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Wheelhouse Weekly – April 23, 2007

April 23rd 2007

 

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

Volume 11 . . . . . Number 16. . . .April 23, 2007

STORIES COVERED

Also

REMINDERS

T-AGS Oceanographic Survey Ships Info

Required Coursework

Security Clearances

MSC Physicals

MM&P Health & Benefit Plan News

Notice to Members who are taking Vioxx

NMHC Mail-Order Prescriptions Website Updated & Improved

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.


HORIZON LINES CEO CALLS FOR PROMPT ACTION ON SHORT SEA SHIPPING

The nation must quickly take decisive steps to boost domestic port-to-port waterborne transport or risk a traffic congestion crisis of significant proportions, according to Chuck Raymond, president and chief executive officer of MM&P-contracted Horizon Lines. “It is no longer a question of IF our nation’s transport infrastructure will start to fail, but WHEN,” Raymond said in a keynote speech last week at the 4th Annual Journal of Commerce Short Sea Shipping Conference in Orlando, Fla. Short sea shipping, the use of inland and coastal waterways to move commercial freight, is the only viable way to stem increasing truck traffic on our nation’s roads, he said.

Raymond told the audience that short sea shipping, which the Maritime Administration now calls “America’s marine highway,” could also lead to more balanced coast-wise residential and commercial development since it will entail containers being transferred by water from larger to smaller ports. Other benefits of short sea shipping would include enhanced freight flow, expanded freight capacity and improved air quality stemming from a reduction in the number of trucks on the roads.

MM&P Director of Special Projects Richard Plant, who also spoke at the event, addressed topics that included manning, wages and collective bargaining. Plant said shipping companies and mariners should work together to develop a plan that outlines what will be needed to man and move cargo along the nation’s marine highway system.

A significant barrier to the creation of short sea shipping programs in the United States is the Harbor Maintenance Tax (HMT), which is levied on marine traffic but not on freight moved by truck or rail. For short sea shipping to become financially viable, the HMT would have to be waived, certain customs fees would have to be modified and money for new ship construction would have to be generated through credit assistance in the form of the MARAD Title XI loan guarantee program or other sources.

Over the course of the next ten years, Raymond said, the volume of intermodal imports will double, reaching a level of over 30 million TEU. “Short sea
is not the only answer, but [it is] an answer we must explore now,” he said. Raymond called short sea shipping an excellent example of sustainable development. “It’s win-win,” he said. “Ocean shipping continues to be the most environmentally sensitive, cost-efficient mode of transportation. Let’s use it.”

With the addition to its fleet of the HORIZON HAWK, the HORIZON HUNTER and three other new ships, Horizon Lines has an opportunity to shift some of its veteran ships to short sea shipping service along U.S. coasts.


AOTOS HONORED SEAFARER AWARD NOMINATIONS SOUGHT

The Admiral of the Ocean Seas (AOTOS) awards ceremony, one of the maritime industry’s most prestigious events, is scheduled to be held Sept. 28 in New York City. At the ceremony, professional mariners who have demonstrated heroism on the high seas and outstanding seamanship will receive Honored Seafarer Awards. The AOTOS awards sponsor, United Seamen’s Service, is asking for nominations for the Mariners’ Plaque, an honor given to the officers and crews of vessels, and the Mariner’s Rosette, which is awarded to individual seafarers.

Please send your nominations of MM&P members who have demonstrated outstanding seamanship and heroism in the course of the year to MM&P International President Tim Brown at president@bridgedeck.org.

Last year, maritime industry VIP Paul F. Richardson and a number of MM&P members were honored at the 2006 AOTOS awards ceremony. Honored Seafarer awards were given to MM&P members including: Troy Bruemmer, who accepted an award on behalf of the officers and crew of Military Sealift Command (MSC) fleet ocean tug USNS APACHE; Michael Flanagan, who accepted an award on behalf of the officers and crew of MSC combat stores ship USNS SPICA; and Eric Franzen, who accepted an award on behalf of the officers and crew of the SEALAND COMMITMENT.


 

MM&P URGES DHS TO ADDRESS LABOR’S CONCERNS IN CHEMICAL FACILITY STANDARDS

MM&P has told the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) that the agency’s recently released interim final rules on chemical facility security do not address the concerns of maritime labor. The union urged DHS to heed its warning that the rules could interfere with mariners’ right to shore leave and hamper shipowners attempting to carry out essential operations in port.   
           
Vessels and port facilities are covered under the U.S. Coast Guard Maritime Security Regulations, while chemical facility standards fall under the control of DHS. In comments filed with DHS on April 16, MM&P said that in cases in which maritime facilities are enclosed within a refinery or chemical facility, the rules must therefore provide guidance on how conflicts in requirements between the different security regimes should be handled.

At minimum, MM&P argues, the rules should include a provision requiring that a Chemical Facility Security Officer be charged with serving as a liaison to the Vessel Security Officer and Port Facility Security Officer to facilitate access of workers holding a Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC).



 

HOUSE VETERANS’ AFFAIRS COMMITTEE HOLDS HEARING ON WORLD WAR II MARINERS THANK YOU BILL

The House Committee on Veterans Affairs held a hearing April 18 on HR 23, the Belated Thank You to the Merchant Mariners of World War II Act. “It is time our nation recognizes all our veterans for their contributions to the outcome of World War II,” said Committee Chairman Bob Filner (D-Calif.), the chief sponsor of HR 23. “I am asking that this Congress finally correct the injustice inflicted on the United States Merchant Mariners.”

Ian Allison, co-chairman of the Just Compensation Committee of Merchant Marine Veterans, gave moving testimony at the hearing on the 9,000 mariners killed, 12,000 wounded or maimed and 786 taken prisoner during the war. “There is not, nor should there be, any debate as to the invaluable service given by American merchant mariners during World War II,” said MM&P, which was joined by other maritime unions in a statement submitted for the record. “In fact, World War II merchant mariners suffered the highest casualty rate of any of the branches of the Armed Forces other than the United States Marine Corps as they delivered troops, tanks, food, fuel and other needed equipment and material to every theater of World War II. Enemy forces sank more than 800 merchant vessels between 1941 and 1944 alone.”

The only opposing remarks came from Bradley Mayes, director of the Compensation & Pension Service for the Veterans Benefits Administration of the Department of Veterans Affairs. While paying lip service to the sacrifices made by these mariners, Mayes insisted that HR 23 would unfairly single out World War II merchant mariners for benefits not available to a number of other groups the members of which could theoretically claim to be similarly disadvantaged.

For updates on the progress of HR 23, go to U.S. Congress on the Internet at http://thomas.loc.gov/


HONDURAS, PAKISTAN FIRST TO TEST CONTAINER SCANNING TECHNOLOGY

In Honduras and Pakistan, the United States has launched the testing phase of a major port security initiative which involves scanning containers for nuclear or radiological materials prior to ships’ departure for American shores.

Six ports are participating in the Secure Freight Initiative, announced Dec 7, 2006, by the Departments of Homeland Security and Energy. Port Qasim, Pakistan, which rolled out the initiative, started testing in March. Testing in Puerto Cortes, Honduras began on April 2.

Testing will be conducted throughout the year in the rest of the ports participating in the initiative, including Southampton in the United Kingdom; Salalah in Oman; the Port of Singapore; and the Gamman Terminal at Port Busan in Korea. Some industry experts remain skeptical that the program will meet its implementation deadline, citing technological glitches as the cause for expected delays. 

Data gathered from overseas scanning of U.S.-bound containers will be transmitted in near real-time to the U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers working in overseas ports and to the Department of Homeland Security National Targeting Center. The data will be combined and analyzed with other risk factors to target high-risk containers overseas.



LIQUID GRIFULVIN AND GENERIC EQUIVALENT RECALLED

MM&P Plans has received notification that Grifulvin V oral suspension and its generic equivalent, griseofulvin oral suspension, are being voluntarily recalled by the manufacturer because of the risk that some bottles in some lots contain glass fragments. The medication is used to treat certain types of fungal infections. NMHC, Plans prescription drug provider, is in the process of identifying members with recent prescriptions for the medication. NMHC will be sending identified members a letter advising them to contact their doctor or pharmacy for further information.
Effective immediately and through April 30, the NMHC claims processing system will stop Grifulvin V oral suspension/griseofulvin oral suspension claims at the point-of-service (POS) to verify the lot number of the product being dispensed. Once the lot number has been verified as not part of the recall, the claim will be authorized. Appropriate POS messaging has been included to alert the pharmacy. The recall is being conducted by manufacturers of the medication in cooperation with the Food and Drug Administration.
Glass bottles of Grifulvin V and its generic equivalent, griseofulvin oral suspension microsized 125mg/5mL, are being voluntarily recalled from wholesalers and retail pharmacies as a precaution based on two reports of glass fragments found in bottles of the liquid. The recall is limited to the liquid formulation of the drug and no other dosage forms are included. It is important to note that this voluntary recall is also limited to specific lots of the drug.
The affected lots are listed at http://www.aboutgrifulvin.com/recall.asp#lot. Consumers who believe they are in possession of the recalled product should contact the pharmacy where the drug was dispensed. In addition to contacting the pharmacy, consumers who believe they have the recalled Grifulvin V liquid may call 1-800-426-7762 and those with affected product from Patriot Pharmaceuticals may call 1-800-510-0383.


MILITARY RESUMES ANTHRAX VACCINATIONS

The military has announced the resumption of the anthrax vaccination program which covers all personnel aboard Military Sealift Command (MSC) CIVMAR-operated ships, as well as naval personnel. The vaccinations are mandatory for the following personnel between the ages of 18 and 65, unless exempted for medical or administrative reasons: military personnel, CIVMARS and all other embarked personnel prior to their entry into or transit through the Central Command (CENTCOM) area of responsibility; military personnel; CIVMARS, contract mariners, and all other embarked personnel who are designated as forward-deployed naval forces or early deployers in support of Korean peninsula contingency operations.

If you have already had an anthrax vaccination, you should be prepared to show a document to that effect. MSC force medical staff will assume a person has never had the shots if they cannot produce a record.
 
The vaccination will be offered on a voluntary basis to CIVMARS who have received at least one dose of anthrax vaccine in the past; are currently not subject to or eligible for the mandatory program; or are in a job status that would require them to be vaccinated if they were to travel into any of the high threat areas.

These CIVMARS will be allowed to voluntarily complete the six-shot anthrax series and receive any boosters as required by the Food and Drug Administration approved dosing schedule. No disciplinary or adverse personnel action will be directed against those who are eligible to volunteer but elect not to take the vaccination.

People over 65 or under 18 are exempt from taking the vaccination.

CIVMARS who refuse to take the vaccination, unless found medically or administratively exempt, will be processed for removal from federal service.
Those unable to receive the vaccination because of a medical or administrative exemption are still deployable. Their assignment, however, will be managed on a case-by-case basis based on the theater policy for anthrax vaccination, the impact on the MSC mission, and, in the case of a medical exemption, on the nature of the condition and time for recovery.


 

MITAGS ACADEMIC NOTES

CLASS OPENINGS: Between now and the end of June 2007, seats are available in the following courses:

Openings are available in our Spring and Summer Small Arms Original and Renewal Courses.  See dates below.


ARPA – Automatic Radar Plotting Aids: 6/5
AZIPOD-KAM-2 – Azipod and Kamewa Steering and Propulsion Systems: 6/2

BRM Bridge Resource Management: 4/23, 5/28
BRMP – Bridge Resource Management for Pilots: 5/2
BST – Basic Safety Training: 6/4

[CMM – Chief Mate and Master Courses]
CMM-CHS I – Advanced Cargo Handling (week 1): 4/23, 6/25
CMM-ECDIS � Electronic Chart and Display Information System: 4/30
CMM-MPP � Marine Propulsion Plants: 5/21
CMM-SHMGT-I � Ship Management I (week 1): 4/30
Available on a “Stand-By Basis Only”: CMM-SHS-ADV-I – Advanced Shiphandling (week 1): 4/30, 5/14, 6/25
Available on a “Stand-By Basis Only”: CMM-SHS-ADV-II – Advanced Shiphandling (week 2): 5/7, 5/21, 6/25
CMM-WKP � Advanced Watchkeeping: 5/14

CONT-PLNG � Contingency Planning: 5/18

FF-BADV – Combined Basic and Advanced Fire Fighting: 6/4

HAZ-Hazardous Materials (5-day): 6/11

LAP � License Advancement Program: 5/28
MEDIA-RSP – Media Response: 5/17

MED-DOT-DA – Dept. of Trans Drug & Alcohol Testing: 4/21, 5/19, 6/16
MED-PIC � Medical Person-In-Charge: 6/11
MED-PRO – Medical Care Provider: 5/14, 6/11

[MSC – Military Sealift Command]
MSC-CBRD-1 (Chemical Biological Radiological Defense Orientation): 5/24, 6/28
MSC-DC (Damage Control): 4/23, 5/22, 6/26
Available on a Stand-By Basis Only: MSC-SMA � Small Arms: 4/30, 5/21, 6/25
MSC-SMA-R – Small Arms Re-Qualification (2-day): 5/4, 5/25, 6/29 (must have proof of passing all 3 weapons within 2 years)

ROP-5 – Radar Observer Original and Renewal (5-day): 5/14
ROR-1 – Radar Observer Renewal: 4/30, 6/4

SEC-OFF-VCF – Security Officer, Vessel, Company & Facility: 5/14
SHS-BAS – Basic Shiphandling: 4/23, 5/28
SHS-EMR- Emergency Shiphandling: 4/30, 6/4, 6/18
SHS-EMR- BRMP-3� Emergency Shiphandling & Bridge Resource Management for Pilots: 5/22

TPIC � Tankerman Person-In-Charge: 6/4

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

Spring – 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)

April 2007
23-27  BST
24-27  LFBT
30th    RADAR RENEWAL
30-4   SHS BAS
30-4   BAFF
30-4   AB

May 2007
7-11    ROP
7-11    SHS BAS
7-11    BST
7-18    CNAV
7-18    GMDSS
8-11    LFBT
14-18  ARPA
14-25  GMDSS
14-15  BFF
14-19  WX ADV
16-18  AFF
21-25  ENAV
21-25  TPIC
21-25  CHS BAS
21st     FL
22-23 SHS ASS
21-25  BST
22-23 BFF
29th    RADAR RENEWAL
29-2    WX BAS
29-2    AB
29th    FL
30-31 SHS ASSESS

June 2007
1-2      SHS ASSESS
4-8      TPIC
4-8      MED PRO
4-15    MED PIC
4-15    WKP
4-22    TCNAV
5-8      LFBT
11-13  SEC VCF
11-13  WKP
11-15  BST
11-15  AB
11-29  TCNAV
18-22 ARPA
25-29 ROP
25-29 BAFF

July 2007
9th      FL
9-13    ARPA
9-13    BST
10th     RADAR RENEWAL
10-11  SIM ASSESS
10-13  LFBT
16-20 AB
16-20 MED PRO
16-20 ENAV
23rd     RADAR RENEWAL
23-27  SHS BAS
23-3    CNAV
30-3   ARPA
30-3   MED PRO
30-10 MED PIC      

August 2007
6-7      SAR
6-10    BST
7-10    LFBT
8-10    EP
14-17  LFBT
13-17  AB
13-17  CONSTB
13-17  SHS EM5
13-17  ECDIS
13-17  TPIC
20-24 AB
20-31 SHS ADV
20-24 CHS BAS
27-31  BAFF
27-31  ENAV
27-31  MED PRO
27-8    GMDSS
27-29  CSO/SSO

September 2007
4-7      LFBT
4-8      WX BAS
4-8      TCNAV
10th    RADAR RENEWAL
10-14  BST
10-14  AB
10-14  MED PRO
10-14  TCNAV
10-14  SHS BAS
17-21  MED PRO
17-21  ARPA
17-21  SHS BAS
17-21  TCNAV
17-28  GMDSS
19-21  AFF
24-5    WKP
24-28 ROP
26-28 AFF

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 4-13-2007

 

D O W N A S D A Q S & P 500
12,612.13 2,491.94 1,452.85
Fund Name & Trading Symbol
 Closing
Price
 Vanguard 500 Index Fund (VFINX)
133.86
 Vanguard Extended Market Index Fund (VEXMX)
41.34
 Vanguard International Growth Fund (VWIGX)
25.47
 Vanguard Morgan Growth Fund (VMRGX)
19.78
 Vanguard Windsor II Fund (VWNFX)
36.20
 Vanguard GNMA Fund (VFIIX)
10.18
 Vanguard High Yield Corporate Fund (VWEHX)
6.25
 Vanguard Total Bond Index (VBMFX)
9.96
 Chase Growth Fund (CHASX)
19.53
 Fidelity Asset Manager (FASMX)
16.55
 Fidelity Growth and Income (FGRIX)
31.64
 Fidelity Magellan Fund (FMAGX)
94.12
 Fidelity Small Company Instl (FMACX)
21.78
 Fidelity Value Fund (FDVLX)
86.47
 Spartan US Equity Index Fund (FUSEX)
51.43
 Domini Social Equity Fund (DSEFX)
34.46

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~ 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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