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Wheelhouse Weekly – June 01, 2009

 

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

Volume 13 . . . . . Number 22. . . .June 1, 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.


NEW ARTIFICIAL REEF ALREADY OPEN TO FISHERMEN, TOURISTS

Local officials in Key West are celebrating the opening of the area’s newest tourist attraction, the GEN. HOYT S. VANDENBERG, less than a week after the vessel was sunk by demolition experts in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary. Key West officials hope the new reef will bring in an additional $8 million a year in tourist revenue. The vessel was sunk Wednesday and officially opened to tourists on Saturday. Underwater footage shows the 522-foot vessel has settled upright.

In a previous life, the VANDENBERG tracked space launches and missiles. It was originally commissioned in 1944 as the GEN. HARRY TAYLOR, a World War II Army troop transport ship. In 1963, the ship was re-commissioned under its current name and put into service in the Atlantic Missile Range. The VANDENBERG carries Russian lettering on its side that dates from its participation in a 1999 film “Virus,” in which it played the role of a Soviet science ship. In a video posted at www.bigshipwrecks.com, the remains of the vessel’s tracking equipment, a series of white, web-like structures, can be seen slowly settling in the water.

The artificial reef project was shepherded to completion by a private company, Reefmakers, which specializes in sinking defunct ships. The for-profit firm, whose motto is, “Turning trash into treasure,” acquires obsolete vessels and prepares them for placement as artificial reefs in coastal communities, overseeing every step of the process, from identifying and evaluating “candidate ships,” to providing project finance, submitting permits to government agencies and removing toxic materials. After ships are sunk, the company publicizes the sinking, develops a promotional campaign to attract divers, fishermen and other tourists, and then monitors the reefs’ ecosystem activity and environmental health.

Proponents of artificial reefs say they provide additional marine habitat and relieve recreational pressure on natural reefs. According to Reefmakers website, “Once meticulously cleaned, decontaminated and deployed in the ocean, these shipwrecks, previously useless structures, become positive additions to the local ecology. Once under water, an artificial reef attracts a staggering array of marine life. It provides protection from predators, shelter from ocean currents, breeding opportunities and a supply of rich food sources. Within days of being placed, tiny animals begin to attach themselves to the surface of the artificial reef. Small fish come to the reef to feed and lay their eggs, while larger fish migrate to the area to feed on the smaller fish and so the food chain evolves. Over time the biodiversity becomes larger and more complex, attracting more marine life, scuba divers, researchers and fisherman.”


JAPAN TARGETS THE JONES ACT AS EXAMPLE OF UNFAIR TRADING

A new report published by the government of Japan identifies the Jones Act as an example of an unfair trading practice. The report, which warns of growing protectionism around the world in the shadow of the global recession, listed 36 U.S. policies and practices that unfairly restrict trade, including the Jones Act, which protects the jobs of American mariners aboard U.S.-flag ships, and the Harbor Maintenance Tax (HMT). Japan said both the HMT and the Jones Act are likely violations of the international trade rules established by the World Trade Organization. The Jones Act specifies that only ships owned by U.S. citizens, built in U.S. shipyards and operated by U.S.-citizen crews are allowed to engage in domestic passenger and cargo transport within the United States and its territories.


NOAA ISSUES HURRICANE SEASON OUTLOOK

NOAA is predicting a “near-normal” Atlantic hurricane season. The agency’s forecasters say there is a 50 percent probability of a near-normal season, a 25 percent probability of an above-normal season and a 25 percent probability of a below-normal season. According to NOAA forecasters, this year global weather patterns are creating greater uncertainty in the outlook than in recent years. NOAA says there is a 70 percent chance of nine to 14 named storms, of which four to seven could become hurricanes, including one to three major hurricanes (Category 3, 4 or 5).

Tropical systems are given a name when they reach tropical storm strength, with sustained winds of at least 39 mph. Tropical storms become hurricanes when winds reach 74 mph and “major hurricanes” when winds increase to 111 mph. An average season has 11 named storms, including six hurricanes, two of which become major hurricanes.

In the Eastern Pacific, NOAA is forecasting a normal or below normal hurricane season this year. There is a 40 percent probability of a below normal season, a 40 percent probability of a near normal season and a 20 percent probability of an above normal season. An average eastern Pacific hurricane season produces 15 to 16 named storms, with nine becoming hurricanes and four to five becoming major hurricanes. The Eastern Pacific hurricane season runs from May 15 through Nov. 30, with peak activity from July through September.


MAERSK WANTS WORLDWIDE EMISSIONS STANDARDS FOR OCEAN SHIPPING

The head of A.P. Moeller-Maersk has called on the world’s governments to set global standards for shipping emissions. Maersk CEO Nils Smedegaard Andersen says that, to ensure a level playing field for all operators in the world’s shipping markets, governments should establish a global emission standard as part of the new climate treaty that will replace the Kyoto Protocol. “What we hope for is a model that applies to everyone,” Andersen was quoted as saying by a Reuters news reporter. International shipping was not included in the Kyoto Protocol. Shippers fear that competition will be distorted if the new climate talks do not result in a global accord, which would drive some countries and regions to regulate separately. Andersen was quoted as saying that the best way to cap the global shipping industry’s greenhouse gas emissions would be a tax on fuel consumption. He said the tax revenue should be allocated to an environmental improvement fund.


COAST GUARD WHITE PAPER ANALYZES EFFECT OF COAST GUARD-APPROVED FACILITY PLANS ON FOREIGN SHIP OPERATIONS

MarEx newsletter has reported on a Coast Guard white paper, dated Nov. 26, 2008, which was written by the Captain of the Port of New York. The white paper points out that there are no security standards that address crew and vessel service access at facilities. The white paper points out that this has “inadvertently resulted in an increase in risk to shipboard operations/conditions.” The paper specifically calls attention to conditions that result in the reluctance of experienced mariners from around the world to trade to the United States and the risks to safety and the marine environment of requiring ships to bunker and take stores at anchor.

Since the implementation of the ISPS Code, the Maritime Transportation Security Act (MTSA), and the SAFE Ports Act, MM&P has consistently sought to bring these issues to the attention of the Coast Guard, the Transportation Security Administration and the Congress.

Recently, the National Security Advisory Committee (NMSAC) was tasked with considering the white paper. The item should be on the committee’s agenda at its next meeting. NMSAC has also resolved that the Coast Guard should work to establish a high-level discussion of maritime security and its impact on mariners’ rights and safety.

MM&P strongly endorses the white paper, which will be posted at www.bridgedeck.org under “What’s New.”


UPCOMING D-BOOK MEMBERSHIP CLASSES: NY/NJ JUNE 10-11; HOUSTON JUNE 23-24; NOLA JULY 7-8

Here is a list of upcoming opportunities to attend the D-Book Membership class:

— NY/NJ Hall June 10-11;
— Houston Hall June 23-24;
— New Orleans Hall July 7-8.

All applicants should complete this course as soon as possible to avoid delays in becoming members. Applicants should take the course before completing 360 days of covered employment. For more information and to sign up, please contact the hall at which the class you wish to attend will be given: NY/NJ Hall 201-963-1900; Houston Hall 281-487-4649; New Orleans Hall 504-837-5700.


LA/LB GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING MOVED TO JUNE 17

The monthly general membership meeting in the Los Angeles/Long Beach Hall is being held June 17 this month to accommodate ongoing contract negotiations. Everyone is encouraged to attend.


MITAGS AND PMI ANNOUNCE NEW PROGRAM: INTRODUCTION TO ENVIRONMENTAL REGULATIONS IN THE MARITIME INDUSTRY/EPA GENERAL PERMIT FOR COMMERCIAL VESSELS

MITAGS and PMI have added the “Introduction to Environmental Regulations in the Maritime Industry/EPA General Permit for Commercial Vessels” program to the course schedule. The program has been designed as two, one-day modules. Module one is an introduction to the environmental aspects of vessel operations and the basic structure of the marine regulatory environment. It is intended to give vessel operators a broad perspective on the potential environmental impact of their operations and a greater appreciation for why a vessel general permit is required. Module two is devoted to the vessel general permit. Attendees will be given a copy of the permit. This module will involve discussion and analysis of the permit language. It will also focus on how the permit requirements apply to the specific vessels operated by the students.  Note: module one is a prerequisite for module two.

 The course will be held at MITAGS June 16-17 and July 29-30. For more information or to register for the course at MITAGS, contact Robert Becker: (443) 989-3235, (866) 656-5569 or rbecker@mitags.org.

The course will be held at PMI June 23-24. For more information or to register for the PMI course, contact Gregg Trunnell: (206) 838-7422, (888) 893-7829 or gtrunnell@mates.org.


NEW HOURS FOR MM&P TAMPA HALL

Starting May 1, MM&P’s Tampa Hall changed its hours of operation. The schedule is now 9:00 a.m.—2:00 p.m. If you have any questions, please call the Tampa Hall at (813) 247-2164.


MITAGS ACADEMIC NOTES

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

AIS � (1-Day) Automatic Identification System: 6/22
ARPA � Automatic Radar Plotting Aids: 6/23
BRM � Bridge Resource Management: 7/27
BRMP � Bridge Resource Management for Pilots: 6/25
BST � Basic Safety Training: 6/1
CONT PLNG � Contingency Planning: 7/10

[CMM – Chief Mate and Master Courses]
CMM-ADVWX – Advanced Meteorology: 6/22
CMM-CHS I � Advanced Cargo Handling (week 1): 7/6
CMM-CHS II � Advanced Cargo Handling (week 2): 6/29
CMM-ECDIS � Electronic Chart Display and Information Systems: 7/27
CMM-MPP � Marine Propulsion Plants: 6/15
CMM-SHMGT I � Ship Management (week 1) : 7/13
CMM-SHMGT II � Ship Management (week 2) : 7/20
CMM-SHS-ADV-I � Advanced Shiphandling (week 1): 6/1
CMM-SHS-ADV-I I � Advanced Shiphandling (week 2): 6/8, 7/20
CMM-VPEN � Voyage Planning and Electronic Navigation: 6/1, 8/3

CSE-AAES � Confined Space Entry, Atmospheric Analysis of enclosed Spaces (3 day): 7/13
ENVIRO-REGS PERMIT – Environmental Regulations In The Maritime Industry / EPA General Permit for Commercial Vessels (2 day): 6/16, 7/29
ENVIRO-REGS – Introduction to Environmental Regulations in the Maritime Industry (1 Day): 6/5, 6/16, 7/29
FF-BADV � Basic and Advanced Fire Fighting Combined: 6/1
LEG � Legal Aspects of Pilotage: 6/24

MEDIA RSP � Media Response Workshop: 6/26, 7/9
MED-PIC – Medical Person-In-Charge: 6/8
MED-PRO – Medical Care Provider: 6/8
MED-DOT-DA – Dept. of Trans Drug & Alcohol Testing: 6/13

[MSC – Military Sealift Command]
MSC-CBRD-1 � CBRD Orientation: 7/18
MSC-DC � Damage Control: Special Evening MSC-DC Class: 7/16
MSC-SMA � Small Arms Training: 6/22

[OICNW � Officer in Charge of a Navigation Watch Courses]
OICNW-TCNAV/CO � Terrestrial Navigation and Compasses: 7/13

ROR-1 – Radar Observer Renewal: 6/22

SEC-VCF – Security Officer: Vessel, Company & Facility: 6/23, 7/6
SEC-VSO-R � Vessel Security Officer Refresher (1 day): 6/8, 6/22
SHS-BAS � Basic Shiphandling: 6/16
SHS-EMR5 � Emergency Shiphandling: 6/22
SHS-EMR-BRMP3 � Emergency Shiphandling and Bridge Resource Management for Pilots: 6/22

…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)

June 2009
1-5ECDIS
1-3Security VCF
4Security Refresher
8-19GMDSS
8-12Radar Observer Unlimited
8-12TPIC
12Flashing Light
15Radar Renewal
15-19Medical Care Provider
15-26Medical Person-in-Charge
22-24Security VCF
25Security Refresher

July 2009
6-10Basic Shiphandling
13Radar Renewal
14-17 ARPA
13-17Emergency Shiphandling

August 2009
3Radar Renewal
4-7ARPA
3-5Security VCF
10-14 ECDIS
10-14 TPIC

September 2009
21Radar Renewal
22-25ARPA
21-25Medical Care Provider
21-2Medical Person-in-Charge

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 5-29-2009

D O W N A S D A Q S & P 500
8,403.80 1,774.33 919.14
Fund Name & Trading Symbol
 Closing
Price
 Vanguard Asset Allocation Fund(VAARX)
42.00
 Vanguard 500 Index Fund (VFINX)
84.98
 Vanguard Extended Market Index Fund (VEXMX)
26.02
 Vanguard International Growth Fund (VWIGX)
14.07
 Vanguard Morgan Growth Fund (VMRGX)
12.38
 Vanguard Windsor II Fund (VWNFX)
19.41
 Vanguard GNMA Fund (VFIIX)
10.65
 Vanguard Growth Index Fund (VIGRX)
22.07
 Vanguard High Yield Corporate (VWEHX)
4.85
 Vanguard LifeStrategy Conservative Growth (VSCGX)
13.72
 Vanguard LifeStrategy Growth Fund (VASGX)
16.69
 Vanguard LifeStrategy Income Fund (VASIX)
12.49
 Vanguard LifeStrategy Moderate Growth (VSMGX)
15.63
 Vanguard Target Retirement 2005 (VTOVX)
10.08
 Vanguard Target Retirement 2015 (VTXVX)
9.99
 Vanguard Target Retirement 2025 (VTTVX)
9.74
 Vanguard Target Retirement 2035 (VTTHX)
9.77
 Vanguard Target Retirement 2045 (VTIVX)
10.11
 Vanguard Total Bond Index (VBMFX)
10.15
 Vanguard Total Stock Market Index Fund (VTSMX)
22.53
 Chase Growth Fund (CHASX)
13.73
 Fidelity Asset Manager (FASMX)
12.03
 Fidelity Growth and Income (FGRIX)
13.35
 Fidelity Intermediate bond Fund (FTHRX)
9.58
 Fidelity Magellan Fund (FMAGX)
53.80
 Fidelity Small Company Instl (FMACX)
12.67
 Fidelity Value Fund (FDVLX)
44.32
 Fidelity Equity-Income II Fund (FEQTX)
13.55
 Fidelity Blue Chip Growth Fund (FBGRX)
29.38
 Fidelity Diversified International Fund (FDIVX)
23.75
 Fidelity Dividend Growth Fund (FDGFX)
18.65
 Fidelity Freedom Income (FFFAX)
9.95
 Fidelity Freedom 2000 (FFFBX)
10.49
 Fidelity Freedom 2010 (FFFCX)
11.04
 Fidelity Freedom 2020 (FFFDX)
10.80
 Fidelity Freedom 2030 (FFFEX)
10.47
 Fidelity Freedom 2040 (FFFFX)
6.00
 Fidelity Freedom 2050 (FFFHX)
6.95
 Fidelity Total Bond Fund (FTBFX)
9.78
 Spartan Extended market Index Fund (FSEMX)
24.35
 Spartan US Equity Index Fund (FUSEX)
32.63
 Domini Social Equity Fund (DSEFX)
20.96





~ 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.




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