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Wheelhouse Weekly – May 12, 2008

 

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

Volume 12 . . . . . Number 19. . . .May 12, 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



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EXTENDING TWIC DEADLINE THE RIGHT THING TO DO, REP. CUMMINGS SAYS

The Administration’s decision to extend the deadline for maritime industry workers to hold a TWIC was the right thing to do and should also be accompanied by improvements in the program, according to Rep. Elijah E. Cummings (D-Md.), chairman of the Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation. The new deadline is April 15 of next year.

As of the end of this April, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) says, only 260,000 people, or approximately 25 percent of the estimated 1.2 million who will need a card, had enrolled. “In light of the reported problems in the TWIC rollout thus far, I applaud the decision of DHS to extend the deadline for enrollment,” Cummings said. “When workers must pay to enroll in a program necessary for them to do their jobs and provide for their families, they have the right to expect reliable, efficient service with little to no interruption to their schedules. It is my hope that this extended deadline will be supplemented by the provisions included in the Coast Guard Authorization Act to help improve the TWIC program. This legislation passed in the House by an overwhelming majority, and I encourage my colleagues in the Senate to quickly act on this legislation to enact these commonsense provisions into law.”


SCHEDULE CHANGE FOR ATLANTIC PORTS MM&P MEETINGS

The monthly meeting in MM&P’s NY/NJ hall will not be held on May 14. There will, however, be a meeting on May 14, at 11:00 a.m., at MM&P’s Boston Hall.


ILA PRESIDENT HUGHES SEES UNION-COMPANY COLLABORATION IN FUTURE SHORT SEA SHIPPING INITIATIVES

The International Longshoremen’s Association (ILA) will play a key role in any short sea shipping service along the East and Gulf coasts of the United States, according to ILA President Richard Hughes.

The ILA president made his remarks at a recent meeting of the Virginia Maritime Association’s International Trade Symposium.

The ILA, along with MM&P and other maritime unions, has been in the forefront of the effort to amend the Harbor Maintenance Tax system (HMT) in order to spur the development short sea shipping in the United States.

“I’m certain that if new methods of bringing work here to the Port of Hampton Roads, like short sea shipping for example, are developed, we can be sure that (the ILA) and the employers will seize those opportunities and negotiate agreements that are beneficial to, and include, the ILA,” Hughes said.

Another speaker at the meeting, Scott Fernandez, vice president of coastwise shipping for MM&P-contracted Horizon Lines, said “Working with unions to create a viable (short sea) model is our goal.”


COAST GUARD SAYS MORE MARINERS CHECKING CREDENTIAL STATUS ONLINE

According to the Coast Guard’s National Maritime Center, over 21,000 mariners have recently used the online Merchant Mariner Application Status form to check the status of their credential application. The Coast Guard terms this “a huge growth in use of this feature” since it was launched in April of last year. 

Mariners or their employers can check the status of their credential application by going to http://homeport.uscg.mil and entering their mariner identification and application identification number or their last name and the last four digits of the social security number, along with their date of birth, and hitting “Go.” A report detailing the location and status of the application is then automatically generated, the Coast Guard says.

In related news, NMC has released a statement saying that credential processing time has dropped. “Mariners who submit a complete application and don’t have any significant medical or safety/security issues are now receiving their credentials within 30 days,” the Coast Guard said. It cited the case of a mariner in Los Angeles who submitted a renewal application and received his new credential from the NMC in West Virginia seven days from the date of application.


HORIZON LINES RECEIVES TWO AWARDS

Horizon Lines Inc. has received the 2008 Mary Patten Valiant Ship Award from the Women’s Propeller Club of the United States, in recognition of the courage and seamanship of the HORIZON FALCON officers and crew in the rescue of two seamen from a Panamanian-flagged ship, HAI TONG NO. 7. The ship sank in typhoon-heavy seas 300 nautical miles northwest of Guam last July.

Horizon Logistics, a division of Horizon Lines, has been named a 2008 Top 100 Logistics IT Provider by Inbound Logistics Magazine for “outstanding achievement” in developing “leading transportation management applications” that will help with shipment tracking, radio frequency identification and supply chain security solutions.


USNS MERCY DEPARTS ON HUMANITARIAN MISSION

Military Sealift Command (MSC) hospital ship USNS MERCY, crewed by MM&P licensed deck officers, left San Diego May 1 on a four-month humanitarian mission to the Republic of the Philippines, Vietnam, the Federated States of Micronesia, Timor-Leste and Papua, New Guinea. This mission, termed “Pacific Partnership 2008,” will take medical, dental, veterinary, engineering and civic assistance to the region, building on relationships developed during the tsunami relief efforts and other similar missions.

The 894-foot-long MERCY will serve as a platform from which U.S. and foreign militaries and nongovernmental organizations will coordinate and carry out humanitarian activities in each country. Because of its size, MERCY will not be able to pull up to the piers in any country. Patients and mission personnel will be ferried between ship and shore on two 33-foot utility boats.


BALTIMORE FACILITY WINS CONTRACT ON NS SAVANNAH

MARAD has announced that a $588,380 per year contract has been awarded to Canton Marine Terminals of Baltimore for lay berthing of the National Historic Landmark vessel NS SAVANNAH. Lay berthing is long-term accommodation for a ship at a wharf or pier. The contract with Canton Marine Terminals has four, six-month option periods. The SAVANNAH was the world’s first nuclear-powered commercial ship, and the only one built in the United States. All nuclear fuel was removed from the SAVANNAH more than 30 years ago. MARAD said it will hold a public information meeting soon after the ship’s arrival in Baltimore.


COAST GUARD OFFICER PLEADS GUILTY IN OIL DISCHARGE CASE

David G. Williams, a chief warrant officer in the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG), pleaded guilty on May 1 in the U.S. District Court of Hawaii for making a false statement regarding illegal dumping of bilge waste into Honolulu Harbor. The announcement was made by Ronald J. Tenpas, Assistant Attorney General for the Justice Department’s Environment & Natural Resources Division, and Edward H. Kubo Jr., United States Attorney for the District of Hawaii.

As the main propulsion assistant on a USCG cutter, Williams was responsible for overseeing the main diesel engines and other machines in the engine room. On Aug. 8, 2007, Williams was indicted by a federal grand jury for lying to investigators about his knowledge of illegal dumping of bilge wastes through the ship’s deep sink into Honolulu Harbor.

In the plea agreement, Williams admitted that on around March 8, 2006, he knew that bilge waste was discharged into the harbor, bypassing the oily water separator (OWS), a pollution prevention control device used by vessels to manage accumulations of waste while underway at sea. The investigation began after an anonymous complaint was filed
with the State of Hawaii Department of Health stating that crew members had been ordered to pump about 2,000 gallons of bilge waste into Honolulu Harbor.

Although bypassing the OWS to illegally discharge waste oil is unquestionably a crime that warrants prosecution, MM&P and other unions believe there is a need to look at this issue in its larger context. Ship engineers don’t discharge oily water on a random basis as a malicious act. There is limited tank capacity to retain oily water onboard ships and OWS equipment is notoriously prone to problems. Oil in engine room bilges can be lethal if it catches fire. Residual bunker oils are often contaminated with toxic by-products of the refinery and petrochemical industry added by bunker providers to be burned at sea. There is a threat to the safety and health of ships’ crews while oil remains on board in the bilges. There is a recognized need within the industry for shore side oily water reception facilities. If there were more reception facilities available at reasonable cost, there would be less oily water going into the water. Millions of dollars in fines are now being levied against ships for illegally discharging oily water. Consideration should be given to using those funds to expand the number of shore side reception facilities and subsidize their cost. 


USTRANSCOM DEPUTY ANN RONDEAU NAMED NEW YORK USO MILITARY WOMAN OF THE YEAR

Vice Adm. Ann E. Rondeau, deputy commander, United States Transportation Command (USTRANSCOM), and the senior ranking female officer in the U.S. Navy, was named “Military Woman of the Year,” May 5 in New York by the United Service Organizations (USO) of Metropolitan New York. Rondeau and two other women were recognized for accomplishments in their personal and professional lives. Rondeau called USO centers a place where “our citizens know there is a smile from those that appreciate the men and women who are serving our nation.”


JOBS AVAILABLE ON THE GREAT LAKES

MM&P Great Lakes and Rivers Representative Charlie Malue reports that numerous jobs are available on the Great Lakes for licensed mates with pilotage and engineers. Retirees are also encouraged to apply. The rules of the MM&P Pension Plan allow pensioners to accept without penalty employment–other than Covered Employment–aboard vessels covered by collective bargaining agreements with MM&P membership groups, on condition that the employment is first approved by the Organization. Interested parties should call Charlie Malue at 216-776-1667 or e-mail him at cmalue@bridgedeck.org.


CAPE CATOCHE LEAVES JAMES RIVER RESERVE FLEET

The Maritime Administration announced that CAPE CATOCHE, a break-bulk freighter built at the Avondale Shipyard in Alabama in 1963, was the 69th defunct vessel to depart its James River Reserve Fleet on the way to scrapping. Itwill be dismantled at the ESCO Marine facility in Brownsville, Texas. The James River Reserve Fleet is one of three National Defense Reserve Fleets (NDRF) anchorage sites.  The Maritime Administration maintains the NDRF as a reserve of ships for national defense and national emergencies and arranges for responsible disposal when the ships are no longer considered viable for those purposes.


USMAA ALULMNI FOUNDATION SEEKS NEW PRESIDENT

The U.S. Merchant Marine Academy (USMAA) Alumni Foundation seeks a leader who will work to boost funding for the foundation through the development of programs that increase support from alumni as well as from other individuals, corporations and foundations. The position reports to the board of directors. Qualifications include good general business skills, nonprofit fundraising experience and the ability to adapt new technologies and practices to ensure the lowest administrative expenses. The position is located on the grounds of the USMM Academy on Long Island Sound. A detailed job description is posted on MM&P’s web site under “What’s New.” The need to hire a president for the foundation is an immediate concern for the academy and the timeframe is short. If, after reading the job description on the MM&P website, you believe you are qualified, please send your resume immediately to pete.rackett@alumni.usmma.edu.


  • MITAGS ACADEMIC NOTES

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

    AIS-1 � Automatic Identification System (1 day), 7/11
    AIS ECDIS 3 for Pilots – Automatic Identification System and Electronic Chart Display Information System (3 day) for Pilots:  6/23

    ARPA – Automatic Radar Plotting Aids: 6/2

    BST – Basic Safety Training:  6/23
    BRM – Bridge Resource Management: 5/19, 6/16, 7/21
    BRMP – Bridge Resource Management for Pilots: 6/26

    [CMM – Chief Mate and Master Courses]
    CMM-ADVSTB – Advanced Stability: 6/16
    CMM-ADVWX – Advanced Meteorology: 6/9
    CMM-CHS I – Advanced Cargo Handling (week 1):  6/23
    CMM-CHS II – Advanced Cargo Handling (week 2): 7/7
    CMM-ECDIS – Electronic Chart Display & Information Systems: 6/16
    CMM-MPP – Marine Propulsion Plants: 5/19, 7/28
    CMM-SHS-ADV-II-Advanced Shiphandling (week 2): 7/14
    CMM-SHMGT-I � Ship Management(week 1): 7/14
    CMM-SHMGT-II � Ship Management(week 2): 7/21
    CMM-WKP – Advanced Watchkeeping: 5/12

    CSE-AWR2 – Confined Space Entry Awareness (2 day): 6/16

    FF-BADV – Combined Basic & Advanced Fire Fighting: 6/23

    GCC-LG (LNG) � 8/4-15

    LEG – Legal Aspects of Pilotage: 6/25

    [MSC – Military Sealift Command]
    MSC-CBRD-1 – CBRD Orientation: 6/20
    MSC-DC – Damage Control: 6/18
    MSC-SMA – Small Arms Training: 6/16

    MED-PIC – Medical Person-In-Charge: 5/12, 6/9, 7/21
    MED-PRO – Medical Care Provider: 5/12, 6/9, 7/21  
    MED-DOT-DA – Dept. of Trans Drug & Alcohol Testing: 5/17, 6/7, 7/26
    MEDIA RSP – Media Response: 5/8, 7/10

    ROP-5 – Radar Observer Original or Renewal (5 Day): 5/26
    ROR-1 – Radar Observer Renewal: 6/2, 7/7

    SEC-VCF – Security Officer: Vessel, Company & Facility: 7/7
    SHS-BAS – Basic Shiphandling: 6/16, 7/21
    SHS-EMR5 – Emergency Shiphandling: 6/23, 7/28

    TPIC – Tankship Dangerous Liquids (PIC): 6/9

    …remember: If you can’t make the class, make the call.  Be courteous, don’t be a “no show.”

    Check the MITAGS website at www.mitags.org for course descriptions associated with the course title abbreviations, and schedule revisions. For class availability or info on MITAGS courses and programs, contact admissions toll-free at 866-656-5568 or by e-mail: admissions@mitags.org.


    PMI ACADEMIC NOTES

    PMI Web site at www.mates.org for more info

    FOR REGISTRATION CALL JENNIFER PITZEN: 206 838-1126

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

    May 2008
    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

    July 2008
    7-11ENAV
    7-11MED PRO
    7-18GMDSS
    14-18MED PIC
    14-25CNAV
    21-25ECDIS
    21-25TPIC
    21-25STB BAS
    21-8/1SHS ADV
    28-29SAR
    28-30SEC VCF
    28-8/8GMDSS
    28-8/1TPIC
    30-8/1EP

    August 2008
    4-8MED PRO
    4-15GMDSS
    11-15MED PRO
    11-15SHS BAS
    11-22GMDSS
    18-19SAR
    20-22EP
    25-29MED PRO
    25-29SHS BAS

    September 2008
    2FL
    2-5APRA
    2-6CHS BAS
    2-6MED PRO
    3ROR
    8-12MED PIC
    9-12SHS EMR-5
    15-19WX BAS
    15-19TPIC
    15-26GMDSS
    22-26MED PRO

    For registration call Jennifer Pitzen 888-893-7829

    PMI MERCHANDISE FOR SALE!!!

    High-quality clothing embroidered with the NEW PMI logo! We can ship these items also! Acceptable forms of payment are check, credit card, money order and exact cash. Call Laura Bendixen at 888-893-7829 for prices and to order. If we don’t have your size, we’ll be glad to special order for you at no extra cost.


    MM&P MARKET WATCH AS OF 5-9-2008

    D O W N A S D A Q S & P 500
    12,746 2,446 1,388
    Fund Name & Trading Symbol
     Closing
    Price
     Vanguard Asset Allocation Fund(VAARX)
    64.15
     Vanguard 500 Index Fund (VFINX)
    128.03
     Vanguard Extended Market Index Fund (VEXMX)
    38.59
     Vanguard International Growth Fund (VWIGX)
    24.11
     Vanguard Morgan Growth Fund (VMRGX)
    18.68
     Vanguard Windsor II Fund (VWNFX)
    39.47
     Vanguard GNMA Fund (VFIIX)
    10.43
     Vanguard Growth Index Fund (VIGRX)
    32.00
     Vanguard High Yield Corporate (VWEHX)
    5.83
     Vanguard LifeStrategy Conservative Growth (VSCGX)
    16.81
     Vanguard LifeStrategy Growth Fund (VASGX)
    24.16
     Vanguard LifeStrategy Income Fund (VASIX)
    14.14
     Vanguard LifeStrategy Moderate Growth (VSMGX)
    20.72
     Vanguard Target Retirement 2005 (VTOVX)
    11.99
     Vanguard Target Retirement 2015 (VTXVX)
    12.83
     Vanguard Target Retirement 2025 (VTTVX)
    13.34
     Vanguard Target Retirement 2035 (VTTHX)
    14.11
     Vanguard Target Retirement 2045 (VTIVX)
    14.57
     Vanguard Total Bond Index (VBMFX)
    10.21
     Vanguard Total Stock Market Index Fund (VTSMX)
    33.63
     Chase Growth Fund (CHASX)
    19.67
     Fidelity Asset Manager (FASMX)
    14.98
     Fidelity Growth and Income (FGRIX)
    25.34
     Fidelity Intermediate bond Fund (FTHRX)
    10.06
     Fidelity Magellan Fund (FMAGX)
    85.82
     Fidelity Small Company Instl (FMACX)
    17.83
     Fidelity Value Fund (FDVLX)
    72.61
     Fidelity Equity-Income II Fund (FEQTX)
    21.42
     Fidelity Blue Chip Growth Fund (FBGRX)
    41.81
     Fidelity Diversified International Fund (FDIVX)
    38.39
     Fidelity Dividend Growth Fund (FDGFX)
    27.72
     Fidelity Freedom Income (FFFAX)
    11.23
     Fidelity Freedom 2000 (FFFBX)
    12.08
     Fidelity Freedom 2010 (FFFCX)
    14.18
     Fidelity Freedom 2020 (FFFDX)
    14.87
     Fidelity Freedom 2030 (FFFEX)
    15.27
     Fidelity Freedom 2040 (FFFFX)
    8.96
     Fidelity Freedom 2050 (FFFHX)
    10.59
     Fidelity Total Bond Fund (FTBFX)
    10.31
     Spartan Extended market Index Fund (FSEMX)
    36.32
     Spartan US Equity Index Fund (FUSEX)
    49.16
     Domini Social Equity Fund (DSEFX)
    30.79





    ~ 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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