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Wheelhouse Weekly – August 04, 2008

August 4th 2008

 

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

Volume 12 . . . . . Number 31. . . .August 4, 2008

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.


U.S. MUST REGAIN ROLE AS WORLD’S FOREMOST MARITIME POWER, SAYS REP. GENE TAYLOR

Congress and the Administration should act on a number of fronts to protect and restore the international role of the U.S.-flag maritime industry, says Congressman Gene Taylor, a staunch ally of the U.S.-flag merchant marine and the 2008 recipient of the Propeller Club’s “Salute to Congress Award.”

“It’s not just about being good enough, it’s about being the world’s foremost maritime power,” Taylor said during a recent speech to maritime industry representatives in Washington, D.C. “I have not given up on the goal of restoring our country’s maritime might,” he said.

“I am a fanatic when it comes to the Jones Act,” Taylor told the audience. [Domestic cabotage laws] are the rule in about 40 countries around the world and should be the rule in this country,” he added.

Taylor said any waiver of the Jones Act “lets the camel’s nose under the tent. It’s just like the zoning waivers you see in local government: pretty soon no one’s following the rules anymore. The privilege of operating in American waters should be for American-built, American-owned, American-crewed vessels.”

Taylor said he believes in the Title XI shipbuilding program and wants to see it funded.  “We need to do whatever is necessary to encourage people to build America,” he said. “We have great people working in our shipyards. I don’t believe they have the best equipment,” he said, citing the massive investments that have been made by foreign governments in some Asian shipyards, where work is done primarily through use of high technology, including heavy reliance on lasers.

Taylor said he is working on bipartisan legislation to ensure the next-generation Navy cruisers will be nuclear powered so as to avoid the need for refueling every three days. In response to a question from a journalist, he also said he wants the next-generation ice breakers, on the Great Lakes and “wherever it fits,” to be powered by nuclear energy.


ADVICE ON APPLYING FOR THE TRANSPORTATION WORKER IDENTIFICATION CREDENTIAL (TWIC)

The new deadline for mariners to have a Transportation Workers’ Identification Credential (TWIC) is April 15, 2009.  Due to the anticipated heavy volume of applications from workers who will be required to have TWICs, it is recommended that MM&P members begin the application process early. Members may find useful info and pre-enroll at:  http://www.tsa.gov/what_we_do/layers/twic/index.shtm.

Recently, MM&P headquarters staffers have handled a number of issues arising when members were denied a TWIC. One of the most common problems is providing proof of citizenship, particularly for those MM&P members who were born outside the United States. To avoid this problem, MM&P staff strongly suggests that members:

  1. present their merchant mariner’s document (MMD) AND  a valid U.S. passport to the enrollment center staff as proof of identity and citizenship,
  2. insist that enrollment center staff scan BOTH documents.

All members are reminded that TWIC is required to maintain a valid license and MMD.  Therefore, it is important to enroll as early as possible in order to avoid delays.

Also, because of the way in which the TWIC program is structured, neither the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) nor Lockheed Martin, TSA’s TWIC contractor, can refund the enrollment fee or forward a TWIC to another enrollment center for pick-up. MM&P members must pick their TWICs up at the same enrollment center at which they originally apply.


COAST GUARD ANNOUNCES TWIC COMPLIANCE DATE FOR CHARLESTON, LONG ISLAND SOUND, JACKSONVILLE AND SAVANNAH

The Coast Guard and the Transportation Security Administration have announced that owners and operators of port facilities and terminals located within the Captain of the Port Zones of Charleston, Long Island Sound, Jacksonville and Savannah must implement access control procedures using TWIC no later than Dec. 1, 2008. Ports affected by the Dec. 1, 2008, deadline include Port Canaveral, Fla., Brunswick, Ga., Port Royal, S.C., New Haven, Conn., Port Jefferson, N.Y., and New London, Conn.  

Mariners are reminded that until April 15, 2009, they can use a valid Coast Guard-issued merchant mariner’s document, license or certificate of registry, along with a valid photo ID, to be eligible for unescorted access in secure areas of any facility regulated under the Maritime Transportation Security Act of 2002—including those facilities that have been assigned TWIC compliance dates earlier than April 15, 2009.


ILWU REACHES TENTATIVE AGREEMENT WITH PMA

The International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) announced last week it had reached an agreement in principle on a six-year contract covering the more than 25,000 workers it represents at 29 U.S. West Coast ports. A spokesman for the International Transportworkers Federation called the agreement, “an important development for all dockworkers, maritime workers, and transport workers in general.”

The contract negotiations were led by ILWU President Bob McEllrath. The old contract, which expired on July 1 when it was not extended by the union, emerged after the lock-out of ILWU workers by employers in 2002. The new agreement is subject to ratification by the members of the ILWU and the PMA. In the meantime, the ILWU and the PMA have agreed to extend the previous agreement to ensure normal port operations.


JAPANESE CARGO SHIP HIJACKED OFF COAST OF SOMALIA

Pirates seized a Japanese-owned cargo vessel transporting lead and zinc off the coast of Somalia 10 days ago, according to a Kenyan maritime official. The MV STELLA MARIS was hijacked off the coast of Puntland, a breakaway region in the north. The Japanese owner has been in contact with the crewmembers, all of whom are Filipino, and says everyone is safe. Currently there are no plans to pay a ransom to free the hostages because authorities do not want to set a precedent. The Philippines government, which has voiced strong concerns about its captured citizens, is said to agree. Pirate attacks in Somalia and Nigeria have increased in the first quarter of 2008.


REP. ELIJAH CUMMINGS KEYNOTE SPEAKER AT USCG SECURITY CUTTER COMMISSIONING

Today Congressman Elijah Cummings (D-Md.), chairman of the House Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation, will deliver the keynote speech at the commissioning of the new Coast Guard national security cutter, USCGC BERTHOLF. BERTHOLF is the first of eight new national security cutters to be constructed for the Coast Guard under Deepwater, a 25-year, $24 billion program intended to replace or rehabilitate all the USCG’s major air and sea vessels.


HEBEI SPIRIT OFFICERS ENCOURAGED BY INTERNATIONAL CALLS FOR THEIR RELEASE

Officials of the International Transportworkers Federation (ITF) who met recently with two officers of the HEBEI SPIRIT being held in Korea said that the men had been heartened by the rising chorus of international calls for their release.

Captain Jasprit Chalwa and Chief Officer Syam Chetan were reported to be more optimistic about their future after receiving news of a joint National Union of Seafarers of India/Maritime Union of India demonstration in Mumbai which resulted in a pledge by the Indian government to take up their plight and a promise from the Korean Consul to raise the matter in Seoul.

ITF General Secretary David Cockroft, who is planning to meet with officials of the Korean Justice Ministry on the men’s behalf, commented: “The HEBEI SPIRIT spill is a desperately serious matter for those affected, including thousands of people living or working in the area. They need compensation and help, and we can only hope to understand their shock and outrage at the severe and unexpected damage to their lands and livelihood. The desire to prevent such an accident occurring again is praiseworthy and doubtless motivated by the best intentions. However, two men who have already been found innocent of involvement have been caught up in that effort and it is time to stand back, reconsider and release them.”


AMBROSE LIGHT TO BE REPLACED WITH LARGE BUOY

The Coast Guard has announced that the Ambrose Light, situated about eight miles off the coast of Sandy Hook, N.J., will be “deconstructed” and replaced with a large buoy.

“It was determined in discussions with stakeholders that Ambrose Light is not absolutely necessary to perform safe navigation through Ambrose Channel,” said Coast Guard Chief Warrant Officer Darren Pauly in an official press release. “Instead, several navigational aids will be added and Ambrose Channel will be extended to create a wider, more navigable channel for larger commercial vessels.”

The Coast Guard said Ambrose Light will be taken down without the use of explosives. The light was severely damaged last November when it was struck by a commercial vessel, the AXEL SPIRIT, a 799-foot tanker home-ported in Nassau. “Ambrose Light has had three allisions since 1996,” Pauly said. “That is the main reason it is being replaced. It is not cost effective to rebuild the light every time it is struck. With our improvements to the channel and newer light-emitting diode (LED) technology, the optics on large buoys provide the same purpose and are easier to maintain.” 


PACIFIC MARITIME INSTITUTE SEEKS TPIC AND CARGO HANDLING INSTRUCTORS

MITAGS/PMI is accepting applications for TPIC and Cargo Handling contract instructors for employment at the Pacific Maritime Institute in Seattle. The jobs, which are non-benefit positions, are an ideal opportunity for active or retired members to pass on their knowledge and experience. Applicants must meet Coast Guard approval requirements and have more than two years of experience in cargo handling or TPIC as senior mate/chief mate/master. Residence in Washington State or near PMI is a plus but not required. For more information, go to www.mates.org. Send resumes/ applications to hr@mitags.org or by fax to HR at (443) 989-3341.         


JOB OPENINGS FOR MM&P MEMBERS ON THE GREAT LAKES

There are job openings on the Great Lakes for MM&P members. Our contracted employers are seeking engineers and licensed mates with pilotage. Retirees are also encouraged to apply. The rules of the MM&P Pension Plan allow pensioners to accept without penalty employment–other than Covered Employment–aboard vessels covered by collective bargaining agreements with MM&P membership groups, on condition that the employment is first approved by MM&P. Interested parties should call 216-776-1667 or e-mail cmalue@bridgedeck.org.


APPLICANTS’ COURSE FOR D-BOOK MEMBERSHIP TO BE HELD IN SEATTLE AND SAN FRANCISCO IN SEPTEMBER

The course for MM&P applicants seeking to qualify for D-Book Membership will be held in Seattle on Sept. 10 and 11 and in San Francisco Sept. 17 and 18. All courses will be held from 0900 to 1600. If you are interested in participating in this class, please call the Seattle Hall (206-441-8700) or the San Francisco Hall at (415-777-5074) to reserve your seat. Class size is limited so sign up early. If you wish to be considered for D-Book status next year, you need to have completed this class, have four favorable recommendations, have paid the initiation fee and have at least 360 days sea time under MM&P contract.


MITAGS ACADEMIC NOTES

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

ARPA – Automatic Radar Plotting Aids: 8/11

BST – Basic Safety Training:  8/11
BRMP – Bridge Resource Management for Pilots: 8/11

[CMM – Chief Mate and Master Courses]
CMM-ADVSTB – Advanced Stability: 8/26
CMM-CHS I – Advanced Cargo Handling (week 1): 9/15
CMM-CHS II – Advanced Cargo Handling (week 2): 9/22
CMM-SHS-ADV-I-Advanced Shiphandling (week 1): 8/4
CMM-SHS-ADV-II-Advanced Shiphandling (week 2): 8/11
CMM-ADWX � Advanced Meteorology: 9/8

CONT PLNG � Contingency Planning Workshop: 9/26
CSE-AWR2 � Confined Space Entry Awareness (2 day): 9/25

FF-BADV – Combined Basic & Advanced Fire Fighting: 8/11

HAZ – Hazardous Materials (5 day) course: 8/4

LAP � License Advancement Program: 9/15

[MSC – Military Sealift Command]
MSC-CBRD-1 – CBRD Orientation: 8/29
MSC-DC – Damage Control: 8/25
MSC-SMA – Small Arms Training: 8/25

MED-PIC – Medical Person-In-Charge: 8/18, 9/8
MED-PRO – Medical Care Provider: 8/18, 9/8  
MED-DOT-DA – Dept. of Trans Drug & Alcohol Testing: 8/23, 9/13
MEDIA RSP – Media Response: 9/25

ROP-5 – Radar Observer Original or Renewal (5 Day): 8/4
ROR-1 – Radar Observer Renewal: 8/11

SEC-VCF – Security Officer: Vessel, Company & Facility: 9/22
SHS-BAS – Basic Shiphandling: 8/18, 9/22
SHS-EMR5 – Emergency Shiphandling: 8/25
SHS-ESH-BRMP 3 day – Emergency Shiphandling & Bridge Resource Management for Pilots: 8/13

TPIC-DL � Tankship Dangerous Liquids (PIC): 9/22

…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 by e-mail: 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)

August 2008
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

October 2008
29-3 ROP
29-3 SHS BAS
6 ROR
6-10WKP BAS
7-10ARPA
13-17ECDIS
13-17TPIC
20-31GMDSS
20-24MED PRO
20-31MED PIC
22-26MED PRO
20FL

November 2008
3ROR
4-7ARPA
10-14MED PRO
10-21MED PIC
17-19SEC VCF

December 2008
1-5MED PRO
1-12GMDSS
1-12MED PIC
8-19GMDSS
15-19ECDIS
15-19TPIC

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 8-1-2008

D O W N A S D A Q S & P 500
11,326 2,311 1,260
Fund Name & Trading Symbol
 Closing
Price
 Vanguard Asset Allocation Fund(VAARX)
57.80
 Vanguard 500 Index Fund (VFINX)
116.20
 Vanguard Extended Market Index Fund (VEXMX)
36.73
 Vanguard International Growth Fund (VWIGX)
21.09
 Vanguard Morgan Growth Fund (VMRGX)
17.16
 Vanguard Windsor II Fund (VWNFX)
26.38
 Vanguard GNMA Fund (VFIIX)
10.22
 Vanguard Growth Index Fund (VIGRX)
29.69
 Vanguard High Yield Corporate (VWEHX)
5.44
 Vanguard LifeStrategy Conservative Growth (VSCGX)
15.85
 Vanguard LifeStrategy Growth Fund (VASGX)
21.97
 Vanguard LifeStrategy Income Fund (VASIX)
13.52
 Vanguard LifeStrategy Moderate Growth (VSMGX)
19.10
 Vanguard Target Retirement 2005 (VTOVX)
11.50
 Vanguard Target Retirement 2015 (VTXVX)
12.06
 Vanguard Target Retirement 2025 (VTTVX)
12.39
 Vanguard Target Retirement 2035 (VTTHX)
12.98
 Vanguard Target Retirement 2045 (VTIVX)
13.41
 Vanguard Total Bond Index (VBMFX)
9.98
 Vanguard Total Stock Market Index Fund (VTSMX)
30.83
 Chase Growth Fund (CHASX)
18.84
 Fidelity Asset Manager (FASMX)
14.01
 Fidelity Growth and Income (FGRIX)
21.94
 Fidelity Intermediate bond Fund (FTHRX)
9.86
 Fidelity Magellan Fund (FMAGX)
76.59
 Fidelity Small Company Instl (FMACX)
17.26
 Fidelity Value Fund (FDVLX)
65.41
 Fidelity Equity-Income II Fund (FEQTX)
19.04
 Fidelity Blue Chip Growth Fund (FBGRX)
38.86
 Fidelity Diversified International Fund (FDIVX)
34.15
 Fidelity Dividend Growth Fund (FDGFX)
25.41
 Fidelity Freedom Income (FFFAX)
10.88
 Fidelity Freedom 2000 (FFFBX)
11.75
 Fidelity Freedom 2010 (FFFCX)
13.41
 Fidelity Freedom 2020 (FFFDX)
13.84
 Fidelity Freedom 2030 (FFFEX)
14.04
 Fidelity Freedom 2040 (FFFFX)
8.20
 Fidelity Freedom 2050 (FFFHX)
9.64
 Fidelity Total Bond Fund (FTBFX)
10.06
 Spartan Extended market Index Fund (FSEMX)
34.55
 Spartan US Equity Index Fund (FUSEX)
44.59
 Domini Social Equity Fund (DSEFX)
28.12





~ 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.

© 2008, International Organization of Masters, Mates & Pilots. All the material contained in this publication is protected by copyright. For permission to reprint text from the Weekly, contact the MM&P Communications Department: lrosenthal@bridgedeck.org. For changes of address, contact Lisa Rosenthal at lrosenthal@bridgedeck.org.