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Wheelhouse Weekly – September 10, 2007

September 10th 2007

 

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

Volume 11 . . . . . Number 36. . . .September 10, 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.


NEWBUILD MV GREEN BAY, A PURE CAR/TRUCK CARRIER, JOINS WATERMAN FLEET

The newbuild pure car/truck carrier MV GREEN BAY will join the Waterman fleet of MM&P-contracted vessels this week. The new ship, which can carry about 6,400 cars, was built in 2007 at Toyohashi Shipbuilding Co. Ltd. in Japan and delivered to Waterman in August. It will be flagged in under the Maritime Security Program (MSP) in replacement of the ATLANTIC FOREST. Waterman said the vessel has the following specifications: LOA 200 meters; beam 32.26 meters; gross tonnage 59,217.


HOMELAND SECURITY DEPARTMENT LAGS BEHIND ON TWIC, SAY GOVERNMENT INVESTIGATORS

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has “generally not achieved” the benchmarks Congress set for it in terms of the development and implementation of the Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC), according to the Government Accountability Office (GAO).  The government watchdog unit made the assertion in its “Progress Report on Implementation of DHS Mission and Management Functions,” which was made public Sept. 7. The report was compiled based on information collected by GAO and by the Inspector General’s Office within DHS itself.

“While DHS has taken steps to provide for an effective national facility access control system at ports, significant challenges remain,” according to the GAO. It said DHS had not yet demonstrated that the technology underlying the TWIC program, including the biometric card readers, could work effectively in the maritime environment. It also criticized the agency for not taking stakeholders’ input in account, saying that the agency had failed to “communicate and coordinate” with the stakeholders at all 15 TWIC pilot locations regarding any problems that arose during testing at their facilities.

The massive access control program, which is intended to eventually cover somewhere between 750,000 and 1.5 million transport industry workers, has been put on indefinite hold by the Transportation Security Administration, the DHS body which, along with the U.S. Coast Guard, is tasked with developing and implementing the card.



GLOBALIZATION CREATES NEW OPPORTUNITIES FOR UNIONS

The global interdependence of companies and industries has created new opportunities for cross-border union organizing, according to the International Transport Workers Federation (ITF). Unions that devote serious attention to networking on both a national and an international level, and those that are able to use the Internet strategically, may be able to make real gains, says ITF General Secretary David Cockroft.

“The increasing international interdependence of the transport and logistics business can provide new opportunities for well-organized international union action,” Cockroft told participants in the Aug. 25-26 congress of Swedish transport union Svenska Transportarbetareförbundet (STF).

“But to be effective,” he said, “we have to identify the companies, industries and global transport hubs where we can be most effective and help unions there organize directly. We have to network rank and file members of unions with similar interests together on a daily basis, using the Internet. And we sometimes have to change the way our member unions carry out the process of organizing new members,” he said.


SWEDISH CLUB REPORT FINDS INTERNATIONAL ACCIDENT INCREASE CAUSED BY INADEQUATE MANNING LEVELS, USE OF INEXPERIENCED CREW

The number of serious marine accidents is on the rise because crews are operating under ever-increasing pressure and because workforce changes have resulted in lower retention rates for skilled professional mariners, according to a report issued by marine mutual insurer the Swedish Club. The report looked into accident claims filed during 2005 and 2006 that involved collision and contact damage in port approaches and coastal waters. In commenting on the report, Frans Malmros, the Swedish Club’s managing director, said that in the 1990s, the number of accidents had dropped from previous years, but that recent changes in the workforce are reversing that trend.“Since 2000,” he said, “there has been an increase in the number of new recruits to shipping, but this is coupled with lower retentions and faster promotions. People now have less time to get to know their ship. Meanwhile, the paperwork and inspection-related workload continue to mushroom, but the average crew size is static.”

To reduce the risk, the report recommends longer introduction periods for new recruits, close monitoring of crew competence levels, and more emphasis on pre-planning. It also advised deck officers to delegate non essential administrative tasks whenever possible.

MM&P and other maritime labor organizations argue that a contributing factor is that skilled mariners are being driven out of the industry by the worsening of overall employment conditions. Another factor may be that the industry’s over-reliance on technology is undermining the development of the experience and skills needed for sound decision making. MM&P advocates the design of integrated navigation and automated systems that take into account the human element in bridge resource management and better integrate the needs of the watchkeeper into navigation of the ship. The International Maritime Organization (IMO) is working with other organizations to improve technological navigational devices and to address the fatigue and stress factors that lead to increased accidents. IMO’s goal is to develop a mandatory system or methodology to determine safe manning levels which would prevent countries with open registers from profiting from use of inadequate and unsafe manning levels as a means of obtaining commercial advantage in the international market.


CRIMINALIZATION RISK A DISINCENTIVE TO POTENTIAL MARINERS

The tendency of some governments to unjustly hold seafarers criminally liable for accidents involving damage to the environment is yet another disincentive to young people who would otherwise choose careers in the merchant marine, according to Jon Whitlow of the Seafarers’ Section of the International Transport Workers Federation (ITF). In a Sept. 7 speech to a conference on maritime manpower in Singapore, Whitlow said that moves towards smaller crews and faster turnaround times, along with ever-increasing training requirements, are adding to the pressure that today’s mariners feel. He said the situation has reached “a crisis point” and called on governments to ensure that “mariners are treated in a manner that preserves their human dignity at all times.”



USCG URGES EXTRA CAUTION IN ENCODING AIS SYSTEMS

The U.S. Coast Guard has circulated an alert that reminds all ships to make sure that their on-board automatic identification systems (AIS) are transmitting the proper information. In particular, the alert says, the USCG is concerned that some users are not “obtaining, registering and/or properly entering their assigned 9-digit maritime mobile service identity (MMSI) number into the devices.” The Coast Guard said that the National GMDSS Task Force shares its concerns. “Statistics show that many mariners in distress do not properly identify themselves nor provide a precise location when radioing for help, which delays rescue services in arriving at the scene quickly and providing the assistance needed,” the Coast Guard said.


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.


COAST GUARD ANNOUNCES PENALTIES FOR BLOCKING HAWAII SUPERFERRY

The U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) issued a release detailing the measures it plans to take to enable passage of the Hawaii Superferry, which has been the object of protests by environmentalists. For the meantime, in any case, the Hawaii Supreme Court has blocked the ferry until a thorough analysis of its impact on the environment has been carried out. The USCG says it plans to designate a “safe demonstration area” between Kalapaki Beach and Kukii Point, where demonstrators can show their opposition without getting in the way of the giant ship. The agency said anyone who attempts to interfere with or damage the vessel can be punished with up to 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $25,000. It warned that vessels used in protests, including “surfboards, kayaks and canoes,” could be confiscated.


MITAGS ACADEMIC NOTES

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 November 2007, seats are available in the following courses:

AIS – Automatic Identification System: 11/30
ARPA – Automatic Radar Plotting Aids: 9/18, 11/12

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

[CMM – Chief Mate and Master Courses]
CMM-CHS I � Advanced Cargo Handling (week 1): 9/17, 11/26
CMM-CHS II � Advanced Cargo Handling (week 2): 9/24
CMM-ADVSTB – Advanced Stability: 11/12
CMM-MPP � Marine Propulsion Plants: 10/1
CMM-SHS-ADV-I-Advanced Shiphandling (week 1): 11/26
CMM-SHMGT-I � Ship Management (week 1): 10/15
CMM-SHMGT-II� Ship Management (week 2): 10/8
CMM-VPEN � Voyage Planning and Electronic Navigation: 10/8, 11/5
CMM-WKP � Advanced Watchkeeping: 10/22

COMP-OPSYS � Basic Computer Operating Systems: 10/8
CONT PLNG � Contingency Planning: 9/21
CSE-AAES � Confined Space Entry, Atmospheric Analysis of Enclosed Spaces: 9/24, 11/5

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

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

LEG � Legal Aspects of Pilotage: 10/17 (evening class)
MED-DOT-DA – Dept. of Trans Drug & Alcohol Testing: 9/15, 11/10
MED-PIC � Medical Person In Charge: 11/5
MED-PRO � Medical Care Provider: 9/10, 11/5
MEDIA RSP � Media Response: 9/20, 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: 9/17, 10/15
ROP-5 � Radar Observer Unlimited (Original/Renewal): 10/1, 11/5

SEC-VCF � Security Officer: Vessel, Company & Facility: 9/17, 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

TPIC � Tankerman Person-In-Charge: 9/10
TTT � Train the Trainer (Instructor training): 9/17

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 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)

September 2007
10th    RADAR RENEWAL
10-14  BST
10-14  AB
10-14  MED PRO
10-14  TCNAV
10-14  SHS BAS
17-21  MED PRO
17-21  ARPA
17-21  SHS BAS
17-21  TCNAV
17-28  GMDSS
19-21  AFF
24-5    WKP
24-28 ROP
26-28 AFF

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 9-7-2007

D O W N A S D A Q S & P 500
13,113 2,566 1,454
Fund Name & Trading Symbol
 Closing
Price
 Vanguard Asset Allocation Fund(VAARX)
66.65
 Vanguard 500 Index Fund (VFINX)
134.36
 Vanguard Extended Market Index Fund (VEXMX)
40.34
 Vanguard International Growth Fund (VWIGX)
25.74
 Vanguard Morgan Growth Fund (VMRGX)
20.35
 Vanguard Windsor II Fund (VWNFX)
35.91
 Vanguard GNMA Fund (VFIIX)
10.25
 Vanguard Growth Index Fund (VIGRX)
31.68
 Vanguard High Yield Corporate (VWEHX)
5.96
 Vanguard LifeStrategy Conservative Growth (VSCGX)
17.06
 Vanguard LifeStrategy Growth Fund (VASGX)
24.79
 Vanguard LifeStrategy Income Fund (VASIX)
14.23
 Vanguard LifeStrategy Moderate Growth (VSMGX)
21.05
 Vanguard Target Retirement 2005 (VTOVX)
12.03
 Vanguard Target Retirement 2015 (VTXVX)
13.05
 Vanguard Target Retirement 2025 (VTTVX)
13.67
 Vanguard Target Retirement 2035 (VTTHX)
14.54
 Vanguard Target Retirement 2045 (VTIVX)
15.01
 Vanguard Total Bond Index (VBMFX)
10.04
 Vanguard Total Stock Market Index Fund (VTSMX)
35.17
 Chase Growth Fund (CHASX)
20.68
 Fidelity Asset Manager (FASMX)
16.59
 Fidelity Growth and Income (FGRIX)
28.79
 Fidelity Intermediate bond Fund (FTHRX)
10.20
 Fidelity Magellan Fund (FMAGX)
92.40
 Fidelity Small Company Instl (FMACX)
21.84
 Fidelity Value Fund (FDVLX)
85.12
 Fidelity Equity-Income II Fund (FEQTX)
24.09
 Fidelity Blue Chip Growth Fund (FBGRX)
42.93
 Fidelity Diversified International Fund (FDIVX)
39.65
 Fidelity Dividend Growth Fund (FDGFX)
30.93
 Fidelity Freedom Income (FFFAX)
11.54
 Fidelity Freedom 2000 (FFFBX)
12.66
 Fidelity Freedom 2010 (FFFCX)
14.90
 Fidelity Freedom 2020 (FFFDX)
15.84
 Fidelity Freedom 2030 (FFFEX)
16.40
 Fidelity Freedom 2040 (FFFFX)
9.70
 Fidelity Freedom 2050 (FFFHX)
11.27
 Spartan US Equity Index Fund (FUSEX)
52.31
 Domini Social Equity Fund (DSEFX)
34.01






~ 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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