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Wheelhouse Weekly – July 13, 2009

July 13th 2009

 

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

Volume 13 . . . . . Number 28. . . . July 13, 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.


OFFICERS UNIONS SAY MARINERS LOSING WORK, BENEFITS, BECAUSE OF SEVERE PROBLEMS IN COAST GUARD MEDICAL REVIEW AND CREDENTIALING PROGRAMS

Representatives of the nation’s maritime officers unions told Congress last week that the Coast Guard’s medical review process is both unfair and unworkable, and in many cases has the effect of denying mariners the opportunity to provide for their families. The unions made the remarks in testimony before the House Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation, chaired by Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.). During the hearing, the unions also testified that the Coast Guard credentialing program, which is now centralized along with the medical review process in the National Maritime Center in West Virginia, is fraught with inefficiencies and inequities that are also interfering with mariners’ ability to work.

MM&P headquarters staffer Mike Rodriguez was joined at the witness table by representatives of the American Maritime Officers and the Marine Engineers’ Beneficial Association. The unions said the Coast Guard’s unilateral modification of the medical review process was a misguided attempt to respond to the 2003 ANDREW BARBERI allision in New York. From the outset, the unions have argued that the Coast Guard’s response to the accident, a new Navigation and Vessel Inspection Circular or “NVIC,” was misdirected and overly complex, and that the Coast Guard had underestimated the number of mariners affected, the number of requests for medical waivers and the size of staff and the level of resources needed to process requests for waivers and medical applications.

The unions predicted from the beginning that the system would be prone to delays and that it would cause mariners to lose income and essential benefits like health care insurance and pension credit. “Unfortunately, our predictions turned out to be true,” the unions said. “It is absolutely unacceptable that any mariner should be out of work due solely to the failure of the system to adequately anticipate and plan for the problems we have experienced, especially after the agency was repeatedly warned that these problems were coming.” The unions are backing a proposal by Sen. Frank Lautenberg, S 685, which would place the medical review process back in the hands of qualified physicians.

The unions also told the committee that there is widespread concern among the licensed mariner community that the USCG is deliberately diminishing the professional standing of merchant marine officers by eliminating the word “license” from regulations in favor of the terms “credential” and “officer endorsement.” In addition, the unions said, there are widespread reports of mariners receiving their documents stripped of necessary endorsements, waiting for months to have their documents updated and receiving incorrect advice from the National Maritime Center helpdesk.

“For mariners, licensing is not about metrics, action plans, surging resources or outreach to the industry. It is about their ability to maintain employment that provides for their families, maintains their health care and pension benefits, and allows them to advance in the seafaring profession,” the unions testified.

Cummings stated during the course of the hearing that it is unacceptable for American mariners to be out of work because the government is unable to provide them in a timely manner with the documents they need to work. 


WATERMAN RE-OPENER CALLS FOR WAGE INCREASES ON MAERSK ALABAMA AND MAERSK ARKANSAS

In a re-opener for the contract that covers its containerships, Waterman has agreed to wage increases on MV MAERSK ALABAMA and MV MAERSK ARKANSAS. The increases are retroactive to Oct. 1, 2008, with additional increases scheduled on Oct. 1, 2009, and Oct. 1, 2010. Included under the agreement are overtime multiplier increases over three years and an increase in the master’s guaranteed overtime.


COAST GUARD DEEPWATER ACQUISITION PROCESS STILL NEEDS FINE-TUNING, GOVERNMENT WATCHDOG SAYS

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) says that although the Coast Guard has made significant strides in improving oversight of its “Deepwater” asset acquisition program, the agency needs to implement more detailed performance measures “with firm project completion dates.” Deepwater is an acquisition program adopted to upgrade the Coast Guard’s fleet of ships and planes. The agency assumed the lead role in managing acquisitions for the program two years ago, after contractors were found to have bungled key projects. In testimony last week before Congress, GAO said the Coast Guard “continues to face management challenges” in its oversight of Deepwater. For example, GAO says, the agency “has not always adhered to procurement processes, and its budget submissions to Congress do not include detailed cost estimates.” GAO also reported that the Coast Guard faces “challenges in workforce planning,” including difficulties in hiring and retaining qualified acquisition personnel. In addition, GAO said that by 2017, delays associated with the Coast Guard’s newest vessel, the National Security Cutter, will cause thousands of operational days to be lost.


TURKISH SHIP, 23 CREWMEMBERS, IN HANDS OF PIRATES

The MV HORIZON-1, a Turkish ship transporting sulfate from Saudi Arabia to Jordan, has been seized by Somali pirates. The authorities report that the vessel was overrun by pirates in numerous small speed boats while it was travelling in the Recommended Transit Corridor, which is being patrolled by the international antipiracy coalition and NATO warships.


NIGERIAN REBELS KIDNAP TANKER CREW

On Sunday, a group of Nigerian rebels kidnapped six mariners working offshore aboard a chemical tanker about 20 nautical miles from the mouth of the Escravos River. The kidnapping came on the heels of a separate rebel attack against a Chevron oil facility in the southern Delta state of Okan and the sabotaging of an oil-well head operated by Royal Dutch Shell. All three attacks are being attributed to the militant group known as the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND).  The kidnapped mariners were working aboard the chemical tanker MV SICHEM PEACE. After seizing the vessel, the rebels decided to disembark with six members of the crew, including the Russian captain, all of whom were marched off into the brush at gun point. In a statement, the militants said the crew members “will be held until further notice.”


MM&P MEMBERS IN THE NEWS

Two MM&P members have been interviewed for articles in a recent issue of “Sealift,” the official magazine of Military Sealift Command (MSC). Doug Nagy, master of the ro/ro GTS ADM WM. M. CALLAGHAN, was quoted in an article about an MSC training operation involving Canadian and other international naval forces. As part of the operation, the CALLAGHAN and the crane ship SS GRAND CANYON STATE participated in search and seizure training off the coast of British Columbia. “The size and unique features of GRAND CANYON STATE and CALLAGHAN, along with the flexibility of the crews, made the exercises a success,” Nagy said.

USNS BRIDGE, under the command of Captain Jeffrey Siepert, was in the news for receiving the SECNAV Environmental Quality Award for 2008. The award recognizes Navy and Marine Corps personnel, teams, ships and installations for exceptional environmental stewardship. In the course of two years, USNS BRIDGE transported 182.7 million gallons of fuel without a single mishap.


SENATE COMMITTEE APPROVES LAUTENBERG SHORT SEA SHIPPING INITIATIVE

The Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee last week approved legislation introduced by Sen. Frank R. Lautenberg (D-N.J.) to reduce road congestion by providing incentives to carry more freight by ships. The measure would create a grant program to encourage shipping by sea or inland waterway and modernize port facilities. “The strength of our freight transportation system is being threatened by our overwhelmed roads and bridges. The simple, smart solution is to ship more of America’s goods by sea,” Lautenberg said. “Shipping reduces congestion on roads, cuts emissions and energy consumption, and improves safety.”  Proponents of Lautenberg’s bill, the Maritime Administration Authorization Act of Fiscal Year 2010, say use of a single ship can take more than 450 trucks off the nation’s roads.


HONG KONG SHIP FIRE OUT AFTER SEVEN DAYS

On Thursday, firefighters in Hong Kong were finally able to extinguish a fire that had burned for a week on the containership MOL PROSPERITY. One person was injured in the fire, which was discovered July 2. The Panama-flag ship is operated by MOL for Shoei Kisen Kaisha Ltd. of Japan. It was carrying containers filled with clothes, luggage, plastic products and computer equipment. .


NEW, TWO-DAY ENVIRONMENTAL REGULATIONS SEMINAR AT MITAGS

MITAGS now offers a two-day seminar designed to keep the maritime community abreast of recent changes in the environmental regulations that apply to our industry. The first day provides a detailed overview of recent changes in domestic and international regulations. The second day focuses on how to develop and submit an EPA vessel general permit (VGP).  The VGP is now required for most vessels operating in U.S. waters. Ample time will be available during the seminar to discuss operational questions. For more information, visit www.mitags.org. If you are interested in taking the seminar, you can enroll on line, or by contacting Mary Matlock in the Admissions Office: admission@mitags.org and 866-656-5568.  


MITAGS ACADEMIC NOTES

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


ARPA – Automatic Radar Plotting Aids: 8/24, 9/22

AZIPOD – (2-Day) Azipod Propulsion Systems: 10/1

BRM – Bridge Resource Management: 7/27, 9/14

BRMP – Bridge Resource Management for Pilots: 8/27

BST – Basic Safety Training: 8/3

CONSTB – Ship Construction and Basic Stability: 8/17

CONT PLNG – Contingency Planning:  9/17

[CMM – Chief Mate and Master Courses]

CMM-ADVWX – Advanced Meteorology: 9/21

CMM-ADVSTB – Advanced Stability: 8/10, 9/29

CMM-ECDIS – Electronic Chart Display and Information Systems: 7/27

CMM-MPP – Marine Propulsion Plants: 8/24

CMM-SHMGT I – Ship Management (week 1) : 9/7

CMM-SHMGT II – Ship Management (week 2) : 7/20, 9/14

CMM-SHS-ADV-I – Advanced Shiphandling (week 1):  8/3, 817, 8/24, 8/31, 9/14, 9/28

CMM-SHS-ADV-I I – Advanced Shiphandling (week 2): 7/20, 8/10, 8/17, 8/31, 9/21

CMM-VPEN – Voyage Planning and Electronic Navigation: 8/3

CMM-WKP – Advanced Watchkeeping: 8/17, 8/31

ENAV – Electronic Navigation: 9/7

ENVIRO-REGS PERMIT – Environmental Regulations in the Maritime Industry / EPA General Permit for Commercial Vessels (2 day): 7/29

ENVIRO-REGS – Introduction to Environmental Regulations in the Maritime Industry (1 Day): 7/29

FF-BADV – Basic and Advanced Fire Fighting Combined: 8/3

HAZ – Hazardous Materials (5-Day) course: 8/31

LAP – License Advancement Program (Chief Mate & Master Only): 9/14

LAP – License Advancement Program (Original Third Mate Only): 8/17

LEG – Legal Aspects of Pilotage: 8/26, 9/28

LNG AWAR – Liquefied Natural Gas Awareness: 8/18

MEDIA RSP – Media Response Workshop: 9/18

MED-PRO – Medical Care Provider: 8/10

MED-DOT-DA – Dept. of Trans Drug & Alcohol Testing: 8/15

[MSC – Military Sealift Command]

MSC-CBRD-1 – CBRD Orientation: 7/18, 8/14

MSC-DC Damage Control: 7/16 (Special Evening Course: 8/10 – 13/09)

MSC-SMA – Small Arms Training: 8/10, 9/14

ROP-5 – Radar Observer Original or Renewal: 8/31

ROR-1 – Radar Observer Renewal: 8/24, 9/21

SEC-VCF – Security Officer: Vessel, Company & Facility: 9/14

SEC-VSO-R – Vessel Security Officer Refresher (1 day):  8/14

SHS-EMR5 – Emergency Shiphandling: 8/10

SHS-EMR-BRMP3 – Emergency Shiphandling and Bridge Resource Management for Pilots: 8/24, 9/28

TPIC – Tankship Dangerous Liquids Person In Charge: 8/31

WKP BAS – Basic Watchkeeping: 9/21

WX BAS – Basic Meteorology: 9/14

…remember: If you can’t make the class, make the call.  Be courteous, don’t be a “no show.”


Check the MITAGS website at www.mitags.org for course descriptions associated with the course title abbreviations, and schedule revisions. For class availability or info on MITAGS courses and programs, contact admissions toll-free at 866-656-5568 or e-mail: admissions@mitags.org.


PMI ACADEMIC NOTES

Schedule of Courses – Please also see our schedule online at www.mates.org

For registration, call our registrar, Jennifer Pitzen, at (206) 838-1126

July 2009

13           Radar Renewal
14-17     ARPA
13-17     Emergency Shiphandling

August 2009

3            Radar Renewal
4-7         ARPA
3-5        Security VCF
10-14    ECDIS
10-14    TPIC

September 2009

21          Radar Renewal
22-25    ARPA
21-25    Medical Care Provider
21-2      Medical Person-in-Charge


MM&P MARKET WATCH AS OF 7-10-2009

D O W N A S D A Q S & P 500
8,183.17 1,796.03 879.13
Fund Name & Trading Symbol
 Closing
Price
 Vanguard Asset Allocation Fund(VAARX)
40.42
 Vanguard 500 Index Fund (VFINX)
81.08
 Vanguard Extended Market Index Fund (VEXMX)
24.74
 Vanguard International Growth Fund (VWIGX)
13.36
 Vanguard Morgan Growth Fund (VMRGX)
11.96
 Vanguard Windsor II Fund (VWNFX)
18.49
 Vanguard GNMA Fund (VFIIX)
10.69
 Vanguard Growth Index Fund (VIGRX)
21.50
 Vanguard High Yield Corporate (VWEHX)
4.91
 Vanguard LifeStrategy Conservative Growth (VSCGX)
13.48
 Vanguard LifeStrategy Growth Fund (VASGX)
15.97
 Vanguard LifeStrategy Income Fund (VASIX)
12.40
 Vanguard LifeStrategy Moderate Growth (VSMGX)
15.12
 Vanguard Target Retirement 2005 (VTOVX)
9.98
 Vanguard Target Retirement 2015 (VTXVX)
9.79
 Vanguard Target Retirement 2025 (VTTVX)
9.45
 Vanguard Target Retirement 2035 (VTTHX)
9.40
 Vanguard Target Retirement 2045 (VTIVX)
9.73
 Vanguard Total Bond Index (VBMFX)
10.26
 Vanguard Total Stock Market Index Fund (VTSMX)
21.49
 Chase Growth Fund (CHASX)
13.10
 Fidelity Asset Manager (FASMX)
11.81
 Fidelity Growth and Income (FGRIX)
12.68
 Fidelity Intermediate bond Fund (FTHRX)
9.80
 Fidelity Magellan Fund (FMAGX)
50.62
 Fidelity Small Company Instl (FMACX)
12.34
 Fidelity Value Fund (FDVLX)
40.89
 Fidelity Equity-Income II Fund (FEQTX)
12.68
 Fidelity Blue Chip Growth Fund (FBGRX)
27.90
 Fidelity Diversified International Fund (FDIVX)
22.33
 Fidelity Dividend Growth Fund (FDGFX)
17.52
 Fidelity Freedom Income (FFFAX)
9.92
 Fidelity Freedom 2000 (FFFBX)
10.48
 Fidelity Freedom 2010 (FFFCX)
10.87
 Fidelity Freedom 2020 (FFFDX)
10.54
 Fidelity Freedom 2030 (FFFEX)
10.12
 Fidelity Freedom 2040 (FFFFX)
5.78
 Fidelity Freedom 2050 (FFFHX)
6.66
 Fidelity Total Bond Fund (FTBFX)
10.00
 Spartan Extended market Index Fund (FSEMX)
23.27
 Spartan US Equity Index Fund (FUSEX)
31.09
 Domini Social Equity Fund (DSEFX)
20.30





~ 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.

© 2009, International Organization of Masters, Mates & Pilots. All the material contained in this publication is protected by copyright. For permission to reprint text from the Weekly, contact the MM&P Communications Department: lrosenthal@bridgedeck.org. For changes of address, contact Lisa Rosenthal at lrosenthal@bridgedeck.org.