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Wheelhouse Weekly – September 15, 2005

September 15th 2005


 


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Volume 9 . . . . . Number 37 . . . . September 15, 2005


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MM&P NOLA PORT OFFICE RETURNS TO LIMITED OPERATIONS

New Orleans Representative Sue Bourcq reports that MM&P’s port office in Metairie has returned to limited operations. Electrical power has been restored although the air conditioning is not working making office operations difficult in the sweltering 90-degree heat. Some limited phone service has been restored although it remains spotty. Bourcq reports that she also has e-mail capability at sbourcq@bridgedeck.org. Effective on Monday, Sept. 19, she is planning to have the office open on a limited schedule from 1000 to 1400 hours daily until conditions in Metairie become more stabilized.

Bourcq also reports that she has received a special permit to enter the business district as local officials consider her position vital to the rebuilding of the area. The permit allows her to pass through police checkpoints in order to get to the office. While there was minor damage to the roof of the building that houses the MM&P office, the second floor office itself was not damaged. Unfortunately, that is not the case throughout most of Metairie as Bourcq reports that, “Metairie looks like a bomb went off. The windows of many buildings have been blown out and most buildings have suffered major roof damage. It looks like a ghost town. At the major intersection of Causeway and Veterans Highway, mine was the only car in sight at 10:30 in the morning, which is absolutely unreal.”

Bourcq says that her house was severely flooded and also received major damage from falling trees. “My house is nothing more than a shell. We had to pile all of my household goods out on the sidewalk. When I was gone to try and get the MM&P office up and running, someone came along and took all of my major appliances. There’s nothing left,” she said. “The looting is absurd. They are even breaking into gated communities that weren’t hit that hard and backing trucks up to the houses and taking everything inside because the people living there have been evacuated and can’t get back to their homes.”

Bourcq also says that the random acts of kindness from complete strangers have been outstanding: “People have come here from all over the US to help out. There was even a lady from Briton who flew here to help us out.” There have also been many heart-wrenching stories: “A friend of mine told me of a woman who was just rescued after days of being trapped in her house. There was six feet of water in the house and she was sitting in a chair that she had placed on top of her kitchen table. The water was up to her breastbone. When they rescued her, she was still holding on to her dead mother and dead daughter because she didn’t want them to float away.”

 




 

MASTERS, MATES & PILOTS DISASTER RELIEF FUND ESTABLISHED

A letter to MM&P members has been sent out soliciting donations for the Masters, Mates & Pilots Disaster Relief Fund to help members and applicants needing assistance following Hurricane Katrina. The letter can be viewed on the MM&P web site at
. The MM&P has provided a significant contribution from the general treasury to kick off the financing of this fund. All requests for assistance from the proceeds generated by this fund must be made in writing and sent to MM&P Headquarters, 700 Maritime Blvd. Linthicum, MD 21090 in care of John Gorman, Comptroller or Beverly Gutmann, Asst. Comptroller.



 

USCG ASSISTS MERCHANT MARINERS AFFECTED BY HURRICANE KATRINA

The US Coast Guard is moving quickly to restore vital services to merchant mariners in the New Orleans area. Hurricane Katrina flooded the USCG’s Regional Examination Center (REC) in New Orleans and the office remains inaccessible. This REC is the largest in the country and regularly issues 20 percent of all mariners’ credentials issued nationwide. Many mariners in the hurricane devastated area also lost their credentials in the subsequent flooding.

Short-term plans include the augmentation of staffs at RECs surrounding REC New Orleans’ area, including Houston, Memphis, Charleston, and Miami, with personnel who formerly staffed the REC in New Orleans. (Houston, previously reported as having incurred a loss of communications has been restored to full operating capability.) In addition, the USCG will establish REC representatives at the Marine Safety Office, Morgan City, LA, to provide limited services to mariners including fingerprinting and identification.

Mariners who lost their credentials as a result of the hurricane may apply for duplicate credentials at any REC since the USCG’s centralized, electronic records will enable replacement credentials to be issued. Mariners who had an application pending in New Orleans should contact another REC and provide that REC with copies of the documents submitted to the New Orleans REC along with any correspondence received in response to the application. More info on USCG efforts to restore services to mariners may be found on the Internet at http://www.uscg.mil/stcw/index.htm.

Here’s a complete list of USCG REC centers with phone numbers:
Anchorage (907) 271-6736
Baltimore (410) 962-5132/5147
Boston (617) 223-3040/41/42
Charleston (843) 720-3250 or (800) 826-1511
Guam (671) 339-2001
Honolulu (808) 522-8264
Houston (713) 948-3350/51
Juneau (907) 463-2458
San Pedro (310) 732-2080
Memphis (901) 544-3297 or (866) 777-2784
Miami (305) 536-6548/49/6874 or (800) 982-9374
New York (212) 668-7492/7864/4970/6395
Portland, OR (503) 240-9346
Oakland, CA (510) 637-1124
San Juan (787) 729-2376
Seattle (206) 220-7327
St. Louis (314) 539-3091
Toledo, OH (419) 418-6010



 

NEW ORLEANS: SW PASS TRANSITS RESTRICTED UNTIL SEPT.26

Maritime authorities say that the Bar Pilots at New Orleans do not anticipate opening the South West Pass for 24-hour transits until about September 26 because no full crewing station is available. Vessels may have to anchor overnight because of the daylight-only restrictions, but will be moved at first light. Once repairs to the ranges in the South West Pass are completed, the Bar Pilots will begin moving vessels up to 47-ft of draft. This increase may be effected before 24-hour transits resume. The dredge STUYVESANT is dredging an area of shoaling at Mile 19.5 BHP that should allow the increase in draft at about the same time that critical aids to navigation are repaired.

 


SOME MILITARY UNITS DEPART NOLA AS CONDITIONS BEGIN TO STABILIZE

Some military units that deployed to support Hurricane Katrina operations are preparing to return to their home stations military officials announced on Wednesday. The carrier USS HARRY S. TRUMAN and dock landing ship USS WHIDBEY ISLAND are among those vessels returning to their home ports.

Officials said some re-deploying forces have completed their missions, while local or state capabilities are in place to take over the missions of others. At the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s request, officials said, more military resources are being deployed to support relief and recovery operations. “As relief operations continue, DOD will continue to adjust its forces to support the FEMA-led effort,” according to a statement. More than 72,000 active and reserve component troops have supported Hurricane Katrina relief operations.

In response to a FEMA request that DOD perform all aspects of the mortuary affairs mission until another contractor can be found, nine mortuary affairs teams from the 54th Quartermaster Company arrived in New Orleans on Sept. 13. Seven installations are providing support as transportation staging areas for ice, water, food and medical supplies. FEMA has ordered 21 million military packaged meals, and 19.9 million have been delivered, while 1 million have been diverted to Virginia and Georgia to support Hurricane Ophelia response if required.

Some 789 beds are available in field hospitals: New Orleans International Airport (25 beds), assault ships USS BATAAN (360 beds) and USS IWO JIMA (105 beds), dock landing ship USS TORTUGA (35 beds), 14th Combat Support Hospital (204 beds), and amphibious transport dock USS SHREVEPORT (60 beds). Hospital ship USNS COMFORT, crewed by some MM&P members, remains in Pascagoula, MS.

Defense Department officials provided the following operational highlights as of Sept.14 regarding DOD’s support in the on-going hurricane recovery effort: 68,451 active and reserve component personnel are on the ground or aboard ships supporting relief operations; 19 US Navy ships are in the area; DOD aviation support in the area consists of 271 helicopters and 75 planes; active duty units have flown 2,911 search and rescue, evacuation and medical support sorties while the National Guard has flown 9,313 missions.


MM&P OPPOSES CHANGES TO LICENSING AND DOCUMENTATION REGS

MM&P Pilots Vice President Capt. George Quick joined MM&P Gulf Ports Vice President Bob Groh at the US Coast Guard’s Merchant Marine Personnel Advisory Committee (MERPAC) meeting at Star Center in Dania, FL, on Thursday, Sept. 8. Capt. Quick filed the following report on the meeting.

“The USCG had extensively revised their original Legislative Change Proposal (LCP) to amend the licensing and documentation statutes prior to the meeting in an attempt to obtain the endorsement and support of MERPAC. In two days of debate, the USCG accepted further revisions recommended by MERPAC. On Thursday afternoon during the session to vote on acceptance of the final USCG draft it was clear that the MERPAC members were unwilling to endorse or support the USCG revised proposal even with the accepted changes.

On a motion to accept for the record the recommendations of MERPAC on the USCG proposal, MITAGS Executive Director Glen Paine offered an amendment to the motion that such acceptance would not constitute endorsement or support for the USCG’s efforts to change the present Congressionally mandated licensing and documentation statutes.

During the discussion of Glen’s amendment it was very apparent to the USCG that they had no support from MERPAC. The USCG then intervened and withdrew the proposal from the agenda of MERPAC to avoid a negative vote indicating a lack of support for their proposal on the official record. Where this leaves the USCG’s credentialing proposal is unknown. The Executive Director of MERPAC, Capt. Thomas (USCG), stated that the future direction of the USCG on the credentialing LCP was now uncertain and would be decided by higher authority at USCG Headquarters.

If the USCG continues to press for revision of the credentialing statutes before Congress they will do so with no support from labor or industry. It is hard to believe that the USCG will continue to spend much political capital on this low priority issue to overcome labor and industry opposition with so many more important issues affecting the USCG before Congress. Glen Paine should be commended for his active participation in achieving a satisfactory outcome on this issue at MERPAC.”


GERMAN-OWNED TUI TO ACQUIRE CP SHIPS

TUI, a German corporation and the parent of the German vessel operator Hapag-Lloyd, is acquiring CP Ships through a stock purchase. The acquisition will bring the ultimate control of CP’s five maritime security program vessels under the ownership of TUI.


TOP AMO OFFICIALS INDICTED ON RACKETEERING CHARGES

According to the Associated Press, the president of the American Maritime Officers (AMO), his brother and two other officials are charged in a federal indictment with embezzlement of union money, election-rigging and fraud, federal prosecutors said Wednesday. The 13-count indictment unsealed Wednesday names Michael McKay, 58, national president of the American Maritime Officers Union, and Robert McKay, 55, the union’s national secretary-treasurer. One current union employee, 55-year-old James Lynch, and former employee Phillip Ciccarelli, 64, were also charged. The union’s national headquarters are located in Dania, FL.

Prosecutors say that the McKays conspired in 1993 and 1996 to rig the union’s elections by stuffing ballot boxes and destroying ballots cast for their opponents and for union initiatives supported by the opponents. They also allegedly embezzled money from union benefit plans for such things as hockey tickets, cigars and personal boat repairs, and used free union housing in Dania for themselves, family members and guests, according to the indictment. If convicted, the charges could land all four defendants in prison for lengthy sentences. In addition, the government is seeking forfeiture of more than $528,000 from the defendants.

On Wednesday, both McKay brothers pleaded not guilty in a Fort Lauderdale federal court and were released on $500,000 bail each. Their attorneys immediately proclaimed their innocence and said they look forward to clearing the matter in court.


SENIOR ILA UNION LEADER PLEADS GUILTY TO CONSPIRACY

The maritime newsletter Fairplay reports that one of three high-ranking longshoremen set to stand trial next week on corruption charges has pleaded guilty in a Brooklyn federal court. Albert Cernadas, decades-long president of International Longshoremen’s Association (ILA) Local 1235 in Newark and executive vice president of the international union, pleaded guilty to conspiracy on Tuesday and agreed to quit all union posts for life.

In return, Cernadas faces no more than six months in prison under federal sentencing guidelines and the 70-year-old labor leader will also be exempted from the Federal government’s pending Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) act civil trial that has yet to be scheduled. Still scheduled for next week’s trial are Harold Daggett, the ILA’s assistant general organizer and president of the union’s New York-New Jersey maintenance local, and Arthur Coffey, international vice president from Miami.

 


MITAGS ACADEMIC NOTES

CLASS OPENINGS: Between now and the end of December 2005, seats are available in the following courses:


AIS – Automatic Identification System: 10/13, 12/15
ARPA – Automatic Radar Plotting Aids: 9/26, 10/24, 12/5
AZIPOD – Azipod Propulsion System (2 day): 12/5

BRMP – Bridge Resource Management for Pilots: 10/11, 11/2, 12/12
BST – Basic Safety Training: 9/26, 10/31

[CMM – Chief Mate and Master Courses]
CMM-CHS I – Advanced Cargo Handling (week 1): 11/14
CMM-CHS II – Advanced Cargo Handling (week 2): 11/7
CMM-ECDIS – Electronic Chart Display and Info Systems: 12/5
CMM-MPP – Marine Propulsion Plants: 10/24, 12/5
CMM-SHS-ADV-I – Advanced Shiphandling (week 1): 9/26, 10/10, 11/14
CMM-SHS-ADV-II – Advanced Shiphandling (week 2): 10/03, 11/28, 12/12
CMM-SHMGT I – Ship Management (week 1): 9/26, 10/24, 12/12
CMM-SHMGT I I- Ship Management (week 2): 9/19, 10/31
CMM-ADVWX – Advanced Meteorology: 10/17, 10/31
CMM-WKP – Watchkeeping: 11/28

CONT-PLNG – Contingency Planning: 10/7, 11/11, 12/2, 12/16

FF-BADV – (Combined) Basic and Advanced Firefighting: 9/26, 10/26

HAZ-Hazardous Materials (5-day): 10/17, 11/14

LEG – Legal Aspects of Pilotage [Evening Seminar]: 9/21

MEDIA-RSP – Media Response: 10/6, 11/10, 12/1
MED-DOT-DA – Dept. of Trans Drug & Alcohol Testing: 9/24, 10/22, 12/10
MED-PIC – Medical Person-In-Charge: 9/26, 10/17, 12/5
MED-PRO – Medical Care Provider: 9/26, 10/17, 12/5
MED-SMC – Shipboard Medical Care (4 weeks): 10/17

[MSC – Military Sealift Command]
MSC-SMA – Small Arms Training (4 day): 10/31
MSC-SMA-R – Small Arms Re-Qualification (2-day): 9/8, 11/4 (must have proof of passing all 3 weapons within 2 years)

ROP-5 – Radar Observer Original and Renewal (5-day): 11/28
ROR-1 – Radar Observer Renewal: 9/26, 10/17, 10/24, 12/10

SEC-OFF-VCF – Security Officer, Vessel, Company & Facility: 10/4, 11/7, 11/28, 12/12
SHS-BAS – Basic Shiphandling: 10/24, 11/7
SHS-EMR5 – Emergency Shiphandling (5 day): 10/10
SHS-ESH-BRMP- Emergency Shiphandling/Bridge Resource Management for Pilots (3-day): 12/5

TPIC – Tankerman Person-In-Charge: 9/26
TRAC-TUG – Water Tractor and Azimuth Stern Drive Tugs (3-day): 12/8


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

September 2005

9/19-23 Basic Safety Training
9/19-23 Emergency Shiphandling – 5 day
9/19-23 ARPA
9/19/05 Radar Renewal
9/19-20 Search and Rescue
9/20-23 Lifeboat/Survival Craft
9/21-23 Emergency Procedures

October 2005

10/3-7 ECDIS
10/3-14 Basic Watchkeeping
10/10-12 Bridge Resource Management
10/10-10-14 Basic Safety Training
10/10-14 Tankerman Person-In-Charge
10/10-14 Emergency Shiphandling – 5 day
10/17-28 GMDSS
10/18-21 Lifeboat/Survival Craft
10/24-26 Ship Security Officer
10/24-28 ARPA
10/24 Radar Renewal
10/31 Flashing Light

November 2005

10/31-11/2 Medical Care Provider
10/31-11/11 Medical Person-In-Charge
11/7-11 TPIC
11/7-18 GMDSS
11/7-19 100 Ton OUPV
11/14-18 ECDIS
11/28-12/2 Radar Observer Unlimited
11/28-12/2 Emergency Shiphandling 5-day

December 2005

12/5-9 Medical Care Provider
12/5-9 ARPA
12/5-16 Basic Safety Training
12/5-16 GMDSS
12/5-16 Medical Person-In-Charge
12/13-16 Lifeboat/Survival Craft
12/19-21 Ship Security Officer
12/19-23 ARPA
12/19-23 Basic Shiphandling
12/26-30 Emergency Shiphandling 5-day

 

For registration call Jennifer Fowler 888-893-7829

PMI Merchandise for Sale: High quality with embroidered PMI logo. All prices include tax. Navy Caps: $18.00; Button Down Long Sleeve Dress Shirts Blue or Khaki: $38.00; Coming Soon: Navy, Burgundy, Khaki T-shirts, high quality thick Hanes shirt with pocket $22.00; 15 oz. Beautiful Cobalt Blue Ceramic Mug $10.Call DeeDee Lazik 206-838-8328 or e-mail dlazik@mates.org.


ABBREVIATED MM&P MARKET WATCH AS OF 9-14

 


 D O W  N A S D A Q  S & P 500
10,544.90 -51.03 for the week  2,149.33  -16.70 for the week  1,227.16  -4.51 for the week

 

Fund Name & Trading Symbol
Closing
Price
 Vanguard 500 Index Fund (VFINX)
113.53
 Vanguard Extended Market Index Fund (VEXMX)
33.52
 Vanguard International Growth Fund (VWIGX)
20.44
 Vanguard Morgan Growth Fund (VMRGX)
16.97
 Vanguard Windsor II Fund (VWNFX)
32.40
 Vanguard GNMA Fund (VFIIX)
10.37
 Vanguard High Yield Corporate Fund (VWEHX)
6.27
 Vanguard Total Bond Index (VBMFX)
10.20
 Chase Growth Fund (CHASX)
18.77
 Fidelity Asset Manager (FASMX)
16.27
 Fidelity Growth and Income (FGRIX)
37.02
 Fidelity Magellan Fund (FMAGX)
105.80
 Fidelity Small Company Instl (FMACX)
22.81
 Fidelity Value Fund (FDVLX)
76.37
 Spartan US Equity Index Fund (FUSEX)
42.41

 





~ 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:

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

5.00 percent for 25-48 months;
5.75 percent for 49-60 months ($20,000 minimum); and
6.25 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

NOTICE TO MEMBERS WHO ARE TAKING VIOXX

On Sept.30, Merck & Co. voluntarily withdrew Vioxx, a popular anti-inflammatory medication, from the market. As a result, individuals who are currently taking the drug have been asked to contact their health care professionals to discuss discontinuing use of Vioxx and possible alternative treatments.

MM&P Plans Administrator Valerie Verrecchio reports that, “We have gotten a number of calls from members who want to know what to do with their remaining supply of Vioxx and whether the Plan or NMHC will refund their co-pay for the unused portion.

“Unfortunately, neither NMHC nor the Plan was aware of the Merck decision prior to the public announcement on Sept.30. As of that date, all deliveries of Vioxx to our members was suspended in accordance with Merck’s announcement. Orders that had already been processed and were in transit could not be stopped.

“In regard to refunds, Merck has set up a website at www.vioxx.com where members can obtain information on how to recover refunds from Merck for the unused portion of medication. Members can also call following toll free number for information: 1-888-368-4699.

“We are sorry for any inc onvenience this may have caused to members currently taking this medication, however, the matter is out of the control of the Plans.”



NMHC MAIL-ORDER PRESCRIPTIONS WEBSITE UPDATED & IMPROVED

MM&P Plans Administrator Valerie Verrecchio reports, “Good news! NMHC mail has finally gotten their website upgraded and functioning properly. I went in and tested it myself and found it to be quite user friendly.”

To use NMHC’s upgraded service, go to the NMHC Mail website at www.nmhcmail.com and click on “MEMBER LOGIN” at the bottom of the screen.

First-time and Registered users may bypass the welcome screen and go directly to the log-in page at https://members.nmhcrx.com/Login/Login.aspx.

  • First-time users should then click on the link marked “NEW USER: REGISTER HERE”.
    This will take you to a page titled “MEMBER REGISTRATION” where you will need to enter demographic information and submit it by clicking on the
  • “CREATE ACCOUNT” button.

After creating your account, NMHC will email you a password to gain entry into your records. With your first sign-in, the NMHC system will prompt you to change the NMHC password to one of your own choosing.

Once you are registered at NMHC, you can check the status of open orders by logging-in to the system through the “MEMBER LOGIN” page and going into the “MAIL ORDER” menu. You can look up all prescriptions and get the price our members will pay for any medication. You can also view an order history of all of your medication transactions (both retail and mail) for the last 24 months, locate 24-hour pharmacies in your zip code region as well as access other helpful member education information.

“We hope this welcome improvement will assist our members. Although you cannot order refills on line if you don’t provide a credit or debit card number, you can phone in your refill. Once you register on the website, you will still have access to all of the other information including checking the status of your order once it is phoned in,” said Ms. Verrecchio.



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”.



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