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Wheelhouse Weekly – December 03, 2007

December 3rd 2007

 

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

Volume 11 . . . . . Number 48. . . .December 3, 2007

STORIES COVERED

Also

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.


U.S. GOVERNMENT SUES COSCO BUSAN OWNERS AND PILOT ON BOARD

The Associated Press reports that on Friday afternoon, the Department of Justice filed suit in U.S. District Court against the owners of the COSCO BUSAN and San Francisco Bar Pilot Captain John Cota. The suit charges them with breaking environmental laws when the vessel struck the San Francisco Bay Bridge. The allision resulted in a 58,000-gallon oil spill.

The government’s suit alleges violations of the National Marine Sanctuary Act, the Oil Pollution Act of 1990 and the Park System Resource Protection Act. The defendants named in the suit are Regal Stone Ltd. and Fleet Management Ltd., both of which are listed as owners, operators and managers of the COSCO BUSAN. The two companies are said to be headquartered in Hong Kong. Captain John Cota, the pilot on board when the allision took place, is also named in the suit. The government also named as a codefendant Shipowners Insurance and Guaranty Co. Ltd., which insures the ship.

The government said the amount of damages it will seek will be determined during the course of the trial.

The suit asserts the government’s right to impound the COSCO BUSAN, which is now being repaired in San Francisco. The Justice Department has stated that it wants to avoid taking that step, however, and would therefore accept a letter of undertaking from the owners guaranteeing they will pay clean-up costs.

According to standard accident investigation protocol, the San Francisco Board of Pilot Commissioners has suspended Cota’s pilot license. In an official release, the board said that the suspension “should not be viewed as a prejudgment of pilot error.”


SEEKING SECOND AND THIRD MATES FOR T-AGS OCEANOGRAPHIC VESSELS

MM&P is seeking licensed deck officers to sail as second and third mates on the T-AGS oceanographic vessels. There are currently two second mate and one third mate positions open. If you are interested, please contact MM&P Atlantic Ports Vice President Rich May at rmay@bridgedeck.org or 201-963-1900.


U.S.-CANADA STUDY ENCOURAGES DEVELOPMENT OF SHORT SEA SHIPPING ON GREAT LAKES AND ST. LAWRENCE SEAWAY

It may become cost-effective to develop new short sea shipping services on the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Seaway to deal with increasing road congestion in the region, according to a study released at the end of November by the governments of Canada and the United States.
The study was aimed at evaluating the need for new infrastructure in the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Seaway system to ensure and enhance its viability. Seven Canadian and U.S. departments and agencies were involved in the study: Transport Canada, the U.S. Department of Transportation, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the Canadian St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation, the U.S. Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation, Environment Canada and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Another conclusion of the study is that the system has the capacity to carry twice the volume of current traffic, especially if maritime transport can be better leveraged with rail and trucking operations. Short sea shipping, especially of palletized goods and other neobulk shipments such as steel, could alleviate congestion on the road and rail transportation networks as well as at border crossings in the Great Lakes Basin and St. Lawrence River region.

The report is available for download at www.glsls-study.com, where links are also provided for reader comment.


SAFETY ZONE ESTABLISHED AROUND AMBROSE LIGHT STATION

The Coast Guard has established a temporary safety zone within a 250-yard radius of the Ambrose Light Station, about 8.35 nautical miles east of Sandy Hook, N.J., to protect people from hazards associated with the damaged structure while repairs are being made. Initial damage assessment showed that the Ambrose Light Station is no longer working properly and may be in danger of collapse, creating additional hazards for vessels operating in the area. The safety zone will be in effect through at least May 5, 2008. The Ambrose Light Station, situated about 12 miles southeast of Staten Island, was struck Nov. 3 by the AXEL SPIRIT, a tanker operated by Teekay Shipping.


EUROPEAN PORTS FORGE AHEAD WITH RADIATION DETECTORS, UNITED STATES LAGS

Customs officials in the Netherlands are already using next-generation radiation detectors to scan ship containers. Officials at the Belgian port of Antwerp are also about to deploy the scanners. But the United States is lagging behind in deployment of 1,400 advanced spectroscopic portal monitors (ASP) because recent field tests reveal that the technology does not meet “operational standards,” according to a Department of Homeland Security (DHS) spokeswoman.

DHS says its system will result in more efficient scanning because it is designed to automatically distinguish between naturally occurring radioactive material and dangerous nuclear material. But the Government Accountability Office has questioned the effectiveness of the technology and the testing methods used to evaluate it. It may be another year before ASP detectors are shipped to the nation’s ports.


BLACK SEA OIL SPILL MAY BE REGION’S WORST-EVER ENVIRONMENTAL DISASTER

Experts say that last month’s catastrophic sinking or grounding of 10 ships in the Sea of Azov, the Black Sea and the Strait of Kerch may be the worse ecological disaster to ever hit the region. The vessels, including a Russian oil tanker and two ships carrying sulphur, were sunk or run aground by gale-force winds and high seas on Nov. 12. The bodies of at least six seamen have been recovered.

The disaster was centered in the Sea of Azov, a northern section of the Black Sea, which is linked to the larger body of water by the Strait of Kerch. The Sea of Azov is bounded on the north by the Ukraine, on the east by Russia and on the west by the Crimean peninsula.

Tens of thousands of birds, including many endangered and protected species, have been recovered dead since the spill took place. The operations of local fisheries have been critically compromised by the disaster. Russian and Ukrainian environmentalists, struggling to remediate the damage, are being assisted by an ecological response team from the European Union.

The Ukrainian Prime Minister is requesting an independent probe. Criminal proceedings are reportedly being instituted. The bulk of the spill, at least 2,000 metric tons of fuel oil, occurred when the Russian oil tanker VOLGANEFT-139 split in two while it was anchored outside Kerch, waiting for the storm to pass.


MM&P HOLIDAY PARTY SCHEDULE

MM&P members, their families and friends are invited to the 2007 holiday parties at their local MM&P union halls, or other locations, as specified below.

ATLANTIC COAST PORTS

New York/New Jersey: Wednesday, Dec. 12.
Boston: Friday, Dec. 14, at the Nights of Columbus in Charlestown, Mass., starting around noon. Please contact the Boston Hall for more information.
Norfolk and San Juan: To be decided.

GULF PORTS

Gulf Port Parties will take place at the respective halls according to the following schedule.

New Orleans: Wednesday, Dec. 12, noon.

Houston: Thursday, Dec. 13, noon.

Jacksonville: Friday, Dec. 14, noon.

Port Everglades: Tuesday, Dec. 18, 11:00.

PACIFIC PORTS

San Francisco: Thursday, Dec. 13 (most likely joint with MEBA at MEBA Hall in Oakland).

Los Angeles: Friday, Dec. 14 (joint w/MEBA at Los Angeles Hall).

Seattle: Tuesday, Dec. 18 (at MM&P’s Seattle Hall).


DRUG AND ALCOHOL TESTING CLASS AT PMI IN JANUARY

A “MED-DOT” class will be held at the Pacific Maritime Institute (PMI) in Seattle on Wednesday, Jan. 9. The course fulfills the federal requirements for initial training and “refresher” training for drug and alcohol testing aboard ship. Department of Transportation (DOT) regulations require that refresher training be completed every five years. Interested members should contact the Seattle Hall at (206) 441-8700, or by e-mail: kmoran@bridgedeck.org.


MITAGS ACADEMIC NOTES

PLENTY OF CHIEF MATE & MASTER COURSE OPENINGS IN:
CMM-Advanced Meteorology or CMM-Ship Management II: December 10th
CMM-Advanced Watchkeeping or CMM-Marine Propulsion Plants: December 17th

HOLIDAY SHOPPING TO DO?  A huge mall with 17 anchors and over 225 specialty stores is a 15 minute drive from MITAGS!

CLASS OPENINGS: Between now and March 3, 2008, seats are available in the following courses:

AIS ECDIS 3 for Pilots � Automatic Identification System and Electronic Chart Display Information System (3 day) for Pilots: 1/28
ARPA – Automatic Radar Plotting Aids: 1/14

BRMP � Bridge Resource Management for Pilots: 12/11, 1/31
BST � Basic Safety Training: 12/17, 2/4

[CMM – Chief Mate and Master Courses]
CMM-ADVWX � Advanced Meteorology: 12/10, 1/21
CMM-CHS I � Advanced Cargo Handling (week 1): 2/4
CMM-CHS II � Advanced Cargo Handling (week 2): 2/11
CMM-MPP � Marine Propulsion Plants: 12/17, 2/18
CMM-SHS-ADV-I-Advanced Shiphandling (week 1): 1/7, 1/21, 2/4, 2/25
CMM-SHS-ADV-II-Advanced Shiphandling (week 2): 1/28, 2/11
CMM-SHMGT-I � Ship Management (week 1): 2/25
CMM-SHMGT-II� Ship Management (week 2): 12/10, 3/3
CMM-WKP � Advanced Watchkeeping: 12/17

CONT PLNG � Contingency Planning Workshop: 1/25

FF-BADV � Combined Basic & Advanced Fire Fighting: 12/17, 2/4

HAZ � Hazardous Materials (5 day) Course: 1/7

LAP � License Advancement Program (must be qualified by USCG for exam): 1/14
LEG � Legal Aspects of Pilotage: 12/11, 1/30

MED-PIC � Medical Person-In-Charge: 1/7, 2/11
MED-PRO � Medical Care Provider: 1/7, 2/11
MED-DOT-DA – Dept. of Trans Drug & Alcohol Testing: 12/8, 1/12, 2/16
MEDIA RSP � Media Response: 1/24

[MSC – Military Sealift Command]
MSC-CBRD-1 � CBRD Orientation: 1/26
MSC-DC � Damage Control: 1/24

ROR-1 – Radar Observer Renewal: 12/10, 1/14, 2/18

SEC-VCF � Security Officer: Vessel, Company & Facility: 1/21
SHS-BAS � Basic Shiphandling: 1/21, 2/18
SHS-EMR � Emergency Shiphandling: 1/28
SHS-ESH- BRMP � Emergency Shiphandling & Bridge Resource Management for Pilots: 1/28

TPIC – Tankerman Person-In-Charge Dangerous Liquids: 2/11

�and 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 Email: admissions@mitags.org.


PMI ACADEMIC NOTES

Fall – Winter 2008

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)

December 2007
11        ROR   
10-14  BST
10-14  AB
17-21  ENAV
17-19  SEC VCF
17-21  ARPA
17-21  TPIC
17-21  SHS BAS

January 2008
7-11ENAV
7-11STB BAS
7-11TPIC
7-11BST
8-11ARPA
8-11LFBT
14-18AB
14-18WX BAS
14-18SHS BAS
14-25GMDSS
14-1TCNAV
21-1WKP
22ROR
28-1MED PRO
28-2GMDSS
28-8MED PIC
28-1FF ADV
28-29FF BAS

February 2008
4-8 ROR
4-8 BST
4-8 AB
11-15TPIC
12-15LFBT
11ROR
11-12SAR
11-15TPIC
12-15ARPA
12-15LFBT
13-15EP
16FL
18-22ENAV
18-22MED PRO
18-29MED PIC
18-22SHS BAS
25ROR
25-29ARPA
25-29ECDIS
25-7CNAV

March 2008
3-7BST
3-14GMDSS
4-7LFBT
10-11SAR
10-12SEC VCF
10-14AB
12-14EP
17-21TPIC
17-28SHS ADV
17-28GMDSS
24-28ECDIS
24-28FF ADV
24-4GMDSS
27-28FF BAS

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 11-29-2007

D O W N A S D A Q S & P 500
13,372 2,661 1,481
Fund Name & Trading Symbol
 Closing
Price
 Vanguard Asset Allocation Fund(VAARX)
68.56
 Vanguard 500 Index Fund (VFINX)
136.85
 Vanguard Extended Market Index Fund (VEXMX)
40.54
 Vanguard International Growth Fund (VWIGX)
28.24
 Vanguard Morgan Growth Fund (VMRGX)
21.10
 Vanguard Windsor II Fund (VWNFX)
36.09
 Vanguard GNMA Fund (VFIIX)
10.41
 Vanguard Growth Index Fund (VIGRX)
33.24
 Vanguard High Yield Corporate (VWEHX)
5.91
 Vanguard LifeStrategy Conservative Growth (VSCGX)
17.41
 Vanguard LifeStrategy Growth Fund (VASGX)
25.62
 Vanguard LifeStrategy Income Fund (VASIX)
14.46
 Vanguard LifeStrategy Moderate Growth (VSMGX)
21.71
 Vanguard Target Retirement 2005 (VTOVX)
12.43
 Vanguard Target Retirement 2015 (VTXVX)
13.46
 Vanguard Target Retirement 2025 (VTTVX)
14.12
 Vanguard Target Retirement 2035 (VTTHX)
15.03
 Vanguard Target Retirement 2045 (VTIVX)
15.52
 Vanguard Total Bond Index (VBMFX)
10.17
 Vanguard Total Stock Market Index Fund (VTSMX)
35.76
 Chase Growth Fund (CHASX)
22.40
 Fidelity Asset Manager (FASMX)
16.81
 Fidelity Growth and Income (FGRIX)
28.91
 Fidelity Intermediate bond Fund (FTHRX)
10.19
 Fidelity Magellan Fund (FMAGX)
100.26
 Fidelity Small Company Instl (FMACX)
21.54
 Fidelity Value Fund (FDVLX)
83.85
 Fidelity Equity-Income II Fund (FEQTX)
24.29
 Fidelity Blue Chip Growth Fund (FBGRX)
45.12
 Fidelity Diversified International Fund (FDIVX)
43.42
 Fidelity Dividend Growth Fund (FDGFX)
30.69
 Fidelity Freedom Income (FFFAX)
11.62
 Fidelity Freedom 2000 (FFFBX)
12.87
 Fidelity Freedom 2010 (FFFCX)
15.34
 Fidelity Freedom 2020 (FFFDX)
16.39
 Fidelity Freedom 2030 (FFFEX)
17.02
 Fidelity Freedom 2040 (FFFFX)
10.07
 Fidelity Freedom 2050 (FFFHX)
11.73
 Fidelity Total Bond Fund (FTBFX)
10.37
 Spartan Extended market Index Fund (FSEMX)
39.99
 Spartan US Equity Index Fund (FUSEX)
52.59
 Domini Social Equity Fund (DSEFX)
33.83






~ 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:

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”.



The MM&P Wheelhouse Weekly is the official electronic newsletter of the International Organization of Masters, Mates, and Pilots, ILA, AFL-CIO, 700 Maritime Blvd. Suite B, Linthicum Heights, MD 21090-1953. Phone: 410-850-8700; Fax: 410-850-0973; Email: iommp@bridgedeck.org. For further info or to subscribe contact Lisa Rosenthal at lrosenthal@bridgedeck.org. The Wheelhouse Weekly is sent via Email to MM&P-contracted vessels at sea and is posted on our web page.

© 2007, International Organization of Masters, Mates & Pilots. All the material contained in this publication is protected by copyright. For permission to reprint text from the Weekly, contact the MM&P Communications Department: lrosenthal@bridgedeck.org. For changes of address, contact Lisa Rosenthal at lrosenthal@bridgedeck.org.

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