Wheelhouse Weekly – August 28th, 2018

August 29th 2018

Volume 23… Number 35… Sept. 4, 2018


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Labor Day 2018:


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The mid-term elections are just a few months away.

We need to elect members of Congress who will support the U.S.-flag fleet and keep U.S. maritime jobs from becoming outsourced.

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A federal district court judge in Washington Saturday struck down key provisions of three executive orders issued recently by President Trump.

“While the President has the authority to issue executive orders that carry the force of law with respect to federal labor relations,” the judge wrote, “no such orders can operate to eviscerate the right to bargain collectively…”

The executive orders issued by President Trump would have weakened grievance procedures to make it much easier to fire federal workers.

They also directed government officials to negotiate collective bargaining agreements that would make it harder for unions to carry out their legally required duty of representing bargaining unit members.

In their lawsuit against the White House, the unions argued that the executive orders were illegal because federal law requires that rules be negotiated between government agencies and federal unions—not unilaterally imposed.

“We are very pleased that the court agreed that the president far exceeded his authority, and that the… federal work force will be protected from these illegal, politically motivated executive orders,” a spokesperson for a coalition of government workers unions said in a statement.

“The judge rightly found that the president is not above the law and cannot, through these blatantly anti-union and anti-worker executive orders, eviscerate employee rights,” Tony Reardon, president of the National Treasury Employees Union (NTEU) said.

NTEU and the American Federation of Government Employees have reported that the president’s attempts to cut government workers’ pay and weaken unions are encouraging more people to become dues-paying union members.

Since Saturday’s court ruling, the unions have demanded that the administration immediately reverse the executive orders, which have already been implemented in several agencies.

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Arizona Republican senator and Vietnam War veteran John McCain died on Aug. 25.

His military and public service career spanned six decades, including over five years as a prisoner of war in Vietnam.

A graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, he followed his father and grandfather, both four-star admirals, into the U.S. Navy.

He became a naval aviator and flew ground-attack aircraft from aircraft carriers.

He retired from the Navy as a captain in 1981 and moved to Arizona, where he entered politics.

In 1982, he was elected to the House of Representatives, where he served two terms.

He entered the U.S. Senate in 1987 and won reelection five times.

He lost a presidential primary fight in 2000 to George W. Bush.

He was the Republican nominee for president in 2008, losing to Barack Obama.

His naval career and support for the military notwithstanding, McCain was a vocal opponent of the Jones Act, the law that protects the jobs of all American mariners by mandating that cargo moving between two U.S. ports be carried on U.S.-flagged, U.S.-built ships crewed by U.S. citizens.

McCain chose Barack Obama and George W. Bush–the two men who defeated him in his bids for the White House–to eulogize him.

Bush has called McCain a “patriot of the highest order” and a “public servant in the finest traditions of our country.”

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California Republican Congressman Duncan Hunter was indicted by a federal grand jury in San Diego last week on allegations that he used campaign funds for personal expenses.

Following the indictment, Hunter agreed to step down from his congressional committee assignments.

He and his wife are also charged with filing false campaign finance records with the Federal Election Commission.

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People who work in the maritime industry are still being scapegoated after accidents at sea.

The Nautilus Federation has been leading the fight to make sure that seafarers are treated fairly and that THEIR RIGHTS ARE RESPECTED.

We urgently need your help to carry on this fight.

PLEASE take a few minutes to complete a brief, confidential survey, the results of which will be presented to the International Maritime Organization.

The survey is posted at

It is open to all 90,000 members of Nautilus Federation unions and will be live until Dec. 31.

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Vermont Independent Sen. Bernie Sanders will introduce legislation that would require highly profitable giant employers such as Amazon, Walmart and McDonald’s to cover the cost of the taxpayer-funded assistance given to their employees.

The median Amazon worker earned $28,446 last year, and many live on taxpayer-funded public assistance programs. (The company’s founder, Jeff Bezos, is the richest man in the world. His net worth in 2017: $157 billion.)

Sanders says his legislation would require giant retailers to fully cover the cost of food stamps, public housing, Medicaid and other federal assistance received by employees.

The goal: force corporations to pay a living wage and reduce the annual total of about $150 billion in taxpayer dollars that go to funding federal assistance programs for low-wage workers.

“At a time of massive wealth and income inequality, the gap between the very rich and everyone else continues to grow wider,” Sanders said.

As many as one in three Amazon employees in Arizona receive food stamps; in Pennsylvania and Ohio, the figure is about one in 10.

“While Mr. Bezos is the most egregious example, the Walton family of Walmart and many other billionaire-owned profitable corporations also enrich themselves off taxpayer assistance while paying their workers poverty-level wages,” Sanders said.

His bill would impose a 100 percent tax on government benefits received by workers at companies with 500 or more employees.

For example, if an Amazon employee receives $300 in food stamps, Amazon would be taxed $300.

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“This Labor Day, working people in every corner of the country have good reason to be proud,” says AFL-CIO President Rich Trumka.

“Our movement is on the rise. We are marching and striking and organizing. We are refusing to accept business as usual.

“For decades, corporations have tried to keep us weak and divided. They have rigged the economy to work for the few at the expense of the many. They have tried to destroy our unions and pit us against each other. And too many of America’s leaders have done their bidding, waging an assault on our most fundamental freedoms.

“But we have never looked to corporations or politicians to validate our movement. The rights of working people have always been won and sustained by our own desire and passion for change.

“Our power lies in the hundreds of thousands of workers carrying new union cards–three-quarters of them younger than 35. It lies in the tens of millions more who would vote today to join a union if given the chance.

“Our movement’s capacity for change lies in the workers across the country who are standing together, marching together and fighting together, arms locked in unflinching solidarity.

“We have the power to create the fair economy and just society that we deserve. And that means making our voices heard loud and clear on the campaign trail.

“We are mobilizing nationwide to defeat corporate-backed politicians and fill the halls of power with genuine allies of working families. We already have proven what we can do on the campaign trail, from Virginia to Alabama to Pennsylvania.

“We are unleashing the largest and most strategic member-to-member political program in our history, sparking change by doing what organizers do best: talking to each other.

“As you celebrate with your brothers and sisters this Labor Day, take care to remind them how much is at stake this year: from our paychecks and benefits to our dignity on the job.

“Victory in the mid-term elections in November will be delivered by conversations between friends, family and co-workers.

“More than anyone, you have the ability to win hearts and minds and ensure that working people have a say in the future of our country.”

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The Liberty Ship SS JOHN W. BROWN needs help on Sept. 1 for a Living History trip.

The captain is especially in need of deckhands with AB endorsement. As many as four ABs are needed.

If you would like to volunteer, please e-mail Diane: or

Please direct any questions to Diane: or

The SS JOHN W. BROWN is one of only two remaining fully operational Liberty ships that participated in World War II.

Through the efforts of talented and dedicated volunteers, coupled with the generous financial support of members and friends, SS JOHN W. BROWN continues to educate by operating as a historic museum ship, furnishing visitors with a unique opportunity to experience the “living history” of the World War II merchant marine.

The ship is berthed at Pier 1, 2020 S. Clinton St., Baltimore, MD 21224.

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Attention all MM&P members in the greater Los Angeles Area!

Once again this year, MM&P will be participating in the Annual Labor Day March and Rally.

The march will be held on Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 3.

Members will meet at 0900 at the MM&P Hall at 533 N. Marine Ave., Suite A, Wilmington, and head over one block to assemble for the march at the corner of “E” and Broad.

The parade starts at 1000.

When the march ends, hot dogs and drinks will be served at the rally at Banning Park. There will be speakers, music and more!

Come one, come all, and bring your family members and friends!

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All MM&P union halls, the MM&P Plan Office, the MM&P Federal Credit Union and MM&P headquarters will be closed on Monday, Sept. 3, for Labor Day.

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MITAGS-PMI is interested in receiving photo submissions from MM&P members for use on the official MITAGS-PMI social media platform.

The goal is to document members’ voyages. As suggestions, photos can be of events and sights onboard, crewmembers at work or scenic locations.

If you are interested in sharing photos, please send them with caption information to or

Be sure to tell us whether you would like to be credited for the photo.

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MITAGS needs your current address! Have you moved recently? Did you remember to send MITAGS your new address for communications regarding courses? Please send your current contact information to or to the fax number below. New dedicated fax line for Admissions only: 1-443-568-1928. For all other MITAGS business, please continue to use: 410-859-5181.

For class availability or information on MITAGS courses and programs, contact Amanda Meadows, Admissions Coordinator, toll-free at 866-656-5568 or by e-mail:

Why not try our on-line calendar to register for class:

For Merchant Mariner Credential (MMC) processing, MMC problem resolution advice, STCW compliance and VA GI-Bill questions, contact MITAGS-PMI Student/Instructional Services Manager Jennifer Pitzen at 206-739-0720 (direct line); (888) 893-7829 (toll free); or by e-mail:

Please include your Mariner Reference Number, date of birth and the last four digits of your social security number in all emails.

Please note the special addition to our on-campus schedule of MSC classes marked with an asterisk (*), which are not normally scheduled to be held at MITAGS.

**Classes are 5-day unless otherwise noted**

AB – 10/15/18

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

ARPA-OIC (4-Day) – Automated Radar Plotting Aids: 9/25/18

AZIPOD (2-Day) – 10/15/18

BRM-35 – Bridge Resource Management: 9/24/18, 10/29/18

BRMP –Bridge Resource Management for Pilots (2-Day): 12/19/18

BRMP-EMR –Bridge Resource Management for Pilots with Emergency Shiphandling – (Now also included in BRMP-Refresher) (3-Day): 10/17/18

BRMP-Refresher (Now including Emergency Shiphandling for Pilots) (3-Day) – 9/11/18

BT – Basic Safety Training: 10/22/18, 1/14/19, 4/8/19

BT-Revalidation (2-day) (Must have 1 year of sea service in last 5 years) – 9/26/18, 10/31/18, 12/18/18

BT-Refresher (3-day) – 9/26/18, 12/17/18

CHS-OIC – Cargo Handling Basic: Contact Admissions

[CMM – Chief Mate and Master Courses]

ADVSTB-CMM – Advanced Stability: 9/24/18, 12/10/18, 1/14/19, 3/11/19, 6/10/19

ADVWX-CMM – Advanced Meteorology: 9/17/18, 12/3/18, 1/7/19, 4/8/19, 6/3/19

CHS-CMM – Advanced Cargo Operations (10 Days): 10/1/18

CM-OPS 1 – Chief Mate Operations – Week 1: 10/1/18

CM-OPS 2 Maersk – Chief Mate Operations II Maersk Specific: 10/8/18

ECDIS – Electronic Chart Display Information Systems: 11/12/18

LMS – Leadership and Managerial Skills (Management Level – Formerly MCL-CMM): 11/26/18

MPP-CMM – Marine Propulsion Plants: 10/15/18

SEC-APPS – Practical Defense Tactics: 10/1/18

SHMGT-CMM- Ship Management: 10/29/18

SHS-ADV-I-CMM – Advanced Shiphandling (week 1): 9/10/18, 10/1/18, 11/5/18, 11/26/18

SHS-ADV-II-CMM – Advanced Shiphandling (week 2): 9/17/18, 10/8/18, 11/12/18, 12/3/18

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

VPEN-CMM – Voyage Planning & Electronic Navigation: 10/22/18

WKP-CMM – Advanced Watchkeeping: 9/10/18

CNAV-OIC (10-Day) – Celestial Navigation: Contact Admissions

CONT PLNG – Contingency Planning Workshop (1-Day): Not currently scheduled

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

CRSMGT – Crisis Management and Human Behavior (1-Day) – Not currently scheduled

CDMGT – Crowd Management (1-Day) – Not currently scheduled

CSE – Confined Space Entry (3-Day): Contact Admissions

CSE-AWR – Confined Space Entry Awareness (2-Day): Contact Admissions

DDE – Great Lakes (20-Day): 1/21/19, 6/3/19

DPA (2-Day) – Contact Admissions

ECDIS for Pilots (2-Day) – 12/17/18

ERM – Engine Resource Management: 11/26/18

FF-BADV – Fire Fighting Combined Basic & Advanced: 10/22/18, 1/14/19, 4/8/19

FF-ADV-Rev (1-day) (Must have 1 year of sea service in last 5 years) – Advanced Fire Fighting Revalidation: 9/25/18, 10/30/18, 12/20/18

FF-ADV-REF (2-day) – Advanced Fire Fighting Refresher: 9/29/18, 12/15/18

FSM – Fatigue, Sleep, & Medications (1-Day): 9/11/18

GL-Pilot – Great Lakes Pilotage Familiarization (2-Day): 1/18/19

GMDSS – Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (10-Day): Not currently scheduled

HAZ – Hazardous Materials (5 day): 12/10/18

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

LAP – License Advancement Program for Mate to Master (20-Day): 9/17/18, 2/25/19

LAP-Great Lakes – License Advancement Program – Great Lakes (20-Day): 1/21/19

LAP-ORG3rd – License Advancement Program for Original 3rd Mate, Oceans, Any Gross
Ton License (15-Day): Contact Admissions

LEG – Legal Aspects of Pilotage (1-Day): 9/12/18

LNG-TPIC (10-Day) – 12/3/18

LTS –Leadership and Teamworking Skills (Formerly MCL-OIC) (1-Day): Contact Admissions

MEECE – Management of Electrical and Electronic Control Equipment (Assessments not included): 12/3/18

MED-PIC – Medical Person in Charge (10-Day): 10/8/18, 11/26/18, 1/21/19, 3/18/19, 5/6/19

MED-PIC-REF– Medical Person in Charge Refresher: 9/17/18

MED-PRO – Medical Care Provider: 10/8/18, 11/26/18

MED-DOT-DA – Dept. of Transportation Drug & Alcohol Testing (1-Day): 9/24/18, 10/13/18, 10/29/18, 12/1/18, 12/21/18

MSA –Maritime Security Awareness: Not currently scheduled

[MSC – Military Sealift Command Courses]

MSC-CBRD-1 – Military Sealift Command Chemical, Biological, Radiological Defense Orientation (Basic) (1-Day): 9/12/18, 11/14/18

MSC-DC – Military Sealift Command Damage Control (2-day): 9/13/18, 11/12/18

*MSC-ENVPRO (1-Day) – 11/4/18

*MSC-FF-HELO (2-Day) – 10/31/18

MSC-SMA – Military Sealift Command Small Arms Qualifications (4-Day): 9/17/18, 11/5/18

*MSC-Security Watch Basic (1-Day) – 9/15/18, 11/2/18

*MSC-Security Watch Advanced (1-Day) – 9/16/18, 11/3/18

*MSC-Ship’s Reaction Force (3-Day) – 9/21/18, 11/9/18

NSAP-MMP – Navigational Skills Assessment Program-MM&P (2-Day) – 11/12/18, 11/14/18, 12/17/18, 12/19/18

ROR-1 – Radar Observer Renewal (1-Day): 9/24/18

ROR-1N – Radar Observer Renewal Evening Classes (1-Night): 10/3/18, 10/17/18, 10/31/18, 11/7/18, 11/14/18, 11/28/18, 12/5/18, 12/12/18, 12/19/18

ROU-OIC – Radar Observer Program – Unlimited: 9/17/18, 1/7/19

SAR – Search & Rescue – (Now with OIC and CMM assessments) (3-Day): 12/17/18

SHS-BAS-OIC – Basic Shiphandling: 10/22/18

SHS-EMR5 – Emergency Shiphandling (5 Day) – 9/24/18, 10/29/18, 12/10/18, 2/25/19, 4/1/19

SMS – Successful Safety Management (2-Day) – Not currently scheduled

STB-OIC – Ship Construction and Basic Stability: Contact Admissions

TCNAV/CO – Terrestrial Navigation and Compasses (15-Day): Contact Admissions

TPIC – Tankerman Person in Charge: Contact Admissions

TRAC-TUG-2 (2-Day): Contact Admissions

TTT – 9/17/18

VPDSD – Vessel Personnel with Designated Security Duties (1-Day): Contact Admissions

VSO – Vessel Security Officer (3-Day): Contact Admissions

WKP-OIC – Watchkeeping (Operational Level) (10-Day): Contact Admissions

WX-OIC –Meteorology (Operational Level): Contact Admissions

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Summer-Fall 2018

For registration, contact our admissions department: 206.441.2880 or

Please also see our schedule and enroll online at

September 2018
4th Flashing Light
5-7 Security Officer – Vessel, Company, and Facility
6th Advanced Firefighting Revalidation
7-8 Basic Training Revalidation
7-10 Basic Training Refresher
10th Radar Renewal
10-14 Basic Training
10-21 License Preparation (OICNW)
17-20 Advanced Firefighting
17-21 ECDIS
20-21 Basic Training Revalidation
21st Vessel Personnel w/ Designated Security Duties (VPDSD)
24th Advanced Firefighting Revalidation
24-28 Medical Care Provider
24-5 Medical Person-In-Charge

October 2018
4-5 Basic Training Revalidation
4-8 Basic Training Refresher
8th Radar Renewal
8-12 Leadership & Managerial Skills
8-12 Basic Training
9th Advanced Firefighting Revalidation
8-12 Pilot Exam Preparation
15-18 Advanced Firefighting
15-19 ECDIS
15-19 Engine Resource Management (ERM)
18-19 Basic Training Revalidation
19th Medical DOT
22nd Advanced Firefighting Revalidation
22-26 MEECE
22-2 Celestial Navigation
31-1 Basic Training Revalidation
31-5 Basic Training Refresher

November 2018
2nd Advanced Firefighting Revalidation
5th Radar Renewal
5-8 Advanced Firefighting
5-9 Basic Training
12-14 Security Officer – Vessel, Company, and Facility
13-16 Advanced Firefighting
16th Medical DOT
16th Vessel Personnel w/ Designated Security Duties (VPDSD)
19-20 Basic Training Revalidation
21st Advanced Firefighting Revalidation
26-30 Radar Observer Unlimited
29-30 Basic Training Revalidation

December 2018
3rd Advanced Firefighting Revalidation
3-7 Leadership & Managerial Skills
3-7 Medical Care Provider
3-14 Medical Person-In-Charge
10-13 ARPA
10-14 Basic Training
14th Radar Renewal
14th Medical DOT
14-18 Basic Training Refresher
17-18 Basic Training Revalidation
17-20 Search & Rescue
18-21 Advanced Firefighting
19th Advanced Firefighting Revalidation

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