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Wheelhouse Weekly – January 07, 2008

January 7th 2008

 

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

Volume 12 . . . . . Number 1. . . .January 7, 2008

STORIES COVERED

Also

REMINDERS

T-AGS Oceanographic Survey Ships Info

Required Coursework

Security Clearances

MSC Physicals

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.


PATRIOT SEEKS RESUMES FOR JOBS ON USNS HAYES AND USNS WATERS

Patriot Contract Services is accepting resumes for officer positions on the USNS HAYES and the USNS WATERS. The anticipated turnover date for the USNS WATERS is Jan. 30, with USNS HAYES to follow closely. Early identification of all officer crewing is vital because a SECRET security clearance is required for all officers prior to assignment to the ships. Please send your resume, including most recent training, by e-mail to john.howe@asmhq.com or fax to (925) 296-2051.


MORE TWIC CENTERS OPEN; STEP-BY-STEP GUIDE TO ONLINE PRE-ENROLLMENT

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has announced that enrollment centers for the Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) will open in Victoria, Texas, on Jan. 16; in Kahului, Maui, on Jan. 17; and in Kauai on Jan. 25.  Mariners are not required to hold a TWIC until Sept. 25. Until then, they can access secure areas of ports by presenting a merchant mariner’s document (MMD) and a photo ID. TSA is encouraging mariners to pre-enroll online by logging on to www.tsa.gov/twic.

The Wheelhouse Weekly recently ran an article featuring a step-by-step description of the pre-enrollment process. Members have contacted MM&P to say they followed the instructions and completed the pre-enrollment process quickly. Below, the steps to follow: 

  1. Click on “Pre-enrollment.”
  2. Click on “Apply for a TWIC,” or “Register.”
  3. Fill out form with personal information. 
  4. Create a user ID and a password. (Tip: Read password rules and follow instructions carefully.)
  5. Complete the pre-enrollment form and print out the receipt.  (Remember: Bring the receipt, which includes your name and a bar code, to the enrollment center.)
  6. A welcome page with your name appears, along with instructions on how to set up an appointment.
  7. Click on “Find an Enrollment Center.” Fill out your address, then click “Find.”
  8. A list of the nearest enrollment center sites will pop up, along with their addresses. Select a site. Click on “Address” for directions.   
  9. A one-week calendar will appear, with highlights indicating appointment times available between 7:30 a.m. and 5:10 p.m. Select date and time. (Appointments can only be made online or in-person. There are no phone numbers listed for any of the enrollment centers.)
  10. The next screen summarizes appointment information. Click on “Make Appointment” to confirm.
  11. The Appointment Confirmation Card pops up. Print this document and bring it to the enrollment center. 
  12. For more information, click on, “What to Bring to the Enrollment Center.”

WHEN YOU GO TO PICK-UP YOUR TWIC: TAKE A BOOK� OR TWO

When you go to pick up your TWIC card at a local enrollment center, consider bringing along a book and a sandwich. Several members have contacted MM&P to say that picking up their cards turned into something quite different from the five-minute stop that they had been led by TSA to expect. One member says he wished he had had a snack to nibble on while waiting in line. Here’s his report: 

“You are notified of your card’s readiness by e-mail or a recorded phone message. The two people ahead of me had been duly notified, but their cards were not to be found. My card was there, and, after 15 minutes, I was told that there were several people ahead of me waiting to be ‘activated,’ and I should probably go get something to eat. When I asked how many were ahead, the answer was a shrug, and a finger pointed at some yellow sticky pad slips with names entered, crossed off, and who knows what. I was then told that each card takes 10 to 15 minutes… for information to be downloaded onto it (activation). There appears to be only one person and one computer station doing that process. You do the math! They will hold your card so you can return at a later time to wait again.”

Let us know, as you complete the TWIC process, whether you have advice for other mariners who are applying for the cards.


APL-MARAD AGREEMENT TO USE AMERICAN MARITIME CADETS ON INTERNATIONAL CONTAINER VESSELS

The Department of Transportation has announced an agreement that will allow U.S. maritime cadets to serve on international container vessels. The agreement was signed by APL Liner Ltd. Chief Executive Officer Ronald D. Widdows and MARAD Administrator Sean Connaughton. It allows sea tours for maritime academy cadets on board vessels trading internationally. Under the terms of the agreement, cadets from the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy and all six state maritime academies will be able to sail on board vessels operated by APL. “Students need sailing time on working vessels to obtain the necessary licenses, and there are not enough opportunities currently available on U.S. ships,” according to an official Maritime Administration release.


DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE REFILES SUIT AGAINST INTERNATIONAL LONGSHOREMEN’S ASSOCIATION

At the last minute, the Department of Justice (DOJ) has refiled its civil racketeering lawsuit against the International Longshoremen’s Association (ILA). The original lawsuit, which was filed in 2005, was dismissed Nov. 1 by U.S. District Court Judge Leo Glasser. In dismissing the suit, the judge said he had found numerous serious inconsistencies and shortcomings in the government’s legal case, but gave DOJ 60 days in which to refile. The government has alleged the ILA violated the federal racketeering (RICO) act. The new suit was filed on New Year’s Eve. The ILA says it is studying the lawsuit and has not yet issued a public comment.



TWO DEAD, EIGHT MISSING, AFTER BULGARIAN CONTAINER SHIP SINKS

At least two crewmembers are dead and eight are missing after a Bulgarian cargo ship, the VANESSA, sank in the Sea of Azov last week. One mariner was rescued after the vessel sank in rough seas as it headed towards the Kerch Strait bound for Bourgas after loading scrap metal at Berdyansk. A rescue vessel found two bodies and one severely frostbitten survivor before being forced to return to port as a second storm approached. The rescued sailor said he saw four of his fellow crewmembers on a life raft. There were ten Bulgarian crewmembers and a Ukrainian pilot aboard the vessel when it left Berdyansk.


MM&P MEMBER, HOLDER OF ONE OF WORLD’S COOLEST JOBS, PROFILED IN POPULAR MECHANICS

MM&P Offshore member Andy Merrill is featured in the December 2007 issue of Popular Mechanics. Merrill is photographed on the bridge of Matson Navigation’s MV MANULANI as part of a column called “The World’s Coolest Jobs.”

The article, “This Is My Job: Merchant Marine Captain,” reports that the $145 million 712-ft. vessel can carry 2600 20-ft. containers. The ship has a 38,000-hp diesel engine, which turns a 23.6 ft-diameter propeller. At top speed, the MANULANI consumes 52 gallons of fuel per mile. On the round trip from Long Beach to Shanghai, the vessel consumes about 500,000 gallons of fuel, the reporter says.  

An interactive version of the article is posted at www.popularmechanics.com. By clicking on each of the four numbers displayed, viewers learn about the ship’s navigation instruments, throttle and other special features.



COAST GUARD ISSUES ADVISORY ON PROPER PROCEDURES FOR ADVANCE NOTICE OF ARRIVAL

The Coast Guard has published an outline of the proper procedures for completing the “Electronic Submission of a Notice of Arrival.” There are three methods of submission:

  • the Electronic Notice of Arrival/Departure (e-NOA/D) is an Internet-based application;
  • the InfoPath e-NOA/D is a stand-alone application; Microsoft’s InfoPath-based application allows the NOA/NOD to be submitted either online or off-line;
  • a Direct XML submission can be made via a web service.
  • The Coast Guard said all three methods meet its requirements, as outlined in 33 CFR 160, as well as the Customs and Border Patrol requirements outlined in 8 CFR Parts 217, 231, and 251, and 19 CFR Parts 4, 122, and 178. The Coast Guard said, however, that only an electronic submission of a NOA/NOD fulfills the CBP’s Advance Passenger Information System (APIS) requirements. The agency has asked that shore-side personnel agents and shipowners and operators work together to prevent the submission of duplicate NOAs/NODs.  



    SOUTHEAST ALASKA PILOTS ASSOCIATION SEEKS TRAINEE CANDIDATES

    The Southeast Alaska Pilots Association, Ketchikan, Alaska, seeks qualified candidates for prospective positions. The deadline for submitting applications is Feb. 8. The examination will be held March 10-14 in Seattle. For more information, go to: www.seapa.com/application_info.html.


    GREAT LAKES FREIGHTER CALUMET RETIRES, SIGNALING END OF AN ERA

    The 603-foot CALUMET, a Great Lakes freighter sailed for years by members of MM&P’s Great Lakes & Rivers Group, is on her way to the International Marine Salvage yard at the southern end of the Welland Canal. 

    The CALUMET entered service in 1929 as the flagship of U.S. Steel Corp. It was originally named the MYRON C. TAYLOR in honor of a board member of U.S. Steel who would later go on to become the company’s  chairman and chief executive.

    In 2001, Grand River Navigation bought the ship and renamed it the CALUMET. It carried limestone and hauled salt from Cleveland’s Cargill mines for the next seven years until an accident on Nov. 15. The CALUMET had just dropped a load of limestone at the Ontario Stone Co.,  in Cleveland and was pulling back into the harbor to turn around when a gust of wind blew it into a concrete wall, splitting a side and ending the ship’s long career a couple of months ahead of schedule.

    Of more than 300 American and Canadian freighters that worked the Great Lakes from 1920 through 1960, fewer than 140 remain today.


    MITAGS ACADEMIC NOTES

    CLASS OPENINGS: Between now and March 3, 2008, seats are available in the following courses:

    AIS ECDIS 3 for Pilots � Automatic Identification System and Electronic Chart Display Information System (3 day) for Pilots: 1/28
    ARPA – Automatic Radar Plotting Aids: 1/14

    BRM � Bridge Resource Management: 2/18
    BRMP � Bridge Resource Management for Pilots: 1/31
    BST � Basic Safety Training: 2/4

    [CMM – Chief Mate and Master Courses]
    CMM-ADVWX � Advanced Meteorology: 1/21
    CMM-CHS I � Advanced Cargo Handling (week 1): 2/4
    CMM-CHS II � Advanced Cargo Handling (week 2): 2/11
    CMM-MPP � Marine Propulsion Plants: 2/18
    CMM-SHS-ADV-I-Advanced Shiphandling (week 1): 1/7, 1/21, 2/25
    CMM-SHS-ADV-II-Advanced Shiphandling (week 2): 1/28, 2/11
    CMM-SHMGT-I � Ship Management (week 1): 2/25
    CMM-SHMGT-II� Ship Management (week 2): 3/3
    CMM-VPEN � Voyage Planning and Electronic Navigation: 1/14

    CONT PLNG � Contingency Planning Workshop: 1/25

    FF-BADV � Combined Basic & Advanced Fire Fighting: 2/4

    HAZ � Hazardous Materials (5 day) Course: 1/7

    LEG � Legal Aspects of Pilotage: 1/30

    MED-PIC � Medical Person-In-Charge: 1/7, 2/11
    MED-PRO � Medical Care Provider: 1/7, 2/11
    MED-DOT-DA – Dept. of Trans Drug & Alcohol Testing: 1/12, 2/16
    MEDIA RSP � Media Response: 1/24

    [MSC – Military Sealift Command]
    MSC-CBRD-1 � CBRD Orientation: 1/26
    MSC-DC � Damage Control: 1/24

    ROR-1 – Radar Observer Renewal: 1/14, 2/18

    SEC-VCF � Security Officer: Vessel, Company & Facility: 1/21
    SHS-BAS � Basic Shiphandling: 2/18
    SHS-ESH- BRMP � Emergency Shiphandling & Bridge Resource Management for Pilots: 1/28

    TPIC – Tankerman Person-In-Charge Dangerous Liquids: 2/11

    �and 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 Email: admissions@mitags.org.


    PMI ACADEMIC NOTES

    Winter 2008

    Due to the high demand for this program, PMI has now scheduled another that is already close to full enrollment for its 2007-start date. See the PMI Web site at www.mates.org for more info on this new development.

    FOR REGISTRATION CALL JENNIFER FOWLER: 206 838-1126

    SCHEDULE OF COURSES – (Course schedule also posted online at www.mates.org)

    January 2008
    8-11ARPA
    14-18WX BAS
    14-18SHS BAS
    14-25GMDSS
    14-1TCNAV
    21-1WKP
    22ROR
    28-1MED PRO
    28-2GMDSS
    28-8MED PIC
    28-1FF ADV
    28-29FF BAS

    February 2008
    4-8 ROR
    4-8 BST
    4-8 AB
    11-15TPIC
    12-15LFBT
    11ROR
    11-12SAR
    11-15TPIC
    12-15ARPA
    12-15LFBT
    13-15EP
    16FL
    18-22ENAV
    18-22MED PRO
    18-29MED PIC
    18-22SHS BAS
    25ROR
    25-29ARPA
    25-29ECDIS
    25-7CNAV

    March 2008
    3-7BST
    3-14GMDSS
    4-7LFBT
    10-11SAR
    10-12SEC VCF
    10-14AB
    12-14EP
    17-21TPIC
    17-28SHS ADV
    17-28GMDSS
    24-28ECDIS
    24-28FF ADV
    24-4GMDSS
    27-28FF BAS

    April 2008
    7          ROR
    7-11     STB BAS
    7-11     SHS EMR
    7-11     BST
    8-11     ARPA
    14-18  CHS BAS
    14-18  SHS ADV
    21-25  ROP
    22-25  AFF
    28-5/2 WX BAS
    28-5/2 SHS BAS
    28-5/16 TCNAV

    May 2008
    5-9       MED PRO
    5-9       SHS EMR
    8-9       BFF
    12-15   SHS BAS
    12-16   ECDIS
    12-16   BST
    12-16   ROP
    12-15   TPIC
    19-23   WKP BAS
    19-23   ROP
    26        ROR
    27         FL
    27-30  ARPA
    27-29  AFF
    27-31  WKP BAS/BRM
    28-30 CHS BAS

    June 2008
    2          FL
    2-20    TCNAV/CO
    2-6      ROP
    2-6      SHS ASSESS
    3-5      AFF
    9         ROR
    9-13    SHS ASSESS
    9-13    BST
    9-20    GMDSS
    10        FL
    10-13  ARPA
    16-20  MED PRO
    16-20  SHS BAS
    16-20  BST
    16-27  MED PIC
    23-25  SEC VCF
    23-27  ROP
    23-27  BAFF

    For registration call Jennifer Fowler 888-893-7829

    PMI MERCHANDISE FOR SALE!!!

    High-quality clothing embroidered with the NEW PMI logo! We can ship these items also! Acceptable forms of payment are check, credit card, money order and exact cash. Call Laura Bendixen at 888-893-7829 for prices and to order. If we don’t have your size, we’ll be glad to special order for you at no extra cost.


    MM&P MARKET WATCH AS OF 1-4-2008

    D O W N A S D A Q S & P 500
    12,800 2,505 1,412
    Fund Name & Trading Symbol
     Closing
    Price
     Vanguard Asset Allocation Fund(VAARX)
    64.87
     Vanguard 500 Index Fund (VFINX)
    129.95
     Vanguard Extended Market Index Fund (VEXMX)
    37.88
     Vanguard International Growth Fund (VWIGX)
    24.06
     Vanguard Morgan Growth Fund (VMRGX)
    18.77
     Vanguard Windsor II Fund (VWNFX)
    30.14
     Vanguard GNMA Fund (VFIIX)
    10.44
     Vanguard Growth Index Fund (VIGRX)
    31.82
     Vanguard High Yield Corporate (VWEHX)
    5.87
     Vanguard LifeStrategy Conservative Growth (VSCGX)
    16.89
     Vanguard LifeStrategy Growth Fund (VASGX)
    24.25
     Vanguard LifeStrategy Income Fund (VASIX)
    14.17
     Vanguard LifeStrategy Moderate Growth (VSMGX)
    20.72
     Vanguard Target Retirement 2005 (VTOVX)
    11.89
     Vanguard Target Retirement 2015 (VTXVX)
    12.78
     Vanguard Target Retirement 2025 (VTTVX)
    13.33
     Vanguard Target Retirement 2035 (VTTHX)
    14.13
     Vanguard Target Retirement 2045 (VTIVX)
    14.59
     Vanguard Total Bond Index (VBMFX)
    10.25
     Vanguard Total Stock Market Index Fund (VTSMX)
    33.92
     Chase Growth Fund (CHASX)
    20.28
     Fidelity Asset Manager (FASMX)
    15.24
     Fidelity Growth and Income (FGRIX)
    26.07
     Fidelity Intermediate bond Fund (FTHRX)
    10.23
     Fidelity Magellan Fund (FMAGX)
    90.09
     Fidelity Small Company Instl (FMACX)
    17.43
     Fidelity Value Fund (FDVLX)
    71.01
     Fidelity Equity-Income II Fund (FEQTX)
    22.08
     Fidelity Blue Chip Growth Fund (FBGRX)
    42.32
     Fidelity Diversified International Fund (FDIVX)
    38.66
     Fidelity Dividend Growth Fund (FDGFX)
    28.25
     Fidelity Freedom Income (FFFAX)
    11.40
     Fidelity Freedom 2000 (FFFBX)
    12.29
     Fidelity Freedom 2010 (FFFCX)
    14.59
     Fidelity Freedom 2020 (FFFDX)
    15.43
     Fidelity Freedom 2030 (FFFEX)
    16.01
     Fidelity Freedom 2040 (FFFFX)
    9.41
     Fidelity Freedom 2050 (FFFHX)
    11.03
     Fidelity Total Bond Fund (FTBFX)
    10.40
     Spartan Extended market Index Fund (FSEMX)
    36.43
     Spartan US Equity Index Fund (FUSEX)
    49.91
     Domini Social Equity Fund (DSEFX)
    30.62






    ~ 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:

    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”.



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