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Wheelhouse Weekly – October 05, 2009

October 5th 2009

 

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

Volume 13 . . . . . Number 40. . . . October 5, 2009

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.


CBP WITHDRAWS PROPOSAL TO STRENGTHEN JONES ACT ENFORCEMENT IN OFFSHORE ENERGY SUPPLY INDUSTRY

The U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agency has announced that it will withdraw a proposed rule that would have ensured tighter enforcement of the Jones Act over offshore energy operations. The agency had announced earlier this summer that it planned to revoke or modify 20 separate rulings in a quest to restore the original intent of the Jones Act as it applied to offshore operations. The Jones Act generally requires goods transported within the country to be carried on U.S.-built vessels, owned by U.S. companies and crewed by U.S. mariners. For many years, however, CBP has allowed foreign vessels to carry cargo to subsea oil and gas locations under certain conditions. Many in the U.S.-flag maritime industry feel that CBP has gone too far in allowing foreign-flag vessels to transport as well as install items originating in U.S. ports. In announcing the decision to withdraw the proposed rule change, CBP said last week that it was going to evaluate and redraft the proposal based on comments it had received from businesses and the public.


CALIFORNIA SECURITY CHIEF NAMED TSA ADMINISTRATOR

Erroll G. Southers, assistant chief of homeland security and intelligence for Los Angeles World Airports, has been selected by President Barack Obama to head the Transportation Security Administration (TSA). His nomination must be confirmed by the U.S. Senate.

TSA, which employs about 50,000 people nationwide, is responsible for the security of the nation’s airports, highways, railroads, buses, mass transit systems and ports. In his current job, Southers manages the nation’s largest airport police department, including emergency services, infrastructure protection and anti-terrorism. He is also associate director of the University of Southern California’s Center for Risk and Economic Analysis of Terrorism Events. Earlier in his career, he served as deputy director of homeland security for the state of California, a detective in the Santa Monica Police Department and a special agent with the FBI.


AFL-CIO PRESENTS HUMAN RIGHTS AWARD TO DAUGHTER OF SLAIN COLOMBIAN UNIONIST

The AFL-CIO has awarded attorney Yessika Hoyos, daughter of slain Colombian union leader Jorge Dario Hoyos, the 2008 George Meany-Lane Kirkland Human Rights Award for “her extraordinary courage and her dedication to the cause of workers’ rights.”

Dario Hoyos was assassinated seven years ago. Since then, Yessika Hoyos has fought tirelessly to bring her father’s killers to justice. “Even though the low-level triggermen responsible for her father’s death have been prosecuted,” said AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka, “the masterminds who ordered his death have not been found—an all-too-common scenario in the deadliest country in the world for union members.”

In accepting the award, Hoyos said through an interpreter that the solidarity of the U.S. union movement encourages Colombian workers to continue the quest for fair working conditions and a decent standard of living. “Your actions and your support encourage us to continue on our difficult path that will finally bring us to better and more dignified destinations,” she said.


IN ITALY, MAFIA IMPLICATED IN TOXIC WASTE-SUNKEN VESSEL SCAM

A shipwreck said to contain barrels of toxic waste is being investigated by Italian authorities who believe it was deliberately sunk by the mafia. An informant for the Calabrian mafia has told police that the ship, which is now submerged about 18 miles off the southwest coast of Italy, was one of a number he personally blew up.  The informant said the mafia has muscled in on the lucrative business of radioactive waste disposal and that at least two other ships containing toxic waste had been sunk in the area. Photos taken by a robot camera show one vessel surrounded by a number of yellow barrels labeled “toxic.” A spokesman for the Italian government said that if the samples prove to be radioactive, a search for up to 30 other vessels believed scuttled by the mafia would begin immediately.


COAST GUARD RESPONDS TO OIL SPILL IN HOUSTON SHIP CHANNEL

The Coast Guard and other rescuers responded last week to an oil spill in the Houston Ship Channel when a chemical supply vessel hit a barge. Watchstanders from Sector Houston-Galveston received a call at approximately 9 p.m. Friday, Sept. 25, reporting that the 458-foot MV CHEMICAL SUPPLIER had collided with Buffalo Barge #251 in the vicinity of Brady’s Island near the I-610 bridge. The CHEMICAL SUPPLIER was headed inbound and attempting to turn around in the ship channel when it struck the barge, resulting in the rupture of one of the vessel’s fuel tanks. The leak was secured at approximately 1:25 a.m. The fuel tank contained an estimated 22,500 gallons of fuel oil. 


RECREATIONAL BOATING DEATHS RISE IN CONTEXT OF GENERAL DROP IN TRANSPORTATION FATALITIES

Transportation deaths decreased by almost 10 percent in 2008, according to figures released last week by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB). This marks the third consecutive year in which the number of transportation fatalities decreased. Marine deaths increased slightly (from 766 to 779). The vast majority of maritime fatalities (709) occurred in the context of recreational boating accidents.


MARITIME INDUSTRIES ACADEMY HIGH SCHOOL IN BALTIMORE SEEKS INSTRUCTOR

The Maritime Industries Academy, an urban public school in Baltimore that serves approximately 450 students in grades 9-12, is looking for a full-time faculty member to teach the 9th grade introductory course, “Maritime Professional Studies.” The full-time teaching position will require curriculum development, maritime program coordination and direct instruction.

In most cases, minimum qualifications will include a bachelor’s degree in an appropriate discipline related to maritime studies, excellent communication and leadership skills, mastery of Microsoft Office and a USCG license as third mate or third assistant engineer. However, exceptional candidates with significant maritime experience who do not meet minimum qualifications may be considered. Salary is commensurate with the education and experience of the individual. A background investigation is required prior to employment. Applicants should submit a letter of interest, resume and the names, addresses and telephone numbers of at least three professional references. Send application documents by e-mail, fax or regular mail to Joy Pinder Savage, Principal, 5001 Sinclair Lane, Baltimore, MD 21206, jsavage@bcps.k12.md.us, 410-396-0242 or 410-396-0085 (fax).


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

The next meeting of the Ship Operations Cooperative Program (SOCP) will be held at MM&P’s training institute, MITAGS, in Linthicum, Md. The meeting, which will focus on air emissions, 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, who is now with the American Bureau of Shipping. Among the specific topics to be discussed are diesel emissions reduction technology, incentives and funding.


WOMEN ON THE WATER CONFERENCE OCT. 15-17 IN MAINE

The Maritime Administration is encouraging everyone interested in the maritime industry to attend its 3rd annual “Women on the Water” conference at Maine Maritime Academy Oct. 15 to 17. The event brings midshipmen and cadets attending America’s maritime academies together with successful members of the maritime industry to discuss current issues. This year’s conference will address topics that include piracy, fatigue, health and criminalization. For more information, e-mail: womenonthewater@dot.gov. You can register online at http://www.mailermailer.com/rd?http://wow.mma.edu or by calling Rhonda Varney in the Conferences Department at Maine Maritime Academy, (207) 326-2283. To register by mail, write to Maine Maritime Academy, Women on the Water Conference, 70 Pleasant St., Castine, ME 04420. 


VETERANS DAY KINGS POINT DINNER AT MITAGS

The Chesapeake Chapter of the Kings Point Alumni Association will hold a Veterans Day Maritime Dinner Program at MITAGS on Nov. 11. The evening begins with a tour of the MITAGS Simulator Technology Center. The keynote speaker is Rear Adm. Mark H. “Buz” Buzby, Commander, Military Sealift Command. The event, honoring all military and merchant marine veterans, will feature 30 table top exhibits, a Veterans Day Ceremony and the USMMA Regimental Color Guard. For more information, contact Gary Hicks at kpchesapeake@comcast.net.


NOTE FROM THE MM&P INTERNATIONAL PRESIDENT: JOB OPPORTUNITY

As has been reported in previous editions of The Wheelhouse Weekly, Michael Rodriguez has left the position of executive assistant to the MM&P International President for a new job as a senior professional staff member on the House of Representatives Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure.

Within the next few months, we will be interviewing candidates to fill the vacancy created by Mike’s departure. We are most interested in candidates who have experience writing contracts and the ability to work with spreadsheets to develop contract proposals and bids, as well as an understanding of what it takes to represent MM&P in matters before the U.S. government in Washington, D.C., as well as internationally.

We understand there may not be one individual who possesses all these talents. Consequently, we are looking for the individual whose experience best matches our interests and requirements. We would prefer to hire an MM&P member and would encourage those with a law degree and/or experience writing contract proposals to apply. If you are interested in being considered for this position, please send your resume to:

Timothy A. Brown
MM&P International President
c/o Audrey Scharmann
Masters, Mates & Pilots
700 Maritime Blvd., Suite B
Linthicum Heights, MD 21090-1953


GREEK SHIPPING COMPANY WILL PAY FINE FOR INVASIVE SPECIES VIOLATIONS

The Justice Department has announced the first criminal prosecutions under the Nonindigenous Aquatic Nuisance Prevention and Control Act. Polembros Shipping LTD., headquartered in Greece, and its agents pleaded guilty to violating anti-pollution laws, ship safety laws and making false statements during a Coast Guard investigation. Under the terms of the plea agreement, the company will pay a $2.7 million criminal fine and a separate $100,000 community service fine to fund efforts to mitigate the effects of marine invasive species. As a condition of the probation, all ships owned or managed by Polembros (now 20 vessels) will be barred from entering U.S. ports and territorial waters for three years. Officers on board one of the company’s ship have also pleaded guilty to bypassing the vessel’s oily water separator, failing to maintain an adequate record book, obstruction of justice and violations of environmental and ship safety laws.


MITAGS ACADEMIC NOTES

CLASS OPENINGS: Between now and the end of 2009, seats are available in the following courses:


AB � Able Bodied Seaman: 10/12

ARPA – Automatic Radar Plotting Aids: 11/16

BST – Basic Safety Training: 12/7

BRM – Bridge Resource Management: 11/16

BRMP – Bridge Resource Management for Pilots: 12/3

CNAV – Celestial Navigation: 10/19

[CMM – Chief Mate and Master Courses]

CMM-ADVSTB � Advanced Stability: 12/14

CMM-ADVWX – Advanced Meteorology: 11/16

CMM-CHS II – Advanced Cargo Operations (week 2): 10/12

CMM-MPP – Marine Propulsion Plants: 11/2

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):  10/12, 11/9, 11/30, 12/14

CMM-SHS-ADV-I I – Advanced Shiphandling (week 2): 11/2, 11/16, 12/7

CMM-WKP – Advanced Watchkeeping: 11/9

EP – Emergency Procedures: 11/4

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

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

HAZ – Hazardous Materials (5-Day) course: 10/12

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

LEG – Legal Aspects of Pilotage: 12/2

LNG AWAR � Liquefied Natural Gas Awareness: 12/14

MEDIA RSP – Media Response Workshop: 11/19

MED-DOT-DA – Dept. of Trans Drug & Alcohol Testing: 10/17, 11/14

[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: 10/12, 11/9, 11/16

SAR – Search & Rescue: 11/2

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

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

SHS-BAS – Basic Shiphandling: 11/9

SHS-EMR-5 – Emergency Shiphandling: 12/7

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

October 2009

12-16   Basic Meteorology
12        Security Refresher
19-30  GMDSS
19-23  Tankerman Person In Charge
26        Radar Renewal
26-30 Medical Care Provider
27-29  Security VCF

November 2009

2-13    Watchkeeping with BRM
2-6      Radar Observer Unlimited
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 10-2-2009

D O W N A S D A Q S & P 500
9,509.28 2,048.11 1,025.21
Fund Name & Trading Symbol
 Closing
Price
 Vanguard Asset Allocation Fund(VAARX)
46.38
 Vanguard 500 Index Fund (VFINX)
94.52
 Vanguard Extended Market Index Fund (VEXMX)
30.13
 Vanguard International Growth Fund (VWIGX)
16.04
 Vanguard Morgan Growth Fund (VMRGX)
13.85
 Vanguard Windsor II Fund (VWNFX)
21.76
 Vanguard GNMA Fund (VFIIX)
10.77
 Vanguard Growth Index Fund (VIGRX)
24.71
 Vanguard High Yield Corporate (VWEHX)
5.28
 Vanguard LifeStrategy Conservative Growth (VSCGX)
14.72
 Vanguard LifeStrategy Growth Fund (VASGX)
18.52
 Vanguard LifeStrategy Income Fund (VASIX)
13.14
 Vanguard LifeStrategy Moderate Growth (VSMGX)
17.05
 Vanguard Target Retirement 2005 (VTOVX)
10.87
 Vanguard Target Retirement 2015 (VTXVX)
11.00
 Vanguard Target Retirement 2025 (VTTVX)
11.85
 Vanguard Target Retirement 2035 (VTTHX)
10.99
 Vanguard Target Retirement 2045 (VTIVX)
11.37
 Vanguard Total Bond Index (VBMFX)
10.46
 Vanguard Total Stock Market Index Fund (VTSMX)
25.26
 Chase Growth Fund (CHASX)
14.21
 Fidelity Asset Manager (FASMX)
13.19
 Fidelity Growth and Income (FGRIX)
14.81
 Fidelity Intermediate bond Fund (FTHRX)
10.18
 Fidelity Magellan Fund (FMAGX)
59.52
 Fidelity Small Company Instl (FMACX)
14.51
 Fidelity Value Fund (FDVLX)
52.43
 Fidelity Equity-Income II Fund (FEQTX)
15.22
 Fidelity Blue Chip Growth Fund (FBGRX)
33.68
 Fidelity Diversified International Fund (FDIVX)
26.50
 Fidelity Dividend Growth Fund (FDGFX)
21.55
 Fidelity Freedom Income (FFFAX)
10.57
 Fidelity Freedom 2000 (FFFBX)
11.26
 Fidelity Freedom 2010 (FFFCX)
12.20
 Fidelity Freedom 2020 (FFFDX)
12.09
 Fidelity Freedom 2030 (FFFEX)
11.81
 Fidelity Freedom 2040 (FFFFX)
6.80
 Fidelity Freedom 2050 (FFFHX)
7.89
 Fidelity Total Bond Fund (FTBFX)
10.47
 Spartan Extended market Index Fund (FSEMX)
28.24
 Spartan US Equity Index Fund (FUSEX)
36.26
 Domini Social Equity Fund (DSEFX)
23.91





~ 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.

© 2009, 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.