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Wheelhouse Weekly – August 17, 2009

August 17th 2009

 

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

Volume 13 . . . . . Number 33. . . . August 17, 2009

STORIES COVERED

REMINDERS

T-AGS Oceanographic Survey Ships Info

Required Coursework

Security Clearances

MSC Physicals

MM&P FCU News

MM&P Health & Benefit Plan News

Meet Our New Prescription Benefit Manager, PHARMACARE

Notice to MM&P Health & Benefit Plan Participants

WWII USCG Veterans Outreach

Company Gives Bucks Back for buying Safe Shoes

Website Offers Union-Made Goods and Services



Did you miss a week? Back editions of the Wheelhouse Weekly are available in the section.


REP. ELIJAH CUMMINGS CALLS AGAIN ON NAVY TO PROVIDE FORCE PROTECTION TO U.S. SHIPS

In a recent editorial in the “Baltimore Sun,” Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) has called on the U.S. government to provide force protection to American-flagged ships in pirate-infested waters. Cummings, who is chairman of the House Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation, has authored an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act that would require the Department of Defense to place small teams of armed security aboard “those few U.S.-flagged ships truly at risk of being boarded when they carry U.S. government cargo through an area where there is a high risk of piracy.”

Cummings said the U.S. Navy and our country’s allies “have done a commendable job in mounting an international anti-piracy operation in the Gulf of Aden.” He added, however, that a number of U.S. merchant ships–most of them carrying American aid–are required to travel outside the transit lanes patrolled by this international maritime presence and “through the heart of pirate-infested waters.”

“I have no doubt our military would respond immediately if another U.S.-flagged vessel were attacked,” Cummings wrote. “However, the timeliness of their response could be hindered if military assets are far from the scene of an attack.”

Cummings said preventing attacks should be the country’s priority, adding, “It has become clear to me since the MAERSK ALABAMA was attacked that more can and should be done to protect U.S. crews on U.S.-flagged ships carrying U.S. cargo.”
He said he finds it “inexplicable” that the Department of Defense is arguing that the area in which Somali pirates operate is “too vast” for U.S. Naval forces to orchestrate a pro-active response. “This perspective assumes that the only way the military can protect merchant shipping from pirates is to stage vessels across the entire million-square-mile theater of operations,” Cummings said.

He quoted government statistics that show that, in a three-month period, fewer than 10 U.S.-flagged vessels carrying government cargo are at serious risk of attack. “Providing embedded military security teams on those vessels would surely require far fewer resources than patrolling a million-square mile area,” he said.

Cummings pointed out in the editorial that his amendment, which has passed the House of Representatives, “enjoys the support of U.S. maritime labor unions and U.S. ship owners.” When a vessel flies the U.S. flag, it becomes an extension of the United States itself, regardless of where in the world the vessel is operating, Cummings wrote, adding, “Surely, protecting U.S. citizens and property was the purpose for which our military forces were created.”


TOP NOTCH SHIP AND CREW, SAYS SEAFARERS RIGHTS REP UPON DISEMBARKING MAERSK IDAHO

Doug Stevenson, director of the Seamen’s Church Institute’s (SCI) Center for Seafarers’ Rights, has concluded an eight-day journey through the Suez Canal, the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden to Dubai aboard MM&P-contracted MAERSK IDAHO. Stevenson, a vocal advocate for mariners worldwide, in particular as far as access to shore leave is concerned, took the trip to learn from the experiences of mariners who routinely sail through pirate-infested waters. “Many thanks to Maersk Lines, Ltd., for allowing me to observe a top notch ship and crew,” Stevenson said as he departed the vessel.

Stevenson said that in taking the trip, he hoped to draw attention to professional seafarers and the important role they play in world commerce. He said his work will also be used in the context of a multi-year study of piracy’s effects on merchant mariners and their families. The study, which will be undertaken by SCI, together with the Disaster Psychiatry Outreach Program at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine and the New York Psychoanalytic Institute, will explore the clinical assessment and treatment of piracy attack survivors.

To give exposure to the trip, Stevenson disseminated his observations in real-time using Twitter, a social networking service that allows users to post updates on their doings in 140 words or fewer. “My fantastic voyage is over,” Stevenson commented in his last tweet from Dubai. “Many thanks and kudos to MAERSK IDAHO’s Capt Kevin [J. McHugh], the officers and ratings. They are the best! One hundred and forty words not enough.”


MM&P INTERNATIONAL PRESIDENT MEETS WITH NEW ACTING ADMINISTRATOR OF MARAD

MM&P International President Tim Brown and headquarters staffer Mike Rodriguez met recently with David T. Matsuda, the new acting maritime administrator. Also present at the meeting were representatives of the AFL-CIO’s Transportation Trades Department, the Marine Engineers’ Beneficial Association, the International Longshoremen’s Association and the International Longshore and Warehouse Union. Topics discussed included piracy, the Maritime Security Program, the potential benefits of a short sea shipping program and the need for a federal tax exemption for professional mariners.


MARINERS URGED TO ATTEND SEPT. 22-23 MERPAC MEETING AT NATIONAL MARITIME CENTER

The next meeting of the Merchant Marine Personnel Advisory Committee (MERPAC) will be held Sept. 22-23 in Martinsburg, W. Va., at the Coast Guard’s National Maritime Center (NMC). A major focus of the meeting will be NMC’s performance in processing mariners’ document requests, including licenses, upgrades and medical reviews.

MM&P has been very active in MERPAC, including in the long debate over the USCG’s medical evaluation process. The union has appeared before Congress and taken its concerns to the Coast Guard Commandant. Members are strongly encouraged to attend this meeting. If you are planning to attend, there are several hotels in the area. The phone number of The Comfort Inn, which has 109 rooms, is 304-263-6200.


JULY-AUGUST ISSUE OF THE MASTER, MATE & PILOT IS NOW ONLINE

The new edition of MM&P’s membership magazine, “The Master, Mate & Pilot,” will be arriving in your mailbox soon. In the meantime, look for it online at www.bridgedeck.org. In this issue of “The Master, Mate & Pilot”:

— an update from MM&P International President Tim Brown on how the union is pushing for more protections for mariners in the face of the upswing in piracy;

— MM&P Government Group member Captain Ed Nanartowich recounts “lessons learned” in years of navigating hospital ship USNS COMFORT;

— MM&P advocates for mariners’ rights as massive backlog of applications and medical evaluations continues at Coast Guard’s National Maritime Center;

— United Inland Group crews new San Francisco ferry;

— recent Government Accountability Office probe does little to dispel controversy surrounding Coast Guard’s administrative law judge (ALJ) program.


MISSING RUSSIAN CARGO SHIP AND CREW FOUND NEAR CAPE VERDE ISLANDS

ARCTIC SEA, the Maltese-flagged cargo ship that went missing two weeks ago, has been found 300 miles off the Cape Verde Islands, according to a spokesperson for the Russian Defense Ministry. A Russian Navy anti-submarine ship has reportedly taken the 15-member crew on board. The disappearance of the merchant ship, which was carrying a cargo of timber, had kept maritime industry observers in several countries baffled for days.

The mystery began on July 24, when the ship reported it had been boarded off the Swedish island of Oland by masked men who identified themselves as police officers. Members of the crew reported they had been beaten by the masked men, who later departed the vessel in an inflatable boat. The Swedish police told journalists later that they had not been searching ships in the area at the time. “We were very puzzled when we first heard about this,” commented Swedish police officer Ingemar Isaksson. “I have never heard of anything like this in Swedish waters.”

Four days later, the ARCTIC SEA made contact with British maritime authorities as it passed through the English Channel. The ship made a routine, mandatory report, saying where it was from, where it was going and what cargo it was carrying. Where the ship was next spotted is uncertain. Russian media reports say that before the vessel was located on Aug. 14, the last contact was on July 29, from the Bay of Biscay.

The cargo of timber was reportedly worth somewhere between $1 and $2 million. Some conjectured that the disappearance of the ship was linked to a financial dispute between the owner of the ARCTIC SEA and a third party. On Saturday, the Finnish, Swedish and Maltese authorities said they were investigating crimes of aggravated extortion and alleged hijacking in relation to the vessel’s disappearance. A spokesman for Finland’s National Bureau of Investigation told a Finnish radio station that at one point during the odyssey, a large ransom demand had been made for its return.


PIRATES FREE ITALIAN TUG

An Italian tugboat and its crew of 16, seized by pirates off the Gulf of Aden in April, have been released, Italian Foreign Minister Franco Frattini said Aug. 9. The ship’s release was the result of “exceptional work” on the part of Somali authorities and the Italians, Frattini said. The pirates had hijacked the Italian-flagged BUCCANEER on April 11. The ship and its crew were reportedly held in the intervening months at a point close to Las Qoray, a fishing village in a disputed area of northern Somalia.


DO YOU KNOW WHAT NPDES AND VGP MEAN?

If not, you may want to take the two-day seminar designed by MITAGS to keep you abreast of recent changes in the environmental regulations that apply to our industry. The first day of the seminar offers a detailed overview of recent changes in domestic and international regulations. The second day focuses on how to develop and submit an EPA vessel general permit (VGP).  The VGP is now required for most vessels operating in U.S. waters. Ample time will be available during the seminar to discuss operational questions. For more information, visit www.mitags.org. If you are interested in taking the seminar, you can enroll on line, or by contacting Mary Matlock in the Admissions Office: admission@mitags.org and 866-656-5568.


NOAA LEADING EXPEDITION TO STUDY WORLD WAR II SHIPWRECKS

This month, NOAA is leading a three-week research expedition to study the wrecks of ships that were sunk in 1942 during the Battle of the Atlantic. The shipwrecks are located in an area off the coast of North Carolina that is known as the “Graveyard of the Atlantic.” It is the resting place of merchant ships, vessels from the U.S. and British naval fleets and German U-boats.

The expedition will help document the condition of the sunken ships as a first step in preserving them. This year’s project will be divided into two phases. Phase one will be conducted by NOAA ship NANCY FOSTER, with MM&P licensed deck officers on board. Using advanced remote sensing technologies, including sidescan and multibeam sonar systems, researchers will attempt to locate several previously undiscovered World War II shipwrecks. NOAA scientists and researchers from the University of North Carolina will also deploy an advanced remotely operated vehicle to take high-definition imagery of the sites.

In the second phase, divers will survey and photograph a British armed trawler, HMT BEDFORDSHIRE, which was sunk by a torpedo fired from a German submarine on May 12, 1942, resulting in the loss of the entire crew. The survey team will also study marine life at the site, which now serves as a vibrant artificial reef. Consistent with U.S. and international policy, the shipwreck is considered a war grave and will not be disturbed during the expedition.


SEPT. 1 DEADLINE FOR D-BOOK APPLICANTS TO SUBMIT PAPERWORK TO GEB

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


DIRECT OBSERVATION FOLLOW-UP AND RETURN-TO-DUTY DRUG TESTING IN EFFECT AUG. 31

Expanded drug and alcohol testing regulations are set to go into effect Aug. 31. The new rules call for direct observation of follow-up and return-to-duty drug tests. The AFL-CIO’s Transportation Trades Department and others had challenged the new rules, alleging they were in violation of Constitutional protections against unreasonable searches and seizures.


MITAGS ACADEMIC NOTES

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


ARPA – Automatic Radar Plotting Aids: 9/22, 10/6

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

BST – Basic Safety Training: 10/5

BRM – Bridge Resource Management: 9/14

BRMP – Bridge Resource Management for Pilots: 8/27

CNAV – Celestial Navigation: 10/19

CHS-BAS – Basic Cargo Handling & Stowage: 10/5

CONSTB – Ship Construction and Basic Stability: 8/17

CONT PLNG – Contingency Planning:  9/17

[CMM – Chief Mate and Master Courses]

CMM-ADVWX – Advanced Meteorology: 9/21

CMM-ADVSTB – Advanced Stability: 9/29

CMM-CHS I: 10/5

CMM-CHS II: 10/12

CMM-ECDIS:  Electronic Chart Display Information Systems: 10/19

CMM-MPP – Marine Propulsion Plants: 8/24

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

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

CMM-SHS-ADV-I – Advanced Shiphandling (week 1):  817, 8/31, 9/14, 9/28, 10/12, 10/26

CMM-SHS-ADV-I I – Advanced Shiphandling (week 2): 8/17, 8/31, 10/5, 10/19

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

ENAV – Electronic Navigation: 9/7

ENVRO-REGS PERMIT – Environmental Regulations In The Maritime Industry / Epa General Permit For Commercial Vessels:  10/7

FF-BADV – Basic and Advanced Fire Fighting Combined: 10/5

HAZ – Hazardous Materials (5-Day) course: 8/31, 10/12

LAP – License Advancement Program (Chief Mate & Master Only): 09/14

LAP – License Advancement Program (Original Third Mate Only): 08/17

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

LNG AWAR – Liquefied Natural Gas Awareness: 8/18

MEDIA RSP – Media Response Workshop: 9/18

MED-DOT-DA – Dept. of Trans Drug & Alcohol Testing: 8/15, 10/17

[MSC – Military Sealift Command]

MSC-CBRD-1 – CBRD Orientation: 8/14

MSC-SMA – Small Arms Training: 9/14

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

ROR-1 – Radar Observer Renewal: 8/24, 9/21, 10/5

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

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

SHS-EMR-5:  Emergency Shiphandling: 10/12

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

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

WKP BAS – Basic Watchkeeping: 9/21

WX BAS – Basic Meteorology: 9/14

…remember: If you can’t make the class, make the call.  Be courteous, don’t be a “no show.”


Check the MITAGS website at www.mitags.org for course descriptions associated with the course title abbreviations, and schedule revisions. For class availability or info on MITAGS courses and programs, contact admissions toll-free at 866-656-5568 or e-mail: admissions@mitags.org.


PMI ACADEMIC NOTES

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

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

September 2009

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


MM&P MARKET WATCH AS OF 8-14-2009

D O W N A S D A Q S & P 500
9,398.19 1,985.52 1,004.09
Fund Name & Trading Symbol
 Closing
Price
 Vanguard Asset Allocation Fund(VAARX)
44.98
 Vanguard 500 Index Fund (VFINX)
92.78
 Vanguard Extended Market Index Fund (VEXMX)
29.22
 Vanguard International Growth Fund (VWIGX)
15.57
 Vanguard Morgan Growth Fund (VMRGX)
13.50
 Vanguard Windsor II Fund (VWNFX)
21.38
 Vanguard GNMA Fund (VFIIX)
10.68
 Vanguard Growth Index Fund (VIGRX)
24.06
 Vanguard High Yield Corporate (VWEHX)
5.16
 Vanguard LifeStrategy Conservative Growth (VSCGX)
14.43
 Vanguard LifeStrategy Growth Fund (VASGX)
18.01
 Vanguard LifeStrategy Income Fund (VASIX)
12.92
 Vanguard LifeStrategy Moderate Growth (VSMGX)
16.60
 Vanguard Target Retirement 2005 (VTOVX)
10.59
 Vanguard Target Retirement 2015 (VTXVX)
10.72
 Vanguard Target Retirement 2025 (VTTVX)
10.56
 Vanguard Target Retirement 2035 (VTTHX)
10.70
 Vanguard Target Retirement 2045 (VTIVX)
11.10
 Vanguard Total Bond Index (VBMFX)
10.29
 Vanguard Total Stock Market Index Fund (VTSMX)
24.73
 Chase Growth Fund (CHASX)
14.34
 Fidelity Asset Manager (FASMX)
12.87
 Fidelity Growth and Income (FGRIX)
14.66
 Fidelity Intermediate bond Fund (FTHRX)
9.96
 Fidelity Magellan Fund (FMAGX)
58.39
 Fidelity Small Company Instl (FMACX)
14.29
 Fidelity Value Fund (FDVLX)
51.36
 Fidelity Equity-Income II Fund (FEQTX)
15.06
 Fidelity Blue Chip Growth Fund (FBGRX)
32.65
 Fidelity Diversified International Fund (FDIVX)
25.68
 Fidelity Dividend Growth Fund (FDGFX)
20.91
 Fidelity Freedom Income (FFFAX)
10.38
 Fidelity Freedom 2000 (FFFBX)
11.02
 Fidelity Freedom 2010 (FFFCX)
11.88
 Fidelity Freedom 2020 (FFFDX)
11.76
 Fidelity Freedom 2030 (FFFEX)
11.48
 Fidelity Freedom 2040 (FFFFX)
6.60
 Fidelity Freedom 2050 (FFFHX)
7.66
 Fidelity Total Bond Fund (FTBFX)
10.23
 Spartan Extended market Index Fund (FSEMX)
27.42
 Spartan US Equity Index Fund (FUSEX)
35.58
 Domini Social Equity Fund (DSEFX)
23.23





~ 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”.



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