Wheelhouse Weekly – August 18, 2000

August 18th 2000


Bridging the Information Gap With E-News You Can Use

VOLUME 4. . . . . NUMBER 33. . . August 18 2000



MM&P-contracted Patriot Contract Services has been informed by the Military Sealift Command that the four LMSRs currently managed by Bay Ship Management which are homeported in Norfolk shall be turned over to PCS on the following schedule:

 USNS YANO  Oct.23-29
 USNS SHUGART  Nov.13-19

“This acquisition brings the number to 6 vessels with 5 more scheduled and all 11 will be crewed by MM&P Licensed Deck Officers,” said Offshore VP-Gulf Glen Banks, who is running unopposed for MM&P Secretary-Treasurer.

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On July 31, the Region 19 Director (Seattle) of the National Labor Relations Board, issued a Second Supplemental Decision on Exceptions with regard to the election held at Brusco Tug and Barge. Paul Eggert, the Regional Director upheld the Hearing Officer’s Recommendations in upholding the MM&P’s position contrary to the Employer’s exceptions.

He found that 3 voters, who the Employer had tried to get in as eligible voters were not because they did not work in the bargaining unit. Two of them had been working in a different unit in California and were transferred temporarily to the Cathlamet facility. One other voter was found ineligible who worked almost exclusively on Bo Brusco’s yacht. The Decision also affirmed the eligibility date to be on payroll as originally set.

The Regional Director also ruled against Brusco by finding that a mate was eligible to vote. This person has been working as relief captain and it was on that basis that the Employer challenged his vote. Brusco failed to introduce any evidence that the mate, acting as relief captain, exercised any supervisory authority. The Director also dismissed the Employer objections that alleged that the Union engaged in improper electioneering.

Finally, the Decision found that the Employer had engaged in unlawful conduct when it gave wage and benefit increases shortly before the election and ordered that if the Union, upon opening of the remaining two ballots does not win the election, a new election would be conducted because of the unlawful Employer conduct. The Union is presently ahead in the ballot by two votes.

Brusco’s attorneys have again appealed this decision by filing a Request for Review of the Decision. The Request will be considered by a three member panel of the five member Board. The decision should be forthcoming within a month to two months. Until then, the ballots will be held without being opened in the Regional Office. If the Board denies the Employer’s request, which is expected, the two ballots will be opened and if at least one of those is for the Union, the MMP will be certified as the bargaining representative.

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MSC and MM&P have agreed to eliminate ROS (A) as a work rule on MSC vessels. In addition, management agreed to restore the four hours of overtime per week for Masters that were reduced in the T-ATF MOU of May 1999.

This agreement has been a long time coming and is the result of much hard work by Union Representative Randi Ciszewski. Randi has been in negotiations with MSC for over one year. She also represents MEBA CIVMAR Members. The abolishment of ROS (A) on the negotiating table last summer after numerous grievances were being filed due to the inconsistent application of ROS (A) work rules implemented by MSC.

ROS (A) work rules were put into affect on all MSC ships in the 80s in an attempt to reduce costs through work week adjustments when in port. Basically, a ship placed in ROS was one that was active, could be overseas or CONUS, but in port for 7 days or more. Although a full crew was assigned, the workweek could be staggered to begin on any day at any hour. This flexible schedule provided MSC a significant cost savings in OT/PT. Through her partnering efforts with management, Ciszewski was successful in producing a win-win agreement. If you have any questions about the abolishment of ROS (A), contact Ciszewski at (201) 433-7700 or via Email at:

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MITAGS heavy weather instructor Michael Carr reports that he has tested new hurricane tracking software called “Global Tracks” and says it appears to be a very useful tool for mariners. He installed Global Tracks onto his laptop computer and through its Internet connection downloaded hurricane and tropical storm activity for both the Atlantic and Pacific.

These text updates were converted to graphic display within Global Tracks showing hurricane movement, wind radius and position coordinates. Global Tracks also allows downloads of satellite imagery from the Internet (GOES) and manual plotting of hurricane data, if necessary. Winds radius of 34, 50, 64, 100 knots are plotted at 12, 24, 36, 48, & 72 hour times.

Carr says this program is easy to learn and use. Within an hour of installation he was downloading data from Internet and manipulating various displays. He also says Global Track’s features and abilities match MITAGS’ Heavy Weather Avoidance teaching and recommendations as well as recommendations in National Hurricane Center’s just published Hurricane Manual.

Product Info: Global Tracks ( is produced and sold by Weather Graphic Technologies ( Phone: 888-388-0070 to order. Cost is approx. $65. For further questions contact Michael Carr at For more info on MITAGS weather related programs please consult the MITAGS website at:

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Ballots will be mailed to all members eligible to vote on Mon., August 21. To be counted, ballots must be received at the collection facility by close of business on Mon., November 20. The ballot count will take place at MITAGS on Tuesday, November 21, 2000. Following is a listing of all candidates for all elective positions, in the order that their names will appear on the ballot:

International President: Timothy A. Brown

International Secretary-Treasurer: Glen P. Banks

Atlantic & Gulf Maritime Region Membership Group

  • Vice President: Luis Ramirez; Clay R. Broward
  • Delegate: Clay R. Broward; Theresa L. Swan

Great Lakes & Rivers Maritime Region Membership Group

  • Vice President: William Rabatsky
  • Delegate: Robert B. Flannigan

Offshore Membership Group

  • VP-Atlantic: Fred H. Schick; Richard W. May
  • VP-Gulf: Robert H. Groh; James F. Hill
  • VP-Pacific: Donald Marcus; Louis A. Mendez; John Forsberg
  • Delegates (vote for no more than 18): Timothy M. Carey; William D. Good; Paul H. Nielsen; David C. Haa; Mark D. Remijan; Sepp Kislinger; John P. Kelley; Joseph A. Novellino; Paul E. Godot; Robert James Crawford; Barry V. Costanzi; Howard E. Davenport; Peter Bailey; Gerald Gordon; Edward B. Higgins; Mark G. Mahoney; John Muir; Glen M. Paine; David H. Boatner; Wilbur J. Dahn III; Eric P. Franzen; Lawrence T. Lyons; Richard Plant; William L. Dunford; Patrick O’Leary; Paul F. McQuarrie; Steven Michael Slead; Stanley M. Willis; Steven R. Werse; Fred H. Schick; John R. Walton.
  • Alternate Delegates (vote for as many as you wish): John L. Bergin Jr.; David H. Williams; Bruce R. Elfast; John Forsberg; William Toohey III; James T. Hopkins Jr.; Thomas P. Sullivan; Donald J. Marcus; Kevin J. McHugh; Robert H. Groh; William J. Mahoney; Richard W. May; Robert Darley Jr.; Charles R. Pillsbury; Mark J. Nemergut; Peter J. Parise; James K. Staples; Gary R. Schmidt; Joseph M. Fernandez.

Pacific Maritime Region Membership Group

  • Vice President: Steven J. Demeroutis; William W. Lowery
  • Delegates (vote for no more than 4): Darrell R. Kimmerly; Michael A. Santini; William H. Williamson; Robert F. Dillon; John Emmel; Danny R. Eaton; George M. Brereton; Gary J. Fredback; William J. Lyness; Michael E. Cahill; Raymond W. Shipway.

Pilot Membership Group

  • Vice President: George A. Quick
  • East Coast Regional Representative: Timothy J. Ferrie
  • West Coast Regional Representative: Arthur J. Thomas
  • Gulf Coast Regional Representative: Richard D. Moore
  • East Coast Alternate Convention Delegate: Peter G. Rooss
  • West Coast Alternate Conv. Delegate: Kenneth J. Carlson Jr.
  • Gulf Coast Alternate Conv. Delegate: Mark Delesdernier Jr.
  • At-Large Alternate Convention Delegate: Brian H. Hope

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Besides nominating Vice President Al Gore and Senator Joseph Lieberman as the Democratic Party candidates for President and Vice President in the November elections during its National Convention held in Los Angeles earlier this week, the Democratic Party also developed and adopted a platform which includes a reference to maritime in its section titled “Transforming Our Military – Deploying America’s Technological Edge.”

Party platforms are used to establish guiding principles for the political party and for the party’s candidates, and to address a wide range of topics from the obscure to those which spark massive public and political debate.

Regarding the US maritime industry, the Democratic Party Platform has stated as part of its policy that:

“We must also ensure that investment in the infrastructure needed to support the military, including our maritime capability, is not ignored. And we must ensure a competitive workforce maintaining high-skilled workers and training programs that will ensure the capability to respond to national security emergencies and defense readiness.”

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  • 8/26: CBRD 1-DAY
  • 8/28-9/01: EINS
  • 9/05-08: SMALL ARMS
  • 9/11-15: MED-1st; BRM; GMDSS-REF; COMP-APS
  • 9/16 CBRD-1 DAY
  • 9/18-22: TPIC; COMP-NET
  • 9/18-09/29: GMDSS
  • 9/20: CPR NITE
  • 9/25-9/29: ROP; EINS
  • 9/30: ROR 1-DAY
  • 9/25 to 10/27: LAP

For an application or for further info, check the MITAGS website at or contact: Mary Matlock, MITAGS Admissions, Voice: 410-859-5700 ext. 3246; Fax: 410-859-5181; Email:

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We have received requests from members at sea to include the Dow Jones Industrial Average and NASDAQ Composite Index closing numbers for the week. Since the Wheelhouse Weekly is usually distributed before the markets close on Friday, the numbers cited will be from Thursday’s close unless otherwise specified.



+146.88 for the week



+180.88 for the week

We have also received requests to list the following five funds that are representative of many members’ IRAP holdings in Vanguard Mutual Funds. Space limitations preclude listing additional funds at this time. In future weeks, the change up or down for the week will also be indicated for the stock averages quoted above and the mutual funds listed below:

 Vanguard 500 Index Fund


+3.34 for the week

 Vanguard Extended Market Index Fund


+1.30 for the week

 Vanguard International Growth Fund


+0.33 for the week

 Vanguard Morgan Growth Fund


-0.14 for the week

 Vanguard Windsor II Fund


+0.50 for the week

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The MM&P Wheelhouse Weekly is being produced under MM&P election guidelines which have been previously published and may be found in their entirety on the MM&P website. The 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: For further info contact John Peige at 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 under “News” at:

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