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Wheelhouse Weekly – February 22, 2010

February 22nd 2010

 

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

Volume 14 . . . . . Number 8. . . .February 22, 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 NETS ADDITIONAL SHIP IN ONGOING MLL FLEET ENHANCEMENT

ALLIANCE CHARLESTON, a pure car and truck carrier which was reflagged in Port Elizabeth on Feb. 12, is the newest ship to join the MM&P fleet. Atlantic Ports Vice President Rich May toured the massive Maersk Line, Ltd. (MLL) vessel in the company of licensed deck officers Capt. Dave McLean, Chief Mate John Healey, Second Mate Chris Zimmerman and Third Mate Mike Green. The vessel has a sister ship, ALLIANCE BEAUMONT, which was recently reflagged in the Persian Gulf. “The addition to our fleet of these two vessels, and the net gain of a ship, is great news for MM&P,” May says.


MARITIME UNIONS CALL ON GOVERNMENT TO STAND SHOULDER-TO-SHOULDER WITH MARINERS IN PIRACY FIGHT

America’s seafaring unions have called on three key Obama Administration officials to step up efforts to protect U.S.-flag ships from attacks by pirates and to definitively reject any contemplated regulatory or policy shifts that would bar ransom payments for hijacked ships and crews. “American mariners face an ongoing threat,” the unions said. “As evidenced by the frequent attacks against ships from various nations in the Gulf of Aden and in other waters near Somalia, it is no exaggeration to state that mariners’ lives are in constant peril.”

In a letter delivered last week to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Secretary of Defense Robert Gates and Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood, MM&P and five other maritime unions urged the Administration to work with them to strengthen and expand the anti-piracy response.

The unions said the most effective step would be for our government to provide U.S.-flag vessels with the on-board armed force protection necessary to repel acts of piracy. But they said they also strongly support the recent decision by the Department of Defense (DOD) to assist U.S.-flag vessel operators in contracting with private security forces for U.S.-flag vessels carrying military cargo in high-risk waters. “We ask that all agencies of the federal government immediately follow DOD’s lead so that all U.S.-flag vessels transporting military as well as non-military government cargoes receive the same type of support,” the unions said.

Of particular importance, according to maritime labor, is to definitively quash any possible attempts, regulatory or otherwise, to implement after-the-fact legal actions against U.S.-flag shipowners who pay a ransom to secure the safe release of their crews. “It would be unconscionable for the government to turn its back on or to dictate that shipowners turn their backs on the American merchant mariners who willingly sailed into harm’s way in service to their country,” the unions said.The unions took the opportunity to commend the U.S. government for responding so effectively when the MAERSK ALABAMA was attacked. They also said they do not subscribe to an international call for mariners to boycott the waters most at risk of attack. “We are proud that, throughout our history, American merchant mariners have served with distinction as our nation’s fourth arm of defense. America’s merchant mariners never have and never will shirk their responsibility to deliver the goods whenever and wherever needed,” they wrote.

The letter was signed by MM&P International President Tim Brown, American Maritime Officers President Tom Bethel, Marine Engineers’ Beneficial Association President Don Keefe, Marine Firemen’s Union President Anthony Poplawski, Sailors Union of the Pacific President Gunnar Lundeberg and Seafarers International Union President Mike Sacco.


USCG PROPOSAL TO CUT SEA-TIME REQUIREMENTS FOR MASTER’S LICENSE A SAFETY RISK

MM&P has told the Coast Guard it should hold off on proposing controversial changes to licensing regulations until the Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping (STCW) Code of 2010 takes effect. The union is also warning that the changes being proposed by the Coast Guard, in particular a reduction in sea service requirements for the unlimited tonnage master’s license, will diminish professional standards in the industry and could seriously compromise maritime safety.

The Coast Guard’s proposed regulations would allow a third or second mate to progress to an unlimited master’s license with only 36 months’ service as a third or second mate and no experience at all as a chief mate. “This is a substantial and alarming reduction in the current U.S. regulatory standards for holding a license to serve as a master of a ship of unlimited tonnage,” the union said. “To permit a progression from third or second mate to unlimited master without any required sea service as chief mate will create a situation where an individual with experience as only a junior officer at the operational level will be licensed by the Coast Guard to exercise overall command responsibilities and oversee and supervise the performance of a chief mate’s duties even though he has no actual experience that demonstrates proven proficiency in performing a chief mate’s duties.”

“We urge you to retain the requirement of at least six months’ service as a chief mate on ships of unlimited tonnage before progressing to master unlimited,” the union said.  The union also took issue with a Coast Guard proposal to allow a third mate with only 12 months’ service as an OICNW to progress directly  to chief mate unlimited tonnage.

“The proposed changes in the Federal Register are extensive, complex and confusing, and will have substantial consequences, some unintended and negative, for the mariner community and their training facilities,” the union said.  In addition, the Coast Guard proposals are outdated in that they address the 1995 version of the STCW Code. This means that an additional round of rulemaking will be necessary to bring U.S regulations into conformity with the new revised STCW Code of 2010.

“A prudent and rational course of action would be to postpone implementation of this rulemaking until the new provisions of the STCW Code of 2010 can be taken into account,” the union said. “We request that implementation of the present notice of proposed rulemaking be delayed until the provisions of the  STCW Code of 2010 can be taken into account, and then U.S. regulations brought into conformity with the STCW Code of 2010 in one, five-year transition period.” 


PATRIOT CONTRACT SERVICES LOOKING FOR QUALIFIED CHIEF MATES

As previously announced, Patriot Contract Services was recently awarded the contract for four LMSRs which will be in reduced operating status (“ROS”). The vessels will be located in the ports of Jacksonville, Fla., and Violet, La. Patriot Contract Services is seeking qualified chief mates for permanent as well as relief employment. Qualifications for ROS chief mate employment include recent Military Sealift Command (MSC) training and/or experience. Unlimited tonnage master’s experience or certification is preferred. Interested members are urged to submit their resumes to Program Manager John Howe at the following points of contact: John.Howe@asmhq.com; fax: 877-573-1094; Patriot Contract Services LLC, 1320 Willow Pass Rd., Suite 485, Concord, CA 94520. Contract information can be obtained from your MM&P area representative.

Members are urged to acquire their MSC training certifications and then to keep them current, particularly in the areas of Small Arms, Basic CBR (Chemical, Biological and Radiological) Defense and Damage Control. Although specific requirements may vary depending on the contract, meeting these basic requirements will assist in maintaining eligibility for “off-the-board” employment aboard government contract vessels.


OPENING DATES FOR 2010 ST. LAWRENCE SEAWAY NAVIGATION SEASON

The opening of the 2010 St. Lawrence Seaway navigation season is scheduled to take place on March 25. Vessel transit will be subject to weather and ice conditions. Restrictions may apply in some areas until lighted navigation aids have been installed.


SCHEDULE OF D-BOOK MEMBERSHIP CLASSES: AT MM&P HEADQUARTERS FEB. 26-7 AND IN LOS ANGELES MARCH 17-8

A D-Book Membership class has been tentatively scheduled at MM&P headquarters on Feb. 26-27. The course will begin at approximately 1500 hours on Friday, Feb. 26 and end at approximately 1500 hours on Saturday, Feb. 27. Interested applicants should sign up with their area representative or contact MM&P headquarters at: 410-850-8700 ext. 23.

The D-Book Membership class will be held in the Los Angeles Hall March 17-18. The class will begin at 0900 on March 17. This is a two-day course that will end at approximately 1500 on March 18. For more information and to sign up, please contact the LA Dispatcher to assure that sufficient course materials are available: 310-834-7201.

All applicants should complete the D-Book Membership Class as soon as possible to avoid delays in becoming members. Applicants should take the course before completing 360 days of covered employment.


GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING IN MM&P HONOLULU HALL ON FEB. 24

There will be a general membership meeting at the MM&P Honolulu Hall on Feb. 24 directly after job call. All members and applicants are encouraged to attend.


MARINE HIGHWAYS LOGISTICS CONFERENCE AT MITAGS APRIL 6-7

The 2010 Journal of Commerce Marine Highways Logistics Conference will be held at the Maritime Institute of Graduate Studies (MITAGS) in Linthicum Heights, Md., on April 6-7. Confirmed topics include: how shippers can benefit from a sustainable intermodal supply chain; green shipping logistics; and how the Navy is designing a dual-use ro-ro ship. Confirmed speakers include U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood and Congressman Elijah E. Cummings. For the latest agenda and additional information please visit: http://www.joc.com/events.


LIBERTY SHIP SS JOHN BROWN LIVING HISTORY TOUR IN RHODE ISLAND IN SEPTEMBER

SS JOHN BROWN, one of two surviving fully operational Liberty ships preserved in the United States, will be in Providence, R.I., for a week in September 2010. The vessel, which will be docked at Connelly’s Wharf at Allen’s Avenue right off Rt. 95, will be open to the public. The Steamship Historical Society of America (SSHSA) is sponsoring the BROWN’s visit to Rhode Island in celebration of the society’s 75th anniversary. On Sept. 25, the crew of credentialed volunteer mariners who man the BROWN will take visitors on a living history cruise up and down Narragansett Bay. Included in the $140/person price of the six-hour cruise are two full meals. Call SSHSA at 401-274-0805 during business hours for more information and to make a reservation, or send an e-mail to rtorsell@sshsa.org.


MM&P OFFSHORE PENSION PLAN UPDATE ON WWW.BRIDGEDECK.ORG

Additional details regarding the future benefit schedule for the pension plan have been posted in the Members Only pages of www.bridgedeck.org and distributed as insert to the January-February issue of The Master, Mate & Pilot. To view the insert online, go to www.bridgedeck.org and log in as a member. Then click on “Pension Insert” at the top of the page.


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.


LICENSE ADVANCEMENT COURSE AT MITAGS MARCH 29-APRIL 30

The Chief Mate/Master Unlimited Tonnage License Advancement (LAP) course will be held at MITAGS in Linthicum Heights March 29 to April 30. The 25-day course is designed for mariners who have completed the 12 weeks of  STCW 95 Chief Mate/Master training and want assistance in preparing for the unlimited tonnage oceans exams. It provides a complete review of both terrestrial and celestial navigation. Practice exams use actual Coast Guard rules of the road questions. The theory and practice of vessel stability and trim calculations are reviewed, as are the deck safety and navigation general modules of the USCG license exam. To find out more and to register, go to www.mitags.org.


ELEVEN PIRATES SENTENCED IN SOMALILAND

A Somaliland court has ruled that 11 men accused of acts of piracy are guilty and should spend 15 years in prison. The men were arrested last year when they attacked an international naval ship off the Somali coast after having mistaken it for a merchant vessel. In related news, the Somali Coast Guard reported it had stopped a hijacked North Korean-flagged container ship, MV RIM, from entering the waters around the fishing town of Las Qoray, near the Somaliland/Puntland border.


GUILTY PLEA IN MARINE HOSE PRICE FIXING CASE

A company with operations in Italy and the United States has pleaded guilty to participating in a price-fixing conspiracy involving the sale of marine hose. The company, Parker ITR, will pay a $2.29 million fine. The company is the fourth to be charged in the investigation. The victims of the crime included the Department of Defense. The Department of Justice said the illegal cartel affected prices for hundreds of millions of dollars worth of marine hose and related products sold worldwide.


COURSE EQUIVALENCIES FOR REQUIRED COMPANY TRAINING

Given the number of required company training courses, it is extremely important for new members to request a transcript review to determine whether they meet the course equivalency requirements.  The courses that are eligible for equivalency are listed in the MITAGS Trust Student Guide located on www.mitags.org in the MM&P Member Section. You may also request a copy from Diane Ford (dford@mitags.org or call 443-989-3238). Remember, the dispatcher in the union hall cannot assign you a job unless you meet the company’s training requirements!


MITAGS ACADEMIC NOTES

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

ARPA – Automatic Radar Plotting Aids: 3/8

AZIPOD (2 day) – Azipod Propulsion System: 4/8

BST – Basic Safety Training: 4/12

BRMP – Bridge Resource Management for Pilots: 3/11, 4/19

CHS BAS – Cargo Handling and Stowage (Operational Level): 4/5

[CMM – Chief Mate and Master Courses]

CMM-ADVSTB – Advanced Stability: 4/5

CMM-ADVWX – Advanced Meteorology: 3/15

CMM-CHS-I – Advanced Cargo Operations (week 1): 4/12

CMM-CHS-II – Advanced Cargo Operations (week 2): 4/19

CMM-MPP � Marine Propulsion Plants: 3/8

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

CMM-SHS-ADV-I – Advanced Shiphandling (week 1): 3/29, 4/12

CMM-SHS-ADV-I I – Advanced Shiphandling (week 2): 3/29, 4/5, 4/19

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

CMM-WKP – Advanced Watchkeeping: 4/26

ECDIS/ENAV for PILOTS (2-day): 3/9, 4/15

ENAV � Electronic Navigation: 3/15

EP – Emergency Procedures: 4/21

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

FF-BADV – Fire Fighting Basic & Advanced Combined: 4/12

FSM for Pilots � Fatigue, Sleep & Medications: 3/11, 4/21

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: 3/20

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

MED-PRO – Medical Care Provider: 3/15, 4/26

ROR-1 – Radar Observer Renewal: 3/8

SAR – Search & Rescue: 4/19

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

SHS-EMR5 – Emergency Shiphandling: 3/22, 4/26

SHS-BAS � Basic Shiphandling: 3/1, 4/12

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

TTT – Train the Trainer: 4/12

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

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 2-19-2010

D O W N A S D A Q S & P 500
10,392.90 2,243.87 1,109.17
Fund Name & Trading Symbol
 Closing
Price
 Vanguard Asset Allocation Fund (VAARX)
48.35
 Vanguard 500 Index Fund (VFINX)
102.41
 Vanguard Extended Market Index Fund (VEXMX)
33.24
 Vanguard International Growth Fund (VWIGX)
16.33
 Vanguard Morgan Growth Fund (VMRGX)
15.11
 Vanguard Windsor II Fund (VWNFX)
23.79
 Vanguard GNMA Fund (VFIIX)
10.72
 Vanguard Growth Index Fund (VIGRX)
27.20
 Vanguard High Yield Corporate (VWEHX)
5.43
 Vanguard LifeStrategy Conservative Growth (VSCGX)
15.18
 Vanguard LifeStrategy Growth Fund (VASGX)
19.47
 Vanguard LifeStrategy Income Fund (VASIX)
13.37
 Vanguard LifeStrategy Moderate Growth (VSMGX)
17.68
 Vanguard Target Retirement 2005 (VTOVX)
11.00
 Vanguard Target Retirement 2015 (VTXVX)
11.31
 Vanguard Target Retirement 2025 (VTTVX)
11.29
 Vanguard Target Retirement 2035 (VTTHX)
11.56
 Vanguard Target Retirement 2045 (VTIVX)
11.95
 Vanguard Total Bond Index (VBMFX)
10.40
 Vanguard Total Stock Market Index Fund (VTSMX)
27.50
 Chase Growth Fund (CHASX)
15.26
 Fidelity Asset Manager (FASMX)
13.83
 Fidelity Growth and Income (FGRIX)
16.10
 Fidelity Intermediate bond Fund (FTHRX)
10.25
 Fidelity Magellan Fund (FMAGX)
63.95
 Fidelity Value Fund (FDVLX)
58.05
 Fidelity Equity-Income II Fund (FEQTX)
16.28
 Fidelity Blue Chip Growth Fund (FBGRX)
37.59
 Fidelity Diversified International Fund (FDIVX)
26.71
 Fidelity Dividend Growth Fund (FDGFX)
23.76
 Fidelity Freedom Income (FFFAX)
10.78
 Fidelity Freedom 2000 (FFFBX)
11.39
 Fidelity Freedom 2010 (FFFCX)
12.47
 Fidelity Freedom 2020 (FFFDX)
12.47
 Fidelity Freedom 2030 (FFFEX)
12.28
 Fidelity Freedom 2040 (FFFFX)
7.09
 Fidelity Freedom 2050 (FFFHX)
8.25
 Fidelity Total Bond Fund (FTBFX)
10.55
 Spartan Extended market Index Fund (FSEMX)
31.18
 Spartan US Equity Index Fund (FUSEX)
39.33
 Domini Social Equity Fund (DSEFX)
26.12





~ 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.

© 2010, International Organization of Masters, Mates & Pilots. All the material contained in this publication is protected by copyright. For permission to reprint text from the Weekly, contact the MM&P Communications Department: lrosenthal@bridgedeck.org. For changes of address, contact Lisa Rosenthal at lrosenthal@bridgedeck.org.