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Wheelhouse Weekly – February 08, 2010

February 8th 2010

 

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

Volume 14 . . . . . Number 6. . . .February 8, 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.


MM&P CLOSED FOR PRESIDENTS’ DAY FEB. 15; PACIFIC PORTS ALSO CLOSED FEB. 12

MM&P union halls, MM&P Plans, MM&P headquarters and the MM&P Federal Credit Union will be closed on Monday, Feb. 15, for Presidents’ Day. In addition, all Pacific Ports will be closed Feb. 12 for Lincoln’s Birthday.


MM&P CONTINUES COLLECTING FUNDS FOR HAITIAN RELIEF

The maritime unions–SIU, MEBA, AMO and MM&P–have made a commitment to contribute to the efforts now underway to aid the people of Haiti. MM&P will contribute directly to the AFL-CIO effort. If you would like to make a contribution, please make your check payable to:

AFL-CIO SOLIDARITY CENTER EDUCATION FUND

Please mail your check to MM&P, 700 Maritime Blvd., Suite B, Linthicum, MD 21090-1953. MM&P International President Timothy Brown will give the donations, along with the union’s contribution, to the AFL-CIO on Feb. 26 in Orlando.


MESSAGE FOR 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.

“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.

Whenever new information on the pension plan is posted in the Members Only pages of www.bridgedeck.org, a notice to that effect will be published in The Wheelhouse Weekly.


FOUNDATION FOR STCW CONVENTION AND CODE REVISION NOW IN PLACE

The International Maritime Organization Subcommittee on Standards of Training and Watchkeeping (STW) has approved draft amendments to the International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers (the STCW Convention), and its associated Code. The proposed amendments will be submitted for adoption to a diplomatic conference in Manila on June 21-25.

The proposed amendments mark the first major revision of the two instruments since 1995. MITAGS Executive Director Glen Paine participated in the U.S. delegation to the meetings, and MM&P Pilots Vice President George Quick was on the International Transport Workers Federation delegation, which represented the interests of labor.

Among the proposed amendments are numerous important changes to each chapter of the Convention which ultimately will affect MM&P members, including:

— Chapter I (general): mandatory medical fitness standards for seafarers;

— Chapter II (deck officers): For the first time, IMO certification requirements for able seafarer (deck); a reduction in celestial navigation requirements, updated automatic radar plotting aids and radar requirements; additional requirements for  marine environment awareness training, leadership and teamwork, and vessel-traffic-services training;

— Chapter III (engine department): revised near-coastal license provisions; additional marine environment awareness training and leadership and teamwork training; upgrading of required competences for engineers; and new certification requirements for able seafarer (engine) which will replace QMED;

— Chapter IV (radio-communications/personnel): updated to reflect current regulations, including reference to the International Aeronautical and Maritime Search and Rescue (IAMSAR) Manual;

— Chapter V (training standards): additional competence requirements for personnel serving on board all types of tankers, including LNG ships; additional regulations for personnel on “ro-ro passenger” and “passenger ships”;

— Chapter VI (emergency and safety): new requirements for security training, as well as provisions to ensure that seafarers are properly trained to cope if their ship comes under attack by pirates;

— Chapter VII (alternative certification): addition of requirements for certification of able seafarers and specifications for approved seagoing service and training required for certification of candidates at support level (unlicensed) in various functions; and

— Chapter VIII (watchkeeping): expanded requirements on hours of work and rest, which have not been finalized and will be the subject of further debate in Manila, and new requirements for the prevention of drug and alcohol abuse.

The subcommittee also approved for submission to the June conference a number of draft resolutions, including guidelines for: international standards of medical fitness for seafarers; attracting new entrants to the industry and retaining seafarers; promoting the participation of women in the industry; verification of ship manning levels; ensuring the competency of masters and officers on ships operating in polar waters.

The subcommittee also completed its review of the principles for establishing the safe manning levels of ships and agreed a draft resolution on Principles of Minimum Safe Manning that has detailed provisions for determining manning levels in a transparent manner, which would replace the current Principles of Safe Manning [resolution A.890 (21), as amended]. The draft resolution will be submitted to the Maritime Safety Committee for approval in December, subject to comments by the Subcommittee on Safety of Navigation in July.

The subcommittee also endorsed proposed draft amendments to SOLAS regulation V/14 to require Administrations to take into account the guidance on minimum safe manning adopted by IMO (with a footnote referring to the Assembly resolution on Principles of Minimum Safe Manning), with a view to approval by MSC 88, subject to comments made by NAV 56. It is hoped that the combination of the new Assembly resolution and the amendment to SOLAS will lead to ships being manned at a level that addresses the actual workload required to safely operate the ship in the trade in which it is engaged.


ANTI-PIRACY GROUP SAYS HIJACKED SHIPS NOT USING PROPER SAFETY PRECAUTIONS

The United Nations’ Contact Group on Piracy off the Coast of Somalia warned last month that ships that are taken by pirates are rarely in compliance with the “best practices” it recommends. The measures include increased lookouts, zigzagging maneuvers, razor wire and use of fire pumps. The group, which has been operational for a year, also announced it had approved a multi-purpose fund to help countries in the region fight piracy, with the main purpose being to build capacity in their criminal-justice systems to prosecute suspects. The group says, however, that the long-term solution to piracy off the Somali coast lies in creating a stable and economically viable Somalia.


BERMUDA-FLAGGED TANKER STRIKES FISHING BOAT OFF SCOTLAND

A fishing boat was struck last week off the west coast of Scotland by an 88-meter tanker ship, the MS LEESWIG. The accident is under investigation. To warn the tanker, the fishing boat, which was hauling in nets when it was struck, showed its lights and then attempted to alter course to starboard. Damage was above the water line and the four crewmembers were reported to be safe.


PIRATES RELEASE MV FILITSA

Somali pirates last week released MV FILITSA, a Greek-owned cargo ship which had been held since Nov. 10 of last year. The ship had been hijacked 470 miles northeast of the Seychelles. There were no reports of injuries among crew of 22.


SAN FRANCISCO BAR PILOT TRAINEE PROGRAM ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS

Applications are being accepted for the next San Francisco Bar Pilot Trainee Program exam, scheduled for June 28. Applications must be received by April 30. For more information, contact Nancy Bennett at the Board of Pilot Commissioners: Nancy.Bennett@bopc.ca.gov; Board of Pilot Commissioners for the Bays of San Francisco, San Pablo and Suisun, Pier 9, Suite 102 San Francisco, CA 94111; (415) 397-2253 (phone) or (415) 397-9463 (fax).


OPENING 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.


ALLEN GARFINKLE NEW DIRECTOR OF SF PILOT COMMISSIONERS BOARD

The Board of Pilot Commissioners for the Bays of San Francisco, San Pablo and Suisun has announced the appointment of Allen Garfinkle to serve as its executive director. Garfinkle will have direct responsibility for all Board personnel and the Board’s administrative functions including the licensing and relicensing of San Francisco bar pilots and inland pilots, the Board’s trainee training and pilot continuing education programs, and the Board’s investigation of maritime incidents involving licensed pilots.

Garfinkle, a member of MM&P, is a graduate of the California Maritime Academy and of the University of San Francisco School of Law. He holds an unlimited master’s license and is a member of the State Bar of California. After graduating from Cal Maritime, he sailed as a deck officer on tankers, bulk carriers and container ships. He joins the pilot commission from Matson Navigation Co., having served as master of ten ships in the fleet during his 21 year career with Matson, most recently the SS MAUI.

“Capt. Garfinkle is an experienced mariner with a deep understanding of the maritime industry including the pilot service industry,” said Board President Knute Michael Miller. “He has strong analytical and adjudication skills, and a track record of success in endeavors key to the mission of the Board. He is a lifelong Bay Area resident and is deeply motivated to facilitate commerce while protecting safety and the local waters.”


MM&P’S NEW OFFICE OPENS IN OAKLAND

The MM&P San Francisco Hall opened in its new location on Monday, Feb. 1. Thanks to all who helped with the move. Special thanks to MM&P Representative Sandy Candau, Applicant Lee Dortzbach and Port Agent Bill McKinley. The joint MEBA/MM&P Hall is located at 548 Thomas L. Berkley Way, Oakland CA 94612, one block away from the 19th Street BART Station.


MM&P IRAP AND 401(K) NEWS

At their meeting on Jan. 27 and 28, the Board of Trustees of the MM&P IRAP agreed to add a “loan feature” to the 401(k) plan effective July 1. Only active participants may apply for a loan; new loans are issued by deducting the loan amount pro-rata from each of the participant’s selected investment options; the minimum loan amount is $1,000 and a participant may have no more than two outstanding loans at any time which, according to IRS limitations, may not exceed the lesser of 50 percent of the participant’s total account balance or $50,000; a participant must apply for a loan before taking a “hardship withdrawal”; loan repayments must be made by ACH debit from the participant’s bank account and repayments of both principal and interest are invested according to the investment options selected for new contributions; loan term limits are five years for general purpose loans and 10 years for home purchase loans; loan interest rate is the prime rate plus 1 percent.

Participants will be ineligible for new loans if they have defaulted on a previous loan. More information will be provided as administrative procedures are worked out with Fidelity Management.

The trustees also agreed to add an optional Roth 401(k) feature to the IRAP Plan, but only for active participants whose employers agree to set up the payroll and other administrative procedures necessary to separately account for pre-tax contributions to the existing 401(k) plan and post-tax contributions to the new Roth 401(k) plan.

Finally, the trustees agreed to open a new “window period” to allow participants to transfer their accumulated share account balances in the managed portfolio as of Dec. 31, 2008, to the Vanguard Self-Directed Investment Program. The Plan Office will distribute more information on these options.


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:

ARPA – Automatic Radar Plotting Aids: 3/8

BRM � Bridge Resource Management: 3/15

BRMP – Bridge Resource Management for Pilots: 3/11

[CMM – Chief Mate and Master Courses]

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): 2/15, 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

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

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

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

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 2-5-2010

D O W N A S D A Q S & P 500
10,012.23 2,141.12 1,066.19
Fund Name & Trading Symbol
 Closing
Price
 Vanguard Asset Allocation Fund(VAARX)
47.29
 Vanguard 500 Index Fund (VFINX)
98.29
 Vanguard Extended Market Index Fund (VEXMX)
31.19
 Vanguard International Growth Fund (VWIGX)
15.69
 Vanguard Morgan Growth Fund (VMRGX)
14.39
 Vanguard Windsor II Fund (VWNFX)
22.83
 Vanguard GNMA Fund (VFIIX)
10.80
 Vanguard Growth Index Fund (VIGRX)
25.95
 Vanguard High Yield Corporate (VWEHX)
5.45
 Vanguard LifeStrategy Conservative Growth (VSCGX)
14.98
 Vanguard LifeStrategy Growth Fund (VASGX)
18.85
 Vanguard LifeStrategy Income Fund (VASIX)
13.33
 Vanguard LifeStrategy Moderate Growth (VSMGX)
17.28
 Vanguard Target Retirement 2005 (VTOVX)
10.89
 Vanguard Target Retirement 2015 (VTXVX)
11.05
 Vanguard Target Retirement 2025 (VTTVX)
10.95
 Vanguard Target Retirement 2035 (VTTHX)
11.13
 Vanguard Target Retirement 2045 (VTIVX)
11.51
 Vanguard Total Bond Index (VBMFX)
10.50
 Vanguard Total Stock Market Index Fund (VTSMX)
26.29
 Chase Growth Fund (CHASX)
14.59
 Fidelity Asset Manager (FASMX)
13.54
 Fidelity Growth and Income (FGRIX)
15.36
 Fidelity Intermediate bond Fund (FTHRX)
10.33
 Fidelity Magellan Fund (FMAGX)
61.04
 Fidelity Value Fund (FDVLX)
54.94
 Fidelity Equity-Income II Fund (FEQTX)
15.60
 Fidelity Blue Chip Growth Fund (FBGRX)
35.81
 Fidelity Diversified International Fund (FDIVX)
25.74
 Fidelity Dividend Growth Fund (FDGFX)
22.59
 Fidelity Freedom Income (FFFAX)
10.69
 Fidelity Freedom 2000 (FFFBX)
11.29
 Fidelity Freedom 2010 (FFFCX)
12.20
 Fidelity Freedom 2020 (FFFDX)
12.13
 Fidelity Freedom 2030 (FFFEX)
11.85
 Fidelity Freedom 2040 (FFFFX)
6.82
 Fidelity Freedom 2050 (FFFHX)
7.92
 Fidelity Total Bond Fund (FTBFX)
10.62
 Spartan Extended market Index Fund (FSEMX)
29.26
 Spartan US Equity Index Fund (FUSEX)
37.75
 Domini Social Equity Fund (DSEFX)
24.94





~ 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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