Wheelhouse Weekly – August 9, 2016

August 9th 2016

Volume 21 . . . Number 32. . . Aug. 9, 2016


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General Dynamics NASSCO will build the first six ships in the next generation of Military Sealift Command (MSC) fleet oilers, the Navy announced recently.

The ships will provide underway replenishment of fuel and stores to Navy ships at sea, as well as jet fuel for planes assigned to aircraft carriers.

The USNS JOHN LEWIS will be the first in the class of 17 fleet oilers. Construction will begin in 2018.

All the licensed deck officers aboard the new oilers will be represented by the MM&P Federal Employees Membership Group (FEMG).

The John Lewis class (TAO-205) will have a capacity of 156,000 barrels of oil or biofuels. The new vessels will also offer a significant dry cargo capacity. They will be capable of reaching a speed of 20 knots.

NASSCO says it plans to build the 700-foot vessels at its shipyard in Barrio Logan, San Diego. It is expected to take almost two years to design the new oilers.

The company has already received a $640.2 million contract for the lead ship.

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The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has issued a ruling that will make it easier to organize workplaces in which employees are often separated from their actual employers by layers of subcontractors and staffing agencies.

On July 11, the board announced its long-awaited decision in the case of Miller & Anderson, ruling that unions that want to represent bargaining units that include direct employees, “permatemps,” contract workers and other indirect workers that share a “community of interest” are no longer required to get permission from the parent company.

The previous standard, established in 2004 under the George W. Bush administration, required unions to gain parent-employer consent. This made it possible for companies to use staffing agencies and subcontractors as a barrier to organizing drives.

The recent decision affects factories, stores and other workplaces in which one firm employs some workers directly but also contracts with a temp or recruiting firm to hire others.

For more than a decade, a union hoping to organize all those workers into a single bargaining unit had to get permission from each of the employers to do so.

The prospect that all the employers would voluntarily agree to allow their workers to be unionized was, to say the least, highly unlikely.

The majority in the 3-1 NLRB vote agreed. “Anyone familiar with the [National Labor Relations] Act’s history might well wonder why employees must obtain the consent of their employers in order to bargain collectively,” the members observed.

The NLRB has been grappling recently with new forms of employment that undercut the traditional employer-employee relationship that prevailed in 1935, when the National Labor Relations Act was enacted.

An example of this is “the Uber model,” in which workers are designated as independent contractors. They must pay for equipment, insurance, and supplies and they are not entitled to benefits or to protection under wage and hour laws.

Many large employers, including giant multinational food chains, shift responsibility for employees onto franchisees, who can avoid numerous state and federal labor regulations by asserting that they are actually small businesses. This is known as “the McDonald’s model.”

Another example is the use of temporary staffing agencies. One out of six jobs created in the United States since the 2008 recession is a temp job, with wages that average 22 percent less than those of the permanent workers that the temp workers replace. Temp workers generally have no job security, no access to benefits, little or no training and—until the NLRB’s July 11 decision—no right to union representation.

Anti-labor politicians in Congress are working to develop new laws that would undermine the recent ruling on temp workers.

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Former Rep. Steve LaTourette, who served nine terms representing Ohio in Congress before retiring out of frustration with partisan gridlock, died Aug. 3 of pancreatic cancer. He was 62.

A moderate Republican known for seeking bipartisan compromise to promote the public good, he was first elected to Congress in 1994. He worked hard to advance the maritime industry and in particular the U.S.-flag fleet.

From 1995 to 2013, LaTourette represented northeast Ohio’s 19th Congressional District and then the 14th Congressional District.

A member of the House Appropriations Committee, he was a supporter of infrastructure spending and public rail passenger service in an era in which similar programs were not generally popular with Republican members of Congress.

When he announced in 2012 that he would not seek re-election, he told reporters it was because he had had enough of partisan politics.

“It’s been my experience that compromise, cooperation, getting something done, is not rewarded,” LaTourette said at the time.

“During his nine terms in the U.S. House, Steve LaTourette put service and progress above partisan politics,” said Ed Wytkind, president of the AFL-CIO Transportation Trades Department.

“I will forever remember the committee and House floor battles led by Rep. LaTourette in defense of transportation workers’ jobs and rights. Whether the debate involved investing in our transportation system, demanding fair trade policy, or stopping legislation aimed at weakening worker protections or bargaining rights in our laws, Rep. LaTourette repeatedly stood on the side of working people. On a personal level, Steve was a good friend whose good humor and sharp wit made the difficult grind of Washington, D.C., a bit easier to endure.”

“During a time of fierce partisanship and gridlock in Washington, Rep. LaTourette will always reflect the best that public service has to offer: setting ideology aside to find solutions to the problems faced by all Americans. Today, more than ever, we need more of the people we elect to embrace the legacy of Steve LaTourette.”

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Helen Delich Bentley, a journalist, politician and maritime industry advocate, died Aug. 6 at her home in Timonium, Md. She was 92.

In 2006, then-Maryland Gov. Bob Ehrlich renamed the Port of Baltimore for her as a gesture of appreciation for her efforts to boost the port and the city.

Her start in the maritime industry came in 1945, when she became the maritime editor of The Baltimore Sun.

She later hosted a television series about the port of Baltimore, “The Port That Built a City and State.”

The series, which ran from 1950 to 1965, was a behind-the-scenes view of the industries and workers that made Baltimore one of the leading ports in the nation.

She then moved into politics, representing the state of Maryland as a Republican in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1985 to 1995. She served as a member of the Merchant Marine and Fisheries Committee during all five terms and was consistently a strong advocate for U.S. manufacturing.

She ran for governor in 1994 but lost in the Republican primary. She was later named chair of the Federal Maritime Commission.

Sharp-tongued, witty and eccentric, she remained extremely active in her later years and was a frequent presence at maritime industry events, including several MM&P conventions.

Bentley advocated for the preservation of the World War II-era Liberty Ship SS JOHN W. BROWN, and worked to bring the vessel to Baltimore.

In 2002, at the age of 78, she attempted a political comeback, seeking election to her old House seat, but was defeated by Democrat Dutch Ruppersberger.

She received many honors over the years, including induction in 2004 into the International Maritime Hall of Fame in New York.

“She fought for jobs and she fought for the little people and she always put people and their opportunity to earn a living over petty partisan politics,” said Sen. Barbara Mikulski.

“Helen was a fighter and she believed in constituent service and she took on bureaucracy and foreign governments to get jobs in our community.”

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MM&P President Don Marcus and Secretary-Treasurer Steve Werse will join Atlantic Ports Vice President Don Josberger at the Offshore Membership Meeting at the New York/New Jersey Hall on Wednesday, Sept. 7.

All Offshore members in the area are encouraged to attend the meeting, which will start at 1100.

The New York/New Jersey Hall is located at 570 Broad Street, Suite 701, Newark, NJ 07102. The phone number is 201-963-1900.

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MM&P President Don Marcus and Secretary-Treasurer Steve Werse will join Atlantic Ports Vice President Don Josberger to inaugurate the new MM&P Charleston Hall on Thursday, Sept. 15, at 1200. An Offshore membership meeting will follow. All members in the area are urged to attend.

The MM&P Charleston Hall is located at 1481 Tobias Gadson Blvd., Suite 2C, Charleston, SC 29407-4794. The phone number is 843-766-3565.

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The Offshore Familiarization Course will be held in the New York/New Jersey Hall on Tuesdayand Wednesday, Sept. 6-7. On Sept. 6, the class begins at 0900.

On Sept. 7, the class begins at 0830 with the Labor History section of the course presented by MM&P President Don Marcus.

All Offshore members—not just applicants—are encouraged to participate in the course on Sept. 7.

It will be followed by an Offshore Membership Meeting at 1100 with Don Marcus, Secretary Treasurer Steve Werse and Atlantic Ports Vice President Don Josberger.

Interested applicants should sign up for the Familiarization Course by calling the hall at 201-963-1900. (There is no need to sign up if you are attending just the Labor History part of the course and the membership meeting on Sept. 7.)

The New York/New Jersey Hall is located at 570 Broad Street, Suite 701, Newark, NJ 07102.

There is no sea-time requirement to take the course. All Offshore applicants, potential transferees from other membership groups and other interested Offshore members are encouraged to take the course as soon as possible.

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Welcome to the great outdoors! It’s camping season and Labor 411 has put together a great list of camping supplies that features American union-made products. So read below, kick back in the sun and know that your trip’s got the union stamp of approval.

For your union-made s’mores: Honey Maid Graham Crackers; Campfire Marshmallows; Chocolate–Ghirardelli or Hershey (check for made in U.S.A. label on Hershey).

USA Coffee Company, Millstone Coffee, Eight O’Clock Coffee, Folgers and Maxwell House are all produced by unionized American workers. The same is true for Swiss Miss and Ghirardelli hot cocoa. Pack all your food in a Rubbermaid cooler.

Weber grills are among the highest rated in the industry and the Weber Genesis, Summit and Q series are all made in the United States by union workers.

Don’t forget your sunscreen. Coppertone and Bain de Soleil are both made by union members who work right here in the United States. Then, kick back and relax in an Algoma Net hammock.

There are numerous choices when it comes to union-made boots: Wolverine; Danner; Double-H; Red Wing; Thorogood; and Wood N’ Stream.

Buy them at The Union Boot Pro: or call toll free 1-800-723-5384. (The Union Boot Pro offers life-time discounts to union members.)

Take some tools along, just in case: Channellock; Craftsman; Ridgid; Stanley Hand Tool; Black & Decker; and SnapOn are all union-made.

For a list of online purveyors of union-made clothes, go to or shop All American Clothing Co. or Carhartt.

For hunters in the group, remember that Remington and Colt firearms are made by unionized workers.

And finally, see our long list of union-made board games:

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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:

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.

AB – 8/22/16, 10/17/16

AIS-1 – Automatic Identifications Systems Orientation: Contact Admissions

ARPA-OIC – Automated Radar Plotting Aids: 9/27/16, 1/24/17

AZIPOD 2-Day – 11/14/16, 3/6/17

BRM-35 – Bridge Resource Management: 10/31/16, 1/30/17

BRMP –Bridge Resource Management for Pilots: 11/14/16, 3/6/17

BRMP-EMR –Bridge Resource Management for Pilots with Emergency Shiphandling: Contact Admissions

BT – Basic Safety Training: 8/15/16, 10/10/16, 1/23/17

BT-Revalidation (2-day) – 8/22/16, 10/31/16, 3/9/17

BT-Refresher (3-day) – 10/30/16, 3/9/17

CHS-OIC – Cargo Handling Basic: 11/14/16

[CMM – Chief Mate and Master Courses]

ADVNAV-CMM – Advanced Navigation (=ECDIS & VPEN): Contact Admissions

ADVSTB-CMM – Advanced Stability: 10/17/16, 1/16/17

ADVWX-CMM – Advanced Meteorology: 11/7/16, 1/9/17, 3/13/17

CHS-CMM – Advanced Cargo Operations (2 weeks): 10/24/16

ECDIS – Electronic Chart Display Information System: 8/15/16, 9/12/16, 10/10/16, 11/28/16,12/19/16, 1/23/17, 3/27/17

LMS – Leadership and Managerial Skills (Management Level – Formerly MCL-CMM 8/15/16,8/22/16, 8/29/16, 9/12/16, 10/3/16, 10/31/16, 11/14/16,11/28/16, 12/5/16, 12/12/16,12/19/16, 1/30/17, 2/20/17

MPP-CMM – Marine Propulsion Plants: 9/19/16

SEC-APPS – Practical Defense Tactics: 10/31/16, 3/13/17

SHMGT-CMM- Ship Management (2 weeks): 10/3/16

SHS-ADV-I-CMM – Advanced Shiphandling (week 1): 8/15/16, 9/12/16, 10/24/16, 11/7/16,12/5/16, 1/16/17, 2/6/17, 3/6/17, 3/20/17

SHS-ADV-II-CMM – Advanced Shiphandling (week 2): 8/22/16, 9/19/16, 10/31/16, 11/14/16,12/12/16, 1/23/17, 2/13/17, 3/13/17, 3/27/17

**SHS-ADV-I & II now approved to include SAR-CMM assessments at MITAGS effective immediately. Both weeks must be taken together in order to complete SAR-CMM**

VPEN-CMM – Voyage Planning & Electronic Navigation: 9/12/16, 3/20/17

WKP-CMM – Advanced Watchkeeping: 9/26/16

CNAV-OIC – Celestial Navigation: 10/24/16

CONT PLNG – Contingency Planning Workshop: Contact Admissions

CRISIS-COMMS – Crisis Communications: 3/2/17

DDE – Great Lakes: 1/30/17

DPA – Contact Admissions

ECDIS-OIC – Contact Admissions

ECDIS for Pilots – 11/14/16, 2/28/17

ERM – Engine Resource Management: 8/22/16, 9/26/16, 10/24/16, 11/14/16, 11/28/16, 12/5/16, 12/12/16, 12/19/16, 2/27/17

FF-BADV – Fire Fighting Combined Basic & Advanced: 8/15/16, 10/10/16, 1/23/17

FF-ADV-REV – Advanced Fire Fighting Revalidation & Refresher: 3/7/17

FSM – Fatigue, Sleep, & Medications: 9/20/16, 10/3/16

GL-Pilot – Great Lakes Pilotage Familiarization: 1/6/17

GMDSS – Global Maritime Distress and Safety System: 8/22/16, 3/6/17

HAZ – Hazardous Materials (5 day): 8/29/16, 12/5/16

LAP- 9/19/16, 2/13/17

LAP-Great Lakes – License Advancement Program – Great Lakes: 1/9/17

LAP-ORG3rd – License Advancement Program for Original 3rd Mate, Oceans, Any Gross
Ton License: 12/5/16

LEG – Legal Aspects of Pilotage: 9/21/16, 11/15/16

LNG-TPIC – 12/5/16

LTS –Leadership and Teamworking Skills (Formerly MCL-OIC): 9/26/16, 10/26/16*, 11/14/16*, 12/19/16*, 2/13/17 (*Evening Session)

MEECE – Management of Electrical and Electronic Control: 8/29/16, 9/19/16, 10/17/16, 11/7/16, 11/28/16, 12/5/16, 12/12/16, 12/19/16

MED-PIC – Medical Person in Charge: 11/7/16, 12/12/16, 1/9/17, 3/20/17

MED-PIC-REF– Medical Person in Charge Refresher: 8/29/16, 10/3/16, 1/30/17

MED-PRO – Medical Care Provider: 11/7/16, 11/28/16, 12/12/16, 1/9/17, 3/20/17

MED-DOT-DA – Dept. of Transportation Drug & Alcohol Testing: 8/28/16, 11/12/16, 12/17/16, 1/14/17, 3/6/17

MSA –Maritime Security Awareness: Contact Admissions

[MSC – Military Sealift Command Courses]

MSC-CBRD-1 – Military Sealift Command Chemical, Biological, Radiological Defense Orientation (Basic): 10/17/16, 2/23/17

MSC-DC – Military Sealift Command Damage Control: 10/18/16, 2/21/17

*MSC-ENVPRO – 10/16/16, 2/26/17

*MSC-FF-HELO – 8/22/16, 10/31/16, 3/9/17

MSC-SMA – Military Sealift Command Small Arms Qualification: 8/14/16, 10/23/16, 1/9/17, 2/27/17

*MSC-Security Watch Basic – 10/20/16, 2/24/17

*MSC-Security Watch Advanced – 8/13/16, 10/22/16, 1/13/17, 3/3/17

*MSC-Ship’s Reaction Force – 8/18/16, 10/27/16, 1/16/17

NSAP-MMP – Navigational Skills Assessment Program-MM&P – 10/25/16

ROR-1 – Radar Observer Renewal: 9/26/16, 1/23/17

ROR-1N – Radar Observer Renewal Evening Classes: 8/24/16, 9/21/16, 10/5/16, 10/19/16, 11/2/16, 11/9/16, 11/16/16, 11/30/16, 12/7/16, 12/14/16, 1/11/17, 2/1/17, 2/8/17, 2/22/17, 3/8/17, 3/22/17

ROU-OIC – Radar Observer Program – Unlimited: 1/16/17

SAR-OIC – Search & Rescue – 11/7/16

SHS-BAS-OIC – Basic Shiphandling: 8/29/16, 10/17/16, 2/20/17

SHS-EMR5 – Emergency Shiphandling-5 Day: 10/3/16, 11/28/16, 2/20/17

SMS – 12/19/16

STB-OIC – Ship Construction and Basic Stability: 1/9/17

TCNAV/CO – Terrestrial Navigation and Compasses: 1/30/17

TPIC – Tankerman Person in Charge: 2/13/17

TRAC-TUG-2: Contact Admissions

TTT – 12/12/16

VPDSD – Vessel Personnel with Designated Security Duties: Contact Admissions

VSO – Vessel Security Officer: 9/7/16, 10/22/16, 2/14/17

WKP-OIC – Watchkeeping (Operational Level): 10/3/16, 2/20/17

WX-OIC –Meteorology (Operational Level): 9/19/16, 3/20/17

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Please also see our schedule and enroll online at For registration contact our registrar, Mary McGhee: 206.838.1126 or

August 2016

15th Radar Renewal
15-19 Leadership & Managerial Skills
22-26 ECDIS
22-26 MEECE
22-2 GMDSS
29-2 Leadership & Managerial Skills

September 2016

7th Leadership & Teamworking Skills
12-16 Basic Cargo Handling & Stowage
12-16 Engine Resource Management
12-16 MEECE
12-23 GMDSS
19-23 ECDIS
19-23 Medical Care Provider
19-23 Leadership & Managerial Skills
19-30 Celestial Navigation
19-30 Medical Person-In-Charge
26-30 MEECE

October 2016

3-7 Leadership & Managerial Skills
3-7 Medical Care Provider
3-14 License Preparation
10-14 Radar Observer Unlimited
10-14 Engine Resource Management
10-14 MEECE
10-21 GMDSS
17th Radar Renewal
17-21 Leadership & Managerial Skills
17-21 Basic Stability
18-21 ARPA
24-28 Leadership & Managerial Skills
24-28 Tankerman Person-In-Charge
24-28 MEECE
31-1 Search & Rescue
31-4 Leadership & Managerial Skills
31-4 Engine Resource Management

November 2016

7th Radar Renewal
8th Leadership & Teamworking Skills
14-18 ECDIS
14-18 Leadership & Managerial Skills
14-18 Engine Resource Management
14-18 MEECE
28-2 Medical Care Provider
28-9 Medical Person-In-Charge
28-9 GMDSS

December 2016

5th Radar Renewal
5-9 Leadership & Managerial Skills
5-9 Engine Resource Management
12-16 ECDIS
12-16 Leadership & Managerial Skills
12-16 MEECE
19-23 Tankerman Person-In-Charge

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