Wheelhouse Weekly – Aug. 18, 2015

August 18th 2015

Volume 20 . . . Number 33. . . Aug. 18, 2015


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All MM&P union halls, the MM&P Plan Office, the MM&P Federal Credit Union and MM&P headquarters will be closed on Monday, Sept. 7, for Labor Day.

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MM&P has been involved in organizing activity on several fronts this year in the New York Harbor area. The union has responded to requests for representation from employees of several maritime companies operating in the open shop sector. Most recently, MM&P was contacted by employees of New York Water Taxi, a company that operates a high-profile transportation and sightseeing business aimed at visitors to the New York City area.

In a representation election held Aug. 7 and 8 in National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) Region II in New York City, captains and deckhands working at New York Water Taxi chose MM&P to be their collective bargaining representative.

Every eligible voter of the 37 members of the bargaining unit cast a ballot in the election. In a strong show of support, MM&P prevailed 29 to eight. The result was a 78.4 percent “yes” for union representation. MM&P Vice President Ron Tucker credited the victory to a strong team effort by New York Water Taxi employees and MM&P staff.

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The July-August issue of The Master, Mate & Pilot will be arriving in your mailbox soon. In the meantime, look for it online on

In this issue of the magazine: MM&P members aboard Shaver Tug CASCADES in Columbia River rescue; solidarity and union pride at ILA Convention, where delegates re-elect President Harold J. Daggett and speakers pledge support to longshore workers in the United States and abroad; United Kingdom issues new manning regulations aimed at fighting fatigue aboard ships; tankermen in Australia lose their jobs as a result of the Conservative government’s fight to overturn the country’s cabotage law; in the U.S., new House bill would give World War II merchant mariners the nation’s highest civilian honor.

To access The Master, Mate & Pilot online, go to, click on “News” and then on “MM&P Magazine.”

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The MM&P Atlantic Maritime Group (AMG) Ballot Committee met on Friday, Aug. 14, to make a final determination on the eligibility of candidates to serve as AMG Interim Convention Delegates and to discuss the election process. The AMG members serving on the ballot committee were Mark Campbell, John Cronin and Chris Leek. Prior to their deliberations, the members of the ballot company heard an introduction and presentation by TrueBallot Inc., a company that provides election services for labor unions.

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The Coast Guard’s National Maritime Center (NMC) has announced it will open its doors to the public for an open house and information session on Tuesday, Sept. 15, from 0830 to 1530 EST. The NMC is located in Martinsburg, W. Va.

In a statement, the agency said the open house is “part of a continuing effort to better serve the maritime community,” in the case in point by “providing the public an opportunity to visit and tour the facility to learn about and witness the processes used to evaluate and produce merchant mariner credentials.”

In the morning, the agency will conduct “information sessions with subject matter experts on the credentialing process, and future credentialing policies and their impacts on mariners and industry, along with guided tours of the building.”

During the afternoon, mariners and others who work in the maritime industry can participate in breakout sessions with some members of the NMC staff.
The agency said it will provide additional scheduling and logistics information in the future, including instructions on how to register to attend the event. It is open to all but preregistration will be required.

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With Labor Day right around the corner, it’s time for Q&A. Did you know that labor unions made the following 36 things possible?

– Weekends without work
– All breaks at work: including lunch breaks!
– Paid vacation
– Family & Medical Leave Act (FMLA)
– Sick leave
– Social Security
– Minimum wage
– Civil Rights Act/Title VII – prohibits employer discrimination
– 8-hour work day
– Overtime pay
– Child labor laws
– Occupational Safety & Health Act (OSHA)
– 40-hour work week
– Workers’ compensation (workers’ comp)
– Unemployment insurance
– Pensions
– Workplace safety standards and regulations
– Employer health care insurance
– Collective bargaining rights for employees
– Wrongful termination laws
– Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967 (ADEA)
– Whistleblower protection laws
– Employee Polygraph Protection Act (EPPA) – prohibits employers from using a lie detector test on an employee
– Veteran’s Employment and Training Services (VETS)
– Compensation increases and evaluations (i.e., raises)
– Sexual harassment laws
– Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA)
– Holiday pay
– Employer dental, life and vision insurance
– Privacy rights
– Pregnancy and parental leave
– Military leave
– The right to strike
– Public education for children
– Equal Pay Acts of 1963 & 2011 – require employers to pay men and women equally for the same amount of work
– Laws ending sweatshops in the United States

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If for some reason you can’t join a union but want to support your fellow working Americans and fight for good jobs and a just economy, join Working America at

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Responding to public outcry, the multinational mining concern Rio Tinto says it is investigating reports that Filipino seafarers on one of its chartered ships had not been paid any wages for more than two months and were running short of food.

The news was reported by Nautilus, the union of British, Dutch and Swiss maritime officers, in its monthly publication Nautilus Telegraph.

Maritime labor unions have spoken out about the dire conditions discovered aboard the Panama-flagged bulk carrier MILENA during an inspection by authorities in the Australian port of Gladstone.

The Japanese-owned vessel is being used by Rio Tinto to transport bauxite between Australian ports.

“If Rio Tinto wanted to transport this bauxite by road or rail, they would need to pay Australian minimum wages and adhere to Australian health and safety regulations,” said Maritime Union of Australia Official Dean Summers. “But because they transport it by sea they can avoid those requirements and slash costs.”

“What we are seeing is vicious, nasty penny-pinching on a vessel chartered by one of the wealthiest companies on earth,” he said. “It’s completely unacceptable that workers carrying this task out should be forced to go months without pay.”

A spokesperson for Rio Tinto said the company “takes the allegations very seriously” and is doing “everything possible under our contract to ensure the crew receive their full entitlements.”

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MITAGS needs your current address! Have you moved recently? Did you remember to send MITAGS your new address for communications regarding courses? Please send your current contact information to or to the fax number below.

New dedicated fax line for Admissions only: 1-443-568-1928. For all other MITAGS business, please continue to use: 410-859-5181.

For class availability or information on MITAGS courses and programs, contact Kelly Michielli, Admissions Coordinator, toll-free at 866-656-5568 or by e-mail: . Why not try our on-line calendar to register for class:

Please note the special addition to our on-campus schedule of MSC classes marked with an asterisk (*), which are not normally scheduled to be held at MITAGS.

AB – 10/12/15

AIS-1 – Automatic Identifications Systems Orientation: Contact Admissions

ARPA-OIC – Automated Radar Plotting Aids: 9/22/15, 1/26/16, 4/5/16

AZIPOD 2-Day – 10/1/15, 2/29/16

BRM-35 – Bridge Resource Management: 10/19/15, 2/1/16, 4/4/16

BRMP –Bridge Resource Management for Pilots: 11/9/15, 2/29/16

BRMP-EMR –Bridge Resource Management for Pilots with Emergency Shiphandling: 9/28/15, 3/2/16

BT – Basic Safety Training: 10/5/15, 1/25/16, 2/22/16

BT-Revalidation –11/3/15

CHS-OIC – Cargo Handling Basic: 10/26/15

[CMM – Chief Mate and Master Courses]

ADVNAV-CMM – Advanced Navigation (=ECDIS & VPEN): Contact Admissions

ADVSTB-CMM – Advanced Stability: 9/28/15, 1/25/16, 3/28/16

ADVWX-CMM – Advanced Meteorology: 10/19/15, 1/4/16, 3/7/16

CHS-CMM – Advanced Cargo Operations (2 weeks): 10/5/15

ECDIS – Electronic Chart Display Information System: 9/21/15, 10/5/15, 11/2/15,12/7/15, 1/11/16, 2/22/16, 3/21/16

LMS – Leadership and Managerial Skills (Management Level – Formerly MCL-CMM):8/31/15, 9/7/15, 9/21/15, 9/28/15, 10/26/15, 11/2/15, 11/9/15, 11/16/15, 11/30/15,12/7/15, 12/14/15, 1/18/16, 2/15/16, 3/14/16, 4/4/16, 4/11/16, 5/23/16, 6/27/16

MPP-CMM – Marine Propulsion Plants: 11/16/15

SEC-APPS – Practical Defense Tactics: 10/12/15, 3/28/16

SHMGT-CMM- Ship Management (2 weeks): 9/14/15

SHS-ADV-I-CMM – Advanced Shiphandling (week 1): 10/5/15, 11/9/15, 11/30/15,1/11/16, 2/8/16, 3/14/16

SHS-ADV-II-CMM – Advanced Shiphandling (week 2): 8/31/15, 10/12/15, 11/16/15,12/7/15, 1/18/16, 2/15/16, 3/21/16

VPEN-CMM – Voyage Planning & Electronic Navigation: 11/30/15, 2/29/16

WKP-CMM – Advanced Watchkeeping: 11/9/15

CNAV-OIC – Celestial Navigation: 11/9/15

CONT PLNG – Contingency Planning Workshop: Contact Admissions

CRISIS-COMMS – Crisis Communications: 3/2/16

DDE – Great Lakes: 2/1/16

DPA – Contact Admissions

ECDIS-OIC – Contact Admissions

ECDIS-Pilots – 11/12/15, 3/2/16

ERM – Engine Resource Management: 8/24/15, 9/21/15, 10/19/15, 11/9/15, 12/14/15,1/4/16, 2/8/16, 3/21/16, 4/18/16, 5/9/16

FF-BADV – Fire Fighting Combined Basic & Advanced: 10/5/15, 1/25/16, 2/22/16

FSM – Fatigue, Sleep, & Medications: 9/15/15, 11/11/15, 1/26/16

GL Pilot – Great Lakes Pilotage Familiarization: 1/22/16

GMDSS – Global Maritime Distress and Safety System: 8/24/15, 3/7/16

HAZ – Hazardous Materials (5 day): 11/16/15

LAP- 9/14/15, 4/4/16

LAP-Great Lakes – License Advancement Program – Great Lakes: 1/25/16

LAP-ORG3rd – License Advancement Program for Original 3rd Mate, Oceans, Any Gross Ton License: 11/30/15, 3/7/16

LEG – Legal Aspects of Pilotage: 9/16/15, 11/10/15, 1/27/16, 3/1/16

LNG-TPIC – 12/7/15

LTS –Leadership and Teamworking Skills (Formerly MCL-OIC): 9/21/15

MEECE – Management of Electrical and Electronic Control: 9/14/15, 10/12/15, 11/2/15, 12/7/15, 1/11/16, 2/22/16, 3/28/16, 4/25/16, 5/16/16

MED-PIC – Medical Person in Charge: 8/24/15, 12/7/15, 1/4/16, 3/21/16

MED-PIC-REF– Medical Person in Charge Refresher: 9/28/15, 2/1/15, 3/14/16

MED-PRO – Medical Care Provider: 8/24/15, 10/12/15, 12/7/15, 1/4/15, 2/15/16, 3/21/16

MED-DOT-DA – Dept. of Transportation Drug & Alcohol Testing: 8/28/15, 11/5/15, 12/12/15, 1/9/16, 1/31/16, 3/19/16

MSA –Maritime Security Awareness: Contact Admissions

[MSC – Military Sealift Command Courses]

MSC-CBRD-1 – Military Sealift Command Chemical, Biological, Radiological Defense Orientation (Basic): 10/29/15, 3/8/16

MSC-DC – Military Sealift Command Damage Control: 10/27/15, 3/5/16 (March is 4 evenings)

*MSC-ENVPRO – 10/31/15, 2/28/16

*MSC-FF-HELO –11/2/15, 2/22/16

MSC-SMA – Military Sealift Command Small Arms Qualification: 10/19/15, 1/4/16, 2/29/16

*MSC-Security Watch Basic –10/17/15, 2/26/16

*MSC-Security Watch Advanced –10/23/15, 1/8/16, 3/4/16

*MSC-Ship’s Reaction Force –10/24/15, 1/10/16, 3/5/16

ROR-1 – Radar Observer Renewal: 9/21/15, 1/25/16, 5/9/16

ROR-1N – Radar Observer Renewal Evening Classes: 9/2/15, 9/16/15, 9/30/15, 10/14/15, 10/28/15, 11/3/15, 11/11/15, 11/18/15, 12/2/15, 12/10/15, 1/6/16, 1/13/16, 2/3/16, 2/10/16, 2/24/16, 3/9/16, 3/16/16

ROU-OIC – Radar Observer Program – Unlimited: 1/18/16, 2/1/16

SAR-OIC – Search & Rescue – 10/19/15

SHS-BAS-OIC – Basic Shiphandling: 11/2/15, 2/15/16

SHS-EMR5 – Emergency Shiphandling-5 Day: 9/28/15, 1/25/16, 3/7/16

SMS – Contact Admissions

STB-OIC – Ship Construction and Basic Stability: 2/8/16

TCNAV/CO – Terrestrial Navigation and Compasses: 1/4/16

TPIC – Tankerman Person in Charge: 2/22/16

TRAC-TUG-2: Contact Admissions

TTT – Contact Admissions

VPDSD – Vessel Personnel with Designated Security Duties: Contact Admissions

VSO – Vessel Security Officer: 9/9/15, 10/7/15, 10/17/15, 2/15/16

WKP-OIC – Watchkeeping (Operational Level): 9/28/15, 3/21/16

WX-OIC –Meteorology (Operational Level): 9/14/15, 2/29/16

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Please also see our schedule and enroll online at For registration contact our registrar, Jennifer Pitzen: 206.838.1126 or

August 2015

24th Radar Renewal
24-28 MEECE
24-28 Bridge Resource Management
25-26 Designated Person Ashore
31-4 Leadership & Managerial Skills (waitlist only)
31-4 Basic Meteorology

September 2015

8th Leadership & Teamworking Skills
9th OICNW Assessments
10th Radar Renewal
14-18 Leadership & Managerial Skills (waitlist only)
14-18 Basic Cargo Handling
14-18 Medical Care Provider
14-25 Medical Person-In-Charge
14-25 GMDSS
21-25 ECDIS
21-25 Leadership & Managerial Skills (waitlist only)
21-2 Celestial Navigation
28-30 Security Officer – Vessel, Company, and Facility
28-2 MEECE

October 2015

5th Radar Renewal
5-9 Leadership & Managerial Skills (waitlist only)
5-9 Medical Care Provider
5-9 Basic Shiphandling
5-9 Engine Resource Managemet
12-16 ECDIS
12-16 Leadership & Managerial Skills
12-23 GMDSS
19-23 Radar Observer Unlimited
19-23 Leadership & Managerial Skills (waitlist only)
19-23 MEECE
26-30 Leadership & Managerial Skills (waitlist only)

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