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Wheelhouse Weekly – October 15, 2007

October 15th 2007

 

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

Volume 11 . . . . . Number 41. . . .October 15, 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.


MM&P TO TESTIFY AGAIN ON TWIC

MM&P will present testimony on the Transportation Workers Identification Credential (TWIC) before the House Committee on Homeland Security on Oct. 18. It will be the third time the union has gone before Congress to advocate for members’ rights as the Administration implements its controversial, oft-delayed transport worker identity card program. MM&P Pilot Membership Group Vice President George Quick will testify for  MM&P. The committee has entitled the hearing, “Homeland Security Failures: TWIC Examined.”

Mariners will not be required to carry a TWIC until Sept. 25, 2008. MM&P is advocating that they be given even more time to comply because of the Transportation Security Association’s lengthy delay in rolling out the program.

Meanwhile, TSA says it still expects TWIC enrollment to begin tomorrow at the port of Wilmington. TSA has also released the names of the 11 cities in which it expects enrollment will begin in November. The cities are Corpus Christi, followed mid-month by Baton Rouge, Beaumont, Honolulu, Oakland and Tacoma. In late November, TSA said it expects enrollment to begin in Chicago/Calumet, Houston, Port Arthur, Providence and Savannah.

TSA says mariners can save time by pre-enrolling for the TWIC on its website: www.tsa.gov/twic. For more information about enrollment, TSA is encouraging calls to its customer service line: (866) 347-8942.


DHS SEEKS TO KNOW UNION AFFILIATION OF AIR TRAVELERS TO THE UNITED STATES

Labor leaders have sent a letter of protest to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) over the fact that the government, as part of its anti-terrorism campaign, has laid the framework to begin collecting information on whether airline passengers flying to the United States from Europe belong to labor unions.
Under the terms of an agreement between the United States and the European Union, European air carriers must collect and forward to DHS personal data on all passengers flying to the United States. The information that is collected can be used by DHS in its counterterrorism investigations.

AFL-CIO President John J. Sweeney and Edward Wytkind, president of the AFL-CIO’s Transportation Trades Department (TTD), wrote a joint letter to DHS Secretary Michael Chertoff expressing their concerns on Oct. 11. “We agree with the department’s objective to identify those representing a genuine threat, but we categorically reject the notion that union membership has any bearing on this determination,” Sweeney and Wytkind wrote. “Even the suggestion that union membership is somehow indicative of a threat to security is offensive to the millions of workers we are proud to represent,” the letter says.

The two say they are “extremely troubled” by the fact that data on union affiliation is being collected. They asked DHS Secretary Michael Chertoff to go on record as stating that DHS will stop collecting this information.

Unions are particularly concerned by the fact that DHS intends to make the European agreement a blueprint for future counterterrorism data-sharing agreements with other countries.


COURT RULES IN FAVOR OF PUNITIVE DAMAGES IN SOME MAINTENANCE AND CURE CASES

In a case of great importance to MM&P members, the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that companies which arbitrarily fail to pay maintenance and cure obligations to sick and injured seamen are liable for punitive damages. In Atlantic Sounding Co. v.Townsend, WL 2385928 (Aug. 23) , the 11th Circuit panel of judges ruled that punitive damages are recoverable under general maritime law upon showing a willful and arbitrary refusal to pay maintenance and cure wages.

The same court had previously ruled that punitive damages were payable in limited circumstances. Most courts, however, have ruled that punitive damages are not available under maritime law, in keeping with U.S. Supreme Court precedent in which the Court held that punitive damages were not recoverable for loss of society in a Jones Act suit. Many circuits have interpreted that decision as barring them from allowing punitive damages in any maritime claim. In the Aug. 23 ruling, the court carved out an exception in a case in which a company acts in a willful and arbitrary manner to deny  maintenance and cure. Given this ruling and the apparent disagreement with other courts, it is likely that the issue will not be resolved until the Supreme Court weighs in. Until that time, should you be denied maintenance and cure for no apparent reason, a claim for punitive damages should be made.  



UNIONS AT IMO MEETING FIGHT FOR SEAFARERS’ RIGHT TO LEGAL COUNSEL FOLLOWING AN ACCIDENT

Over the strenuous objections of the official U.S. delegation, the principle that seafarers have a right to legal counsel during accident investigations has been accepted by participants in the 83rd session of the IMO’s Maritime Safety Committee (MSC).  

MSC is the parent committee for several of the subcommittees that deal with matters of importance to MM&P members, including: manning, fair treatment of seafarers during accident investigations, guidelines for ships and coastal authorities in an emergency, and the STCW review. MSC’s work on these topics will become part of the conventions that govern international shipping.

MM&P Pilot Group Vice President George Quick and Executive Assistant to the President Mike Rodriguez participated in MSC’s recent meetings. The two are part of the delegation that represents the International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF).

Labor participants in the meetings were successful in their fight to uphold the principle that seafarers have a right to counsel during accident investigations. There was much debate over the issue, with the United States opposing the measure and stating that it cannot accept the code because it would make it “compulsory” to respect the legal rights of individuals.  Representatives of the U.S. government then went on to say that the United States will not be able to implement the code because U.S. law will not allow it.

MM&P argues that mariners have a right to counsel and that criminalizing the acts of mariners involved in an accident hinders investigators. The union also says that the threat of being criminalized for an accident drives experienced mariners from the industry and discourages new recruits from pursuing a career at sea.


COAST GUARD SAYS IT WILL ADD SOME CIVILIANS TO MARINE INSPECTION PROGRAM

In response to a request from a congressional subcommittee, the Coast Guard has developed a plan it says will strengthen its marine inspection program. One component of the plan is the addition to the marine inspection program of some civilian positions. Another is creation of a “council of maritime advisors” made up of “industry leaders, governors, academics, former military and government officials and media.” The Coast Guard says the council will be tasked with providing advice on industry trends and concerns to USCG Commandant Thad Allen.

The Coast Guard was asked to develop the plan during an Aug. 2 hearing, at which MM&P also testified, before the House Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation. MM&P testified on that occasion that civilian maritime professionals with years of experience should supplant Coast Guard officers in marine inspection roles.

The Coast Guard’s plan to revamp the marine inspection program, which was submitted to Congress Sept. 29, calls instead for the creation of a “blended” workforce of marine inspectors consisting of civilians, USCG officers and USCG enlisted personnel.

The Coast Guard said in a statement, “we recognize industry’s concern that our marine safety program lacks sufficient capacity to be responsive, inclusive, accessible, and customer-focused. We share in their desire to aggressively address this concern.”

The agency also said it was working “to improve credentialing through greater efficiency, transparency and capacity.”

It asked Congress for more time to conduct a thorough review of resource requirements before setting a timeline for achievement of the new objectives.


HONOLULU JOB CALL TIME CHANGE

In accordance with the new shipping rules adopted by the membership effective Nov. 1, job call in Honolulu will be held at 10:00 a.m. This is a permanent change to the job call time.


NOTICE TO 401K ACCOUNT HOLDERS

Members are advised to check that their voluntary 401(k) contributions are actually being deposited into their accounts by the contracted company. It is good practice to check your statements on a regular basis.



DRUG AND ALCOHOL TESTING CLASS AT PMI IN NOVEMBER

A “MED-DOT” class will be held at the Pacific Maritime Institute (PMI) in Seattle on Friday, Nov. 16.  The course fulfills the federal requirements for initial training and “refresher” training for drug and alcohol testing aboard ship. Department of Transportation (DOT) regulations require that refresher training be completed every five years. Interested members should contact the Seattle Hall at (206) 441-8700, or by e-mail: kmoran@bridgedeck.org.


ONLINE MARITIME SECURITY AWARENESS CLASS AVAILABLE STARTING TODAY

An online maritime security awareness class will be made available starting Oct. 15 by Maritime Bureau Inc.  The course, which costs $95, is audited by DNV and approved by the Maritime Administration (MARAD). To enroll go to www.mbiedu.org and follow the instructions. For more information, call Janet Peck at 678-277-9838.


SS CAPE JACOB NEWS

Members and applicants who want to sail as chief mate aboard Matson’s SS CAPE JACOB will now be required to have taken the Retail Ordnance Logistics Management System(ROLMS) course.  The course is being offered in Colts Neck, N.J., on Nov. 6-9.

Matson has also announced that it is accepting resumes for a relief chief mate (approximately 45 days) beginning on or about Nov. 15. Applicants for the job must have the following courses: Small Arms (must be current), Advanced Fire-Fighting (within five years), Materials Handling Equipment (“MHE,” or forklift training), Ordnance Handling Equipment (“OHE,” or cargo gear training), Medical Person-in-Charge (“MED-PIC”), Anti-Terrorism, Level 2, Drug/Urine Testing, AED/CPR (defibrillator/CPR), Helicopter Control Officer, Advanced CBRD Training, Retail Ordnance Logistics Management System (ROLMS).  Members and applicants interested in sailing as chief mate (45 days) and/or taking the ROLMS course should contact Teri Sullivan, via e-mail at tsullivan@Matson.com


LLOYD’S REGISTER EDUCATIONAL TRUST GIVES $375,000 GRANT TO KINGS POINT

The Lloyd’s Register Educational Trust (LRET) announced it has made a substantial grant to the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy (USMMA) at Kings Point. The $375,000 grant is the largest corporate donation ever received by the USMMA Alumni Foundation. Spokesmen for the school said the money will be used to fund simulator training for shipping liquefied natural gas and the academy’s distance-learning graduate marine engineering program. The London-based LRET was created in 2004 to promote transportation, science, engineering and technology education, training, and research.


MITAGS ACADEMIC NOTES

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: 12/11
BST � Basic Safety Training: 12/17

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

CSE-AAES � Confined Space Entry, Atmospheric Analysis of Enclosed Spaces: 11/5

FF-BADV � Combined Basic & Advanced Fire Fighting: 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-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
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 10-12-2007

D O W N A S D A Q S & P 500
14,093 2,776.57 1,545.58
Fund Name & Trading Symbol
 Closing
Price
 Vanguard Asset Allocation Fund(VAARX)
70.71
 Vanguard 500 Index Fund (VFINX)
143.93
 Vanguard Extended Market Index Fund (VEXMX)
43.62
 Vanguard International Growth Fund (VWIGX)
28.68
 Vanguard Morgan Growth Fund (VMRGX)
22.06
 Vanguard Windsor II Fund (VWNFX)
38.27
 Vanguard GNMA Fund (VFIIX)
10.16
 Vanguard Growth Index Fund (VIGRX)
34.26
 Vanguard High Yield Corporate (VWEHX)
6.11
 Vanguard LifeStrategy Conservative Growth (VSCGX)
17.53
 Vanguard LifeStrategy Growth Fund (VASGX)
26.54
 Vanguard LifeStrategy Income Fund (VASIX)
14.34
 Vanguard LifeStrategy Moderate Growth (VSMGX)
22.15
 Vanguard Target Retirement 2005 (VTOVX)
12.44
 Vanguard Target Retirement 2015 (VTXVX)
13.73
 Vanguard Target Retirement 2025 (VTTVX)
14.57
 Vanguard Target Retirement 2035 (VTTHX)
15.64
 Vanguard Target Retirement 2045 (VTIVX)
16.15
 Vanguard Total Bond Index (VBMFX)
9.95
 Vanguard Total Stock Market Index Fund (VTSMX)
37.73
 Chase Growth Fund (CHASX)
22.86
 Fidelity Asset Manager (FASMX)
17.24
 Fidelity Growth and Income (FGRIX)
31.09
 Fidelity Intermediate bond Fund (FTHRX)
10.12
 Fidelity Magellan Fund (FMAGX)
102.35
 Fidelity Small Company Instl (FMACX)
23.49
 Fidelity Value Fund (FDVLX)
90.87
 Fidelity Equity-Income II Fund (FEQTX)
25.82
 Fidelity Blue Chip Growth Fund (FBGRX)
47.01
 Fidelity Diversified International Fund (FDIVX)
44.33
 Fidelity Dividend Growth Fund (FDGFX)
32.74
 Fidelity Freedom Income (FFFAX)
11.74
 Fidelity Freedom 2000 (FFFBX)
13.00
 Fidelity Freedom 2010 (FFFCX)
15.67
 Fidelity Freedom 2020 (FFFDX)
16.93
 Fidelity Freedom 2030 (FFFEX)
17.73
 Fidelity Freedom 2040 (FFFFX)
10.52
 Fidelity Freedom 2050 (FFFHX)
12.29
 Fidelity Total Bond Fund (FTBFX)
10.28
 Spartan Extended market Index Fund (FSEMX)
42.73
 Spartan US Equity Index Fund (FUSEX)
55.31
 Domini Social Equity Fund (DSEFX)
35.79






~ 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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