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Wheelhouse Weekly – March 24, 2008

March 24th 2008

 

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

Volume 12 . . . . . Number 12. . . .March 24, 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.


CRIMINAL CHARGES FILED AGAINST PILOT ON BOARD COSCO BUSAN

The Department of Justice (DOJ) has filed criminal charges against John Cota, the pilot on board the COSCO BUSAN when it allided with the San Francisco Bay Bridge Nov. 7. The allision resulted in a 58,000-gallon oil spill. Prosecutors in the case allege violations of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act (MBTA) and the oil spill provisions of the Clean Water Act (CWA).

MM&P has repeatedly spoken out against the criminalization of mariners involved in marine accidents. The union has been joined in this effort by other labor organizations, as well as maritime employers. An international effort to raise awareness was recently undertaken by the International Transport Workers’ Federation (of which MM&P is a member) in tandem with the International Shipowners’ Federation and the International Chamber of Shipping.

“Maritime professionals are being singled out for criminal prosecution based on inappropriately low standards of proof, in instances in which no criminal intent is involved,” said a spokesman for MM&P.  “Cases such as the COSCO BUSAN accident should be handled through the professional licensing boards, as is the case in other professions.”

DOJ prosecutors allege Cota failed to adequately review the proposed course on official navigational charts with the captain and crew. They also charge that in the approach to the bridge, he did not use the ship’s radar, or positional fixes, and that he did not verify the ship’s position using official aids of navigation.

Cota is charged with one count of violating the CWA and one count of violating the MBTA. The maximum penalty for a misdemeanor violation of the CWA is one year in prison and a $100,000 fine, and the maximum penalty for a misdemeanor violation of the MBTA is six months in prison and a $15,000 fine.

The ongoing investigations involve the Coast Guard, the Environmental Protection Agency’s Criminal Investigation Division, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and the California Department of Fish and Game’s Office of Spill Prevention and Response.


MM&P INTERNATIONAL PRESIDENT ADDRESSES NMEBA CONVENTION

MM&P’s International President and Atlantic Ports Vice President brought fraternal greetings from the Masters, Mates & Pilots to the National Marine Engineers’ Beneficial Association Convention in Easton, Md., on March 17.

The MM&P President spoke to officers and delegates at the convention about issues that included the Coast Guard’s new medical and physical evaluation standards for seafarers, the criminalization of professional mariners in the wake of maritime accidents and the overly restrictive access limitations  being imposed on ships and crews by some U.S. port facilities and terminals in violation of the ISPS Code.


WORKBOAT MAGAZINE DETAILS MM&P CONCERNS ON CRIMINALIZATION

MM&P’s concerns regarding the unjust criminalization of mariners in the wake of maritime accidents were outlined in an article in the March 2008 issue of Workboat magazine. The coverage was based on an interview with an MM&P headquarters staffer regarding the union’s recent meeting with U.S. Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Thad Allen and members of his staff. Maritime labor’s concerns with the medical NVIC, which calls for mariners’ fitness for duty to be vetted remotely by Coast Guard staff on the basis of written evaluations, was also discussed, as were limitations on access to and from ships in many U.S. terminals and ports, in violation of the International Port Security Code, which the United States has signed.

A spokesman for Allen said the Coast Guard was preparing written responses to some of the topics addressed at the meeting. “This kind of dialogue with our maritime industry partners will help enhance the overall safety and security of commercial shipping while respecting the rights of mariners,” the article quoted Allen as saying through a staff person.


MM&P CONGRESSIONAL TESTIMONY ON COAST GUARD ADMINISTRATIVE LAW JUDGE PROGRAM CAN BE VIEWED ONLINE

A congressional hearing at which MM&P presented testimony last year can now be viewed online. The webcast of the hearing on the Coast Guard’s ALJ program is at http://transportation.house.gov/hearings/hearingDetail.aspx?NewsID=263

MM&P, the only union to present testimony at the hearing, was represented by attorney William Hewig of the law firm Kopelman and Paige. Hewig, a specialist in the Coast Guard, made recommendations about how to make the system fairer. In particular, he advised the subcommittee to look to the Federal Aviation Administration’s system as an alternative. Under the system used for airplane pilots and dispatchers, an appeal of an FAA decision is heard by a National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) ALJ, not by an FAA ALJ. Successive appeals, if they occur, are heard by the full NTSB.


MARAD AWARDS MILLION DOLLAR CONTRACT TO RECYCLE THREE SHIPS

The Maritime Administration (MARAD) has signed contracts totaling $1,136,106 with Esco Marine Facility in Brownsville, Texas, for the dismantling of three obsolete ships. CAPE CATOCHE and CAPE CARTHAGE, break-bulk freighters built in 1963 at the Avondale Shipyard, will be the 68th and 69th ships to depart the James River site since 2001. The DEL VIENTO, a break-bulk freighter built in 1968 at the Ingalls Shipyard in Pascagoula, Miss., will depart from the Beaumont Reserve Fleet in Texas. MARAD keeps ships in three National Defense Reserve Fleet sites to support Armed Forces movements and to respond to national emergencies.


NWS-OPC REQUESTS COMMENTS RELATING TO MARINE WEATHER ANALYSES

The National Weather Service (NWS) Ocean Prediction Center (OPC) is requesting comments relating to the importance of accurate and timely marine weather analyses to shipboard operations. Staffers at the center are especially interested in how this information is used to avoid damage, injury or loss of life. Equally important are comments associated with the use of this information to enhance vessel efficiencies (timely ETAs, reduced fuel consumption, etc.).  It would also be helpful if comments include how the situation today has improved in these areas, as compared with a decade ago (1990s).

All comments should be submitted to David Feit, Chief of the Ocean Forecast Branch, via e-mail at David.Feit@noaa.gov. Comments may also be mailed to David Feit, Ocean Prediction Center; National Weather Service; 5200 Auth Road, Room 410; Camp Springs, MD 20746


MERPAC TO MEET APRIL 8-10 IN DANIA BEACH, FLA.

The Coast Guard’s Merchant Marine Personnel Advisory Committee is scheduled to meet April 8-10 in Dania Beach, Fla., at the RTM STAR Center, 2 West Dixie Highway.
The agenda for the working group meeting, scheduled for April 8, includes discussion of Task Statement 68, the draft Navigation and Vessel Inspection Circular, ‘‘Medical and Physical Evaluation Guidelines for Merchant Mariner Credentials’’; and Task Statement 69, concerning revisions to forms CG–719K, Merchant Mariner Physical Examination Report, and CG–719K/E, Merchant Marine Certification of Fitness.

The full committee will meet April 9. New working groups may be formed to address issues proposed by the Coast Guard, MERPAC members, or members of the public. At the end of the day, the working groups will make a report to the full committee. No action will be taken on the reports on this date.

All meetings are open to the public. At the Chair’s discretion, members of the public may make oral presentations during the meetings. If you would like to make an oral presentation, please notify the Executive Director no later than March 26. Written material for distribution at a meeting should reach the Coast Guard no later than March 26. If you would like a copy of your material distributed to each member of the committee or subcommittee in advance of a meeting, please submit 25 copies to the Executive Director no later than March 26. Send written material and requests to make oral presentations to: Captain Michael Blair, Executive Director of MERPAC, Commandant (CG–5221, U.S. Coast Guard, 2100 Second St., SW, Wash., DC 20593–0001). For more information, contact Mark Gould, Assistant to the Executive Director of MERPAC, at 202–372–1409.


TSAC TO MEET APRIL 1-2

The Towing Safety Advisory Committee (TSAC) and its working groups on the Medical Navigation and Vessel Inspection Circular (NVIC) and inspection of towing vessels will meet in Jeffersonville, Ind., April 1-2. The committee will also discuss issues relating to shallow-draft inland and coastal waterway navigation and towing safety. All meetings will be open to the public. The working groups will meet Tuesday, April 1, starting at 8:00 a.m. The full committee will meet April 2. Written material, requests to make oral presentations and material for distribution should reach the Coast Guard on or before March 24. All meetings will be held at the offices of American Commercial Lines, 1701 East Market Street, Jeffersonville, Ind. 47130; phone (812) 288-0347. TSAC is using Louisville Airport (SDF) and the Residence Marriott Hotel Downtown Louisville, KY.

For more information, contact Gerald P. Miante, Assistant Executive Director, TSAC; U.S. Coast Guard Headquarters, CG-5221, Room 1210; 2100 Second Street, SW, Wash., DC 20593-0001; phone (202) 372-1401, fax (202) 372-1926, or e-mail at: Gerald.P.Miante@uscg.mil.


BERNADETTE HERTEL RETIREMENT GIFT

An MM&P member has volunteered to collect donations of money, cards and testimonials for Bernadette Hertel, who has retired as MM&P dispatcher. If you’d like to send a gift to Bernadette, please make your check payable to Kevin McHugh (captyoga@yahoo.com) and mail it as soon as possible to MM&P’s LA/LB Hall, 533 N. Marine Ave., Wilmington, CA 90744-5527. Please write “Attention: Bernadette Retirement” on the envelope. The goal is to collect all the testimonials, gifts, photos, etc., in the course of the next five weeks, so if you would like to send something, please do so as soon as possible.


CREW OF MALTESE-FLAGGED VESSEL ARRESTED FOR DRUNKENNESS

The captain and four crew members of a Maltese-flagged ship, the MV OCEAN VICTORY, were arrested March 14 in Baltimore. Officials have charged that the men were drunk and did not properly man the helm of the 328-foot dry bulk carrier. The five, who were scheduled to appear in court as this issue of The Wheelhouse Weekly was being distributed, are natives of Poland, the Ukraine and Russia.

According to court documents, three captains from the Association of Maryland Pilots who boarded the vessel to assist it in departing the Port of Baltimore smelled alcohol on a member of the crew. When they confronted him, he allegedly left the wheelhouse unattended. Another member of the crew allegedly shoved a pilot and showed a large knife. At this point, the pilots anchored the ship and disembarked. New crew members were placed aboard the vessel, but it remains under a “no sail” order at anchor near the mouth of the Patuxent River


MITAGS ACADEMIC NOTES

CLASS OPENINGS: Between now and the end 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: 5/19
BRMP � Bridge Resource Management for Pilots: 3/27, 4/28

[CMM – Chief Mate and Master Courses]
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, 5/19
CMM-SHMGT-I � Ship Management (week 1): 4/28
CMM-SHMGT-II � Ship Management (week 2): 5/5
CMM-SHS-ADV-I-Advanced Shiphandling (week 1): 4/21, 5/5
CMM-SHS-ADV-II-Advanced Shiphandling (week 2): 5/12
CMM-WKP � Advanced Watchkeeping: 5/12

CONT PLNG � Contingency Planning Workshop: 5/9

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

GMDSS � Global Maritime Distress and Safety System: 4/21

HAZ � Hazardous Materials 5 day Course: 4/14

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

MED-PIC � Medical Person-In-Charge: 4/14, 5/12
MED-PRO � Medical Care Provider: 4/14, 5/12
MED-DOT-DA – Dept. of Trans Drug & Alcohol Testing: 4/19, 5/17
MEDIA RSP � Media Response: 5/8

ROP-5 � Radar Observer Original or Renewal (5 Day): 5/26
ROR-1 � Radar Observer Renewal: 4/7

SEC-VCF � Security Officer: Vessel, Company & Facility: 5/5
SHS-BAS � Basic Shiphandling: 4/21
SHS-EMR5 � Emergency Shiphandling: 3/31, 4/28, 5/28
SHS-ESH- BRMP � Emergency Shiphandling & Bridge Resource Management for Pilots: 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)

April 2008
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 3-21-2008

D O W N A S D A Q S & P 500
12,361.32 2,258.11 1,329.51
Fund Name & Trading Symbol
 Closing
Price
 Vanguard Asset Allocation Fund(VAARX)
61.23
 Vanguard 500 Index Fund (VFINX)
122.94
 Vanguard Extended Market Index Fund (VEXMX)
35.52
 Vanguard International Growth Fund (VWIGX)
21.57
 Vanguard Morgan Growth Fund (VMRGX)
17.21
 Vanguard Windsor II Fund (VWNFX)
27.99
 Vanguard GNMA Fund (VFIIX)
10.51
 Vanguard Growth Index Fund (VIGRX)
29.68
 Vanguard High Yield Corporate (VWEHX)
5.62
 Vanguard LifeStrategy Conservative Growth (VSCGX)
16.47
 Vanguard LifeStrategy Growth Fund (VASGX)
22.91
 Vanguard LifeStrategy Income Fund (VASIX)
14.05
 Vanguard LifeStrategy Moderate Growth (VSMGX)
19.91
 Vanguard Target Retirement 2005 (VTOVX)
11.70
 Vanguard Target Retirement 2015 (VTXVX)
12.33
 Vanguard Target Retirement 2025 (VTTVX)
12.70
 Vanguard Target Retirement 2035 (VTTHX)
13.34
 Vanguard Target Retirement 2045 (VTIVX)
13.77
 Vanguard Total Bond Index (VBMFX)
10.29
 Vanguard Total Stock Market Index Fund (VTSMX)
32.03
 Chase Growth Fund (CHASX)
18.62
 Fidelity Asset Manager (FASMX)
14.45
 Fidelity Growth and Income (FGRIX)
24.65
 Fidelity Intermediate bond Fund (FTHRX)
10.15
 Fidelity Magellan Fund (FMAGX)
80.56
 Fidelity Small Company Instl (FMACX)
16.91
 Fidelity Value Fund (FDVLX)
66.96
 Fidelity Equity-Income II Fund (FEQTX)
20.80
 Fidelity Blue Chip Growth Fund (FBGRX)
39.47
 Fidelity Diversified International Fund (FDIVX)
34.79
 Fidelity Dividend Growth Fund (FDGFX)
26.74
 Fidelity Freedom Income (FFFAX)
11.20
 Fidelity Freedom 2000 (FFFBX)
12.08
 Fidelity Freedom 2010 (FFFCX)
14.02
 Fidelity Freedom 2020 (FFFDX)
14.58
 Fidelity Freedom 2030 (FFFEX)
14.89
 Fidelity Freedom 2040 (FFFFX)
8.71
 Fidelity Freedom 2050 (FFFHX)
10.15
 Fidelity Total Bond Fund (FTBFX)
10.34
 Spartan Extended market Index Fund (FSEMX)
34.07
 Spartan US Equity Index Fund (FUSEX)
47.21
 Domini Social Equity Fund (DSEFX)
29.17





~ 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”.



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.

© 2008, 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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