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Wheelhouse Weekly – August 13, 2007

August 13th 2007

 

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

Volume 11 . . . . . Number 32. . . .August 13, 2007

STORIES COVERED

Also

REMINDERS

T-AGS Oceanographic Survey Ships Info

Required Coursework

Security Clearances

MSC Physicals

MM&P Health & Benefit Plan News

Notice to Members who are taking Vioxx

NMHC Mail-Order Prescriptions Website Updated & Improved

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.


ALL SHIPPING RULES BALLOT ITEMS APPROVED

All the proposed changes to the MM&P Offshore Shipping Rules that were circulated for member ratification in the form of a 90-day ballot have been approved. The votes on all ballot items are detailed below.

The Offshore Ballot Committee convened at 1000 hours on Aug. 3 in the conference room at MM&P Headquarters at 700 Maritime Blvd., Suite B, Linthicum Heights, MD 21090. The members of the committee were Robert Darley, former MM&P Atlantic Ports Vice President, and Philip Mullikin. Also present were independent ballot agent John Seibel, of Impartial Ballot, and MM&P International Comptroller John Gorman. Darley was elected chairman of the committee.

Members of the committee were dispatched to pick up the ballots at the post office. They returned with several postal trays containing the returned ballots. On  May 1, 2007, 1,152 ballots had been mailed to active seagoing members. Of these ballots, 338 were returned and counted.

At  1250, the ballot count was completed. The results were as follows:

Item Yes No
1  Change in PRO registration time  265 71
2  Shipping card if laid-off   305 33
3  Leaves of absence  304 31
4  Company select list 193 137
5 Class “D” membership 245 89
6  Late fees 296 40
7  General registration 295 34
8  Same day registration 280 57
9  Job call, Honolulu 289 22
10 Third job call   286 28
11 Pierhead jumps 294 20
12 Unlicensed shipping list 289 22
13 Application for registration  278 35
14 Expiration of PRO registration 285 28
15  PRO dispatch order 255 56
16 Amendment of Shipping Rules 284 28
17 Return to work card 299 15
18 Retention of assignment slip 293 21
19 Permanent officer 278 34
20 Preamble subtitle 290 20
21 Company referral/select list 290 19
22 Next assignment 278 32
23 15-day rule 250 47

HOUSE AMENDS DOD PERSONNEL SYSTEM TO PROTECT COLLECTIVE BARGAINING RIGHTS

Hours before recessing for its summer break, the House of Representatives approved an amendment to a spending bill that would protect the collective bargaining and appeal rights of civilian employees covered by the federal government’s personnel system overhaul. Approved without objection by voice vote, the amendment to the fiscal 2008 spending bill for the Department of Defense (DOD) would deny funding to implement key portions of the controversial National Security Personnel System (NSPS), which changes the way federal employees are paid, promoted and disciplined.

The amendment to the appropriations bill is the third effort undertaken in Congress to rein in the NSPS. The House Armed Services Committee approved an authorization bill that the  White House called “in essence a total revocation” of the new system because it would ensure full bargaining rights for unions and exempt blue collar employees at DOD from the NSPS. The Senate has not drafted its defense appropriations bill yet. Labor unions are calling on legislators there to back the House prohibition.

Four years ago, Congress approved the concept of NSPS as a way to convert most DOD civilian employees to a performance-based personnel management system. Critics charge that the Bush Administration overstepped the intent of Congress. Unions representing federal employees have gone to court a number of times to stop implementation of parts of the NSPS. The House funding prohibition would accomplish what the unions are seeking in court to achieve. MM&P members and other civilian mariners are excluded from the human resource and appeals provisions of NSPS, but not from the labor relations provisions.


 

9/11 LAW EXTREMELY STRONG FOR LABOR, SAYS TRANSPORTATION TRADES DEPARTMENT

The law that will implement the recommendations of the 9/11 Commission is, overall, “extremely strong” for transportation labor, according to the AFL-CIO Transportation Trades Department (TTD). MM&P is a member of TTD.

The new law includes a number of transportation security provisions, including issues specifically identified by the TTD Executive Committee as priorities. It includes, for the first time ever, mandatory security training for rail, transit and over-the-road bus employees, strong whistleblower protections for these workers, dedicated security funding for Amtrak and grant programs for bus, transit and rail providers. Davis-Bacon prevailing wage requirements are attached as a condition of all relevant grant programs. In addition, said TTD President Edward Wytkind in an official statement, “this bill, at an unprecedented level (at least in recent years), requires consultation and input from labor organizations that represent affected workers.”

A set back included in the law is a provision that codifies into statute the crimes that will disqualify someone from holding a maritime Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC). Wytkind said TTD is concerned about this because “some of the offenses included in TSA’s list of disqualifying crimes would not necessarily cause a person to be a terrorism security risk.”

Ensuring that front-line workers receive comprehensive and meaningful security training has been a priority for TTD unions for several years. For rail workers, the bill will require that in consultation with unions, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), develop and enact, within six months, a training program to prepare front-line employees to handle security threats.  The regulations are required to cover crew and passenger communication and coordination; recognition and reporting of dangerous substances, suspicious packages and situations; determination of the seriousness of any occurrence or risk; appropriate responses; and evacuation procedures including live situational training exercises and tunnel evacuation. Training along the same lines is also mandated for long-distance bus drivers.

The law includes provisions that will protect rail, transit, bus and other motor carrier employees from retaliation for reporting security and safety concerns. TTD said the protections are now some of the strongest in federal law and will provide workers with a fair and timely process to adjudicate whistleblower complaints. The law will also protect workers who refuse to work when confronted by hazardous safety and security conditions. Workers who prevail in these cases will be entitled to reinstatement with the same seniority status, back pay with interest, and compensatory damages (including litigation costs, witness fees and reasonable attorney fees). In addition, punitive damages of up to $250,000 may be awarded. The law also calls for security grants to Amtrak and commuter railroads and requires DHS to complete a comprehensive assessment of the security risks of school bus transportation.


MM&P PARTICIPATES IN INTERNATIONAL MARITIME ORGANIZATION MEETING ON NAVIGATION SAFETY

The 53rd session of the IMO Subcommittee on Safety of Navigation met July 23-27 in London. Mike Rodriguez, Executive Assistant to MM&P International President Tim Brown, participated as part of the International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) delegation. The issues most important to MM&P members were proposed performance standards for integrated navigation systems (INS) and integrated bridge systems (IBS) and guidelines on the control of ships in an emergency.

The proposed performance standards for INS and IBS include a modular approach to system design. Four modules cover: information exchanges between pieces of bridge equipment; functional requirements such as the human/machine interface; the management of alerts; and standards for the documentation that users need to learn the equipment.

In response to the PRESTIGE and similar incidents, the subcommittee has proposed guidelines for control of ships in an emergency.  The guidelines seek to clarify the responsibilities of coastal states, ship masters and salvors during an emergency.  ITF sought language in the guidelines to make clear that the master, at all times, has the authority to make decisions to preserve life on board. ITF’s proposal was adopted by the subcommittee as part of the general guidelines.
Both issues will be presented for the consideration of the full Maritime Safety Committee (MSC) at a meeting to be held in Copenhagen, Oct. 3-12.


RISK ANALYSTS SAY DIRTY BOMB IN LOS ANGELES PORTS COULD LEAD TO LATENT CANCERS

If terrorists launched a dirty bomb attack in the ports of Los Angeles/Long Beach, latent cases of cancer could well be among the consequences, according to a study published in Risk Analysis, a scholarly journal.

The article, “A Risk and Economic Analysis of Dirty Bomb Attacks on the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach,” was written by two scientists at the University of Southern California’s Center for Risk and Economic Analysis of Terrorism Events. The authors, Heather Rosoff and Detlof von Winterfeldt, predicted the possible consequences of a theoretical terrorist attack by use of a radiological dispersal device (RDD) — commonly referred to as a dirty bomb, which combines radioactive material with conventional explosives.

First, the authors found that it would not be easy to carry out such an attack in the United States, considering the difficulties associated with obtaining and transporting radioactive materials, building a bomb, and detonating it. If the terrorists were successful in overcoming these odds, the attack would not kill many people initially. Over time, however, the fallout could produce tens or even hundreds of latent cancer cases.

The complete report is available on request from Joseph L. Walker, SRA communications advisor, 703-491-3301 or walkercom2@aol.com.


MM&P FEDERAL CREDIT UNION CLOSED AUG. 13-20 FOR VACATION

The MM&P Federal Credit Union will be closed for vacation Aug. 13-20. The credit union will open again on Aug. 21.



MORMACLAKE TO BE RECYCLED

MM&P members who sailed on the MORMACKLAKE, rechristened the LAKE, are bidding the ship a final farewell. The vessel is scheduled to sail down the James River on its way to a recycling facility. It will be the 61st ship to depart the James River site since January 2001. All-Stars Metals of Brownsville, Texas, won a $454,690 fee-for-service contract from the Maritime Administration (MARAD) to dispose of the ship, which was built in 1961 as a combination freighter and passenger ship. LAKE served as part of the National Defense Reserve Fleet sealift during the Gulf War in 1991. When returning with military gear from the Persian Gulf, the vessel and its crew stopped to rescue four people who had spent four days aboard a life raft after their wooden schooner sank. The Maritime Administration keeps ships in three National Defense Reserve Fleet sites to support Armed Forces movements and to respond to national emergencies. When ships become obsolete, MARAD arranges for their disposal.


JOBS AVAILABLE ON THE GREAT LAKES

MM&P Great Lakes and Rivers Representative Charlie Malue reports that numerous jobs are available on the Great Lakes for licensed mates with pilotage, engineers, QMEDS and able-bodied seamen. Retirees are also encouraged to apply for these jobs. 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 the Organization. Interested parties should call Charlie Malue at 216-776-1667 or e-mail him at cmalue@bridgedeck.org.


MITAGS ACADEMIC NOTES

DID YOU KNOW..…MITAGS’ database not only records your courses, it also records your “No Shows”!  Given today’s communication technology, there is no excuse for just not showing up.  Three strikes and you could be subjected to an enrollment penalty. 

CLASS OPENINGS: Between now and the end of October 2007, seats are available in the following courses:

ARPA – Automatic Radar Plotting Aids: 9/18

BRMP � Bridge Resource Management for Pilots: 10/17
BST � Basic Safety Training: 10/8

[CMM – Chief Mate and Master Courses]
CMM-ADVWX � Advanced Meteorology: 8/27
CMM-CHS I � Advanced Cargo Handling (week 1): 9/17
CMM-CHS II � Advanced Cargo Handling (week 2): 9/24
CMM-MPP � Marine Propulsion Plants: 10/1
CMM-SHS-ADV-I-Advanced Shiphandling (week 1): 9/10
CMM-SHS-ADV-II-Advanced Shiphandling (week 2): 10/8
CMM-SHMGT-I � Ship Management (week 1): 10/15
CMM-SHMGT-II� Ship Management (week 2): 10/10/8
CMM-VPEN � Voyage Planning and Electronic Navigation: 10/8
CMM-WKP � Advanced Watchkeeping: 10/22

COMP-OPSYS � Basic Computer Operating Systems: 10/8
CONT PLNG � Contingency Planning: 9/21
CSE-AAES � Confined Space Entry, Atmospheric Analysis of Enclosed Spaces: 9/24

FF-BADV � Combined Basic & Advanced Fire Fighting: 10/8

LEG � Legal Aspects of Pilotage: 10/17 (evening class)
MED-DOT-DA – Dept. of Trans Drug & Alcohol Testing: 9/15
MED-PRO � Medical Care Provider: 9/10
MEDIA RSP � Media Response: 9/20

[MSC – Military Sealift Command]
MSC-CBRD-1 � CBRD Orientation: 10/28
MSC-DC � Damage Control: 10/26
MSC-SMA – Small Arms Training: 10/22
MSC-SMA-R – Small Arms Re-Qualification (2-day): 8/17, 10/26 (must have proof of passing all 3 weapons within 2 years)

ROR-1 – Radar Observer Renewal: 8/27, 9/17, 10/15
ROP-5 � Radar Observer Unlimited (Original/Renewal): 10/1

SEC-VCF � Security Officer: Vessel, Company & Facility: 9/17
SHS-EMR5 � Emergency Shiphandling: 10/22

TPIC � Tankerman Person-In-Charge: 9/10
TTT � Train the Trainer (Instructor training): 9/17

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 Email: admissions@mitags.org.


PMI ACADEMIC NOTES

Summer – Fall 2007

Due to the high demand for this program, PMI has now scheduled another that is already close to full enrollment for its 2007-start date. See the PMI Web site at www.mates.org for more info on this new development.

FOR REGISTRATION CALL JENNIFER FOWLER: 206 838-1126

SCHEDULE OF COURSES – (Course schedule also posted online at www.mates.org)

August 2007
14-17  LFBT
13-17  AB
13-17  CONSTB
13-17  SHS EM5
13-17  ECDIS
13-17  TPIC
20-24 AB
20-31 SHS ADV
20-24 CHS BAS
27-31  BAFF
27-31  ENAV
27-31  MED PRO
27-8    GMDSS
27-29  CSO/SSO

September 2007
4-7      LFBT
4-8      WX BAS
4-8      TCNAV
10th    RADAR RENEWAL
10-14  BST
10-14  AB
10-14  MED PRO
10-14  TCNAV
10-14  SHS BAS
17-21  MED PRO
17-21  ARPA
17-21  SHS BAS
17-21  TCNAV
17-28  GMDSS
19-21  AFF
24-5    WKP
24-28 ROP
26-28 AFF

October 2007

1-3      BRM
1-5      ARPA
2-5      LFBT
2-5      AFF
8-19    GMDSS
8-12    SHS EM5
8-12    BST
8-12    AB
15-19  ECDIS           
15-19  MED PRO
15-26  MED PIC
17-19  SEC VCF
15-19  BAFF
22        FL
23-24 SHS ASSESS
25-26 SHS ASSESS
29-2    TPIC
29-9    SHS ADV

November 2007
5-16    SHS ADV
6-9      LFBT
13        ROR
12-16  BST
12-16  AB
13-15  SEC VCF
26-7    GMDSS
26-30 ROP
26-30 MED PRO
26-30 SHS BAS

December 2007
3-7      ARPA
3-7      SHS EM5
3-7      BAFF
3-14    CNAV
4-7      LFBT
11        ROR   
10-14  BST
10-14  AB
17-21  ENAV
17-19  SEC VCF
17-21  ARPA
17-21  TPIC
17-21  SHS BAS

For registration call Jennifer Fowler 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 8-10-2007

D O W N A S D A Q S & P 500
13,282.79 2,556.19 1,459.85
Fund Name & Trading Symbol
 Closing
Price
 Vanguard Asset Allocation Fund(VAARX)
66.50
 Vanguard 500 Index Fund (VFINX)
134.13
 Vanguard Extended Market Index Fund (VEXMX)
40.30
 Vanguard International Growth Fund (VWIGX)
25.64
 Vanguard Morgan Growth Fund (VMRGX)
20.06
 Vanguard Windsor II Fund (VWNFX)
35.81
 Vanguard GNMA Fund (VFIIX)
10.08
 Vanguard Growth Index Fund (VIGRX)
31.49
 Vanguard High Yield Corporate (VWEHX)
5.93
 Vanguard LifeStrategy Conservative Growth (VSCGX)
16.89
 Vanguard LifeStrategy Growth Fund (VASGX)
24.65
 Vanguard LifeStrategy Income Fund (VASIX)
14.03
 Vanguard LifeStrategy Moderate Growth (VSMGX)
20.86
 Vanguard Target Retirement 2005 (VTOVX)
11.85
 Vanguard Target Retirement 2015 (VTXVX)
12.91
 Vanguard Target Retirement 2025 (VTTVX)
13.56
 Vanguard Target Retirement 2035 (VTTHX)
14.45
 Vanguard Target Retirement 2045 (VTIVX)
14.93
 Vanguard Total Bond Index (VBMFX)
9.86
 Vanguard Total Stock Market Index Fund (VTSMX)
35.09
 Chase Growth Fund (CHASX)
20.29
 Fidelity Asset Manager (FASMX)
16.46
 Fidelity Growth and Income (FGRIX)
31.81
 Fidelity Intermediate bond Fund (FTHRX)
10.08
 Fidelity Magellan Fund (FMAGX)
92.42
 Fidelity Small Company Instl (FMACX)
21.96
 Fidelity Value Fund (FDVLX)
84.86
 Fidelity Equity-Income II Fund (FEQTX)
24.03
 Fidelity Blue Chip Growth Fund (FBGRX)
46.96
 Fidelity Diversified International Fund (FDIVX)
39.42
 Fidelity Dividend Growth Fund (FDGFX)
32.67
 Fidelity Freedom Income (FFFAX)
11.48
 Fidelity Freedom 2000 (FFFBX)
12.55
 Fidelity Freedom 2010 (FFFCX)
14.77
 Fidelity Freedom 2020 (FFFDX)
15.72
 Fidelity Freedom 2030 (FFFEX)
16.30
 Fidelity Freedom 2040 (FFFFX)
9.65
 Spartan US Equity Index Fund (FUSEX)
51.53
 Domini Social Equity Fund (DSEFX)
33.41

 

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~ 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.
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:

4.75 percent for terms up to 24 months.
Standard loan rates for longer-term loans are:

5.00 percent for 25-48 months;
5.75 percent for 49-60 months ($20,000 minimum); and
6.25 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

NOTICE TO MEMBERS WHO ARE TAKING VIOXX

On Sept.30, Merck & Co. voluntarily withdrew Vioxx, a popular anti-inflammatory medication, from the market. As a result, individuals who are currently taking the drug have been asked to contact their health care professionals to discuss discontinuing use of Vioxx and possible alternative treatments.

MM&P Plans Administrator Valerie Verrecchio reports that, “We have gotten a number of calls from members who want to know what to do with their remaining supply of Vioxx and whether the Plan or NMHC will refund their co-pay for the unused portion.

“Unfortunately, neither NMHC nor the Plan was aware of the Merck decision prior to the public announcement on Sept.30. As of that date, all deliveries of Vioxx to our members was suspended in accordance with Merck’s announcement. Orders that had already been processed and were in transit could not be stopped.

“In regard to refunds, Merck has set up a website at www.vioxx.com where members can obtain information on how to recover refunds from Merck for the unused portion of medication. Members can also call following toll free number for information: 1-888-368-4699.

“We are sorry for any inc onvenience this may have caused to members currently taking this medication, however, the matter is out of the control of the Plans.”



NMHC MAIL-ORDER PRESCRIPTIONS WEBSITE UPDATED & IMPROVED

MM&P Plans Administrator Valerie Verrecchio reports, “Good news! NMHC mail has finally gotten their website upgraded and functioning properly. I went in and tested it myself and found it to be quite user friendly.”

To use NMHC’s upgraded service, go to the NMHC Mail website at www.nmhcmail.com and click on “MEMBER LOGIN” at the bottom of the screen.

First-time and Registered users may bypass the welcome screen and go directly to the log-in page at https://members.nmhcrx.com/Login/Login.aspx.

  • First-time users should then click on the link marked “NEW USER: REGISTER HERE”.
    This will take you to a page titled “MEMBER REGISTRATION” where you will need to enter demographic information and submit it by clicking on the
  • “CREATE ACCOUNT” button.

After creating your account, NMHC will email you a password to gain entry into your records. With your first sign-in, the NMHC system will prompt you to change the NMHC password to one of your own choosing.

Once you are registered at NMHC, you can check the status of open orders by logging-in to the system through the “MEMBER LOGIN” page and going into the “MAIL ORDER” menu. You can look up all prescriptions and get the price our members will pay for any medication. You can also view an order history of all of your medication transactions (both retail and mail) for the last 24 months, locate 24-hour pharmacies in your zip code region as well as access other helpful member education information.

“We hope this welcome improvement will assist our members. Although you cannot order refills on line if you don’t provide a credit or debit card number, you can phone in your refill. Once you register on the website, you will still have access to all of the other information including checking the status of your order once it is phoned in,” said Ms. Verrecchio.



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”.



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