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Wheelhouse Weekly – June 02, 2006

 

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

Volume 10 . . . . . Number 22. . . . June 2, 2006

STORIES COVERED

Also

REMINDERS

T-AGS Oceanographic Survey Ships Info

Required Coursework

Security Clearances

MSC Physicals

MM&P Health & Benefit Plan News

Notice to Members who are taking Vioxx

NMHC Mail-Order Prescriptions Website Updated & Improved

WWII USCG Veterans Outreach

Company Gives Bucks Back for buying Safe Shoes

Website Offers Union-Made Goods and Services




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





 

MM&P AND MCALLISTER TOWING REACH AGREEMENT ON CONTRACTS

MM&P has reached agreement on three contracts with McAllister Towing in San Juan, Puerto Rico, covering the unlicensed, licensed and maintenance units. The 3-year agreements call for wage increases of 4%, 3% and 3% with a signing bonus of approximately $500 for captains and less for the engineers and deckhands depending on wage rate. The contract includes increases for job related expenses and a Christmas Bonus as well as improvements in Health & Welfare benefits.

McAllister will remain a member of the JEC and will be paying 5% into the IRAP as well as paying bonuses up to $6,000 for those employees who did not vest and lost time in the A&G plan. McAllister also agreed to a make every effort to guarantee an 8-hour break at home effectively converting the 24-hour shift to a 16-hour shift. It is expected that the contracts will be ratified shortly.




 

USNS JOHN MCDONNELL PARTICIPATES IN MOMENT OF REMEMBRANCE

The Hydrographic Survey Ship, USNS JOHN MCDONNELL (T-AGS 51), participated in the Memorial Day National Moment of Remembrance while at sea. MM&P member, Chief Mate Bob Mattsen, e-mailed the following account of the observance: “Shortly before 1500Z on May 29th (2300 Local Time) more than half of the ship’s compliment gathered at the ship’s bell. We shared a few words about those we were remembering from all branches of the armed services, the merchant marine, and the civilians who gave their lives throughout our nation’s history.

“We spoke of those who are continuing to make the ultimate sacrifice for our nation. At precisely 1500Z, the Able Bodied Seaman on watch rang Eight Bells. The MSS-7 Navy Security Team and the US Navy Enlisted Person assigned to NAVO Det 124 all saluted, while NAVO Det 124 personnel, and Horizon Lines Officers (representing MM&P and MEBA) and Crew (representing the SIU) paid their respects to America’s fallen with a moment of remembrance.”

 


ADMIRAL THAD ALLEN BECOMES USCG’S 23RD COMMANDANT

With President George W. Bush in attendance, Admiral Thad Allen was swore in as the Coast Guard’s new commandant during ceremonies at Fort McNair, VA earlier this week.
Allen replaces retiring Commandant Admiral Thomas Collins, who led the USCG for the past four years and was responsible for guiding the agency through that transition that integrated it into the Dept. of Homeland Security.

Admiral Allen, who most recently served as the USCG’s Chief of Staff, received praise from many quarters for the job he did in directing recovery efforts in the aftermath of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. During the Change-of-Command ceremony, President Bush presented Allen with the Presidential Unit Citation in recognition of his exceptional service during Hurricane Katrina.

DHS Secretary Michael Chertoff presided over the ceremony, which was also attended by dignitaries, former commandants and members of Congress. During his remarks, Allen pledged to ensure the USCG’s “highest level of preparedness for the next hurricane season.”


TSA/USCG MAKE TWIC/MMC PRESENTATIONS AVAILABLE

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and the USCG have made available the text of the 35-page Power Point Presentation that is being used at their public meetings to explain the Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) and Merchant Mariner Credential (MMC). These new maritime security proposals were highlighted in last week’s Wheelhouse Weekly.

As previously reported, TWICs will be required of all persons needing unescorted access the any US commercial vessel or maritime facility that is regulated by the Maritime Transportation Security Act (MTSA). MMCs will be required of all USCG-credentialed merchant mariners. The text of the presentations may be downloaded from: http://dmses.dot.gov/docimages/pdf96/400105_web.pdf.


MAERSK CHANGING TO LOW-SULFUR BUNKERS IN CALIFORNIA

Maersk Lines has announced a new program where the company will use low-sulfur fuel in both the main and auxiliary engines of its ships when operating in California waters. During a recent press conference at its Pier 400 terminal in Los Angeles, the company revealed its new program is expected to reduce vessel-related stack emissions by 400 tons per year.

Maersk vessels will now change from burning the usual 2.7 percent sulfur bunker fuel to a mix with just 0.2 percent sulfur once the vessels reach a point 24 miles off the California coast. The low sulfur fuel reportedly costs twice as much as the regular bunker fuel. The program is expected to increase Maersk’s fuel costs by as much as $3 million. Maersk’s first vessel to employ the low sulfur fuel arrived in the Port of Los Angeles on March 31.


HOSPITAL SHIP USNS COMFORT ACES SEA TRIAL CHECK-UP

The USNS COMFORT (T-AH 20), crewed by MM&P Licensed Deck Officers, recently arrived back in her homeport of Baltimore after successfully completing a three-week international medical exercise and sea trials. While in Norfolk, VA, COMFORT’s civilian mariners participated in substance material assessment and readiness testing.

According to Capt. Richard Cicchetti, the COMFORT’s Master, the readiness testing is mandated by Congress and is conducted every five years to ensure top-notch operability. “It provides an objective outside authority to accurately assess the ship’s readiness to perform its assigned duties, Cicchetti said.” Second Mate David Lieberman added that, “If the ship is found to be in good condition, then this national asset will be fully prepared for any mission it’s called upon to serve.”

Capt. Cicchetti said that the inspectors tested the ship to verify that all vital equipment was working properly and as efficiently as possible. Every operating system on the ship was tested and ran to full capacity. “[This test] provides verification that equipment is working properly under actual operating parameters, such as full electrical load and design pressures with the ship working in a seaway,” Capt. Cicchetti said. “These are conditions that a pierside dock trial cannot fully replicate. Additionally, many components of the ship are being tested under worst-case scenario parameters, such as generator feedback, emergency startup from dead ship conditions, as well as equipment shutdowns.”

S/M Lieberman also noted that although extra work was done to ready the ship for testing, the engineers and the rest of the Military Sealift Command crew ensure the vessel is always in top shape in case of a deployment. And according to Capt. Cicchetti, the ship also runs a proven regimen of shipboard testing in quarterly dock trials and exercises.

In addition to the testing that took place in Norfolk, the COMFORT’s crew also had the opportunity to team up with her sister hospital ship USNS MERCY (T-AH 19) for a teleconference discussing the interoperability and roles of the hospital ship programs and the integration of services. Both vessels have unique capabilities for humanitarian relief missions and casualty care, including helicopter lift, advanced medical equipment, a wide range of medical skills, berthing and personnel support, as well as enough supplies to support large scale medical operations ashore.


LLOYD’S REGISTER TO ISSUE USCG DOCUMENTS OF COMPLIANCE

The US Coast Guard has authorized Lloyd’s Register to act on the USCG’s behalf in the issuance of Documents of Compliance for US-flagged vessels carrying dangerous goods. The move reflects the continued outsourcing of many of the USCG’s responsibilities since the agency’s mission has expanded significantly in the wake of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

Lloyd’s Register is one of the world’s major port state control authorities and has received similar authorizations from the USCG over the years. Former authorizations include the ability to issue mobile offshore drilling unit (MODU) safety certificates and participation in the Alternate Compliance Program (ACP). ACP is a voluntary program designed to help owners, operators, designers and builders of US-flagged vessels to comply with USCG design and inspection requirements.


TOWING VESSEL INSPECTION WORKING GROUP TO MEET JULY 19-20

The Towing Vessel Inspection Working Group of the Towing Safety Advisory Committee (TSAC) will meet to discuss a number of pending issues regarding towing safety. The meetings will be held on July 19-20 and are open to the public.

The agenda for the Towing Vessel Inspection Working Group tentatively includes the following items:
— What level of detail for electrical, propulsion and steering systems should be included in a Title 46, Code of Federal Regulations subchapter devoted to the inspection and certification of towing vessels?
— Should standards differ for small vessels including; towing vessels under 26 feet, small workboats/tenders not
engaged in commercial towing for hire; and assistance towing vessels?
— What are the potential conflicts of interest relative to auditor duties?
— Identify and clarify possible definitions of geographical applicability terms used throughout the TSAC report.

Written material and requests to make oral presentations should reach the USCG before July 7. This notice and related documents are available on the Internet at http://dms.dot.gov under the docket number USCG-2006-24796. For further info contact: Gerald Miante, Assistant Executive Director of TSAC, at phone: 202-372-1401; fax: 202-372-1926, or e-mail: gmiante@comdt.uscg.mil.


USCG SEEKS APPLICANTS FOR CHEMICAL TRANSPORT COMMITTEE

The USCG is seeking applications for appointment to membership on the Chemical Transportation Advisory Committee (CTAC). CTAC provides advice and makes recommendations to the Coast Guard on matters relating to the safe and secure transportation and handling of hazardous materials in bulk on US-flag vessels in US ports and waterways.

Application forms should reach the Coast Guard before September 29. Application forms can be requested by calling 202-372-1425/1422; or by faxing 202-372-1926. This notice and the application form are available on the Internet at http://dms.dot.gov. The form is also available at http://www.uscg.mil/hq/gm/advisory/ctac/ctac.htm. For further info contact: Commander Robert Hennessy, Executive Director of CTAC, or Sara Ju at 202-372-1425/1422, fax 202-372-1926.


USMMA-AF TO HOLD MEMBERSHIP ORGANIZATIONAL DINNER MEETING

The US Merchant Marine Academy Alumni Foundation’s Chesapeake Chapter will hold a membership organizational dinner and business meeting on Wednesday, June 7 beginning at 6:00 PM at MITAGS. This event will be held in the main dining room at The Conference Center at the Maritime Institute, 692 Maritime Boulevard Linthicum Heights, MD 21090. Those interested in complete details can visit their Web site at www.kpchesapeake.com.


MM&P ISSUES CALL FOR 81ST CONVENTION

In accordance with Article IV, Section 2, of the International Constitution, you are hereby notified that a regular convention of the MM&P will be convened at 1000 hrs on Tuesday, August 22, 2006, at MITAGS, 692 Maritime Boulevard, Linthicum Heights, Maryland 21090.

Members are also hereby notified that in accordance with Article IV, Section 6., Subsection b), all proposed resolutions must be forwarded to the International Secretary-Treasurer at least 30 days prior to the opening day of the Convention for inclusion on the Agenda and determination by the Convention.

 


MITAGS ACADEMIC NOTES

 

CLASS OPENINGS: Between January and the end of August 2006, seats are available in the following courses:


ARPA – Automatic Radar Plotting Aids: 7/24, 8/14
AZIPOD-KAM-2 – Two-Day Azipod and Kamewa Steering and Propulsion Systems: 6/6, 8/5

BRMP – Bridge Resource Mangement for Pilots: 6/20, 8/7
BST – Basic Safety Training: 6/26, 8/28

[CMM – Chief Mate and Master Courses]
CMM-ADVWX – Advanced Meteorology: 6/26
CMM-CHS I – Advanced Cargo Handling (week 1): 6/12
CMM-CHS II – Advanced Cargo Handling (week 2): 6/19
*WX-BASREF-2 – Two day Basic weather refresher, HIGHLY RECOMMENDED PREP for Advanced Meteorology: 6/22
CMM-MPP – Marine Propulsion Plants: 6/26, 8/7
CMM-SHMGT-I – Ship Management I (week 1): 6/19, 7/10, 8/21
CMM-SHMGT-II – Ship Management II (week 2): 6/12, 8/14
CMM-SHS-ADV-I – Advanced Shiphandling (week 1): 6/19, 7/24, 8/7, 8/21
CMM-SHS-ADV-II – Advanced Shiphandling (week 2): 6/26, 7/31, 8/14
CMM-VPEN – Voyage Planning and Electronic Navigation: 7/24
CMM-WKP – Watchkeeping: 8/28

COMP-OPSYS – Basic Computer Operating Systems: 6/26
CONT-PLNG – Contingency Planning: 6/9, 7/14
CSE-AASE – Confined Space Entry: 8/28

FF-BADV – Combined Basic and Advanced Fire Fighting: 6/26, 8/28

HAZ-Hazardous Materials (5-day): 6/12, 7/31

LAP-License Advancement Program (5 weeks including USCG Exam): 7/24

MEDIA-RSP – Media Response: 6/8, 7/13
MED-DOT-DA – Dept. of Trans Drug & Alcohol Testing: 6/10, 6/24, 7/29, 8/12
MED-PIC – Medical Person-In-Charge: 7/24, 8/14
MED-PRO – Medical Care Provider: 7/24, 8/14


[MSC – Military Sealift Command]
MSC-CBRD-1 (Chemical Biological Radiological Defense Orientation): 6/19, 8/23
MSC-DC (Damage Control): 6/20, 8/24
MSC-SMA – Small Arms: 8/28
MSC-SMA-R – Small Arms Re-Qualification (2-day): 6/23, 9/1 (must have proof of passing all 3 weapons within 2 years)

ROP-5 – Radar Observer Original and Renewal (5-day): 8/28
ROR-1 – Radar Observer Renewal: 6/5, 6/21-evening, 7/15, 7/24, 8/14

SEC-OFF-VCF – Security Officer, Vessel, Company & Facility: 7/10
SHS-BAS -Basic Shiphandling: 7/10
SHS-EMR – Emergency Shiphandling: 6/26, 7/31, 8/28


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

Spring – Fall 2006

 

June 2006
6/5-9 ECDIS
6/5-9 ARPA
6/5-9 BST
6/6-9 Survival Craft (Lifeboatman)
6/5-23 TCNAV/CO
6/19-23 Tankerman Person-In-Charge
6/19-30 GMDSS
6/26-30 Radar Observer Unlimited
6/26-30 Basic Shiphandling

August 2006
31 Jul-4 Aug Basic Shiphandling
7-11 ECDIS
7-11 Basic Safety Training
7-11 Meteorology – Basic
8-11 Survival Craft / Lifeboatman
14-18 Able Bodied Seaman
14-18 Basic and Advanced Firefighting
14-25 GMDSS
14-25 Shiphandling – Advanced
21-25 Ship Construction & Basic Stability
21-25 Tankerman Person-In-Charge
28-1 Sep Cargo Handling & Stowage – Basic

September 2006
5-9 (tu-sa) Medical Care Provider
5-9 (tu-sa) Emergency Shiphandling 5-day
5-15 Medical Person-In-Charge
11-12 Search and Rescue
11-15 Basic Safety Training
11-23 100 Ton OUPV
12-15 Survival Craft / Lifeboatman
13-15 Emergency Procedures
18-22 Radar Observer Unlimited
18-22 Shiphandling – Basic
18-22 Able Bodied Seaman
18-6 Oct Terrestrial & Coastal Navigation with Compasses
25th Radar Recertification
25-29 ARPA
25-2 Oct Watchkeeping & BRM

October
10/2-4 Ship Security Officer
10/2-4 Basic Safety Training
10/2-13 Shiphandling – Advanced
10/9-13 ECDIS
10/9-13 Radar Observer Unlimited
10/9-20 GMDSS
10/10-13 Survival Craft / Lifeboatman
10/16-20 Basic & Advanced Firefighting
10/23 Flashing Light
10/23-27 ARPA
10/23-27 Cargo Handling & Stowage – Basic
10/24-25 Simulation Assessment

For registration call Jennifer Fowler 888-893-7829

PMI MERCHANDISE FOR SALE!!!

High quality with embroidered PMI logo.
Navy or Khaki Hats : $16 / includes tax
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Button Down Long Sleeve Dress Shirts
Blue or Khaki: $38 / includes tax
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Pocket t-shirts with Logo: $12 / includes tax
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15oz. Cobalt Blue Ceramic Mug: $8 / includes tax

Call DeeDee Lazik 206-838-8328 or e-mail dlazik@mates.org.


MM&P MARKET WATCH AS OF 6-2

 

 D O W  N A S D A Q  S & P 500
11,247.87 +36.82 for the week 2,219.41 +21.17 for the week 1,288.22 +15.34 for the week

 

Fund Name & Trading Symbol
Closing
Price
 Vanguard 500 Index Fund (VFINX)
119.01
 Vanguard Extended Market Index Fund (VEXMX)
36.72
 Vanguard International Growth Fund (VWIGX)
23.35
 Vanguard Morgan Growth Fund (VMRGX)
18.26
 Vanguard Windsor II Fund (VWNFX)
33.87
 Vanguard GNMA Fund (VFIIX)
10.08
 Vanguard High Yield Corporate Fund (VWEHX)
6.09
 Vanguard Total Bond Index (VBMFX)
9.82
 Chase Growth Fund (CHASX)
19.73
 Fidelity Asset Manager (FASMX)
16.34
 Fidelity Growth and Income (FGRIX)
35.30
 Fidelity Magellan Fund (FMAGX)
89.68
 Fidelity Small Company Instl (FMACX)
22.42
 Fidelity Value Fund (FDVLX)
80.38
 Spartan US Equity Index Fund (FUSEX) 45.73
 Domini Social Equity Fund (DSEFX)
30.36

 






~ 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.
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:

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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