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Wheelhouse Weekly – January 12, 2009

January 12th 2009

 

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

Volume 13 . . . . . Number 2. . . .January 12, 2009

STORIES COVERED

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.


MORE CONTAINER SHIP LAYUPS AS ECONOMY SLOWS

Unemployed liner capacity increased to 550,000 TEUs at the end of the first week in January, according to maritime industry consulting firm AXS-Alphaliner. As of last week, 210 containerships were idle as carriers continued to reduce service in response to slowing demand. The cuts extend across virtually every route. In December, it was reported that year-over-year cargo volume at America’s major retail container ports fell for the 16th straight month in November, making 2008 the slowest year since 2004.


REQUIRED MINIMUM IRA DISTRIBUTIONS SUSPENDED FOR 2009

You do not have to take a required minimum distribution (RMD) from your tax-deferred retirement accounts for calendar year 2009, thanks to a recent change in federal law. Most retirement plan participants have the following options: if you wish to continue receiving RMDs from Vanguard or another financial institution, you need do nothing and your payments will continue as scheduled; as before, these distributions are generally taxable as income. If you wish to stop your 2009 RMDs, call your financial service provider immediately. Vanguard can be reached at 800-523-1188, Monday through Friday, from 8:30 a.m. to 9 p.m., EST. Mandated RMDs will resume in 2010.


MM&P INTERIM CONSTITUTION, CONVENTION MINUTES, ON MEMBERS’ ONLY SITE

The minutes of the 82nd MM&P Convention have been posted to the Members’ Only section of www.bridgedeck.org. Also posted is an interim version of the MM&P Constitution, which is undergoing revisions in response to input from the Department of Labor (DOL). As previously reported, in the process of a national review of the constitutions and bylaws of labor organizations aimed at identifying any sections that could result in a violation of the law, DOL identified certain provisions in the MM&P Constitution that could be in conflict with the Labor-Management Reporting and Disclosure Act (LMRDA) as currently interpreted by DOL. MM&P’s Constitution was drafted many years ago as a transition document to restructure the MM&P from a union of individual locals to an international union. The Constitution has been amended a number of times since then, but the amendments did not fully address the changes that have taken place in government regulations or the organizational structure of MM&P.

The MM&P Legal Department, in consultation with the General Executive Board (GEB), drafted proposed amendments to address the concerns of the DOL. Although the GEB has the authority between Conventions to amend the Constitution as necessary to remove any conflict with federal law, the GEB referred its proposed amendments to the 82nd MM&P Convention (June 2008).

Delegates to the Convention decided that it is appropriate to undertake a full review of the Constitution and that the next Convention in the summer of 2010 will be a Constitutional Convention. The 82nd Convention adopted a temporary interim Constitution incorporating the proposed amendments. The interim Constitution will remain in place until the Constitutional Convention considers a more comprehensive revision. The Convention established an Ad Hoc Constitution Working Group to meet during the interim period to draft proposed amendments for consideration by the Constitutional Convention. After action by the Constitutional Convention, the amended Constitution will be submitted to the membership for final adoption by a secret referendum ballot.

It is the intent of the Ad Hoc Constitution Working Group to circulate their proposed amendments to the Convention delegates and the membership for comment and input well in advance of the next Convention. Comments can be e-mailed to: Constitution@bridgedeck.org.


PIRATES RELEASE SAUDI SUPERTANKER AND CREW

Pirates holding a Saudi-owned oil supertanker off the coast of Somalia set the vessel and its crew free Friday after reportedly receiving a ransom payment totaling $3 million. The ship, the VLCC SIRIUS STAR, had been seized Nov. 15. All 23 members of the crew were reportedly safe and in good health. The Liberian-flagged tanker, owned by the Saudi oil company Aramco, is carrying two million barrels of crude oil. Eyewitnesses reported that as the pirates were escaping from the vessel, their skiff capsized in rough seas. Four pirates drowned and some of the ransom money was lost. Meanwhile, in a separate incident, pirates also released the MV DELIGHT, an Iranian-chartered ship carrying wheat from Germany that had been captured in November and the BOURBON LEDA, a fast supply intervention vessel.


NAUTILUS UK GENERAL SECRETARY BRIAN ORRELL RECOGNIZED FOR WORK ON BEHALF OF SEAFARERS

The Nautical Institute has awarded an honorary fellowship to Brian Orrell, general secretary of the British officers’ union, Nautilus, in recognition of his years of work on behalf of the world’s seafarers. The Nautical Institute limits the award to only 25 people, with no more than two awards made in any given year. In accepting the award, Orrell spoke of the urgent need to address issues such as fatigue, recruitment, retention and the unjust and illegal criminalization of seafarers involved in maritime accidents. “Never has the need [for action] been so great,” he said. “For years, we have been shouting on the touchline about the coming crisis in the maritime profession. But the lack of response leaves us feeling as if we are voices in the wilderness.” Orrell received the honorary fellowship award from Nautical Institute President Richard Coates, who called Orrell “a straight talker with high professional standards who has always been a major champion in the fields of training and welfare for seafarers.”


COAST GUARD AMENDS SALVAGE AND FIREFIGHTING RESPONSE PLAN REQUIREMENTS FOR OIL-CARRYING TANK VESSELS

The Coast Guard is amending vessel response plan salvage and firefighting requirements for oil-carrying tank vessels. The changes are intended to clarify the salvage and marine firefighting services that must be identified in vessel response plans and to set new response-time requirements for each. The Coast Guard said the amendments are aimed at ensuring that salvage and marine firefighting resources are identified and available in case of accident. The final rule is effective Jan. 30, except for the amendment to Sec. 155.1050, which takes effect Feb. 12. Comments are part of docket USCG-1998-3417 and are available for inspection or copying at the Docket Management Facility (M-30), U.S. Department of Transportation, West Building Ground Floor, Room W12-140, 1200 New Jersey Avenue, S.E., Washington, D.C. 20590. The docket is also posted online at http://www.regulations.gov. Select the “Advanced Docket Search” option on the right side of the screen, insert USCG-1998-3417 in the Docket ID box, press “Enter” and then click on the item in the Docket ID column. If you have questions on the rule, contact Ryan Allain at 202-372-1226 or by e-mail at Ryan.D.Allain@uscg.mil. If you have questions on viewing the docket, call Renee V. Wright, Program Manager, Docket Operations, at 202-366-9826.


TWIC COUNTDOWN: 93 DAYS UNTIL ALL MARINERS MUST HAVE A TWIC

Reminder: April 15 is the deadline for all mariners and other maritime industry workers to obtain the Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC).


CALIFORNIA ATTORNEY GENERAL FILES NEW LAWSUIT IN COSCO BUSAN CASE

California Attorney General Edmund G. Brown Jr. filed suit last week to recover damages on behalf of public bodies involved in the response to the 2007 COSCO BUSAN oil spill. Parties to the suit are the California Department of Fish and Game’s Office of Spill Prevention and Response, the State Lands Commission and the State WaterBoard. The suit names as codefendants the owners, operators and pilot of the COSCO BUSAN. The vessel’s allision with the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge resulted in a 53,000 gallon oil spill. The state seeks to recover damages to restore natural resources compromised by the spill, as well as the costs of response, containment and clean-up.


JOBS AVAILABLE ON T-AGS VESSELS

There are three positions currently open on the T-AGS oceanographic survey ships: Chief Mate on the USNS HEEZEN (120 days; reporting date Feb. 2); Second Mate on the USNS BOWDITCH (120 days; reporting date Jan. 17); Second Mate on the USNS JOHN MCDONNELL (120 days; reporting date Jan. 30). The jobs can be bid with a port relief card instead of regular shipping card. Mariners on vacation can also take these jobs. If you are interested in taking one of these jobs, please immediately contact Charlie Moy in MM&P’s New York/New Jersey Hall, 201-963-1918 or nynj@bridgedeck.org


APPLICANTS’ COURSE FOR D-BOOK MEMBERSHIP TO BE HELD IN SEATTLE AND LOS ANGELES

The course for MM&P applicants seeking to qualify for D-Book Membership will be held in Seattle on Jan. 28-29 and in Los Angeles on Feb. 10-11. All courses start at 0900 and finish around 1530. If you are interested in participating, please call the Seattle Hall (206-441-8700) or the Los Angeles Hall (310-834-7201) to reserve your seat. Class size is limited so sign up early. If you wish to be considered for D-Book status, you need to have completed this class, have four favorable recommendations, have paid the initiation fee and have at least 360 days sea time under MM&P contract. Courses may be cancelled if not enough applicants sign up.  


MITAGS ACADEMIC NOTES

CLASS OPENINGS: Between now and the end of April, seats are available in the following courses:

AIS � (1-Day) Automatic Identification System: 4/2
ARPA � Automatic Radar Plotting Aids: 4/13
AZIPOD � (2-Day) Azipod Propulsion Systems: 4/20
BRM � Bridge Resource Management: 2/16
BRMP � Bridge Resource Management for Pilots: 2/9
BST � Basic Safety Training: 2/16, 4/6

[CMM – Chief Mate and Master Courses]
CMM-ADVSTAB � Advanced Stability: 2/2, 4/20
CMM-ADVWX – Advanced Meteorology: 4/6
CMM-CHS I � Advanced Cargo Handling (week 1): 2/9, 4/27
CMM-CHS II � Advanced Cargo Handling (week 2): 2/16
CMM-ECDIS � Electronic Chart Display and Information Systems: 3/30
CMM-MPP � Marine Propulsion Plants: 1/26, 4/13
CMM-SHMGT I � Ship Management (week 1) : 2/23
CMM-SHMGT II � Ship Management (week 2) : 3/2
CMM-SHS-ADV-I � Advanced Shiphandling (week 1): 2/16, 3/23, 4/6, 4/27
CMM-SHS-ADV-I I � Advanced Shiphandling (week 2): 2/23, 3/30, 4/13
CMM-VPEN � Voyage Planning and Electronic Navigation: 3/23
CMM-WKP – Advanced Watchkeeping: 3/9

CSE-AAES � Confined Space Entry � Atmospheric Analysis of Enclosed Spaces: 2/26
FF-BADV � Basic and Advanced Fire Fighting Combined: 1/26, 2/16, 4/6
GCC-LG � Gas Carrier Course-Liquefied Gases: 2/2
GMDSS � Global Maritime Distress and Safety System: 2/23, 4/6
LAP � License Advancement Program for upgrade to Chief Mate/Master: 3/30
LEG � Legal Aspects of Pilotage: 2/10, 4/22

MEDIA RSP – Media Response: 2/27
MED-PIC – Medical Person-In-Charge: 3/2, 4/13
MED-PRO – Medical Care Provider: 3/2, 4/13
MED-DOT-DA – Dept. of Trans Drug & Alcohol Testing: 2/7, 2/26, 3/7, 4/3, 4/18

[MSC – Military Sealift Command]
MSC-CBRD-1 � CBRD Orientation: 2/25, 3/27
MSC-DC � Damage Control: 2/23
MSC-SMA � Small Arms Training: 3/23

[OICNW � Officer in Charge of a Navigation Watch Courses]
OICNW-CHS-BAS � Basic Cargo Handling and Stowage: 4/20
OICNW-CONSTB � Ship Construction and Basic Stability: 2/9
OICNW-CNAV � Celestial Navigation: 4/20
OICNW-ENAV � Electronic Navigation: 3/9
OICNW-EP � Emergency Procedures: 1/21
OICNW-SAR � Search and Recue: 1/18
OICNW-WKP BAS � Basic Watchkeeping: 3/30
OICNW-WX BAS � Basic Meteorology: 3/23

ROR-1 – Radar Observer Renewal: 4/13

SEC-VCF – Security Officer: Vessel, Company & Facility: 2/23, 3/30
SEC-VSO-R � Vessel Security Officer Refresher (1 day): 1/21, 2/26, 4/20
SHS-BAS � Basic Shiphandling: 1/26, 2/23, 4/27
SHS-EMR � Emergency Shiphandling: 2/9, 4/20
SHS-ESH-BRMP3 � Emergency Shiphandling and Bridge Resource Management for Pilots: 2/11, 4/20

TPIC � Tankerman Person in Charge (Dangerous Liquids): 2/2

…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 by e-mail: admissions@mitags.org.


PMI ACADEMIC NOTES

PMI Web site at www.mates.org for more info

FOR REGISTRATION CALL JENNIFER PITZEN: 206 838-1126

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

January 2009
20-23 ARPA
26-28 EP
29-30 SAR

February 2009
4-8ROP
12ROR
11-12SAR
12-15ARPA
13-15EP
16FL
18-22ENAV
18-22MED PRO
18-22SHS BAS
18-29MED PIC
25-3/7 CNAV
25ROR

March 2009
3-14GMDSS
10-11SAR
10-12SEC VCF
12-14EP
17-28GMDSS
24-4/4 GMDSS
24ROR
25-28ARPA

For registration call Jennifer Pitzen 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 1-9-2009

D O W N A S D A Q S & P 500
8,742.46 1,571.59 890.35
Fund Name & Trading Symbol
 Closing
Price
 Vanguard Asset Allocation Fund(VAARX)
41.16
 Vanguard 500 Index Fund (VFINX)
81.98
 Vanguard Extended Market Index Fund (VEXMX)
23.81
 Vanguard International Growth Fund (VWIGX)
12.12
 Vanguard Morgan Growth Fund (VMRGX)
11.26
 Vanguard Windsor II Fund (VWNFX)
18.90
 Vanguard GNMA Fund (VFIIX)
10.67
 Vanguard Growth Index Fund (VIGRX)
20.31
 Vanguard High Yield Corporate (VWEHX)
4.49
 Vanguard LifeStrategy Conservative Growth (VSCGX)
13.26
 Vanguard LifeStrategy Growth Fund (VASGX)
15.82
 Vanguard LifeStrategy Income Fund (VASIX)
12.24
 Vanguard LifeStrategy Moderate Growth (VSMGX)
14.97
 Vanguard Target Retirement 2005 (VTOVX)
9.68
 Vanguard Target Retirement 2015 (VTXVX)
9.50
 Vanguard Target Retirement 2025 (VTTVX)
9.19
 Vanguard Target Retirement 2035 (VTTHX)
9.48
 Vanguard Target Retirement 2045 (VTIVX)
9.47
 Vanguard Total Bond Index (VBMFX)
10.22
 Vanguard Total Stock Market Index Fund (VTSMX)
21.55
 Chase Growth Fund (CHASX)
13.56
 Fidelity Asset Manager (FASMX)
10.94
 Fidelity Growth and Income (FGRIX)
13.08
 Fidelity Intermediate bond Fund (FTHRX)
9.23
 Fidelity Magellan Fund (FMAGX)
46.02
 Fidelity Small Company Instl (FMACX)
12.46
 Fidelity Value Fund (FDVLX)
39.96
 Fidelity Equity-Income II Fund (FEQTX)
12.86
 Fidelity Blue Chip Growth Fund (FBGRX)
26.12
 Fidelity Diversified International Fund (FDIVX)
21.15
 Fidelity Dividend Growth Fund (FDGFX)
15.87
 Fidelity Freedom Income (FFFAX)
9.61
 Fidelity Freedom 2000 (FFFBX)
10.10
 Fidelity Freedom 2010 (FFFCX)
10.38
 Fidelity Freedom 2020 (FFFDX)
10.05
 Fidelity Freedom 2030 (FFFEX)
9.73
 Fidelity Freedom 2040 (FFFFX)
5.57
 Fidelity Freedom 2050 (FFFHX)
6.44
 Fidelity Total Bond Fund (FTBFX)
9.38
 Spartan Extended market Index Fund (FSEMX)
22.44
 Spartan US Equity Index Fund (FUSEX)
31.48
 Domini Social Equity Fund (DSEFX)
19.36





~ 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. Suite B
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”.



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.

© 2009, 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.