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Wheelhouse Weekly – December 22, 2008

December 22nd 2008

 

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

Volume 12 . . . . . Number 51. . . .December 22, 2008

STORIES COVERED

REMINDERS

T-AGS Oceanographic Survey Ships Info

Required Coursework

Security Clearances

MSC Physicals

MM&P FCU News

MM&P Health & Benefit Plan News

Meet Our New Prescription Benefit Manager, PHARMACARE

Notice to MM&P Health & Benefit Plan Participants

WWII USCG Veterans Outreach

Company Gives Bucks Back for buying Safe Shoes

Website Offers Union-Made Goods and Services



Did you miss a week? Back editions of the Wheelhouse Weekly are available in the section.


MM&P HOLIDAY CLOSINGS

The holiday schedule for MM&P Headquarters, MM&P Plans and MM&P Port Offices is as follows. Headquarters, Plans, MM&P Port Offices and the MM&P Federal Credit Union will all be closed Dec. 24, 25 and Jan. 1. In addition, the Port Offices will be closed on Dec. 31 for New Year’s Eve. The Honolulu Hall will also be closed Friday, Jan. 2 in observance of Jack Hall Day. Jack Hall was a mariner and union organizer who helped bring democratic rank-and-file unionism to Hawaii.


UNITED NATIONS ANNOUNCES MORE ANTI-PIRACY MEASURES

The United Nations Security Council last week passed a resolution authorizing the pursuit of pirates on land and calling on governments to sign agreements with countries willing to take custody of captured pirates. During the course of the meetings, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon called for strengthening the African Union Mission in Somalia to prevent total chaos after Ethiopian troops withdraw at the end of the year. He said a multinational military presence would be preferable to a traditional peacekeeping force, but that no member nations had yet offered to participate.

U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice called on all states, particularly those victimized by Somali piracy, to contribute to building the legal capacity of regional states. She said “victim states”—which she defined as flag states of hijacked vessels, states whose nationals own hijacked vessels, or who have crew members on hijacked vessels—must share responsibility for receiving and prosecuting suspected pirates. She also called on the maritime industry “to promote capabilities to enhance ship self-defense,” adding, “Once a hostage situation develops, the stakes in military operations increase. Consequently, an important part of counter-piracy efforts must be measured in enhancing self-defense capabilities of commercial vessels, increasing the odds of success against pirates until warships arrive.”

In related news, a Chinese ship, MV ZHENHUA 4, was attacked last week by pirates armed with rocket launchers and machine guns. When the pirates boarded the ship, the 30-man crew locked themselves in their quarters and then used fire hydrants and firebombs to keep the pirates out. Meanwhile, the International Maritime Bureau (IMB) coordinated rescue efforts with Coalition Forces, which dispatched helicopters and warships to the scene. The pirates eventually fled.

Pirates captured three other ships in the Gulf of Aden on Dec. 16, including a yacht crewed by two people, a cargo vessel, and a TOTAL tug serving as an oil support ship. The Indian Navy reports that last week its commandos boarded a large pirate boat and seized 12 Somalis and 11 Yemeni nationals, as well as arms and equipment.


DEC. 29 LAST DAY FOR PROCESSING VACATION AND PRO PAYMENTS FOR 2008

The Plan Office has received approval from the Offshore Advisory Committee (OAC) to close the year-end Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and company reports and to process Vacation and PRO payments for 2008 no later than Monday, Dec. 29 at 4:30 EST. All requests for 2008 Vacation and PRO payments received after this date will be held until Friday, Jan. 2, 2009 for processing and payment, and will therefore be taxable in 2009. If you have any questions, contact Ken Ryan at 410-850-8617.


OBAMA’S TRANSPORTATION SECRETARY PICK WINS APPROVAL OF AFL-CIO’S TRANSPORTATION TRADES DEPARTMENT

Edward Wytkind, president of the AFL-CIO’s Transportation Trades Department (TTD), has welcomed the nomination as Transportation Secretary of Rep. Ray LaHood. “During his career in Congress, Rep. LaHood sought to bring civility and bipartisanship to the House of Representatives and earned a well-deserved reputation as a leader who worked with both sides of the aisle,” Wytkind said. “It was this approach that led Rep. LaHood to break from his own leadership and stand with transportation workers on a number of important issues.” Wytkind said that the country’s transportation unions “look forward to working with the President-elect and his Transportation Secretary to restore our transportation system as an engine of economic growth and job creation.” MM&P is a member of TTD.


JOBS AVAILABLE ON T-AGS VESSELS

There are three positions currently open on the T-AGS oceanographic survey ships: Chief Mate on the USNS HENSON, Second Mate on the USNS JOHN MCDONNELL and Second Mate on the USNS MARY SEARS. The jobs can be bid with a port relief card instead of regular shipping card. Mariners on vacation can also take these jobs. If you are interested in taking one of these jobs, please immediately contact Charlie Moy in MM&P’s New York/New Jersey Hall, 201-963-1918 or nynj@bridgedeck.org.


JOB OPENINGS FOR MM&P MEMBERS ON THE GREAT LAKES

There are job openings on the Great Lakes for MM&P members. Our contracted employers are seeking engineers and licensed mates with pilotage. Retirees are also encouraged to apply. The rules of the MM&P Pension Plan allow pensioners to accept without penalty employment–other than Covered Employment–aboard vessels covered by collective bargaining agreements with MM&P membership groups, on condition that the employment is first approved by MM&P. Interested parties should call 216-776-1667 or e-mail cmalue@bridgedeck.org.


APPLICANTS’ COURSE FOR D-BOOK MEMBERSHIP TO BE HELD IN SEATTLE AND LOS ANGELES

The course for MM&P applicants seeking to qualify for D-Book Membership will be held in Seattle on Jan. 28–29 and in Los Angeles on Feb. 10–11. All courses start at 0900 each day and finish around 1530. If you are interested in participating, please call the Seattle Hall (206-441-8700) or the Los Angeles Hall (310-834-7201) to reserve your seat. Class size is limited so sign up early. If you wish to be considered for D-Book status, you need to have completed this class, have four favorable recommendations, have paid the initiation fee and have at least 360 days sea time under MM&P contract. Courses may be cancelled if there are not enough applicants signed up for the course. 


COAST GUARD SEEKS TO EXPAND REQUIREMENTS FOR NOTICES OF ARRIVAL, DEPARTURE AND AUTOMATIC IDENTIFICATION SYSTEMS

The Coast Guard is proposing to expand the applicability of notice of arrival and departure (NOAD) and automatic identification system (AIS) requirements to more commercial vessels. The rule would expand the applicability of notice of arrival (NOA) requirements to additional vessels, establish a separate requirement for certain vessels to submit notices of departure (NOD), set forth a mandatory method for electronic submission of NOA and NOD and modify related reporting content, timeframes, and procedures. The rule would also expand the applicability of AIS requirements beyond Vessel Traffic Service (VTS) areas to all U.S. navigable waters and require that more commercial vessels be equipped with AIS. The Coast Guard said the proposed changes would improve navigation safety, enhance the ability to identify and track vessels and help address threats to maritime transportation security. For questions on the NOAD portion of the proposed rule, contact Sharmine Jones, Office of Vessel Activities (CG-543), Sharmine.N.Jones@uscg.mil, 202-372-1234. For questions on the AIS portion of the proposed rule, contact Jorge Arroyo, Office of Navigation Systems (CG-5413), Jorge.Arroyo@uscg.mil, telephone 202-372-1563.


TWIC COUNTDOWN: 114 DAYS UNTIL ALL MARINERS MUST HAVE A TWIC

Reminder: April 15, 2009 is the deadline for all mariners and other maritime industry workers to obtain the Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC).


NAVY NAMES NEXT ROUND OF T-AKE VESSELS

The Navy has announced the names of four new Lewis and Clark-class dry cargo/ ammunition ships now under construction at NASSCO Shipyard in San Diego: USNS MATTHEW PERRY, USNS CHARLES DREW, USNS WASHINGTON CHAMBERS and USNS WILLIAM MCLEAN. Navy Commodore Matthew C. Perry (1794-1858) led a squadron of ships to Japan in 1853 to open that nation to trade. Charles R. Drew (1904-1950) was a physician and medical researcher whose pioneering work in the late 1930s and early 1940s led to the discovery that blood could be separated into plasma. Navy Capt. Washington Irving Chambers (1856-1934) was a pioneer in naval aviation who arranged the world’s first airplane flight from a warship. William Burdette McLean (1914-1976) developed the heat-seeking sidewinder air-to-air missile while serving as a physicist for the Navy.


SHANGHAI APPEALS COURT CONFIRMS FIVE-YEAR SENTENCE IN NEGLIGENCE CASE

An appeals court in Shanghai has confirmed the five-year sentence meted out by a lower court to a container ship captain implicated in the deaths of 16 seafarers. The captain of MV JINYUANYOU 9, a cargo ship owned by the China Ocean Aviation Group Inc., had been charged with negligence and misjudgment after his ship collided with a vessel at anchor. According to the court, when the captain exited an estuary along the Yangtze River in the early morning of Jan. 30, he failed to note the presence of the MV JINTAISHUN, which was anchored nearby. The court determined that Captain Wang Yongguo made a series of errors as he tried to avoid the collision, which resulted in the deaths of 16 crewmembers aboard the MV JINTAISHUN.


COURSE EQUIVALENCIES FOR REQUIRED COMPANY TRAINING

Given the number of required company training courses, it is extremely important for new members to request a transcript review to determine whether they meet the course equivalency requirements.  The courses that are eligible for equivalency are listed in the MITAGS Trust Student Guide located on www.mitags.org in the MM&P Member Section. You may also request a copy from Diane Ford (dford@mitags.org or call 443-989-3238). Remember, the dispatcher in the union hall cannot assign you a job unless you meet the company’s training requirements!


MITAGS ACADEMIC NOTES

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

AB � Able Bodied Seaman: 1/5
ARPA � Automatic Radar Plotting Aids: 1/5
BRM � Bridge Resource Management: 2/16
BRMP � Bridge Resource Management for Pilots: 2/9
BST � Basic Safety Training: 2/16

[CMM – Chief Mate and Master Courses]
CMM-ADVSTAB � Advanced Stability: 2/2
CMM-ADVWX – Advanced Meteorology: 1/19
CMM-CHS I � Advanced Cargo Handling (week 1): 2/9
CMM-CHS II � Advanced Cargo Handling (week 2): 2/16
CMM-MPP � Marine Propulsion Plants: 1/26
CMM-SHMGT I � Ship Management (week 1) : 2/23
CMM-SHMGT II � Ship Management (week 2) : 3/2
CMM-SHS-ADV-I � Advanced Shiphandling (week 1): 1/5, 3/23
CMM-SHS-ADV-I I � Advanced Shiphandling (week 2): 1/12
CMM-WKP – Advanced Watchkeeping: 3/9
CMM-VPEN – Voyage Planning and Electronic Navigation: 3/23

CSE-AAES � Confined Space Entry � Atmospheric Analysis of Enclosed Spaces: 2/26
FF-BADV � Basic and Advanced Fire Fighting Combined: 1/26, 2/16
GCC-LG � Gas Carrier Course-Liquefied Gases: 2/2
HAZ � Hazardous Materials (5 Day): 1/5
LEG � Legal Aspects of Pilotage: 2/10

MEDIA RSP – Media Response: 2/27
MED-PIC – Medical Person-In-Charge: 1/5, 2/2, 3/2
MED-PRO – Medical Care Provider: 1/5, 2/2, 3/2
MED-DOT-DA – Dept. of Trans Drug & Alcohol Testing: 1/10, 2/7, 2/26, 3/7

[MSC – Military Sealift Command]
MSC-CBRD-1 � CBRD Orientation: 2/25, 3/27
MSC-DC � Damage Control: 2/23
MSC-SMA � Small Arms Training: 3/23

[OICNW � Officer in Charge of a Navigation Watch Courses]
OICNW-CHS-BAS � Basic Cargo Handling and Stowage: 1/12
OICNW-CONSTB � Ship Construction and Basic Stability: 2/9
OICNW-ENAV � Electronic Navigation: 3/9
OICNW-EP � Emergency Procedures: 1/21
OICNW-SAR � Search and Recue: 1/18
OICNW-TCNAV/CO � Terrestrial and Coastal Navigation / Compasses: 1/12
OICNW-WX BAS � Basic Meteorology: 3/23

ROR-1 – Radar Observer Renewal: 1/5
ROP-5 � Radar Observer Original or Renewal: 2/2

SEC-VCF – Security Officer: Vessel, Company & Facility: 2/23
SEC-VSO-R � Vessel Security Officer Refresher (1 day): 1/21, 2/26, 3/27
SHS-BAS � Basic Shiphandling: 1/26, 2/23
SHS-EMR � Emergency Shiphandling: 2/9
SHS-ESH-BRMP3 � Emergency Shiphandling and Bridge Resource Management for Pilots: 2/11

TPIC � Tankerman Person in Charge (Dangerous Liquids): 2/2

…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 by e-mail: admissions@mitags.org.


PMI ACADEMIC NOTES

PMI Web site at www.mates.org for more info

FOR REGISTRATION CALL JENNIFER PITZEN: 206 838-1126

SCHEDULE OF COURSES – (Course schedule also posted online at www.mates.org)

January 2009
7-11ENAV
7-11STB BAS
8-11ARPA
14-18WX BAS
14-25GMDSS
14-18ROP
14-2/1TC NAV
21-2/1WKP
21ROR
22-25ARPA
28-2/8GMDSS
28-2/1MED PRO

February 2009
4-8ROP
12ROR
11-12SAR
12-15ARPA
13-15EP
16FL
18-22ENAV
18-22MED PRO
18-22SHS BAS
18-29MED PIC
25-3/7 CNAV
25ROR

March 2009
3-14GMDSS
10-11SAR
10-12SEC VCF
12-14EP
17-28GMDSS
24-4/4 GMDSS
24ROR
25-28ARPA

For registration call Jennifer Pitzen 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 12-19-2008

D O W N A S D A Q S & P 500
8,579.11 1,564.32 887.88
Fund Name & Trading Symbol
 Closing
Price
 Vanguard Asset Allocation Fund(VAARX)
41.57
 Vanguard 500 Index Fund (VFINX)
82.27
 Vanguard Extended Market Index Fund (VEXMX)
23.78
 Vanguard International Growth Fund (VWIGX)
11.87
 Vanguard Morgan Growth Fund (VMRGX)
11.27
 Vanguard Windsor II Fund (VWNFX)
19.11
 Vanguard GNMA Fund (VFIIX)
10.59
 Vanguard Growth Index Fund (VIGRX)
20.02
 Vanguard High Yield Corporate (VWEHX)
4.06
 Vanguard LifeStrategy Conservative Growth (VSCGX)
13.32
 Vanguard LifeStrategy Growth Fund (VASGX)
15.96
 Vanguard LifeStrategy Income Fund (VASIX)
12.31
 Vanguard LifeStrategy Moderate Growth (VSMGX)
15.15
 Vanguard Target Retirement 2005 (VTOVX)
10.05
 Vanguard Target Retirement 2015 (VTXVX)
9.78
 Vanguard Target Retirement 2025 (VTTVX)
9.43
 Vanguard Target Retirement 2035 (VTTHX)
9.36
 Vanguard Target Retirement 2045 (VTIVX)
9.67
 Vanguard Total Bond Index (VBMFX)
10.19
 Vanguard Total Stock Market Index Fund (VTSMX)
21.37
 Chase Growth Fund (CHASX)
13.67
 Fidelity Asset Manager (FASMX)
10.69
 Fidelity Growth and Income (FGRIX)
13.03
 Fidelity Intermediate bond Fund (FTHRX)
9.05
 Fidelity Magellan Fund (FMAGX)
44.89
 Fidelity Small Company Instl (FMACX)
12.79
 Fidelity Value Fund (FDVLX)
38.78
 Fidelity Equity-Income II Fund (FEQTX)
12.95
 Fidelity Blue Chip Growth Fund (FBGRX)
25.98
 Fidelity Diversified International Fund (FDIVX)
20.65
 Fidelity Dividend Growth Fund (FDGFX)
15.42
 Fidelity Freedom Income (FFFAX)
9.57
 Fidelity Freedom 2000 (FFFBX)
10.31
 Fidelity Freedom 2010 (FFFCX)
10.56
 Fidelity Freedom 2020 (FFFDX)
10.16
 Fidelity Freedom 2030 (FFFEX)
9.77
 Fidelity Freedom 2040 (FFFFX)
5.58
 Fidelity Freedom 2050 (FFFHX)
6.41
 Fidelity Total Bond Fund (FTBFX)
9.14
 Spartan Extended market Index Fund (FSEMX)
21.98
 Spartan US Equity Index Fund (FUSEX)
31.32
 Domini Social Equity Fund (DSEFX)
19.18





~ Reminders ~



 

T-AGS OCEANOGRAPHIC SURVEY SHIPS MANNING REQUIREMENTS

REQUIRED COURSEWORK

All MM&P members are reminded that to sail aboard the T-AGS ships that MM&P-contracted Horizon Lines will be operating, you must have the required training certification and your certificates must be current in accordance with Military Sealift Command requirements. Members are also required to have had a MSC pre-employment physical and to possess Ship Security Clearance (see below).

The MSC Contract calls for all training certificates required for manning of these vessels to be no older than 5 years and that all STCW-95 courses be renewed every 5 years, or annually, as applicable.

Five-year renewable courses include, but are not limited to:

  • Advanced Fire Fighting
  • Basic Safety Training, and
  • Damage Control

Small Arms certificates must be less than 1 year old and MUST NOT expire during your tour of duty.

Members interested in applying for one of the positions onboard the T-AGS vessels are advised to make sure your certificates are up to date. If not, contact Mary Matlock or Diane Ford at MITAGS Admissions, email: admissions@mitags.org, and schedule to take the course(s) needed.

Those MM&P members interested in obtaining more information and facts about the T-AGS Oceanographic Vessels are asked to email the Director of Special Projects requesting the “facts sheet”. It will be provided by return email in an Adobe Acrobat PDF format.

Members interested in employment on the T-AGS ships are asked to provide a 1-2 page resume. Please list the desired position you are seeking along with the certificates of training you possess and their dates. Upon receipt it will be forwarded to Horizon Lines and a confirmation sent back to the member. Vessel turnover commenced Oct.17, 2004. Positions for all ratings remain open.

The point of contact for sending a resume for employment on the Horizon Lines T-AGS Oceanographic Vessels is Richard Plant, MM&P’s Director of Special Projects. Send resumes in an email or as a Word file attachment to him at: rplant@bridgedeck.org, by fax to 410-850-0973 or by mail to:

Richard Plant, Director of Special Projects

IOMM&P
700 Maritime Blvd. Suite B
Linthicum Heights, MD 21090



SHIP SECURITY CLEARANCE NEEDED

Members who want to sail for Horizon Lines on the T-AGS Oceanographic Survey vessels the company is set to begin operating for MSC must have Ship Security Clearance before going aboard.

Special software must be downloaded from the US Government’s Defense Security Service to complete the Security Clearance application. You must have an Internet connection and a Windows-based computer to retrieve the application and run the program.

Go to https://sclient.dss.mil/download/w9xfull.htm to download the software titled “EPSQ SUBJECT2_2”.

After the software is installed and the program is launched, select “Create” from the menu bar at the top of the screen. You will be required to enter your Social Security Number and a case-sensitive password. A window titled “Type of Form” will appear.

All Deck Officers should select the first button titled “Request for Security Clearance (SF86)” and then click “OK” to go to the next screen, “Type of Investigation”.

From the “Type of Investigation” screen:

  • Masters and Radio Officers should select the first button, “Single Scope Background Investigation (SSBI)”.
  • All other Deck Officers (C/M, 2/M, 3/M) should click on the second button, “National Agency Check (NAC or NACLC)”.

After selecting the appropriate investigation type, click on “OK” to begin filling in the forms.



MSC PHYSICALS

Horizon Lines requests all mariners seeking employment aboard the T-AGS Oceanographic vessels to take their MSC Physical at specially-designated facilities only after being advised to do so by the Company. This is to assure that all requirements of the MSC Physical are properly met.


MM&P FCU NEWS

GET NEW WHEELS OR LOWER EXISTING PAYMENTS WITH MM&P FCU VEHICLE FINANCING

Is it time to replace that car you’re driving? Vehicle loan rates are looking great at MM&P FCU.

Drive away in a new or used vehicle for a standard loan rate of:

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

6.75 percent for 25-48 months;
7.50 percent for 49-60 months ($20,000 minimum); and
8.00 percent for terms extending from 61-72 months ($25,000 minimum).
You can lower your loan rate even more — by 0.75 percent — by becoming a Preferred Borrower.

Are you paying a higher rate on your current vehicle loan at another institution? Consider refinancing your outside loan at the MM&P FCU and taking advantage of our lower loan rates.

MM&P FCU will finance up to 100 percent of your new vehicle loan, and up to 90 percent of NADA Book Value on a used vehicle. Maximum vehicle loan amount is $30,000.

PREFERRED BORROWERS GET LOWER LOAN RATES
MM&P FCU members can reduce the interest rate they pay on any new loan even further by becoming a preferred borrower. What is a preferred borrower? That’s a member who deposits at least 10 percent of the original loan amount into their MM&P FCU savings account and keeps those funds on deposit until the loan is paid in full. By doing this you save twice – first, your deposit works for you by earning our regular dividend savings rate, and second, you save money by reducing the interest rate on your loan by 0.75 percent.

Contact the MM&P FCU for full details on all loan programs by email to mmpfcu@bridgedeck.org or call 1-800-382-7777 toll-free.



 

MM&P HEALTH & BENEFIT PLAN NEWS

MEET OUR NEW PRESCRIPTION BENEFIT MANAGER, PHARMACARE

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



NOTICE TO MM&P HEALTH & BENEFIT PLAN PARTICIPANTS

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

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


WWII USCG VETERANS OUTREACH

The U.S. Coast Guard has announced an initiative to identify and collect the oral histories of its World War II veterans. Coast Guard WWII veterans, including SPARS and merchant mariners, are encouraged to record their histories online with the Library of Congress Veterans History Project at www.loc.gov/folklife/vets.

Those veterans needing assistance in recording their stories can receive help from their local Coast Guard Auxiliary public affairs contact by leaving a message at 1-877-875-6296, a toll-free call.



 

COMPANY GIVES BUCKS BACK FOR BUYING SAFE SHOES

LMS Ship Management, the company that manages vessels for Central Gulf, Sulphur Carriers and Waterman Steamship, wants to remind MM&P members that they offer their crewmembers a $75 reimbursement on the cost of purchasing certain slip-resistant shoes and boots for use aboard ship.

This offer has been in place for some time and LMS reports that “we have been pleased with the participation to date, but feel a reminder may be in order.” Their goal is for every crewmember to wear slip resistant footwear during working hours aboard their vessels.

The $75 reimbursement is available to each crewmember who provides LMS with an original receipt for the purchase of slip resistant footwear. In order for the crewmember to obtain the reimbursement, they must wear the shoes while on duty. Upon presentation of the receipt, the crewmember will be reimbursed on their pay voucher. The receipt will be retained by the Master and will remain aboard the vessel.
 

Vessels in the LMS footwear reimbursement program are:

  • Green Cove
  • Green Dale
  • Green Lake
  • Green Point
  • Atlantic Forest
  • Sulphur Enterprise
  • Energy Enterprise
  • SGT Matej C. Kocak
  • MAJ Stephen W. Pless, and
  • PFC Eugene A. Obregon

LMS notes that in order to receive reimbursement, crewmembers must purchase one of the following recommended brands:

  • WORX by Red Wing Slip Resistant Footwear
  • Caterpillar (must have steel toe & slip resistant sole)
  • Wolverine (must have steel toe and slip resistant sole)
  • Dunham Sierra Work Boot EH
  • Steel Toe Voyager
  • Georgia Boot 6- or 8-inch Safety Toe Boot
  • Dr. Marten’s (must have steel toe & slip resistant sole)

LOOK FOR THE UNION LABEL:

Of the boots listed above, Red Wing, Caterpillar and Wolverine boots are produced by US union labor.

Redwing’s Union-made products are: Red Wing shoes and boots, Red Wing motorcycle boots and Craftsman (Sears).

Wolverine World Wide manufactures boots under the Caterpillar brand using US union labor. (Other union made safety-shoe brands by Wolverine are the company’s Hy-Test, Durashock and Bates Military labels. The company’s Wolverine brand combat boots are also produced using US union labor.)

Most Dr. Marten’s shoes and boots are produced in the UK.

To find US, union-made products, visit the AFL-CIO Union Label Service and Trades website at www.unionlabel.org and click on “Union Made Product Search”. To shop for union-made products online, go to www.ShopUnionMade.org.


 

WEBSITE OFFERS UNION-MADE GOODS AND SERVICES

The Union Label recently went digital with a new website offering shoppers an array of union-made gifts, from clothing and chocolates to computers, games and greeting cards.

The website, www.shopunionmade.org, launches on the eve of the fall and winter holidays, when shoppers will spend an estimated $1 trillion on gifts, food, drinks and other seasonal items, explained Matt Bates, Secretary-Treasurer of the AFL-CIO Union Label & Service Trades Department. The all-union shopping site, however, will be a year-round operation because that is what consumers demand, he added.

“Shoppers spent $56 billion in Internet sales last year, and on-line spending is doubling every two to three years. Everyday we receive Email and calls from people who want to support good jobs by buying union-made goods and services. The website will reach millions of people, 24 hours a day, with a quick convenient way to shop union,” Bates said.

“The public is ready for this. People have seen millions of good jobs disappear and they are looking for ways to take a stand and make a difference,” he added.

The AFL-CIO will target the peak of the holiday shopping season by promoting “Buy Union Week” Nov. 26 through Dec. 5. The newly-launched, all-union shopping site will be a cornerstone of that campaign. MM&P has a link to the Shop Union Site on this website under “Links and Other Sources”.



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.

© 2008, 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.