Wheelhouse Weekly, August 10, 2021

Volume 27… Number 32… August 10, 2021


The Death of AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka:

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Richard Trumka, who led the AFL-CIO for more than a decade, died on Aug. 5 after suffering a heart attack. He was 72.

A third-generation Pennsylvania coal miner, Trumka became a staff attorney for the United Mine Workers of America in the 1970s and was elected to lead the UMWA in 1982.

He became secretary-treasurer of the AFL-CIO in 1995 and president in 2009.

The AFL-CIO Executive Council will meet within three weeks to choose a successor to serve out his term, which expires next year. AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer Liz Shuler has served as acting president since his death.

Leaders from across the labor movement and beyond paid tribute to the man who fought for decades to improve the lives of working people.

“He was a true friend to MM&P and a giant of the American labor movement,” MM&P President Don Marcus said in a message to the members of Masters, Mates & Pilots.

“He was an advocate for working families, a fighter for justice, and an eloquent and inspirational voice for human rights and labor rights during a time of great stress for the American labor movement and for our country as a whole.”

“Richard Trumka was a man of action and a true believer in the finest traditions of all that is right and good in the labor movement,” Marcus said.

“His loss is devastating. His incisive and passionate voice was a blessing and will not be replaced.”

“MM&P in particular owes him a great debt of gratitude for the unqualified support he gave to our union during our efforts to achieve justice within the Federation.”

“By recognizing MM&P’s AFL and then AFL-CIO charter that extended back to 1916, ‎he gave an enduring gift to each and every member of Masters, Mates & Pilots.”

“Richard may you rest in peace, your day of work is done.”
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resident Trumka will lie in repose at AFL-CIO headquarters this Saturday, Aug. 14. Visiting hours for the public are 10:00 am – 3:00 pm.

AFL-CIO headquarters is located at 815 Black Lives Matter Plaza (16th St. NW), Washington, D.C.

Visit this link to read his obituary and find additional details on services being held this week (including how to live stream the Thursday 11:00 am ET service).

There will be a public memorial service in the Washington, DC, area in the next few weeks. The details will be provided as soon as they are confirmed.

In lieu of flowers, the family is asking that you consider donating to the Trumka Family Trustee Scholarship at President Trumka’s alma mater, Penn State.

Donations can be made online at or by check: The Pennsylvania State University (please note in memo line: Trumka Family Trustee Scholarship/SCBTK); Penn State Donor and Member Services; 2583 Gateway Dr., Suite 130, Bristol Place One State College, PA 16801.

(Should you need it, Penn State Tax ID number: 24-6000376)
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The Congressional Information Bureau reported that an arbitrator has ruled in favor of the American Maritime Association’s contention that it can require all mariners sailing aboard the companies’ vessels be fully vaccinated against Covid-19.

The Seafarers International Union had challenged the AMA’s mandate by demanding expedited arbitration, primarily because the matter was unilaterally imposed rather than bargained over with the union.

AMA companies are signatory to the union’s standard freight ship and tanker agreements. Those contracts specify that with these kinds of grievances, “the matter shall be referred to an impartial arbitrator whose decision shall be final and binding,” which means the union cannot appeal the decision.

“While we are disappointed in the arbitrator’s ruling, we aren’t necessarily surprised,” the SIU said in a statement.

“Earlier in the week, the U.S. Department of Justice released an ‘opinion letter’ saying there’s nothing in federal law that prevents private-sector employers from requiring vaccines.”

“That is consistent with other court decisions and developments across the country, both in the public and private sectors.”

The arbitrator said he based his decision in part on the unique nature of the maritime industry, including the fact that crews live together on the vessels.

He cited the danger of the delta variant, along with other recent legal rulings and opinions that support vaccination mandates.

The arbitrator also emphasized that his decision aims to maximize safety, and noted the complications and costs of having vessels quarantine when positive cases occur aboard ship.
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Mariners who responded to the Mission to Seafarers most recent survey on seafarer wellbeing expressed growing frustration over lack of shore leave, long hours and uncertainty about crew change.

The so-called “Seafarer Happiness Index” dropped significantly in the second quarter of 2021, to its lowest level since the start of the pandemic. The second quarter score was 5.99 out of 10, down from 6.46 in the first quarter of the year.

“The latest results reveal a growing negativity across all aspects of life on board,” Mission to Seafarers said.

The index fell in every category: general happiness, workload, training, social life, shore leave, wages, food, health, family contact and welfare facility access.

Lack of shore access for crew change, or even just a walk around the port, was at the top of the list of complaints.

Workloads are on the rise, with many seafarers reporting 11-12-hour days.

Excessive paperwork, including being required to answer numerous emails from headquarters, was singled out as a big problem leading to increased workloads.

The Seafarers Happiness Index was designed to monitor satisfaction levels through responses to 10 questions on a range of issues, from mental health and wellbeing to working life and family contact.

The results are shared with industry and key decision makers.

“The Seafarers Happiness Index exists to provide all men and women working at sea with a chance to share how they feel and to talk about the good and bad about life at sea today,” Mission to Seafarers says.

“Share your views and let the industry know what works and what needs to be changed.”

To take the survey, go to:
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President Joseph Biden has nominated two labor lawyers to the Federal Labor Relations Authority.

The FLRA is an independent agency that administers labor relations for non-postal government workers, including those represented by the MM&P Federal Employees Membership Group.

Its regional offices investigate unfair labor practice charges, conduct union elections and provide training, among other functions.

Biden nominated Susan Tsui Grundmann to serve as a member of the FLRA and Kurt Rumsfeld as general counsel.

Grundmann has worked as general counsel to the National Federation of Federal Employees, a union that represents more than 100,000 federal workers, as well as general counsel to the National Air Traffic Controllers Association, the AFL-CIO-affiliated union that represents aviation safety workers.

Rumsfeld has most recently served in several legal positions within the FLRA, after representing the International Association of Fire Fighters and working as a private attorney representing federal employees.

The two are now awaiting confirmation by the Senate for fixed, five-year terms.

“These nominations are good news for federal employees,” said MM&P Government Fleet Representative Randi Ciszewski, who worked with Grundmann and Rumsfeld in getting Congress to defund the flawed National Personnel Security System, which had it been implemented would have significantly harmed federal employees.

“The FLRA has been without a general counsel so it couldn’t enforce its own findings,” Ciszewski said.

“MM&P won a ULP case filed over a federal employer not responding to the union’s request for information, but the FLRA could not issue any consequence to the employer for violating law and our CBA.”

“When the new general counsel is confirmed, the FLRA can act to ensure that federal workers’ and the union’s rights are no longer undermined,” she said.

“Our cases, along with hundreds of other labor-management disputes, can now move forward and be prosecuted.”
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The American Merchant Marine Veterans Convention will take place Sept. 21-24 at MITAGS in Linthicum Heights, Md.

The highlight of the event, the Congressional Gold Medal dinner, will be held on Thursday, Sept. 23. Guest speakers will include:

— author, reporter and three-time Emmy Award winning TV host Rita Cosby, who currently hosts her own evening talk show and will broadcast live from the convention;

— maritime author William Geroux; and

— WWII mariner, world-famous motivational speaker/businessman and industry spokesperson Dave Yoho, who will be the keynote speaker at the Congressional Gold Medal dinner.

The convention registration fee is waived for those only attending the CGM dinner.

You can register for the convention here.

You can also call AMMV at (475) 470-9200 and the administrator will take payment/info over the phone.

AMMV is a 5,000-member organization of active and retired mariners who work to educate the public about the importance of the American merchant marine and to promote and protect the interests of America’s mariners.

To book a room for the convention at MITAGS, click here.

AMMV wholeheartedly invites everyone to the convention and the Congressional Gold Medal dinner.

Please share this information with “all-hands” so that interested individuals will have time to sign-up.
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The US Transportation Command, which moves passengers and cargo worldwide for the Department of Defense, has tweeted out a video featuring Matson’s CAPE HENRY.

“In case you missed it,” USTRANSCOM tweeted, “US Army Pacific conducted port operations at Naval Base Guam in support of Forager 21.

Soldiers unloaded various types of military vehicles, aircraft, and equipment from the CAPE HENRY in the US Indo-Pacific Command Region.”

View the video at:
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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. 6, for Labor Day.
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Effective August 23, full COVID vaccination will be mandatory in order to attend training on campus at MITAGS East.

Full vaccination is mandatory for all students unless you have a documented medical exemption or claim a religious/philosophical exemption.

Documentation either of full COVID vaccination or a written claim of exemption must be submitted to Admissions in advance of your course.

Additionally, beginning on Aug. 9, face-masks are required in all public spaces on campus, regardless of vaccination status.

Scans, photocopies, or electronic images of your COVID-19 vaccination cards (records) or certification by a medical provider are acceptable.

The vaccine and masking policy is already in effect at MITAGS West.

We appreciate your cooperation during these very trying times.
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\\Classes are 5-day unless otherwise noted\\

Class dates followed by an * are full

AB – Able Seaman (5-Day) – Not Currently Scheduled

AIS-1 – Automatic Identifications Systems Orientation (1-Day): Not currently scheduled

ARPA-OIC (4-Day) – Automated Radar Plotting Aids: 9/21/21, 2/1/22

AZIPOD (2-Day) – 9/27/21

BRM – Bridge Resource Management (5-Day): 10/25/21

BRMP –Bridge Resource Management for Pilots (2-Day): 9/14/21, 11/9/21
Online: Not currently scheduled

BRMP-EMR –Bridge Resource Management for Pilots with Emergency Shiphandling – (Now also included in BRMP-Refresher) (3-Day): 9/8/21, 9/29/21

BRMP-Refresher (Now including Emergency Shiphandling for Pilots) (3-Day) – Not currently scheduled

BT – Basic Safety Training (5-Day): 10/11/21, 1/31/22

BT-Revalidation (2-day) (Must have 1 year of sea service in last 5 years) – 8/16/21, 9/21/21, 10/25/21, 12/13/21

BT-Refresher (3-day) – 9/20/21, 12/13/21

CHS-OIC – Cargo Handling Basic (5-Day): 11/29/21

[CMM – Chief Mate and Master Courses]

ADVSTB-CMM – Advanced Stability (5-Day): 10/18/21, 1/17/22, 3/21/22

ADVWX-CMM – Advanced Meteorology (5-Day): 10/11/21, 12/6/21, 1/10/22

CHS-CMM – Advanced Cargo Operations (10 Days): 10/25/21, 3/28/22

CM-OPS 1 – Chief Mate Operations – Week 1 (5-Day): 8/23/21, 11/29/21

CM-OPS 2 Maersk – Chief Mate Operations II Maersk Specific (5-Day): 8/30/21, 12/6/21

CM-OPS 2 APL – Chief Mate Operations II APL Specific – Not currently scheduled

ECDIS – Electronic Chart Display Information Systems (5-Day): 10/4/21, 11/29/21, 1/24/22

LMS – Leadership and Managerial Skills (Management Level – Formerly MCL-CMM) (5-Day): 8/16/21, 11/8/21, 12/13/21, 1/31/22

MPP-CMM – Marine Propulsion Plants (5-Day): 9/13/21, 3/14/22
(DCS-1 available on request – contact Admissions)

SEC-APPS – Practical Defense Tactics: Not Currently Scheduled

SHMGT-CMM- Ship Management (5-Day): 9/20/21, 2/28/22

SHS-ADV-I-CMM – Advanced Shiphandling (week 1) (5-Day): 9/13/21, 9/27/21, 10/11/21, 11/1/21*, 11/29/21, 1/17/22, 2/14/22, 3/21/22

SHS-ADV-II-CMM – Advanced Shiphandling (week 2) (5-Day): 8/16/21*, 9/20/21, 10/4/21, 10/18/21, 11/8/21*, 12/6/21, 1/24/22, 2/21/22, 3/28/22

**SHS-ADV-I & II are now approved to include SAR-CMM assessments at MITAGS**

VPEN-CMM – Voyage Planning & Electronic Navigation (5-Day): 9/27/21

WKP-CMM – Advanced Watchkeeping (5-Day): 3/7/22

WX-HW-ATL – Heavy Weather Avoidance Routing: Atlantic Ocean (2-day) – Contact Admissions

WX-HW-IND – Heavy Weather Avoidance Routing: Indian Ocean (2-day) – Contact Admissions

WX-HW-PAC – Heavy Weather Avoidance Routing: Pacific Ocean (2-day) – Contact Admissions

CIW-DPA/IA – Continual Improvement Workshop: Designated Person Ashore & Internal Auditor (3-Day) ** This course is NOT covered by the MATES Program **
Online: 10/6/21

CIW-SMS – Continual Improvement Workshop: Successful Safety Management (2-Day) – Online: 12/9/21

CNAV-OIC (15-Day) – Celestial Navigation: 11/1/21

CRISIS-COMMS – Crisis Communications (1-Day): Not currently scheduled

CRSMGT – Crisis Management and Human Behavior (1-Day) – 8/27/21, 2/18/22

CDMGT – Crowd Management (1-Day) – 8/26/21, 2/17/22

CSE – Confined Space Entry (3-Day): 8/23/21

CSE-AWR – Confined Space Entry Awareness (2-Day): Not currently scheduled

CY-MAR – Cyber-Skilled Mariner (5-Day) **NOT covered by the MATES Program ** – Not currently scheduled

Cyber-MAR-ONL – Cyber Skilled Mariner, Management of Information & Systems Security (Online Seminar) **NOT covered by the MATES Program ** – Not Currently Scheduled

DDE – Great Lakes (20-Day): 2/27/22

ECDIS for Pilots (2-Day) – 11/11/21

ERM – Engine Resource Management (5-Day): 8/30/21, 12/6/21

ADV-FF – Advanced Fire-Fighting (4-day) – Not currently scheduled

FF-BADV – Fire Fighting Combined Basic & Advanced (5-Day): 10/11/21, 1/31/22

FF-ADV-Rev (1-day) (Must have 1 year of sea service in last 5 years) – Advanced Fire Fighting Revalidation: 8/18/21, 9/23/21, 10/27/21, 12/16/21, 2/21/22, 3/24/22

FF-ADV-REF (2-day) – Advanced Fire Fighting Refresher: 9/16/21, 12/11/21, 2/25/22

FSM – Fatigue, Sleep, & Medications (1-Day): 9/14/21, 10/22/21
Online: Not currently scheduled

GL-Pilot – Great Lakes Pilotage Familiarization (2-Day): 1/21/22

GMDSS – Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (10-Day): 1/10/22

HAZ – Hazardous Materials (5 day): 8/30/21, 11/15/21

IEN – Integrated Electronic Navigation (3-Day) – Not currently scheduled

LAP – License Advancement Program for Mate to Master (20-Day): 10/18/21, 3/7/22

LAP-Great Lakes – License Advancement Program – Great Lakes (15-Day): 1/24/22

LAP-ORG3rd – License Advancement Program for Original 3rd Mate, Oceans, Any Gross Ton License (15-Day): Not currently scheduled

LEG – Legal Aspects of Pilotage (1-Day): 9/15/21, 11/9/21

LNG-TPIC (10-Day) – Not currently scheduled

LTS –Leadership and Teamworking Skills (Formerly MCL-OIC) (1-Day): 9/20/21

MEECE – Management of Electrical and Electronic Control Equipment (Assessments not included): 8/23/21, 11/29/21

MED-PIC – Medical Person in Charge (10-Day): 9/27/21*, 11/29/21, 1/17/22

MED-PIC-REF– Medical Person in Charge Refresher: 8/30/21, 11/15/21, 1/10/22

MED-PRO – Medical Care Provider: 9/27/21*, 1/17/22

MED-DOT-DA – Dept. of Transportation Drug & Alcohol Testing (1-Day): 8/19/21, 9/24/21, 10/2/21, 10/28/21, 11/14/21, 12/4/21, 12/17/21, 1/15/22, 3/25/22

[MSC – Military Sealift Command Courses]

MSC-CBRD-1 – Military Sealift Command Chemical, Biological, Radiological Defense Orientation (Basic) (1-Day): 9/16/21, 10/31/21

MSC-DC – Military Sealift Command Damage Control (2-day): 9/14/21, 10/29/21

MSC-ENVPRO (1-Day) – 11/9/21

MSC-FF-HELO (2-Day) – 10/25/21*

MSC-SMA – Military Sealift Command Small Arms Qualifications (4-Day): 9/20/21, 11/1/21, 1/10/22, 3/14/22

MSC-Security Watch Basic (1-Day/ 8-hour) – 9/17/21, 11/1/21 (Evening)

MSC-Security Watch Advanced (1-Day) – 9/18/21, 11/5/21, 1/14/22, 3/18/22

MSC-Ship’s Reaction Force (3-Day) – 9/24/21, 11/6/21, 1/15/22, 3/19/22

NDMS-ENAV – Navigational Decision Making Series – Best Practice in eNav (3-Day) – 11/8/21

NSAP-MMP – Navigational Skills Assessment Program-MM&P (2-Day) – 8/30/21, 9/1/21, 11/15/21*, 11/17/21, 12/13/21, 12/15/21, 2/1/22, 3/28/22

PSC – Personal Survival Craft (5-Day) – Contact Admissions

PSC-REF – Personal Survival Craft Refresher (2-Day) – 9/18/21, 12/16/21

RFPNW – Ratings Forming Part of a Navigational Watch (3-day) – Not currently scheduled

ROR-1 – Radar Observer Renewal (1-Day): 9/20/21, 1/31/22

ROR-1N – Radar Observer Renewal Evening Classes (1-Night): 9/14/21, 9/20/21, 12/15/21

ROU-OIC – Radar Observer Program – Unlimited: 8/23/21

SAR – Search & Rescue – (Now with OIC and CMM assessments) (3-Day): 12/6/21

SHS-BAS-OIC – Basic Shiphandling: 10/25/21

SHS-EMR5 – Emergency Shiphandling (5 Day) – 8/30/21, 11/15/21, 12/13/21, 2/7/22

STB-OIC – Ship Construction and Basic Stability: 8/30/21, 2/14/22

TCNAV/CO – Terrestrial Navigation and Compasses (15-Day): 1/24/22

TPIC – Tankerman Person in Charge: Not currently scheduled

TRAC-TUG-2 (2-Day): 11/9/21

TTT – ** This course is NOT covered by the MATES Program ** Not currently scheduled

VPDSD – Vessel Personnel with Designated Security Duties (1-Day): Not currently scheduled

VSO – Vessel Security Officer (3-Day): 9/8/21

WKP-OIC – Watchkeeping (Operational Level) (10-Day): 10/11/21

WX-OIC –Meteorology (Operational Level): 9/13/21
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Schedule of Courses – Please also see our schedule and enroll online at For Registration Contact our Admissions Department: 206.441.2880 or

August 2021

16-20 Basic Training
16-27 Watchkeeping (Operational Level)
23-24 Basic Training Revalidation
25th Advanced Firefighting Revalidation
30-3 Meteorology (Operational Level)

September 2021

7-8 Advanced Firefighting Refresher
8th Advanced Firefighting Revalidation
9-10 Basic Training Revalidation
9-10 & 13 Basic Training Refresher
13th Flashing Light
13-17 Basic Training
13-17 Advanced Shiphandling I
13-24 GMDSS
14th Leadership & Teamworking Skills
20-23 Advanced Firefighting
20-24 Advanced Shiphandling II
20-24 Able Seaman
27-1 ECDIS

October 2021

4-8 Medical Care Provider
4-15 Medical Person-In-Charge
11-15 Ship Constructions & Basic Stability
18-5 Celestial Navigation
25-26 Basic Training Revalidation
27th Advanced Firefighting Revalidation

November 2021

1-5 Basic Training
8-11 Advanced Firefighting
8-12 Basic Shiphandling
8-12 Leadership & Managerial Skills
15-17 Security Officer – Vessel, Company and Facility
15-18 ARPA
17-18 Basic Training Revalidation
19th Advanced Firefighting Revalidation
22-24 Search & Rescue

December 2021

29-10 GMDSS
6-7 Basic Training Revalidation
8th Advanced Firefighting Revalidation
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