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Wheelhouse Weekly – December 31, 2007

December 31st 2007

 

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

Volume 11 . . . . . Number 52. . . .December 31, 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.


REMINDER: MM&P CLOSED FOR HOLIDAY

All MM&P union halls, MM&P headquarters, MM&P Plans and the MM&P Federal Credit Union will be closed Jan. 1. Best wishes to everyone for the coming year.


PATRIOT SEEKS RESUMES FOR JOBS ON USNS HAYES AND USNS WATERS

Patriot Contract Services is accepting resumes for officer positions on the USNS HAYES and the USNS WATERS. The anticipated turnover date for the USNS WATERS is Jan. 30, with USNS HAYES to follow closely. Early identification of all officer crewing is vital because a SECRET security clearance is required for all officers prior to assignment to the ships. Please send your resume, including most recent training, by e-mail to john.howe@asmhq.com or fax to (925) 296-2051.


NATIONAL MARITIME CENTER REITERATES ROLE OF RECS

The National Maritime Center (NMC) is circulating a reminder about the role of its regional examination centers (RECs) in the wake of its move to West Virginia. Mariners should continue to deliver all applications to their local REC. “The RECs have the expertise to review for completeness and make recommendations as needed,” NMC stated in an official release. The RECs are also to provide support for fingerprinting and assist with payment options. “The submission of incomplete or questionable applications delays processing,” NMC said. “Keeping an application in a single and complete package helps the overall processing and evaluations move quickly and accurately.”

The agency said that the evaluation process begins immediately when a complete application is accepted at the REC. “If a reviewer at the NMC needs additional information or clarification, a letter will be sent to the mariner, NMC said. Responding to concerns expressed by MM&P and other labor unions regarding the potential difficulties inherent in dealing with the new, centralized NMC, in a geographical location that is remote from most of its constituents, the agency assured that any letters from the NMC to mariners “will provide the proper address for further correspondence.”
 
All applications should continue to be submitted to local RECs. As of Jan. 7, the address for all other NMC correspondence will be: Commanding Officer, United States Coast Guard, National Maritime Center, 100 Forbes Drive, Martinsburg, WV 25404.


MM&P MEMBERS IN THE NEWS

Three MM&P members are the focus of a news story, “Horizon’s All-Woman Bridge,” that was originally reported by papers in Hawaii but has received international exposure after being picked up and disseminated by Tradewinds. The three are Captain Robin Espinosa, Chief Mate Sam Pirtle and Second Mate Julie Duchi, all of whom are now aboard the HORIZON NAVIGATOR. Espinosa, who was interviewed by the Honolulu Star Bulletin, commented that sailing as part of an “all-woman bridge” was a first for the three. The Star Bulletin says it may be a first for a U.S.-flag ship.


FULL FUNDING FOR PORT SECURITY GRANTS INCLUDED IN OMNIBUS SPENDING PACKAGE

The fiscal 2008 omnibus spending package approved by Congress and sent to President Bush last week includes $400 million for the Federal Emergency Management Administration’s Port Security Grant program. The American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA) released an official statement extending “appreciation and thanks to those members of Congress on both sides of the aisle who have led the efforts to fully fund the federal Port Security Grant program to help America’s ports secure their facilities against terrorism.”

In addition to the Port Security Grant program, the fiscal 2008 spending bill includes $8.1 million to fully fund the Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) pilot card reader projects.



NTSB ADDS WORKER FATIGUE TO ITS MOST WANTED LIST

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) added air traffic controller and rail operating employee fatigue to its “NTSB Most Wanted List” of safety improvements, a list established in 1990 to focus on changes needed by federal agencies to reduce accidents. NTSB is asking that work schedules be revised to reduce the likelihood of train crews operating equipment in a fatigued condition. NTSB also asks that the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) develop a program to educate controllers about the safety implications of fatigue and that it work with the National Air Traffic Controllers Union to revise work scheduling policies.

Of course, stress and fatigue are serious problems for maritime workers as well. In an Oct. 17, 2007, statement submitted to the Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation on Maritime Training and the Workforce, MM&P recommended that manning level determinations take into account the risk of fatigue. MM&P also vigorously advocates that the U.S. Coast Guard enforce hours of work regulations and support efforts to develop international regulations for safe manning.


FIVE MORE OBSOLETE SHIPS TO LEAVE MARAD’S FLEET

The Maritime Administration (MARAD) has announced that it has awarded new contracts for the disposal of five obsolete ships.

PRIDE, SCAN and CAPE CHARLES, from the James River Fleet in Newport News, Va., will be dismantled at the Marine Metals Inc., facility in Brownsville, Texas, under three contracts worth over $1.4 million. SOUTHERN CROSS, also a James River ship, will be dismantled at the Esco Marine facility in Brownsville under a $617,600 contract.

CAPE CHARLES, a freighter launched in 1963, was constructed at the Bethlehem Steel Shipyard at Sparrows Point. PRIDE, SOUTHERN CROSS, and SCAN were built for Moore McCormack as combination freight and passenger vessels. The four ships from the James River Reserve Fleet had been under a contract with North American Ship Recycling of Sparrows Point, Md., which ceased operations before it could take possession of the ships. 

BANNER, from the Beaumont Reserve Fleet in Texas, will also be dismantled at Esco, under a  $532,726 contract. BANNER was built in 1961 as the EXPORT BANNER at the NASSCO shipyard in California.

MARAD keeps ships in three National Defense Reserve Fleets sites to support Armed Forces movements and to respond to national emergencies. When ships become obsolete, MARAD arranges for their disposition in an environmentally sensitive manner.



COSCO BUSAN TO SAIL AGAIN

The Coast Guard has issued a press release saying that it has authorized the COSCO BUSAN, the containership involved in the Nov. 7 oil spill in San Francisco Bay, to resume maritime commerce. 

The Coast Guard Captain of the Port had previously directed the master of the COSCO BUSAN to keep the ship in port in order to ensure the vessel’s seaworthiness, the crew’s proper training in bridge management and that U.S. legal interests were protected in the event the owner, operator, or person in charge were to be subject to a fine or civil penalty. 

The customs hold and all orders requiring the vessel to remain in San Francisco issued by the Captain of the Port have now been lifted. Required temporary repairs to the vessel have been completed. The vessel and crew have been verified safe to sail, and the vessel operator has provided a satisfactory load plan for cargo operations. 

The Coast Guard and NTSB marine casualty investigations into the COSCO BUSAN’s allision with the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge are continuing. 



EYEMED’S CORRECT WEBSITE ADDRESS

Last week, we published an incorrect web address for MM&P’s new vision benefit provider, EyeMed. The correct URL is www.enrollwitheyemed.com/select. You can also call EyeMed toll free at (866) 299-1358.

A new two-year optical benefit cycle begins Jan. 1. EyeMed has access to a large network of vision benefit providers, including Sears, JC Penney, Target and  most Pearle Vision outlets. The optical program otherwise remains the same. You may still go to a doctor or optical provider of your choice. If you go to a participating EyeMed provider and remain within the contract allowances, you may not have to pay anything out of pocket and EyeMed will bill the Plan directly. For more information, go to www.enrollwitheyemed.com/select.


MITAGS ACADEMIC NOTES

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

BRM � Bridge Resource Management: 2/18
BRMP � Bridge Resource Management for Pilots: 1/31
BST � Basic Safety Training: 2/4

[CMM – Chief Mate and Master Courses]
CMM-ADVWX � Advanced Meteorology: 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: 2/18
CMM-SHS-ADV-I-Advanced Shiphandling (week 1): 1/7, 1/21, 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): 3/3
CMM-VPEN � Voyage Planning and Electronic Navigation: 1/14

CONT PLNG � Contingency Planning Workshop: 1/25

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

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

LEG � Legal Aspects of Pilotage: 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: 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: 1/14, 2/18

SEC-VCF � Security Officer: Vessel, Company & Facility: 1/21
SHS-BAS � Basic Shiphandling: 2/18
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

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)

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

April 2008
7          ROR
7-11     STB BAS
7-11     SHS EMR
7-11     BST
8-11     ARPA
14-18  CHS BAS
14-18  SHS ADV
21-25  ROP
22-25  AFF
28-5/2 WX BAS
28-5/2 SHS BAS
28-5/16 TCNAV

May 2008
5-9       MED PRO
5-9       SHS EMR
8-9       BFF
12-15   SHS BAS
12-16   ECDIS
12-16   BST
12-16   ROP
12-15   TPIC
19-23   WKP BAS
19-23   ROP
26        ROR
27         FL
27-30  ARPA
27-29  AFF
27-31  WKP BAS/BRM
28-30 CHS BAS

June 2008
2          FL
2-20    TCNAV/CO
2-6      ROP
2-6      SHS ASSESS
3-5      AFF
9         ROR
9-13    SHS ASSESS
9-13    BST
9-20    GMDSS
10        FL
10-13  ARPA
16-20  MED PRO
16-20  SHS BAS
16-20  BST
16-27  MED PIC
23-25  SEC VCF
23-27  ROP
23-27  BAFF

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 12-28-2007

D O W N A S D A Q S & P 500
13,365.87 2,674.46 1,478.49
Fund Name & Trading Symbol
 Closing
Price
 Vanguard Asset Allocation Fund(VAARX)
67.74
 Vanguard 500 Index Fund (VFINX)
136.08
 Vanguard Extended Market Index Fund (VEXMX)
40.07
 Vanguard International Growth Fund (VWIGX)
24.95
 Vanguard Morgan Growth Fund (VMRGX)
20.70
 Vanguard Windsor II Fund (VWNFX)
31.42
 Vanguard GNMA Fund (VFIIX)
10.34
 Vanguard Growth Index Fund (VIGRX)
33.48
 Vanguard High Yield Corporate (VWEHX)
5.89
 Vanguard LifeStrategy Conservative Growth (VSCGX)
17.17
 Vanguard LifeStrategy Growth Fund (VASGX)
25.20
 Vanguard LifeStrategy Income Fund (VASIX)
14.24
 Vanguard LifeStrategy Moderate Growth (VSMGX)
21.28
 Vanguard Target Retirement 2005 (VTOVX)
12.02
 Vanguard Target Retirement 2015 (VTXVX)
13.09
 Vanguard Target Retirement 2025 (VTTVX)
13.77
 Vanguard Target Retirement 2035 (VTTHX)
14.69
 Vanguard Target Retirement 2045 (VTIVX)
15.17
 Vanguard Total Bond Index (VBMFX)
10.13
 Vanguard Total Stock Market Index Fund (VTSMX)
35.58
 Chase Growth Fund (CHASX)
20.96
 Fidelity Asset Manager (FASMX)
15.53
 Fidelity Growth and Income (FGRIX)
27.36
 Fidelity Intermediate bond Fund (FTHRX)
10.13
 Fidelity Magellan Fund (FMAGX)
94.40
 Fidelity Small Company Instl (FMACX)
18.65
 Fidelity Value Fund (FDVLX)
75.30
 Fidelity Equity-Income II Fund (FEQTX)
23.10
 Fidelity Blue Chip Growth Fund (FBGRX)
44.44
 Fidelity Diversified International Fund (FDIVX)
40.10
 Fidelity Dividend Growth Fund (FDGFX)
29.55
 Fidelity Freedom Income (FFFAX)
11.45
 Fidelity Freedom 2000 (FFFBX)
12.87
 Fidelity Freedom 2010 (FFFCX)
15.86
 Fidelity Freedom 2020 (FFFDX)
16.60
 Fidelity Freedom 2030 (FFFEX)
16.91
 Fidelity Freedom 2040 (FFFFX)
9.78
 Fidelity Freedom 2050 (FFFHX)
11.49
 Fidelity Total Bond Fund (FTBFX)
10.30
 Spartan Extended market Index Fund (FSEMX)
38.48
 Spartan US Equity Index Fund (FUSEX)
52.26
 Domini Social Equity Fund (DSEFX)
32.28






~ 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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