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Wheelhouse Weekly – February 01, 2010

February 1st 2010

 

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

Volume 14 . . . . . Number 5. . . .February 1, 2010

STORIES COVERED

REMINDERS

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.


A MESSAGE TO PARTICIPANTS IN THE MM&P OFFSHORE PENSION PLAN

On Thursday, Jan. 28, MM&P Plans issued an update on the status of the MM&P Offshore Pension Plan that was distributed by e-mail to all recipients of The Wheelhouse Weekly. The update listed the changes to Plan benefits and the conditions that have been agreed to by the union trustees and the employer trustees, following the determination that the Plan is now in the “critical” or “red” zone.

“These changes have been under debate and have been the subject of great anxiety for everyone involved for over a year,” said MM&P International President and Plans Chairman Tim Brown. “They reflect the changes in our economy and the new realities with which all American workers are being forced to come to grips. The revisions to our pension plan that we have hammered out with our contracted employers will enable us to better safeguard our retirement security and move on to the other challenges that confront MM&P.”

In April, MM&P Plans will send out required legal notices to all participants in the Offshore Pension Plan detailing the changes. In the meantime, MM&P Plans will mail Plan participants explanatory information which will also be posted in the Members Only pages of www.bridgedeck.org.

A notice will be published in the Wheelhouse Weekly each time that new information regarding the Offshore Pension Plan is posted in the Members Only pages of www.bridgedeck.org.


COAST GUARD CLARIFIES POLICY ON DELAYED ISSUE OF CREDENTIALS

The Coast Guard has issued a statement clarifying the conditions under which it will delay issuance of a merchant mariner credential (MMC) so as to closely coincide with the expiration date of the credential that is currently being held. Delayed issuance is intended to help avoid the problem known as “license creep.”

Mariners should request “delayed issuance” when they fill out application form 719B. The Coast Guard says that requests received after the application has been accepted will be considered on a case-by-case basis and that any requests received after the credential has already been issued will be denied. The Coast Guard says that when a mariner requests delayed issuance, it will hold the credential in ready-to- print status for up to twelve months from the date on which it is accepted for processing. The date on which the credential is “accepted for processing” is usually the date on which the application is received by a regional exam center.

Credentials will be issued approximately one month prior to the expiration date of the current credential. The agency says it can’t accommodate requests for specific issue dates or delay the issuance of specific endorsements.


A NOTE FROM THE MM&P INTERNATIONAL PRESIDENT ON THE HAITIAN RELIEF EFFORT

The maritime unions–SIU, MEBA, AMO and MM&P–have made a commitment to aid in the emergency help and rescue efforts in Haiti. I know that this fund is a bit late and many of you have already made your own contribution to the Haitian relief effort.

The union itself will contribute directly to the AFL-CIO effort in aiding Haiti. If you would like to make a contribution, your check should be made out as follows:

AFL-CIO SOLIDARITY CENTER EDUCATION FUND

Please mail your check to MM&P, 700 Maritime Blvd., Suite B, Linthicum, MD 21090-1953. I intend to have all these checks plus the union’s contribution turned over to the AFL-CIO on Feb. 26 in Orlando, Fla.

Timothy A. Brown
International President


OBAMA’S PRO-UNION NOMINATIONS TO LABOR RELATIONS BOARD STALLED

Anti-labor members of Congress, including both Republicans and Democrats, are waging a so-far largely unpublicized but highly successful battle to block President Obama’s pro-labor nominees to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). An article detailing the situation, by writer Steven Hill and labor lawyer Dmitri Iglitzin, was published in the Jan. 20 issue of The Nation.

Since taking office, Obama has nominated two Democrats and one Republican to join the two sitting members, one a Democrat and the other a Republican, on the five-member NLRB. If Obama’s nominations are approved by majority vote in the Senate, the NLRB will be controlled by labor-friendly Democrats for the first time since the Clinton Administration. “To understand what is at stake, it’s necessary to understand the potential power of the NLRB, a little-known administrative agency,” say the authors of the article in The Nation.

“The President appoints and the Senate confirms members to this body, and an NLRB on which Obama appointees constitute a majority could overturn a number of key decisions issued by the Bush Administration-appointed board,” the article continues. “Most legal scholars believe that the NLRB has the authority to enact procedural changes that could, among other things: drastically shorten the time frame for holding union elections; eliminate cumbersome pre-election procedures that allow employers to dispute who is eligible to vote in such elections; require the employer to turn over employee names, addresses and phone numbers early in any union organizing drive; require equal access to both workers and the workplace for unions during campaigns; and increase the penalties on companies that violate their workers’ legal rights. The NLRB could also make it easier for workers to unionize based on a card check showing of majority support–just as the Employee Free Choice Act would.”

The two Democrats appointed by President Obama are union advocate Mark Pearce and Craig Becker, now associate general counsel to the Service Employees International Union and the AFL-CIO.

“President Obama could not have selected better candidates than Mark Pearce and Craig Becker to fill the vacancies on the Board,” said MM&P International Counsel Gabriel A. Terrasa. “I know both of them very well. They are labor law scholars who not only know the laws well, but also understand the historical realities that precipitated their enactment. Their addition to the Board would be a victory for employees in this country who over the past decade have seen a significant diminution of their rights under our labor laws,” Terrasa said.

“To date, none of Obama’s NLRB appointees have been confirmed by the Senate; they remain mired in political quicksand,” Hill and Iglitzin write in The Nation. Without a stronger push from the White House, few are expecting this battle to conclude anytime soon. And without more pressure from unions, the grassroots and labor-supportive Beltway forces, the Obama Administration feels little compulsion to move. Observers say the battle over nominations to the NLRB, even more than the Employee Free Choice Act, may be what really determines the extent of labor’s gains under Obama.

“I encourage all of our members to call their senators and demand action on the nominations of Mark Pearce and Craig Becker,” says MM&P Counsel Terrasa.


SENATE COMMITTEE BEGINS CONSIDERATION OF MARAD NOMINEE

David Matsuda, President Obama’s nominee for Maritime Administrator, testified Wednesday before the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation in the first round of what is expected to be a quick and easy confirmation process. During his testimony, Matsuda recognized the contributions made by the American merchant marine to the global economy and U.S. security. He also expressed support for short sea shipping programs to relieve congestion on the nation’s highways. MM&P International President Tim Brown and MIRAID President Jim Patti have applauded Matsuda’s nomination and expressed strong support for his quick confirmation by the Senate.


JAPAN OCEAN POLICY GROUP PREDICTS HUGE SHORTAGE OF SEAFARERS BY 2050

A dramatic increase in the amount of world cargo moved by water will lead to a 364,000-person shortfall in the ranks of professional mariners by 2050, according to the Ocean Policy Research Foundation (OPRF), a Tokyo-based think tank. The prediction appears in the group’s most recent industry overview, “Maritime Society in the Era of Global Warming: A Message from the Year 2050.” The predicted shortfall in professional mariners is based on the group’s expectation that maritime trade will increase by a factor of 2.5 between 2005 and 2050 and that the number of mariners in 2050 will be approximately the same as it was in 2005. OPRF scientists also warned that if more funds are not directed towards the development of low-emission vessels, the rise in maritime traffic will translate into a dramatic increase in the industry’s contribution to global warming.


TWO ACCIDENTS LINKED TO USE OF OUT-OF-DATE CHARTS

The London P&I Club says that two recent incidents, one in which a ship’s anchor struck an underwater cable and another in which a ship struck a wreck, are evidence that out-of-date charts are still a contributory cause of shipping accidents. In the most recent issue of its Stop Loss Bulletin, the club describes how one of its insurance surveyors found an old edition of a chart in use on a ship that had damaged a telecommunications cable. “The first assumption was that, if the anchor had contacted the cable, then it must have been because it was dragging and the ship had not been able to recover the anchor in due time. However, the club-appointed surveyor quickly established that the ship had, in fact, anchored directly over the cable but that the bridge team had been completely unaware of the hazard beneath them….”  An old chart was also in use aboard the second ship, which was damaged when it struck a hazardous wreck despite the fact that “a chart correction showing the wreck had been issued some three years previously.”


PORT ARTHUR OIL SPILL UPDATE

The Coast Guard reports that the response to the collision and oil spill from the tankship EAGLE OTOME is continuing. Of the 11,000 barrels of crude oil spilled, over 6,000 have been recovered or have evaporated or dispersed naturally. The response team includes 27 oil skimmers, 23 oil vacuum vehicles, 61,850 feet of containment boom and approximately 800 people. Over-flights indicate the oil slick has spread due to shifting winds and strong currents, and that some of the oil has floated into Keith Lake. The Sabine-Neches Waterway has been opened to limited traffic and the damaged tanker has been moved safely from the channel. Six oiled birds have been reported: a cormorant, two pelicans and a heron are being treated and cleaned; one cormorant and one kingfisher were found dead.


KINGS POINT SEEKING SUPERINTENDENT

The U.S. Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point is looking for a new superintendent. The full time, permanent position pays up to $180,000 annually. The superintendent is responsible for the development of scholastic standards and effective and economical operation of the academy’s facilities. The job application period closes April 19. To apply for the position, go to: http://tiny.cc/KingsPoint


MONONGAHELA REFLOATED

The Maritime Administration says that the MONONGAHELA, one of the government-owned obsolete ships stored in the James River Fleet, has been refloated. The ship ran aground Nov. 13 after a three-day storm with hurricane force winds caused it to break free of its mooring and drift into shallow water. “The Maritime Administration took extraordinary and careful measures to free this ship,” said Acting Maritime Administrator David Matsuda in an official statement. “We are looking at exactly how this happened and what we need to do to make sure it doesn’t happen again.” Now that the MONONGAHELA has been refloated and pulled back into deeper water, the ship will be inspected and towed to its proper mooring site in the James River Reserve Fleet where it will be re-anchored and firmly secured. 


MAN CONVICTED IN LNG TANKER-LASER BEAM CASE

A Massachusetts man has been convicted of shining a laser beam into a police helicopter that was escorting an LNG tanker through Boston Harbor to the Distrigas Terminal in Everett. The incident forced the police on board the helicopter to abandon their mission. The man was convicted of one count of willfully interfering with an aircraft operator with reckless disregard for human life and one count of making false statements.

The pilots were eventually able to determine that the beam was coming from the man’s third-floor apartment in Medford, Mass. When questioned by police, the man denied owning any lasers; police later found 10 in his apartment. The charge of interfering with the operation of an aircraft carries a maximum penalty of 20 years’ imprisonment, a five-year term of supervised release and a $250,000 fine. The charge of making false statements carries a maximum penalty of five years’ imprisonment, a three-year term of supervised release and a $250,000 fine.


OPENING FOR PILOT AT ST. LAWRENCE SEAWAY PILOTS’ ASSOCIATION

The St. Lawrence Seaway Pilots’ Association (SLSPA) is soliciting applications from individuals interested in a position as a Lake Ontario pilot. Applicants can call SLSPA at (315) 654-2900 for information regarding the application process, send an e-mail to slspilots@aol.com or submit an application directly to the selection committee at the following address: Capt. Dewitt Withington, St. Lawrence Seaway Pilots’ Association, P.O. Box 274, Cape Vincent, NY  13618.


MITAGS LNG AWARENESS COURSE SCHEDULED FOR APRIL 26-30

A course to familiarize LNG terminal personnel with liquefied gas tanker safety and cargo operations will be held at MITAGS April 26-30. Participants will have the opportunity to familiarize themselves with the operation of terminal equipment, such as pumps, hard arms, gas compressors, vaporizers, heat exchangers and shore storage tanks. Classroom training will be enhanced with opportunities for hands-on application using the cryogenic simulator. Students who successfully complete the course will have a basic understanding of the properties and hazards of liquefied gas, cargo containment systems, terminal equipment, cargo equipment and instrumentation, safety precautions and measures, ship/shore interface and emergency procedures. For more information or to register, contact Bob Becker at (443) 989-3235 or by e-mail: rbecker@mitags.org.


SUNY MARITIME HOSTS FREE CONFERENCE FEB. 2

SUNY Maritime presents its Fifth Annual Conference on Cutting Edge Issues in Shipping on Tuesday, Feb. 2. The day will begin with a complimentary breakfast. There will be morning and afternoon sessions. Speakers include the president of the Society of Maritime Arbitrators. Topics include new technology and its impact on information overload in the maritime industry, how to improve the efficiency of voyage management operations using new technologies to fight pirates. For more information, visit: http://www.sunymaritime.edu/


MITAGS ACADEMIC NOTES

CLASS OPENINGS: Between now and the end of March 2010, as of the Friday before this publication, seats are available in the following courses:

AB- Able Bodied Seaman: 2/8

ARPA – Automatic Radar Plotting Aids: 3/8

BRM � Bridge Resource Management: 2/8, 3/15

BRMP – Bridge Resource Management for Pilots: 3/11

[CMM – Chief Mate and Master Courses]

CMM-ADVSTB � Advanced Stability: 2/8

CMM-ADVWX – Advanced Meteorology: 3/15

CMM-MPP � Marine Propulsion Plants: 3/8

CMM-SHMGT I – Ship Management (week 1) : 2/22

CMM-SHMGT II � Ship Management (week 2): 3/1

CMM-SHS-ADV-I – Advanced Shiphandling (week 1): 2/1, 2/15, 3/15, 3/29

CMM-SHS-ADV-I I – Advanced Shiphandling (week 2): 2/22, 3/29

CMM-VPEN – Voyage Planning and Electronic Navigation: 3/22

CMM-WKP – Advanced Watchkeeping: 2/15

CONSTB � Ship Construction and Basic Stability: 2/15

ECDIS/ENAV for PILOTS (2-day): 3/9

ENAV � Electronic Navigation: 3/15

ENVRO-REGS PERMIT – Environmental Regulations In The Maritime Industry / Epa General Permit For Commercial Vessels: 3/31

FSM � Fatigue, Sleep & Medications: 3/11

FF-BADV – Basic and Advanced Fire Fighting Combined: 2/1

GMDSS – Global Maritime Distress and Safety Systems: 2/22

LAP-ORD3rd � License Advancement Program for 500-1600 ton Third Mate: 2/15

LEG – Legal Aspects of Pilotage: 3/10

[MSC-Military Sealift Command Courses]

MSC CBRD-1 � CBRD Orientation: 4/2

MSC-DC � Damage Control (Special Evening Course): 3/29 to 4/1

MSC-SMA � Small Arms Training: 3/29

MED-DOT-DA – Dept. of Trans Drug & Alcohol Testing: 2/20, 3/20

MED-PIC – Medical Person in Charge: 2/15, 3/15

MED-PRO – Medical Care Provider: 2/15, 3/15

ROP-5 – Radar Observer Original or Renewal: 2/8

ROR-1 – Radar Observer Renewal: 3/08

SEC-VCF – Security Officer: Vessel, Company & Facility: 3/8

SHS-EMR5 – Emergency Shiphandling: 2/15, 3/22

SHS-BAS � Basic Shiphandling: 3/1

SHS-ESH-BRMP3 – 3-Day Emergency Shiphandling-Bridge Resource Management for Pilots: 3/8

TPIC – Tankerman Person-In-Charge: 2/8

WX-BAS � Basic Meteorology: 3/8

WKP BAS � Basic Watchkeeping 3/22

…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

February 2010

2-4 Security VCF
4-5 Search & Rescue
8-12 Radar Observer Unlimited
15-19 ECDIS
22 Radar Renewal

March 2010

1 Security Refresher
1-5 Medical Care Provider
2-4 Security VCF
8-12 Electronic Navigation
15-26 GMDSS
15 Flashing Light
22 Radar Renewal
22-26 Basic Meteorology
23-26 ARPA
23-9 Celestial Navigation

April 2010

5-9      Tankerman Person-In-Charge
12-16   ECDIS
12-16   Medical Care Provider
12-16   Basic Stability
12-23  Medical Person-In-Charge
19-23  Basic Cargo Handling
26-30 Basic Shiphandling
26-7    GMDSS


MM&P MARKET WATCH AS OF 1-29-2010

D O W N A S D A Q S & P 500
10,120.46 2,147.35 1,073.87
Fund Name & Trading Symbol
 Closing
Price
 Vanguard Asset Allocation Fund(VAARX)
47.49
 Vanguard 500 Index Fund (VFINX)
98.97
 Vanguard Extended Market Index Fund (VEXMX)
31.57
 Vanguard International Growth Fund (VWIGX)
16.13
 Vanguard Morgan Growth Fund (VMRGX)
14.44
 Vanguard Windsor II Fund (VWNFX)
23.10
 Vanguard GNMA Fund (VFIIX)
10.75
 Vanguard Growth Index Fund (VIGRX)
26.07
 Vanguard High Yield Corporate (VWEHX)
5.48
 Vanguard LifeStrategy Conservative Growth (VSCGX)
15.02
 Vanguard LifeStrategy Growth Fund (VASGX)
19.02
 Vanguard LifeStrategy Income Fund (VASIX)
13.32
 Vanguard LifeStrategy Moderate Growth (VSMGX)
17.38
 Vanguard Target Retirement 2005 (VTOVX)
10.92
 Vanguard Target Retirement 2015 (VTXVX)
11.12
 Vanguard Target Retirement 2025 (VTTVX)
11.04
 Vanguard Target Retirement 2035 (VTTHX)
11.24
 Vanguard Target Retirement 2045 (VTIVX)
11.63
 Vanguard Total Bond Index (VBMFX)
10.48
 Vanguard Total Stock Market Index Fund (VTSMX)
26.49
 Chase Growth Fund (CHASX)
14.69
 Fidelity Asset Manager (FASMX)
13.65
 Fidelity Growth and Income (FGRIX)
15.50
 Fidelity Intermediate bond Fund (FTHRX)
10.30
 Fidelity Magellan Fund (FMAGX)
61.51
 Fidelity Value Fund (FDVLX)
55.35
 Fidelity Equity-Income II Fund (FEQTX)
15.81
 Fidelity Blue Chip Growth Fund (FBGRX)
35.90
 Fidelity Diversified International Fund (FDIVX)
26.54
 Fidelity Dividend Growth Fund (FDGFX)
22.78
 Fidelity Freedom Income (FFFAX)
10.72
 Fidelity Freedom 2000 (FFFBX)
11.32
 Fidelity Freedom 2010 (FFFCX)
12.29
 Fidelity Freedom 2020 (FFFDX)
12.24
 Fidelity Freedom 2030 (FFFEX)
11.99
 Fidelity Freedom 2040 (FFFFX)
6.91
 Fidelity Freedom 2050 (FFFHX)
8.03
 Fidelity Total Bond Fund (FTBFX)
10.61
 Spartan Extended market Index Fund (FSEMX)
29.64
 Spartan US Equity Index Fund (FUSEX)
38.01
 Domini Social Equity Fund (DSEFX)
25.11





~ Reminders ~



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”.



The MM&P Wheelhouse Weekly is the official electronic newsletter of the International Organization of Masters, Mates, and Pilots, ILA, AFL-CIO, 700 Maritime Blvd. Suite B, Linthicum Heights, MD 21090-1953. Phone: 410-850-8700; Fax: 410-850-0973; Email: iommp@bridgedeck.org. For further info or to subscribe contact Lisa Rosenthal at lrosenthal@bridgedeck.org. The Wheelhouse Weekly is sent via Email to MM&P-contracted vessels at sea and is posted on our web page.

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