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Wheelhouse Weekly – September 17, 2007

September 17th 2007

 

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

Volume 11 . . . . . Number 37. . . .September 17, 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 SEEKING RESUMES FOR LMSR BIDS

MM&P-contracted companies are submitting bids for the Watson Class LMSR contract.  Resumes are requested from members who have LMSR and/or government contract service. For further information and resume format, please contact MM&P Agent-Pacific Ports Dave Boatner via e-mail at dboatner@bridgedeck.org.


PREVAIL CONTRACT AWARDED TO MM&P-CONTRACTED TRINITY MANAGEMENT

The Navy has awarded a five-year contract, beginning Sept. 15, 2007, to Trinity Ship Management for the manning, operation and provisioning of TSV-1 PREVAIL.

Trinity has been a participating contractor in the Navy’s sea-based training programs for over 10 years, having initially supplied professional MM&P members aboard RV GOSPORT starting in 1997.  When GOSPORT was decommissioned in 2003, Trinity continued to provide a vertical MM&P crew to the newly-retrofitted TSV-1 PREVAIL.

“We wish to especially thank the members of MM&P who have served aboard either GOSPORT or PREVAIL for their professionalism, dedication and performance,” said Steven Miceli Sr., managing partner and chief executive officer of Trinity Management LLC. “It is the consistent demonstration of personnel excellence that has helped earn this company the recognition that it has received while in the service of the Navy, leading ultimately to the most recent contract award.”



MM&P ADVOCATES FOR FAIR MEDICAL REVIEW SYSTEM AT MERPAC MEETING

MM&P advocated strongly for mariners’ right to a fair medical review system at the Sept. 11-12 meeting of the Coast Guard’s Merchant Marine Personnel Advisory Committee (MERPAC). The meeting focused primarily on the USCG’s proposed medical NVIC and the upcoming comprehensive review of STCW.

With respect to the medical NVIC, MM&P argued for a fair medical review system based on a network of USCG-approved medical examiners. The medical professionals in the network would be specialized in interpreting the relevance of medical information in the context of the maritime industry. This type of system, which is already in place in the United Kingdom and Australia, would benefit mariners and the Coast Guard alike since it would allow contact between the medical evaluator and the applicant.

Under the scenario being proposed by the Coast Guard, on the other hand, lengthy medical forms filled out by practitioners would be remotely vetted at USCG offices by bureaucrats. “The USCG’s proposed system takes the medical examiner out of the loop by making that person a data collector with little input into the final decision on medical fitness,” MM&P says. 

Together with the Marine Engineers’ Beneficial Association (MEBA), MM&P submitted a statement at the MERPAC meeting urging the Coast Guard to take into account the fact that today’s merchant mariners and aspirants to the career are being driven away by the weight of bureaucracy, unfair restrictions and mandates. 

 “It is worth considering the context in which mariners work today as we discuss this issue,” the unions wrote. “Fewer young people are attracted to our industry. There is a widespread morale problem among those who still follow the profession. Mariners are constantly required to do more with less. They are constantly under pressure from a number of sources, such as foreign competition. They are being treated as criminals if they have accidents and they are being restricted to their vessels in the name of security in violation of ISPS.”

The two unions said in the statement that relations between merchant mariners and the Coast Guard were “at a low point,” citing the fact that the Coast Guard is now even set to oppose a proposal at the International Maritime Organization (IMO) that would require investigating authorities to inform mariners of their rights after an accident.

MM&P had been joined in an earlier statement of opposition to the NVIC by the American Maritime Officers and the Seafarers International Union. In that statement, the unions said that as proposed, the NVIC would result in unnecessary medical examinations and interventions, an unnecessary increase in costs for mariners and union health plans, and reduced competitiveness of our industry since foreign mariners would not be subject to the NVIC.

MERPAC accepted a Task Statement from the Coast Guard to continue its review of a modified draft NVIC with the goal of providing recommendations at its spring meeting. In the meantime, however, the Coast Guard is reportedly going ahead and applying the NVIC in its current form to applications for new licenses and renewals.

With respect to the comprehensive review of STCW, MM&P came out against proposals for “alternative certification” of seafarers that would allow ratings to perform work traditionally done by ships’ officers. The comprehensive review will be conducted at the IMO Maritime Safety Committee (MSC) meetings in Copenhagen, Oct. 3-12. MM&P Pilot Membership Group Vice President George Quick and Mike Rodriguez, Executive Assistant to MM&P International President Tim Brown, will participate as members of the International Transport Workers Federation (ITF) delegation.


USNS GRAPPLE WINS DEPARTMENT OF NAVY SAFETY EXCELLENCE AWARD

Rescue and salvage ship USNS GRAPPLE has won the 2007 Department of the Navy safety excellence award in the Military Sealift Command category. The vessel, with MM&P licensed deck officers on board, has been recognized for making a successful transition from military to civilian operations and completing its missions with a substantially smaller crew. The award ceremony will be held in Washington, D.C., in October.

The 225-foot ship, operating out of Norfolk , Va., is crewed by civil service mariners and a small military detachment of active-duty Navy sailors. In addition to passing its first Ship Material Assessment and Readiness Training (SMART), USNS GRAPPLE’s crew initiated and hosted on-board safety training sessions and developed a shipboard training manual outlining the ship’s function, as well as its firefighting and lifesaving capabilities. The Department of the Navy safety excellence award program recognizes Navy and Marine Corps teams, ships and installations for exceptional commitment to safety and operational risk management.


MM&P DUES CAN BE WAIVED FOR MEDICAL DISABILITY OR ACTIVE DUTY

MM&P dues can be waived in the event that a member becomes “unfit for duty” for medical reasons or is called up for active duty in the military. The procedure for requesting a dues waiver is not complex, and there is no need to include extensive documentation. To request a medical dues waiver, all you need to do is have your doctor supply MM&P with an “unfit for duty” statement that specifies the date on which you became disabled and the date on which you will be fit to return to work. If no determination can be made as to the date on which you will be fit to return to work, you must submit an updated doctor’s statement every six months. There is no need to provide extensive personal medical information to the union. In the event that you are called up for active duty in the military, you must supply a copy of your orders. Letters requesting a dues waiver should be addressed to: Marita Engler, MM&P, 700 Maritime Blvd., Suite B, Linthicum, MD 21090-1953. Include only the doctor’s statement or the copy of your orders to return to active duty.



SIU PRESIDENT SACCO CALLS FOR U.S.-CREWED, U.S. FLAG LNG SHIPS

Seafarers International Union President Mike Sacco has encouraged the Maritime Administration (MARAD) to push “without exception” for U.S. crews and the American flag on all vessels authorized to transport LNG to the domestic market. Sacco made the remarks in his column in the current issue of Seafarers Log, the SIU’s monthly publication. In the approval process for new terminals, MARAD is authorized to favor companies that employ U.S. mariners. 
“American mariners can and should play a key role not only in advancing public acceptance of LNG terminals, but also in the safe, secure transport of the cargo itself,” Sacco said. “During the past 10 months or so, members of Congress as well as state legislators have declared as much, citing the reliability of the American seafarer and particularly calling attention to the vetting process which civilian mariners must endure simply to acquire a merchant mariner document.”
Sacco said the recent promise by Woodside Natural Gas to use U.S.-flag vessels and American crews and officers in its proposed “OceanWay” LNG import regasification project off the coast of Southern California “ranks among the more significant news to surface in our industry all year.”


FOR MARAD, DISMANTLING OF DUTTON MARKS 100TH SHIP DISPOSAL

MARAD has awarded a $1,078,000 ship disposal contract to All Star Metals Inc., to remove the World War II-era ship DUTTON from the Beaumont Reserve Fleet in Texas. The award is the 100th contract negotiated since the ship disposal program was launched seven years ago. The supply vessel, which is to be dismantled in Brownsville, Texas, was built in 1945 as the TUSKEGEE VICTORY, one of the 534 Victory ships operated for a brief period after the war. In 1958, the DUTTON was converted from a supply vessel to an oceanographic survey vessel supporting America’s Polaris Fleet of submarines. It served into the 1980s and was decommissioned in 1988.

The Beaumont Reserve Fleet is one of three National Defense Reserve Fleet sites in which MARAD keeps ships to support Armed Forces movements and to respond to national emergencies. The other two sites are the James River Reserve Fleet, in Newport News, Va., and the Suisun Bay Reserve Fleet in Benicia, Calif.


HAWAII SUPERFERRY SET TO RUN AGAIN

The Hawaii Superferry will attempt to begin service again on Sept. 26, according to an official statement released by its operators. The Superferry’s first trip to Kauai was blocked by protesters in boats and on surfboards who assembled at the harbor entrance, forcing the vessel to return to Honolulu without docking. Opponents of the ferry, including the Sierra Club, have asked for an injunction that would block the ferry while the state carries out an assessment of it impact on the pristine marine environments through which it is slated to transit. The question is now being considered by a local judge. The Coast Guard says 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.


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.


MITAGS ACADEMIC NOTES

If you can’t make the class, make the call.  Be courteous, don’t be a “no show.”
– PLENTY OF OPENINGS:  CMM-VPEN – Voyage Planning and Electronic Navigation: 10/8

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: 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): 11/26
CMM-CHS II � Advanced Cargo Handling (week 2): 9/24
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
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: 11/10
MED-PIC � Medical Person In Charge: 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
ROP-5 � Radar Observer Unlimited (Original/Renewal): 10/1, 11/5

SEC-VCF � Security Officer: Vessel, Company & Facility: 11/26
SHS-ESH- BRMP – Emergency Shiphandling & Bridge Resource Management for Pilots: 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 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

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 9-14-2007

D O W N A S D A Q S & P 500
13,443 2,602 1,484
Fund Name & Trading Symbol
 Closing
Price
 Vanguard Asset Allocation Fund(VAARX)
67.79
 Vanguard 500 Index Fund (VFINX)
137.24
 Vanguard Extended Market Index Fund (VEXMX)
40.85
 Vanguard International Growth Fund (VWIGX)
26.14
 Vanguard Morgan Growth Fund (VMRGX)
20.68
 Vanguard Windsor II Fund (VWNFX)
36.54
 Vanguard GNMA Fund (VFIIX)
10.20
 Vanguard Growth Index Fund (VIGRX)
32.26
 Vanguard High Yield Corporate (VWEHX)
5.97
 Vanguard LifeStrategy Conservative Growth (VSCGX)
17.19
 Vanguard LifeStrategy Growth Fund (VASGX)
25.19
 Vanguard LifeStrategy Income Fund (VASIX)
14.27
 Vanguard LifeStrategy Moderate Growth (VSMGX)
21.30
 Vanguard Target Retirement 2005 (VTOVX)
12.11
 Vanguard Target Retirement 2015 (VTXVX)
13.19
 Vanguard Target Retirement 2025 (VTTVX)
13.86
 Vanguard Target Retirement 2035 (VTTHX)
14.78
 Vanguard Target Retirement 2045 (VTIVX)
15.26
 Vanguard Total Bond Index (VBMFX)
9.99
 Vanguard Total Stock Market Index Fund (VTSMX)
35.86
 Chase Growth Fund (CHASX)
21.19
 Fidelity Asset Manager (FASMX)
16.76
 Fidelity Growth and Income (FGRIX)
29.51
 Fidelity Intermediate bond Fund (FTHRX)
10.15
 Fidelity Magellan Fund (FMAGX)
94.11
 Fidelity Small Company Instl (FMACX)
22.27
 Fidelity Value Fund (FDVLX)
86.03
 Fidelity Equity-Income II Fund (FEQTX)
24.56
 Fidelity Blue Chip Growth Fund (FBGRX)
43.87
 Fidelity Diversified International Fund (FDIVX)
40.41
 Fidelity Dividend Growth Fund (FDGFX)
31.35
 Fidelity Freedom Income (FFFAX)
11.58
 Fidelity Freedom 2000 (FFFBX)
12.72
 Fidelity Freedom 2010 (FFFCX)
15.05
 Fidelity Freedom 2020 (FFFDX)
16.05
 Fidelity Freedom 2030 (FFFEX)
16.66
 Fidelity Freedom 2040 (FFFFX)
9.86
 Fidelity Freedom 2050 (FFFHX)
11.46
 Fidelity Total Bond Fund (FTBFX)
10.32
 Spartan Extended market Index Fund (FSEMX)
39.97
 Spartan US Equity Index Fund (FUSEX)
52.73
 Domini Social Equity Fund (DSEFX)
34.11






~ 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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