Wheelhouse Weekly – January 04, 2001

January 4th 2001


Bridging the Information Gap With E-News You Can Use

VOLUME 5. . . . . NUMBER 1. . . January 5, 2001




With the start of 2001, the newly elected officials of the MM&P have begun their duties, joining incumbents who were reelected. At MM&P HQ, Secretary-Treasurer Glen Banks has taken over that helm from Jim Hopkins who retired at the end of 2000. He can be reached at, or

In New York, Offshore Atlantic VP Richard May takes over for Robert Darley who also retired at the end of 2000. He can be reached at

On the Gulf Coast, Robert Groh has assumed the reigns from Glen Banks as Offshore Gulf VP. He can be reached at

In Seattle, Don Marcus assumes command as the new Offshore Pacific VP from Paul Nielsen who also retired. He can be reached at

In Jacksonville, Luis Ramirez takes the helm as A&G Maritime Region Membership Group VP from Carl Sturges who retired.

In the Great Lakes & Rivers Maritime Region Membership Group, Bill Rabatsky takes over as the new GL&R VP. He can be reached at

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Offshore Pacific VP Don Marcus reports that copies of the new MM&P-Matson collective bargaining agreement are not yet available. These will be available soon. Your patience is appreciated while final details are worked out.

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Organized transportation labor is pleased with the Bush administration’s selection of Norman Mineta as Secretary of Transportation. “We are extremely pleased that someone of the stature and caliber of Norman Mineta has been nominated to serve as secretary of transportation in the Bush administration,” said Sonny Hall, president of the Transportation Trades Department (TTD) at the AFL-CIO.

Hall described Mineta, a Democrat and former Congressman who is the current Secretary of Commerce, as “a tremendous leader who understands the freight and passenger transportation needs of our nation.” As a Congressman from 1975 to 1995, Mineta chaired the House Public Works & Transportation Committee for two years in the mid-90s and is very knowledgeable on DOT issues. The Maritime Administration and the USCG are agencies within the DOT.

Current DOT Sec. Rodney Slater praised the choice of Mineta to take over the helm at DOT. “I am pleased … Mr. Mineta is a distinguished leader with a long history of contribution to America and to the transportation industry and most recently as US Sec. of Commerce.”

While the TTD’s Hall backs the choice, he also stated “we are nonetheless extremely disappointed with the blatant omission of any opportunity for input from America’s transportation workers by the Bush transition advisory team on transportation. The concerns of America’s transportation workers are vital to a comprehensive transportation policy in the 21st century. To not even be afforded a seat at the table by the transition team flies in the face of the purported policy of inclusion of the President-elect.”

Ed Wytkind, TTD executive director, said the Bush campaign had expressed interest in having a discussion with labor as it was forming the transition team. But the discussion never took place. “They essentially snubbed several million transportation workers by leaving us out of the process.”

Describing Mineta as “one of the most high-caliber people” ever nominated to serve as transportation secretary, Wytkind said, “We expect to speak regularly with the secretary regarding transportation issues.” Safety issues are among the top concerns of the TTD, which represents the MM&P and 30 other unions.

As the transition process evolves, the TTD and the MM&P hope that the new administration listens to the collective voice of the millions of men and women who operate, maintain and build the most sophisticated transportation network in the world … and will realize that their expertise has much to add to the debate over national transportation policy.

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Earlier this week, AFL-CIO President John Sweeney issued the following statement sharply critical of Linda Chavez, the Bush administration’s choice for Secretary of Labor.

“We are extremely disappointed and disturbed at the nomination by President-elect Bush of Linda Chavez for secretary of labor.
It is an insult to American working men and women to put an avowed opponent of the most basic workers’ rights in charge of enforcing the federal laws and regulations that protect workers’ wages, employment and pension rights, equal employment opportunity and other programs for advancement.

“As the appointed director of the Commission on Civil Rights in the Reagan administration, Linda Chavez favored terminating the commission and opposed working family advancement programs for women and minorities. She has been a vociferous and aggressive opponent of the federal minimum wage. And she is a strenuous foe of anti-discrimination measures including affirmative action-notwithstanding the secretary’s responsibility to manage the largest anti-discrimination and affirmative action program in the country covering 26 million employees of federal contractors (22 percent of the total civilian workforce).

“Taken together with the nominations of John Ashcroft and Gale Norton, the tapping of Chavez sounds a noisy alarm about President-elect Bush’s intended stewardship of civil rights, women’s rights, workers’ rights and the environment.

“The record of Linda Chavez stands in stark contrast to the agenda that won the support of a majority of Americans voting in the November elections … an agenda that responds to the real concerns of our nation’s working families. That agenda, grounded in respecting work and strengthening family, will guide our continuing struggle to assure working men and women a voice in their nation’s government.”

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The Coast Guard has determined that an uncertain number of Merchant Mariner licenses and documents issued by its Regional Examination Center monitoring unit in San Juan, Puerto Rico, may have been issued fraudulently.

Because of this fraud, mariners holding valid merchant mariner licenses that fall within the following number sequences may be questioned as to their authenticity. This could result in undue and costly delays for these mariners.

The licenses in question contain serial numbers in the following ranges:

  • 765001 ­ 765100
  • 864001 ­ 864100
  • 865401 ­ 865500
  • 878001 ­ 878054
  • 878601 ­ 878633
  • 919901 – 920000

The license certificates themselves may be representative of a variety of license transactions including original issues, renewals, duplicates, and upgrades. The issuing port may be represented as San Juan, PR, however, it may appear as another location.

To prevent further discrepancies, those mariners that have license numbers listed above that are confirmed to be valid, will have their licenses reissued by the most convenient REC at no cost to the mariner.

The USCG is requesting that maritime unions carefully scrutinize the licenses of their personnel to determine if any have licenses with these serial numbers. As mentioned, some of the licenses issued with these serial numbers may be valid licenses. However, the maritime community needs to be aware that some persons operating under licenses containing these serial numbers may not be properly qualified to hold the position for which they were hired.

For further info, contact the Regional Examination Center (REC) in Miami, Florida at 800-982-9374 or 305-536-6549 to verify the validity of the license or document.

Because Merchant Mariner’s Documents have no assigned serial numbers, the USCG is also looking to maritime unions for assistance in identifying anyone that does not appear to possess the qualifications needed for the position being filled.

The USCG is working diligently to mitigate this situation and regrets any inconvenience that this may cause.

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Classes will resume on Mon., Jan.8. Classes in January with available spaces include:

  • 1/8-12: DCS
  • 1/15-19: GMDSS, SMA, SHS-EMR
  • 1/20: CBRD-1
  • 1/22-26: WX-HWA, FF-ADV
  • 1/29-2/2: BRM-3, ECDIS, HAZ, MED-1ST

Small Arms Classes

The 4-day MSC Small Arms course (SMA) will be offered at MITAGS Jan 15-18; Feb 12-15; and Mar 12-15, 2001. Remember that to maintain currency in Small Arms, you must take the course once a year.


The next Strategic Sealift Communications Course will be held at MITAGS April 2-6, 2001.

For additional MITAGS course info, please contact Mary Matlock at Voice: 443-989-3226 or e-mail:

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