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Wheelhouse Weekly – September 01, 2000

September 1st 2000


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VOLUME 4. . . . . NUMBER 35. . . September 1, 2000

STORIES COVERED



MM&P AND MEBA OFFICIALS MEET WITH USSM AT MM&P HQ

A meeting was held at MM&P HQ yesterday, Aug. 31, between MM&P, MEBA and USSM (formerly part of Sea-Land). Among the subjects discussed was the disposition of the MV NEWARK BAY and a second Atlantic-class vessel that are to be converted to ammunition carriers pursuant to a MSC contract. While there was no resolution of this issue, both unions have been assured that no licensed officers would lose their jobs in the process. Further info will be provided when it becomes available.

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MONDAY’S MM&P LABOR DAY EVENTS FOR JAX, LA-LB AND NOLA

All MM&P offices will be closed for business on Monday, Sept.5, in observance of the Labor Day holiday. The following MM&P Labor Day events will take place this Monday:

  • Jacksonville – A Labor Day Picnic sponsored by the North Florida Labor Council is scheduled for the Jacksonville Fair Grounds at 1400 hrs. on Monday. Union members, family and friends are invited. Call the Jacksonville Hall for additional info at 904-356-0041.
  • Los Angeles/Long Beach – The annual Labor Day Parade, Rally and Picnic will be held in Wilmington. MM&P members and their families will meet at the Wilmington Union Hall at 533 No. Marine Ave., from 0800-0830 for light refreshments. The parade, with the theme “Organize-2000” starts at 1000 hrs. A noon rally will be held at Banning Park. More than 60 area unions will participate. For further info, contact the Hall at 310-834-7201.
  • New Orleans – The Greater New Orleans AFL-CIO Annual Labor Day Picnic will be held on Monday at Marconi Meadows at City Park. The all day event sets sail at 1000 hrs. Food, refreshments and entertainment included with admission ticket. Contact MM&P NOLA for more info or tickets at 504-837-5700.

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MAKE HISTORY CLICKING ON THE AFL-CIO ON-LINE LABOR DAY FESTIVAL

Experience a FIRST in Labor Day events! During this upcoming Labor Day week, besides picnicking or parading, set aside time for the world’s FIRST On-line Labor Day Festival now at a computer near you through Sept. 6 at http://www.workingfamilies.com.

At workingfamilies.com, you can experience an On-line Labor Day Festival developed especially for working families:

  • Activism features, including the first “e-mail candidates” option available anywhere
  • Make your voice heard for Delta Air Lines, Mt. Olive, Overnite, Wal-Mart, Pictsweet and Kmart workers, as well as poultry workers and striking actors
  • On-Line Labor Day greeting cards to send to your friends
  • Union-themed games, including “Smash Corporate Greed”
  • Worker testimonials about the importance of unions
  • Nationwide schedule of Labor Day events
  • Greetings from celebrities and special guests

On top of all this you can hook the kids up with games and fun links. Then enjoy 100 years of US labor history in photos and play the hottest, rockingest songs of working people anywhere in cyberspace. Every day, the workingfamilies.com sweepstakes will award prizes, including a desktop computer with a monitor, $1,000, a 25″ television, T-shirts and other prizes. Enter daily to increase your chances of winning.

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WEEKENDS, THE 40-HOUR WEEK, BROUGHT TO YOU BY UNIONS

The following excerpts are from an article by Communications Workers of America President Morton Bahr which appeared in the Arizona Jewish Post regarding the accomplishments of unions:

“From its earliest beginnings in the late 1800s, brave men and women of the union movement have fought to raise the standard of living for workers in the garment industry, retail shops, mines and industry. Union members won decent wages, social security and a shorter work week for all workers.

“In doing so, they helped to create a social and economic institution that has left an indelible stamp on our American way of life, an institution that we now take for granted the weekend. For most Americans, this is a time for shopping, religious observance and leisure.

“Leisure time used to be a rare commodity. Only the rich could afford not to work every day. In fact, the rich in our society used to be called the “leisure class.” Leisure time was a dream for the majority of poor, middle-class and blue-collar workers. But organized labor won the hard-fought battle for the 40-hour work week and gave the American people the gift of the weekend.

“In 1893, Samuel Gompers said, “What does labor want? We want more schoolhouses and less jails, more books and less arsenals, more learning and less vice, more constant work and less crime, more leisure and less greed, more justice and less revenge.”

“Unions aren’t just about the economic well-being of blue-collar workers, immigrants and the poor. Just as the doctors at the American Medical Association who voted to start a union. Ask the public school teachers who are fighting for smaller class size. It’s not just about money; it’s about the quality of life.

(Editor’s note: MM&P members also know it is also about worker protection and safety while at sea. Those familar with the founding of the MM&P trace its beginnings back to the tragic burning and grounding of the wooden paddle-wheeled commuter ferry SEAWANHAKA 120 years ago. About 100 people were lost when the ferry’s boiler exploded setting it ablaze off New York City. The vessel’s Master, Capt. Charles Smith, himself burned severely, grounded the ferry saving the lives of all who did not jump off the flaming inferno. Burned and battered, Capt. Smith became a scapegoat for the disaster, and along with 12 others was charged with second degree manslaughter. Those ignorant of the perils of the sea were determined to prosecute the heroic Master. His peril was the catalyst that brought fellow Master Mariners together in unity. Unfortunately, the need to ensure the safety of MM&P members on the job and to protect them from attempts to make them dupes for accidents at sea has never ended.)

“Unions are still fighting for the rights of all Americans for a living wage, quality health and child care, retirement with dignity and some leisure time to spend with family and friends.

“This Labor Day, stop for a minute and think about the people who made it possible. Because the same people, union people, are still fighting to raise the quality of life for all Americans.”

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PHOTOS NEEDED: MM&P MEMBERS ON THE JOB AT SEA

MM&P needs good quality photos or slides of MM&P members working aboard ship. We are assembling a multi-media presentation to illustrate LDOs life at sea … from working on the bridge, to the chartroom, to the cargo deck … and need a wide diversity of hands-on action shots. For more info, contact Karl Schwartz, MM&P Communications Director, at communications@bridgedeck.org, or call him at 410-850-8700 x27. The mailing address to send photos is:

Karl D. Schwartz, Communications Director International Organization of Masters, Mates & Pilots 700 Maritime Blvd. Linthicum Heights, MD 21090

Photos and slides will be returned upon request.

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ACTING MARAD ADMINISTRATOR TO SPEAK AT DC KINGS POINT LUNCHEON

John Graykowski, Acting Maritime Administrator will be the featured speaker at the Kings Point Wash DC luncheon meeting on September 7 at Phillips Flagship Restaurant. Reservations may be made by calling Lennis Fludd at 202-366-2308.

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PORT OF LA APPROVES MAERSK LEASE; LA-LB PORTS US BUSIEST

The Port of Los Angeles has approved a 25-year lease with MM&P-contracted Maersk SeaLand for the largest proprietary container terminal in the US. The terminal and on-dock railyard will cover 485 acres, with Maersk SeaLand having an option to expand the facility to 685 acres.

US container ports are building ever-larger container terminals to handle the projected growth in cargo volume. This is especially true of LA-LB, the nation’s largest port complex. For example, the MM&P-contracted APL Ltd. terminal, which opened in 1997 at 230 acres, has already been expanded twice and now exceeds 260 acres.

The terminal, which is being constructed on a newly-developed landfill site known as Pier 400, will open in phases. The first phase is scheduled for completion in the spring of 2002. It will cover 316 acres and will include a 96-car on-dock railyard. The second phase is scheduled to open two years later to bring the facility up to 485 acres. If Maersk SeaLand exercises the option to expand, the additional acreage will be created from landfill.

For the first half of 2000, the LA/LB ports were the busiest in the US. A record 2.27 million TEU containers moved through the Port of LA, while the neighboring Port of LB handled 2.17 million TEU. The two ports combined comprise the world’s third-busiest port complex behind Hong Kong and Singapore.

In July, LA handled 232,730 loaded import TEUs, a 31.9% increase over July 1999. LB handled 224,865 TEUs, an increase of 19.2%. The import volumes were a record for both ports. The biggest single exports were waste paper products that are processed and returned to the US as packaging for consumer electronics exported by Asian countries.

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AUTHOR OF UPCOMING MARINE ELECTRIC BOOK GETS INPUT

Robert Frump, author of the upcoming book on the sinking of the MARINE ELECTRIC which was crewed by MM&P LDOs, reports that has already received some valuable input as a result of last week’s item in the Wheelhouse Weekly. He invites all those with any info to contact him at: rrfrump@aol.com.

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MITAGS HAS THE FOLLOWING COURSE OPENINGS

  • 9/05-08: SMALL ARMS
  • 9/11-15: BST
  • 9/16 CBRD-1 DAY
  • 9/18-22: TPIC
  • 9/20: CPR
  • 9/25-9/29: BRM; ROP; EINS
  • 9/30: ROR
  • 9/25 to 10/27: LAP
  • 10/11: CPR
  • 10/17-18: EAPT
  • 10/30-11/03: MED-1ST; DCS
  • 11/13-17: BST; ROP; VPM; COMP-OPS

IMPORTANT NOTICE: Course changes are posted on the MITAGS website as soon as they are made and are also updated in the Wheelhouse Weekly. It is highly recommended to check with Mary Matlock, MITAGS Admissions, for the latest course info. She may be reached at: Voice: 410-859-5700 ext. 3246; Fax: 410-859-5181; Email: admissions@mitags.org.

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MM&P MARKET WATCH AS OF 8-31

We have received requests from members at sea to include the Dow Jones Industrial Average and NASDAQ Composite Index closing numbers for the week. Since the Wheelhouse Weekly is usually distributed before the markets close on Friday, the numbers cited will be from Thursday’s close unless otherwise specified.

 DOW

 11,215.10

+306.34 for the week

 NASDAQ

 4,206.35

+446.36 for the week

We have also received requests to list the following six funds that are representative of many members’ IRAP holdings in Vanguard and Chase Mutual Funds. In future weeks, the change up or down for the week will also be indicated for the stock averages quoted above and the mutual funds listed below:

 Vanguard 500 Index Fund

 140.33

 +5.38 for the week

 Vanguard Extended Market Index Fund

 39.12

 +3.30 for the week

 Vanguard International Growth Fund

 22.23

 -0.09 for the week

 Vanguard Morgan Growth Fund

 24.20

 +1.59 for the week

 Vanguard Windsor II Fund

 26.21

 +1.02 for the week

 Chase Growth Fund

 18.01

 

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The MM&P Wheelhouse Weekly is being produced under MM&P election guidelines which have been previously published and may be found in their entirety on the MM&P website. The Wheelhouse Weekly is the official electronic newsletter of the International Organization of Masters, Mates, and Pilots, ILA, AFL-CIO, 700 Maritime Blvd., Linthicum Heights, MD 21090-1941. Phone: 410-850-8700; Fax: 410-850-0973; Email: iommp@bridgedeck.org. For further info contact John Peige at jpeige@bridgedeck.org. The Wheelhouse Weekly is sent via Email to MM&P-contracted vessels at sea, broadcast worldwide via FEC marine telex and is posted on our web page under “News” at: http://www.bridgedeck.org.

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