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Wheelhouse Weekly – December 01, 2005

December 1st 2005


 


THE MASTERS, MATES & PILOTS’
WHEELHOUSE WEEKLYonline

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

Volume 9 . . . . . Number 48 . . . . December 1, 2005


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.




MM&P WHEELHOUSE WEEKLY WILL BE DELAYED FROM DEC. 8TH TO 9TH

The MM&P Wheelhouse Weekly that is scheduled to be distributed on Dec. 8th will be delayed until Dec. 9th so that complete coverage can be provided of the Pension Trust Plan meeting that will take place on Dec. 8th.




 

AGREEMENT WITH MATSON FOR KVAERNER HULL #4 SIGNED

MM&P and Matson reached an agreement last week regarding terms of employment aboard the M/V MAUNALEI that is under construction at Aker Philadelphia Shipyard (formerly Kvaerner Philadelphia Shipyard). The new agreement, which covers the three CV 2600 class vessels already in operation as well as the M/V MAUNALEI, addresses certain wage inequities contained in the original CV2600 collective bargaining agreement and re-allocates funds currently payable to Port Relief Officers aboard vessels in domestic service to the shipboard side when the vessels are engaged in foreign service.

The agreement concludes several months of sometimes acrimonious negotiations during which time the company had threatened to outsource the vessel management and Licensed Deck Officer positions to third parties. MM&P Pacific Ports Vice President Don Marcus remarked that “the contract gains were modest, but hard-fought. It is significant that MM&P was able to hold out for what we needed regardless of the threats thrown around by Matson.”

“A heartfelt thanks is owed to MEBA, SUP and MFOW who supported MM&P in our efforts to improve our terms of employment, to our Honolulu members who came out in force to handbill Alexander & Baldwin’s headquarters on three different occasions, and to the members of our various negotiating committees who have been negotiating with Matson on their time off since April 2004 on various proposals,” Marcus said. Recent members of negotiating committees included Paul Schulman, Katherine Sweeney, Mike Bozzone, Dave Myles, John Bloomingdale, John Morehouse, Steve Palmer, Kevin McGraw, Agent-Pacific Ports, Dave Boatner and Atlantic-Ports Vice President, Rich May.

The contract will be mailed out as soon as possible for a ratification vote. An agreement between ARA and Matson is still pending.

 




 

BUSH SIGNS BILL THAT INCLUDES $156 MILLION FOR MSP

President Bush has signed a massive $65 billion appropriations bill into law that includes fiscal year 2006 funding for the Maritime Administration, with $156 million being allocated for the 60 vessels in the Maritime Security Program (MSP). A total of $21 million is also earmarked for the disposal of excess US government ships that pose a significant environmental threat due to their deteriorated condition.


HORIZON TO RAISE RATES ON CONTAINER SHIPMENTS TO HAWAII

MM&P-contracted Horizon Lines announced that it is planning to raise its rates on container shipments between Hawaii and the West Coast. The decision follows a similar move by MM&P-contracted Matson Navigation, and among the reasons given are increased barge and inland expenses, increased liner operating costs and increased capital spending to upgrade the line’s container fleet and terminals.

Horizon said it plans to raise its Hawaii service rates beginning on January 2. Westbound rates for shipments originating on the mainland locations served by truck will rise by $125 per container, while shipments from the mainland from inland points served by rail will rise by $385 per container. Eastbound rates for shipments originating in Hawaii to mainland locations served by truck will increase by $75 per container and shipments originating in Hawaii to the mainland served by rail will increase by $335 per box.


DISASTER RELIEF FUND APPROVED AS TAX EXEMPT ORGANIZATION

The MM&P Disaster Relief Fund has officially been approved as a tax-exempt organization. The tax-exempt status means that all contributions are deductible. Since its inception in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, the fund has raised over $100,000.


VESSEL CALLS AT PORT OF NEW ORLEANS INCREASING

Three months after Hurricane Katrina struck the Gulf Coast, marking the worst natural disaster in US history, vessel calls at the Port of New Orleans continue to climb. The Port currently has about 50-percent of its normal ship calls and is on track to meet its goal of having 80- to 100-percent of its normal ship traffic back by March.

This week, 18 vessels will call on the port. This time last year, the port averaged 36 ship arrivals per week. Port facilities along the Inner Harbor Navigational Canal or Industrial Canal were damaged in the storm. But Port facilities along the riverfront in Uptown New Orleans did not flood and sustained only minor to moderate wind damage. About 70-percent of the Port’s business is normally handled at the Uptown river terminals.


NORTHROP GRUMMAN WANTS FEMA FUNDS FOR HURRICANE DAMAGE

The US Navy has asked for $2 billion from the Federal Emergency Management Agency to repair the damage from Hurricane Katrina to Northrop Grumman’s three Gulf Coast shipyards. Most of the funds would be used to rewrite current Navy contracts to shift the burden of hurricane-related cost overruns and building delays from the company to the government.

Under “fixed price incentive” contracts between the Navy and Northrop Grumman, cost overruns on many of the ships under construction are usually split evenly. Under the Navy proposal, FEMA would pay Northrop’s half. Northrop is also expected to receive from $500 million to $1 billion from its insurers to cover physical damage to property.


STATE DEPARTMENT TO ENHANCE US MARITIME SECURITY EFFORTS

President Bush recently approved the “National Strategy for Maritime Security” designed to “prevent the maritime domain from being used by terrorists, criminals, and hostile nations to commit acts of terrorism and criminal or other unlawful or hostile acts against the US, its people, economy, property, territory, allies, and friends.”

The new strategy reflects the President’s vision of a fully coordinated effort to safeguard US global maritime interests. President Bush has designated Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice to lead coordination of US maritime security activities with foreign governments and international organizations. The President further directed the Secretary to solicit international support for a strengthened global maritime security framework.


USCG SEEKS COMMENTS ON NATIONWIDE AUTOMATIC ID SYSTEM

The Coast Guard has announced that it intends to prepare a Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (PEIS) as part of the environmental planning process for the Nationwide Automatic Identification System (NAIS) project. The NAIS project was initiated as a component of implementing the Maritime Transportation Security Act of 2002.

Implementation of the NAIS involves installing Automatic Identification System (AIS) equipment and related support systems on and around communications towers or other structures along 95,000 miles of coastline and inland rivers. NAIS will provide the USCG with the capability to receive and distribute info from shipboard Automatic Identification System (AIS) equipment in order to enhance Maritime Domain Awareness (MDA). The project will provide detection and identification of vessels carrying AIS equipment approaching or operating in the maritime domain where little or no vessel tracking currently exists.

AIS is an international standard, approved by the International Maritime Organization (IMO), for ship-to-ship, ship-to-shore and shore-to-ship communication of info, including vessel position, speed, course, destination, and other data of critical interest for maritime safety and security. The info provided by this system will support national maritime interests — from the safety of ports through collision avoidance, to the safety of the nation through detection and classification of vessels when they are still thousands of miles offshore.

The USCG will hold a public meeting concerning the scope of PEIS on Thursday, Dec. 22, at USCG HQ in Wash, DC. The public meeting will be held from 1400 to 1600, and will be preceded by an open house from 1300 to 1400. The public meeting and open house will be held in room number 2415 of USCG HQ, 2100 Second Street SW, Wash, DC 20593. Comments on this issue should be identified by USCG docket number USCG-2005-22837 and may be submitted to the Docket Management Facility at the US Dept. of Transportation (DOT) through the agency’s web site at: http://dms.dot.gov or by fax at 202-493-2251.


REPORT FINDS THAT MARINE LIFE SUFFERING FROM OCEAN NOISE

A report recently released by the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), an environmental advocacy group, found that the effects of ocean noise on marine life range from long-term behavioral change to hearing loss to death. The report, a follow-up to a 1999 study, included details from necropsies performed on beached whales suspected of being exposed to Navy sonar.

Scientists who examined more than a dozen whales that beached in the Canary Islands in September 2002 found bleeding around the brain and ears and lesions in the animals’ livers and kidneys. “It is a set of symptoms that have never before been seen in marine mammals,” said Michael Jasny, the senior policy consultant and the report’s principal author. “That physical evidence has led scientists to understand that the sonar is injuring the whales in addition to causing them to strand.”

Researchers believe that whales are suffering the same type of decompression sickness that is known as “the bends” in humans. The leading theory is that sonar either causes whales to panic and surface too quickly or forces them deeper before they can expel nitrogen, leading to nitrogen bubbles in the blood.

A federal probe into the mass stranding of 17 whales in the Bahamas in March 2000 cited the Navy’s use of mid-frequency sonar as a contributing factor. NRDC recently sued the Navy in an attempt to curb its use of mid-frequency sonar, which is the most common method of detecting enemy submarines. The environmental group wants limits on sonar during training exercises and has recommended year-round restrictions of excessive ocean noise in critical habitats and seasonal restrictions on migration routes.


 

MITAGS ACADEMIC NOTES

NEW COURSE: *WX-BASREF-2 – Two day Basic weather refresher, offered prior to Advanced Meteorology. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED PREP, see guidelines below.

CMM Advanced Meteorology IS AN ADVANCED COURSE. Students should register for the basic Weather Refresher course prior to CMM-WXADV if they do not have a foundation of weather knowledge that includes the following:

— Knowledge of the atmosphere and its properties, including change of state of water vapor.
— Atmospheric stability: the atmospheric profiles that are conducive to fog and thunderstorm formation.
— Atmospheric pressure and understanding of diurnal variations versus weather system passages.
— Wind: Be able to estimate wind speed from the Beaufort scale and from observations at sea.
— Be able to calculate geostrophic approximation from isobaric pattern on synoptic charts and convert to true wind speed.
— Be able to calculate true wind speed and direction given ships own course and speed.
— Knowledge of the basic cloud groups and their causes.
— Knowledge of the global wind and pressure systems over the oceans both summer and winter.
— Understanding basic weather systems depicted on synoptic weather charts.
— Understanding of shipboard observations. Determine when and why shipboard observations do not agree with synoptic analyses and forecast charts.
— Be able to revise and construct your own 24 hour weather forecasts based on your local observations and facsimile weather chart information.

CLASS OPENINGS: Between now and the end of February 2006, seats are available in the following courses:


AIS – Automatic Identification System: 12/15
ARPA – Automatic Radar Plotting Aids: 12/12, 1/9, 2/13
AZIPOD – Azipod Propulsion System (2 day): 12/5

BRM – Bridge Resource Management: 1/13
BRMP – Bridge Resource Management for Pilots: 12/12, 2/8
BST – Basic Safety Training: 1/30

[CMM – Chief Mate and Master Courses]
CMM-CHS I – Advanced Cargo Handling (week 1): 1/20
CMM-CHS II – Advanced Cargo Handling (week 2): 2/27
CMM-ECDIS – Electronic Chart Display and Info Systems: 12/5, 1/9, 1/30
*WX-BASREF-2 – Two-day Basic weather refresher, HIGHLY RECOMMENDED PREP for Advanced Meteorology: 2/4
*CMM- ADVWX – Advanced Meteorology 2/6
CMM-MPP – Marine Propulsion Plants: 12/5, 1/16
CMM-SHS-ADV-I – Advanced Shiphandling (week 1): 1/23, 2/13
CMM-SHS-ADV-II – Advanced Shiphandling (week 2): 12/12, 1/30
CMM-SHMGT I – Ship Management (week 1): 12/12, 1/9, 2/6, 2/27
CMM-ADVSTAB – Advanced Stability: 2/13
CMM-VPEN – Voyage Planning and Electronic Navigation: 1/23
CMM-WKP – Watchkeeping: 12/5, 1/20

CONT-PLNG – Contingency Planning: 12/16, 1/20, 2/10

HAZ-Hazardous Materials (5-day): 1/9

LAP – License Advancement Program: 1/9

MEDIA-RSP – Media Response: 1/19, 2/9
MED-DOT-DA – Dept. of Trans Drug & Alcohol Testing: 12/10, 1/14, 2/11
MED-PIC – Medical Person-In-Charge: 12/5, 1/9, 2/6
MED-PRO – Medical Care Provider: 12/5, 1/9, 2/6


[MSC – Military Sealift Command]
MSC-SMA – Small Arms (4-day): 1/30
MSC-SMA-R – Small Arms Re-Qualification (2-day): 2/3 (must have proof of passing all 3 weapons within 2 years)

ROP-5 – Radar Observer Original and Renewal (5-day): 1/16
ROR-1 – Radar Observer Renewal: 12/10, 12/12, 1/9, 2/13

SEC-OFF-VCF – Security Officer, Vessel, Company & Facility: 12/12, 1/16, 2/6
SHS-BAS – Basic Shiphandling: 1/9, 2/20
SHS-EMR-Emergency Shiphandling: 2/20

TPIC – Tankerman Person-In-Charge: 2/13
TRAC-TUG – Water Tractor and Azimuth Stern Drive Tugs (3-day): 12/8


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

PMI is offering a USCG Crew Endurance Management Coaches Seminar in Seattle from October 26-27 in addition to its regular course offerings listed below. This training is designed to provide commercial mariners the knowledge and skills to develop, deploy, and assess Crew Endurance Management Systems (CEMS) within their companies.

As a Crew Endurance Coach, the employee is critical to the success of CEMS implementation. Coaches provide education and guidance on the principles of light and sleep management, assist with changes to the work and rest environment, make recommendations on schedule changes, and help create personal endurance plans for each crewmember. Once successfully completing the training the Coach will have the necessary training to educate personnel on a vessel, and the processes and practices specific to the USCG Crew Endurance Management Program. The training session spans two full days and includes a written exam. Cost: $425 per person To Register: Call Pacific Maritime Institute at 206-441-2880 or toll free 888-893-7829.

December 2005

12/5-9 Medical Care Provider
12/5-9 ARPA
12/5 Radar Renewal
12/5-16 Basic Safety Training
12/5-16 GMDSS
12/5-16 Medical Person-In-Charge
12/12-16 Med Pro
12/12-23 Med Pic
12/13-16 Lifeboat/Survival Craft
12/19-21 Ship Security Officer
12/19-23 ARPA
12/19-23 Basic Shiphandling
12/26-30 Emergency Shiphandling 5-day

12/27-29 Ship Security Officer

January 2006

1/ 2-6 BST
1/9-27 TCNAV
1/9-12 Lifeboat/Survival Craft
1/9-13 Tankerman Person-In-Charge
1/9-20 GMDSS
1/9-21 100 Ton OUPV
1/16-20 ECDIS
1/16-20 ARPA
1/16-20 Emergency Shiphandling 5-day
1/23-27 MEDPRO
1/23-2/3 MEDPIC
1/30-2/1 Ship Security Officer
1/30-2/3 RADAR Observer Unlimited
1/30-2/10 GMDSS

February 2006

2/6-10 BST
2/6-9 Lifeboat/Survival Craft
2/6-10 ARPA
2/6 Radar Renewal
2/13-17 ENAV
2/20-3/3 CNAV
2/20-3/3 Advanced Shiphandling
2/20-3/4 100 Ton OUPV
2/27-3/3 Tankerman Person-In-Charge
2/27-3/3 ARPA
2/27 Radar Renewal

March 2006

3/6-10 BST
3/6-9 Lifeboat/Survival Craft
3/6-10 Basic Meteorology
3/6-18 100 Ton OUPV
3/13-24 GMDSS
3/13-17 CONSTB
3/20-24 CHS BAS
3/27-31 MEDPRO
3/27-31 ARPA
3/27 Radar Renewal
3/27-4/7 MEDPIC

For registration call Jennifer Fowler 888-893-7829

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MM&P MARKET WATCH AS OF 11-30

 

 D O W  N A S D A Q  S & P 500
10,880.55 -9.69 for the week 2,256.71  -2.14 for the week 1,258.82  -3.10 for the week

 

Fund Name & Trading Symbol
Closing
Price
Change
 Vanguard 500 Index Fund (VFINX)
115.49
-1.01
 Vanguard Extended Market Index Fund (VEXMX)
34.41
-.31
 Vanguard International Growth Fund (VWIGX)
20.53
+.03
 Vanguard Morgan Growth Fund (VMRGX)
17.62
-.14
 Vanguard Windsor II Fund (VWNFX)
32.34
-.28
 Vanguard GNMA Fund (VFIIX)
10.21
-.05
 Vanguard High Yield Corporate Fund (VWEHX)
6.15
+.02
 Vanguard Total Bond Index (VBMFX)
10.00
-.03
 Chase Growth Fund (CHASX)
19.05
-.37
 Fidelity Asset Manager (FASMX)
16.39
-.03
 Fidelity Growth and Income (FGRIX)
37.85
-.55
 Fidelity Magellan Fund (FMAGX)
108.01
-1.30
 Fidelity Small Company Instl (FMACX)
23.32
+.03
 Fidelity Value Fund (FDVLX)
80.07
-.05
 Spartan US Equity Index Fund (FUSEX)
44.36
-.39

 





~ 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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