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Wheelhouse Weekly – October 01, 2007

October 1st 2007

 

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

Volume 11 . . . . . Number 39. . . .October 1, 2007

STORIES COVERED

Also

REMINDERS

T-AGS Oceanographic Survey Ships Info

Required Coursework

Security Clearances

MSC Physicals

MM&P FCU News

MM&P Health & Benefit Plan News

Meet Our New Prescription Benefit Manager, PHARMACARE

Notice to MM&P Health & Benefit Plan Participants

WWII USCG Veterans Outreach

Company Gives Bucks Back for buying Safe Shoes

Website Offers Union-Made Goods and Services




Did you miss a week? Back editions of the Wheelhouse Weekly are available in the section.


HORIZON LINES COULD BEGIN EAST COAST SHORT SEA SERVICE NEXT YEAR

Horizon Lines could begin coastwise container shipping service on the East and Gulf coasts next year, says Horizon Lines President and Chief Executive Officer Chuck Raymond. Raymond said the addition to the Horizon Lines fleet of five new ships for use in the Guam trade has given the company an opportunity to redeploy two or three of its older vessels to a coastwise service that would focus on moving containers for international carriers. Raymond made the remarks last week at a conference for investors in New York.

To make short sea shipping economically viable, however, Raymond said the Harbor Maintenance Tax system would have to be changed to do away with the double taxation of coastwise shipments. Congress is now considering legislation that would exempt from the Harbor Maintenance Tax cargo loaded at one port in the United States and unloaded in other port in the United States or in the Great Lakes Saint Lawrence Seaway System.


ENVIRONMENTAL ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS TO MM&P-CONTRACTED AHL, HORIZON LINES

Sixteen ships crewed by MM&P members have been honored by the Chamber of Shipping of America for environmental stewardship. Thirteen Horizon lines ships and three AHL ships received the Chamber of Shipping’s prestigious “Environmental Achievement Awards” at a ceremony held in Washington, D.C., in September. In an official announcement, Horizon Lines congratulated all the crew members on each of the ships. “Without your dedication and attention to detail, the excellent records recognized tonight could not and would not have happened,” the company said.

The AHL ships recognized were the ANASAZI, the CAPTAIN H.A. DOWNING and the MONSEIGNEUR. The Horizon Lines ships recognized were the CHALLENGER, DISCOVERY, ENTERPRISE, FAIRBANKS, KODIAK, NAVIGATOR, PACIFIC, PRODUCER, RELIANCE, TRADER, BOWDITCH, BRUCE HEEZEN and JOHN MCDONNELL.



AFL-CIO EXECUTIVE COUNCIL CHOOSES NEW EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT

Arlene Holt-Baker, an experienced union organizer who has served in a number of leadership roles in the AFL-CIO and the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME), has been unanimously elected by the AFL-CIO Executive Council as the organization’s new executive vice president. Holt-Baker will complete the unexpired term of Linda Chavez-Thompson, who retired as vice president to spend more time with her family.

Holt-Baker’s work will focus on health care reform, workers’ freedom to form unions and strengthening grassroots union movements. She is the first African-American to serve in one of the top three executive offices of the 10 million-member federation.

With AFSCME, Holt-Baker helped organize public sector workers in California and was instrumental in the drive to defeat anti-worker Proposition 226. On a national level, in recent election cycles she has organized campaigns to register and mobilize thousands of new voters. In 2006, she led the AFL-CIO’s Gulf Coast recovery effort, working closely with national and local advocates in the fight to rebuild the communities devastated by Hurricane Katrina.

“We are blessed to have someone with Arlene’s talents and experience representing the needs and aspirations of America’s working families at this crucial moment in history,” said AFL-CIO President John Sweeney. “I can think of no one better to elevate the voices of working people and make sure they are heard and heeded on issues like health care, jobs and economic justice.”  


MOST MM&P SHIPPING RULES CHANGES TO TAKE EFFECT NOV. 1

On Nov. 1, 23 of the 25 new Offshore Membership Group Licensed Shipping Rules will become effective. Two approved ballot items, D-class membership and the 15-day rule, will be implemented at a later date. D-Class membership will take effect six months after the start of the “familiarization courses” that are a prerequisite for joining this membership class. Letters requesting implementation of the 15-day rule for foreign voyages are being sent to all applicable employers. A memorandum detailing the member-approved changes to the shipping rules is being circulated to the halls by MM&P International Secretary-Treasurer Glen Banks. Any questions on the shipping rules changes should be directed to the MM&P Vice Presidents.


STUDY FINDS SHIP OPERATING COSTS ARE INCREASING

A study conducted by Moore Stephens, an international accounting consultancy specialized in the maritime industry, has found that operating costs for all major categories of vessels grew, on average, by 8.5 percent in 2006. The price increases were fueled primarily by growth in the cost of stores, especially lube oil. The study found that crewing costs and expenses for insurance were also growing, but at a slower rate than was measured the previous year.

The study found that the index for bulker costs increased by 13 index points (10.7 percent) on a year-on-year basis. Handymax bulkers recorded the biggest increase. The tanker index grew by 9.1 percent. The study, which this year included containership costs for the first time, found that box ships experienced a 10.8 percent rise in operating costs in 2006.

Expenditures on repairs and maintenance were up by an average of 9.7 per cent across all vessel categories, the study found. A spokesman for Moore Stephens said it was not surprising that the biggest increase in all but one vessel category was recorded in the area of stores. “A significant part of this will doubtless be attributable to increased costs and supply shortages in the lube oil markets, which are themselves attributable to underlying increases in the price of oil and other base materials,” he said. “Although these increases first hit the shipping market some eighteen months ago, it seems likely that their effect on operating costs — offset in some cases by price advantages built into term contracts with suppliers — has taken a little while to filter through.”


DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE IMPLEMENTS CONTROVERSIAL NSPS PAY RATE POLICY FOR COVERED EMPLOYEES

The 110,000 employees already covered by the Bush Administration’s controversial National Security Personnel System (NSPS) won’t get across-the-board pay increases next year, according to the Department of Defense (DOD). Instead, half the potential pay raises of those with acceptable performance ratings will be used to adjust base salaries and the rest will be added to performance pay pools and distributed based on performance. In 2009, all the government-wide pay increase for the covered group will be allocated to the NSPS performance pay pools. The 90,000 employees in the second wave of conversion will get next year’s pay increase since they will not have received an NSPS performance evaluation by the beginning of 2008. 

MM&P members and other civilian mariners are excluded from the human resource and appeals provisions of NSPS, but not from the labor relations provisions.

Four years ago, Congress approved the concept of NSPS as a way to convert most DOD civilian employees to a performance-based personnel management system. Critics charge, however, that the Bush Administration greatly overstepped the intent of Congress. Unions representing federal employees have gone to court a number of times to stop implementation of parts of NSPS. In the meantime, friends of labor in Congress are pursuing legislation that would protect the collective bargaining and appeals rights of all the department’s civilian employees.


MM&P SEEKING RESUMES FOR LMSR BIDS

MM&P-contracted companies are submitting bids for the Watson Class LMSR contract.  Resumes are requested from members who have LMSR and/or government contract service. For further information and resume format, please contact MM&P Agent-Pacific Ports Dave Boatner via e-mail at dboatner@bridgedeck.org. Members are reminded that submission of resumes to non-MM&P employers disadvantages our contracted companies and reduces the possibility of acquiring new MM&P jobs. Such actions violate a member’s duty to MM&P under our constitution.


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, engineers, QMEDS and able-bodied seamen. Retirees are also encouraged to apply for these jobs. 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.


MITAGS ACADEMIC NOTES

LAST CHANCE TO RENEW YOUR MSC COURSES IN 2007.  Openings are available in late October for Small Arms & Small Arms Renewal, Damage Control and CBRD-1.  See dates below.

We still have plenty of openings in CMM-VPEN–Voyage Planning and Electronic Navigation  on October 8th.

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

CLASS OPENINGS: Between now and the end of December 2007, seats are available in the following courses:

AIS – Automatic Identification System: 11/30
ARPA – Automatic Radar Plotting Aids: 11/12

BRMP � Bridge Resource Management for Pilots: 10/17, 12/11
BST � Basic Safety Training: 10/8, 12/17

[CMM – Chief Mate and Master Courses]
CMM-ADVWX � Advanced Meteorology: 12/15
CMM-CHS I � Advanced Cargo Handling (week 1): 11/26
CMM-CHS II � Advanced Cargo Handling (week 2): 12/4
CMM-ECDIS � Electronic Chart and Display Information System: 12/10
CMM-MPP � Marine Propulsion Plants: 12/17
CMM-SHS-ADV-I-Advanced Shiphandling (week 1): 10/8, 12/10
CMM-SHS-ADV-II-Advanced Shiphandling (week 2): 12/3, 12/17
CMM-SHMGT-I � Ship Management (week 1): 10/15, 12/3
CMM-SHMGT-II� Ship Management (week 2): 10/8, 12/10
CMM-VPEN � Voyage Planning and Electronic Navigation: 10/8
CMM-WKP � Advanced Watchkeeping: 10/22, 12/17

COMP-OPSYS � Basic Computer Operating Systems: 10/8
CSE-AAES � Confined Space Entry, Atmospheric Analysis of Enclosed Spaces: 11/5

FF-BADV � Combined Basic & Advanced Fire Fighting: 10/8, 12/17

HAZ – Hazardous Materials (5-day): 11/5

MED-DOT-DA – Dept. of Trans Drug & Alcohol Testing: 11/10
MED-PRO � Medical Care Provider: 11/5
MEDIA RSP � Media Response: 11/29

[MSC – Military Sealift Command]
MSC-CBRD-1 � CBRD Orientation: 10/28
MSC-DC � Damage Control: 10/26
MSC-SMA – Small Arms Training: 10/22
MSC-SMA-R – Small Arms Re-Qualification (2-day): 10/26 (must have proof of passing all 3 weapons within 2 years)

ROR-1 – Radar Observer Renewal: 11/5, 11/12, 12/10
ROP-5 � Radar Observer Unlimited (Original/Renewal): 11/5

SEC-VCF � Security Officer: Vessel, Company & Facility: 11/26
SHS-BAS � Basic Shiphandling: 10/15
SHS-ESH- BRMP – Emergency Shiphandling & Bridge Resource Management for Pilots: 11/26
SHS-EMR5 � Emergency Shiphandling: 10/22

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

Fall – Winter 2007

Due to the high demand for this program, PMI has now scheduled another that is already close to full enrollment for its 2007-start date. See the PMI Web site at www.mates.org for more info on this new development.

FOR REGISTRATION CALL JENNIFER FOWLER: 206 838-1126

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

October 2007
1-3      BRM
1-5      ARPA
2-5      LFBT
2-5      AFF
8-19    GMDSS
8-12    SHS EM5
8-12    BST
8-12    AB
15-19  ECDIS           
15-19  MED PRO
15-26  MED PIC
17-19  SEC VCF
15-19  BAFF
22        FL
23-24 SHS ASSESS
25-26 SHS ASSESS
29-2    TPIC
29-9    SHS ADV

November 2007
5-16    SHS ADV
6-9      LFBT
13        ROR
12-16  BST
12-16  AB
13-15  SEC VCF
26-7    GMDSS
26-30 ROP
26-30 MED PRO
26-30 SHS BAS

December 2007
3-7      ARPA
3-7      SHS EM5
3-7      BAFF
3-14    CNAV
4-7      LFBT
11        ROR   
10-14  BST
10-14  AB
17-21  ENAV
17-19  SEC VCF
17-21  ARPA
17-21  TPIC
17-21  SHS BAS

For registration call Jennifer Fowler 888-893-7829

PMI MERCHANDISE FOR SALE!!!

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


MM&P MARKET WATCH AS OF 9-28-2007

D O W N A S D A Q S & P 500
13,896 2,702 1,527
Fund Name & Trading Symbol
 Closing
Price
 Vanguard Asset Allocation Fund(VAARX)
69.43
 Vanguard 500 Index Fund (VFINX)
140.61
 Vanguard Extended Market Index Fund (VEXMX)
42.08
 Vanguard International Growth Fund (VWIGX)
27.79
 Vanguard Morgan Growth Fund (VMRGX)
21.45
 Vanguard Windsor II Fund (VWNFX)
37.44
 Vanguard GNMA Fund (VFIIX)
10.17
 Vanguard Growth Index Fund (VIGRX)
33.32
 Vanguard High Yield Corporate (VWEHX)
6.07
 Vanguard LifeStrategy Conservative Growth (VSCGX)
17.34
 Vanguard LifeStrategy Growth Fund (VASGX)
25.94
 Vanguard LifeStrategy Income Fund (VASIX)
14.27
 Vanguard LifeStrategy Moderate Growth (VSMGX)
21.78
 Vanguard Target Retirement 2005 (VTOVX)
12.31
 Vanguard Target Retirement 2015 (VTXVX)
13.49
 Vanguard Target Retirement 2025 (VTTVX)
14.26
 Vanguard Target Retirement 2035 (VTTHX)
15.25
 Vanguard Target Retirement 2045 (VTIVX)
15.75
 Vanguard Total Bond Index (VBMFX)
9.98
 Vanguard Total Stock Market Index Fund (VTSMX)
36.76
 Chase Growth Fund (CHASX)
22.20
 Fidelity Asset Manager (FASMX)
17.10
 Fidelity Growth and Income (FGRIX)
30.19
 Fidelity Intermediate bond Fund (FTHRX)
10.16
 Fidelity Magellan Fund (FMAGX)
98.94
 Fidelity Small Company Instl (FMACX)
22.79
 Fidelity Value Fund (FDVLX)
88.37
 Fidelity Equity-Income II Fund (FEQTX)
25.24
 Fidelity Blue Chip Growth Fund (FBGRX)
45.64
 Fidelity Diversified International Fund (FDIVX)
43.05
 Fidelity Dividend Growth Fund (FDGFX)
32.02
 Fidelity Freedom Income (FFFAX)
11.70
 Fidelity Freedom 2000 (FFFBX)
12.89
 Fidelity Freedom 2010 (FFFCX)
15.41
 Fidelity Freedom 2020 (FFFDX)
16.54
 Fidelity Freedom 2030 (FFFEX)
17.25
 Fidelity Freedom 2040 (FFFFX)
10.22
 Fidelity Freedom 2050 (FFFHX)
11.92
 Fidelity Total Bond Fund (FTBFX)
10.32
 Spartan Extended market Index Fund (FSEMX)
41.15
 Spartan US Equity Index Fund (FUSEX)
54.27
 Domini Social Equity Fund (DSEFX)
34.98






~ Reminders ~




 

T-AGS OCEANOGRAPHIC SURVEY SHIPS MANNING REQUIREMENTS

REQUIRED COURSEWORK

All MM&P members are reminded that to sail aboard the T-AGS ships that MM&P-contracted Horizon Lines will be operating, you must have the required training certification and your certificates must be current in accordance with Military Sealift Command requirements. Members are also required to have had a MSC pre-employment physical and to possess Ship Security Clearance (see below).

The MSC Contract calls for all training certificates required for manning of these vessels to be no older than 5 years and that all STCW-95 courses be renewed every 5 years, or annually, as applicable.

Five-year renewable courses include, but are not limited to:

  • Advanced Fire Fighting
  • Basic Safety Training, and
  • Damage Control

Small Arms certificates must be less than 1 year old and MUST NOT expire during your tour of duty.

Members interested in applying for one of the positions onboard the T-AGS vessels are advised to make sure your certificates are up to date. If not, contact Mary Matlock or Diane Ford at MITAGS Admissions, email: admissions@mitags.org, and schedule to take the course(s) needed.

Those MM&P members interested in obtaining more information and facts about the T-AGS Oceanographic Vessels are asked to email the Director of Special Projects requesting the “facts sheet”. It will be provided by return email in an Adobe Acrobat PDF format.

Members interested in employment on the T-AGS ships are asked to provide a 1-2 page resume. Please list the desired position you are seeking along with the certificates of training you possess and their dates. Upon receipt it will be forwarded to Horizon Lines and a confirmation sent back to the member. Vessel turnover commenced Oct.17, 2004. Positions for all ratings remain open.

The point of contact for sending a resume for employment on the Horizon Lines T-AGS Oceanographic Vessels is Richard Plant, MM&P’s Director of Special Projects. Send resumes in an email or as a Word file attachment to him at: rplant@bridgedeck.org, by fax to 410-850-0973 or by mail to:

Richard Plant, Director of Special Projects

IOMM&P
700 Maritime Blvd.
Linthicum Heights, MD 21090



SHIP SECURITY CLEARANCE NEEDED

Members who want to sail for Horizon Lines on the T-AGS Oceanographic Survey vessels the company is set to begin operating for MSC must have Ship Security Clearance before going aboard.

Special software must be downloaded from the US Government’s Defense Security Service to complete the Security Clearance application. You must have an Internet connection and a Windows-based computer to retrieve the application and run the program.

Go to https://sclient.dss.mil/download/w9xfull.htm to download the software titled “EPSQ SUBJECT2_2”.

After the software is installed and the program is launched, select “Create” from the menu bar at the top of the screen. You will be required to enter your Social Security Number and a case-sensitive password. A window titled “Type of Form” will appear.

All Deck Officers should select the first button titled “Request for Security Clearance (SF86)” and then click “OK” to go to the next screen, “Type of Investigation”.

From the “Type of Investigation” screen:

  • Masters and Radio Officers should select the first button, “Single Scope Background Investigation (SSBI)”.
  • All other Deck Officers (C/M, 2/M, 3/M) should click on the second button, “National Agency Check (NAC or NACLC)”.

After selecting the appropriate investigation type, click on “OK” to begin filling in the forms.



MSC PHYSICALS

Horizon Lines requests all mariners seeking employment aboard the T-AGS Oceanographic vessels to take their MSC Physical at specially-designated facilities only after being advised to do so by the Company. This is to assure that all requirements of the MSC Physical are properly met.


MM&P FCU NEWS

GET NEW WHEELS OR LOWER EXISTING PAYMENTS WITH MM&P FCU VEHICLE FINANCING

Is it time to replace that car you’re driving? Vehicle loan rates are looking great at MM&P FCU.

Drive away in a new or used vehicle for a standard loan rate of:

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

6.75 percent for 25-48 months;
7.50 percent for 49-60 months ($20,000 minimum); and
8.00 percent for terms extending from 61-72 months ($25,000 minimum).
You can lower your loan rate even more — by 0.75 percent — by becoming a Preferred Borrower.

Are you paying a higher rate on your current vehicle loan at another institution? Consider refinancing your outside loan at the MM&P FCU and taking advantage of our lower loan rates.

MM&P FCU will finance up to 100 percent of your new vehicle loan, and up to 90 percent of NADA Book Value on a used vehicle. Maximum vehicle loan amount is $30,000.

PREFERRED BORROWERS GET LOWER LOAN RATES
MM&P FCU members can reduce the interest rate they pay on any new loan even further by becoming a preferred borrower. What is a preferred borrower? That’s a member who deposits at least 10 percent of the original loan amount into their MM&P FCU savings account and keeps those funds on deposit until the loan is paid in full. By doing this you save twice – first, your deposit works for you by earning our regular dividend savings rate, and second, you save money by reducing the interest rate on your loan by 0.75 percent.

Contact the MM&P FCU for full details on all loan programs by email to mmpfcu@bridgedeck.org or call 1-800-382-7777 toll-free.



 

MM&P HEALTH & BENEFIT PLAN NEWS

MEET OUR NEW PRESCRIPTION BENEFIT MANAGER, PHARMACARE

As you know, effective July 1, 2007, MM&P will have a new Prescription Benefit Manager, PharmaCare. If you use the mail service and have not sent your Confidential Mail Service Enrollment Form to the MM&P Plan Office, you have until June 30 to do so. Otherwise, you can call PharmaCare’s customer service line and give them the information over the telephone or send the form with your first new mail prescription directly to PharmaCare. In the next couple of days, you will be receiving a letter with your new MM&P identification cards and a prescription booklet with information on how to obtain your prescriptions. PharmaCare’s customer service number is listed in the booklet. If you have any questions, please contact the MM&P Health & Benefit Plan Advisors.



NOTICE TO MM&P HEALTH & BENEFIT PLAN PARTICIPANTS

As you know, MM&P Health & Benefit Plan members have a new prescription benefit manager, PharmaCare. When you first obtain a prescription at your retail drug store, please show your new Health & Benefit Identification Card with PharmaCare’s information. If you do not show your card, please inform your pharmacist of the following information so you can receive your prescriptions through the Plan. Your identification number HAS NOT CHANGED. Please provide the pharmacist with your full member identification number. You will have to also provide the following numbers. RxGrp#- Z50136968, RxBin: 610468 and RxPCN: PC2 

If your pharmacist has any questions, he or she should call PharmaCare directly at (800) 503-3241.  If you have any questions, PharmaCare members can call the company directly at (888) 364-6815.



WWII USCG VETERANS OUTREACH

The U.S. Coast Guard has announced an initiative to identify and collect the oral histories of its World War II veterans. Coast Guard WWII veterans, including SPARS and merchant mariners, are encouraged to record their histories online with the Library of Congress Veterans History Project at www.loc.gov/folklife/vets.

Those veterans needing assistance in recording their stories can receive help from their local Coast Guard Auxiliary public affairs contact by leaving a message at 1-877-875-6296, a toll-free call.



 

COMPANY GIVES BUCKS BACK FOR BUYING SAFE SHOES

LMS Ship Management, the company that manages vessels for Central Gulf, Sulphur Carriers and Waterman Steamship, wants to remind MM&P members that they offer their crewmembers a $75 reimbursement on the cost of purchasing certain slip-resistant shoes and boots for use aboard ship.

This offer has been in place for some time and LMS reports that “we have been pleased with the participation to date, but feel a reminder may be in order.” Their goal is for every crewmember to wear slip resistant footwear during working hours aboard their vessels.

The $75 reimbursement is available to each crewmember who provides LMS with an original receipt for the purchase of slip resistant footwear. In order for the crewmember to obtain the reimbursement, they must wear the shoes while on duty. Upon presentation of the receipt, the crewmember will be reimbursed on their pay voucher. The receipt will be retained by the Master and will remain aboard the vessel.
 

Vessels in the LMS footwear reimbursement program are:

  • Green Cove
  • Green Dale
  • Green Lake
  • Green Point
  • Atlantic Forest
  • Sulphur Enterprise
  • Energy Enterprise
  • SGT Matej C. Kocak
  • MAJ Stephen W. Pless, and
  • PFC Eugene A. Obregon

LMS notes that in order to receive reimbursement, crewmembers must purchase one of the following recommended brands:

  • WORX by Red Wing Slip Resistant Footwear
  • Caterpillar (must have steel toe & slip resistant sole)
  • Wolverine (must have steel toe and slip resistant sole)
  • Dunham Sierra Work Boot EH
  • Steel Toe Voyager
  • Georgia Boot 6- or 8-inch Safety Toe Boot
  • Dr. Marten’s (must have steel toe & slip resistant sole)

LOOK FOR THE UNION LABEL:

Of the boots listed above, Red Wing, Caterpillar and Wolverine boots are produced by US union labor.

Redwing’s Union-made products are: Red Wing shoes and boots, Red Wing motorcycle boots and Craftsman (Sears).

Wolverine World Wide manufactures boots under the Caterpillar brand using US union labor. (Other union made safety-shoe brands by Wolverine are the company’s Hy-Test, Durashock and Bates Military labels. The company’s Wolverine brand combat boots are also produced using US union labor.)

Most Dr. Marten’s shoes and boots are produced in the UK.

To find US, union-made products, visit the AFL-CIO Union Label Service and Trades website at www.unionlabel.org and click on “Union Made Product Search”. To shop for union-made products online, go to www.ShopUnionMade.org.



 

WEBSITE OFFERS UNION-MADE GOODS AND SERVICES

The Union Label recently went digital with a new website offering shoppers an array of union-made gifts, from clothing and chocolates to computers, games and greeting cards.

The website, www.shopunionmade.org, launches on the eve of the fall and winter holidays, when shoppers will spend an estimated $1 trillion on gifts, food, drinks and other seasonal items, explained Matt Bates, Secretary-Treasurer of the AFL-CIO Union Label & Service Trades Department. The all-union shopping site, however, will be a year-round operation because that is what consumers demand, he added.

“Shoppers spent $56 billion in Internet sales last year, and on-line spending is doubling every two to three years. Everyday we receive Email and calls from people who want to support good jobs by buying union-made goods and services. The website will reach millions of people, 24 hours a day, with a quick convenient way to shop union,” Bates said.

“The public is ready for this. People have seen millions of good jobs disappear and they are looking for ways to take a stand and make a difference,” he added.

The AFL-CIO will target the peak of the holiday shopping season by promoting “Buy Union Week” Nov. 26 through Dec. 5. The newly-launched, all-union shopping site will be a cornerstone of that campaign. MM&P has a link to the Shop Union Site on this website under “Links and Other Sources”.



The MM&P Wheelhouse Weekly is the official electronic newsletter of the International Organization of Masters, Mates, and Pilots, ILA, AFL-CIO, 700 Maritime Blvd. Suite B, Linthicum Heights, MD 21090-1953. Phone: 410-850-8700; Fax: 410-850-0973; Email: iommp@bridgedeck.org. For further info or to subscribe contact Lisa Rosenthal at lrosenthal@bridgedeck.org. The Wheelhouse Weekly is sent via Email to MM&P-contracted vessels at sea and is posted on our web page.

C 2007, International Organization of Masters, Mates & Pilots. All the material contained in this publication is protected by copyright. For permission to reprint text from the Weekly, contact the MM&P Communications Department: lrosenthal@bridgedeck.org. For changes of address, contact Lisa Rosenthal at lrosenthal@bridgedeck.org.

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