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Wheelhouse Weekly – November 23, 2005

November 23rd 2005


 


THE MASTERS, MATES & PILOTS’
WHEELHOUSE WEEKLYonline

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

Volume 9 . . . . . Number 47 . . . . November 23, 2005


STORIES COVERED

Also

REMINDERS

T-AGS Oceanographic Survey Ships Info

Required Coursework

Security Clearances

MSC Physicals

MM&P Health & Benefit Plan News

Notice to Members who are taking Vioxx

NMHC Mail-Order Prescriptions Website Updated & Improved

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.




MM&P WHEELHOUSE WEEKLY WILL BE DELAYED FROM DEC. 8TH TO 9TH

The MM&P Wheelhouse Weekly that is scheduled to be distributed on Dec. 8th will be delayed until Dec. 9th so that complete coverage can be provided of the Pension Trust Plan meeting that will take place on Dec. 8th. The Weekly scheduled for Dec. 1 will be distributed as usual.




 

MSC TO PROVIDE OT PAY FOR ERICSSON DECK OFFICERS

MMP Government Group Representative, Randi Ciszewski, reports that a Restriction to Ship grievance between MMP and Military Sealift Command (MSC) has ended with MSCs agreement to pay OT to civmar deck officers who served aboard USNS JOHN ERICSSON from April 12 through May 5, 2005.

MSC Commander VADM David Brewer III, found in favor of the union and those CIVMARS who were required to standby in port between the hours of 1700 and 0800. MSC’s policy on standby time in port has evolved over many years, Ciszewski said. The Admiral’s decision is consistent with the Civilian Mariner Personnel Instruction (CMPI), the MOUs between MSC and MMP, and past practice.

MMP’s early attempts to settle the grievance aboard ERICSSON failed which compelled the Union to invoke the grievance procedure. I really have to thank VADM Brewer for his sense of fairness and his effort toward reaching this agreement. He has done what is right for our members, Ciszewski added.

 




 

FY 2006 SPENDING BILL INCLUDES $301 MILLION FOR MARAD

Senate and House of Representatives conferees have approved the fiscal year 2006 Transportation, Treasury, the Judiciary, HUD, and Related Agencies Appropriations bill.
This bill funds the Departments of Transportation, Treasury, and Housing and Urban Development, as well as the Federal Judiciary and Supreme Court, Amtrak and the Federal Election Commission.

The bill includes $301 million for the Maritime Administration, which is $83 million above the Administration’s request. The bill earmarks $156 million for the Maritime Security Program (MSP) that is necessary to fully fund 60 ships at $2.6 million each for this fiscal year as authorized under the new MSP legislation.

The Senate bill provides $21 million for disposal of obsolete merchant type vessels in the national defense reserve fleet, many of which pose a significant environmental threat. The bill rejects the Administration’s proposal to rescind funding for the National Defense Tank Vessel Construction Program, which is designed to provide financial assistance for shipbuilders to construct US flagged oil tankers for the use in commerce and for the military.

 


DOD ANNOUNCES DELAY OF NSPS PERSONNEL SYSTEM UNTIL FEB. 1

The Department of Defense (DoD) will delay implementing the new National Security Personnel System until Feb. 1, acting Deputy Defense Secretary Gordon England said. As previously reported in the Wheelhouse Weekly, unions have filed a lawsuit challenging some aspects of NSPS regulations.
However, England said that DoD, the Office of Personnel Management (OPM), the Justice Department and the unions involved in the lawsuit reached an agreement on how to proceed on Nov. 16.

“While the lawsuit is in process, we have all agreed that DoD will continue the training on NSPS and will continue collaboration with them on implementation details,” England said. NSPS is part of Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld’s program to transform the way DoD does business to better meet the challenges of the 21st century. The new program will replace the current general-schedule personnel ranking system with broad pay bands.

Employees are evaluated for performance in duties directly tied to departmental missions. Under NSPS, that pay-for- performance system replaces old civil service rules that rewarded employees for length of service rather than performance. DoD and OPM are partnering to establish the NSPS, which eventually will affect 180,000 Department of Homeland Security employees as well as DoD’s more than 650,000-person civilian work force.


ISPS IS HURTING SEAFARERS, SURVEY REPORTS

The ISPS code is improving security at the expense of seafarers that are increasingly overworked and treated with suspicion, according to an ITF survey due for release on Monday. This is happening at a time when disproportionate security measures not related to the Code are also having a negative impact on crews, the Federation says.

The ISPS (International Ship and Port Facility Security) Code was widely seen as a successful example of the ‘fast tracking’ of legislation when it was introduced in response to the 9/11 attacks in the USA. However the ITF survey shows that the welcome security gains are being undermined by lack of trust and support for the seafarers tasked with implementing it.

The ITF has been broadly supportive of ISPS and applauded the consultative manner in which it was drawn up. However, there have always been concerns about a possible negative impact on seafarers, as a result of which the Federation initiated the survey, which was sent to its 127 inspectors and 230 affiliated maritime unions – which represent around 700,000 seafarers – for them to consult their members and report back.

The results – published as the report Access Denied:
Implementing the ISPS Code – can be viewed at www.itfglobal.org/infocentre/pubs.cfm/detail/1446. The overwhelming response to the survey was that ISPS had seriously increased seafarers’ workloads without any increase in staff, pay or training, and was associated with the grave problems experienced with shore leave, especially in the USA.

Although the ISPS Code includes provisions to avert problems of access to ports, shore leave and welfare facilities, it is clear from the survey that these are being neglected in the Code’s implementation.

Serious areas of concern highlighted in the survey responses include:
— Increased workload and responsibility;
— No commensurate increase in pay;
— Inadequate training;
— Restrictions on shore leave;
— Problems in obtaining US visas; and
— Difficulties for seafarers’ welfare and trade union representatives seeking to board vessels to provide services to crew.

Jon Whitlow, Secretary of the ITF’s Seafarers’ Section, said: “All responsible parties back the aim of the ISPS code. But there’s a gap between principle and practice. The measures that were supposed to protect seafarers are too often being neglected. Combine that with other excessive security measures being implemented outside the code and you have a grave and counter-productive climate of distrust and suspicion being created out there.”


CONGRESS PASSES ARMY CORP FUNDING BILL

Congress has passed a $5.383 billion Energy and Water Development appropriations bill for fiscal year 2006, which provides funding for the US Army Corps of Engineers’ (USACE) Civil Works program. The Civil Works appropriations bill pays for the construction and maintenance of the navigation system that supports US ports and harbors, which accommodate more than $2 trillion worth of waterborne commerce each year.

The funding level for the USACE Civil Works program exceeds the Administration’s recommendation by nearly $1 billion. The increased funding level was the result of an additional allocation from the House Budget Committee to cover some Hurricane Katrina-related funding relative to the bill. The bill has been sent to the White House for the President’s signature.


PORT OF VIRGINIA SHATTERS SINGLE-MONTH CARGO RECORD

October was the busiest month in the history of the Port of Virginia as 188,539 TEUs were handled at the general cargo terminals that line the Elizabeth and James rivers. “We knew October was going to be busy, but we didn’t know to what extent,” said Tom Capozzi, the VPA’s senior managing director of marketing services. “A lot of this cargo can be attributed to a new China Shipping service that is calling here, a couple of ‘sweeper’ vessels, peak retail season and strong rail growth due to diversions from other ports experiencing congestion and delays.”

October’s volume comes on the heels of two previous record- setting months. In August, the port handled 172,838 TEUs and in September the count was 170,620; August and September, had ranked as the two busiest months in port history. The port has moved more than 1.6 million TEUs this year, the same volume that was moved in all of 2003.


OCTOBER CONTAINER VOLUMES SET A NEW RECORD AT PORT OF LA

The Port of Los Angeles also reported a new record in monthly container volumes that was set last month. The Port exceeded the 700,000 TEU threshold last month to meet a 10.08 percent gain over October 2004 volume. The gain over last October when a labor shortage, rail equipment shortage and unprecedented volumes precipitated major ship congestion at the San Pedro port complex was expected.


SHIPPING COORDINATING COMMITTEE TO MEET DECEMBER 8

The Working Group on Radio Communications and Search and Rescue of the Subcommittee on Safety of Life at Sea will conduct open meetings at 0930 on December 8 at the Radio Technical Commission for Maritime Services, 1800 North Kent Street, Suite 1060, Arlington, VA 22209. The purpose of this meeting is to prepare for the Tenth Session of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) Subcommittee on Radiocommunications and Search and Rescue, which is scheduled for the week of March 6-10 at IMO HQ in London.

The primary matters to be considered are:
— Maritime Safety Information for GMDSS
— Development of a procedure for recognition of mobile satellite systems
— Large passenger ship safety
— Emergency radiocommunications, including false alerts and interference
— Issues related to maritime security
— Matters concerning Search and Rescue
— Developments in maritime radiocommunication systems and technology
— Planning for the 11th session of COMSAR

Members of the public may attend these meetings up to the seating capacity of the room. Interested persons may seek info by calling Russell Levin, USCG HQ, by calling: 202- 267-1389, or by e-mail at rlevin@comdt.uscg.mil and viewing http://www.navcen.uscg.gov/marcomms/imo/meetings.htm/.


MITAGS ACADEMIC NOTES

CLASS OPENINGS: Between now and the end of January 2006, seats are available in the following courses:


AIS – Automatic Identification System: 12/15
ARPA – Automatic Radar Plotting Aids: 12/12, 1/9
AZIPOD – Azipod Propulsion System (2 day): 12/5

BRM – Bridge Resource Management: 1/23
BRMP – Bridge Resource Management for Pilots: 12/12
BST – Basic Safety Training: 1/30

[CMM – Chief Mate and Master Courses]
CMM-ECDIS – Electronic Chart Display and Info Systems: 12/5, 1/9, 1/30
CMM-MPP – Marine Propulsion Plants: 12/5, 1/16
CMM-SHS-ADV-I – Advanced Shiphandling (week 1): 1/23
CMM-SHS-ADV-II – Advanced Shiphandling (week 2): 1/16, 1/30
CMM-SHMGT I – Ship Management (week 1): 12/12, 1/9
CMM-VPEN – Voyage Planning and Electronic Navigation: 1/23
CMM-WKP – Watchkeeping: 11/28, 12/5

CONT-PLNG – Contingency Planning: 12/2, 12/16, 1/20

HAZ-Hazardous Materials (5-day): 1/9

LAP – License Advancement Program: 1/9

MEDIA-RSP – Media Response: 12/1, 1/19
MED-DOT-DA – Dept. of Trans Drug & Alcohol Testing: 12/10, 1/14
MED-PIC – Medical Person-In-Charge: 12/5, 1/9
MED-PRO – Medical Care Provider: 12/5, 1/9


[MSC – Military Sealift Command]
MSC-SMA – Small Arms (4-day): 1/30
MSC-SMA-R – Small Arms Re-Qualification (2-day): 2/3 (must have proof of passing all 3 weapons within 2 years)

ROP-5 – Radar Observer Original and Renewal (5-day): 11/28, 1/16
ROR-1 – Radar Observer Renewal: 12/10, 12/12, 1/9

SEC-OFF-VCF – Security Officer, Vessel, Company & Facility: 11/28, 12/12, 1/16
SHS-BAS – Basic Shiphandling: 1/9

TRAC-TUG – Water Tractor and Azimuth Stern Drive Tugs (3-day): 12/8


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

PMI is offering a USCG Crew Endurance Management Coaches Seminar in Seattle from October 26-27 in addition to its regular course offerings listed below. This training is designed to provide commercial mariners the knowledge and skills to develop, deploy, and assess Crew Endurance Management Systems (CEMS) within their companies.

As a Crew Endurance Coach, the employee is critical to the success of CEMS implementation. Coaches provide education and guidance on the principles of light and sleep management, assist with changes to the work and rest environment, make recommendations on schedule changes, and help create personal endurance plans for each crewmember. Once successfully completing the training the Coach will have the necessary training to educate personnel on a vessel, and the processes and practices specific to the USCG Crew Endurance Management Program. The training session spans two full days and includes a written exam. Cost: $425 per person To Register: Call Pacific Maritime Institute at 206-441-2880 or toll free 888-893-7829.

December 2005

12/5-9 Medical Care Provider
12/5-9 ARPA
12/5 Radar Renewal
12/5-16 Basic Safety Training
12/5-16 GMDSS
12/5-16 Medical Person-In-Charge
12/12-16 Med Pro
12/12-23 Med Pic
12/13-16 Lifeboat/Survival Craft
12/19-21 Ship Security Officer
12/19-23 ARPA
12/19-23 Basic Shiphandling
12/26-30 Emergency Shiphandling 5-day

12/27-29 Ship Security Officer

January 2006

1/ 2-6 BST
1/9-27 TCNAV
1/9-12 Lifeboat/Survival Craft
1/9-13 Tankerman Person-In-Charge
1/9-20 GMDSS
1/9-21 100 Ton OUPV
1/16-20 ECDIS
1/16-20 ARPA
1/16-20 Emergency Shiphandling 5-day
1/23-27 MEDPRO
1/23-2/3 MEDPIC
1/30-2/1 Ship Security Officer
1/30-2/3 RADAR Observer Unlimited
1/30-2/10 GMDSS

February 2006

2/6-10 BST
2/6-9 Lifeboat/Survival Craft
2/6-10 ARPA
2/6 Radar Renewal
2/13-17 ENAV
2/20-3/3 CNAV
2/20-3/3 Advanced Shiphandling
2/20-3/4 100 Ton OUPV
2/27-3/3 Tankerman Person-In-Charge
2/27-3/3 ARPA
2/27 Radar Renewal

March 2006

3/6-10 BST
3/6-9 Lifeboat/Survival Craft
3/6-10 Basic Meteorology
3/6-18 100 Ton OUPV
3/13-24 GMDSS
3/13-17 CONSTB
3/20-24 CHS BAS
3/27-31 MEDPRO
3/27-31 ARPA
3/27 Radar Renewal
3/27-4/7 MEDPIC

For registration call Jennifer Fowler 888-893-7829

PMI Merchandise for Sale: High quality with embroidered PMI logo. All prices include tax. Navy Caps: $18.00; Button Down Long Sleeve Dress Shirts Blue or Khaki: $38.00; Coming Soon: Navy, Burgundy, Khaki T-shirts, high quality thick Hanes shirt with pocket $22.00; 15 oz. Beautiful Cobalt Blue Ceramic Mug $10.Call DeeDee Lazik 206-838-8328 or e-mail dlazik@mates.org.


MM&P MARKET WATCH AS OF 11-22

 

 D O W  N A S D A Q  S & P 500
10,890.24 +203.47 for the week 2,258.85  +55.11 for the week 1,261.72  +25.23 for the week

 

Fund Name & Trading Symbol
Closing
Price
Change
 Vanguard 500 Index Fund (VFINX)
116.50
+2.80
 Vanguard Extended Market Index Fund (VEXMX)
34.72
+1.22
 Vanguard International Growth Fund (VWIGX)
20.50
+.42
 Vanguard Morgan Growth Fund (VMRGX)
17.76
+.47
 Vanguard Windsor II Fund (VWNFX)
32.62
+.63
 Vanguard GNMA Fund (VFIIX)
10.26
+.04
 Vanguard High Yield Corporate Fund (VWEHX)
6.13
+.02
 Vanguard Total Bond Index (VBMFX)
10.03
+.03
 Chase Growth Fund (CHASX)
19.42
+.47
 Fidelity Asset Manager (FASMX)
16.42
+.22
 Fidelity Growth and Income (FGRIX)
38.40
+1.10
 Fidelity Magellan Fund (FMAGX)
109.31
+2.49
 Fidelity Small Company Instl (FMACX)
23.29
+.76
 Fidelity Value Fund (FDVLX)
80.12
+2.60
 Spartan US Equity Index Fund (FUSEX)
44.75
+1.07

 





~ 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:

4.75 percent for terms up to 24 months.
Standard loan rates for longer-term loans are:

5.00 percent for 25-48 months;
5.75 percent for 49-60 months ($20,000 minimum); and
6.25 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

NOTICE TO MEMBERS WHO ARE TAKING VIOXX

On Sept.30, Merck & Co. voluntarily withdrew Vioxx, a popular anti-inflammatory medication, from the market. As a result, individuals who are currently taking the drug have been asked to contact their health care professionals to discuss discontinuing use of Vioxx and possible alternative treatments.

MM&P Plans Administrator Valerie Verrecchio reports that, “We have gotten a number of calls from members who want to know what to do with their remaining supply of Vioxx and whether the Plan or NMHC will refund their co-pay for the unused portion.

“Unfortunately, neither NMHC nor the Plan was aware of the Merck decision prior to the public announcement on Sept.30. As of that date, all deliveries of Vioxx to our members was suspended in accordance with Merck’s announcement. Orders that had already been processed and were in transit could not be stopped.

“In regard to refunds, Merck has set up a website at www.vioxx.com where members can obtain information on how to recover refunds from Merck for the unused portion of medication. Members can also call following toll free number for information: 1-888-368-4699.

“We are sorry for any inc onvenience this may have caused to members currently taking this medication, however, the matter is out of the control of the Plans.”



NMHC MAIL-ORDER PRESCRIPTIONS WEBSITE UPDATED & IMPROVED

MM&P Plans Administrator Valerie Verrecchio reports, “Good news! NMHC mail has finally gotten their website upgraded and functioning properly. I went in and tested it myself and found it to be quite user friendly.”

To use NMHC’s upgraded service, go to the NMHC Mail website at www.nmhcmail.com and click on “MEMBER LOGIN” at the bottom of the screen.

First-time and Registered users may bypass the welcome screen and go directly to the log-in page at https://members.nmhcrx.com/Login/Login.aspx.

  • First-time users should then click on the link marked “NEW USER: REGISTER HERE”.
    This will take you to a page titled “MEMBER REGISTRATION” where you will need to enter demographic information and submit it by clicking on the
  • “CREATE ACCOUNT” button.

After creating your account, NMHC will email you a password to gain entry into your records. With your first sign-in, the NMHC system will prompt you to change the NMHC password to one of your own choosing.

Once you are registered at NMHC, you can check the status of open orders by logging-in to the system through the “MEMBER LOGIN” page and going into the “MAIL ORDER” menu. You can look up all prescriptions and get the price our members will pay for any medication. You can also view an order history of all of your medication transactions (both retail and mail) for the last 24 months, locate 24-hour pharmacies in your zip code region as well as access other helpful member education information.

“We hope this welcome improvement will assist our members. Although you cannot order refills on line if you don’t provide a credit or debit card number, you can phone in your refill. Once you register on the website, you will still have access to all of the other information including checking the status of your order once it is phoned in,” said Ms. Verrecchio.



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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