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Wheelhouse Weekly – November 17, 2008

November 17th 2008

 

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

Volume 12 . . . . . Number 46. . . .November 17, 2008

STORIES COVERED

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.


ALL MM&P OFFICERS RE-ELECTED

All current MM&P officials have been re-elected to new, four-year terms: International President Timothy Brown; International Secretary-Treasurer Glen Banks; Gulf Ports Vice President Bob Groh; Pacific Ports Vice President Don Marcus; Atlantic Ports Vice President Rich May; Pilotage Vice President George Quick; and United Inland Group Vice President C. Michael Murray. The ballots for the 2008 MM&P election were counted at MITAGS on Nov. 13 by True Ballot Inc., the impartial balloting agency selected by delegates to the 82nd MM&P Convention. Members of the International Ballot Committee who supervised the election were Art Thomas (chair), Dave Goff, Paul Nielsen, Bob Darley and William Wilson.


TWIC ACTIVATIONS BEING PHASED IN SLOWLY AFTER POWER OUTAGE

The contractors who operate the Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) program have released the following announcement. “A power outage in a government facility that houses part of the TWIC program affected our ability to activate cards. Last week, we resumed walk-in and appointment activations for the Dec. 30 compliance group (Captain of the Port Zone Baltimore, Delaware Bay, Mobile, Pittsburgh, Ohio Valley, Lower Mississippi River and San Diego).

“Effective Nov. 12, we are pleased to announce that we resumed activations at the Jan. 13 and Feb. 12 compliance groupings (Captain of the Port Zones Hampton Roads, Morgan City, New Orleans, Upper Mississippi River, Miami, Key West, St. Petersburg, Honolulu, South East Alaska, Prince William Sound, Western Alaska). Effective Monday, Nov. 17, we will resume activations at the Feb. 28 compliance grouping (Puget Sound, Portland, Oregon, and San Francisco Bay). Resumption of activation service for the remaining compliance zones will be phased in nationwide later in November, with priority by compliance date.”

The contractor advised mariners to visit www.tsa.gov/twic or to call the help desk (1-866-DHS-TWIC) for the latest information on activations and compliance dates.


MARAD ISSUES ANTI-PIRACY DISTRESS CALLING PROCEDURES; BRITISH MILITARY KILLS TWO PIRATES IN GULF OF ADEN

The Maritime Administration (MARAD) has issued an advisory to all U.S.-flag operators and U.S.-controlled vessels detailing the calling procedures to follow in the event of a pirate attack.

1. Call for help on VHF-16 and MF/HF DSC.

2. Immediately Contact the United Kingdom Maritime Trade Organisation (UKMTO) by phone at +971 50 552 3215 or e-mail: Ukmto@Eim.Ae.

3. If no answer, call Maritime Liaison Office in Bahrain at +973 3940 1395 or e-mail: Marlo.Bahrain@Me.Navy.Mil.

4. Activate Ship Security Alert System (SSAS).

5. For more info, contact Mr. Rawlins, Maritime Administration, Office Of Security, Code: Mar-420, Room W23-440, 1200 New Jersey Ave, S.E., Washington, Dc 20590, Telephone 202-366-5524, Facsimile 202-366 -3954, TLX II 710.822.9426 (MARAD DOT WSH) or e-mail: maradsecurity@dot.gov.

In related news, two pirates were reportedly killed by British sailors aboard the HMS CUMBERLAND last week during an attempt to hijack a Danish cargo vessel, MV POWERFUL. The incident also involved the Russian frigate NEUSTRASHIMY. NATO now has seven warships in the area and the European Union is reportedly sending several others, which will be supported by aircraft. The plan is for the EU warships to replace the NATO vessels, but the authorities have put the plan on hold as they wait to see whether the attacks continue.

An Indian bulker, MV JAG ARNAV, came under attack by pirates Nov. 11 some 60 nautical miles east of Aden. The attack was repulsed by the Indian Navy. The next day, MV KARAGOL, a Turkish tanker, was hijacked 16 miles off of Yemen.


ENVIRONMENTAL SAFETY AWARD TO HORIZON TRADER

MM&P-contracted Horizon Lines has accepted the Chamber of Shipping of America’s prestigious Environmental Achievement Award for 2008 for the exemplary performance of HORIZON TRADER. The company, the vessel, its officers and crew were honored for 18 years of sea-time without an environmental spill. The award was accepted on behalf of the HORIZON TRADER crew by the master of the vessel, Captain John Nicoll, in the presence of Horizon Lines Senior Vessel Superintendent Wally Becker and Program Manager Jack Coppola.


MM&P PORT HOLIDAY PARTY SCHEDULE ANNOUNCED!

MM&P members, their families and friends are invited to the holiday parties taking place in December in MM&P union halls, or other locations, as specified below.

ATLANTIC COAST PORTS

New York/New Jersey: Wednesday, Dec. 10.
Boston: Tuesday, Dec. 16, at the Knights of Columbus in Charlestown, Mass., starting around noon. Please contact the Boston Hall for more information.
San Juan: Friday, Dec. 19.

GULF PORTS

Gulf Port Parties will take place at the respective halls according to the following schedule.

New Orleans: Wednesday, Dec. 10, noon.
Houston: Thursday, Dec. 11, noon.
Jacksonville: Friday, Dec. 12, noon. Joint with members of the Marine Engineers’ Beneficial Association (MEBA).
Port Everglades: Monday, Dec. 15.

PACIFIC PORTS
All MM&P Pacific Ports parties are being held together with MEBA.

San Francisco: Thursday, Dec. 11
Los Angeles: Friday, Dec. 12
Seattle: Friday, Dec. 19


RETAIL CONTAINER TRAFFIC DECLINES ALONG WITH ECONOMY

A national retailers’ federation has released statistics showing that cargo volume at the nation’s major container ports declined again during the month of October.  The National Retailers Federation said 2008 is expected to be the slowest year since 2004. Volume is projected to total 15.3 million TEUs for the year, compared with 16.5 million TEUs in 2007. The first year-over-year increase in months is expected in March, which is forecast at 1.18 million TEU, a 2.3 percent increase from March 2008.


HORIZON LINES SAYS IT WILL RESTRUCTURE

Horizon Lines has announced a non-union workforce reorganization that is aimed at lowering annualized labor-related costs by an estimated $7 million to $10 million. The company says it intends to reduce its workforce by at least 10 percent, equal to about 70 of its non-union employees. Initially, the company said it will offer a voluntary severance program. Horizon Lines said it expects to complete the workforce reduction by Jan. 31, 2009. “We continue to face a very difficult macro-economic environment that is having a significant adverse impact on the markets we serve,” said Chuck Raymond, chairman, president and chief executive officer of the company. “We expect these challenges to continue through at least 2009 and are taking the appropriate, necessary steps to adjust our business without impacting our ability to continue providing excellent service to all our customers and execute our business strategy.” He said that Horizon Lines capital and liquidity position is extremely strong and that leadership was committed to guiding the company through the challenging economic environment.


D-BOOK MEMBERSHIP COURSE FOR APPLICANTS TO BE HELD AT MITAGS

The course required for D-Book Membership in MM&P will be offered at MITAGS in Linthicum Heights on Nov. 14-15. The session on the 14th will take place in the evening. The session on the 15th will be held during the day. Applicants who plan to attend should notify the MM&P Atlantic Ports Vice President by e-mail (rmay@bridgedeck.org) as soon as possible.


QUEEN ELIZABETH II RUNS AGROUND

Early last Tuesday, the crew of the QE II reported to the British Coast Guard that the vessel had run aground two nautical miles northwest of Cowes while en route into Southampton. Five tugs were used to refloat the vessel. Surveyors on the scene reported that the vessel was undamaged. No one aboard was injured.


PANAMANIAN CARGO SHIP GROUNDS OFF TAIPEI

MV MORNING SUN, a Panamanian-flagged cargo ship seeking shelter from high winds, grounded off the shore of Taiwan last week. The 14,663-ton cargo ship, which was on a voyage from Singapore to South Korea, spilled more than 100 tons of heavy fuel oil. More than 200 workers with oil booms are working to contain the oil, which has already polluted several miles of coastline.


MITAGS ACADEMIC NOTES

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

AB � Able Bodied Seaman: 1/5
ARPA � Automatic Radar Plotting Aids: 1/5
BRM � Bridge Resource Management: 2/16
BRMP � Bridge Resource Management for Pilots: 2/9
BST � Basic Safety Training: 2/16

[CMM – Chief Mate and Master Courses]
CMM-ADVSTAB � Advanced Stability: 2/2
CMM-ADVWX – Advanced Meteorology: 12/01, 1/19
CMM-CHS I � Advanced Cargo Handling (week 1): 12/8, 2/9
CMM-CHS II � Advanced Cargo Handling (week 2): 12/15, 2/16
CMM-ECDIS � Electronic Chart Display and Information Systems: 1/12
CMM-MPP � Marine Propulsion Plants: 1/26
CMM-SHMGT I � Ship Management (week 1) : 2/23
CMM-SHS-ADV-I � Advanced Shiphandling (week 1): 12/01, 1/5, 2/2, 2/16
SHS-ADV-I I � Advanced Shiphandling (week 2): 2/9, 2/23
CMM-VPEN � Voyage Planning and Electronic Navigation: 1/5

CSE-AAES � Confined Space Entry � Atmospheric Analysis of Enclosed Spaces: 2/26
FF-BADV � Basic and Advanced Fire Fighting Combined: 1/26, 2/16
GCC-LG � Gas Carrier Course-Liquefied Gases: 2/2
GMDSS � Global Maritime Distress and Safety System: 2/23
HAZ � Hazardous Materials (5 Day): 1/5
LEG � Legal Aspects of Pilotage: 1/20

MED-PIC – Medical Person-In-Charge: 1/5, 2/2
MED-PRO – Medical Care Provider: 1/5, 2/2
MED-DOT-DA – Dept. of Trans Drug & Alcohol Testing: 12/6, 1/10, 2/7, 2/26
MEDIA RSP – Media Response: 2/27

[MSC – Military Sealift Command]
MSC-CBRD-1 � CBRD Orientation: 12/05, 2/25
MSC-DC � Damage Control: 12/03, 2/23
MSC-SMA � Small Arms Training: 12/01 Standby Only

[OICNW � Officer in Charge of a Navigation Watch Courses]
OICNW-CHS-BAS � Basic Cargo Handling and Stowage: 1/12
OICNW-CONSTB � Ship Construction and Basic Stability
OICNW-EP � Emergency Procedures: 1/21
OICNW-SAR � Search and Recue: 1/18
OICNW-TCNAV/CO � Terrestrial and Coastal Navigation / Compasses

ROR-1 – Radar Observer Renewal: 1/5
ROP-5 � Radar Observer Original or Renewal: 2/2

SEC-VCF – Security Officer: Vessel, Company & Facility: 11/17
SEC-VSO-R � Vessel Security Officer Refresher (1 day): 1/21, 2/26
SHS-BAS � Basic Shiphandling: 1/26, 1/23
SHS-EMR � Emergency Shiphandling: 2/9
SHS-ESH-BRMP3 � Emergency Shiphandling and Bridge Resource Management for Pilots: 2/11

…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)

November 2008
20 & 24 Security Refresher

December 2008
1-5MED PRO
1-12GMDSS
1-12MED PIC
8-19GMDSS

January 2009
7-11ENAV
7-11STB BAS
8-11ARPA
14-18WX BAS
14-25GMDSS
14-18ROP
14-2/1TC NAV
21-2/1WKP
21ROR
22-25ARPA
28-2/8GMDSS
28-2/1MED PRO

February 2009
4-8ROP
12ROR
11-12SAR
12-15ARPA
13-15EP
16FL
18-22ENAV
18-22MED PRO
18-22SHS BAS
18-29MED PIC
25-3/7 CNAV
25ROR

March 2009
3-14GMDSS
10-11SAR
10-12SEC VCF
12-14EP
17-28GMDSS
24-4/4 GMDSS
24ROR
25-28ARPA

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 11-7-2008

D O W N A S D A Q S & P 500
8,944 1,647 930.99
Fund Name & Trading Symbol
 Closing
Price
 Vanguard Asset Allocation Fund(VAARX)
43.14
 Vanguard 500 Index Fund (VFINX)
85.96
 Vanguard Extended Market Index Fund (VEXMX)
24.70
 Vanguard International Growth Fund (VWIGX)
13.64
 Vanguard Morgan Growth Fund (VMRGX)
11.87
 Vanguard Windsor II Fund (VWNFX)
19.73
 Vanguard GNMA Fund (VFIIX)
10.28
 Vanguard Growth Index Fund (VIGRX)
21.13
 Vanguard High Yield Corporate (VWEHX)
4.32
 Vanguard LifeStrategy Conservative Growth (VSCGX)
13.32
 Vanguard LifeStrategy Growth Fund (VASGX)
16.40
 Vanguard LifeStrategy Income Fund (VASIX)
12.11
 Vanguard LifeStrategy Moderate Growth (VSMGX)
15.29
 Vanguard Target Retirement 2005 (VTOVX)
9.88
 Vanguard Target Retirement 2015 (VTXVX)
9.79
 Vanguard Target Retirement 2025 (VTTVX)
9.57
 Vanguard Target Retirement 2035 (VTTHX)
9.63
 Vanguard Target Retirement 2045 (VTIVX)
9.94
 Vanguard Total Bond Index (VBMFX)
9.73
 Vanguard Total Stock Market Index Fund (VTSMX)
22.46
 Chase Growth Fund (CHASX)
14.37
 Fidelity Asset Manager (FASMX)
11.04
 Fidelity Growth and Income (FGRIX)
14.07
 Fidelity Intermediate bond Fund (FTHRX)
9.14
 Fidelity Magellan Fund (FMAGX)
47.10
 Fidelity Small Company Instl (FMACX)
13.07
 Fidelity Value Fund (FDVLX)
41.53
 Fidelity Equity-Income II Fund (FEQTX)
13.69
 Fidelity Blue Chip Growth Fund (FBGRX)
27.36
 Fidelity Diversified International Fund (FDIVX)
21.83
 Fidelity Dividend Growth Fund (FDGFX)
16.33
 Fidelity Freedom Income (FFFAX)
9.73
 Fidelity Freedom 2000 (FFFBX)
10.47
 Fidelity Freedom 2010 (FFFCX)
10.83
 Fidelity Freedom 2020 (FFFDX)
10.53
 Fidelity Freedom 2030 (FFFEX)
10.21
 Fidelity Freedom 2040 (FFFFX)
5.86
 Fidelity Freedom 2050 (FFFHX)
6.76
 Fidelity Total Bond Fund (FTBFX)
9.18
 Spartan Extended market Index Fund (FSEMX)
23.74
 Spartan US Equity Index Fund (FUSEX)
32.98
 Domini Social Equity Fund (DSEFX)
20.42





~ 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. Suite B
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.