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Wheelhouse Weekly – November 02, 2009

November 2nd 2009

 

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

Volume 13 . . . . . Number 44. . . . November 2, 2009

STORIES COVERED

REMINDERS

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.


GOOD NEWS: GREAT LAKES FLEET EXEMPTED FROM EPA RULE

Congressional negotiators have reached an agreement that would exempt vessels that haul iron ore, coal and other cargo on the Great Lakes from an environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rule aimed at reducing sulfur emissions from ships. Congressional negotiators approved the exemption as part of a natural resources spending bill. Clean-air and health advocates are urging EPA to stand by its proposed rule, scheduled for final approval in December. The conference report containing the exemption must still pass both the House and Senate and be signed into law by the President.

EPA wants to require vessels to switch by 2015 from heavy bunker fuel, which contains about 30,000 parts per million (ppm) sulfur, to light distillate fuel that contains no more than 1,000 ppm. Trucks are required to use fuel with no more than 15 ppm sulfur, and by 2015 locomotives, bulldozers and barges will have similar limits. Sulfur dioxide fumes from engine emissions have been linked in scientific studies to increased levels of heart and lung disease.

The Lake Carriers’ Association (LCA), which represents the 55 U.S.-flagged vessels that operate on the lakes, had asked for at least a partial exemption from the rule. LCA President James Weakley said that because the EPA rule applies within 200 miles of a U.S. coast, it would have penalized Great Lakes vessels because, unlike ocean-going vessels, they’re always within the covered zone.

MM&P and MIRAID were actively involved in the effort to exempt the freighters. “At stake was the future of the Great Lakes fleet, along with the maritime jobs this segment of our industry provides,” said MM&P International President Tim Brown. Putting the “Lakers” out of business would not only have devastated the regional economy and put thousands of U.S. steel, mining and manufacturing jobs at risk, it could actually have increased air pollution: a Great Lakes ship emits 18 tons of carbon dioxide to move 1,000 tons of cargo 1,000 miles. If that cargo were shifted to rail, it would emit 55 tons of carbon dioxide for the same distance. A truck would emit 190 tons.

“This compromise will allow EPA to go ahead with a new clean air rule without sinking the Great Lakes fleet and all the jobs it creates in the region,” commented one of the sponsors of the exemption, House Appropriations Committee Chairman Dave Obey (D-Wis.).

Another strong proponent of the Great Lakes exemption was House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Jim Oberstar (D-Minn.). “Unfortunately, the EPA did not look at how the proposed rule would impact the Great Lakes region,” Oberstar said.  “Shipping on the Great Lakes accounts for a small fraction of the pollution caused by the maritime industry, but it handles half of all the taconite used in domestic steel production. Increasing the costs of Great Lakes shipping would drive up the price of American steel products, jeopardizing our economic recovery.”

Half the ships currently operating on the Great Lakes already comply with the new rule. But the change would have hit the small Great Lakes shipping fleet very hard, putting steamships out of business completely because they cannot burn the cleaner fuel, and endangering the operations of diesel-powered ships with Category 3 engines because of increased fuel costs. LCA argued that the EPA rule change would have increased costs to Great Lakes shippers by about $210 million annually.

The deal will allow the ships that use a mixture of fuels to apply to the EPA for waivers. It directs the agency to evaluate the rule’s economic effect on Great Lakes shippers and report in six months.


MARITIME UNIONS, U.S.-FLAG SHIPPING COMPANIES, PLAN MEETINGS WITH WASHINGTON LEGISLATORS IN EARLY 2010

A coalition of U.S.-flag shipping interests, including MM&P, are planning the first-ever “Maritime Day in Washington,” to take place on May 18, 2010. The event planners, including MIRAID President Jim Patti, hope to attract hundreds of representatives from U.S.-flag shipping companies, seafaring and longshore labor unions, shipbuilders and their workforce and other segments of the maritime industry to meet with members of Congress. The purpose is to increase Congressional awareness of the role our industry plays in enhancing and protecting our nation’s economic and military security, and to generate greater support for the programs and policies that increase U.S.-flag vessel operations and the employment of American mariners.

We will provide updates as more specific plans for “Maritime Day in Washington” activities become available. We are hoping that members of MM&P will volunteer to participate in this important, first-time-ever event in Washington, D.C.  If you have any questions, please contact Jim Patti at jpatti@miraid.org.


HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES SENDS KEY MARITIME BILL TO SENATE

The House of Representatives, under the leadership of Transportation Committee Chairman Jim Oberstar, has again passed its Coast Guard authorizations legislation, sending the bill, with numerous provisions important to MM&P and the rest of maritime labor, to the Senate.
 
Among the key provisions contained in the bill (HR 3619) is a proposal that would insulate American mariners from liability for actions taken in response to pirate attacks. The proposal, in its simplest terms, protects mariners who defend themselves, their shipmates and vessel during a pirate attack from after-the-fact lawsuits. The proposal, sponsored by Congressman Frank LoBiondo (R-N.J.), was adopted by the House as part of the Coast Guard bill despite the opposition of the Justice Department, which argued that the protections for mariners in the legislation should be linked to a “reasonable use of force” test. Earlier language strongly supported by maritime labor to require the Department of Defense to provide military security teams aboard U.S.-flag vessels in high-risk areas has died in the Senate.

Another provision strongly supported by MM&P and included in the House Coast Guard legislation would facilitate access by mariners to and from their vessel through port facilities. Specifically, this provision would require that facility security plans provide a system for mariners assigned to a vessel, pilots and maritime labor and welfare representatives to board and depart the vessel through the facility in a timely manner at no cost to the individual. At present, a number of facilities are forcing individual mariners to pay to be escorted by private security firms to and from their ships. This practice would end were this provision to be enacted into law.

Equally important, the House-passed legislation would establish a 14-person merchant mariner medical advisory committee (including 10 health care professionals with particular experience in medical examinations of merchant mariners and four professional mariners) to advise the Coast Guard on matters relating to medical certification determinations for the issuance of merchant mariner credentials. This medical advisory committee would also be tasked with advising the Coast Guard as to medical standards and guidelines “for the physical qualifications of operators of commercial vessels.”

There are numerous other important provisions in this legislation, including those relating to the advance renewal of licenses; the authority for the Coast Guard to extend a license under certain circumstances; a requirement that the Comptroller General examine whether state and local security programs unnecessarily duplicate or conflict with the federal TWIC program; and a provision that seeks to end the multiple state taxation of maritime workers employed on a vessel operating on navigable waters in two or more states.  We will be providing more detail on these and other provisions in the Coast Guard legislation as the process begins in the Senate.


CHANGE IN MEDICAL MARIJUANA POLICY DOES NOT CHANGE RULES FOR TRANSPORT WORKERS

Workers who operate ships, planes, trains, trucks and other transport vehicles would still be in violation of Department of Transportation (DOT) rules against drug use if they use marijuana, despite a recent change in federal law enforcement rules. The DOT Office of Drug and Alcohol Policy and Compliance issued a clarifying notice Oct. 22, after receiving queries about how the new policy stance by the Department of Justice might affect transportation workers. DOT clarifies that marijuana use remains unacceptable for any safety-sensitive employee subject to drug testing under the Department of Transportation’s drug testing regulations. “We want to make it perfectly clear that the Department of Justice guidelines will have no bearing on the Department of Transportation’s regulated drug testing program,” wrote Jim Swart, director of the DOT Drug and Alcohol Policy office. “We will not change our regulated drug testing program based upon these guidelines to federal prosecutors.”


ST. LAWRENCE SEAWAY PILOTS’ ASSOCIATION SEEKS APPLICATIONS FOR OPENINGS

The St. Lawrence Seaway Pilots’ Association is accepting applications for future openings. For information, please write or call: St. Lawrence Seaway Pilots’ Association, P.O. Box 274, Cape Vincent, N.Y. 13618; 315-654-2900 (phone) and 315-654-4491 (fax); e-mail slspilots@aol.com. If you have any questions regarding this announcement, please call the St. Lawrence Seaway Pilots’ Association Office.


SAN FRANCISCO PILOT COMMISSIONERS’ BOARD SEEKS EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

The Board of Pilot Commissioners for the Bays of San Francisco, San Pablo and Suisun (Board) is seeking applicants to fill the Executive Director position. The Executive Director is the highest level state official appointed by an eight-member board and serves at the pleasure of the Board. The Board members are appointed by the Governor for four-year terms and may be appointed for one additional term. The Executive Director provides direct supervision to two full-time employees and oversight of numerous maritime investigators, physicians and attorneys who provide intermittent services to the Board.

The primary functions of the Executive Director include but are not limited to: being the principal state official exercising the state-licensing functions over licensed pilots and trainees; oversight and administration of pilot trainee selection, trainee training and pilot continuing education; managing and directing investigation of navigational incidents involving a vessel piloted by a state-licensed pilot and reports of pilot ladder violations; serving as the treasurer of the Board and keeping all financial accounts; leading the general administration of the Board’s affairs with respect to budgeting, staffing and records; organizing all board and committee meetings and staff support for these board functions; and maintaining contact with all stakeholders in local, state, and federal government, pilot organizations and the shipping industry.

The position requires knowledge of, and experience with: the pilot service industry and its associated regulations and laws; the maritime trade industry; vessel navigation and shipboard operations; federal safety standards; methods and concepts of organizational management, including program management and strategic planning; methods and techniques of program evaluation and development; the ability to understand and function effectively within state government.

The Executive Director must communicate effectively with high-level government and private sector individuals and organizations; resolve complex and sensitive programmatic problems and policy issues, and possess the ability to write and speak clearly before an audience. Senior sea-going maritime experience is preferred. The annual salary range for the position is $110,580 – 119,616 subject to approval by the Department of Personnel Administration.

As a high level state official, the Executive Director is subject to all state official ethical requirements, the Conflict of Interest Code of the Board, and filing an annual Statement of Economic Interests. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. However, applicants are encouraged to apply within 30 days of the issuance of this announcement.
Interested persons should submit the following: a one-page Statement of Qualifications describing how his or her experience and education satisfy the qualifications as described above, a current resume and a standard state application form (Std.678) completed with an original signature. The state application form (Std.678) can be found at the Board’s website, www.pilotcommission.org. Please submit a complete application to:

Board of Pilot Commissioners for the Bays of San Francisco, San Pablo and Suisun
Attn: Nancy Bennett, Assistant Director
Pier 9, Suite 102
San Francisco, CA 94111

All applications will be screened and only the most qualified candidates will be scheduled for an interview. The finalist(s) from the first round of interviews will be invited back for a second interview by the Board. Travel expenses for these interviews are the responsibility of each candidate. The complete duty statement is available for viewing on the Board’s website, www.pilotcommission.org.

Please direct all questions to Nancy Bennett at nancy.bennett@bopc.ca.gov or (415) 397-2253.


LIBERTY SHIP CRUISE FOR VETERANS AND ACTIVE DUTY PERSONNEL

On Saturday, Nov. 7, the Liberty Ship SS JOHN W. BROWN will set sail from the Port of Baltimore on the Kings Point Chesapeake Veterans Day Commemoration Cruise. The vessel departs at 10 a.m. Only veterans and active duty personnel and their guests are invited to participate. Please visit the website for additional details:http://liberty-ship.com/html/cruise/2009veterans.html. Each veteran can bring one guest. Tickets are $20 per person


SHIP OPERATIONS COOPERATIVE (SOCP) MEETING AT MITAGS NOV. 10-11

The next meeting of the Ship Operations Cooperative Program (SOCP), on the topic of air emissions, will be held at MM&P’s training institute, MITAGS, in Linthicum, Md. The meeting will be held Nov. 10-11. Among the invited speakers are Cole Cosgrove of Crowley Liner Services, Acting/Deputy U.S. Maritime Administrator David Matsuda and former Maritime Administrator Sean Connaughton, now with the American Bureau of Shipping. Among the topics to be discussed are diesel emissions reduction technology, incentives and funding.


DO YOU KNOW WHAT NPDES, MARPOL, VGP AND NOI MEAN?

If not, you are encouraged to take the MITAGS/PMI “Introduction to Environmental Regulations in the Maritime Industry–EPA General Permit for Commercial Vessels” Seminar.  The next two-day seminar is at MITAGS Nov. 11-12. For more information, go to www.mitags.org or contact Admissions at 866-656-5568.


CHANGES IN PACIFIC PORTS MEMBERSHIP MEETING SCHEDULE

The Pacific Ports General Membership Meetings will be held in Honolulu on Wednesday Nov. 4 and, because of Veterans Day, on Thursday, Nov. 12 in Los Angeles/Long Beach. Both meetings will be held directly after job call.


REMINDER: MM&P’S BOSTON HALL HAS MOVED!

The MM&P Boston Hall has begun to share space with the Marine Engineers’ Beneficial Association. The new address of the MM&P Hall is: MM&P, Marine Industrial Park, 12 Channel St., Suite 606-A, Boston, MA 02210-2333. The new phone number is 617-671-0769; the new fax number is 617-261-2334. The new office is located near Black Falcon Terminal and South Boston.


‘TIS THE SEASON FOR UNION-MADE HOLIDAY CARDS

The Union Shop Online offers an extensive selection of union-made holiday cards on recycled paper. Featured card themes include: evergreen, dove, star maker and Chanukah. To check out the selection and purchase a union-made holiday card, go to https://unionshop.aflcio.org/Holiday_Cards_C137.cfm .


UPDATE ON NMC AND EPA POLICIES POSTED ON BRIDGEDECK.ORG AND MITAGS.ORG

To assist MM&P members and other maritime industry participants in keeping up to date on evolving rules and policies at the Coast Guard’s National Maritime Center (NMC) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), MITAGS has prepared an information sheet that is available in the public pages of bridgedeck.org and mitags.org. The document features: contact information for NMC, updates on the availability of new forms and tips on how to make the document renewal process run more smoothly. To view the update, just go to www.bridgedeck.org and click on “What’s New.”


COURSE EQUIVALENCIES FOR REQUIRED COMPANY TRAINING

Given the number of required company training courses, it is extremely important for new members to request a transcript review to determine whether they meet the course equivalency requirements.  The courses that are eligible for equivalency are listed in the MITAGS Trust Student Guide located on www.mitags.org in the MM&P Member Section. You may also request a copy from Diane Ford (dford@mitags.org or call 443-989-3238). Remember, the dispatcher in the union hall cannot assign you a job unless you meet the company’s training requirements!


MITAGS ACADEMIC NOTES

CLASS OPENINGS: Between now and the end of January 2010, seats are available in the following courses:

ARPA – Automatic Radar Plotting Aids: 11/16, 1/5

BST – Basic Safety Training: 12/7

BRMP – Bridge Resource Management for Pilots: 12/3, 1/18

[CMM – Chief Mate and Master Courses]

CMM-ADVSTB � Advanced Stability: 12/14

CMM-ADVWX – Advanced Meteorology: 11/16, 1/18

CMM-CHS I � Advanced Cargo Operations (week 11): 01/04

CMM-CHS II – Advanced Cargo Operations (week 2): 1/11

CMM-ECDIS – Electronic Chart Display Information Systems: 1/25

CMM-SHMGT I – Ship Management (week 1) : 11/30

CMM-SHMGT II – Ship Management (week 2) : 12/7

CMM-SHS-ADV-I – Advanced Shiphandling (week 1):  11/30, 12/14, 1/11, 1/25

CMM-SHS-ADV-I I – Advanced Shiphandling (week 2): 11/16, 12/7, 01/04, 1/18, 1/25

CMM-WKP – Advanced Watchkeeping: 11/9

CONT PLNG – Contingency Planning Workshop: 1/28

EP – Emergency Procedures: 11/4

ENVRO-REGS PERMIT – Environmental Regulations In The Maritime Industry / Epa General Permit For Commercial Vessels:  11/11, 1/13

FF-BADV – Basic and Advanced Fire Fighting Combined: 12/7

HAZ – Hazardous Materials (5-Day) course: 1/18

LAP – License Advancement Program (Original Third Mate Only): 11/30

LEG – Legal Aspects of Pilotage: 12/2, 1/19

LNG AWAR � Liquefied Natural Gas Awareness: 12/14

MED-PIC – Medical Person in Charge: 11/9, 01/04

MED-PRO – Medical Care Provider: 11/9, 01/04

MEDIA RSP – Media Response Workshop: 11/19, 1/29

MED-DOT-DA – Dept. of Trans Drug & Alcohol Testing: 11/14, 1/9

[MSC – Military Sealift Command]

MSC-CBRD-1 – CBRD Orientation: 11/20

MSC-DC Damage Control: (Special Evening Course: 11/16 – 19/09)

MSC-SMA – Small Arms Training: 11/16

ROR-1 – Radar Observer Renewal: 11/9, 11/16, 1/04

SEC-VCF – Security Officer: Vessel, Company & Facility: 11/16, 1/25

SEC-VSO-R – Vessel Security Officer Refresher (1 day):  11/13

SHS-EMR-BRMP3 – Emergency Shiphandling and Bridge Resource Management for Pilots: 11/30

…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 e-mail: admissions@mitags.org.


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

November 2009

9          Radar Renewal
9-13    Medical Care Provider
9-20    Medical Person In Charge
10-12  Security VCF
16-20  Tankerman Person In Charge
20       Flashing Light
30       Security Refresher

December 2009

7          Radar Renewal
8-11     ARPA
14-16   Security VCF


MM&P MARKET WATCH AS OF 10-30-2009

D O W N A S D A Q S & P 500
9,962.58 2,045.11 1,036.19
Fund Name & Trading Symbol
 Closing
Price
 Vanguard Asset Allocation Fund(VAARX)
46.76
 Vanguard 500 Index Fund (VFINX)
95.63
 Vanguard Extended Market Index Fund (VEXMX)
29.56
 Vanguard International Growth Fund (VWIGX)
16.30
 Vanguard Morgan Growth Fund (VMRGX)
14.03
 Vanguard Windsor II Fund (VWNFX)
22.22
 Vanguard GNMA Fund (VFIIX)
10.78
 Vanguard Growth Index Fund (VIGRX)
25.05
 Vanguard High Yield Corporate (VWEHX)
5.36
 Vanguard LifeStrategy Conservative Growth (VSCGX)
14.81
 Vanguard LifeStrategy Growth Fund (VASGX)
18.66
 Vanguard LifeStrategy Income Fund (VASIX)
13.20
 Vanguard LifeStrategy Moderate Growth (VSMGX)
17.16
 Vanguard Target Retirement 2005 (VTOVX)
10.94
 Vanguard Target Retirement 2015 (VTXVX)
11.07
 Vanguard Target Retirement 2025 (VTTVX)
10.92
 Vanguard Target Retirement 2035 (VTTHX)
11.07
 Vanguard Target Retirement 2045 (VTIVX)
11.45
 Vanguard Total Bond Index (VBMFX)
10.45
 Vanguard Total Stock Market Index Fund (VTSMX)
25.42
 Chase Growth Fund (CHASX)
14.36
 Fidelity Asset Manager (FASMX)
13.28
 Fidelity Growth and Income (FGRIX)
14.83
 Fidelity Intermediate bond Fund (FTHRX)
10.24
 Fidelity Magellan Fund (FMAGX)
58.72
 Fidelity Small Company Instl (FMACX)
14.88
 Fidelity Value Fund (FDVLX)
51.82
 Fidelity Equity-Income II Fund (FEQTX)
15.37
 Fidelity Blue Chip Growth Fund (FBGRX)
33.99
 Fidelity Diversified International Fund (FDIVX)
26.87
 Fidelity Dividend Growth Fund (FDGFX)
21.45
 Fidelity Freedom Income (FFFAX)
10.63
 Fidelity Freedom 2000 (FFFBX)
11.33
 Fidelity Freedom 2010 (FFFCX)
12.27
 Fidelity Freedom 2020 (FFFDX)
12.17
 Fidelity Freedom 2030 (FFFEX)
11.87
 Fidelity Freedom 2040 (FFFFX)
6.83
 Fidelity Freedom 2050 (FFFHX)
7.93
 Fidelity Total Bond Fund (FTBFX)
10.52
 Spartan Extended market Index Fund (FSEMX)
27.75
 Spartan US Equity Index Fund (FUSEX)
36.68
 Domini Social Equity Fund (DSEFX)
24.29





~ Reminders ~



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.

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