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Wheelhouse Weekly – February 04, 2000

February 4th 2000


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VOLUME 4. . . . . NUMBER 5. . . . . February 4, 2000

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NOTICE TO MEMBERS: VOTING ELIGIBILITY AND GOOD STANDING REQUIREMENTS FOR UPCOMING ELECTIONS

MM&P members are advised that under the newly-revised MM&P International Constitution, in order to be eligible to vote in upcoming Officer Elections, a member must be in good standing by the close of nominations for office.

Nominations for elective office for the 2000 MM&P Officer Elections close as of the last day of the 2000 MM&P Biennial Convention, scheduled to commence July 10, 2000, and which should conclude on or about July 12, 2000. Members must be in good standing by or before this date in order to be included on the list of eligible voters. To avoid confusion and potential errors, members must have all dues paid and be in Good Standing by June 30, 2000. In all cases, it is advised that members keep a copy of their current dues receipts.

Election guidelines may be found in the January-February 2000 edition of The Master, Mate & Pilot newspaper. They are being furnished to all MM&P offices and will also be available shortly on the MM&P website.

Besides nominations for elective office, Constitutional Amendments may also be considered at this Convention. All proposed resolutions must be forwarded to the International Secretary-Treasurer at least 30 days prior to the opening day of the Convention for inclusion on the Agenda.

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MATSON TRAINING COURSE REQUIREMENTS AT THE FOREFRONT

MM&P-contracted Matson Navigation has notified the Union of their desire to meet to establish effective dates for training course requirements for MM&P LDOs. Some of the course requirements are the same as those required for certification under STCW.

The notification stems from the agreement reached between MM&P and Matson in 1990, when guidelines were established that certain required courses must be successfully completed in order to be qualified for employment on, or to remain qualified for employment on, Matson vessels.

No meetings on this topic have been scheduled between the Union and the Company at this time. Members will be advised as this moves forward.

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MM&P AND MATSON REACH AGREEMENT ON BULK CONTRACTS

The MM&P and Matson Navigation have reached a new agreement covering wages and working conditions for Matson ships carrying bulk cargoes. The agreement covers LDOs working aboard the MANUKAI and MANULANI, two vessels in the Matson fleet that are currently in layup. The vessels, which are capable of carrying bulk or containerized cargoes, are intended by the Company to carry bulk cargoes. This new agreement does not affect Matson’s MM&P-contracted ITB MOKU PAHU, also a bulk vessel, which is in active operational status. MM&P and the MEBA negotiated jointly to achieve success on this contract.

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REMINDER: MM&P-MEBA JOINT NORFOLK MEETING FEB. 10

MM&P International President Capt. Tim Brown and MEBA President Larry O’Toole will lead a joint meeting between MM&P and MEBA members in Norfolk on Feb. 10. at 1300 hrs at the MEBA union hall. The MEBA Hall is located at 1058 W. 40th St. in Norfolk, one block from the MM&P Hall. For more info, contact the Norfolk MM&P Hall at 757-489-7406.

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UNEMPLOYMENT RULINGS FAVOR MARINERS

Courts and Administrative Appeal Panels in four states – New Jersey, North Carolina, Texas and Louisiana – have ruled in favor of MM&P off-the-board members being eligible for unemployment compensation.

Suits or appeals were filed in cases in three of these states where rotary (off-the-board) MM&P members were originally denied unemployment compensation after they had filed claims. In Texas, the grant of unemployment benefits were affirmed on appeal. The majority of MM&P-contracted companies maintain their headquarters in these states.

Generally, unemployment claims are processed by the state in which the vessel operator maintains its headquarters. In Texas, however, unemployment claims are processed based on the residence of the person applying for benefits.

The decision in each case was that rotary shipboard personnel are eligible for unemployment benefits under applicable state laws when they have completed a rotary shipboard assignment and have registered for employment with a MM&P port office.

The cases are:

  • Barry Verbois v Chris Houston, Secretary of Labor, et. al.
    State of Louisiana, Orleans Parish Civil District Court No. 99-2568 (December 20, 1999)
  • Michael S. Shanley – Employment Security Commission of North Carolina Decision No. 99(OA)3469 (December 9, 1999)
  • Alain Froutan – Texas Workforce Commission, Appeal Tribunal
    Appeal No. 99-137682-1-0999 (September 29, 1999)
  • Joseph A. Perry, Paul D. Hatley, William M. McManus and Peter J. Piaseckyj – New Jersey Department of Labor, Board of Review BR Docket No. 99-B-03365-000-K0 (May 27, 1999)

Copies of these decisions are available on request from Karl Schwartz, MM&P Communications Director, at 410-850-8700, ext. 27; Email: communications@bridgedeck.org.

Members are advised that it may be helpful to present a copy of this article when filing any unemployment application, provided the criteria have been met of having sailed in a rotary assignment and having registered for employment at a MM&P port office following completion of the rotary assignment.

In the event a member meeting these criteria is denied unemployment compensation in any state, please contact John Singleton, MM&P International Counsel, at 410-850-8700, ext. 19; Email: jsingleton@bridgedeck.org.

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AFA BACKS WHISTLE-BLOWER LAW SIMILAR TO SEAMEN PROTECTION ACT

The Flight Attendants last week renewed the union’s call for “whistle-blower legislation in Congress to make sure that all aviation workers have the ability to report safety hazards without fear of reprisals,” AFA President Patricia Friend said. She said such a law would give aviation workers strong protections from company reprisals.

This is similar to the ‘Protection Of Seamen Against Economic Reprisal Act’ legislation that was introduced early last year which the MM&P strongly supports. This legislation would protect merchant mariners, and especially river boat crews, from reprisals if they refuse to act in violation of a safety statute or regulation. It will also help ensure the safety of life and property on US inland waterways.

The proposed legislation will better enable the men and women who work on the rivers, who are most familiar with what is necessary to ensure safe towboat operations, and who are given the responsibility to safely navigate increasingly larger vessels carrying greater amounts of hazardous and other types of cargo to work in conjunction with the Coast Guard without fear of company reprisals. (See the “Current Legislative Issues” section on this website for more information about the Protection Of Seamen Against Economic Reprisal Act legislation.)

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MM&P EXTENDS CONGRATULATIONS TO NEWLY ELECTED SUP OFFICERS

The biennial election of officers for the Sailors’ Union of the Pacific concluded on Feb. 1, with the re-election of incumbents: Gunnar Lundeberg, President/Secretary-Treasurer and Seattle Branch Agent Vince O’Halloran. Dave Connolly was elected VP/Asst. Sec.-Treas. while the new Branch Agents are Wayne Burgess-Wilmington; Mike Duvall-Honolulu and Bill Henneberry-San Fran.

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BUILDING TRADES PRESIDENT GEORGINE TO RETIRE

After leading the AFL-CIO’s Building and Construction Trades Department since 1974, Robert A. Georgine, 67, announced he will retire as president effective April 15. His announcement last week came one day after the US Bureau of Labor Statistics announced that membership in construction unions had jumped by 131,000 in 1999, the largest increase in decades. AFL-CIO President John Sweeney praised Georgine as “the best our movement has to offer…[and] a critical factor in our rebound in organizing and political power.”

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MM&P PENSIONER OLDEST TO COMPETE IN SAN PEDRO POLAR BEAR SWIM

MM&P pensioner John Svenson, 89, was the oldest person to participate in the 48th annual Polar Bear Swim held on New Year’s Day at Cabrillo Beach, CA. Congrats John! News and achievements of MM&P members and pensioners are always welcomed and can be sent to the address listed below.

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BOSTON’S MARINER HOUSE HOSTS ROPE YARN SUNDAY FEB. 6

Rope Yarn Sundays: the first Sunday of every month. Come join old shipmates in an afternoon of sea stories, movies on our big screen TV, and of course, refreshments from 1400 until 1900. For more info, contact The Mariners House, 11 North Square, Boston, MA 02113, 617-227-3979 (toll free 1-800-732-9494); http://www.marinershouse.org, or email inn@marinershouse.org.

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REMINDER: MITAGS OFFERS ONE DAY CBRD COURSES IN FEB. AND MARCH

MITAGS will be offer the one day Chemical, Biological, and Radiological Defense (CBRD) Orientation course on Sat. Feb.12, Feb.26, and March 11. The course, certified as meeting Military Sealift Command (MSC) requirements, is designed to inform personnel of the hazards of weapons of mass destruction. For a reservation please contact Mary Matlock in admissions at Email: admissions@mitags.org or telephone: 443-989-3226.

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UPCOMING MITAGS COURSE OPENINGS THROUGH MARCH

MITAGS has the following course openings:

  • Feb.14-18: TPIC
  • Feb.14-25: SHS
  • Feb.21-25: DCS
  • Feb.28-March 10 – GMDSS
  • March 13-24: GMDSS; SHS
  • March 13-17: HWA; Comp-Opsys
  • March 20-24: Comp-APS
  • March 27-31: Haz.

For a reservation please contact Mary Matlock in admissions at Email: admissions@mitags.org or telephone: 443-989-3226. The current edition of the MITAGS 2000 schedule covering can be found on the MITAGS website at: http://www.mitags.org.

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MM&P SPORTS SHORTS

Super Bowl Result: St.Louis Rams 23 Tennessee Titans 16. Ram QB Kurt Warner was named game MVP to go with his MVP league title.


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., Linthicum Heights, MD 21090-1941. Phone: 410-850-8700; Fax: 410-850-0973; Email: iommp@bridgedeck.org. For further info contact John Peige at jpeige@bridgedeck.org. The Wheelhouse Weekly is sent via Email to MM&P-contracted vessels at sea, broadcast worldwide via FEC marine telex and is posted on our web page under “News” at: http://www.bridgedeck.org.
 

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