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Wheelhouse Weekly – December 21, 2009

December 21st 2009

 

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

Volume 13 . . . . . Number 51. . . .December 21, 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.


MM&P HOLIDAY CLOSING SCHEDULE

MM&P Headquarters, MM&P Plans and the MM&P Federal Credit Union will be closed for the Christmas holidays on Dec. 24 and 25, and for New Year’s Day, Jan. 1. MM&P port offices will be closed Dec. 24, Dec. 25, Dec. 31 and Jan. 1. Happy holidays and best wishes for the New Year!


COAST GUARD RECS WILL ACCEPT MMC APPLICATIONS BY E-MAIL

The Coast Guard says that starting Jan. 4, its 17 regional exam centers(RECs) will accept merchant mariner credential applications by e-mail. The agency says that the e-mailed applications must be complete packages, assembled according to the Coast Guard’s application acceptance checklist, available online. The applications must be e-mailed in Portable Document Format (PDF). Each credential application can be no larger than 10 megabytes in size.

E-mailed applications must not be scanned at a resolution higher than 300 dots per inch (dpi). Mariners must attach a copy of their TWIC or TWIC application receipt and pay any applicable user fees through www.pay.gov.  The subject line of the e-mail must be in this format: mariner’s last name, mariner’s first name, mariner’s middle initial and mariner number (if known). A list of e-mail addresses to which applications may be submitted is available online. Mariners should submit their application to only one REC. Visit http://www.uscg.mil/nmc/announcements/industry_notice_e_submission.pdf.


CONFIRMATION HEARING FOR MARITIME ADMINISTRATOR POSTPONED

A hearing to consider the nomination of David Matsuda as the new head of the Maritime Administration (MARAD) has been postponed for technical reasons, probably until after the holidays. Although the Dec. 15 hearing before the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee took place as planned, the name of the nominee for the MARAD post was removed from the agenda the day before. The White House is said to be assembling additional routine paperwork on the nominee, who has been serving as deputy maritime administrator for several months. Matusda came to the Maritime Administration from the staff of Sen. Frank Lautenberg. MM&P President Captain Tim Brown and MIRAID President Jim Patti have applauded Matsuda’s nomination and expressed strong support for his quick confirmation by the Senate. 


MM&P WELCOMES CAPT. BILL MCKINLEY TO SAN FRANCISCO/OAKLAND HALL!

Long-time MM&P member Capt. Bill McKinley has joined the San Francisco/Oakland Hall part-time as our new port agent. McKinley, formerly a master on APL and Matson vessels, will work out of the San Francisco/Oakland Hall on an interim basis during the next several months. “It’s great to have someone with Bill’s energy, ability and experience on board,” said MM&P Pacific Ports Vice President Don Marcus.

McKinley joined MM&P in 1975, after graduating from the California Maritime Academy. He sailed off the board as third, second and chief mate, before going to work as chief mate and then master at APL and, later, Matson. During Operation Desert Storm and Desert Sortie, he sailed as master of the SS CAPE BLANCO, providing logistics support for the U.S. military and coalition forces. Most recently he sailed as permanent master of MV MANUKAI.


MM&P JOINS COALITION OF FEDERAL EMPLOYEE UNIONS

MM&P has joined ranks with the Federal Workers Alliance, a coalition of unions taking shape in Washington to coordinate and provide a united front on issues related to the federal government. Federal employee unions decided to establish the alliance on the heels of their successful campaign to turn back the National Security Personnel System (NSPS), a Bush Administration program which sought to undercut the bargaining rights of federal workers. The new alliance is modeled on the United Department of Defense (DOD) Workers Coalition (UDWC), the union group that defeated NSPS. Although UDWC is still in existence, federal employees unions needed a new venue to coordinate and maximize efforts on a broader range of issues. With the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) talking about major civil service reform in 2010, it was critical to create the new forum fast. The Federal Workers Alliance unions will commit to the general principle that the group will act by consensus. Also like the UDWC, the Federal Workers Alliance unions will commit to no raiding or Montrose actions on other Federal Workers Alliance member unions. 


PORTS SHOULD BENEFIT FROM GOVERNMENT’S NEW JOB CREATION EFFORTS, SAYS AAPA

The American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA) has called on Congress to direct a portion of the second round of economic stimulus funding to maritime projects it says will quickly lead to new jobs. In a recent letter to Congressional leaders, AAPA President and Chief Executive Officer Kurt Nagle urged Congress to move forward on a variety of infrastructure and other programs, including U.S. Army Corps of Engineers civil works projects. “Currently, the Corps is unable to maintain most authorized depths and widths of federal navigation channels due to limited funds,” Nagle wrote. “Projects to improve these channels will create jobs immediately and will provide transportation savings that will benefit U.S. businesses by decreasing the cost of freight transportation.”

The letter also urged funding for port access, efficiency and modernization projects, including use of state highway funds for intermodal connectors. Nagle said port-based “green programs,” such as those aimed at retrofitting cargo handling equipment, dredges and tugs, also have the potential to quickly create new jobs.

AAPA also outlined key federal programs and tax incentives related to ports that will create jobs, such as changing the Harbor Maintenance Tax (HMT). The multiple taxation of waterborne cargo under HMT is considered one of the most serious impediments to the establishment of a cost-effective short sea shipping network. While several bills to modify the HMT have been introduced in Congress, no action has taken place to date.


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.


MERCHANT MARINERS HONORED IN WREATHS ACROSS AMERICA CEREMONIES

A wreath-laying ceremony at the American Merchant Marine Veterans Memorial in San Pedro on Dec. 12 was attended by MM&P members and representatives of the Los Angeles/Long Beach chapter of the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy Alumni Association. This is the third year that the American Merchant Marine has been honored as part of the annual “Wreaths Across America” ceremonies. The tradition, which started with the laying of wreaths at Arlington National Cemetery, has grown into an annual memorial service celebrated concurrently at over 300 national and military cemeteries and memorials across the nation and overseas. The event in San Pedro was sponsored by the Kings Point Merchant Marine Alumni Association. 


DUTCH NAVY CAPTURES PIRATES

Thirteen pirates were arrested by a Dutch naval vessel, the HMS EVERTSEN, after they attacked a merchant ship off the coast of Oman last Thursday. The pirates had attempted unsuccessfully to board the Antigua and Barbuda-flagged BBC TOGO. The Dutch forces seized AK-47s, rocket-propelled grenades and boarding hooks and ladders.


MARINERS MISSING AFTER TURKISH CARGO SHIP SINKS

Eleven mariners are missing off the coast of Lebanon after a Turkish cargo ship sank in a storm. The Israeli-owned, Togolese-flagged SALLA 2 was transporting building materials from Greece to the port of Haifa. Twelve of the Ukrainian crewmembers were rescued.


MAREX NEWSLETTER SERIES RATES U.S. CARGO AND CONTAINER SECURITY PROGRAMS

MarEx newsletter last week began publishing a series of articles evaluating 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 of the consulting firm Powers Global Holdings Inc. The series will examine the standards and policies implemented by Congress and Customs and Border Protection. It covers eight standards against which security decisions are made: the Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) false positive standard; legislation on 100 percent scanning; CBP container management standard; CSI and the 24-hours manifest; the sealed-door standard; the RFID standard; the in-bonds standard; and the Science and Technology Directorate CSD standard.


DRUG AND ALCOHOL TESTING COURSE AT PMI ON JAN. 21, 2010

A DOT Drug and Alcohol testing course will be conducted at the Pacific Maritime Institute (PMI) in Seattle on Thursday, Jan. 21, 2010. The class will run from 0900 to 1500. This course will satisfy the original certification and five-year renewal requirement for licensed officers who are required to administer drug and alcohol tests aboard ship. Interested members are urged to contact their local representative to sign up.


MITAGS ANNOUNCES NEW ENGINE DEPARTMENT COURSES

In response to student requests, MITAGS has developed two unlicensed engine department license preparation courses that will be offered in 2010. The horsepower level is dependent on qualifying sea service. The QMED also covers Fireman, Oiler and Watertender endorsements. The schedule is: Designated Duty Engineer (DDE): Feb. 8-19; Qualified Member of the Engine Department (QMED): Jan. 18-29.


MITAGS ANNOUNCES DECK LICENSE UPGRADE COURSE SCHEDULE

MITAGS will also be running three different types of deck license preparation courses (Great Lakes, CMM Unlimited Tonnage Oceans and Original 3rd 500/1600 ton Oceans/Near Coastal). The schedule is as follows.

Great Lakes Mate License Prep: This course consists of three independent modules scheduled in sequence. Students will have the opportunity to sit for their Coast Guard Exam (if approved) during the last week of the prep session. The schedule is as follows: Original Radar (ROP-5): Jan. 25-29; Basic and Advanced Fire Fighting (FF-BADV): Feb. 1-5; Original Mate Great Lakes License Prep Course (LAP-Great Lakes): Feb. 8- March 12.

Chief Mate/Master Oceans License Prep: This license prep course is designed for members who have completed the 12 weeks of required STCW95 CMM training and want assistance in preparing for their unlimited tonnage oceans exams.
The last week is the test week. The dates are: License Advancement (LAP):
March 29-April 30 License Advancement (LAP): Sept. 20-Oct. 22.

Original 3rd Mate, Unlimited, 500/1600 tons, Oceans/Near Coastal: This prep course is designed for able seafarers who have completed the required
STCW95 training for “Officer in Charge of a Navigation Watch” (OICNW) and want assistance in preparing for their USCG Third Mate Oceans or Near Coastal Exams. The last week is the test week. The schedule is as follows:

Original 3rd Mate, Oceans Any Gross Tons (LAP-ORG3RD): June 7-July 2; Original 3rd Mate, Oceans Any Gross Tons (LAP-ORG3RD): Aug. 16-Sept. 10

For more information, please visit www.mitags.org, e-mail admissions@mitags.org or call Mary Matlock toll free at 866-656-5568.


FIDELITY ANNOUNCES FUND NAME CHANGE

In conjunction with the upcoming merger of Spartan 500 Index Fund into Spartan U.S. Equity Index Fund on or about Jan. 22, the name of the Spartan U.S. Equity Index Fund will change to Spartan 500 Index Fund. Fidelity believes that the “Spartan 500 Index” name is more descriptive of the highly recognized S&P 500 Index that the fund currently tracks. The fund’s ticker symbol will not change.


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: 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

April 2010

5-9      Tankerman Person-In-Charge
12-16   ECDIS
12-16   Medical Care Provider
12-16   Basic Stability
12-23  Medical Person-In-Charge
19-23  Basic Cargo Handling
26-30 Basic Shiphandling
26-7    GMDSS


MM&P MARKET WATCH AS OF 12-18-2009

D O W N A S D A Q S & P 500
10,308.26 2,211.69 1,102.47
Fund Name & Trading Symbol
 Closing
Price
 Vanguard Asset Allocation Fund(VAARX)
48.28
 Vanguard 500 Index Fund (VFINX)
102.07
 Vanguard Extended Market Index Fund (VEXMX)
32.33
 Vanguard International Growth Fund (VWIGX)
16.59
 Vanguard Morgan Growth Fund (VMRGX)
15.08
 Vanguard Windsor II Fund (VWNFX)
23.73
 Vanguard GNMA Fund (VFIIX)
10.82
 Vanguard Growth Index Fund (VIGRX)
26.93
 Vanguard High Yield Corporate (VWEHX)
5.45
 Vanguard LifeStrategy Conservative Growth (VSCGX)
15.26
 Vanguard LifeStrategy Growth Fund (VASGX)
19.63
 Vanguard LifeStrategy Income Fund (VASIX)
13.46
 Vanguard LifeStrategy Moderate Growth (VSMGX)
17.86
 Vanguard Target Retirement 2005 (VTOVX)
11.25
 Vanguard Target Retirement 2015 (VTXVX)
11.52
 Vanguard Target Retirement 2025 (VTTVX)
11.47
 Vanguard Target Retirement 2035 (VTTHX)
11.71
 Vanguard Target Retirement 2045 (VTIVX)
12.11
 Vanguard Total Bond Index (VBMFX)
10.47
 Vanguard Total Stock Market Index Fund (VTSMX)
27.25
 Chase Growth Fund (CHASX)
15.46
 Fidelity Asset Manager (FASMX)
13.73
 Fidelity Growth and Income (FGRIX)
15.81
 Fidelity Intermediate bond Fund (FTHRX)
10.28
 Fidelity Magellan Fund (FMAGX)
62.83
 Fidelity Small Company Instl (FMACX)
16.08
 Fidelity Value Fund (FDVLX)
56.26
 Fidelity Equity-Income II Fund (FEQTX)
16.15
 Fidelity Blue Chip Growth Fund (FBGRX)
37.15
 Fidelity Diversified International Fund (FDIVX)
27.33
 Fidelity Dividend Growth Fund (FDGFX)
23.32
 Fidelity Freedom Income (FFFAX)
10.85
 Fidelity Freedom 2000 (FFFBX)
11.62
 Fidelity Freedom 2010 (FFFCX)
12.76
 Fidelity Freedom 2020 (FFFDX)
12.76
 Fidelity Freedom 2030 (FFFEX)
12.53
 Fidelity Freedom 2040 (FFFFX)
7.23
 Fidelity Freedom 2050 (FFFHX)
8.41
 Fidelity Total Bond Fund (FTBFX)
10.54
 Spartan Extended market Index Fund (FSEMX)
29.88
 Spartan US Equity Index Fund (FUSEX)
38.96
 Domini Social Equity Fund (DSEFX)
25.82





~ 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.