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Wheelhouse Weekly – April 07, 2008

April 7th 2008

 

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

Volume 12 . . . . . Number 14. . . .April 7, 2008

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.


A MESSAGE FROM MM&P’S INTERNATIONAL PRESIDENT REGARDING THE MM&P SHIPPING POLL

Over the past couple of weeks, e-mails regarding the MM&P shipping poll have been circulated among a number of contracted vessels. Some of the comments were written by MM&P members who, I suspect, have not even looked at the poll itself, or who are using the Internet as an election campaigning vehicle. One member wrote that this is the third time that the union has tried to “foist” a different shipping system on the membership. 
 
As a member of the Masters, Mates & Pilots for over 42 years, I can assert that this is the first time that the union has ever solicited comments about changing our method of shipping. The reality is that the authority to conduct this poll emanated directly from the actions of the elected Delegates at the union’s most recent Convention, which was held in the summer of 2006. In keeping with the decision made by the elected Delegates, the poll was designed by members of the Shipping Rules Committee, which was comprised of rank-and-file members from all three coasts, the majority of whom sailed off the board.

It is essential, in any case, to keep in mind that this is a poll. The central question posed in the poll is whether or not the members of our union want to consider a different method of shipping jobs, since today we have the ability to avail ourselves of new technologies that could be beneficial in filling jobs in the future.

Let’s assume that the members respond that they do not want to evaluate a different method of shipping jobs. If this happens, we will continue shipping jobs in the same manner that we do now.

What happens if the majority of members want to examine a different method of shipping jobs in the future?  In this case, after considering the results and various choices listed in the poll, the Shipping Rules Committee would have to reconvene to try to find a transparent, fair and practical alternative to the current method of shipping. It will not be an easy task. If, however, the Shipping Rules Committee finds a method that meets these three criteria, then the membership would receive a ballot to vote the new system: “Yea” or “Nay.”

In closing, I remind all parties that we are discussing a non-binding poll, or in other words, an expression of interest. It deserves a fair vote from the membership.


MAERSK TO REIMBURSE FOR TWIC AS PART OF ITS ZERO INJURIES DRIVE

Maersk Lines Limited (MLL) has announced that, as part of its “Drive to Zero” safety campaign, the company will reimburse mariners for the cost of the Transportation Worker Identification (TWIC) card in cases in which the following conditions are met.

Any crew member who completes a minimum of 30 days on board without a lost-time injury (LTI) between April 1 and June 30, 2008, in a quarter in which the crew member’s vessel also remains LTI free, will be eligible for reimbursement for the cost of the TWIC. To obtain reimbursement, eligible crew members can present the original TWIC receipt to the master of the vessel, who will simply exchange it for cash.

“We hope that this program encourages all mariners to apply for their TWIC cards as soon as possible, while also promoting personal safety and teamwork,” the company said in an official statement.

The reimbursement program will run from April 1 through June 30, 2008, at which point MLL will evaluate its effectiveness.


MARAD URGES MARINERS: GET TWIC NOW!

MARAD issued an advisory March 27 reminding mariners that their credential will be suspended or revoked if they don’t get a TWIC card by the Sept. 25 deadline. The advisory notes that credentialed mariners will be required to hold a TWIC in order for their license, MMD, COR or STCW endorsement to remain valid.

Until Sept. 25, mariners who require access to areas of vessels or facilities that already enforce TWIC requirements must show alternate documents, such as an MMD or Coast Guard license, along with a valid photo ID.

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) anticipates that more than 750,000 mariners, truckers, longshoremen and port employees will be required to obtain a TWIC. According to the March 13 issue of TWIC Dashboard, TSA has so far enrolled only 154,043 people and pre-enrolled 226,314. Since March 5, TSA says it has printed 64,867 cards and activated 33,334.

Information about pre-enrollment, card status and schedule is available on TSA’s TWIC Deployment website http://www.twicinformation.com/twicinfo/index.jsp.


CRIMINALIZATION OF ACCIDENTS HAS CHILLING EFFECT ON SAFETY INVESTIGATIONS

The MM&P Vice President for Pilotage told reporters and maritime industry representatives at an April 1 conference at the National Press Club that the growing trend among governmental authorities to pursue criminal charges in accident pollution cases is having a “chilling effect” on the cooperation of ships’ crew with safety investigations and discouraging young people and others from pursuing maritime careers.

The conference, which was sponsored by Fairplay magazine, was aimed at informing members of the press about issues of concern to the maritime industry. Other speakers at the event included MARAD Administrator Sean Connaughton, Joe Cox, president and CEO of the Chamber of Shipping of America and Adm. Brian Salerno, U.S. Coast Guard assistant commandant for safety, security & stewardship.

In his presentation, the MM&P Vice President noted that the high profile nature of maritime accidents has generated political pressure to “play the blame game,” driving prosecutors to look for a “villain to lynch” in every case. As part of this process, prosecutors are turning to antiquated laws with low standards for conviction—laws that were never meant to be applied to maritime accidents in the first place.

The threat of criminal prosecution is undermining cooperative and effective oil spill prevention efforts, since mariners are becoming understandably reluctant to give information to authorities in the course of accident investigations. An educational campaign launched by a worldwide coalition of maritime labor and management groups advises mariners to ask to speak to a lawyer before answering questions or making statements to investigators after an accident. “It is unfortunate that such adversarial advice is necessary,” the MM&P Vice President said, “as it does not set the stage for a cooperative effort between ships’ crews and authorities to uncover the causes of accidents.”

The advice is based on guidelines on the fair treatment of seafarers adopted in 2006 by the International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) Legal Committee.  The guidelines form the basis for a code which is on track to become an international requirement for how mariners are to be treated during marine casualty investigations. The Casualty Code mandates that mariners be informed of the nature and basis of the investigation and be allowed access to legal advice.

The MM&P Vice President called attempts to prosecute mariners without informing them of their rights “akin to shooting migratory birds in a barrel.”


MITAGS SEEKS HEAD OF CHIEF MATE/MASTER PROGRAM

MITAGS is looking for a person to head its chief mate/master training programs. This individual will develop and present the various courses related to upgrade to chief mate/master.  The ideal candidate would have an unlimited master’s license and at least five years of sea experience on that license. Candidate must be skilled in the use of word processing and presentation software and be comfortable in public speaking.  Knowledge of instructional system design and online training programs is a real plus.  MITAGS is looking for a “hands on” person who can work with minimal oversight and enjoys working in a dynamic environment. Salary commensurate with experience.  For more information, please send resume to Pablo Rodriguez, Human Resources, at prodriguez@mitags.org.   


SMALL ARMS COURSE ADDED AT MITAGS APRIL 28-MAY 1

MITAGS has announced that it has just added another Small Arms Course (MSC-SMA 4-day) for the period April 28- May 1.


NEW YORK/NEW JERSEY APRIL MEETING DATE MOVED

Members please take note: The April meeting at the New York/New Jersey Hall will be held on April 16, the third Wednesday of the month, instead of the second Wednesday of the month, as is usual practice.


MARAD SEEKS DIRECTOR FOR MIAMI OFFICE

The Maritime Administration is searching for a director for its new Gateway Office in Miami.  The Gateway Offices will provide MARAD with a day-to-day presence throughout the marine transportation system, working with state and local authorities and a broad range of port, shipper and carrier stakeholders to cooperate on projects, identify federal and state funding sources, and work on environmental and community challenges in the ports and their intermodal connections. Candidates with a background in maritime, strong leadership, communication and management skills and a demonstrated ability to work with others are encouraged to apply. The vacancy announcement is posted at www.usajobs.gov as MARAD.SAR-2008-0007. 


USMMA ALUMNI FOUNDATION SEEKS NEW PRESIDENT

The U.S. Merchant Marine Academy (USMAA) Alumni Foundation seeks a leader who will work to boost funding for the foundation through the development of programs that increase support from alumni as well as other individuals, corporations and foundations. The position reports to the board of directors. Qualifications include good general business skills, nonprofit fundraising experience and the ability to adapt new technologies and practices to ensure the lowest cost of administrative expense. The position is located on the grounds of the USMM Academy on Long Island Sound. A detailed job description will be posted on MM&P’s web site under “What’s New.” If you believe you are qualified for the job and are interested in applying, please send your resume to pete.rackett@alumni.usmma.edu.


MARAD SELLS OBSOLETE SHIP ADONIS FOR OVER $1 MILLION

High prices for scrap steel have turned the U.S. Maritime Administration’s ship recycling program into a profitable venture. The companies that had previously been paid to dismantle ships are now buying them from MARAD to sell the steel. International Shipbreaking Ltd., of Brownsville, Texas, has just bought the liquid-bulk tanker ADONIS for $1,151,727, setting a record high for MARAD in the sale of its obsolete ships. ADONIS, which has been moored at the Beaumont Reserve Fleet site in Texas, was built in 1966 by A.G. Wesser Seeback of Bremerhaven, Germany.

The recycling company has purchased three other vessels for $173,297. Break-bulk freighters CAPE CATAWBA and CAPE CANAVERAL, moored in the James River Reserve, will be the 70th and 71st vessels to leave the fleet since the program’s launch. CAPE CATAWBA was built at Todd Shipyard in Los Angeles in 1961. CAPE CANAVERAL was built at the Avondale Shipyard in Louisiana in 1963. Break-bulk vessel The BUYER, in the Beaumont Reserve Fleet, was built by National Steel & SB in San Diego in 1960.


NWS-OPC REQUESTS COMMENTS RELATING TO MARINE WEATHER ANALYSES

The National Weather Service (NWS) Ocean Prediction Center (OPC) is requesting comments relating to the importance of accurate and timely marine weather analyses to shipboard operations. Staffers at the center are especially interested in how this information is used to avoid damage, injury or loss of life. Equally important are comments associated with the use of this information to enhance vessel efficiencies (timely ETAs, reduced fuel consumption, etc.).  It would also be helpful if comments include how the situation today has improved in these areas, as compared with a decade ago (1990s).

All comments should be submitted to David Feit, Chief of the Ocean Forecast Branch, via e-mail at David.Feit@noaa.gov. Comments may also be mailed to David Feit, Ocean Prediction Center; National Weather Service; 5200 Auth Road, Room 410; Camp Springs, MD 20746


BERNADETTE HERTEL RETIREMENT GIFT

An MM&P member has volunteered to collect donations of money, cards and testimonials for Bernadette Hertel, who has retired as MM&P dispatcher. If you’d like to send a gift to Bernadette, please make your check payable to Kevin McHugh (captyoga@yahoo.com) and mail it immediately to MM&P’s LA/LB Hall, 533 N. Marine Ave., Wilmington, CA 90744-5527. Please write “Attention: Bernadette Retirement” on the envelope. The deadline for submitting testimonials or gifts is today, April 7.


MITAGS ACADEMIC NOTES

CLASS OPENINGS: Between now and the end of June 2008, seats are available in the following courses:

AIS ECDIS 3 for Pilots � Automatic Identification System and Electronic Chart Display Information System (3 day) for Pilots: 6/23

ARPA � Automatic Radar Plotting Aids: 6/2

BST � Basic Safety Training: 6/23
BRM � Bridge Resource Management: 5/19, 6/16
BRMP � Bridge Resource Management for Pilots: 4/28, 6/26

[CMM – Chief Mate and Master Courses]
CMM-ADVSTB � Advanced Stability: 6/16
CMM-ADVWX � Advanced Meteorology: 6/9
CMM-CHS I � Advanced Cargo Handling (week 1): 4/21, 6/23
CMM-CHS II � Advanced Cargo Handling (week 2): 4/14
CMM-ECDIS – Electronic Chart Display & Information Systems: 6/16
CMM-MPP � Marine Propulsion Plants: 5/19
CMM-SHS-ADV-I-Advanced Shiphandling (week 1): 5/5
CMM-WKP � Advanced Watchkeeping: 5/12

CONT PLNG � Contingency Planning Workshop: 5/9
CSE-AWR2 � Confined Space Entry Awareness (2 day): 6/16

FF-BADV � Combined Basic & Advanced Fire Fighting: 6/23

GMDSS � Global Maritime Distress and Safety System: 4/21

HAZ � Hazardous Materials 5 day Course: 4/14

LEG � Legal Aspects of Pilotage: 4/29, 6/25

[MSC – Military Sealift Command]
MSC-CBRD-1 � CBRD Orientation: 6/20
MSC-DC � Damage Control: 6/18
MSC-SMA � Small Arms Training: 4/28

MED-PIC � Medical Person-In-Charge: 4/14, 5/12, 6/9
MED-PRO � Medical Care Provider: 4/14, 5/12, 6/9
MED-DOT-DA – Dept. of Trans Drug & Alcohol Testing: 4/19, 5/17, 6/7
MEDIA RSP � Media Response: 5/8

ROP-5 � Radar Observer Original or Renewal (5 Day): 5/26
ROR-1 � Radar Observer Renewal: 4/7, 6/2

SEC-VCF � Security Officer: Vessel, Company & Facility: 5/5
SHS-BAS � Basic Shiphandling: 6/16
SHS-EMR5 � Emergency Shiphandling: 5/26, 6/23
SHS-ESH- BRMP � Emergency Shiphandling & Bridge Resource Management for Pilots: 4/30

TPIC � Tankship Dangerous Liquids (PIC): 6/9

�and remember: If you can’t make the class, make the call. Be courteous, don’t be a no show.

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

PMI Web site at www.mates.org for more info

FOR REGISTRATION CALL JENNIFER PITZEN: 206 838-1126

SCHEDULE OF COURSES – (Course schedule also posted online at www.mates.org)

April 2008
28-5/2 WX BAS
28-5/16 TCNAV

May 2008
5-9       MED PRO
5-9       SHS EMR
8-9       BFF
12-15   SHS BAS
12-16   ECDIS
12-16   BST
12-16   ROP
12-15   TPIC
19-23   WKP BAS
19-23   ROP
26        ROR
27         FL
27-30  ARPA
27-29  AFF
27-31  WKP BAS/BRM
28-30 CHS BAS

June 2008
2          FL
2-20    TCNAV/CO
2-6      ROP
2-6      SHS ASSESS
3-5      AFF
9         ROR
9-13    SHS ASSESS
9-13    BST
9-20    GMDSS
10        FL
10-13  ARPA
16-20  MED PRO
16-20  SHS BAS
16-20  BST
16-27  MED PIC
23-25  SEC VCF
23-27  ROP
23-27  BAFF

July 2008
7-11ENAV
7-11MED PRO
7-18GMDSS
14-18MED PIC
14-25CNAV
21-25ECDIS
21-25TPIC
21-25STB BAS
21-8/1SHS ADV
28-29SAR
28-30SEC VCF
28-8/8GMDSS
28-8/1TPIC
30-8/1EP

August 2008
4-8MED PRO
4-15GMDSS
11-15MED PRO
11-15SHS BAS
11-22GMDSS
18-19SAR
20-22EP
25-29MED PRO
25-29SHS BAS

September 2008
2FL
2-5APRA
2-6CHS BAS
2-6MED PRO
3ROR
8-12MED PIC
9-12SHS EMR-5
15-19WX BAS
15-19TPIC
15-26GMDSS
22-26MED PRO

For registration call Jennifer Pitzen 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 4-4-2008

D O W N A S D A Q S & P 500
12,609 2,371 1,370
Fund Name & Trading Symbol
 Closing
Price
 Vanguard Asset Allocation Fund(VAARX)
63.21
 Vanguard 500 Index Fund (VFINX)
126.16
 Vanguard Extended Market Index Fund (VEXMX)
37.56
 Vanguard International Growth Fund (VWIGX)
23.45
 Vanguard Morgan Growth Fund (VMRGX)
18.05
 Vanguard Windsor II Fund (VWNFX)
28.79
 Vanguard GNMA Fund (VFIIX)
10.49
 Vanguard Growth Index Fund (VIGRX)
30.94
 Vanguard High Yield Corporate (VWEHX)
5.70
 Vanguard LifeStrategy Conservative Growth (VSCGX)
16.66
 Vanguard LifeStrategy Growth Fund (VASGX)
22.78
 Vanguard LifeStrategy Income Fund (VASIX)
14.06
 Vanguard LifeStrategy Moderate Growth (VSMGX)
20.47
 Vanguard Target Retirement 2005 (VTOVX)
11.90
 Vanguard Target Retirement 2015 (VTXVX)
12.67
 Vanguard Target Retirement 2025 (VTTVX)
13.14
 Vanguard Target Retirement 2035 (VTTHX)
13.87
 Vanguard Target Retirement 2045 (VTIVX)
14.33
 Vanguard Total Bond Index (VBMFX)
10.25
 Vanguard Total Stock Market Index Fund (VTSMX)
33.04
 Chase Growth Fund (CHASX)
19.45
 Fidelity Asset Manager (FASMX)
14.75
 Fidelity Growth and Income (FGRIX)
25.50
 Fidelity Intermediate bond Fund (FTHRX)
10.07
 Fidelity Magellan Fund (FMAGX)
86.38
 Fidelity Small Company Instl (FMACX)
17.47
 Fidelity Value Fund (FDVLX)
71.12
 Fidelity Equity-Income II Fund (FEQTX)
21.36
 Fidelity Blue Chip Growth Fund (FBGRX)
40.70
 Fidelity Diversified International Fund (FDIVX)
37.47
 Fidelity Dividend Growth Fund (FDGFX)
27.37
 Fidelity Freedom Income (FFFAX)
11.26
 Fidelity Freedom 2000 (FFFBX)
12.20
 Fidelity Freedom 2010 (FFFCX)
14.36
 Fidelity Freedom 2020 (FFFDX)
15.06
 Fidelity Freedom 2030 (FFFEX)
15.50
 Fidelity Freedom 2040 (FFFFX)
9.09
 Fidelity Freedom 2050 (FFFHX)
10.63
 Fidelity Total Bond Fund (FTBFX)
10.29
 Spartan Extended market Index Fund (FSEMX)
35.95
 Spartan US Equity Index Fund (FUSEX)
48.44
 Domini Social Equity Fund (DSEFX)
29.96





~ 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”.



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