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Wheelhouse Weekly – January 05, 2006

January 5th 2006

 
 


THE MASTERS, MATES & PILOTS’
WHEELHOUSE WEEKLYonline

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

Volume 10 . . . . . Number 1 . . . . January 5, 2006


STORIES COVERED
    Also

REMINDERS

T-AGS Oceanographic Survey Ships Info

Required Coursework

Security Clearances

MSC Physicals

MM&P Health & Benefit Plan News

Notice to Members who are taking Vioxx

NMHC Mail-Order Prescriptions Website Updated & Improved

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.





 

MARAD RELEASES VIDEO ON IMPORTANCE OF US MERCHANT MARINE

The Maritime Administration (MARAD) has released a video highlighting the importance of the US Merchant Marine – Serving America in Peace and War. It can be viewed at: www.marad.dot.gov/offices/cargo/video/1135025260dotma.asx . The video is in MPEG format and a computer must be equipped with Windows Media Player in order to view the video.

 




 

USCG RELEASES RANDOM DRUG TESTING RATE FOR 2006

The US Coast Guard has issued a notice stating that the calendar year 2006 minimum drug testing rate has been set at 50 percent of covered crewmembers for the US merchant marine. The notice was published in the December 28th edition of the Federal Register.


HORIZON LINES RECOGNIZED AS WAL-MART CARRIER OF THE YEAR

MM&P-contracted Horizon Lines was recently recognized by Wal-Mart Stores as the recipient of the company’s annual “Carrier of the Year” award. “Horizon Lines provided outstanding service for Wal-Mart in 2004”, said Tracy Rosser, Vice President of Wal-Mart Corporate Traffic. “It is our pleasure to recognize their associates for commitment to quality and customer service. Their great support throughout 2004 has ultimately allowed us to better serve our customers.”

Chuck Raymond, Chairman, President and CEO of Horizon Lines commented that his company was honored to receive the Wal-Mart Carrier of the Year Award. “We strongly value our partnership with Wal-Mart where our shared values of credibility with our customers and service proficiency are paramount,” Raymond said. Selection criteria for the award included revenue/growth, ease of doing business, communication, flexibility, customer service and follow-up/correction of errors.


USCG REPORT SAYS CAPTAIN TO BLAME FOR SINKING OFF VIRGINIA

A newly released US Coast Guard report on the sinking of the foreign-flagged BOW MARINER off the Virginia coast that claimed the lives of 21 of the ship’s 27 crew nearly two years ago places a large part of the blame on the ship’s captain. The report further states that friction between the vessel’s Greek officers and poorly trained Filipino crew compounded mistakes made by Capt. Efstratios Kavouras that led to the sinking of the 40,000-dwt chemical tanker after it was racked by explosions.

The USCG report was highly critical of Kavouras’ order to open 22 tanks that previously held methyl alcohol saying that it “was a stunningly significant breach of normal safe practices for a tank ship and defies explanation or excuse.” The report stated that opening all the cargo tank hatches permitted vapors to escape at deck level, exposing crewmembers to a greater risk of an explosion from an accidental spark. The tanker was carrying 10,333 tons of ethyl alcohol, along with 643 tons of heavy fuel oil and 162 tons of diesel fuel when the blasts occurred. The report also noted that the captain failed to send a distress message before abandoning ship following a series of blasts involving the ignition of a fuel-air mixture.

A specific cause for the February 28, 2004 explosion that sank the vessel was not given. Instead, investigators speculated that the cause of the ignition probably came from one of the following: electrostatic discharge, mechanical sparks caused by metal-on-metal contact, faulty electrical equipment, hot soot or particles from the ship’s smoke stack or funnel, or even sparks from changing batteries in a flashlight. The report also stated that since the tanks had not been washed or ventilated, the vapor concentration was well above the “upper explosive limit” for methyl tert-butyl ether (MTBE). Industry officials say that recommendations on how to prevent a recurrence of the incident should be finalized by February.


CRIMINAL CHARGES RECOMMENDED FOR CONTAINERSHIP OFFICER

Investigators looking into last October’s collision between the containership ZIM ASIA and a Japanese fishing boat that killed seven fishermen off that country’s coast have recommended that the ship’s second officer face criminal charges. One fisherman survived the incident and told Israeli investigators how the ship rammed the boat.

At first, company officials denied the ship’s involvement but changed their story after Korean authorities matched paint on the ship’s hull to the sunken fishing boat. The Israeli investigation was carried out by the national police force that found fault with the conduct of the second officer who is a Yugoslav national. The police want him charged with negligent homicide and flouting regulations after their inquiries determined he was aware of a radar plot showing the fishing vessel, and that following the collision he failed to wake the captain.


USCG RELEASES ELECTRONIC ARRIVAL/DEPARTURE USER GUIDE

The USCG’s new Electronic Notice of Arrival/Departure (eNOAD) User Guide has been released and can be found at (http://www.nvmc.uscg.gov/Forms/eNOADUserGuide.pdf). The guide is also available in an another online version (http://www.nvmc.uscg.gov/robohelpenoad/eNOAD_RoboHelp_System.htm) that includes interactive features and a searchable help system.

The USCG is encouraging ship owners and operators to convert to the electronic filing system as the e-NOA/D application eliminates the need to submit the same written info multiple times to multiple agencies. The new guide contains helpful instructions on preparing and submitting a vessel’s arrival and departure info to ensure that the e-NOA/D is completed and submitted correctly.


DEFENSE DEPT IMPLEMENTING NEW CELL PHONE RESTRICTIONS

Defense Department installations have begun implementing new cell phone restrictions for drivers on military bases.
The new regulation, published in the Federal Register in April 2005, states that anyone driving a motor vehicle on a DoD installation cannot use a cell phone unless the vehicle is safely parked or the driver is using a hands-free device.

Many installations already have implemented the new restrictions, and the rest will implement the rules on their own schedule, said John Seibert, assistant for safety, health and fire protection for DoD. There is no deadline for installations to implement the restrictions, Seibert said, but he expects most will do so this year.
“We have not issued an implementation schedule,” he said. “But it’s definitely getting everyone’s attention.”

The law enforcement policy offices for each military department are putting together policies and procedures for the implementation and enforcement of the restrictions, Seibert said. He explained that this regulation is a minimum requirement, and installation commanders still have the authority to put stricter rules in place. Each installation will determine the punishment for violation of the rules, he said. Many installations are allowing a grace period in which motorists in violation of the rule will be warned and not ticketed.

This regulation was developed based on information from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, which studied driving distractions as the cause of motor vehicle accidents, Seibert said. The study found that cell phone use is the fastest growing and most visible distraction that leads to accidents, he said.


CONTAINERSHIP REMAINS STRANDED ON MEXICAN BEACH

The 880-foot German-owned containership APL PANAMA that ran aground on Christmas Day near the approach to the Port of Ensenada, Mexico, remains hard aground about 300 feet off shore. Reports from the scene, which is located about 60 miles south of San Diego, indicate the ship’s Croatian captain, Polish chief engineer and unlicensed crew from Myanmar did not suffer any injuries. While a portion of the hull has sunk into the sand, it does not appear to be damaged.

The ship’s owners, located in Bremen, Germany, said the vessel was waiting for the pilot boat to arrive when she drifted ashore due to a strong current running through the area. The owners denied initial reports that the ship had tried to enter the harbor without waiting for a pilot. The PANAMA was on a regularly scheduled route and was making her first stop in Ensenada after departing Oakland. She was scheduled to visit other Mexican ports before making stops in Japan, Taiwan and China. The ship is loaded to about 80 percent of her capacity.

A salvage company based in Florida has been contracted to re-float the vessel. Three tugboats sent from Los Angeles failed in several attempts to dislodge her last week. Three larger tugs from Seattle were also deployed to the scene along with helicopters and high-powered pumps. Time-consuming preparations for the refloating efforts include unloading the ship’s bunker fuel, which first must be heated before it can be pumped out.

In the meantime, tugs are holding fast to the vessel to keep it stable. In case the latest refloating effort fails, the salvage company said it is preparing to send additional equipment from Louisiana, but that it would take six weeks to arrive. On its web site, APL reports that cargo aboard the vessel remains stable with no signs of significant damage. APL has considered removing cargo from the ship prior to the recovery effort, but has been told by the salvage company that cargo can’t be discharged in advance due to operational concerns. APL representatives are currently on-site investigating the incident and monitoring the recovery.

 


MITAGS ACADEMIC NOTES

CLASS OPENINGS: Between January and the end of March 2006, seats are available in the following courses:

ARPA – Automatic Radar Plotting Aids: 3/20
AZIPOD-KAM – Azipod and Kamewa Steering and Propulsion Systems: 1/24, 3/14

BRM – Bridge Resource Management: 2/13
BRMP – Bridge Resource Management for Pilots: 2/8
BST – Basic Safety Training: 1/30, 3/6

[CMM – Chief Mate and Master Courses]
CMM-CHS I – Advanced Cargo Handling (week 1): 2/20, 3/20
CMM-CHS II – Advanced Cargo Handling (week 2): 2/27, 3/27
CMM-ECDIS – Electronic Chart Display and Info Systems: 1/9, 1/30, 3/20
*WX-BASREF-2 – Two-day Basic weather refresher, HIGHLY RECOMMENDED PREP for Advanced Meteorology: 2/4
CMM-MPP – Marine Propulsion Plants: 1/23
CMM-SHS-ADV-I – Advanced Shiphandling (week 1): 1/23, 2/13, 3/13, 3/27
CMM-SHS-ADV-II – Advanced Shiphandling (week 2): 1/30
CMM-SHMGT I – Ship Management (week 1): 1/9, 2/6, 2/27
CMM-SHMGT II – Ship Management (week 2): 3/6
CMM-VPEN – Voyage Planning and Electronic Navigation: 1/30, 3/27
CMM-WKP – Watchkeeping: 2/20, 3/13

CONT-PLNG – Contingency Planning: 1/20, 2/10, 3/24

FF-BADV – Combined Basic and Advanced Fire Fighting: 3/6

HAZ-Hazardous Materials (5-day): 1/9, 3/27

LAP – License Advancement Program: 1/9
LEG – Legal Aspects of Pilotage: 2/8

MEDIA-RSP – Media Response: 1/19, 2/9, 3/23
MED-DOT-DA – Dept. of Trans Drug & Alcohol Testing: 1/14, 2/11, 3/18
MED-PIC – Medical Person-In-Charge: 1/9, 2/6, 3/13
MED-PRO – Medical Care Provider: 1/9, 2/6, 3/13


[MSC – Military Sealift Command]
MSC-SMA-R – Small Arms Re-Qualification (2-day): 2/3 (must have proof of passing all 3 weapons within 2 years)

ROP-5 – Radar Observer Original and Renewal (5-day): 3/27
ROR-1 – Radar Observer Renewal: 2/13, 3/8, 3/20

SEC-OFF-VCF – Security Officer, Vessel, Company & Facility: 1/16, 2/6, 3/20
SHS-BAS – Basic Shiphandling: 1/9, 2/20
SHS-EMR-Emergency Shiphandling: 2/20, 3/27

TPIC – Tankerman Person-In-Charge: 2/13


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 Email: admissions@mitags.org.


PMI ACADEMIC NOTES

PMI is offering a USCG Crew Endurance Management Coaches Seminar in Seattle from October 26-27 in addition to its regular course offerings listed below. This training is designed to provide commercial mariners the knowledge and skills to develop, deploy, and assess Crew Endurance Management Systems (CEMS) within their companies.

As a Crew Endurance Coach, the employee is critical to the success of CEMS implementation. Coaches provide education and guidance on the principles of light and sleep management, assist with changes to the work and rest environment, make recommendations on schedule changes, and help create personal endurance plans for each crewmember. Once successfully completing the training the Coach will have the necessary training to educate personnel on a vessel, and the processes and practices specific to the USCG Crew Endurance Management Program. The training session spans two full days and includes a written exam. Cost: $425 per person To Register: Call Pacific Maritime Institute at 206-441-2880 or toll free 888-893-7829.

January 2006

1/9-27 TCNAV
1/9-12 Lifeboat/Survival Craft
1/9-13 Tankerman Person-In-Charge
1/9-20 GMDSS
1/9-21 100 Ton OUPV
1/16-20 ECDIS
1/16-20 ARPA
1/16-20 Emergency Shiphandling 5-day
1/23-27 MEDPRO
1/23-2/3 MEDPIC
1/30-2/1 Ship Security Officer
1/30-2/3 RADAR Observer Unlimited
1/30-2/10 GMDSS

February 2006

2/6-10 BST
2/6-9 Lifeboat/Survival Craft
2/6-10 ARPA
2/6 Radar Renewal
2/13-17 ENAV
2/20-3/3 CNAV
2/20-3/3 Advanced Shiphandling
2/20-3/4 100 Ton OUPV
2/27-3/3 Tankerman Person-In-Charge
2/27-3/3 ARPA
2/27 Radar Renewal

March 2006

3/6-10 BST
3/6-9 Lifeboat/Survival Craft
3/6-10 Basic Meteorology
3/6-18 100 Ton OUPV
3/13-24 GMDSS
3/13-17 CONSTB
3/20-24 CHS BAS
3/27-31 MEDPRO
3/27-31 ARPA
3/27 Radar Renewal
3/27-4/7 MEDPIC

For registration call Jennifer Fowler 888-893-7829

PMI Merchandise for Sale: High quality with embroidered PMI logo. All prices include tax. Navy Caps: $18.00; Button Down Long Sleeve Dress Shirts Blue or Khaki: $38.00; Coming Soon: Navy, Burgundy, Khaki T-shirts, high quality thick Hanes shirt with pocket $22.00; 15 oz. Beautiful Cobalt Blue Ceramic Mug $10.Call DeeDee Lazik 206-838-8328 or e-mail dlazik@mates.org.


MM&P MARKET WATCH AS OF 1-4

 

 D O W  N A S D A Q  S & P 500
10,880.15 +83.89 for the week 2,263.46 +34.52 for the week 1,273.46 +15.29 for the week

 

Fund Name & Trading Symbol
Closing
Price
Change
 Vanguard 500 Index Fund (VFINX)
117.27
+1.45
 Vanguard Extended Market Index Fund (VEXMX)
35.02
+.53
 Vanguard International Growth Fund (VWIGX)
21.92
+.75
 Vanguard Morgan Growth Fund (VMRGX)
18.19
+.32
 Vanguard Windsor II Fund (VWNFX)
31.93
+.45
 Vanguard GNMA Fund (VFIIX)
10.34
+.03
 Vanguard High Yield Corporate Fund (VWEHX)
6.18
+.01
 Vanguard Total Bond Index (VBMFX)
10.08
+.02
 Chase Growth Fund (CHASX)
19.85
+.32
 Fidelity Asset Manager (FASMX)
16.25
+.15
 Fidelity Growth and Income (FGRIX)
35.22
+.54
 Fidelity Magellan Fund (FMAGX)
109.46
+2.35
 Fidelity Small Company Instl (FMACX)
20.03
+.26
 Fidelity Value Fund (FDVLX)
77.55
+1.31
 Spartan US Equity Index Fund (FUSEX) 45.06 +1.41
 Domini Social Equity Fund (DSEFX)
30.54
+.32

 





~ Reminders ~




 

T-AGS OCEANOGRAPHIC SURVEY SHIPS MANNING REQUIREMENTS

REQUIRED COURSEWORK

All MM&P members are reminded that to sail aboard the T-AGS ships that MM&P-contracted Horizon Lines will be operating, you must have the required training certification and your certificates must be current in accordance with Military Sealift Command requirements. Members are also required to have had a MSC pre-employment physical and to possess Ship Security Clearance (see below).

The MSC Contract calls for all training certificates required for manning of these vessels to be no older than 5 years and that all STCW-95 courses be renewed every 5 years, or annually, as applicable.

Five-year renewable courses include, but are not limited to:

  • Advanced Fire Fighting
  • Basic Safety Training, and
  • Damage Control

Small Arms certificates must be less than 1 year old and MUST NOT expire during your tour of duty.

Members interested in applying for one of the positions onboard the T-AGS vessels are advised to make sure your certificates are up to date. If not, contact Mary Matlock or Diane Ford at MITAGS Admissions, email: admissions@mitags.org, and schedule to take the course(s) needed.

Those MM&P members interested in obtaining more information and facts about the T-AGS Oceanographic Vessels are asked to email the Director of Special Projects requesting the “facts sheet”. It will be provided by return email in an Adobe Acrobat PDF format.

Members interested in employment on the T-AGS ships are asked to provide a 1-2 page resume. Please list the desired position you are seeking along with the certificates of training you possess and their dates. Upon receipt it will be forwarded to Horizon Lines and a confirmation sent back to the member. Vessel turnover commenced Oct.17, 2004. Positions for all ratings remain open.

The point of contact for sending a resume for employment on the Horizon Lines T-AGS Oceanographic Vessels is Richard Plant, MM&P’s Director of Special Projects. Send resumes in an email or as a Word file attachment to him at: rplant@bridgedeck.org, by fax to 410-850-0973 or by mail to:

Richard Plant, Director of Special Projects

IOMM&P
700 Maritime Blvd.
Linthicum Heights, MD 21090



SHIP SECURITY CLEARANCE NEEDED

Members who want to sail for Horizon Lines on the T-AGS Oceanographic Survey vessels the company is set to begin operating for MSC must have Ship Security Clearance before going aboard.

Special software must be downloaded from the US Government’s Defense Security Service to complete the Security Clearance application. You must have an Internet connection and a Windows-based computer to retrieve the application and run the program.

Go to https://sclient.dss.mil/download/w9xfull.htm to download the software titled “EPSQ SUBJECT2_2”.

After the software is installed and the program is launched, select “Create” from the menu bar at the top of the screen. You will be required to enter your Social Security Number and a case-sensitive password. A window titled “Type of Form” will appear.

All Deck Officers should select the first button titled “Request for Security Clearance (SF86)” and then click “OK” to go to the next screen, “Type of Investigation”.

From the “Type of Investigation” screen:

  • Masters and Radio Officers should select the first button, “Single Scope Background Investigation (SSBI)”.
  • All other Deck Officers (C/M, 2/M, 3/M) should click on the second button, “National Agency Check (NAC or NACLC)”.

After selecting the appropriate investigation type, click on “OK” to begin filling in the forms.

 



MSC PHYSICALS

Horizon Lines requests all mariners seeking employment aboard the T-AGS Oceanographic vessels to take their MSC Physical at specially-designated facilities only after being advised to do so by the Company. This is to assure that all requirements of the MSC Physical are properly met.

 


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:

4.75 percent for terms up to 24 months.
Standard loan rates for longer-term loans are:

5.00 percent for 25-48 months;
5.75 percent for 49-60 months ($20,000 minimum); and
6.25 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

NOTICE TO MEMBERS WHO ARE TAKING VIOXX

On Sept.30, Merck & Co. voluntarily withdrew Vioxx, a popular anti-inflammatory medication, from the market. As a result, individuals who are currently taking the drug have been asked to contact their health care professionals to discuss discontinuing use of Vioxx and possible alternative treatments.

MM&P Plans Administrator Valerie Verrecchio reports that, “We have gotten a number of calls from members who want to know what to do with their remaining supply of Vioxx and whether the Plan or NMHC will refund their co-pay for the unused portion.

“Unfortunately, neither NMHC nor the Plan was aware of the Merck decision prior to the public announcement on Sept.30. As of that date, all deliveries of Vioxx to our members was suspended in accordance with Merck’s announcement. Orders that had already been processed and were in transit could not be stopped.

“In regard to refunds, Merck has set up a website at www.vioxx.com where members can obtain information on how to recover refunds from Merck for the unused portion of medication. Members can also call following toll free number for information: 1-888-368-4699.

“We are sorry for any inc onvenience this may have caused to members currently taking this medication, however, the matter is out of the control of the Plans.”



NMHC MAIL-ORDER PRESCRIPTIONS WEBSITE UPDATED & IMPROVED

MM&P Plans Administrator Valerie Verrecchio reports, “Good news! NMHC mail has finally gotten their website upgraded and functioning properly. I went in and tested it myself and found it to be quite user friendly.”

To use NMHC’s upgraded service, go to the NMHC Mail website at www.nmhcmail.com and click on “MEMBER LOGIN” at the bottom of the screen.

First-time and Registered users may bypass the welcome screen and go directly to the log-in page at https://members.nmhcrx.com/Login/Login.aspx.

  • First-time users should then click on the link marked “NEW USER: REGISTER HERE”.
    This will take you to a page titled “MEMBER REGISTRATION” where you will need to enter demographic information and submit it by clicking on the
  • “CREATE ACCOUNT” button.

After creating your account, NMHC will email you a password to gain entry into your records. With your first sign-in, the NMHC system will prompt you to change the NMHC password to one of your own choosing.

Once you are registered at NMHC, you can check the status of open orders by logging-in to the system through the “MEMBER LOGIN” page and going into the “MAIL ORDER” menu. You can look up all prescriptions and get the price our members will pay for any medication. You can also view an order history of all of your medication transactions (both retail and mail) for the last 24 months, locate 24-hour pharmacies in your zip code region as well as access other helpful member education information.

“We hope this welcome improvement will assist our members. Although you cannot order refills on line if you don’t provide a credit or debit card number, you can phone in your refill. Once you register on the website, you will still have access to all of the other information including checking the status of your order once it is phoned in,” said Ms. Verrecchio.



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”.



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