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Wheelhouse Weekly – February 23, 2009

February 23rd 2009

 

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

Volume 13 . . . . . Number 8. . . .February 23, 2009

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 MEMBERS RATIFY NEW CONTRACT WITH WESTAR

By a 2-1 margin, the members of MM&P’s Pacific Maritime Region-United Inland Group have ratified a new, three-year contract with Westar. The new contract calls for a 12 percent raise over three years, along with increases in pension contributions and improvements in health and welfare, retroactive to July 1, 2008. “Members of the bargaining unit showed great foresight in accepting this hard-fought proposal, which takes into account the current economic situation,” said MM&P San Francisco Representative Ray Shipway. The 40 members of the bargaining unit were represented in contract negotiations by a committee that included members John Schultz, Scott Adams, Shipway and MM&P Associate International Counsel Gab Terrasa. Westar operates a fleet of 34 vessels, including launches, tugs and barge equipment..


TWIC CARDS CAN NOW BE PICKED UP AT A DIFFERENT ENROLLMENT CENTER

The Coast Guard has announced a change in TWIC issuance procedures intended to make it easier for maritime industry workers to pick up their cards. Up to now, when an individual enrolls for a TWIC and passes the TWIC threat assessment, the individual’s card has always been returned to the same enrollment center for activation. The Coast Guard says it now has the ability to transfer a TWIC card from one enrollment center to another in case of extenuating circumstances, such as job transfer, seasonal work or change of residence. If you need your card transferred to a different enrollment center, call the TWIC Helpdesk at 1-866-DHS-TWIC (1-866-347-8942) or send an e-mail to TWIC.Helpdesk@gcrm.com. Your card should arrive at the requested enrollment center within 3-4 weeks, the Coast Guard says.


SEEKING RESUMES FOR WORK ON GOVERNMENT CONTRACT VESSELS

Officers holding Unlimited Chief Mates’ or Masters’ licenses who seek employment aboard government contract vessels are urged to submit their resumes to LMS Shipmanagement and the Patriot Group at the following addresses:

John Howe
Senior Project Manager
The Patriot Group
Fax: 877-573-1094
john.howe@asmhq.com

And

W. M. Cameron
Senior Vice President
LMS Shipmanagement, Inc.
11 North Water Street
Suite 18290
Mobile, AL 36602
Fax: 251-706-6944
camerowm@intship.com


SHIP SECURITY OFFICER REFRESHER COURSE WILL BE HELD IN MM&P PACIFIC PORTS UNION HALLS IN APRIL

A one-day Ship Security Officer (SSO) refresher course will be offered in MM&P Pacific Ports union halls during the month of April. This course is required to upgrade company issued SSO certificates to USCG standards.  The course will be held in Honolulu on April 17, in Los Angeles on April 28 and in San Francisco on April 30. Certificates issued by MITAGS already meet USCG standards. ALL deck officers MUST have an SSO endorsement on their STCW certificates in order to work past July 1, 2009.


FREE MORTGAGE COUNSELING, CREDIT COUNSELING AND PERSONAL ADVICE FOR MEMBERS AND EMPLOYEES

To deal with the stresses of daily living and, in particular, the problems related to the economic downturn, MM&P members and employees are eligible for a range of free counseling services through Union Plus and Ceridian LifeWorks. 

Among the benefits available to union members and their families thanks to MM&P’s affiliation with Union Plus is free help for people affected by the housing slump. The program is called “Save My Home.” Union members and their families can access the program by calling 1-866-490-5361, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. HUD-certified counselors are standing by around the clock. In addition, there are 100 local offices in 22 states and the District of Columbia. Counselors will illustrate strategies to stop foreclosure and help borrowers keep their homes, including loan restructuring and how to negotiate with lenders. Borrowers can call the hotline as many times as they wish. They leave each session with an action plan to help them address their housing problems. Borrowers who are already behind on their mortgage payments can also receive help under the program. The free service is provided for Union Plus by Money Management International. To take advantage of the free service, callers need only identify themselves as members or employees of the Masters, Mates & Pilots.

The counseling service described above is open to all MM&P members. In addition, union members who hold a Union Plus credit card, a Union Plus mortgage or a Union Plus insurance policy are also eligible for a series of grants, including: a hospital care grant, a disability grant and a college savings grant.

Eligible MM&P members can also receive help through Ceridian LifeWorks. “We are receiving more calls from people in financial crisis than ever before,” says a spokesperson for Ceridian. “People are facing bankruptcy, or foreclosure on their homes, or they need emergency resources to help with utilities, food and other basic necessities.” For more information on the free services that are available to eligible MM&P members through Ceridian LifeWorks, go to www.lifeworkshr.com. Enter the username MMP and the password, which is 5100.

The services that are offered free of charge to MM&P members and employees include phone consultations with master’s-level financial consultants who have dual training in emotional and financial issues, as well as the opportunity to participate in seminars on topics such as “managing your money in today’s economy” and “managing stress and personal budgeting.” LifeWorks consultants are highly skilled in helping people deal with stress, emotional challenges, workplace change and uncertainty. You can also contact Ceridian LifeWorks by phone. This confidential assistance service is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, by calling 1-877-234-5151 or, for Spanish speakers, 1-888-732-9020.


EIGHT SEAFARERS DROWN WHEN RUSSIAN NAVY SINKS CARGO SHIP

China is asking for an investigation into the sinking of a cargo ship near the port of Vladivostok. The Sierra Leone-flagged vessel, MV NEW STAR, had been ordered by its Hong Kong owner to depart the port without permission from Russian authorities. According to reports, a Russian company had refused to accept the ship’s cargo, saying it was of poor quality and threatening to have the vessel seized. The Russian government has admitted it acted to prevent the ship from leaving its territorial waters. The vessel sank in the Sea of Japan, reportedly under fire from the Russian Navy. The cargo ship sent distress signals as it began taking on water and the members of the crew boarded life rafts. Eight members of the crew were rescued by a Russian ship but another eight were washed out to sea and are presumed dead.


INTERNATIONAL MARITIME ORGANIZATION SEEKS NOMINATIONS FOR EXCEPTIONAL BRAVERY AT SEA AWARD

The International Maritime Organization (IMO) is seeking nominations for its 2009 Exceptional Bravery at Sea award. The winner of the award will be presented with a medal at a special ceremony to be held on the occasion of World Maritime Day or another major IMO occasion. The recipient of the award will be reimbursed the cost, where necessary, of a round-trip flight from his/her country of origin to London, or to the city where the award ceremony is to take place and the payment, where necessary, of corresponding hotel expenses. Nominations of candidates to be considered for the 2009 Award (for actions performed between March 1, 2008 and Feb. 28, 2009) must reach IMO no later than April 15, 2009. For instructions on how to make a nomination, go to www.bridgedeck.org and click on “What’s New.”


TWIC COUNTDOWN: 51 DAYS UNTIL ALL MARINERS MUST HAVE A TWIC

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


ECONOMIES OF ALL MAJOR DEVELOPED COUNTRIES WILL SHRINK IN 2009

The economies of all developed countries are likely to shrink substantially in 2009, according to projections by the International Monetary Fund, an international organization that oversees the global financial system. The United Kingdom, which was hit hard by the financial collapse of Iceland, will probably contract the most, as measured by gross domestic product (GDP). The U.K. economy is expected to contract by 2.8 percent. The U.S. economy is predicted to shrink by 1.6 percent. The International Labor Organization (ILO), a United Nations agency, predicts that 50 million jobs could be lost and 200 million more people could fall into absolute poverty around the globe in 2009. The global nature of the crisis highlights the need for an international response. The IMF has said the only way for the damage to be contained is through large-scale global action, such as coordinated stimulus programs.


MORE CONTAINER SHIPS LAID UP

Almost 400 container ships have been laid up as a result of the economic downturn, according to recent statistics. The number is equivalent to 8.8 percent of the world container fleet.


NORTH KOREANS RELEASE RUSSIAN SHIP

Russian journalists report that on Thursday, North Korea released a Russian ship, the MS OMSKIY-122, which had been impounded several days earlier in North Korean territorial waters. The ship, which was heading for Vladivostok from Busan, South Korea, was seized near Moosudan Cape in North Hamkyung Province, where it had been forced to stop to wait out a storm. North Korea has decreed that the area near Moosudan is closed to foreigners because a missile base is located there. This is not the first time that Russian ships have been seized by North Korea. Almost exactly a year ago, North Korean authorities seized the LIDIYA DEMESH and held it for two weeks.


LARGE OIL SPILL THREATENS COAST OF IRELAND

An oil spill that occurred during the refueling of a Russian aircraft carrier is floating towards the coast of Ireland. The spill is estimated to total between 300 and 1,000 tons of oil. Ireland says the spill appears to be covering 22 square miles. Russia admits that the source of the spill is a botched refueling operation involving the aircraft carrier ADMIRIAL KUZNETSOV. The carrier was being refueled by a Russian supply tanker in the Celtic Sea. 


TRUSTEES APPROVE NEW TRAVEL REIMBURSEMENT POLICY FOR MM&P TRUST STUDENTS

Starting March 1, MITAGS will no longer purchase airline tickets in advance for eligible students traveling to MITAGS. Eligible students will be reimbursed upon their successful completion of at least four days of classes. Furthermore, reimbursements are limited to the cost of a 14-day advance fare purchase. If the ticket is over $500 round trip, you must have written permissions from the MITAGS Admissions Office. Call or e-mail Admissions for a complete copy of this policy. It is also posted at www.mitags.org on the MM&P Trust Student page.


MIAMI’S NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER OPENS DOORS TO MM&P MEMBERS

MM&P members have an opportunity to tour the National Hurricane Center in Miami on Saturday, March 14. The tour will begin at 10:00 and should be finished at about 12:00. It will include the National Hurricane Center, Tropical Analysis & Forecast Branch, as well as the local Miami forecast center. The NHC tour can accommodate 25 to 30 people. NHC Director Bill Read and Executive Officer Christopher Burr will be on hand to answer questions. If you are interested, contact the MM&P Miami/Port Everglades Hall at pompano@bridgedeck.org or (954) 946-7883 by March 1. The National Hurricane Center is located with the Miami National Weather Service Forecast Office on the main campus of Florida International University, 11691 SW 17th St., about 12 miles west of downtown and eight miles southwest of Miami International Airport. Parking is available near the main entrance on the south side of the center, which faces SW 17th Street.


PREVIOUSLY REPORTED NEWS ON THE MM&P DEFINED BENEFIT PENSION PLAN

As previously reported in the Wheelhouse Weekly, the MM&P Board of Trustees met Feb. 3–4 to discuss the current economic situation as it has affected the MM&P Defined Benefit Pension Plan. As permitted by the Worker, Retiree, and Employer Recovery Act of 2008, agreement was reached to remain in the “green,” or safe zone under the Pension Protection Act of 2006. All current benefit options will be available for another year. As part of this agreement, employer pension plan contributions will be increased and deductions will be taken from Offshore vacation pay. The Board of Trustees will meet again in May 2009 to discuss long-term pension plan design changes and other measures to safeguard our retirement security.


MITAGS ACADEMIC NOTES

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

AIS � (1-Day) Automatic Identification System: 4/2
ARPA � Automatic Radar Plotting Aids: 4/13
AZIPOD � (2-Day) Azipod Propulsion Systems: 4/20
BRM � Bridge Resource Management: 5/4
BST � Basic Safety Training: 4/6
CONT PLNG � Contingency Planning: 5/15

[CMM – Chief Mate and Master Courses]
CMM-ADVWX – Advanced Meteorology: 4/6
CMM-CHS I � Advanced Cargo Handling (week 1): 4/27
CMM-CHS II � Advanced Cargo Handling (week 2): 5/4
CMM-MPP � Marine Propulsion Plants: 4/13
CMM-SHMGT I � Ship Management (week 1) : 5/11
CMM-SHMGT II � Ship Management (week 2) : 3/2, 5/18
CMM-SHS-ADV-I � Advanced Shiphandling (week 1): 3/2, 4/27, 5/11
CMM-SHS-ADV-I I � Advanced Shiphandling (week 2): 5/4, 5/18
CMM-WKP – Advanced Watchkeeping: 3/9, 5/25

CSE-AWR2 � Confined Space Entry Awareness (2 day): 5/14
FF-BADV � Basic and Advanced Fire Fighting Combined: 4/6
GMDSS � Global Maritime Distress and Safety System: 4/6
HAZ � Hazardous Materials (5 day): 5/4
LAP � License Advancement Program for upgrade to Chief Mate/Master: 3/30
LEG � Legal Aspects of Pilotage: 4/22

MED-PIC – Medical Person-In-Charge: 4/13
MED-PRO – Medical Care Provider: 4/13, 5/4
MED-DOT-DA – Dept. of Trans Drug & Alcohol Testing: 3/7, 4/3, 4/18, 5/14

[MSC – Military Sealift Command]
MSC-CBRD-1 � CBRD Orientation: 3/27, 5/22
MSC-DC � Damage Control: Special Evening MSC-DC Class: 5/18 to 5/21
MSC-SMA � Small Arms Training: 3/23, 5/18

[OICNW � Officer in Charge of a Navigation Watch Courses]
OICNW-CHS-BAS � Basic Cargo Handling and Stowage: 4/20, 5/25
OICNW-CNAV � Celestial Navigation: 4/20
OICNW-ENAV � Electronic Navigation: 3/9
OICNW-EP � Emergency Procedures: 5/14
OICNW-SAR � Search and Rescue: 5/11
OICNW-WKP BAS � Basic Watchkeeping: 3/30
OICNW-WX BAS � Basic Meteorology: 3/23

ROP-5 � Radar Observer Program (Original or Renewal): 5/4
ROR-1 – Radar Observer Renewal: 4/13

SEC-VCF – Security Officer: Vessel, Company & Facility: 3/30, 5/11
SEC-VSO-R � Vessel Security Officer Refresher (1 day): 4/21, 5/14
SHS-BAS � Basic Shiphandling: 5/18
SHS-EMR � Emergency Shiphandling: 4/20

TPIC � Tankerman Person in Charge (Dangerous Liquids): 5/25

…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)

March 2009
2 ROR
2-6 WX BAS
9-20 GMDSS
10-13 ARPA
9-20 SHS ADV
16-20 ENAV
23-3 CNAV

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 2-20-2009

D O W N A S D A Q S & P 500
7,365.67 1,441.23 770.05
Fund Name & Trading Symbol
 Closing
Price
 Vanguard Asset Allocation Fund(VAARX)
36.11
 Vanguard 500 Index Fund (VFINX)
71.19
 Vanguard Extended Market Index Fund (VEXMX)
20.57
 Vanguard International Growth Fund (VWIGX)
10.28
 Vanguard Morgan Growth Fund (VMRGX)
10.48
 Vanguard Windsor II Fund (VWNFX)
16.03
 Vanguard GNMA Fund (VFIIX)
10.56
 Vanguard Growth Index Fund (VIGRX)
18.86
 Vanguard High Yield Corporate (VWEHX)
4.43
 Vanguard LifeStrategy Conservative Growth (VSCGX)
12.37
 Vanguard LifeStrategy Growth Fund (VASGX)
13.89
 Vanguard LifeStrategy Income Fund (VASIX)
11.76
 Vanguard LifeStrategy Moderate Growth (VSMGX)
13.53
 Vanguard Target Retirement 2005 (VTOVX)
9.12
 Vanguard Target Retirement 2015 (VTXVX)
8.65
 Vanguard Target Retirement 2025 (VTTVX)
8.19
 Vanguard Target Retirement 2035 (VTTHX)
8.02
 Vanguard Target Retirement 2045 (VTIVX)
8.29
 Vanguard Total Bond Index (VBMFX)
10.08
 Vanguard Total Stock Market Index Fund (VTSMX)
18.73
 Chase Growth Fund (CHASX)
12.95
 Fidelity Asset Manager (FASMX)
10.28
 Fidelity Growth and Income (FGRIX)
10.95
 Fidelity Intermediate bond Fund (FTHRX)
9.18
 Fidelity Magellan Fund (FMAGX)
40.18
 Fidelity Small Company Instl (FMACX)
10.90
 Fidelity Value Fund (FDVLX)
32.11
 Fidelity Equity-Income II Fund (FEQTX)
10.57
 Fidelity Blue Chip Growth Fund (FBGRX)
23.41
 Fidelity Diversified International Fund (FDIVX)
18.07
 Fidelity Dividend Growth Fund (FDGFX)
13.47
 Fidelity Freedom Income (FFFAX)
9.26
 Fidelity Freedom 2000 (FFFBX)
9.71
 Fidelity Freedom 2010 (FFFCX)
9.59
 Fidelity Freedom 2020 (FFFDX)
9.10
 Fidelity Freedom 2030 (FFFEX)
8.63
 Fidelity Freedom 2040 (FFFFX)
4.90
 Fidelity Freedom 2050 (FFFHX)
5.60
 Fidelity Total Bond Fund (FTBFX)
9.31
 Spartan Extended market Index Fund (FSEMX)
19.38
 Spartan US Equity Index Fund (FUSEX)
27.33
 Domini Social Equity Fund (DSEFX)
16.70





~ 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.

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