWNFX)
21.93
 Vanguard GNMA Fund (VFIIX)
10.69
 Vanguard Growth Index Fund (VIGRX)
24.55
 Vanguard High Yield Corporate (VWEHX)
5.13
 Vanguard LifeStrategy Conservative Growth (VSCGX)
14.66
 Vanguard LifeStrategy Growth Fund (VASGX)
18.44
 Vanguard LifeStrategy Income Fund (VASIX)
13.07
 Vanguard LifeStrategy Moderate Growth (VSMGX)
16.93
 Vanguard Target Retirement 2005 (VTOVX)
10.75
 Vanguard Target Retirement 2015 (VTXVX)
10.92
 Vanguard Target Retirement 2025 (VTTVX)
10.79
 Vanguard Target Retirement 2035 (VTTHX)
10.96
 Vanguard Target Retirement 2045 (VTIVX)
11.33
 Vanguard Total Bond Index (VBMFX)
10.34
 Vanguard Total Stock Market Index Fund (VTSMX)
25.38
 Chase Growth Fund (CHASX)
14.56
 Fidelity Asset Manager (FASMX)
13.07
 Fidelity Growth and Income (FGRIX)
15.03
 Fidelity Intermediate bond Fund (FTHRX)
10.00
 Fidelity Magellan Fund (FMAGX)
59.70
 Fidelity Small Company Instl (FMACX)
14.64
 Fidelity Value Fund (FDVLX)
53.09
 Fidelity Equity-Income II Fund (FEQTX)
15.48
 Fidelity Blue Chip Growth Fund (FBGRX)
33.63
 Fidelity Diversified International Fund (FDIVX)
26.33
 Fidelity Dividend Growth Fund (FDGFX)
21.52
 Fidelity Freedom Income (FFFAX)
10.48
 Fidelity Freedom 2000 (FFFBX)
11.13
 Fidelity Freedom 2010 (FFFCX)
12.08
 Fidelity Freedom 2020 (FFFDX)
11.99
 Fidelity Freedom 2030 (FFFEX)
11.74
 Fidelity Freedom 2040 (FFFFX)
6.76
 Fidelity Freedom 2050 (FFFHX)
7.85
 Fidelity Total Bond Fund (FTBFX)
10.26
 Spartan Extended market Index Fund (FSEMX)
28.08
 Spartan US Equity Index Fund (FUSEX)
36.50
 Domini Social Equity Fund (DSEFX)
23.738





~ 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. Suite B
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:

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

6.75 percent for 25-48 months;
7.50 percent for 49-60 months ($20,000 minimum); and
8.00 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

MEET OUR NEW PRESCRIPTION BENEFIT MANAGER, PHARMACARE

As you know, effective July 1, 2007, MM&P will have a new Prescription Benefit Manager, PharmaCare. If you use the mail service and have not sent your Confidential Mail Service Enrollment Form to the MM&P Plan Office, you have until June 30 to do so. Otherwise, you can call PharmaCare’s customer service line and give them the information over the telephone or send the form with your first new mail prescription directly to PharmaCare. In the next couple of days, you will be receiving a letter with your new MM&P identification cards and a prescription booklet with information on how to obtain your prescriptions. PharmaCare’s customer service number is listed in the booklet. If you have any questions, please contact the MM&P Health & Benefit Plan Advisors.



NOTICE TO MM&P HEALTH & BENEFIT PLAN PARTICIPANTS

As you know, MM&P Health & Benefit Plan members have a new prescription benefit manager, PharmaCare. When you first obtain a prescription at your retail drug store, please show your new Health & Benefit Identification Card with PharmaCare’s information. If you do not show your card, please inform your pharmacist of the following information so you can receive your prescriptions through the Plan. Your identification number HAS NOT CHANGED. Please provide the pharmacist with your full member identification number. You will have to also provide the following numbers. RxGrp#- Z50136968, RxBin: 610468 and RxPCN: PC2 

If your pharmacist has any questions, he or she should call PharmaCare directly at (800) 503-3241.  If you have any questions, PharmaCare members can call the company directly at (888) 364-6815.


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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