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Wheelhouse Weekly – August 12, 2004

August 12th 2004


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Volume 8 . . . . . Number 33 . . . . August 12, 2004




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HISTORIC NEW USCG-MSC AGREEMENT HELPS TO PROTECT CIVMARS

The US Coast Guard and the US Navy’s Military Sealift Command signed an historic memorandum of agreement (MOA) on July 29, establishing the procedures regarding the inspection and certification of MSC’s US Naval Ship fleet by USCG, and USCG certification of Civil Service Mariners.

Vice Adm. David Brewer III, USN, Commander of MSC, and Rear Adm. Thomas Gilmour, USCG, Asst. Commandant for Marine Safety, Security and Environmental Protection signed the MOA at MSC HQ in Wash., DC. It is effective immediately and replaces a Nov. 1997 MOA. It will be reviewed at least every two years and updated based on feedback, regulatory and statutory changes and the national defense climate.

Especially important to MM&P Government Employee Group members and other MSC Civilian Mariners, the new MOA adds USCG consideration of mitigating factors unique to the operation of MSC vessels prior to the USCG taking any administrative action against a CIVMAR. This ensures CIVMARs are not penalized for taking appropriate military-related action due to the unique nature of their MSC employment.

The MOA covers the enrollment of MSC ships in special regulatory programs such as: underwater hull surveys and alternate compliance, which allows surveys by an authorized party; and, a process for documenting voluntary compliance with international agreements such as the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) and the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships (MARPOL).

Both the USCG and MSC benefit from the agreement. MSC obtains the impartial review of safety conditions and issues aboard its ships while the USCG continues its role in maritime safety and security. The MOA is a result of more than a year of work between MSC’s engineering policy staff and the USCG liaison officer.



 

MM&P-UIG JOB ACTION AT OSCAR NIEMETH TOWING CONTINUES

Brothers and Sisters of MM&P’s United Inland Membership Group (UIG) are continuing to hold the line in the San Francisco Bay area against Oscar Niemeth Towing. MM&P UIG representatives were successful in getting to meet with company management on 8/6 for a negotiating session. No agreement was reached, but the company did consent to go to Federal Mediation. The first session with the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service is set for 8/20.

Several thousand dollars in personal contributions by MM&P members and friends have already been made to help support the striking UIG members, who have extended their heartfelt thanks for the support of the MM&P and of their sister and brother MM&P members.

Contributions to the strike fund are encouraged. Checks may be made payable to:

MM&P-ONT Strike Fund 450 Harrison St. East Mezzanine ­ Room 205 San Francisco, CA 94105-2691

To volunteer time or for more info, contact MM&P’s UIG-PMR San Francisco Branch Agent at 415-543-2533; Email: rshipway@bridgedeck.org or John Schaeffner, MM&P’s UIG-PMR Portland Branch Agent at 503-283-0518; Email: jschaeffner@bridgedeck.org.



 

2001-2004 CONVENTION DELEGATES REMAIN AT-THE-READY

MM&P’s Convention Delegates serve a crucial role in the life of the Union and to MM&P members. Elected to four-year terms, MM&P Convention Delegates serve to represent the interests and concerns of rank-and-file members at the Union’s biennial conventions. As spelled out by the MM&P International Constitution, “The authority and power of this Organization is vested in the members thereof acting by and through their duly elected delegates meeting in Convention assembled.”

Delegates elected during the MM&P’s 2000 elections serve through the end of the current election cycle and the delegates elected during the 2004 elections will serve from 2005-2008.

Members wishing to contact your delegates on matters relating to the governance of the MM&P under Article V, Section 1 of the International Constitution may do so by sending mail to them in care of the International Secretary-Treasurer’s office at MM&P HQ, 700 Maritime Blvd., Linthicum Heights, MD 21090.

MM&P’s International Officers and Membership Group Vice Presidents are Convention Delegates by virtue of their office. Other delegates currently serving are, by membership group:

Offshore Membership Group:

  • Peter Bailey
  • David Boatner
  • Timothy Carey
  • William Good Jr.
  • David Haa
  • Edward Higgins
  • John Kelley
  • Lawrence Lyons
  • Mark Mahoney
  • Paul McQuarrie
  • Paul Nielsen
  • Glen Paine
  • Richard Plant
  • Mark Remijan
  • Fred Schick
  • John Walton
  • Steven Werse and
  • Stanley Willis

 

Pilot Membership Group:

  • Timothy Ferrie (East Coast)
  • Richard Moore (Gulf Coast) and
  • Arthur Thomas (West Coast)

 

United Inland Membership Group
(merged former A&G, GL&R and PMR groups):

  • Gary Fredback
  • Darrell Kimmerly
  • William Rabatsky
  • Luis Ramirez
  • Michael Santini
  • Raymond Shipway and
  • Theresa Swan


 

TRUMKA HIGHLIGHTS DEMOCRATS’ LABOR-FRIENDLY AGENDA AT MM&P CONVENTION

AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer Richard Trumka electrified the delegates and members attending the 80th MM&P Convention last week by delivering a riveting speech detailing the many labor-friendly issues the Democratic presidential and vice presidential candidates’ support that will greatly benefit working families. These are in sharp contrast to the largely anti-labor record that has been adopted by the Bush Administration over the last four years.

Excerpted remarks from Trumka’s speech follow below and in the next four subheads:

I spent last week at the Democratic Convention in Boston, and I have to tell you, I was encouraged by what I saw and heard there. Speaker after speaker pledged their support, not only for our common agenda of good jobs, fair trade, pensions and healthcare, but for working families, our union movement, and the freedom of workers to join and form unions. And none of them were more eloquent than our former President, Bill Clinton, and the two men we nominated with overwhelming labor support. President Clinton reminded us that with labor at the oars and him at the helm, we created 23 million new jobs and used the taxes they generated to pay down our national debt.

Bill Clinton also reminded us that in just four years, President Bush’s policies pushed three million more people into poverty, watched four million more people lose their health insurance, transformed our $5.8 trillion dollar surplus into a $5 trillion dollar long-term deficit, and ran up a trade deficit of $540 billion dollars last year alone.

Our Vice Presidential candidate, Senator John Edwards of North Carolina, moved all of us when he talked about growing up as the son of a mill worker, the first in his family to go to college, and his career as a lawyer fighting for the little guy against giant corporations.

And I was gratified to hear him pledge, as I know you were, to pursue our war on terrorism when he said: “We will not run. You cannot hide. We will destroy you.”

When John Kerry finished his speech on the last night of the convention, we all knew we had a presidential candidate who will win, and, as he said, restore trust and credibility to the White House. I was particularly pleased with what he had to say about the trade issue.

Kerry outlined his plan to shut tax loopholes that encourage corporations to send jobs overseas and to reward companies that keep jobs here at home. And he re-affirmed his commitment to worker protections in all trade agreements when he said, and I quote: “We will trade and compete in the world. But our plan calls for a fair playing field, because if you give American workers a fair playing field, there’s NOBODY the American worker can’t compete against.” He will enforce our treaties and our trade laws.

The AFL-CIO has endorsed Kerry-Edwards and I have no problem recommending them to each and every one of you. They support workers and our unions, they support Homeland Security, they support winning the war in Iraq and winning the war against terrorism, and we should support them.

 

TRUMKA: COMPARE KERRY WITH BUSH AND EDWARDS TO CHENEY

Brothers and sisters, regardless of your traditional political affiliation, I want you to carefully compare John Kerry with George W. Bush, and John Edwards with Dick Cheney. If you’ll do that, I think you’ll agree that it’s time for a new crew in the Congress and a new Captain on the bridge of our ship of state. President Bush claims he has turned us around, but the truth is that he’s damn near run us aground.

The Bush record is incredible:

  • 2.7 million manufacturing jobs, LOST! The only President since Herbert Hoover to have a net job loss after 4 years.
  • Responsible contractor regulations, carpal tunnel regulations all DEAD!
  • Overtime pay STOLEN from six million workers.
  • Workplace health and safety standards, environmental protections, and civil rights enforcement are all on the CHOPPING BLOCK.
  • He singled out our unions for new financial reporting regulations that will cost us $1 billion a year and expose our organizing strategies.
  • He arm-twisted Congress to win Fast Track trade negotiating authority and tried to pack the judiciary with right-wing, race-baiting, labor-hating judges.
  • He misled workers and the public about toxic threats at the World Trade Center.
  • And he either deceived us, or was himself deceived, about weapons of mass destruction in Iraq — and neither circumstance is acceptable.

Four years of George W. Bush has our country headed in the wrong direction. Today in America, corporate profits and CEO salaries are going up … but the quality of LIFE for workers is going down.

The wages of 60 percent of American workers are stagnant, but CEO pay is still skyrocketing. How high? Consider this:

  • In South Korea, average CEO pay is eight times what an average worker makes;
  • In Japan, it’s 11 times;
  • In Canada, 20 times; and
  • In Great Britain, CEO compensation is 24 times what a worker makes.

But here in our country, where socialism for the RICH was born and THRIVES, CEO pay is 500 times what a worker makes.

That’s disgusting, and millions of workers have jobs that pay even less than the average, especially in our big cities and manufacturing states. That’s not the way things are supposed to work in America. Franklin D. Roosevelt knew how things in America are supposed to work when he said, “Every man has a right to life. That means that he also has a right to make a living.”

 

TRUMKA: TURNING THE CORNER OR TURNING BACK THE CLOCK?

On the first stop of his new bus tour last week, President Bush said, and I quote; “We have turned the corner, and we’re not turning back.” Perhaps it is true that our President doesn’t read newspapers, because just the day before, his own Administration released the news that our economy grew at a rate of only 3% last Spring, much lower than the 4.5% that had been projected.

Perhaps he didn’t even read his own Labor Department’s report that jobless claims went back up last month. People are unemployed for the longest period since the depression, or that our unemployment rate is still stuck at 5.6%.

He sure didn’t read the analysis by the Economic Policy Institute (www.epinet.org) that says his own overtime pay rules, which go into effect on August 23rd, will deny overtime pay rights to 6 million workers. And I guess we could not have expected him to see the study released just last week documenting what workers and our families already knew, that real income in our country actually DROPPED over the last four years.

The truth is that the Bush Administration hasn’t “turned the corner,” but they continue trying to turn back the clock. To a time when there were no health and safety regulations and workers were routinely killed, maimed and made sick by their jobs. To a time when there were no wage and hour laws and there was no such thing as the weekend.

 

TRUMKA: 40 MILLION WORKERS SAY THEY WOULD JOIN A UNION

And they’ve already taken us back to the time when employers were free to harass, intimidate and fire workers who wanted to form or join unions.

Did you know that with our AFL-CIO unions representing just 13 million members, there are 40 million workers out there who say they would join a union in an instant if they had the chance? And did you know that 75 percent of the American public thinks our unions are a good thing and vital to our country … and that workers ought to have the free choice to join them? … Without intimidation or threats or firings.

Why, then, is there such a big gap? Why are we struggling to recruit new members? We’re struggling because our labor laws are so weak that employers are free to interfere with union organizing drives, and workers are afraid to reach out for the union advantage, because they most likely will lose a promotion, a pay raise, even their job in the process.

I know you understand what’s happening because of the difficulties our Maritime Coalition had when we were trying to organize offshore mariners along the Gulf Coast … and with the problems this union has encountered in trying to help marine personnel on our inland waterways organize.

We’re determined to stop these practices, first by defeating George W. Bush this fall … and then by passing the Employee Free Choice Act authored by Senator Ted Kennedy and Representative George Miller. This Act will allow workers to form unions simply by presenting evidence of majority union support, it’s called “majority verification,” or “card check”, and it prevents employers from using a drawn-out election process to defeat union drives. We now have more than 200 co-sponsors for the Act in the House and 33 in the Senate, and we’re asking every politician we endorse to support this legislation.

Senator Kerry did just that — early on — and it’s just one more reason why he represents all of the best our country has to offer. Unlike George W. Bush, John Kerry has lived a life of unselfish public service, standing up for working families, instead of rolling over for corporations.

Instead of running from his responsibilities, John Kerry showed he shares our values by volunteering for service in Vietnam. Unlike George W. Bush, who was concentrating on the good life, John Kerry showed us what the words “my country, right or wrong” really meant when he offered his OWN life to save those of the men under his command.

Senator Kerry revealed his commitment to all of us over a 20-year career in the US Senate by taking on corporate welfare, fighting for our children, protecting the environment, and supporting the freedom of workers to form and join unions. And he put down a marker for all elected officials to match when he said, just before the Democratic Convention, “I don’t cross picket lines … I never have.”

 

TRUMKA: LABOR MUST LAUNCH ITS BIGGEST POLITICAL EFFORT

All of us in labor must work over the next three months and put forth the biggest and most aggressive political effort in our history. We’re asking every national union, every local union and every union activist to help carry us to victory — by increasing voter registration in union households by 10 percent … by distributing lots of factual information in our worksites, in our publications and through the mail.

In early September we need massive numbers of volunteers for our membership precinct walks, which are being coordinated by our state, federal and central labor councils. On September 2nd alone, the night George Bush accepts the nomination at the Republican Convention, we want to have 25,000 volunteers visit one million union households, and we need your all-out participation. Then, we want you to maximize the impact of phone calls to your members and join with our allies in the most comprehensive get-out-the-vote drive we’ve ever conducted.

I know that most of you spend so much time on the water that you can’t participate in many of our activities, but I remind you that your contacts extend to American voters around the world, so make a special effort to help us spread the word and get our members and our military to vote by absentee ballot. If you’ll do these things in this, the most important election of our lifetimes, an election that will decide our fate for the next 3-4 decades, you will decide what America will be. If you’ll do these things, I can promise you that we can take back control of Congress, and that we can take back the White House!


Note:

For detailed info on the Presidential candidates’ latest positions, the official website of Democratic candidate Sen. John Kerry is www.johnkerry.com. His Republican opponent, President George W. Bush’s website is www.georgewbush.com. More info from the AFL-CIO can be found at www.aflcio.org.



 

SOCIAL SECURITY FAIRNESS FOR MARINERS ACT INTRODUCED

On Aug.6, the “Social Security Fairness for Merchant Mariners Act” (HR 4904) was introduced into the House of Representatives by Rep. Bob Filner (D-CA).

Since merchant mariners have been excluded from veterans’ Social Security benefits, HR 4904 will, if enacted, provide Social Security benefits with the status of veteran under the Social Security Act to World War II Merchant Mariners. This means that their SS benefits would be calculated as if they had earned $160 more a month than they did during their merchant marine service and a larger SS check now that they are retired.

Rep. Filner has also introduced a second bill, “Belated Thank You to the Merchant Mariners of World War II Act” (HR 3729). If enacted, the government can provide additional benefits to merchant mariners, many of whom are living on small, fixed incomes during their later years.



 

USS SEEKS CANDIDATES FOR HONORED SEAFARER AWARDS

The United Seaman’s Service is seeking candidates for its Honored Seafarer Awards. These awards commend the heroism of American seafarers that have risked their lives to save others and the outstanding seamanship of officers and crews of vessels participating in rescue operations from about mid-2003 to date.

These awards will be presented at the AOTOS Award Dinner on Nov.5 in New York City. MM&P will be forwarding nominations for actions taken by the officers and crews of MM&P-contracted ships and is seeking member input. If you have a ship or individual to nominate, please forward detailed information by Aug.20 to:

Karl Schwartz IOMM&P 700 Maritime Blvd. Linthicum Heights, MD 21090

or by email to communications@bridgedeck.org



 

MITAGS ACADEMIC NOTES

NEW AT MITAGS

Complete Basic and Advanced Fire Fighting in a combined one week course, offered September 20th.

 

CLASS OPENINGS

Between now and the end of October, seats are available in the following courses:

  • AIS-1 – Automatic Identification System: 8/23, 10/4
  • AIS-1/PPU – Automatic ID System/Portable Pilot Unit: 8/30
  • ARPA – Automatic Radar Plotting Aids: 8/30, 9/20, 9/27
  • AZIPOD – Azipod Propulsion System: 10/2
  • AZIPOD-KAM – Azipod and Kamewa Steering and Propulsion: 8/30

 

  • BRM – Bridge Resource Management: 10/4
  • BST – Basic Safety Training: 8/16, 9/13, 10/25

 

CMM – Chief Mate and Master Courses

  • CMM-ADVSTB – Advanced Stability: 9/27, 10/25
  • CMM-ADVWX – Advanced Meteorology: 9/20
  • CMM-CHS I – Cargo Handling & Stowage (week 1): 8/16
  • CMM-ECDIS – Elect. Chart and Info Systems: 8/16, 9/13, 10/11
  • CMM-MMP – Marine Propulsion Plants: 10/18
  • CMM-SHS-ADV I – Advanced Shiphandling (week 1): 9/20
  • CMM-SHS-ADV II – Advanced Shiphandling (week 2): 9/27
  • CMM-SHMGT-I – Ship Management (week 1): 8/23
  • CMM-SHMGT-II – Ship Management (week 2): 8/30
  • CMM-VPEN – Voyage Planning & Electronic Navigation: 10/4
  • CMM-WKP – Watchkeeping: 9/13

 

  • CONT-PLNG – Contingency Planning: 9/2, 10/14, 10/26, 10/28
  • CSE-AWR – Confined Space Awareness Seminar: 9/24
  • CSE-AWR2 – 2-day Confined Space Awareness Seminar: 9/30

 

  • FF-BADV – (Combined) Basic and Advanced Firefighting: 9/20
  • FSM – Fatigue, Sleep and Medications: 9/1
  • FL – Flashing Light: 8/27 p.m., 9/3

 

  • GMDSS – Global Marine Distress & Safety System: 10/25

 

  • HAZ – Hazardous Materials [5-day]: 8/23

 

  • LEG – Legal Aspects of Pilotage: 8/23, 9/1

 

  • MEDIA-RSP – Media Response: 9/3, 10/15, 10/27, 10/29
  • MED-DOT-DA – DOT Drug & Alcohol Testing: 9/18, 10/16
  • MED-PIC – Medical Person In Charge: 10/11
  • MED-PRO – Medical Care Provider: 10/11
  • MED-SMC – Shipboard Medical Care (4 weeks): 8/30

 

MSC – Military Sealift Command

  • MSC-CBRD-1 – Chemical Biological Radiological Defense Training Orientation: 8/26, 9/29, 10/25
  • MSC-DC – Damage Control: 8/24, 8/26, 9/16, 9/27, 10/21
  • MSC-ENVPRO – Environmental Protection: 8/21
  • MSC-SMA-R – Small Arms Renewal (2-day): 8/26, 10/26, 10/28
    (must have proof of passing all 3 weapons within 2 years)

 

  • ROP-5 – Radar Observer Original & Renewal: 8/23
  • ROR-1 – Radar Observer Renewal: 8/30, 9/18, 9/20, 10/2

 

  • SEC-FSO – Facility Security Officer: 8/17, 9/28
  • SEC-OFF-PCS – Security Officer: Port, Company, Ship: 10/11
  • SEC-PLT – Security Training for Pilots: 8/31
  • SHS-BAS – Basic Shiphandling: 9/13, 10/11
  • SHS-EMR5 – Emergency Shiphandling (5-day): 8/23

 

  • TPIC – Tankerman Person-In-Charge: 9/20
  • TRAC-TUG – Water Tractor and Azimuth Stern Drive Tugs: 9/2

 

ATTENDANCE VERIFICATION & CANCELLATION IS VITAL

If you are scheduled for a course, call, write, or Email admissions to advise whether or not you will attend. Many classes are in demand and maintain a Standby List. “No Shows” are missed training opportunities for other members.

 

SCHEDULES, COURSE INFO & REGISTRATION

Courses are subject to change. Check the MITAGS website for up-to-date course descriptions associated with all course title abbreviations, and for schedule revisions and updated course availability. You can also check future schedules, review detailed course descriptions and register on-line or contact Admissions at admissions@mitags.org or by calling toll-free, 1-866-656-5568.

 


 

PMI MARITIME TECHNOLOGY & CAREER CENTER ACADEMIC SCHEDULE

All the courses below will be conducted at the new Pacific Maritime Institute facility located in Seattle at 1727 Alaskan Way South, Pier 34. The new facility features a state-of-the art Ship Simulator that has to be experienced. PMI phone numbers remain the same. Come see the new facility at PMI’s “Maritime Technology and Career Center”.

August 2004

  • 8/16-20: Basic Safety Training
  • 8/16-20: Basic Cargo Operations
  • 8/16-27: Advanced Shiphandling
  • 8/16-27: GMDSS
  • 8/23-27: Basic and Advanced Firefighting
  • 8/30-9/03: Medical Care Provider
  • 8/30-9/10: Medical Person-In-Charge
  • 8/30-9/01: ARPA
  • 8/30: Radar Recertification
  • 8/30-9/01: Ship/Company Security Officer

 

September 2004

  • 9/06-07: Search and Rescue (OIC)
  • 9/08-10: Emergency Procedures (OIC)
  • 9/13-17: Basic Shiphandling
  • 9/13-17: Basic Safety Training
  • 9/13-17: Radar Observer Unlimited
  • 9/13-17: Tankerman Person-In-Charge
  • 9/13-24: GMDSS
  • 9/20-24: Basic and Advanced Firefighting
  • 9/20-10/01: Watchkeeping (OIC)
  • 9/27-29: Bridge Resource Management

 

October 2004

  • 10/4-8: Basic Safety Training
  • 10/4: Flashing Light (OIC)
  • 10/11-22: Advanced Shiphandling
  • 10/11-22: GMDSS
  • 10/11-15: ARPA
  • 10/11: Radar Recertification
  • 10/11-13: Ship/Company Security Officer
  • 10/25-29: Basic and Advanced Firefighting
  • 10/25-29: ECDIS

 

Contact DeeDee Lazik at 206-441-2880 or 888-893-7829 (toll free) for registration or visit the PMI website at mates.org.


 

MM&P MARKET WATCH AS OF AUGUST 11, 2004 CLOSE

 D O W    N A S D A Q
 9,936.48 -190.03 for the week  1,782.42  -72.64 for the week

Fund Name & Trading Symbol

Closing
Price
 Vanguard 500 Index Fund (VFINX)

99.60
 Vanguard Extended Market Index Fund (VEXMX)

25.71
 Vanguard International Growth Fund (VWIGX)

15.98
 Vanguard Morgan Growth Fund (VMRGX)

13.87
 Vanguard Windsor II Fund (VWNFX)

27.11
 Vanguard GNMA Fund (VFIIX)

10.42
 Vanguard High Yield Corporate Fund (VWEHX)

6.27
 Vanguard Total Bond Index (VBMFX)

10.24
 Chase Growth Fund (CHASX)

14.92
 Fidelity Asset Manager (FASMX)

15.30
 Fidelity Growth and Income (FGRIX)

34.95
 Fidelity Magellan Fund (FMAGX)

93.35
 Spartan US Equity Index Fund (FUSEX)

38.23



~ Reminders ~




 

MAIL-ORDER Rx PLAN UPDATE

MM&P Health & Benefit Plan Participants should have received information in the mail in early August a letter from NMHC regarding the mail order benefit through the Plan. Effective August 15, NMHC Mail will take over the mail order portion of the pharmacy benefit currently handled by Eckerd Pharmacy Services. This change in providers does not affect your prescription benefit.

For members with existing prescriptions on file with EPS, NMHC Rx has coordinated all MM&P member information with EPS so that all of your prescriptions with remaining refills will be automatically transferred to NMHC Mail. Simply call NMHC Mail at 1-800-456-4803 or visit the website at www.nmhcmail.com to request your prescription refill.

As always, if you should have any questions, please contact the Plan Office at 410-850-8500.

 
NOTICE REGARDING ELIGIBILITY

When you or your provider use the IVR system at the Plan Office to check eligibility, remember that the Plan Office updates eligibility on a monthly basis. This does not mean that your eligibility will terminate at the end of the month simply because the system states that you are eligible until a certain date. Individual contracts have different extension of eligibility rules and the only way we can provide accurate eligibility information for the membership is to download a new eligibility tape on a monthly basis.



 

BRIAN HOPE PAINTING RAFFLE TO RAISE FUNDS FOR PCF

Raffle tickets for a chance on winning an original painting of the SEAWANHAKA by MM&P member, Maryland Pilot and artist Capt. Brian Hope commissioned by the MM&P are available at $25 each, 5 for $100. Proceeds will benefit the Masters, Mates & Pilots Political Contribution Fund. (The fire aboard the SEAWANHAKA and the scapegoating of Capt. Charles Smith are the beginnings of the MM&P.)

Ticket purchases should be made payable to the MM&P PCF with a notation for the raffle in the memo line, and mailed to the:

MM&P Political Contribution Fund 700 Maritime Blvd. Linthicum Heights, MD 21090

Members making PCF contributions through the Members Only section of the MM&P website, noting that the contribution is for the raffle, can also obtain tickets. Raffle tickets will also shortly be available through MM&P port offices.

Cutoff for ticket purchases is December 31, 2004. Drawing for the prize will take place at Noon on January 7, 2005 at MITAGS. Also available at a later date will be a limited number of prints of this painting, numbered and signed by the artist, for a $50 contribution to the PCF designated for the print.

 

The fine print:

Raffle tickets are available only to those individuals who are otherwise eligible to make a contribution to the MM&P PCF.

No double dipping: Contributions in exchange for raffle tickets or for a signed and numbered print do not qualify for other PCF contribution incentive premiums.

All contributions to the MM&P PCF, including contributions in exchange for raffle tickets, are voluntary contributions for political purposes and no physical force, job discrimination, financial reprisals or threat thereof has been or will be used in any way to secure such contributions. PCF contributions are not deductible for tax purposes.



 

MM&P ELECTION PERIOD PUBLICITY GUIDELINES

Members are reminded that for the duration of the MM&P election period the name or likeness of any known candidate – any person nominated or self-declared to be a candidate – for any elected MM&P position will not be referred to by name or photo in any MM&P publication. Reference may be made by title or in contact information such as an email address when it is directly relevant to the communication.

As example, the Master of a MM&P-contracted ship who has declared himself to be a candidate for a MM&P elective position was recently quoted in an article appearing in the “Master, Mate & Pilot”, but was referenced as the Master of the vessel and not by name. Similarly, this member’s likeness was not included in a photo published with the article. This same rule was applied within the same publication with regard to two other members employed by MM&P at Union headquarters who are candidates for elective position.

This rule has been put into effect to ensure that publications by the MM&P to MM&P members are not used on behalf of any candidate for campaign purposes. These exclusions will end upon completion of the election.

Members wanting to know more about this policy may contact International Counsel John Singleton at 410-850-8700 x19, email: jsingleton@bridgedeck.org, or Communications Director Karl Schwartz at 410-850-8700 x27, email: communications@bridgedeck.org.


MITAGS SEEKS FULL-TIME INSTRUCTOR FOR PMI IN SEATTLE

The Maritime Institute of Technology and Graduate Studies (MITAGS) is accepting applications for a full time instructor to work at its Pacific Maritime Institute in Seattle, WA.

This state-of-the-art facility requires an instructor who will develop courses in the maritime field and provide quality classroom and simulation instruction to merchant marine deck officers at all levels of their professional development.

A broad background with experience on dry and liquid cargo vessels is preferred. Outstanding verbal and written presentation skills with experience and enthusiasm in teaching adults in both a classroom and on-the-job setting are desired. Excellent computer skills are a must: MS Office Suite and Windows operating systems.

Five years maritime experience at the Chief Mate or Master level with in-depth knowledge and technical skills with bridge systems, completion of STCW-95 requirements desired. Maritime or military academy graduate preferred.

Union membership following employment is required. Competitive salary and outstanding Union benefits. Email resume to hr@mitags.org or fax to: HR Manager, 443-989-3341. EEO AA.



 

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES AVAILABLE, MEMBER INFO NEEDED FOR T-AGS VESSELS

MM&P-contracted Horizon Lines recently won the bidding to manage MSC’s seven oceanographic ships (T-AGS) to support the Naval Oceanography Program. The Licensed Deck Officer billets will be filled by MM&P members. MM&P needs to hear from members and applicants interested in working aboard these ships. Vessel assignments may be permanent.

The T-AGS ships will pay competitive wages and will have 15-for-30 vacation, pension, health & welfare, IRAP and training contributions made on the employees’ behalf. Members and applicants selected to sail aboard the T-AGS ships will be required to have a US Government-issued Secret clearance. The Company will assist the mariner in obtaining this clearance.

All interested members and applicants are requested to send a resume to your local area Offshore Vice President or to International Headquarters in care of the Executive Assistant to the President at 700 Maritime Blvd., Linthicum Heights, MD 21090; Fax: 410-850-0973. Calls with questions may be directed to 410-850-8700 x23. Resumes or questions may also be sent by Email to mrodriguez@bridgedeck.org, rmay@bridgedeck.org, rgroh@bridgedeck.org and dmarcus@bridgedeck.org.



 

August 30 Deadline: USCG SEEKS MERCHANT MARINE ADVISORY COMMITTEE MEMBERS

The USCG is seeking applications for appointment to membership on the Merchant Marine Personnel Advisory Committee (MERPAC). MERPAC provides advice and makes recommendations to the USCG on matters related to the training, qualification, licensing, certification, and fitness of seamen serving in the US merchant marine. Applications should reach the USCG by August 30.

Application forms may be obtained via the Internet by logging on to www.uscg.mil/hq/g-m/advisory/index.htm or by writing to:

Commandant (G-MSO-1) United States Coast Guard 2100 Second Street SW Washington, DC 20593-0001

 

Send completed applications to:

Mark Gould, Assistant Executive Director MERPAC Room 1210, U.S. Coast Guard Headquarters 2100 Second Street SW Washington, DC 20593-0001

 

For further info, call MERPAC at 202-267-6890, fax 202-267-4570 or contact Capt. Joe Stone at MM&P HQ at 410-850-8700 x24, Email: jstone@bridgedeck.org .



 

August 30 Deadline: COLLEGE SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE FOR FRESHMAN AND GRAD-SCHOOL DEPENDENTS

Attention all Members in good standing with dependent children who will be college freshman in September: A local Baltimore law firm is awarding two $2,500 one-time only scholarships to children of Union members. Since the MM&P is headquartered in the Baltimore area, Union members’ children would be eligible to apply for these scholarships.

One scholarship is for Undergraduate and the other is for Graduate School. Students must already be accepted to a college prior to applying. The deadline for application is August 20. The scholarships will be awarded September 24.

If your son or daughter would like to make application for this scholarship, please have them contact the MM&P Plan Office at 410-850-8600 for an application. The member’s name is required so that the Union can sign the application to certify that he/she is a member in good standing prior to sending the application to your child.

Members can also Email Plans Administrator Valerie Verrecchio at mmpplansval@aol.com with the member info including address where the application can be mailed.


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 or to subscribe 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 and is posted on our web page.

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