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Wheelhouse Weekly – March 20, 2012

March 20th 2012

 

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Volume 16 . . . . . Number 12. . . . March 20, 2012

STORIES COVERED

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MARITIME GRASSROOTS CAMPAIGN IN FULL SWING

MM&P, the Marine Engineers’ Beneficial Association (MEBA) and other representatives of the U.S.-flag maritime industry are continuing the unprecedented grassroots campaign aimed at ensuring that members of Congress understand the importance of the American-flag fleet to our nation’s military, economic and homeland security.

Last week, MM&P representatives met with three members of Congress: Janice Hahn, Dutch Ruppersberger and Rob Wittman. Former MM&P Vice President Paul Nielsen met with Hahn. MM&P International President Tim Brown, Contracts Officer Lars Turner and MIRAID Counsel Steve Wines met with Ruppersberger. MM&P Norfolk Representative Mark Nemergut attended the meeting with Wittman.
 
Also last week, members of the maritime grassroots campaign steering committee met with Congressman Ed Pastor of Arizona. Pastor is in line to be a leading member of the House Appropriations Subcommittee with jurisdiction over funding for the Maritime Security Program. MM&P Government Relations Director Klaus Luhta and MIRAID President James Patti were among those who met with Pastor in Washington. More maritime advisory committee meetings with additional members of Congress are scheduled for the coming weeks.
 
“Everyone committed to a stronger U.S.-flag maritime industry should join the grassroots effort to take our message to members of Congress in their home districts and states,” said MM&P International President Tim Brown. “Let’s work together to prevent the outsourcing of American maritime jobs and elevate our issues to the level they deserve.”


UPDATE ON MERCHANT OFFICERS’ LABOR ALLIANCE

The Joint Operating Committee (JOC) of the Merchant Officers’ Labor Alliance (MOLA) held a meeting on March 13. Items of discussion were the possible joint operation of more union halls, the relationships that both unions have with other unions (maritime and non-maritime), and the general similarities and differences between M.E.B.A. and MM&P. Ways to eventually unify the unions were discussed. However, at this time, the MOLA/JOC Directors are focused on helping both unions cut costs, strengthen the positions of both organizations in the maritime industry, and presenting a united front on Capitol Hill and elsewhere.

Under the MOLA, a drafting committee shall be appointed to develop possible consolidation and/or affiliation agreements that will further strengthen the alliance between our two unions. As previously mentioned in The Wheelhouse Weekly, no affiliation can or will take place without membership ratification. An affiliation or consolidation agreement would require a referendum vote by members of both MM&P and MEBA before it could move forward. No integration will take place without the votes and approval from the memberships of both unions.

Additional information on the MOLA is posted in the Members’ Only section of www.bridgedeck.org.


MAERSK LINE CEO SAYS CONTAINER SHIPPING GROWTH RATE WILL SLOW

Annual container shipping volumes worldwide will grow at a rate of 5-8 percent annually, down from the rate of 10-11 percent that has characterized the industry over the course of the past 25 years, according to Soren Skou, chief executive officer of Maersk Line. Skou says lower rates of growth will result from slowing economies in North America and Europe, a drop in outsourcing of manufacturing to Asia and the miniaturization of technological products, which means that they take up less room in containers. Skou made the remarks last week at a press conference at AP Moeller Maersk’s Asian headquarters. He said Maersk Line intends to respond to declining volume growth by reducing capacity on its Asia/Europe service and cutting costs.


STATE-LEVEL EMPLOYMENT DATA CONFIRM NATIONWIDE PROGRESS TO RECOVERY

State-level data released last week by the Bureau of Labor Statistics show that most U.S. states have been experiencing steady progress towards economic recovery. Over the three-month period from October 2011 to January 2012, every state except New York experienced a reduced unemployment rate (New York gained 64,500 jobs but its unemployment rate increased by 0.1 percentage points because of growth in the local labor force). From January 2011 to January 2012, seven states reported job growth exceeding 2.0 percent. North Dakota experienced job growth of 5.7 percent. Despite these positive trends, four states and the District of Columbia still have unemployment rates at or above 10.0 percent.


AFL-CIO BOARD UNANIMOUSLY VOTES TO ENDORSE PRESIDENT OBAMA

The AFL-CIO General Board voted last week to endorse President Obama’s re-election bid. “The coming election is a choice about values,” said AFL-CIO President Rich Trumka. “President Obama honors the values of hard work, mutual respect and solving problems together… Each of the Republican presidential candidates, on the other hand, has pledged to uphold the special privileges of Wall Street and the 1 percent—privileges that have produced historic economic inequality and drowned out the voices of working people in America.”

In the statement, the members of the AFL-CIO Board said that although the labor movement has sometimes differed with the President and pushed his Administration to do more and “do it faster,” there has never been any doubt “about his commitment to a strong future for working families.”

Among the achievements of Obama’s first term, the AFL-CIO cites health insurance reform, Wall Street reform and “taking America from the brink of a second Great Depression” by pressing Congress to pass the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, which saved or created 3.6 million jobs.


ANTI-UNION LAW ADVANCES IN MINNESOTA

The battle over union rights that has swept the country in the past year has arrived in Minnesota, where Republican legislators are pushing a “right-to-work” constitutional amendment. “Right-to-work” laws have the effect of lowering wages and benefits for union and non-union workers alike, and shrinking the tax base of local communities. The state of Oklahoma, for example, has lost a third of its manufacturing jobs since it enacted “right-to-work” legislation in 2001.

More than 1,000 sign-wielding union workers and their supporters poured into the Capitol building in St. Paul last Monday, urging legislators to reject the proposed amendment. “This is going to turn Minnesota into a third-world country,” one protester said.

In Indiana, a right-to-work bill was signed into law Feb. 1 after months of political gridlock and a walkout by Democratic legislators. In Wisconsin, Republican Gov. Scott Walker pushed through a measure last year to eliminate most bargaining rights for public employees. He is now facing a recall election as a result. Ohio adopted an anti-collective-bargaining law last year; voters overwhelmingly repealed it in a referendum in November. These battles have energized the labor movement and promise to reverberate throughout the 2012 election season.


CONVENTION CALL: 84TH MM&P REGULAR CONVENTION, JULY 23-25, 2012

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 10:00 am on Monday, July 23, 2012. The Convention will be held at the Maritime Institute of Technology and Graduate Studies, 692 Maritime Boulevard, Linthicum Heights, MD 21090. Nominations for elected officers will be made at this Convention.

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

Please note that in accordance with the Election Notice, a two-year membership requirement has been established for eligibility to run for office. An explanation of this requirement and the complete Election Notice have been posted in the Members Only section of www.bridgedeck.org and will be published in the March-April issue of The Master, Mate & Pilot.


MEMBERSHIP MEETINGS IN NORFOLK ON MARCH 28 AND IN BOSTON ON APRIL 4

MM&P Atlantic Ports Vice President Steve Werse has announced that there will be a union meeting in Norfolk March 28 at 11:00 am and in Boston April 4 at 1:00 pm. All MM&P members in the area are encouraged to attend. MM&P International Secretary-Treasurer Don Marcus will attend the Boston meeting. MM&P Contracts Officer Lars Turner will attend the meeting in Norfolk.


MEMBERSHIP MEETING IN LA/LB ON APRIL 11

MM&P Pacific Ports Vice President Dave Boatner has announced that there will be a union meeting in Los Angeles/Long Beach on April 11 at noon. MM&P International Secretary-Treasurer Don Marcus will attend the meeting.

Please also note that the Offshore Familiarization Course will be held at the LA/LB hall beginning at 8:30 am on April 11. There is no sea-time requirement to take the course. All Offshore applicants, potential transferees from other membership groups and other interested Offshore members are urged to attend. Please RSVP to the LA/LB hall at 310-834-7201.


SS UNITED STATES CONSERVANCY FUNDRAISER AT SUNY MARITIME ON MARCH 24

SUNY Maritime invites you to a historic event: a gala to raise funds for the preservation of an icon of American history, the SS UNITED STATES. To attend the March 24 gala on the beautiful SUNY Maritime Campus, go to fortschuylerssusgala.eventbrite.com/

The SS UNITED STATES faces an uncertain future. Since her retirement in 1969, the ship has changed hands a number of times, but no plans for her refurbishment have come to fruition. Now, the ship has limited time left. “The dismantling and destruction of the SS UNITED STATES would be a tragedy comparable to melting down national icons such as the Liberty Bell, the Spirit of St. Louis or the Space Shuttle,” says a spokesperson for the SS UNITED STATES CONSERVANCY, a nonprofit 501(c) 3 organization. To find out you can help, go to: www.ssunitedstatesconservancy.org/


REVITALIZING THE MARITIME INDUSTRY CONFERENCE SPONSORED BY THE MARITIME EXECUTIVE MAY 7-8 AT MITAGS

A two-day conference, “Revitalizing the Maritime Industry,” will be held at MITAGS on May 7-8 by The Maritime Executive. America’s marine highways have been underutilized for decades due to failed federal policies and inadequate funding mechanisms. Today, while the infrastructure is in place, U.S. vessel operators, shipbuilders, training institutions and port authorities have been overlooked as vital assets in the U.S. economic recovery plan. The Maritime Executive, with your support, aims to change that perspective in Congress and, most importantly, among the American people. To register for the event, go to: http://tiny.cc/MarEx


SCHEDULE FOR 2012 OFFSHORE FAMILIARIZATION COURSES

The Offshore Familiarization Course, formerly called the D-Book Membership Course, will be held at regular intervals throughout 2012.

The schedule is as follows (but please note that course dates may change depending on the number of participants who sign up): April 3-4 in Boston; April 11-12 in Los Angeles; May 29-30 in New Orleans; May 30-31 in Charleston; June 8-9 at MM&P Headquarters; Sept. 7-8 at MM&P Headquarters; Oct. 9-10 in New Jersey; Oct. 10-11 in Los Angeles; Nov. 7-8 in Houston.

There is no sea-time requirement to take the course. All Offshore applicants, potential transferees from other membership groups and other interested Offshore members are urged to attend.

If you want to attend the course, please RSVP to the local hiring hall where the class is offered or, in the case of a course planned for headquarters, to MM&P Membership Secretary Mary Seidman: mseidman@bridgedeck.org.


SHIP’S BELL STOLEN FROM CRUISE SHIP WRECK

Italian law enforcement officials report that thieves have stolen the bell off the wreck of the Carnival Cruise Lines vessel COSTA CONCORDIA, which capsized on Jan. 13. The authorities said that at least two people must have been involved in the theft of the enormous bell, which weighs over 20 pounds and was submerged under several meters of water. It was unclear how the thieves managed to gain access to the site, which is reportedly being monitored around the clock by the Italian Coast Guard.


TRANSPORTATION SECRETARY ANNOUNCES INFRASTRUCTURE GRANT TO KINGS POINT

U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announced last week at a meeting with the Kings Point community that the school will receive $54 million for additional campus construction and renovations. In March 2010, a panel appointed to examine the Academy’s infrastructure found that it was in serious need of renovation. LaHood has outlined construction and improvement projects planned for the current year, including the renovation of Delano Hall and repairs to Mallory Pier. Since Fiscal Year 2009, the Administration has requested and Congress has appropriated more than $300 million for the Academy, which includes $239 million for operations and $61 million for capital improvements – including $23 million last year, the most funding ever secured for physical improvements at the Academy.


MITAGS ACADEMIC NOTES

Try our on-line interactive calendar to register for class: http://mitags-pmi.org/courses/calendar/

For class availability, contact Admissions Coordinator Kelly Michielli toll-free at 866-656-5568 or e-mail: admissions@mitags.org.

AB – Able Bodied Seaman: 5/21, 6/11

AIS-1 – Automatic Identification Systems (one day): 5/10, 6/6

ARPA – Automated Radar Plotting Aids: 4/3AZIPOD (2-DAY) for Pilots: 4/5

BRM – Bridge Resource Management: 4/30

BRMP – Bridge Resource Management for Pilots:  5/9, 6/7

BST – Basic Safety Training: 4/9, 6/25

[CMM – Chief Mate and Master Courses]

CMM-ADVWX – Advanced Meteorology: 6/11

CMM-ADVNAV – Advanced Navigation (=ECDIS & VPEN):  5/14

CMM-ADVSTB – Advanced Stability: 4/9, 6/25

CMM-CHS – Advanced Cargo Operations (2 weeks): 4/16

CMM-ECDIS – Electronic Chart Display and Information Systems: 5/21

CMM-MPP – Marine Propulsion Plants: 3/26, 6/4

CMM-SHMGT – Ship Management (2 weeks): 4/30

CMM-SHS-ADV-I – Advanced Shiphandling (week 1): 3/26, 4/9, 5/14, 6/11

CMM-SHS-ADV-I I – Advanced Shiphandling (week 2): 4/2, 4/16, 5/21, 6/18

CMM-WKP – Advanced Watchkeeping: 4/2, 6/18

CNAV – Celestial Navigation: 4/30

CONSTAB – Ship Construction and Basic Stability: 4/9

CONT PLNG – Contingency Planning: 5/11

ECDIS-ENAV (2 DAY) for Pilots: 6/4

ENVIRO-Regs Permit – Environmental Regulations Permit: 5/21

EP – Emergency Procedures: 4/25

FF-BADV – Combined Basic and Advanced Fire Fighting: 4/9, 6/25

FSM – Fatigue, Sleep and Medications for Pilots: 6/6

HAZ – Hazardous Materials (5 day): 6/11

LAP-ORG 3rd – License Advancement Program for Original 3/Mate: 6/4

LEG – Legal Aspects of Pilotage: 4/18, 5/9

MCL – Management, Communication & Leadership: 3/26

MED-PIC – Medical Person In Charge: 4/16, 6/11

MED-PIC -R– Medical Person In Charge Refresher: 5/14

MED-PRO – Medical Care Provider: 4/16, 6/11

MED-DOT-DA – Dept. of Transportation Drug & Alcohol Testing: 3/24, 4/21, 6/16

MSC -SMA – Military Sealift Command Small Arms Qualification: 6/4

MSC-DC – Military Sealift Command Damage Control (4 Evenings): 6/4

MSC-CBRD-1 – Military Sealift Command Chemical, Biological, Radiological Defense Orientation (Basic): 6/8

ROR-1 – Radar Observer Renewal Evening Classes: 3/21, 4/4

ROR-1 – Radar Observer Renewal: 4/1, 4/18, 5/2, 5/6, 6/13, 6/27

ROP-5 – Radar Observer Original and Renewal: 4/23

SAR – Search & Rescue: 4/23

SEC-VCF – Security Officer, Vessel, Company & Facility: 5/7

SHS-BAS – Basic Shiphandling: 4/23, 5/14, 6/25

SHS-ESH-BRMP3 – Emergency Shiphandling and Bridge Resource Management for Pilots: 4/2

SHS-EMR5 – Emergency Shiphandling: 5/7

TPIC-DL – Tankerman Person In Charge Dangerous Liquids: 5/21

WX-BAS – Basic Meteorology: 3/26

…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.


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.
 
March 2012

22-23     Build Your Own Internal Auditing Team Seminar
26th       Radar Renewal
26-30     Medical Care Provider

April 2012

2-6          ECDIS
2-6          Bridge Resource Management w/ Simulation
4-6          Security Officer – Vessel, Company, and Facility
9-20       GMDSS
13th       Radar Renewal
16-20     Radar Observer Unlimited
23-27     Medical Care Provider
23-4       Medical Person-In-Charge
30th       Radar Renewal
30th       Flashing Light Exam

May 2012

1-4          ARPA
7-11       Bridge Resource Management w/ Simulation
7-18       GMDSS
14-18     ECDIS
14-1       Terrestrial and Coastal Navigation w/ Compasses
21-25     Radar Observer Unlimited
22-24     Security Officer – Vessel, Company, and Facility

June 2012

4-6          Emergency Procedures
4-22       Terrestrial and Coastal Navigation w/ Compasses
7-8          Search and Rescue
11th       Radar Renewal
11-22     GMDSS
18-22     ECDIS
18-22     Management, Communication, and Leadership (Horizon Lines)
25-29     Medical Care Provider


MM&P MARKET WATCH AS OF 3-16-12

D O W N A S D A Q S & P 500
13,232.62 3,055.26 1,404.17
Fund Name & Trading Symbol
 Closing
Price
 Vanguard Asset Allocation Fund (VAARX)
56.17
 Vanguard 500 Index Fund (VFINX)
129.87
 Vanguard Extended Market Index Fund (VEXMX)
45.09
 Vanguard International Growth Fund (VWIGX)
18.90
 Vanguard Morgan Growth Fund (VMRGX)
20.30
 Vanguard Windsor II Fund (VWNFX)
28.86
 Vanguard GNMA Fund (VFIIX)
11.02
 Vanguard Growth Index Fund (VIGRX)
36.41
 Vanguard High Yield Corporate (VWEHX)
5.86
 Vanguard LifeStrategy Conservative Growth (VSCGX)
17.01
 Vanguard LifeStrategy Growth Fund (VASGX)
23.25
 Vanguard LifeStrategy Income Fund (VASIX)
14.47
 Vanguard LifeStrategy Moderate Growth (VSMGX)
20.60
 Vanguard Target Retirement 2005 (VTOVX)
12.33
 Vanguard Target Retirement 2015 (VTXVX)
13.17
 Vanguard Target Retirement 2025 (VTTVX)
13.39
 Vanguard Target Retirement 2035 (VTTHX)
13.90
 Vanguard Target Retirement 2045 (VTIVX)
14.35
 Vanguard Total Bond Index (VBMFX)
10.92
 Vanguard Total Stock Market Index Fund (VTSMX)
35.24
 Chase Growth Fund (CHASX)
19.44
 Fidelity Asset Manager (FASMX)
16.14
 Fidelity Growth and Income (FGRIX)
20.61
 Fidelity Intermediate bond Fund (FTHRX)
10.87
 Fidelity Magellan Fund (FMAGX)
73.14
 Fidelity Value Fund (FDVLX)
72.79
 Fidelity Equity-Income II Fund (FEQTX)
19.00
Fidelity Blue Chip Growth Fund (FBGRX)
50.03
 Fidelity Diversified International Fund (FDIVX)
28.95
 Fidelity Dividend Growth Fund (FDGFX)
30.28
 Fidelity Freedom Income (FFFAX)
11.60
 Fidelity Freedom 2000 (FFFBX)
12.28
 Fidelity Freedom 2010 (FFFCX)
14.00
 Fidelity Freedom 2020 (FFFDX)
14.18
 Fidelity Freedom 2030 (FFFEX)
14.09
 Fidelity Freedom 2040 (FFFFX)
8.17
 Fidelity Freedom 2050 (FFFHX)
9.54
 Fidelity Total Bond Fund (FTBFX)
10.95
 Spartan Extended market Index Fund (FSEMX)
40.60
 Spartan US Equity Index Fund (FUSEX)
49.91
 Domini Social Equity Fund (DSEFX)
34.37



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.

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