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Wheelhouse Weekly – July 14, 2005

July 14th 2005


 


THE MASTERS, MATES & PILOTS’
WHEELHOUSE WEEKLYonline

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

Volume 9 . . . . . Number 28 . . . . July 14, 2005


STORIES COVERED

ALSO

REMINDERS

 

 




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




APL COMMITS TO MM&P DECK OFFICERS

Yesterday, Sandy Jones, Chief Operating Officer of American Ship Management, announced that his company was unable to reach a new ship-management agreement with APL for the eleven vessels currently under contract with MM&P. This announcement followed several months of ongoing negotiations between ASM and APL.

MM&P has been assured by APL that our members will continue to be employed aboard APL vessels after the expiration of the ASM-APL ship management agreement on September 30, 2005. Subject to a yet too be determined delivery schedule, APL will manage their vessels directly through a new APL Management company commencing on October 1, 2005 with the start of the new Maritime Security Program. In meetings conducted yesterday with APL officials in Washington DC and at APL Headquarters in Oakland, CA, MM&P International President Timothy A. Brown and Vice President-Pacific Ports Don Marcus were assured that APL would assume the recently passed ASM-MM&P collective bargaining agreement without modification.

Although the future of ASM remains uncertain, MM&P’s longstanding and excellent relationship with Sandy Jones and his staff will continue with Patriot Contract Services.

 




 

ILA RESPONSE TO US JUSTICE DEPT. FILING OF CIVIL RICO SUIT

The International Longshoremen’s Association has issued a statement strongly denouncing the action taken by the US Department of Justice (DOJ), which filed a civil action against the union and its officers under the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO). The statement said in part that, “The ILA vehemently denies any wrongdoing by the union and believes the organization should not be condemned for the alleged acts of a few.” The ILA said that it intends to vigorously defend itself against the charges.

The statement noted that, “The ILA believes that this unnecessary action by the U.S. Justice Department will have devastating consequences on the operations of the ILA and the entire shipping industry. The ILA is critical of the Department of Justice for proceeding with this action, despite strong reform measures adopted by the current ILA Executive Council over the past three years.” The statement also noted that while the DOJ has been aware of these aggressive reform efforts, it has refused to engage in any meaningful dialogue about its concerns with the ILA.

In an action that the union has called “shameful”, the ILA stated that, “Officials from the Department of Justice leaked information to the New York Times that it was proceeding with a civil RICO suit against the International and its officers and specifically named several defendants. In an equally unethical action, the ILA first learned of a possible civil RICO suit from an earlier leak by representatives of the Department of Justice to the same newspaper some three years ago.” With regard to those actions, the ILA has formally requested that the DOJ’s Office of Professional Responsibility initiate an investigation of improper media communications made by unnamed government officials at the DOJ.

The ILA statement also noted that, “The leadership of the ILA is disappointed that the government has chosen to perpetuate an outdated image of the ILA while ignoring long standing efforts by the ILA leaders to strengthen union members’ rights and to eradicate any unlawful conduct. These steps include the adoption of a Code of Ethics nearly two years ago and the creation of the position of an Ethical Practices Counsel, whose duties include dealing with organized crime influences, corruption, and enforcing the provisions of the Code of Ethics.”

The ILA noted that since John Bowers became president in 1987, he has made the protection of ILA members’ rights and the elimination of corruption within the union a priority. The ILA further stated that its officers will not be deterred from their sworn duty to protect the membership of the union and uphold its constitution.



 

MM&P REPRESENTED AT SOCP MEETING IN SEATTLE

Director of Special Projects Richard Plant represented MM&P at the Ship Operations Cooperative Program (SOCP) meeting held in Seattle, WA on July 12-13. Captain Myles Boothe, of the USCG’s Seattle Office and MMP’s Gregg Trunnell, PMI Director, hosted the meeting that was well attended by approximately 60 industry representatives. Tours of a USCG ice breaker, the Vessel Traffic System in Seattle and the new PMI training facility were offered.

During the two-day meeting, information was presented on MSC’s “Green Ship”, Tank Assistance Products, Sea Skills and NOAA Charts. Panel discussions were also conducted on Ship Air Emissions Issues, Oil Spill Response and Places of Refuge, Mariner Credentialing Activities, Mariner Recruitment and Retention, Computer Based Training, and Ballast Water Management. Discussions were also held on Shipboard Security, Safety Culture and Maritime Research & Development Efforts within MARAD. SOCP is a cooperative program supported and sponsored by the Maritime Administration (MARAD). For more info on SOCP, access their website at www.socp.org.

 



 

US COAST GUARD FLEET NEEDS REPLACING

As previously reported in the Wheelhouse Weekly, a growing number of government officials and legislators are getting onboard to call attention to the need to replace the aging US Coast Guard fleet sooner rather than later. According to published reports, the USCG fleet of 88 cutters and 186 aircraft is failing in record numbers.

Senator Olympia Snowe (R-ME), Chairwoman of a Senate Coast Guard Subcommittee, is among the group of legislators in favor of accelerating the 20-year, multibillion-dollar program to replace the USCG’s deepwater fleet. She believes early replacement of the fleet has become increasingly important since so many new homeland security responsibilities have been added to the USCG’s mission.

While many of the USCG’s ships are more than 50 years old and are operating well beyond the recommended age for replacement, the Bush administration wants to increase the time line to replace the fleet to 25 years. Snowe would like to replace the fleet in 10 to 15 years.

Admiral Thomas Collins, USCG Commandant, has told Congress that the USCG’s equipment is failing at unacceptable rates. There have been 23 hull breaches requiring emergency dry-dock repairs in 49 of its 110-ft and 123-ft cutters since 2001. In addition, each of the USCG’s dozen 378-ft cutters, most of which operate in the Pacific, suffers a significant engine, hydraulic or refrigeration system breakdown on every patrol.

 


MORE STORMS IN GULF OF MEXICO COULD INCREASE ENERGY PRICES

The expectation of an unusually active US hurricane season is raising fears among analysts that the Gulf of Mexico oil and gas infrastructure will be significantly disrupted in the coming months, and as a result, fuel prices will increase above their already record highs. The region’s pipeline system is also seen as very vulnerable. Last year, Hurricane Ivan took pipelines off-line for an extended period, while storms also hampered VLCC tanker deliveries. With five named storms already this hurricane season, a historical first, energy futures are soaring and the US Energy Information Administration (EIA) has cited storm activity as an area of substantial concern.


NORWEGIAN TYCOON SENTENCED FOR FALSE MARINER CERTIFICATE

Inge Roekke, a Norwegian shipping tycoon, has been sentenced for obtaining a false mariner certificate. According to media reports, Roekke wanted to be the Master of the large luxurious yacht he owns so he bribed a Swedish maritime inspector who issued him a seafarer’s certificate. The Swedish Masters’ license was later converted to a Norwegian Masters’ license, which allowed Roekke to be the captain his mega-yacht. Among other things, Roekke was stripped of his fraudulent license and fined $15,300 and ordered to pay $4,590 in costs. His lawyer is considering an appeal of the sentence.

Roekke controls several of Norway’s largest companies, including energy and construction group Aker Kvaerner, shipbuilding group Aker Yards and fisheries company Aker Seafood. He also owns controlling interest in the Kvaerner Philadelphia Shipyard. He is the largest private employer in Norway and is known for his fleet of private jets and his luxurious lifestyle.

The skipper license for sale scheme by a Swedish marine examiner was uncovered about four years ago. Norwegian businessmen paid $5,000 to $20,000 to obtain false licenses from the examiner. The training process to obtain a genuine license normally takes about 100 hours of extensive training.


 

FILIPINO TRAINING CENTERS SUSPENDED

Three major Filipino seafarer-training centers, which offered short-term courses to mariners bound for commercial ships, have been issued cease and desist orders after government inspectors found them to be deficient in training equipment, materials and qualified instructors. The schools teach such mandated courses as safe navigation, collision regulations, and crowd crisis management for trainees who will ultimately serve as crewmembers on commercial ships.

 


 

IMO’S FIRE SAFETY RULES QUESTIONED

The IMO has come under increasing pressure to re-examine its standards for preventing and controlling fires on board ships. The latest blast comes from the Transportation Safety Board (TSB) of Canada, which wants the IMO to review the requirements for structural fire protection and fire extinguishing systems to ensure that the fire risks associated with compartments containing high levels of electrical energy are adequately assessed.

In its recently released final report on a fire onboard the cruise ship STATENDAM near Vancouver in August 2002, the TSB says there are “deficiencies in the requirements for providing fire-retardant insulation on the deck between the engine control room and the main switchboard room. The lack of insulation allowed cables above the engine control room deck to ignite and start secondary fires.” The fire started when the main circuit breaker for one of the diesel generators failed. This started fires in the main switchboard room and the adjacent engine control room. The crew successfully extinguished both fires, and the vessel ultimately returned to Vancouver under tow.

 


 

MITAGS ACADEMIC NOTES

CLASS OPENINGS: Between now and the end of September 2005, seats are available in the following courses:

AIS – Automatic Identification System: 8/5, 9/2
ARPA – Automatic Radar Plotting Aids: 7/25, 8/15, 9/26
AZIPOD – Azipod Propulsion System (2 day): 9/12

BRM – Bridge Resource Management: 8/1
BRMP – Bridge Resource Management for Pilots: 8/9
BST – Basic Safety Training: 8/29, 9/2

[CMM – Chief Mate and Master Courses]
CMM-ADVSTB – Advanced Stability: 7/18
CMM-CHS I – Advanced Cargo Handling (week 1): 8/22
CMM-CHS II – Advanced Cargo Handling (week 2): 8/15
CMM-ECDIS – Electronic Chart Display and Info Systems: 8/1, 9/19
CMM-MPP – Marine Propulsion Plants: 8/8
CMM-SHS-ADV-I – Advanced Shiphandling (week 1): 7/25, 8/8, 8/15, 8/22, 9/26
CMM-SHS-ADV-II – Advanced Shiphandling (week 2): 8/15
CMM-SHMGT I – Ship Management (week 1): 7/11, 9/26
CMM-SHMGT I – Ship Management (week 2): 9/19
CMM-VPEN – Voyage Planning and Electronic Navigation: 7/25
CMM-ADVWX – Advanced Meteorology: 9/12
CMM-WKP- Advanced Watchkeeping: 8/29

CONT-PLNG – Contingency Planning: 9/9

FF-BADV – (Combined) Basic and Advanced Firefighting: 8/24, 9/26

HAZ-Hazardous Materials (5-day): 8/8, 9/12

LEG – Legal Aspects of Pilotage [Evening Seminar]: 8/9, 9/21

MEDIA-RSP – Media Response: 8/4, 9/8
MED-DOT-DA – Dept. of Trans Drug & Alcohol Testing: 7/30, 8/20, 9/24
MED-PIC – Medical Person-In-Charge: 8/15, 9/26
MED-PRO – Medical Care Provider: 8/15, 9/26 (1st week of MED-PIC)

[MSC – Military Sealift Command]
MSC-SMA – Small Arms Training (4 day): 8/29
MSC-SMA-R – Small Arms Re-Qualification (2-day): 9/2 (must have proof of passing all 3 weapons within 2 years)

ROP-5 – Radar Observer Original and Renewal (5-day): 8/22
ROR-1 – Radar Observer Renewal: 7/18, 7/25, 8/15, 8/20, 9/26

SEC-OFF-VCF – Security Officer, Vessel, Company & Facility: 8/1, 9/5
SHS-EMR5 – Emergency Shiphandling (5 day): 8/29

TPIC – Tankerman Person-In-Charge: 9/26
TRAC-TUG – Water Tractor and Azimuth Stern Drive Tugs: 9/15

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

July 2005

7/18-22 Electronic Navigation
7/25-29 Medical Care Provider
7/25-8/5 Medical Person-In-Charge
7/25-8/5 Celestial Navigation

August 2005

8/8-12 Radar Observer Unlimited
8/8-12 Basic Meteorology
8/8-12 Emergency Shiphandling – 5 day
8/15-19 ECDIS
8/15-19 Ship Construction and Basic Stability
8/15-19 ARPA
8/15 Radar Renewal
8/15-17 Ship Security Officer
8/22-26 Basic Cargo Handling & Stowage
8/22-9/2 GMDSS
8/29-9/2 Tankerman Person-In-Charge
8/29-9/2 Basic Shiphandling
8/30-31 MAXIMO

September 2005

9/6-9 Basic Shiphandling
9/12-16 Medical Care Provider
9/12-16 Radar Observer Unlimited
9/12-24 100 Ton OUPV (12 days Mon.-Sat.)
9/12-23 Medical Person-In-Charge
9/12-23 GMDSS
9/19-23 Emergency Shiphandling – 5 day
9/19-23 ARPA
9/19/05 Radar Renewal
9/19-20 Search and Rescue
9/21-23 Emergency Procedures

October 2005

10/3-7 ECDIS
10/3-14 Basic Watchkeeping
10/10-12 Bridge Resource Management
10/10-14 Tankerman Person-In-Charge
10/10-14 Emergency Shiphandling – 5 day
10/17-28 GMDSS
10/24-26 Ship Security Officer
10/24-28 ARPA
10/24 Radar Renewal

For registration call Jennifer Fowler 888-893-7829


MM&P MARKET WATCH AS OF 7-13

 


 D O W  N A S D A Q  S & P 500
10,557.39 +286.71 for the week  2,144.11  +75.46 for the week  1,223.29  +28.35 for the week

 

 

Fund Name & Trading Symbol
Closing
Price
Change
 Vanguard 500 Index Fund (VFINX)
112.82
+2.63
 Vanguard Extended Market Index Fund (VEXMX)
33.17
+.80
 Vanguard International Growth Fund (VWIGX)
18.91
+.40
 Vanguard Morgan Growth Fund (VMRGX)
16.80
+.44
 Vanguard Windsor II Fund (VWNFX)
31.95
+.60
 Vanguard GNMA Fund (VFIIX)
10.38
-.02
 Vanguard High Yield Corporate Fund (VWEHX)
6.29
+.03
 Vanguard Total Bond Index (VBMFX)
10.21
-.03
 Chase Growth Fund (CHASX)
18.51
+.28
 Fidelity Asset Manager (FASMX)
16.20
+.21
 Fidelity Growth and Income (FGRIX)
38.15
+.73
 Fidelity Magellan Fund (FMAGX)
105.34
+2.58
 Fidelity Small Company Instl (FMACX)
22.69
+.54
 Fidelity Value Fund (FDVLX)
76.71
+.66
 Spartan US Equity Index Fund (FUSEX)
43.32
+1.02





~ 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.

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 commences Oct.17, 2004 and will continue until Jan.3, 2005. Crew rotations will start beginning as early as January 2005 and will continue through as late as June 2005. 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.

When complete and all information has been validated, click on “Communications” from the menu bar at the top of the screen and select “Transmit to Security Officer”. Save the file to the hard drive on your computer using your last name (surname) as the file name. Send this file as an email attachment to Mike Bohlman at Horizon Lines, Mbohlman@horizon-lines.com. His phone number is 908-259-2803. You will need to provide Mike Bohlman with your name and the case-sensitive password you assigned to the file in order for Horizon Lines to open the file and process your Security Clearance.



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.

On Dec.6, MM&P members will begin manning the third of seven T-AGS ships operated by Horizon. The USNS SUMNER will be crewed-up in Portland, OR. MM&P wishes the crew a safe voyage and happy holidays.


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:

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

5.00 percent for 25-48 months;
5.75 percent for 49-60 months ($20,000 minimum); and
6.25 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

NOTICE TO MEMBERS WHO ARE TAKING VIOXX

On Sept.30, Merck & Co. voluntarily withdrew Vioxx, a popular anti-inflammatory medication, from the market. As a result, individuals who are currently taking the drug have been asked to contact their health care professionals to discuss discontinuing use of Vioxx and possible alternative treatments.

MM&P Plans Administrator Valerie Verrecchio reports that, “We have gotten a number of calls from members who want to know what to do with their remaining supply of Vioxx and whether the Plan or NMHC will refund their co-pay for the unused portion.

“Unfortunately, neither NMHC nor the Plan was aware of the Merck decision prior to the public announcement on Sept.30. As of that date, all deliveries of Vioxx to our members was suspended in accordance with Merck’s announcement. Orders that had already been processed and were in transit could not be stopped.

“In regard to refunds, Merck has set up a website at www.vioxx.com where members can obtain information on how to recover refunds from Merck for the unused portion of medication. Members can also call following toll free number for information: 1-888-368-4699.

“We are sorry for any inc onvenience this may have caused to members currently taking this medication, however, the matter is out of the control of the Plans.”



NMHC MAIL-ORDER PRESCRIPTIONS WEBSITE UPDATED & IMPROVED

MM&P Plans Administrator Valerie Verrecchio reports, “Good news! NMHC mail has finally gotten their website upgraded and functioning properly. I went in and tested it myself and found it to be quite user friendly.”

To use NMHC’s upgraded service, go to the NMHC Mail website at www.nmhcmail.com and click on “MEMBER LOGIN” at the bottom of the screen.

First-time and Registered users may bypass the welcome screen and go directly to the log-in page at https://members.nmhcrx.com/Login/Login.aspx.

  • First-time users should then click on the link marked “NEW USER: REGISTER HERE”.
    This will take you to a page titled “MEMBER REGISTRATION” where you will need to enter demographic information and submit it by clicking on the
  • “CREATE ACCOUNT” button.

After creating your account, NMHC will email you a password to gain entry into your records. With your first sign-in, the NMHC system will prompt you to change the NMHC password to one of your own choosing.

Once you are registered at NMHC, you can check the status of open orders by logging-in to the system through the “MEMBER LOGIN” page and going into the “MAIL ORDER” menu. You can look up all prescriptions and get the price our members will pay for any medication. You can also view an order history of all of your medication transactions (both retail and mail) for the last 24 months, locate 24-hour pharmacies in your zip code region as well as access other helpful member education information.

“We hope this welcome improvement will assist our members. Although you cannot order refills on line if you don’t provide a credit or debit card number, you can phone in your refill. Once you register on the website, you will still have access to all of the other information including checking the status of your order once it is phoned in,” said Ms. Verrecchio.



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”.



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