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Wheelhouse Weekly – January 04, 2010

January 4th 2010

 

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

Volume 14 . . . . . Number 1. . . .January 4, 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.


INTERNATIONAL MARITIME ORGANIZATION PAYS TRIBUTE TO SEAFARERS

As part of its 2010 “Year of the Seafarer” celebrations, the International Maritime Organization (IMO) has issued an official proclamation saluting professional mariners for their contributions to global safety, security and wellbeing. “Our intention is to pay tribute to you, the world’s 1.5 million seafarers–men and women from all over the globe–for the unique, and all too often over-looked, contribution you make to the wellbeing of all of us,” said IMO Secretary General E.E. Mitropoulos. “We will do so with deep appreciation, in recognition of the extraordinary service you render every day of your professional life, frequently under dangerous circumstances, in delivering, to the more than 6.5 billion people of the world, the wheat that makes our daily bread, the gas and oil that warms our homes and moves our vehicles and the gifts we share and enjoy with our families and friends over the festive season.”

“At IMO,” he added, “we are ever-conscious of the important role you play in helping us achieve safe, secure and efficient shipping on clean oceans– the goals that we, as the United Nations specialized agency charged with the regulation of international shipping and as a member of the global maritime community, have set ourselves. And so, we will celebrate the 2010 World Maritime Day theme with much pride in your contribution to our objectives, to the facilitation of more than 90 percent of the world’s trade, and to sustainable human development.

“In so doing, we also seek to reassure you, at the ‘sharp end’ of the industry, that we, who are responsible for the international regulatory regime and who serve shipping from ashore, do understand the extreme pressures that you face and that, as a result, we approach our own tasks with a genuine sympathy for the work that you carry out…

“Last, but mostly importantly, we want to convey to you a clear message that the entire shipping community understands and cares for you–as shown by the efforts we make to ensure that you are fairly treated when ships on which you serve become involved in accidents; are looked after when you are abandoned in ports; are not refused shore leave for security purposes; are protected when your work takes you into piracy-infested areas; and are not left unaided when you are in distress at sea.

“Seafarers the world over deserve our respect, recognition and gratitude and, during 2010, we at IMO are resolved to ensure that the world does take notice of your exceptional role and contribution and of the special debt that all of us owe to you. We thank you for that! With best wishes for the Year of the Seafarer and a safe return home!


FULL FUNDING FOR MARITIME SECURITY PROGRAM SIGNED INTO LAW

President Barack Obama last week approved the omnibus fiscal year 2010 appropriations bill that includes full funding for the Maritime Security Program (MSP). The total appropriation of $174 million is the amount necessary to provide full funding for the 60 militarily useful U.S.-flag vessels participating in the MSP through Sept. 30, 2010. The bill signed into law by the President also contains appropriations for new Title XI shipbuilding loan guarantees.


MILITARY BASES WILL ACCEPT TWIC CARD AS OFFICIAL ID

The Department of Transportation (DOT) has announced that the Transportation Workers Identification Credential (TWIC) can now be used as identification for entry to American military bases. The directive is posted on the Department of Defense website:http://www.dtic.mil/whs/directives/corres/dir3.html. It is highlighted under the “Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence” section. A DOT spokeswoman asks that TWIC holders who have problems using the TWIC to gain access to military bases should inform DOT. “Similar to when we got TWIC recognized as an acceptable ID in airports, this effort will take a while to get the word out across the numerous military bases,” says Kimberly McCormick. “Please let me know of any situations where TWICs are turned down (not accepted) and I will get this information back to my point of contact at DOD.” She can be reached at: Kimberly.McCormick@dot.gov.


UPSWING IN PIRACY FOLLOWS END OF MONSOON SEASON

International maritime authorities are reporting that, as expected, piracy has increased in the three months following the end of the monsoon season. The geographical range of recent attacks has spread outward from the Gulf of Aden and the coast of Somalia, with pirates now targeting ships in the Arabian Sea and the Indian Ocean–despite the presence of foreign warships patrolling the area.

Pirates captured two ships last week and released a third after receiving a ransom payment of $4 million. In the first incident, pirates boarded the U.K.-flagged chemical tanker ST JAMES PARK, with a crew of 26. The vessel was en route to Thailand from Spain. Later in the week, pirates captured the Greek-owned cargo ship NAVIOS APOLLON off the coast of the Seychelles. The ship has a crew of 19. Pirates released the Singapore-flagged KOTA WAJAR and its crew of 21 after receiving approximately $4 million in ransom. Pirates also fired automatic weapons and rocket-propelled grenades at a Kuwaiti oil tanker near the Arabian Sea. The tanker escaped and no injuries to the crew were reported. 


CROWLEY ARTICULATED TUG BARGE LARGEST EVER TO TRANSIT ALASKAN WATERS

MM&P-contracted Crowley Maritime reports that its petroleum transport group recently made history when the 155,000-barrel ATB SEA RELIANCE/550-1 became the largest vessel of its kind to transit Alaskan waters. “Under the watchful command of Capt. Scott Murdock, SEA RELIANCE/550-1 completed a voyage from Martinez, Calif., to Anchorage, carrying a full load of jet fuel,” Crowley reports. “The journey, which occurred without incident, was met with several weather concerns because of an early start to the winter storm season.” Murdock is a member of MM&P’s Pacific Maritime Region-United Inland Group. “Although other small cargo ATBs have traveled in Alaska, nothing has rivaled the size of the SEA RELIANCE/550-1,” Crowley reported in an official release to the press.

The vessel measures over 600 feet in length and can make 12 knots. “The sophisticated connection between the tug and barge enables it to move fluidly as one unit in the most adverse seas, thereby providing increased service reliability, not achievable with a conventional tug and barge,” the company says. “The top priority of this voyage, which was achieved, was to arrive safely with no compromise to our crew, the customer cargo or the vessel,” said Capt. Mark Homeyer, director of marine operations for Crowley.
The SEA RELIANCE was manned by two captains with 50 years of combined sailing experience. Capt. Scott Murdock served as the primary captain, while Capt. Bill Bart served as the company pilot.

“As one of the pilots on the Sea Reliance/550-1 during both the inbound and outbound legs, I would like to express my admiration for the skill of the captain and crew, and for the maneuverability of the vessel in ice,” said MM&P member Capt. Mike O’Hara, a marine pilot with the Southwest Alaska Pilot’s Association. To avoid the most extreme seas, the vessel transited through the “inside passage” from the Strait of Juan de Fuca to Cook Inlet and on to Anchorage for final discharge.        


SEAN CONNAUGHTON TAKES VIRGINIA STATE TRANSPORTATION POST

Former Maritime Administrator Sean Connaughton has been named by Virginia’s Governor-elect Bob McDonnell to serve as transportation secretary. Connaughton served as maritime administrator for three years under then-President George W. Bush.  As transportation secretary, Connaughton will be responsible for managing the state’s roads, rails and ports. In accepting the post, he said “much must be done to maintain and to improve [Virginia’s] transportation system and reduce the negative impact it has on our business, quality of life of our citizens and the environment.”


A READER’S CHALLENGE: CAN YOU NAME THE SEVEN SEAS?

An MM&P member offers a New Year’s challenge to readers of The Wheelhouse Weekly. “Every documented mariner, licensed or unlicensed, has traveled the seven seas. Can you list the names of the seven seas in a minute or less?” The answers appear under “Market Watch,” at the end of this week’s Weekly.


UNION PLUS OFFERS HELP WITH MEDICAL BILLS

Union Plus is offering union members and retirees who participate in either or all of the Union Plus credit card, mortgage or insurance programs a $1,000 grant to assist with large, out-of-pocket hospital expenses. To be eligible, the union member, spouse or a dependent household member must have been hospitalized within the past 12 months. To learn more about the $1,000 hospital expense grant for union members, go to:http://tiny.cc/irx0S.


MAREX NEWSLETTER CONTINUES SERIES ON CARGO SECURITY

The United States should take additional measures to guarantee the security of containers, in particular because current standards put the emphasis on locked doors rather than on the impenetrability of the container as a unit. This conclusion appears in the most recent of a series of articles published in MarEx newsletter under the title, “A Report Card on DHS Security Policies, Standards and Programs.” The author is Jim Giermanski of the consulting firm Powers Global Holdings Inc.

In last week’s installment, Giermanski wrote that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) “sealed-door standard” represents a gaping hole in our container security programs. Giermanski calls it “perhaps, the dumbest policy, model, or standard of all…” The standard requires that the container and trailer security device must be able to electronically detect closing and opening of either door of the container and that monitoring the door status must be continuous from time of arming to disarming by authorized personnel. Giermanski argues that any device developed to monitor the security of a shipping container must be able to detect unauthorized intrusions anywhere on the container, not just through the doors.

“DHS is so far behind industry in container security that its decision-making in this area is anything but confidence-producing,” Giermanski says. His series continues in the next weekly edition of MarEx Newsletter. To subscribe to the MarEx Newsletter, go to:http://www.maritime-executive.com/.


DRUG AND ALCOHOL TESTING COURSE AT PMI ON JAN. 21

A DOT Drug and Alcohol testing course will be conducted at the Pacific Maritime Institute (PMI) in Seattle on Thursday, Jan. 21. The class will run from 0900 to 1500. This course will satisfy the original certification and five-year renewal requirement for licensed officers who are required to administer drug and alcohol tests aboard ship. Interested members are urged to contact their local representative to sign up.


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: 2/8

AZIPOD-KAM-3: Azipod and Kamewa Propulsion Systems: 2/1

BST – Basic Safety Training: 2/1

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

BRMP – Bridge Resource Management for Pilots: 1/18

[CMM – Chief Mate and Master Courses]

CMM-ADVSTB � Advanced Stability: 2/8

CMM-ADVWX – Advanced Meteorology: 1/18, 3/15

CMM-ECDIS – Electronic Chart Display Information Systems: 3/29

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, 3/1, 3/15, 3/29

CMM-SHS-ADV-I I – Advanced Shiphandling (week 2): 1/25, 2/1, 2/22, 3/7, 3/22, 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

CONT PLNG – Contingency Planning Workshop: 1/28

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: 1/19

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

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

HAZ – Hazardous Materials (5-Day) course: 1/18

LAP-CMM � License Advancement Program for Chief Mate & Master: 3/29

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

LEG – Legal Aspects of Pilotage: 1/19

[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

MEDIA RSP – Media Response Workshop: 1/29

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

ROR-1 – Radar Observer Renewal: 3/08

QMED-GL � QMED on the Great Lakes Preparatory Course: 1/18

SEC-VCF – Security Officer: Vessel, Company & Facility: 1/25, 3/8

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

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

January 2010

11         Security Refresher
11-12   Intro to Environmental Regulations/NPDES
11-29   Terrestrial & Coastal Navigation
11-22   GMDSS
12-14   Security VCF
25-29  Medical Care Provider
25-5    Medical Person-in-Charge

February 2010

1-3       Emergency Procedures
4-5      Search & Rescue
8-12    Radar Observer Unlimited
8-12    Tankerman Person-In-Charge
22        Radar Renewal

March 2010

1          Security Refresher
2-4      Security VCF
8-12    Electronic Navigation
16-19   ARPA
15-26  GMDSS
15        Flashing Light
22        Radar Renewal
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 12-31-2009

D O W N A S D A Q S & P 500
10,548.51 2,269.15 1,115.10
Fund Name & Trading Symbol
 Closing
Price
 Vanguard Asset Allocation Fund(VAARX)
48.33
 Vanguard 500 Index Fund (VFINX)
102.67
 Vanguard Extended Market Index Fund (VEXMX)
32.67
 Vanguard International Growth Fund (VWIGX)
16.99
 Vanguard Morgan Growth Fund (VMRGX)
15.27
 Vanguard Windsor II Fund (VWNFX)
23.68
 Vanguard GNMA Fund (VFIIX)
10.64
 Vanguard Growth Index Fund (VIGRX)
27.32
 Vanguard High Yield Corporate (VWEHX)
5.47
 Vanguard LifeStrategy Conservative Growth (VSCGX)
15.12
 Vanguard LifeStrategy Growth Fund (VASGX)
19.56
 Vanguard LifeStrategy Income Fund (VASIX)
13.27
 Vanguard LifeStrategy Moderate Growth (VSMGX)
17.69
 Vanguard Target Retirement 2005 (VTOVX)
10.98
 Vanguard Target Retirement 2015 (VTXVX)
11.31
 Vanguard Target Retirement 2025 (VTTVX)
11.32
 Vanguard Target Retirement 2035 (VTTHX)
11.62
 Vanguard Target Retirement 2045 (VTIVX)
12.02
 Vanguard Total Bond Index (VBMFX)
10.35
 Vanguard Total Stock Market Index Fund (VTSMX)
27.45
 Chase Growth Fund (CHASX)
15.64
 Fidelity Asset Manager (FASMX)
13.85
 Fidelity Growth and Income (FGRIX)
16.06
 Fidelity Intermediate bond Fund (FTHRX)
10.15
 Fidelity Magellan Fund (FMAGX)
64.32
 Fidelity Small Company Instl (FMACX)
16.39
 Fidelity Value Fund (FDVLX)
56.94
 Fidelity Equity-Income II Fund (FEQTX)
16.33
 Fidelity Blue Chip Growth Fund (FBGRX)
37.95
 Fidelity Diversified International Fund (FDIVX)
28.00
 Fidelity Dividend Growth Fund (FDGFX)
23.67
 Fidelity Freedom Income (FFFAX)
10.74
 Fidelity Freedom 2000 (FFFBX)
11.35
 Fidelity Freedom 2010 (FFFCX)
12.51
 Fidelity Freedom 2020 (FFFDX)
12.55
 Fidelity Freedom 2030 (FFFEX)
12.39
 Fidelity Freedom 2040 (FFFFX)
7.16
 Fidelity Freedom 2050 (FFFHX)
8.35
 Fidelity Total Bond Fund (FTBFX)
10.47
 Spartan Extended market Index Fund (FSEMX)
30.40
 Spartan US Equity Index Fund (FUSEX)
39.43
 Domini Social Equity Fund (DSEFX)
26.27

Answers to Can You Name the Seven Seas?You are correct if you answered:1. Atlantic Ocean2. Pacific Ocean3. Arctic Ocean4. Indian Ocean5. Mediterranean Sea6. Caribbean Sea7. Gulf of MexicoYou are also correct if you answered: 1. North Atlantic Ocean2. South Atlantic Ocean3. North Pacific Ocean4. South Pacific Ocean5. Indian Ocean6. South Ocean7. Arctic OceanMedieval European scholars, based on the knowledge available at the time, would have answered: 1. Indian Ocean2. Black Sea3. Caspian Sea4. Adriatic Sea5. Persian Gulf6. Mediterranean Sea7. Red Sea





~ 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.




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