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Wheelhouse Weekly – August 03, 2009

August 3rd 2009

 

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

Volume 13 . . . . . Number 31. . . . August 3, 2009

STORIES COVERED

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.


MARINERS URGED TO ATTEND SEPT. 22-23 MERPAC MEETING AT NMC IN WEST VIRGINIA

The next meeting of the Merchant Marine Personnel Advisory Committee (MERPAC) will be held Sept. 22-23 in Martinsburg, West Va., at the Coast Guard’s National Maritime Center (NMC). A major focus of the meeting will be NMC’s performance in processing mariners’ documents, including licenses, upgrades and medical reviews. Active mariners, in particular those who have had problems in renewing their license or having their medical evaluation processed, are urged to attend. If you are planning to attend the meeting, there are several hotels in the area. The phone number of The Comfort Inn, which has 109 rooms, is 304-263-6200. If you cannot attend the meeting but would like to share your story with those present, please briefly summarize it in an e-mail addressed to Richard Plant (rplant@bridgedeck.org) or Mike Rodriguez (mrodriguez@bridgedeck.org) at MM&P headquarters.


NATIONAL MARITIME CENTER ASKS FOR COMMENTS ON THE QUALITY OF ITS LICENSING SERVICE

The Coast Guard is asking mariners to rate its performance in issuing licenses and processing merchant mariners’ documents. To respond to the survey, go to the Coast Guard website, Homeport, http://homeport.uscg.mil/mycg/portal/ep/home.do, and click on “Online Customer Survey Now Available.”

MM&P strongly encourages members who have had recent experiences with the Coast Guard’s license and document processing functions to take the time to respond to the survey. When you have responded, please let us know by sending a brief e-mail that summarizes your comments to communications@bridgedeck.org.


MARITIME LABOR ASKS CONGRESS TO HELP THOSE AFFECTED BY NMC BACKLOG

The nation’s maritime unions are calling for immediate improvements in the way the Coast Guard’s National Maritime Center (NMC) is conducting merchant mariner credentialing and medical review functions. The agency “has fallen terribly short in meeting its responsibilities to administer merchant mariner credentialing functions fairly, efficiently, and in a timely manner,” the unions told Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.), in a recent letter. Cummings is chairman of the House Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation, which recently held hearings on the tremendous backlog of applications and medical reviews currently awaiting action at the National Maritime Center (NMC).

“Unfortunately, there are those within the Coast Guard who still do not understand that their failure to manage their licensing and documentation and medical review missions properly has a direct impact on the ability of American merchant mariners to continue in the maritime profession and to provide for their families,” the unions said in the letter. “Maritime labor and others repeatedly warned the Coast Guard over a period of four years that its proposals in these areas would result in the loss of jobs.”

“Misinformation provided by the NMC and inefficiencies built into the centralized system are serious problems for mariners as their licenses and documents reach their expiration dates,” the unions wrote. Because the Coast Guard does not have authority to extend the duration of a credential beyond the five-year statutory period, the unions ask that consideration be given to legislation that would allow an individual’s license or document to be extended for a specified period beyond the current five-year expiration date. “In this way,” the unions wrote, “it is our hope that mariners would no longer be victimized – would no longer lose their ability to work – as a result of mistakes made in the licensing and documentation process through no fault of their own.” The letter was signed by MM&P President Tim Brown, the American Maritime Officers and the Marine Engineers’ Beneficial Association.


ILA ENDORSES RICHARD TRUMKA FOR AFL-CIO PRESIDENT

The International Longshoremen’s Association has endorsed Richard Trumka for president of the AFL-CIO, which will hold elections at its convention this September in Pittsburgh. Current AFL-CIO President John Sweeney has announced his retirement. “The ILA is proud to endorse Richard Trumka, an outstanding champion for working families in America,” said ILA President Richard P. Hughes Jr. “The ILA firmly believes he possesses the experience, the courage and the fortitude to lead our national labor movement.” Trumka, who has served as secretary-treasurer of the AFL-CIO since 1995, is the former president of the United Mine Workers of America (UMWA). A third-generation coal miner, Trumka started working in the mines at age 19. Years later, after finishing law school and returning to work for the union at the local and district levels, he was elected UMWA president.


EUROPEAN COMMISSION TARGETS JONES ACT, CARGO PREFERENCE, AS BARRIERS TO TRADE

The Jones Act, which protects the jobs of American mariners aboard U.S.-flag ships, is one of several “barriers to trade” that should be eliminated, according to a recent European Commission (EC) report. Other laws identified in the report, called “United States Barriers to Trade and Investment Report for 2008,” include the Container Security Initiative (CSI) and the SAFE Port Act. The Jones Act is described in the report as a “Department of Defense (DOD) security restriction,” which “uses national security reasons to prohibit the use of foreign vessels. “

The authors of the report also complain that “there has been no progress on the elimination of requirements that U.S. government-owned or -financed cargoes be shipped on U.S-flagged ships.” The report concludes by pointing out that the United States “has also not included any maritime services-related commitments in any of its offers in the Doha Round negotiations under the aegis of the World Trade Organization.”


AFL-CIO SAYS PROPOSALS TO TAX WORKERS’ HEALTH BENEFITS MISGUIDED

The AFL-CIO, a strong backer of President Barack Obama’s plan to reform the nation’s health care system, has expressed “real concerns” about proposals circulating in Congress that would tax “high cost health plans.” Some proponents of taxing benefits have argued they will target “Cadillac plans,” such as the one enjoyed by executives at financial institutions such as Goldman-Sachs. But the AFL-CIO says the proposals, if not carefully crafted, “could well end up hitting benefits for working families and retirees already reeling from health care costs.”

In an official statement, AFL-CIO President John Sweeney called on lawmakers “to enact real cost containment,” adding, “We have seen no evidence that taxing benefits will lower health care costs; in fact, our members’ benefits aren’t getting richer – they’re just getting more costly.”

“This is a critical time for health care reform,” Sweeney said. “There is no question that the process must move forward so that we achieve the President’s goal of enacting health reform this year. As the legislative process moves forward, we’ll work for real cost containment: with a quality public health plan option that drives competition and lowers costs, a requirement that employers share in the financing of health reform, and reforms to hold providers accountable for quality of care, not quantity.”


PIRATE ATTACKS CONTINUE

Approximately 43 armed attacks against ships were reported in the South China Sea, Singapore and the Straits of Malacca during the first six months of 2009, according to a statement released by the regional anti-piracy task force. In the Gulf of Aden, the U.S. Navy says, 130 ships were attacked and 28 seized in the first six months of the year. Thirty naval ships from a number of countries are patrolling the region.


DAVID MATSUDA NAMED DEPUTY/ACTING MARITIME ADMINISTRATOR

Transportation specialist David Matsuda has been named deputy/acting administrator of the Maritime Administration (MARAD). He moves to MARAD from his current position as deputy/acting assistant secretary for transportation policy at DOT. Matsuda joined DOT in March 2009, after seven years on Capitol Hill. While working in the Senate from 2002 to 2009, he was engaged in the formulation of most major federal transportation legislation. Most recently he served as senior counsel and primary transportation advisor to Sen. Frank R. Lautenberg (D-N.J.). In 2002, Matsuda became a Georgetown University Government Affairs Institute fellow on the staff of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation. From 1998 to 2002, he worked as an attorney with the Federal Railroad Administration.


AFL-CIO TRANSPORTATION TRADES HAIL CONFIRMATION OF NEW NTSB CHAIR AND NEW FEDERAL MARITIME COMMISSIONER

Debbie Hersman, the newly confirmed chair of the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), “has always understood that well trained front-line workers play a critical role in moving goods and people safely across our vast transportation network,” said Edward Wytkind, president of the AFL-CIO’s Transportation Trades Department (TTD) in an official statement. President Obama recently reappointed Hersman to the Board and named her chair. She was confirmed by the Senate last week. Wytkind said Hersman “is deeply committed to the safety mission of this agency and has demonstrated her passion to learn from accident investigations and advocate federal safety policies that make the U.S. transportation system safer. And rather than simply assigning blame to individuals, she investigates the policies, procedures and practices that threaten safe operations.”

Wytkind also commended Obama on the selection of Richard Lidinsky as Federal Maritime Commissioner, calling him “a true professional” who has worked 35 years on maritime issues. Wytkind said Lidinsky would work to ensure a secure maritime transportation system, enforce shipping statutes and “protect against unfair foreign trade practices that harm this industry and its employees.”


85 PRESUMED DEAD AFTER SAILBOAT CARRYING REFUGEES STRIKES REEF

An overloaded sailboat with several hundred refugees from Haiti aboard hit a reef and sank off the Turks and Caicos Islands last Monday. A spokesperson for the Coast Guard in Miami said 113 survivors were found but about 85 people were missing. “These vessels are grossly overloaded,” the Coast Guard spokesperson said.” Two hundred people on a sailboat is astronomical.” Rescuers said they plucked survivors from nearby reefs.  


ATTENTION ALL D-BOOK APPLICANTS: NEW DEADLINE FOR SUBMITTING YOUR PAPERWORK TO GEB

Applicants who intend to apply for D-Book membership are informed that a one-week deadline for document submission is now in effect. All back-up paperwork for your application, including a copy of the “D” Certificate for the D-Book membership class, your four letters of recommendation from senior officers and a copy of your discharge (if you got off a ship just before or at the deadline date) must be received by the MM&P Membership Department by close of business, 5:00 p.m. East Coast time, one week before the GEB meeting. Remember that your initiation fee must also be paid in full. The final two GEB meetings for 2009 will be held on Sept. 8-9 and Dec. 1-2. The deadline for submitting material to the Sept. 8 meeting is COB 5:00 p.m. East Coast time, Tuesday, Sept. 1. The deadline for submitting material to the Dec. 1 meeting is COB 5:00 p.m. East Coast time, Tuesday, Nov. 24.


COAST GUARD LAUNCHES MERCHANT MARINER CREDENTIAL VERIFICATION WEBSITE

The Coast Guard is launching a new service called merchant mariner credential verification (MMCV). It allows mariners and employers to verify the qualifications and status of mariner credentials. The service is delivered via the Coast Guard’s Homeport Internet site: http://homeport.uscg.mil/mmcv. MMCV offers functions such as: document search; single mariner search; multiple mariner search; and name-based search. Search results include publicly available information only.


MITAGS ACADEMIC NOTES

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


ARPA – Automatic Radar Plotting Aids: 9/22

AZIPOD – (2-Day) Azipod Propulsion Systems: 10/1

BRM – Bridge Resource Management: 9/14

BRMP – Bridge Resource Management for Pilots: 8/27

CONSTB – Ship Construction and Basic Stability: 8/17

CONT PLNG – Contingency Planning:  9/17

[CMM – Chief Mate and Master Courses]

CMM-ADVWX – Advanced Meteorology: 9/21

CMM-ADVSTB – Advanced Stability: 8/10, 9/29

CMM-MPP – Marine Propulsion Plants: 8/24

CMM-SHMGT I – Ship Management (week 1) : 9/7

CMM-SHMGT II – Ship Management (week 2) : 9/14

CMM-SHS-ADV-I – Advanced Shiphandling (week 1):  8/17, 8/24, 8/31, 9/14, 9/28

CMM-SHS-ADV-I I – Advanced Shiphandling (week 2): 8/17, 8/31

CMM-WKP – Advanced Watchkeeping: 8/17, 8/31

ENAV – Electronic Navigation: 9/7

FF-BADV – Basic and Advanced Fire Fighting Combined: 8/3

HAZ – Hazardous Materials (5-Day) course: 8/31

LAP – License Advancement Program (Chief Mate & Master Only): 9/14

LAP – License Advancement Program (Original Third Mate Only): 8/17

LEG – Legal Aspects of Pilotage: 8/26, 9/28

LNG AWAR – Liquefied Natural Gas Awareness: 8/18

MEDIA RSP – Media Response Workshop: 9/18

MED-PIC � Medical Person In Charge: 8/10

MED-PRO – Medical Care Provider: 8/10

MED-DOT-DA – Dept. of Trans Drug & Alcohol Testing: 8/15

[MSC – Military Sealift Command]

MSC-CBRD-1 – CBRD Orientation: 8/14

MSC-DC Damage Control: Special Evening Course: 8/10 � 13/09

MSC-SMA – Small Arms Training: (8/10-Stand By only), 9/14

ROP-5 – Radar Observer Original or Renewal: 8/31

ROR-1 – Radar Observer Renewal: 8/24, 9/21

SEC-VCF – Security Officer: Vessel, Company & Facility: 9/14

SEC-VSO-R – Vessel Security Officer Refresher (1 day):  8/14

SHS-EMR-BRMP3 – Emergency Shiphandling and Bridge Resource Management for Pilots: 9/28

TPIC – Tankship Dangerous Liquids Person In Charge: 8/31

WKP BAS – Basic Watchkeeping: 9/21

WX BAS – Basic Meteorology: 9/14

…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 e-mail: admissions@mitags.org.


PMI ACADEMIC NOTES

Schedule of Courses – Please also see our schedule online at www.mates.org

For registration, call our registrar, Jennifer Pitzen, at (206) 838-1126

August 2009

3            Radar Renewal
4-7         ARPA
3-5        Security VCF
10-14    ECDIS
10-14    TPIC

September 2009

21          Radar Renewal
22-25    ARPA
21-25    Medical Care Provider
21-2      Medical Person-in-Charge


MM&P MARKET WATCH AS OF 7-31-2009

D O W N A S D A Q S & P 500
9,154.46 1,978.50 987.48
Fund Name & Trading Symbol
 Closing
Price
 Vanguard Asset Allocation Fund(VAARX)
44.34
 Vanguard 500 Index Fund (VFINX)
91.14
 Vanguard Extended Market Index Fund (VEXMX)
28.54
 Vanguard International Growth Fund (VWIGX)
15.36
 Vanguard Morgan Growth Fund (VMRGX)
13.37
 Vanguard Windsor II Fund (VWNFX)
20.82
 Vanguard GNMA Fund (VFIIX)
10.67
 Vanguard Growth Index Fund (VIGRX)
23.89
 Vanguard High Yield Corporate (VWEHX)
5.15
 Vanguard LifeStrategy Conservative Growth (VSCGX)
14.29
 Vanguard LifeStrategy Growth Fund (VASGX)
17.73
 Vanguard LifeStrategy Income Fund (VASIX)
12.83
 Vanguard LifeStrategy Moderate Growth (VSMGX)
16.39
 Vanguard Target Retirement 2005 (VTOVX)
10.51
 Vanguard Target Retirement 2015 (VTXVX)
10.59
 Vanguard Target Retirement 2025 (VTTVX)
10.41
 Vanguard Target Retirement 2035 (VTTHX)
10.52
 Vanguard Target Retirement 2045 (VTIVX)
10.88
 Vanguard Total Bond Index (VBMFX)
10.28
 Vanguard Total Stock Market Index Fund (VTSMX)
24.26
 Chase Growth Fund (CHASX)
14.39
 Fidelity Asset Manager (FASMX)
12.71
 Fidelity Growth and Income (FGRIX)
14.38
 Fidelity Intermediate bond Fund (FTHRX)
9.90
 Fidelity Magellan Fund (FMAGX)
57.71
 Fidelity Small Company Instl (FMACX)
14.07
 Fidelity Value Fund (FDVLX)
48.87
 Fidelity Equity-Income II Fund (FEQTX)
14.53
 Fidelity Blue Chip Growth Fund (FBGRX)
31.97
 Fidelity Diversified International Fund (FDIVX)
25.36
 Fidelity Dividend Growth Fund (FDGFX)
20.25
 Fidelity Freedom Income (FFFAX)
10.31
 Fidelity Freedom 2000 (FFFBX)
10.92
 Fidelity Freedom 2010 (FFFCX)
11.72
 Fidelity Freedom 2020 (FFFDX)
11.57
 Fidelity Freedom 2030 (FFFEX)
11.28
 Fidelity Freedom 2040 (FFFFX)
7.52
 Fidelity Freedom 2050 (FFFHX)
10.18
 Fidelity Total Bond Fund (FTBFX)
26.75
 Spartan Extended market Index Fund (FSEMX)
26.75
 Spartan US Equity Index Fund (FUSEX)
34.95
 Domini Social Equity Fund (DSEFX)
22.83





~ 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. Suite B
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.

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