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Wheelhouse Weekly – August 03, 2001

August 3rd 2001


THE MASTERS, MATES AND PILOTS’
WHEELHOUSE WEEKLY

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Volume 5. . . . . Number 31. . . August 3, 2001

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MM&P AND MEBA DISCUSS FINANCIALS WITH NPR

On August 1, the MM&P and MEBA met jointly with representatives of NPR/Holt to discuss the financial condition of the company and the proposed “Pop-Up” which was schedule to take effect on 8/1/01. After several proposals and counter proposal between NPR/Holt and the Joint Negotiating Committee, the following was agreed upon:

  • The scheduled “Pop-Up” from A2 wages to A3 wages will be delayed until 7/01/02.
  • The A3 wages scale “Pop-Up” would take effect on 7/01/02 and continue through 6/30/04. In addition, the work rules that had been suspended during the contract negotiation of 1999, would be reinstated on 7/01/02.
  • Effective 7/01/03 there will be a wage increase of 3 percent or COLA (whichever is greater) on wage and wage related items and this wage increase would continue to the end of the new termination date of the contract, 6/30/04.
  • In addition, NPR/Holt and MM&P agreed to increase the transportation allocation for Port Relief Officers to Philadelphia to 3 hours beginning August 3, 2001.

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AMERICAN HEAVY LIFT ESOP APPROVAL GRANTED

The MM&P was advised on August 2 that Judge Cote, in New York’s Southern District Federal Court, had granted approval of the pending Employee Stock Ownership Plan, better known as an ESOP. The MM&P has not yet received the Order, but will publicize this Order when it is received.

This is the final step to putting things in place after almost four years. Capt. Tim Brown, MM&P president stated that “American Heavy Lift employees should be very proud of themselves.”
 

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PATRIOT ISSUES YEAR THREE WAGES & BENEFITS FOR LMSR FLEET

Patriot Contract Services has announced that it is implementing an improved LMSR pay scale for year three wages and benefits after a series of discussions between the Military Sealift Command, the Dept. of Labor and Patriot. The company began the payment of the renegotiated wages and benefits for year three effective July 23.

The process was delayed by Dept. of Labor hearing procedures on a request made by the MSC for a variance to the original LMSR wage determination.

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STCW-95 WORKING GROUP MEETS AT MITAGS

The STCW-95 Problem Solving Working Group met this Thurs. and Fri. at MITAGS. The meeting was coordinated by Richard Plant, MM&P’s Director of Special Projects, and was hosted by MITAGS Executive Director Glen Paine. It was a follow-up to the Manpower & Retention meeting held May 23-24 at the US Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point, NY.

116 people attended representing the USCG, the USCG’s National Maritime Center, MARAD, the Department of Labor, industry, companies, union and nonunion labor from the Great Lakes, rivers, brown and blue water regions.

“The purpose of the meeting was to discuss and resolve pre- and potential post-STCW-95 implementation issues and concerns. With STCW-95 implementation less than six months away and with all of the various government, labor and industry representatives in attendance, many issues were discussed, reviewed and presented to the U.S. Coast Guard for comment,” said Plant.

“In addition to the success of the meeting itself, attendees had the opportunity to see firsthand the MITAGS training, conference and residence facilities and to see the facility upgrades that Glen Paine, MITAGS Executive Director, is implementing.”

A CD-ROM containing all papers and responses to comments presented during this meeting will be compiled and made available in the next few weeks. Cost of the CD-ROM will be $25. Anyone interested in obtaining copies of the proceedings may contact Andrea Dixon at MITAGS, 443-989-3235, or by email to adixon@mitags.org.

The next several training meetings that will continue to address topics related to STCW-95 implementation are the Joint MERPAC and T-SAC meeting to be held at USCG HQ in Washington, DC, September 26-27 and the SOCP meeting scheduled for October 16-17 at the USCG Center in Yorktown, VA. These meetings are open to the public.

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CSX AND MATSON ENTER INTO NEW WEST COAST-HAWAII AGREEMENT

MM&P-crewed CSX Lines has entered into an agreement to ship Hawaii-bound cargo on MM&P-crewed Matson Navigation vessels.

Starting this Wed. (Aug. 1), CSX began shipping some containers on Matson’s midweek service out of southern CA. CSX, which offers weekly sailings to Hawaii from Long Beach every Fri. and had offered sailings every other Wed., will now offer sailings every Wed.

Previously, CSX had trucked boxes up to Oakland to catch Wed. sailings by CSX vessels to Hawaii from northern CA. CSX may continue to truck some containers to Oakland, but will now have the option of putting boxes on Matson vessels.

A CSX spokesman said that the company is evaluating the future deployment of the 1,500-TEU CSX PRODUCER that currently operates the midweek sailings out of Long Beach.

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HARRY BRIDGES 100TH BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION

On Saturday July 28 in San Pedro, CA, International President Capt. Tim Brown, former Offshore Pacific Vice President Paul Nielsen, West Coast Port Agent Capt. David Boatner and a large contingent of MM&P members, both active and retired, participated in a 5,000 person march across the Vincent Thomas Bridge followed by a rally and cookout at the World Cruise Terminal.

This march was attended by workers from as far away as Japan and Australia. This was just one of the highlights which occurred over a one week celebration commemorating the life and work of Harry Bridges, the first President of the International Longshoremen and Warehouse Union.

Offshore Pacific Vice President Capt. Don Marcus and other MM&P members also attended similar activities celebrating Harry Bridges life that were held in San Francisco on July 28.

David Arian, President of the Harry Bridges Institute and former ILWU President, commented that the message for the March was Harry’s own: “The real heroes in America are working-class people. We are celebrating labor culture; how working gives you an identity, a way of life and a reason to be alive.”

The March was preceded Friday night by a one-man play, reenacting the struggles that Harry Bridges faced personally and the struggles that the ILWU had to endure to become “the Lords of the Docks”. English Actor Ian Ruskin performed brilliantly in the play that he had written. A video of this play will be available in the future from:

The Harry Bridges Institute 461 West 6th St, Suite 210 San Pedro, CA 90731

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UPGRADED PHONE SYSTEM FOR THE MM&P PLANS OFFICE

In order to better serve members, the Plans Office will be upgrading the phone system on the evening of August 6th after 1700 hrs. The automated system will be unavailable from Monday, August 6 at 5:00 PM until Tuesday, August 7th at 7:30 AM. The Plans Office apologizes for any inconvenience this may cause.

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NEW PROCEDURES FOR MM&P FEDERAL DRUG TESTING PROGRAM

Effective August 15, the MM&P Federal Drug Testing Program will have new procedures for pre-employment Drug Testing. Each member must bring a Chain of Custody form with him/her to the Drug Testing Site in order to take a drug test.

All members who have taken a pre-employment drug test in the last two years should receive in the mail from the Plan Office this week two Chain of Custody forms.

All Port Offices have been provided with an updated site listing and a supply of forms as well. If you have any questions, please contact your local Port Office or you can call the Plans at 410-850-8500.

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NEW QUARTERS FOR MM&P GREAT LAKES & RIVERS MARITIME GROUP

MM&P Great Lakes & Rivers Membership Group Vice President Bill Rabatsky reports that effective Sept. 1, the GL&R’s new office address for the will be: 1250 Old River Rd., Cleveland, Ohio 44113.

New phone and fax numbers are not yet available. For further info, contact Bill Rabatsky at Email: brabatsky@bridgedeck.org; phone: 216-228-8111.

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MRS. WILLIE KYSER PASSES AWAY AT 71

MM&P is saddened to note the death on July 29 of Willie M. Kyser, wife of former International Secretary-Treasurer Capt. F. Elwood Kyser. Mrs. Kyser was 71; she and Capt. Kyser had been married for 54 years. In addition to Capt. Kyser, she is survived by son and daughter-in-law Frank and Helen Kyser; daughter and son-in-law Laura and Gaillard Bixler; a sister, Mary Louise Greer; by 6 grandchildren; and by nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Our sincerest condolences to Capt. Kyser and his entire family.

Memorials may be sent to the:

Springhill Baptist Church Foundation 2 McGregor Ave. Mobile, AL 36608

or to the:

American Cancer Society 900 Western America Circle Mobile, AL 36609

Cards may be sent in care of MM&P HQ and will be forwarded.

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REMINDER: MEMBER-ONLY EMAIL BULLETIN BOARD IN OPERATION

The MM&P bulletin board has been established and it is ready for use. Since the bulletin board is only for members, it is available only by subscription. Use of the bulletin board is subject to terms of use that will be posted to the bulletin board, which will be provided to members at the time they sign up or upon request of any member prior to signing up.

After registering, any member is free to post to this board as long as they take full responsibility for any content that they post. Any foul or abusive language may prevent members from future participation on the site.

To be able to sign-on or for additional info, members should send an Email to John Gorman, MM&P Comptroller, who is administering the board. His Email address is: jgorman@bridgedeck.org. The following info is required to be provided in order to be provided access information: Full name; SS Number; Date of birth; and Email address.

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REMINDER: NEW DIGS FOR PORT EVERGLADES UNION HALL

MM&P’s Port Everglades union hall is relocating effective Sept. 1. Phone numbers are not yet available. The new address will be:

540 McNab Rd. – Suite B Pompano Beach, FL 33060

Members are encouraged to visit after the move.

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MITAGS ACADEMIC NOTES

Openings in classes through August
  • 8/6-31: MED-SMC
  • 8/6-10: WX-HWA, COMP-APS, GMDSS-REF
  • 8/13-17: BST
  • 8/20-24: ARPA, VPM
  • 8/27-31: BST, ROP
  • 12/17-20: SMA

Schedule through Dec. 2001 is being maintained on the website. Hard copy schedule updates are also provided to the halls. Check the MITAGS website at: www.mitags.org for up-to-date info. For additional course info, contact Mary Matlock at voice: 443-989-3226 or Email: admissions@mitags.org.

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PACIFIC NORTHWEST MARITIME INSTITUTE (PMI) AUGUST COURSE OPENINGS

Openings in classes through August
  • 8/6-10: ARPA, BRM
  • 8/20-24: ARPA
  • 8/27-31: TPIC

For more info on courses or PMI, visit their website at www.stcw95.com.  
 

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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., Linthicum Heights, MD 21090-1941. Phone: 410-850-8700; Fax: 410-850-0973; Email: iommp@bridgedeck.org. For further info contact John Peige at jpeige@bridgedeck.org. The Wheelhouse Weekly is sent via Email to MM&P-contracted vessels at sea, broadcast worldwide via FEC marine telex andis posted on our web page under “News” at: http://www.bridgedeck.org.

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