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Wheelhouse Weekly – December 14, 2009

December 14th 2009

 

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

Volume 13 . . . . . Number 50. . . .December 14, 2009

STORIES COVERED

REMINDERS

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.


OMNIBUS FUNDING MEASURE INCLUDES FULL AMOUNT FOR MARITIME SECURITY PROGRAM

With last night’s Senate vote, Congress has now approved omnibus appropriations legislation for Fiscal Year 2010 that includes full funding of $174 million for the Maritime Security Program (MSP). The appropriations for MSP are contained in the $447 billion government spending bill that includes Fiscal Year 2010 funding for the Department of Transportation and a number of other federal departments and agencies.

The total appropriation of $174 million is the amount necessary to provide full funding for the 60 militarily useful U.S.-flag vessels participating in the MSP through Sept. 30, 2010. The omnibus funding measure is now awaiting the President’s signature.


PRESIDENT OBAMA NOMINATES MARITIME ADMINISTRATOR

President Barack Obama has nominated David Matsuda as the new head of the Maritime Administration (MARAD). Matsuda, who has been serving as deputy maritime administrator for several months, came to the Maritime Administration from the staff of Sen. Frank Lautenberg. MM&P President Captain Tim Brown and MIRAID President Jim Patti applauded Matsuda’s nomination and expressed strong support for his quick confirmation by the Senate. “We are extremely pleased that the President has selected an individual who has clearly demonstrated a keen understanding of the importance of a strong, competitive U.S.-flag merchant marine to our nation’s economic and military security,” they said. “We look forward to working with Administrator Matsuda and his team at MARAD to develop and implement programs and policies that are important to the continued operation of U.S.-flag vessels and that preserve and create jobs for American mariners.” The Senate Commerce Committee has scheduled a hearing on the nomination for Dec. 15.


CONTACT YOUR SENATORS TO PROTEST PROPOSED TAX ON UNION HEALTH PLANS!

A provision in the Senate version of the health care reform bill would assess new taxes on many union medical plans to help fund the proposed overhaul of the American health care industry. The AFL-CIO is calling on all union members nationwide to immediately contact their senators by phone to protest.
The Senate proposal would levy a new tax on health plans with premiums totaling more than $8,500 annually for individuals and $23,000 annually for families. For workers in high-risk occupations, for retirees 55 or older and for residents in the 17 highest cost states, the Senate bill would tax health plans with premiums higher than $9,850 for individuals and $26,000 for families. The Senate proposal, which was originally envisioned as a tax on high-value corporate or “Cadillac” plans, would end up disproportionately targeting unions. The health care bill passed by the House does not contain this provision.
The proposed tax is considered doubly unfair in that many union workers have recently forgone wage and salary increases during contract negotiations in exchange for contributions to union health and welfare plans.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has said he hopes to get the final version of the Senate plan passed before Christmas, so it’s important to act quickly. To find your senators’ contact information, go to http://www.senate.gov/ and click on “Find Your Legislator” at the top of the page.


IT’S BUSINESS AS USUAL AT AHL SHIPPING: REORGANIZATION OF SEPARATE FIRMS WILL NOT AFFECT ITS OPERATIONS

In response to misinformation circulating in the press, officials at AHL Shipping have moved to clarify the significance of last week’s filing for reorganization by three shipbuilding companies with which it is associated.
It’s business as usual at AHL Shipping. The reorganization filings will not affect the operations of AHL’s four existing Jones Act vessels. “Last Wednesday’s reorganization filings relate only to the three ship-owning companies and have no bearing on AHL’s continuing operations,” officials of the company said in a statement.
In the wake of the reorganization filings, the construction of three new state-of-the-art Jones Act tankers has been suspended. AHL said the situation is the result of legal claims associated with the construction process, and in particular with the builder’s inability to control costs and adhere to its contractual obligations. AHL said the ship-owning companies will pursue their interests in court.

“We are disappointed by this development since we have a contract with the ship-owning companies to operate and maintain these fine vessels and the American jobs they represent. We are hopeful that all the contracting groups building those ships will resurrect this important program to provide the domestic petroleum transportation industry with the first-ever tankers specifically designed for Jones Act trading,” the officials said.

“AHL Shipping Company will continue to operate very cost-efficient and versatile tankers in the Jones Act trade and last Wednesday’s court filings do not affect in any way the ability of AHL and its devoted employees to continue management of its fleet of four vessels and to continue its record of providing efficient services to our customers and to the nation.”


MM&P PORT HOLIDAY PARTY SCHEDULE

MM&P members, their families and friends are invited to the holiday parties taking place in December in MM&P union halls, or other locations, as specified below.

ATLANTIC COAST PORTS

New York/New Jersey: Wednesday, Dec. 16, 1200-1700, at the NY/NJ Hall, 35 Journal Square, Suite 912.

Boston: Thursday, Dec. 17, 1200-1700, at the Knights of Columbus in Charlestown, Mass.

GULF PORTS

Port Everglades: Monday, Dec. 21, 1200.

PACIFIC PORTS

Seattle: Wednesday, Dec. 16, at 1230, near the MEBA Hall. Please contact the Seattle Dispatcher for directions and more information at: 206-441-8700.


COAST GUARD ANNOUNCES 2010 DRUG TESTING RATE

The Coast Guard has issued a notice stating that the minimum random drug testing rate for covered crewmembers on U.S. vessels for calendar year 2010 will be 50 percent.


MAREX NEWSLETTER SERIES WILL RATE U.S. CARGO AND CONTAINER SECURITY PROGRAMS

A series of feature articles in the weekly electronic newsletter MarEx will evaluate U.S. programs aimed at protecting the security of ship cargo and containers.  The series, “A Report Card on DHS Security Policies, Standards and Programs,” is written by Jim Giermanski, chairman of consulting firm Powers Global Holdings Inc. The series will also examine the standards and policies implemented by Congress and Customs and Border Protection. “It becomes obvious,” MarEx writes, “that the standards and practices to which they adhere are either unsupportable scientifically, or practically, or at best, weak in light of standards in the rest of the world.” The series, which begins in next Thursday’s issue of MarEx newsletter, covers eight standards or criteria against which security decisions are made today.


NTSB SAYS MASTER PARTLY AT FAULT IN ORANGE SUN CASE

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) says the Jan. 24, 2008 allision between MV ORANGE SUN and the dredge NEW YORK was partly caused by failings in bridge resource management and communications. In particular, the board says the master of MV ORANGE SUN failed to familiarize the bridge crew with and inform the pilot of the vessel’s occasional tendency to sheer. Additional contributing factors were inappropriate starboard rudder movements made by the helmsman and the master, which compromised the pilot’s ability to avoid the accident. ORANGE SUN, a Liberia-registered fruit juice carrier operated by Swiss shipping line Atlanship, struck the dredge NEW YORK while the juice carrier was outbound under pilotage in Newark Bay. The dredge was moored off the main shipping channel and about to begin dredging operations. The NTSB has told Atlanship it should provide its officers with more bridge resource management training.


NTSB INVESTIGATES COLLISION OF CATAMARAN AND COAST GUARD VESSEL

A 25-foot Coast Guard boat and a 43-passenger power catamaran, the THRILLER, collided in Charleston Harbor Saturday night. The Coast Guard boat was reported to be transiting the channel while the catamaran was crossing the channel. There were several injuries. The Coast Guard vessel sustained no damage. The catamaran sustained moderate above-the-water-line damage. Conditions at the time of the incident were clear with winds at 10 to 15 mph.


WAR RISKS INSURER EXTENDS PIRACY AREA

The Hellenic War Risks Club has agreed to keep general premium rates for 2010 the same as for 2009, to extend the areas requiring payment of additional premiums and to offer extra coverage for piracy. The organization says that the gross annual rate for Hellenic war risks cover will remain at 0.01205 per cent of the entered fleet value and that all members will receive at least a 20 percent commission on the gross rate.

A spokesman said the club will continue to apply a sliding scale of additional commissions, ranging from an added five percent for fleets valued at up to $100 million to an extra 30 percent for fleets with over $1 billion entered value. Since February 2009, the Hellenic Club’s additional premium (AP) area has extended 600 miles from the east coast of Somalia. However, the insurer says, attacks have been taking place further and further from the coast. As a result, the Club’s AP Area is being increased as of Jan. 1. In the Indian Ocean, it will extend to longitude 65°E south of latitude 15°N, with the southern boundary running along 11°S and 12°S.

The club says it will continue to offer optional insurance for hire lost as a result of war risk damage. From Jan. 1, it will offer extended insurance that covers hire lost if a ship is seized by pirates, even if the vessel has not been damaged.


MURDER OF CANCALE STAR CHIEF OFFICER PROVOKES ANGER, SORROW

The international ship management group InterManager has issued a statement on behalf of its members expressing solidarity with the family and colleagues of a Ukrainian officer who was killed by pirates in an attack against the Panamax crude oil tanker CANCALE STAR. Several crew members were injured in the attack, which took place off the coast of Benin. The chief officer was fatally injured as pirates attempted to board the ship and the crew fought back. The crew regained control of the vessel and captured one pirate who they handed over to authorities at the port of Cotonou.

“InterManager expresses its sincere condolences to the family of the chief officer who lost his life performing his duty,” said the organization’s president, Roberto Giorgi. “We wholeheartedly condemn the actions of these pirates and call on the international community to join forces to tackle the increasingly violent piracy off the West African coastline.”

In related news, an Indian Navy warship last week repelled an attack on MT NORDIK SPIRIT, owned by the Nordic American Tanker Company. The ship sent out a distress signal after pirates in a small skiff began firing at it. The naval vessel responded to the call and sent helicopters with marine commandos to the ship. The pirates fled and the warship escorted the tanker to safety.


DEC. 28 LAST DAY FOR PROCESSING 2009 VACATION AND PRO PAYMENTS

Monday, Dec. 28 is the last day for processing Vacation and PRO Payments for 2009. The Plan Office has received approval to close the year-end Internal Revenue Service and company reports and to process Vacation and PRO payments for 2009 no later than Monday, Dec. 28 at 4:30 EST. All requests for 2009 Vacation and PRO payments received after this date will be held until Monday, Jan. 4, 2010 for processing and payment, and will therefore be taxable in 2010. If you have any questions, contact Ken Ryan at 410-850-8617.


NAME CHANGE FOR FIDELITY GINNIE MAE FUND

Fidelity has announced that Fidelity Ginnie Mae Fund is changing its name to Fidelity GNMA Fund, effective Dec. 15. The company said the change is being made to reflect industry-standard naming conventions and to make the fund more recognizable. No change is indicated for the fund’s investment objective or strategy, and the fund’s ticker symbol remains unchanged. Plan participants with balances in the fund will be notified of the change by e-mail or regular mail.


MITAGS ACADEMIC NOTES

NOTE: No courses during the weeks of December 21st and December 28th.

CLASS OPENINGS: Between now and the end of February 2010, seats are available in the following courses:

AB- Able Bodied Seaman: 2/8

ARPA – Automatic Radar Plotting Aids: 1/5

AZIPOD-KAM-3: Azipod and Kamewa Propulsion Systems: 2/1

BST – Basic Safety Training: 2/1

BRM � Bridge Resource Management: 2/8

BRMP – Bridge Resource Management for Pilots: 1/18

[CMM – Chief Mate and Master Courses]

CMM-ADVSTB � Advanced Stability: 2/8

CMM-ADVWX – Advanced Meteorology: 1/18

CMM-CHS I � Advanced Cargo Operations (week 11): 01/04

CMM-CHS II – Advanced Cargo Operations (week 2): 1/11

CMM-ECDIS – Electronic Chart Display Information Systems: 1/25

CMM-SHMGT I – Ship Management (week 1) : 2/22

CMM-SHS-ADV-I – Advanced Shiphandling (week 1):  1/25, 2/1, 2/15

CMM-SHS-ADV-I I – Advanced Shiphandling (week 2): 01/04, 1/25, 2/1, 2/22

CMM-VPEN – Voyage Planning and Electronic Navigation: 2/1

CMM-WKP – Advanced Watchkeeping: 2/15

CONSTB � Ship Construction and Basic Stability: 2/15

CONT PLNG – Contingency Planning Workshop: 1/28

ENVRO-REGS PERMIT – Environmental Regulations In The Maritime Industry / Epa General Permit For Commercial Vessels:  1/13

FSM � Fatigue, Sleep & Medications: 1/19

FF-BADV – Basic and Advanced Fire Fighting Combined: 2/1

GMDSS – Global Maritime Distress and Safety Systems: 2/22

HAZ – Hazardous Materials (5-Day) course: 1/18

LEG – Legal Aspects of Pilotage: 1/19, 2/22

MED-DOT-DA – Dept. of Trans Drug & Alcohol Testing: 1/9, 2/20

MED-PIC – Medical Person in Charge: 01/04, 2/15

MED-PRO – Medical Care Provider: 01/04, 2/15

MEDIA RSP – Media Response Workshop: 1/29

ROP-5 – Radar Observer Original or Renewal: 2/8

ROR-1 – Radar Observer Renewal: 1/04

SEC-VCF – Security Officer: Vessel, Company & Facility: 1/25

SHS-EMR5 – Emergency Shiphandling: 2/15

TC/NAV – Terrestrial/Coastal Navigation: 1/11

TPIC – Tankerman Person-In-Charge: 2/8

…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

January 2010

4          Radar Renewal
11         Security Refresher
11-12   Intro to Environmental Regulations/NPDES
11-29   Terrestrial & Coastal Navigation
11-22   GMDSS
12-14   Security VCF
25-29  Medical Care Provider
25-5    Medical Person-in-Charge

February 2010

1-3       Emergency Procedures
4-5      Search & Rescue
8-12    Radar Observer Unlimited
8-12    Tankerman Person-In-Charge
22        Radar Renewal

March 2010

1          Security Refresher
2-4      Security VCF
8-12    Electronic Navigation
16-19   ARPA
15-26  GMDSS
15        Flashing Light
22        Radar Renewal
23-9    Celestial Navigation


MM&P MARKET WATCH AS OF 12-11-2009

D O W N A S D A Q S & P 500
10,405.83 2,190.31 1,106.41
Fund Name & Trading Symbol
 Closing
Price
 Vanguard Asset Allocation Fund(VAARX)
48.81
 Vanguard 500 Index Fund (VFINX)
102.42
 Vanguard Extended Market Index Fund (VEXMX)
31.73
 Vanguard International Growth Fund (VWIGX)
17.14
 Vanguard Morgan Growth Fund (VMRGX)
14.97
 Vanguard Windsor II Fund (VWNFX)
23.85
 Vanguard GNMA Fund (VFIIX)
10.83
 Vanguard Growth Index Fund (VIGRX)
26.82
 Vanguard High Yield Corporate (VWEHX)
5.42
 Vanguard LifeStrategy Conservative Growth (VSCGX)
15.26
 Vanguard LifeStrategy Growth Fund (VASGX)
19.67
 Vanguard LifeStrategy Income Fund (VASIX)
13.45
 Vanguard LifeStrategy Moderate Growth (VSMGX)
17.88
 Vanguard Target Retirement 2005 (VTOVX)
11.24
 Vanguard Target Retirement 2015 (VTXVX)
11.54
 Vanguard Target Retirement 2025 (VTTVX)
11.49
 Vanguard Target Retirement 2035 (VTTHX)
11.74
 Vanguard Target Retirement 2045 (VTIVX)
12.14
 Vanguard Total Bond Index (VBMFX)
10.46
 Vanguard Total Stock Market Index Fund (VTSMX)
27.23
 Chase Growth Fund (CHASX)
15.35
 Fidelity Asset Manager (FASMX)
13.76
 Fidelity Growth and Income (FGRIX)
15.74
 Fidelity Intermediate bond Fund (FTHRX)
10.28
 Fidelity Magellan Fund (FMAGX)
62.65
 Fidelity Small Company Instl (FMACX)
15.71
 Fidelity Value Fund (FDVLX)
55.50
 Fidelity Equity-Income II Fund (FEQTX)
16.20
 Fidelity Blue Chip Growth Fund (FBGRX)
36.97
 Fidelity Diversified International Fund (FDIVX)
27.64
 Fidelity Dividend Growth Fund (FDGFX)
23.05
 Fidelity Freedom Income (FFFAX)
10.81
 Fidelity Freedom 2000 (FFFBX)
11.59
 Fidelity Freedom 2010 (FFFCX)
12.74
 Fidelity Freedom 2020 (FFFDX)
12.74
 Fidelity Freedom 2030 (FFFEX)
12.52
 Fidelity Freedom 2040 (FFFFX)
7.23
 Fidelity Freedom 2050 (FFFHX)
8.41
 Fidelity Total Bond Fund (FTBFX)
10.57
 Spartan Extended market Index Fund (FSEMX)
29.73
 Spartan US Equity Index Fund (FUSEX)
39.29
 Domini Social Equity Fund (DSEFX)
25.78





~ Reminders ~



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.

© 2009, 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.