Wheelhouse Weekly – January 06, 2005

January 6th 2005



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

Volume 9 . . . . . Number 1 . . . . January 6, 2005





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West Coast Offshore officials and a hard-working rank-and-file committee secured a ten-year contract with ASM last week. Pacific Ports Vice President Don Marcus reports that negotiations successfully concluded with the signing of an agreement that will maintain our wage and benefits standards and working conditions for the next ten years. As reported last week, it remains necessary for ASM to extend their ship management contract with APL/NOL beyond September 30, 2005.

Marcus said that “the ball is now in ASM’s court to make a compelling ship-management contract proposal to their principal: APL/NOL.” ASM has pledged that it will do whatever it takes on their part to hold onto their nine Maritime Security Program vessels.

Copies of the agreement are available at our Union Halls and the agreement will soon be sent to Offshore members for ratification. The signing of the agreement capped a year-long effort by the Company to negotiate a new agreement for the next generation Maritime Security Program. After a series of meetings in San Francisco and Walnut Creek in December, MM&P agreed to terms that maintain contract standards and bring incremental contract improvements in the future.

Special thanks to rank and file committee members Bill Mahoney, Mark Remijan, John Dolan and Brian Spillane, who gave up valuable time with their families over the Holidays as well as to Agent-Pacific Ports Dave Boatner who was of great service during the negotiations.



MM&P’s Offshore Division is pleased to announce a new “Members’ Welfare Plan” that can help Offshore members pay for COBRA premiums during periods of significant financial hardship. This new benefit is the result of a financial settlement between MM&P and another Licensed Officers’ Organization.

The idea for this benefit arose out of a Boston Membership meeting and was taken up by the Offshore Vice Presidents with the approval and support of International Headquarters. The benefit will continue for at least as long as the settlement funding is available.

Under the Plan, eligible members may be reimbursed for COBRA premiums for up to 18 months (up to 29 months if Social Security disabled). To receive COBRA premium reimbursement, a person must establish that they will suffer significant financial hardship without the reimbursement and meet the following criteria:

Be a member in good standing of the Offshore Membership Group; and have lost, or within 60 days will lose, regular eligibility for benefits under the MM&P Health & Benefit Plan due to insufficient days of work in covered employment; and be unable to work in covered employment for one of the following reasons:

  • His or her own illness or disability; the loss or suspension of his or her license; the need to provide care for a sick or injured immediate family member (parent, child or spouse), or a similar hardship involving an immediate family member; or a labor dispute.
  • If a person dies while a member in good standing of the Offshore Membership Group, his or her surviving spouse and/or dependent children may be reimbursed for up to 36 months of COBRA premiums if they can show significant financial hardship.
  • Only COBRA premiums paid after November 1, 2004, are eligible for reimbursement. Applications for reimbursement must be made on approved forms that will soon be available at the local Port Offices and International Headquarters.

    The Offshore Advisory Committee will review all applications to decide who gets reimbursement. The Committee will try to make funding last as long as possible and provide benefits to those members who need it the most.

Accordingly, there is no guaranty that any applicant will get reimbursed. As between similarly qualified applicants, reimbursement will be provided on a “first come, first served” basis.

Please contact your local representative for further information. This Announcement is only a brief explanation of the Members’ Welfare Plan. Complete Plan rules are set forth in the Summary Plan Description that is available at the local Port Offices and International Headquarters.



The MM&P-crewed SEALAND COMMITMENT narrowly escaped damage in the Port of Sallalah, Oman, by putting to sea early Christmas Day, only a few hours before a devastating tsunami tidal wave swept in the Indian Ocean port of Sallalah, Oman.

By clearing the port a few hours prior to the landfall of the tsunami, the SEALAND COMMITMENT escaped the damage suffered by two other Maersk ships (not crewed by MM&P LDOs) that were also in the Oman port. The MAERSK VIRGINIA broke away and grounded suffering bottom plate damage. An additional Maersk ship also grounded but was quickly re-floated without damage due to the fast action of her crew.

MM&P members aboard the SEALAND COMMITMENT at the time were Capt. Eric Franzen, Chief Mate Neil Shaker, Second Mate Bill Doherty and Third Mate Roger Bumstead.



Ships from the US Navy’s Military Sealift Command crewed by MM&P Licensed Deck Officers will be among those supporting the growing US relief effort for victims of the tsunami that devastated South Asia last week.

The MM&P-crewed Maritime Prepositioning Ship SS MAJ. STEPHEN W. PLESS will be among those carrying food, fuel, medical supplies, construction, road building equipment, electrical power generating equipment, and a Navy field hospital to the area.

Two MSC fleet replenishment oilers, also crewed by MM&P Licensed Deck Officers, the USNS TIPPECANOE and USNS JOHN ERICSSON, have been diverted to provide fuel to US Navy ships in the tsunami relief area. Additionally, two other MM&P-crewed supply ships, the combat stores ship USNS SAN JOSE and the fast combat support ship USNS RAINIER, are underway providing fuel and other supplies to Navy ships in the area and to activities ashore as needed.

In addition, two MSC oceanographic ships, which are newly crewed by MM&P Licensed Deck Officers, have been ordered into the affected area to conduct hydrographic surveys of the ocean bottom where the 9.0 magnitude earthquake occurred. USNS MARY SEARS and USNS JOHN MCDONNELL will sail from Sasebo, Japan, early next week.



Fifteen crewmembers of the foreign-flagged cement carrier SINAR ANDALAS were lost when the ship capsized after it was hit by the tsunami tidal wave while berthed in the port of Lhok Nga in Aceh, on the island of Sumatra in Indonesia.

According to media reports from the region, the province of Aceh bore the brunt of the quake that unleashed the fierce tsunami tidal wave. The 19-crew members were swept away while cargo operations were being conducted. Four of the 19 seafarers were rescued.




The Kings Point Club of Washington DC will host an Inaugural Gala on Wednesday, Jan.19 from 1830 to 2230 for the midshipmen marching in the 55th Presidential Inauguration Parade. The Gala will be held at the conference facilities of MITAGS and is open to anyone who would like to attend. The event will be financed through sponsorships/donations made from industry, alumni, parents, and friends of the US Merchant Marine Academy.

All sponsorship donations should be made payable to the “USMMA Alumni Foundation/Inaugural Gala” and are tax deductible. Individual tickets are priced at $50 each and are not tax deductible. Dress is black tie optional. Deadline for ticket purchase is Jan.7. For sponsorships and individual tickets, contact Frank August at 703-647-4777 or

Rooms are available at MITAGS during the event for $89 per night that includes breakfast the following morning. The MITAGS reservation number is 1-866-900-3517 or 410-859-5700 ext 0. For more info, contact the gala chairman Chris Thayer at 202-685-5549; Email: or chapter president Lee Kincaid at 202-641-6765; Email:



The Masters, Mates & Pilots Federal Credit Union is offering a special Signature Loan to help pay off those higher-rate credit card balances.

Through Jan.31, 2005, eligible MM&P FCU members may borrow up to $1,500 for 10 months at a Standard Rate of 8.75 percent or a Preferred Borrower Rate of 8.00 percent. Special terms and conditions apply and funds for this promotion may be limited.


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.


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 or call 1-800-382-7777 toll-free.

Loan percentage rates for all loans are APR, or Annual Percentage Rate. Savings percentage rates are APY, or Annual Percentage Yield. Loan and Dividend rates are subject to change without notice. Loan approval is subject to income requirements and credit review.




COMP-OPSYS (Computer Operating Systems), designed for members with little or no computer experience, will be offered January 17-21, 2005. Don’t miss the opportunity to attend this seldom-offered course.


Between now and the end of March 2005 seats are available in the following courses:

  • ARPA – Automatic Radar Plotting Aids: 2/07, 3/14
  • BRM – Bridge Resource Management: 1/24, 2/14
  • BRMP – Bridge Resource Management for Pilots: 2/07
  • BST – Basic Safety Training: 1/31, 3/07

    CMM – Chief Mate and Master Courses

  • CMM-ADVSTB – Advanced Stability: 2/14
  • CMM-ADVWX – Advanced Meteorology: 1/31
  • CMM-CHS I- Cargo Handling & Stowage (week 1): 3/28
  • CMM-CHS II- Cargo Handling & Stowage (week 2): 3/21
  • CMM-ECDIS – Electronic Chart Display and Info Systems: 1/10, 2/07, 3/21
  • CMM-MMP – Marine Propulsion Plants: 1/17, 2/21
  • CMM-SHMGT-I – Ship Management (week 1): 1/10, 2/07, 2/28
  • CMM-SHMGT-II – Ship Management (week 2): 3/07
  • CMM-SHS-ADV-I – Advanced Shiphandling (week 1): 1/24, 1/31, 2/14, 3/14, 3/28
  • CMM-SHS-ADV-II- Advanced Shiphandling (week 2): 1/31, 3/21
  • CMM-VPEN – Voyage Planning and Electronic Navigation: 1/24
  • CMM-WKP- Advanced Watchkeeping: 3/14
  • COMP-OPSYS – Computer Operating Systems: 1/17
  • COMP-NET – Computer Networking: 2/28
  • COMP-DB – Computer Databases: 3/28
  • CONT-PLNG – Contingency Planning: 1/21, 2/11, 3/04
  • CSE-AAES – Confined Space Entry, Atmospheric Analysis of Enclosed Spaces (2 day): 3/14
  • FF-BADV – (Combined) Basic and Advanced Firefighting: 1/26, 3/07
  • GMDSS – Global Marine Distress & Safety System: 1/24
  • HAZ – Hazardous Materials [5-day]: 3/28
  • LEG – Legal Aspects of Pilotage: 2/08
  • MEDIA-RSP – Media Response: 1/20, 2/10, 3/03, 3/17
  • MED-DOT-DA – Dept. of Trans Drug & Alcohol Testing: 1/15, 2/12, 3/19
  • MED-PIC – Medical Person-In-Charge: 1/10, 2/07, 3/14
  • MED-PRO – Medical Care Provider: 1/10, 2/07, 3/14

    MSC – Military Sealift Command

  • MSC-CBRD-1 – Chemical Biological Radiological Defense Training Orientation: 1/29, 2/06, 3/03
  • MSC-DC – Damage Control: 1/24, 2/02
  • MSC-SMA – Small Arms Training (4-day): 1/31
  • MSC-SMA-R – Small Arms Re-Qualification (2-day): 2/04
    (must have proof of passing all 3 weapons within 2 years)
  • ROP-5 – Radar Observer Original and Renewal (5-day): 1/17, 3/28
  • ROR-1 – Radar Observer Renewal: 2/07, 3/14
  • SEC-FSO – Facility Security Officer: 2/08
  • SEC-OFF-PCS – Security Officer: Port, Company, Ship: 1/17, 2/28
  • SHS-BAS – Basic Shiphandling: 1/10
  • SHS-EMR5 – Emergency Shiphandling (5-day): 1/17, 3/28
  • TPIC – Tankerman Person-In-Charge: 1/24


If you are scheduled for a course, call, write, or Email admissions to advise whether or not you will attend. Many classes are in demand and maintain a Standby List. “No Shows” are missed training opportunities for other members.


Courses are subject to change. Check the MITAGS website for up-to-date course descriptions associated with all course title abbreviations, and for schedule revisions and updated course availability. You can also check future schedules, review detailed course descriptions and register on-line or contact Admissions at or by calling toll-free, 1-866-656-5568.


All the courses below will be conducted at the new Pacific Maritime Institute facility located in Seattle at 1727 Alaskan Way South, Pier 34. The new facility features a state-of-the art Ship Simulator that has to be experienced. PMI phone numbers remain the same. Come see the new facility at PMI’s “Maritime Technology and Career Center”.

January 2005

  • 1/10-11: Search and Rescue
  • 1/10-12: Ship/Company Security Officer
  • 1/10-14: ECDIS
  • 1/10-14: Basic Safety Training
  • 1/12-14: Emergency Procedures
  • 1/13-14: Basic Firefighting
  • 1/17-21: Able Bodied Seaman
  • 1/18-19: MAXIMO
  • 1/17-28: GMDSS
  • 1/24-25: Ratings Forming Part of a Navigational Watch
  • 1/24-28: Radar Observer Unlimited
  • 1/24-27: Personal Survival Craft/Lifeboatman
  • 1/24-27: Fast Rescue Boat
  • 1/24/28: Tankerman Person-In-Charge
  • 1/24-28: Medical Care Provider
  • 1/24-2/04: Medical Person-In-Charge
  • 1/24-2/04: GMDSS
  • 1/24-28: Emergency Shiphandling
  • 1/31: Radar Recertification
  • 1/31-2/04: ARPA
  • 1/31-2/04: Electronic Navigation
  • 1/31-2/11: Advanced Shiphandling

February 2005

  • 2/07-11: Electronic Navigation
  • 2/07-18: GMDSS
  • 2/14: Radar Recertification
  • 2/14-18: Basic Safety Training
  • 2/14-18: ARPA
  • 2/14-18: Emergency Shiphandling
  • 2/14-25: Celestial Navigation
  • 2/14-25: 100 Ton Course
  • 2/21-25: Personal Survival Craft/Lifeboatman
  • 2/21-25: Basic Shiphandling
  • 2/21-24: Fast Rescue Boat
  • 2/28-3/4: Basic and Advanced Firefighting
  • 2/28-3/4: Basic Meteorology
  • 2/28-3/2: Ship/Company Security Officer
  • 2/28-3/11: GMDSS

March 2005

  • 3/07-11: Construction and Stability
  • 3/14-18: Basic Safety Training
  • 3/17-18: Basic Firefighting
  • 3/14-18: Cargo Handling and Stowage
  • 3/14-18: ARPA
  • 3/14-18: Tankerman Person-In-Charge
  • 3/21-25: Able Bodied Seaman
  • 3/21-24: Personal Survival Craft/Lifeboatman
  • 3/21-25: Medical Care Provider
  • 3/21-4/01: Medical Person-In-Charge
  • 3/21-25: ECDIS
  • 3/21-24: Fast Rescue Boat
  • 3/28-29: Ratings Forming Part of a Navigational Watch
  • 3/28-29: Search and Rescue
  • 3/30-4/01: Emergency Procedures
  • 3/28-4/01: ARPA
  • 3/28: Radar Recertification
  • 3/28-4/01: Emergency Shiphandling

For registration and more info call DeeDee Lazik or Jennifer Fowler at 888-893-7829, check the PMI website at or Email PMI at



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~ Reminders ~




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.

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:, 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 commences Oct.17, 2004 and will continue until Jan.3, 2005. Crew rotations will start beginning as early as January 2005 and will continue through as late as June 2005. 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:, by fax to 410-850-0973 or by mail to:

Richard Plant, Director of Special Projects

700 Maritime Blvd.
Linthicum Heights, MD 21090


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 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.

When complete and all information has been validated, click on “Communications” from the menu bar at the top of the screen and select “Transmit to Security Officer”. Save the file to the hard drive on your computer using your last name (surname) as the file name. Send this file as an email attachment to Mike Bohlman at Horizon Lines, His phone number is 908-259-2803. You will need to provide Mike Bohlman with your name and the case-sensitive password you assigned to the file in order for Horizon Lines to open the file and process your Security Clearance.


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.

On Dec.6, MM&P members will begin manning the third of seven T-AGS ships operated by Horizon. The USNS SUMNER will be crewed-up in Portland, OR. MM&P wishes the crew a safe voyage and happy holidays.




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 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.”


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 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

  • 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.


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

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.



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)


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 and click on “Union Made Product Search”. To shop for union-made products online, go to



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,, 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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