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Wheelhouse Weekly – July 27, 2009

July 27th 2009

 

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

Volume 13 . . . . . Number 30. . . . July 27, 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.


WEST COAST PORTS CLOSED TUESDAY FOR HARRY BRIDGES DAY

The MM&P halls in the ports of Seattle, San Francisco and Los Angeles will be closed Tuesday, July 28, for Harry Bridges birthday, a longshore holiday. Bridges, the founding president of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU), is considered one of the great labor leaders of American history.


COAST GUARD ASKS FOR COMMENTS ON THE QUALITY OF ITS LICENSING SERVICE

The Coast Guard is asking mariners to rate its performance in issuing licenses and processing merchant mariners’ documents. To respond to the survey, go to the Coast Guard website, Homeport, or cut and paste the following link into your browser: http://tiny.cc/Z9tuG

MM&P strongly encourages members who have had recent experiences with the Coast Guard’s license and document processing functions to take the time to respond to the survey. When you have responded, please let us know by sending a brief e-mail that summarizes your comments to communications@bridgedeck.org.


COSCO BUSAN Pilot Sentenced to Serve 10 Months in Federal Prison

John J. Cota, the pilot aboard the COSCO BUSAN when it allided with the San Francisco Bay Bridge in November 2007, has been sentenced to serve 10 months in federal prison. Cota was sentenced under the terms of an agreement in which he pleaded guilty to negligently causing the discharge of a harmful quantity of oil in violation of the Clean Water Act, as amended by the Oil Spill Act of 1990, and to violating the Migratory Bird Treaty Act.


UNIONS, U.S.-FLAG SHIPPERS, EXPRESS SUPPORT FOR SHORT SEA GRANT PROGRAM

The nation’s maritime and longshore unions, along with representatives of U.S.-flag shipping companies, have written to Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.) in support of a bill that would establish a short sea transportation grant program. “The use of commercial vessels for the carriage of cargo along our coasts will be a cost-effective, efficient and environmentally sound way to supplement and complement the rail and truck traffic that is already pushed to capacity in most major transportation corridors,” the letter said. It was signed by the presidents of MM&P, the American Maritime Officers, theInternational Longshoremen’s Association, the Marine Engineers’ Beneficial Association, the Sailors’ Union of the Pacific, the Marine Firemen’s Union and the Seafarers International Union, as well as the directors of MIRAID, the American Maritime Congress, the Transportation Institute and the American Maritime Officers Service. The group also took the opportunity to applaud Secretary of TransportationRay LaHood for his comments in support of the development of a marine highway system.


UNEMPLOYMENT AT DOUBLE-DIGIT LEVELS IN 16 STATES

New state unemployment data released last week by the Bureau of Labor Statistics plot a clear map of locations hit hardest by the recession. The Economic Policy Institute, a Washington-based think tank, examined the data to identify the worst affected states according to three measures: the current unemployment rate, the size of the change in unemployment since the start of the recession, and the percentage of the state’s jobs lost during this downturn.

Unemployment has reached double digits in 16 states. The highest level of unemployment recorded is 15.2 percent, in Michigan. Two states have lost a 9 percent or larger share of total state jobs. In the ten states with the largest increase in unemployment during the recession, that increase ranges from 5.7 percentage points (CA) to 7.9 percentage points (MI). By all these measures, four states emerge as the hardest hit in the nation: Michigan, Oregon, Nevada and California, with each of these states scoring among the ten most adversely affected on all three measures. On each list,
Michigan ranks as the hardest hit, with the highest unemployment rate, the greatest increase in unemployment, and the largest share of jobs lost to the recession.

In descending order, here are the most-affected states in each category:

1) 16 states with double-digit unemployment: MI, RI, OR, SC, NV, CA, OH, NC, DC, KY, TN, IN, FL, AL, IL, GA;

2) 10 states with the largest increase in unemployment since the start of the recession: MI, OR, NV, RI, AL, SC, IN, NC, FL, CA;

3) 10 states with the largest share of jobs lost in the recession so far: MI, AZ, NV, FL, OR, GA, ID, CA, OH, IN.


INCREASE IN PILOTAGE RATES ON GREAT LAKES

In the Federal Register of July 21, the Coast Guard published new pilotage rates for U.S.-registered pilots on the Great Lakes. The new rates, which become effective Aug. 1, are an overall increase of 10.77 percent over current rates. The pilotage rate increases vary from 2.52 percent to 23.64 percent, depending on the specific pilotage area.


ANSUL FIRE EXTINGUISHER SAFETY ALERT

The Coast Guard warns that some ANSUL-high pressure carbon dioxide fire extinguishing systems may discharge automatically. The manufacturer says the malfunctioning CO2 cylinder valves have a date code between 10-07 and 06-08. You can find the date code on the flat surface immediately above the threaded section which enters the cylinder and opposite the discharge outlet.


MITAGS AND PMI OFFER TANKER ESCORT TEAM TRAINING

MITAGS and PMI have announced a new course to provide pilots, ship masters and tug masters with tanker escort experience on full-mission simulators. In the first training class, a minimum of fourteen simulation scenarios will be performed by experts from groups that include the Puget Sound Pilots, Alaska Tanker Company and Crowley Maritime. The training includes extensive scenario briefings that cover departure points, arrival points, vessel type, vessel characteristics, the role of each bridge team member, immediate traffic conditions, immediate environmental conditions and expected learning objectives. For more information about escort team training at PMI, contact Gregg Trunnell at (206) 719-2801, (888) 893-7829, e-mail: gtrunnell@mates.org, or visit www.mates.org. For more information about escort team training at MITAGS, contact Robert Becker at (443) 989-3235, (866) 656-5569, rbecker@mitags.org or visit www.mitags.org.


ATTENTION ALL D-BOOK APPLICANTS: NEW DEADLINE FOR SUBMITTING YOUR PAPERWORK TO GEB

Applicants who intend to apply for D-Book membership are informed that a one-week deadline for document submission is now in effect. All back-up paperwork for your application, including a copy of the “D” Certificate for the D-Book membership class, your four letters of recommendation from senior officers and a copy of your discharge (if you got off a ship just before or at the deadline date) must be received by the MM&P Membership Department by close of business, 5:00 p.m. East Coast time, one week before the GEB meeting. Remember that your initiation fee must also be paid in full. The final two GEB meetings for 2009 will be held on Sept. 8-9 and Dec. 1-2. The deadline for submitting material to the Sept. 8 meeting is COB 5:00 p.m. East Coast time, Tuesday, Sept. 1. The deadline for submitting material to the Dec. 1 meeting is COB 5:00 p.m. East Coast time, Tuesday, Nov. 24.  


MITAGS ANNOUNCES 2009 SCHEDULE FOR NEW PILOT TRAINING COURSES

Following are the latest convening dates for MITAGS’ state pilot trainingprograms:
August:
Radar Observer Renewal (ROR-1-N) – August 5, 2009 (Evening Seminar)
Emergency Shiphandling/Bridge Resources Management for Pilots(SHS-ESH-BRMP-3) – August 24, 2009
Radar Observer Renewal (ROR-1) – August 24, 2009
Legal Aspects of Pilotage (LEG) – August 26, 2009 (Evening Seminar)
Bridge Resource Management for Pilots (BRMP) – August 27, 2009
September:
Contingency Planning Workshop (CONT-PLNG-WKSH) – September 17, 2009
Media Response Workshop (MEDIA-RSP-WKSH) – September 18, 2009
Radar Observer Renewal (ROR-1) – September 21, 2009
Radar Observer Renewal (ROR-1-N) – September 24, 2009 (Evening Seminar)
Emergency Shiphandling/Bridge Resources Management for Pilots(SHS-ESH-BRMP-3) – September 28, 2009
Legal Aspects of Pilotage (LEG) – September 28, 2009 (Evening Seminar)
October:
Azipod (AZIPOD-2) – October 1, 2009
Radar Observer Renewal (ROR-1) – October 5, 2009
Radar Observer Renewal (ROR-1-N) – October 7, 2009 (Evening Seminar)
Radar Observer Renewal (ROR-1) – October 12, 2009
Bridge Resource Management for Pilots (BRMP) – October 14, 2009
Radar Observer Renewal (ROR-1-N) – October 21, 2009 (Evening Seminar)
November:
Radar Observer Renewal (ROR-1) – November 9, 2009
Radar Observer Renewal (ROR-1) – November 16, 2009
Media Response Workshop (MEDIA-RSP-WKSH) – November 19, 2009 (TENTATIVE)
Emergency Shiphandling/Bridge Resources Management for Pilots(SHS-ESH-BRMP-3) – November 30, 2009
December:
Legal Aspects of Pilotage (LEG) – December 2, 2009 (Evening Seminar)
Radar Observer Renewal (ROR-1-N) – December 2, 2009 (Evening Seminar)
Bridge Resource Management for Pilots (BRMP) – December 3, 2009

To register for a course at MITAGS, including the state pilot training programs listed above; please contact Mary Matlock, Admissions Coordinator: (410) 859-5700, Ext. 3246 or 3226; toll free (866) 656-5568; admissions@mitags.org; www.mitags.org under “Schedule and Registration.”

Custom Courses: If you are interested in a training program that is not listed here, please contact Robert Becker, Business Development Manager: (410) 859-5700, Ext. 3235; toll free (866) 656-5569; rbecker@mitags.org. For additional information on state pilot training, please visit the MITAGS website at www.mitags.org and go to the “State Pilots” page.


NEW, TWO-DAY ENVIRONMENTAL REGULATIONS SEMINAR AT MITAGS

MITAGS now offers a two-day seminar designed to keep the maritime communityabreast 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.


TO FIGHT NARCOTICS CONTRABAND, COLOMBIA BANS SUBMERSIBLES AND SEMI-SUBMERSIBLES

Colombian legislators have approved a law that makes it illegal to finance, construct, store, sell, transport or use semi-submersible or submersible craft. The law mirrors a measure passed last year in the United States. A spokeswoman for the U.S. Coast Guard says passage of the law in Colombia is an example of how the two countries are working together to stem the illicit flow of dangerous drugs. “Stateless, self-propelled, semi-submersible vessels have no legitimate purpose and criminalizing their operation provides another legal tool to prosecute drug smugglers and reduce the risks to ourlaw-enforcement officers on the high seas,” she said. In Colombia, penalties for violating the law range from six to 14 years in prison and fines as high as $17 million. 


GREEK ENGINEERS PLEAD GUILTY TO RECORD FALSIFICATION CHARGE

The former chief engineer and second engineer on the Cyprus-flagged MV MYRON N have pleaded guilty to using falsified records to conceal the improper discharge of untreated bilge waste. The two will be sentenced Sept. 8. Each faces up to six years in prison, three years of supervised release and a $250,000 fine.


WOMAN MURDERED ON CRUISE SHIP

The FBI and the Coast Guard have arrested a passenger on a Panamanian-flag cruise ship for the murder of his wife, who was found dead in her cabin. The 2,052 passenger ship was on a five-day cruise to Cabo, San Lucas. 


MITAGS ACADEMIC NOTES

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


ARPA – Automatic Radar Plotting Aids: 9/22

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

BRM – Bridge Resource Management: 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-MPP – Marine Propulsion Plants: 8/24

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

CMM-SHMGT II – Ship Management (week 2) : 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): 8/17, 8/31,

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

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

ENAV – Electronic Navigation: 9/7

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-PIC � Medical Person In Charge: 8/10

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: 8/14

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-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

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 7-24-2009

D O W N A S D A Q S & P 500
8,743.94 1,886.61 940.38
Fund Name & Trading Symbol
 Closing
Price
 Vanguard Asset Allocation Fund(VAARX)
43.82
 Vanguard 500 Index Fund (VFINX)
90.36
 Vanguard Extended Market Index Fund (VEXMX)
28.24
 Vanguard International Growth Fund (VWIGX)
15.00
 Vanguard Morgan Growth Fund (VMRGX)
13.36
 Vanguard Windsor II Fund (VWNFX)
20.56
 Vanguard GNMA Fund (VFIIX)
10.64
 Vanguard Growth Index Fund (VIGRX)
23.83
 Vanguard High Yield Corporate (VWEHX)
5.05
 Vanguard LifeStrategy Conservative Growth (VSCGX)
14.14
 Vanguard LifeStrategy Growth Fund (VASGX)
17.52
 Vanguard LifeStrategy Income Fund (VASIX)
12.71
 Vanguard LifeStrategy Moderate Growth (VSMGX)
16.20
 Vanguard Target Retirement 2005 (VTOVX)
10.41
 Vanguard Target Retirement 2015 (VTXVX)
10.47
 Vanguard Target Retirement 2025 (VTTVX)
10.29
 Vanguard Target Retirement 2035 (VTTHX)
10.40
 Vanguard Target Retirement 2045 (VTIVX)
10.76
 Vanguard Total Bond Index (VBMFX)
10.19
 Vanguard Total Stock Market Index Fund (VTSMX)
24.05
 Chase Growth Fund (CHASX)
14.45
 Fidelity Asset Manager (FASMX)
12.57
 Fidelity Growth and Income (FGRIX)
14.25
 Fidelity Intermediate bond Fund (FTHRX)
9.81
 Fidelity Magellan Fund (FMAGX)
56.91
 Fidelity Small Company Instl (FMACX)
13.87
 Fidelity Value Fund (FDVLX)
47.61
 Fidelity Equity-Income II Fund (FEQTX)
14.30
 Fidelity Blue Chip Growth Fund (FBGRX)
31.70
 Fidelity Diversified International Fund (FDIVX)
24.79
 Fidelity Dividend Growth Fund (FDGFX)
19.92
 Fidelity Freedom Income (FFFAX)
10.22
 Fidelity Freedom 2000 (FFFBX)
10.82
 Fidelity Freedom 2010 (FFFCX)
11.57
 Fidelity Freedom 2020 (FFFDX)
11.41
 Fidelity Freedom 2030 (FFFEX)
11.12
 Fidelity Freedom 2040 (FFFFX)
6.39
 Fidelity Freedom 2050 (FFFHX)
7.41
 Fidelity Total Bond Fund (FTBFX)
10.05
 Spartan Extended market Index Fund (FSEMX)
26.47
 Spartan US Equity Index Fund (FUSEX)
34.65
 Domini Social Equity Fund (DSEFX)
22.67





~ 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”.



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