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Wheelhouse Weekly – March 03, 2008

March 3rd 2008

 

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

Volume 12 . . . . . Number 9. . . .March 3, 2008

STORIES COVERED

Also

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.


COAST GUARD NEEDS MORE RESOURCES TO HANDLE EXPANDED ROLE, SAYS REP. ELIJAH CUMMINGS

The Coast Guard’s responsibilities have increased significantly, and the agency needs substantial new resources to balance its crucial new homeland security missions with its traditional responsibilities, says Congressman Elijah E. Cummings (D-Md.), chairman of the House Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation. Cummings’ remarks took the form of an official news release distributed after a congressional hearing on the Coast Guard’s fiscal year 2009 budget.

“The Coast Guard is a critical service with numerous tasks that are vital to our country’s survival,” Cummings said. “Its members have risked their lives to save over a million others. This past year alone, its drug interdiction missions prevented $4.7 billion worth of cocaine from reaching our shores…

“Following the 9/11 attacks on our country, the Coast Guard’s responsibilities expanded to include significant responsibilities related to port security. There is no doubt in my mind that this organization has the leadership, dedication, and skills necessary to fulfill these new duties. However, it has become very clear that the Coast Guard does not have the necessary personnel and financial resources to match all the missions it must perform…

“Despite the ever-expanding role of the Coast Guard, its size has not changed in decades,” Cummings said. For it to continue “the unrivaled service it has provided to our nation for more than 200 years,” he said, “we must ensure that it has the correct mix of personnel, expertise, and technology to accomplish all of its missions.”

Cummings asked the Coast Guard to provide Congress with figures detailing the resources it will need to effectively perform its duties. He said his subcommittee will use the data as it works to move forward the Coast Guard’s fiscal year 2009 reauthorization legislation. 


WHAT THE U.S. PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATES HAVE TO SAY ABOUT THE JONES ACT, CARGO PREFERENCE LAWS AND THE MARITIME SECURITY PROGRAM

Every MM&P member should know where the Presidential candidates stand with regard to three issues of critical importance to maritime labor: the Jones Act, cargo preference laws and the Maritime Security Program. To inform MM&P members and their families about the candidates’ views on these issues, we have posted the voting records and statements of Sen. Hillary Clinton, Sen. Barack Obama and Sen. John McCain on the Members’ Only section of www.bridgedeck.org. All MM&P members are strongly encouraged to access this information. Go to www.bridgedeck.org, log in and then click on “U.S. Presidential Candidate Info.”


TRADING TO THE U.S. A CHORE, ACCORDING TO BRITISH ENGINEER

Disrespect for professional mariners and the inflexible and careless application of unreasonable security measures have increased to the point that “trading to the U.S. is a chore,” says Craig Feierabend, a British engineer who sails for an international container line between the West Coast of the United States and the Far East.

Feierabend was quoted in an interview in the February 2008 issue of the British officers’ magazine, Nautilus. The article centers on his attempt to arrange for his wife Daniela, a citizen of Romania, to meet him in San Francisco and board the ship on which he sails for travel to the Far East.

The U.S. embassy in Bucharest turned down her request for a tourist visa on the grounds that she had “failed to demonstrate strong ties outside the U.S.” as well as “that her intended activities in the U.S. would be consistent with the visa status.”

There was no appeals process in place, but she was allowed to reapply. She did so, bringing along additional evidence, but the U.S. consular official spent less than a minute with her before “railroading her out of the embassy,” her husband said.

“I am tired of being treated like a terrorist when joining ships in U.S. ports,” Feierabend says, “and joining my ship to find my suitcase contents have evidently been emptied onto a floor somewhere and just stuffed back in any old how—that’s if I have my luggage at all after transiting a U.S. airport.

“I am tired of the attitude of the authorities when we visit U.S. ports or airports—‘We are government officials and we carry guns,’ to quote a CPB officer’s response to being refused entry to the ship without identification as per ISPS,” he added.

“I am tired of the pedantic bureaucratic barrage that the authorities foist upon us,” the engineer said in the interview. “I am just tired of anything to do with the U.S. Trading to this country is a chore.”


SHIP OPERATIONS COOPERATIVE PROGRAM TO MEET AT MITAGS/CCMIT

The Ship Operations Cooperative Program (SOCP) will sponsor a conference April 1-2 to promote maritime and intermodal education at primary and secondary schools. The conference will be held at the Maritime Institute of Technology & Graduate Studies (MITAGS) in Linthicum, Md.

The conference is intended to help educators and administrators: find out about maritime primary and secondary schools in the United States; start new maritime charter schools and identify local/state/federal resources; build support for such programs, along with the right coalition of partners; create mentoring programs and internship opportunities; connect with future employers and post-secondary training and education institutions. Employers, industry trade groups, union representatives and professionals from undergraduate and technical schools will attend.

The first two days of the conference are designed around a series of workshops, culminating with results presented at the end of the second day. Keynote speakers will include Rep. Elijah Cummings and MARAD Administrator Sean Connaughton.

Registration: The $125 per person registration fee includes admission to the two-day event, conference materials, continental breakfast, lunch, afternoon break service and an invitation to the opening night reception and dinner.

Exhibits: Exhibit tables are available to highlight your school, company or labor organization. In this case, the $225 fee includes admission for one to the conference, the items listed above, and an exhibit table. (The cost for each additional exhibitor is $125 per person.) Registration and table costs are waived for SOCP members in good standing.

Accommodations: SOCP has arranged a hotel package of $135 per night at MITAGS, which includes dinner or “night lunch” on the night prior to the event and a full breakfast on the morning of the event. The hotel offers a special rate of $36 per night for spouses to cover meals and additional room charges. An additional 13 percent for county and state taxes will be added to the hotel charges. (For more information on the hotel, go to http://www.ccmit.org or call reservations at 866-900-3517.)

How to register: Go to the Ship Operations Cooperative Program (SOCP) website at http://www.socp.us and click on the [Attend Event] link. Proceed to the [Maritime Careers Conference] page. A link to the hotel is also available on that page. For additional information or assistance, please contact Ram Nagendran via e-mail at ram.nagendran@ngc.com or telephone (703) 620-8676.

SOCP is a maritime industry forum for U.S.-based maritime organizations interested in working to solve common problems and to develop products that satisfy the needs of its members. New members are always welcome!

Note: SOCP members will be holding their business meeting on Thursday, April, 3, the day after the conference. Organizations interested in joining SOCP may request an invitation to the business meeting via the SOCP website. For information, go to http://www.socp.us.


NATIONAL MARITIME CENTER AIMS TO OFFER EXEMPLARY CUSTOMER SERVICE

Mariners who renew their documents via the Coast Guard’s National Maritime Center (NMC) should come away from the experience feeling that they have received the highest possible level of customer service. So says NMC Commanding Officer Captain David Stalfort in a message to NMC staffers. “Whether you work at the counter in a REC [regional exam center], administer exams, work in the call center, conduct evaluations, or approve training courses, our aim is to delight the customers we serve,” Stalfort wrote in his column in NMC’s monthly staff publication, The Wave. “I expect your daily interactions with our customers to be guided by the Coast Guard’s core values: honor the mariner and his experience; respect the mariner’s time and get it right the first time; respect and protect the mariner’s personal information; value the mariner’s suggestions for continuous improvement.”

Stalfort called on all NMC staffers to put themselves “in the shoes of the mariner and think of how you would like to be treated. Then act accordingly. Behavior inconsistent with this and our core values is unacceptable.”
 
He said the Coast Guard is reviewing comments and conducting customer satisfaction surveys to ensure it is meeting its customer service objectives.


ADVICE FROM THE MM&P FEDERAL CREDIT UNION: HOW LONG SHOULD YOU KEEP IMPORTANT PAPERS?

The MM&P Federal Credit Union offers advice on a topic important to every family. How long should we retain important household documents?  Here are some general guidelines.

Keep pay stubs for at least a year so you can reconcile them against W-2 wage and tax statements and the Social Security earnings statement you receive annually from the government (you can request a copy at any time from www.ssa.gov). If your records do not match the entries on these forms, you’ll be happy to have saved your pay stubs to prove your earnings and withholding.

As for receipts and records of bills paid, keep them only as long as the situation is active. A paid water bill is no longer active but the receipt for your new water heater is. Attach it to the owner’s manual and warranty.

Destroy statements for closed bank accounts, expired warranties, cancelled checks for minor items that are not proof-of-purchase or income-tax related, and instructions for appliances you no longer own. Every home needs a paper shredder (from about $25 at an office supply store).

The IRS requires that you keep your tax returns and substantiating documentation as long as necessary to prove the validity of the returns. Some experts say this means “forever.” Others say a period of seven years is sufficient. The decision on which advice to follow is up to you. 

Some important papers that should be kept forever are: birth certificates, military records, marriage and divorce records, death records, education and employment history, some medical records, documentation of lawsuits and family history.
Seven years from the date of last activity is sufficient for moving expenses, business or employee expense records, appraisals, charitable contributions and medical expenses.

You don’t need to spend a lot of money to get organized. Four boxes with lids and a highlighter pen make a dandy system. Label the boxes: Active/Indefinite, Three Years, Seven Years and Forever. Next, get all your paperwork into one place. As you go through the stacks, assess how much time has passed from the last date of activity. Once you find the date on the document, highlight it so you won’t have to search for that date the next time you go through these items. Now assign each item to the proper box.

A great Web site to help you get organized, and that includes printable forms for your home organizer, is OrganizedHome.com (www.organizedhome.com).


USNS PEARY CHRISTENED

USNS ROBERT E. PEARY, Military Sealift Command’s newest ship in the Lewis and Clark class of dry cargo/ammunition ships, was christened in mid-February at NASSCO shipyard in San Diego. MM&P Government Group representative Randi Ciszewski was on hand to celebrate the event. The PEARY is the fifth in the Navy’s new T-AKE class of combat logistics ships designed to deliver ammunition, provisions, stores, spare parts, potable water and petroleum products to U.S. and coalition forces operating at sea. The ship is named in honor of Rear Adm. Robert E. Peary, who led the first expedition to the North Pole.


BERNADETTE HERTEL RETIREMENT GIFT

Two MM&P members have volunteered to accept money from members who wish to contribute to a retirement gift for former MM&P Los Angeles port representative Bernadette Hertel. If you would like to contribute, please make your check payable to Peter Grate or Kevin McHugh and mail it to the LA/LB hall. If you would like more information, please send an e-mail to: bernadetteretirement@gmail.com.


MITAGS ACADEMIC NOTES

CLASS OPENINGS: Between now and the first week of May 2008, seats are available in the following courses:

ARPA � Automatic Radar Plotting Aids: 4/7

BST � Basic Safety Training: 4/7
BRM � Bridge Resource Management: 3/24
BRMP � Bridge Resource Management for Pilots: 3/27, 4/28

[CMM – Chief Mate and Master Courses]
CMM-ADVSTB � Advanced Stability: 4/7
CMM-ADVWX � Advanced Meteorology: 3/31
CMM-CHS I � Advanced Cargo Handling (week 1): 4/14
CMM-CHS II � Advanced Cargo Handling (week 2): 4/21
CMM-ECDIS – Electronic Chart Display & Information Systems: 3/31
CMM-MPP � Marine Propulsion Plants: 4/7
CMM-SHMGT-I � Ship Management (week 1): 3/9, 4/28
CMM-SHMGT-II � Ship Management (week 2): 5/5
CMM-SHS-ADV-I-Advanced Shiphandling (week 1): 3/10, 4/21, 5/5
CMM-VPEN � Voyage Planning and Electronic Navigation: 3/17
CMM-WKP � Advanced Watchkeeping: 3/10

CONT PLNG � Contingency Planning Workshop: 5/9
CSE-AWR2 � Confined Space Entry Awareness (2 day): 3/20

FF-BADV � Combined Basic & Advanced Fire Fighting: 4/7

HAZ � Hazardous Materials 5 day Course: 4/14
HAZMAT � Hazardous Materials Seminar (1 day) Course: 3/21

LEG � Legal Aspects of Pilotage: 3/26, 4/29

MED-PIC � Medical Person-In-Charge: 4/14
MED-PRO � Medical Care Provider: 3/10, 4/14
MED-DOT-DA – Dept. of Trans Drug & Alcohol Testing: 3/15, 4/19
MEDIA RSP � Media Response: 3/20, 5/8

ROR-1 � Radar Observer Renewal: 4/7

SEC-VCF � Security Officer: Vessel, Company & Facility: 3/17, 5/5
SHS-BAS � Basic Shiphandling: 3/24
SHS-EMR5 � Emergency Shiphandling: 3/31, 4/28
SHS-ESH- BRMP � Emergency Shiphandling & Bridge Resource Management for Pilots: 3/24, 4/30

�and 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 Email: admissions@mitags.org.


PMI ACADEMIC NOTES

Due to the high demand for this program, PMI has now scheduled another that is already close to full enrollment for its 2007-start date. See the PMI Web site at www.mates.org for more info on this new development.

FOR REGISTRATION CALL JENNIFER FOWLER: 206 838-1126

SCHEDULE OF COURSES – (Course schedule also posted online at www.mates.org)

March 2008
4-7LFBT
10-11SAR
10-12SEC VCF
10-14AB
12-14EP
17-21TPIC
17-28SHS ADV
17-28GMDSS
24-28ECDIS
24-28FF ADV
24-4GMDSS
27-28FF BAS

April 2008
7          ROR
7-11     STB BAS
7-11     SHS EMR
7-11     BST
8-11     ARPA
14-18  CHS BAS
14-18  SHS ADV
21-25  ROP
22-25  AFF
28-5/2 WX BAS
28-5/2 SHS BAS
28-5/16 TCNAV

May 2008
5-9       MED PRO
5-9       SHS EMR
8-9       BFF
12-15   SHS BAS
12-16   ECDIS
12-16   BST
12-16   ROP
12-15   TPIC
19-23   WKP BAS
19-23   ROP
26        ROR
27         FL
27-30  ARPA
27-29  AFF
27-31  WKP BAS/BRM
28-30 CHS BAS

June 2008
2          FL
2-20    TCNAV/CO
2-6      ROP
2-6      SHS ASSESS
3-5      AFF
9         ROR
9-13    SHS ASSESS
9-13    BST
9-20    GMDSS
10        FL
10-13  ARPA
16-20  MED PRO
16-20  SHS BAS
16-20  BST
16-27  MED PIC
23-25  SEC VCF
23-27  ROP
23-27  BAFF

For registration call Jennifer Fowler 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 2-29-2008

D O W N A S D A Q S & P 500
12,266 2,271 1,331
Fund Name & Trading Symbol
 Closing
Price
 Vanguard Asset Allocation Fund(VAARX)
61.28
 Vanguard 500 Index Fund (VFINX)
122.89
 Vanguard Extended Market Index Fund (VEXMX)
36.48
 Vanguard International Growth Fund (VWIGX)
22.79
 Vanguard Morgan Growth Fund (VMRGX)
17.60
 Vanguard Windsor II Fund (VWNFX)
28.68
 Vanguard GNMA Fund (VFIIX)
10.49
 Vanguard Growth Index Fund (VIGRX)
30.16
 Vanguard High Yield Corporate (VWEHX)
5.70
 Vanguard LifeStrategy Conservative Growth (VSCGX)
16.53
 Vanguard LifeStrategy Growth Fund (VASGX)
23.12
 Vanguard LifeStrategy Income Fund (VASIX)
14.04
 Vanguard LifeStrategy Moderate Growth (VSMGX)
20.01
 Vanguard Target Retirement 2005 (VTOVX)
11.74
 Vanguard Target Retirement 2015 (VTXVX)
12.41
 Vanguard Target Retirement 2025 (VTTVX)
12.82
 Vanguard Target Retirement 2035 (VTTHX)
13.49
 Vanguard Target Retirement 2045 (VTIVX)
13.93
 Vanguard Total Bond Index (VBMFX)
10.27
 Vanguard Total Stock Market Index Fund (VTSMX)
32.19
 Chase Growth Fund (CHASX)
18.92
 Fidelity Asset Manager (FASMX)
14.71
 Fidelity Growth and Income (FGRIX)
24.87
 Fidelity Intermediate bond Fund (FTHRX)
10.23
 Fidelity Magellan Fund (FMAGX)
84.10
 Fidelity Small Company Instl (FMACX)
16.73
 Fidelity Value Fund (FDVLX)
68.41
 Fidelity Equity-Income II Fund (FEQTX)
20.74
 Fidelity Blue Chip Growth Fund (FBGRX)
39.41
 Fidelity Diversified International Fund (FDIVX)
36.53
 Fidelity Dividend Growth Fund (FDGFX)
27.00
 Fidelity Freedom Income (FFFAX)
11.31
 Fidelity Freedom 2000 (FFFBX)
12.18
 Fidelity Freedom 2010 (FFFCX)
14.21
 Fidelity Freedom 2020 (FFFDX)
14.82
 Fidelity Freedom 2030 (FFFEX)
15.20
 Fidelity Freedom 2040 (FFFFX)
8.90
 Fidelity Freedom 2050 (FFFHX)
10.39
 Fidelity Total Bond Fund (FTBFX)
10.38
 Spartan Extended market Index Fund (FSEMX)
35.15
 Spartan US Equity Index Fund (FUSEX)
47.20
 Domini Social Equity Fund (DSEFX)
28.70





~ 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:

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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