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Wheelhouse Weekly – January 14, 2008

January 14th 2008

 

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

Volume 12 . . . . . Number 2. . . .January 14, 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.


MM&P CONTINUES DIALOGUE WITH U.S. COAST GUARD COMMANDANT

In a letter to U.S. Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Thad W. Allen, MM&P International President Tim Brown reiterated the union’s desire to work with the agency to address a number of problems that have a negative effect on the working conditions, recruitment and retention of American mariners. Brown sent the letter as a follow-up to his Dec. 10 meeting with Allen at USCG headquarters. Also present at the meeting were MM&P Pilot Membership Group Vice President George Quick and Mike Rodriguez, Executive Assistant to the MM&P President, as well as members of Allen’s staff.

Ending the unjust criminalization of seafarers in the wake of maritime accidents is key to retention efforts, Brown wrote. The union is asking the Coast Guard to undertake the multijurisdictional outreach with other government bodies that could be necessary to ensure seafarers are informed of their rights at the start of any investigation into a maritime accident and treated fairly at every step of the process.

In the letter, Brown also restated MM&P’s opposition to the USCG’s proposed medical evaluation NVIC, which calls for mariners’ medical fitness to be vetted remotely from a centralized location in West Virginia. The union says the proposal would impose unnecessary additional burdens on seafarers, who would be better served by the establishment of a network of USCG-approved physicians.

Another issue that the Coast Guard has the power to rectify involves the limits on access to shore leave that are now being imposed by many U.S. terminals and port facilities. MM&P is asking the Coast Guard to withhold approval of port security plans that do not call for facilitation of access to ships and shore by mariners, labor representatives, visitors to ships and seafarers’ welfare organizations. 


MORE TWIC ENROLLMENT CENTERS OPEN; REMEMBER, YOU HAVE UNTIL SEPT. 25 TO GET A TWIC

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has announced that enrollment centers for the Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) will open in Portland on Jan. 17; in Bourne, Mass., and Green Bay, Wisconsin, on Jan. 23; in Pittsburgh, Pa., and Texas City, Texas, on Jan. 24; in Salisbury, Md., and Toledo, Ohio, on Jan. 30.

Remember: you are not required to hold a TWIC until Sept. 25. Until then, you can access secure areas of ports by presenting a merchant mariner’s document (MMD) and a photo ID.

When you are ready to apply for the TWIC, you should pre-enroll online by logging on to www.tsa.gov/twic. For a step-by-step description of the online pre-enrollment process, access the Jan. 7 issue of The Wheelhouse Weekly on MM&P’s website, www.bridgedeck.org.


FINGERPRINT-RESISTANT MM&P MEMBER GIVES TWIC PROCESS A THUMBS DOWN

Despite public assurances from TSA that the TWIC enrollment process is running smoothly, MM&P continues to receive reports from members of delays, snags and snafus. One member has reported that it took TWIC enrollment center personnel several hours to get a clear impression of his fingerprints. When he returned to the center to pick up the card, he was told his fingerprint scan didn’t match the data stored on the card. He is now a TWIC cardholder, but without any assurance that he will be able to access vessels or secure areas of ports without an escort. Here’s his report:

“It took [TWIC enrollment center personnel] two hours to get my fingerprints. The computer just wouldn’t accept them. I’ve done rough jobs for years, so my fingerprints may not be as pristine as [those of] someone who has done mostly office work….”

When the member went back to pick up his card, he was in for another surprise. “You have to show your fingerprint under a scan to pick up your card. But the computer didn’t recognize my thumb print. They said they’d have to enhance my fingerprint by computer [to ensure it matched the fingerprint embedded in the TWIC]. They called later that day and said the card was ready. I went down there, but it took an hour and a half before the computer accepted it… I asked what would happen at the ports. They said ‘there is no guarantee that the computer will read your fingerprint at the terminals.’ I paid all this money to get the card and I still may not be able to able to visit ships because the computer won’t recognize my thumb print.”

The member was told by a staffer at the TWIC enrollment center that TSA had originally considered using a retina scan to identify TWIC holders “because a lot of these guys [have] literally worked their fingerprints off…”

According to TSA, there is supposed to be a fallback position in place. An agency publication states “TSA will collect a print from all 10 fingers unless applicants have lost or seriously injured them, then TSA will provide alternative procedures for those who cannot provide fingerprints.” But the member who contacted us reports that no one at the center suggested an “alternative procedure” in his case. A phone call to the TSA press office to find out what “alternative procedures” exist and why they were not proposed in this case had not yielded any results by the deadline for distribution of The Weekly.


MM&P’S LEGAL TEAM CALLED AMONG NATION’S BEST

MM&P International Counsel John Singleton and Associate Counsel Gabriel Terrasa have been listed among “the superlawyers of 2008” by Baltimore Magazine and Law & Politics Magazine. “Superlawyers” are chosen based on nominations from other lawyers and judges, as well as a review of periodicals and court records, and vetted by a peer review panel.  Only five percent of lawyers in the region are selected for this honor. For 2008, Singleton has also been named one of “America’s Best Lawyers.”  In addition, this is the 20th year in a row that he has been rated tops for skill and ethics by Martindale and Hubbell, and listed in their publication, “Pre-Eminent Lawyers in America.”


MAERSK CONTAINER SHIPPING DIVISION TO REDUCE WORKFORCE

Maersk will reduce the size of its container shipping division by up to 12 percent, by cutting approximately 3,000 jobs. The company said it is hoping to improve profitability by decentralizing its management into regional teams and splitting the container operation into three divisions. Maersk says many of the positions that will be eliminated are in mid-level management.

The company said its new corporate strategy is based on filling ships with profitable cargo, providing service from hubs that are closer geographically to customers and reducing complexity and cost. The strategy aims to cut the size of regional offices into smaller teams so as to push decision-making out to the countries. The company said container inland services such as trucking, along with logistics, would be unbundled from the rest of the organization. Maersk also plans to reduce the number of regions in its organizational structure from 14 to 11.



MILITARY SEALIFT COMMAND ACCEPTS DELIVERY OF USNS RICHARD E. BYRD

Military Sealift Command (MSC) reports that it has accepted delivery in San Diego of the dry cargo ammunition ship USNS RICHARD E. BYRD. The T-AKE 4 vessel is the fourth in the Lewis and Clark-class of underway replenishment ships which deliver ammunition, provisions, stores, spare parts, potable water and petroleum products to the Navy’s underway carrier and expeditionary strike groups.

An official MSC press release quoted MM&P Government Group member Robert Jaeger, Byrd’s civil service master. “One of the really exciting things about the T-AKEs is their capability to carry food, ammunition and fuel,” Jaeger says. 

Later in January, the BYRD will go on a short “shakedown cruise” during which the ship’s crew will test a range of shipboard operations, including a mock ammunition transfer that will use shipboard cranes to lift dummy ordnance from barges onto the vessel’s deck.

The BYRD is expected to deploy on its first operational mission this summer. The first ship of the class, USNS LEWIS AND CLARK, recently completed its deployment in the Persian Gulf. LEWIS AND CLARK was replaced in theater by the second ship of the class, USNS SACAGAWEA.

BYRD has a crew of 124 civil service mariners working for MSC, as well as a military detachment of 11 sailors who provide operational support and supply coordination.

The T-AKEs will replace aging, single-mission ships that are nearing the end of their service lives.


SHIPBUILDERS COUNCIL, PASHA HAWAII TRANSPORT, SUE COAST GUARD OVER MATSON’S MOKIHANA RETROFIT

The Shipbuilders Council of America (SCA) and Pasha Hawaii Transport Lines filed suit in December to prevent Matson’s converted MOKIHANA from sailing between California and Hawaii or in other domestic trades. The lawsuit names the Department of Homeland Security, the U.S. Coast Guard and its National Vessel Documentation Center as defendants. The plaintiffs petition the court to “enjoin the Coast Guard from issuing a further coastwise endorsement to the MOKIHANA” and bar it “from engaging in the United States coastwise trade.” The modified vessel recently reentered Matson’s Hawaii service after work at a shipyard in China and additional refitting at a U.S. shipyard. At issue is what percentage of the conversion was done in China and whether it such to call into question compliance with the Jones Act.  


SOUTH KOREA TO BAN SINGLE-HULLED TANKERS

South Korea has announced that it will bar single-hulled tankers from its territorial waters beginning in 2011. The announcement comes on the heels of the worst oil spill in South Korea’s history, which took place when a barge collided with the Hong Kong-registered HEBEI SPIRIT on Dec. 7. A crane on the barge punctured three holes in the tanker, causing a leak of 10,500 metric tons of oil. The South Korean Navy has deployed about 22,000 military personnel and 229 vessels to aid government employees and volunteers in the cleanup.


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

BRM � Bridge Resource Management: 3/24
BRMP � Bridge Resource Management for Pilots: 1/31, 3/27
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-ECDIS – Electronic Chart Display & Information Systems: 3/24
CMM-MPP � Marine Propulsion Plants: 2/18
CMM-SHS-ADV-I-Advanced Shiphandling (week 1): 1/21, 2/25, 3/10
CMM-SHS-ADV-II-Advanced Shiphandling (week 2): 3/17
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: 3/17
CMM-WKP � Advanced Watchkeeping: 3/10

CONT PLNG � Contingency Planning Workshop: 1/25
CSE-AWR2 � Confined Space Entry Awareness (2 day): 3/20

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

HAZMAT � Hazardous Materials Seminar (1 day) Course: 3/21

LEG � Legal Aspects of Pilotage: 1/30, 3/26

MED-PIC � Medical Person-In-Charge: 2/11, 3/10
MED-PRO � Medical Care Provider: 2/11, 3/10
MED-DOT-DA – Dept. of Trans Drug & Alcohol Testing: 2/16, 3/15
MEDIA RSP � Media Response: 1/24, 3/20

[MSC – Military Sealift Command]
MSC-CBRD-1 � CBRD Orientation: 1/26
MSC-DC � Damage Control: 1/24
MSC-SMA � Small Arms Training (4 days): 3/24

ROR-1 – Radar Observer Renewal: 2/18
ROP-5 � Radar Observer Program (Original or Renewal): 3/10

SEC-VCF � Security Officer: Vessel, Company & Facility: 1/21, 3/17
SHS-BAS � Basic Shiphandling: 2/18, 3/24
SHS-ESH- BRMP � Emergency Shiphandling & Bridge Resource Management for Pilots: 1/28, 3/24

TPIC – Tankerman Person-In-Charge Dangerous Liquids: 2/11, 3/17

�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
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 1-11-2008

D O W N A S D A Q S & P 500
12,606.30 2,439.94 1,401.02
Fund Name & Trading Symbol
 Closing
Price
 Vanguard Asset Allocation Fund(VAARX)
64.37
 Vanguard 500 Index Fund (VFINX)
129.04
 Vanguard Extended Market Index Fund (VEXMX)
36.97
 Vanguard International Growth Fund (VWIGX)
23.63
 Vanguard Morgan Growth Fund (VMRGX)
18.39
 Vanguard Windsor II Fund (VWNFX)
30.12
 Vanguard GNMA Fund (VFIIX)
10.48
 Vanguard Growth Index Fund (VIGRX)
31.29
 Vanguard High Yield Corporate (VWEHX)
5.81
 Vanguard LifeStrategy Conservative Growth (VSCGX)
16.84
 Vanguard LifeStrategy Growth Fund (VASGX)
24.04
 Vanguard LifeStrategy Income Fund (VASIX)
14.16
 Vanguard LifeStrategy Moderate Growth (VSMGX)
20.60
 Vanguard Target Retirement 2005 (VTOVX)
11.85
 Vanguard Target Retirement 2015 (VTXVX)
12.71
 Vanguard Target Retirement 2025 (VTTVX)
13.23
 Vanguard Target Retirement 2035 (VTTHX)
14.00
 Vanguard Target Retirement 2045 (VTIVX)
14.46
 Vanguard Total Bond Index (VBMFX)
10.27
 Vanguard Total Stock Market Index Fund (VTSMX)
33.56
 Chase Growth Fund (CHASX)
20.09
 Fidelity Asset Manager (FASMX)
15.11
 Fidelity Growth and Income (FGRIX)
25.80
 Fidelity Intermediate bond Fund (FTHRX)
10.24
 Fidelity Magellan Fund (FMAGX)
87.96
 Fidelity Small Company Instl (FMACX)
16.92
 Fidelity Value Fund (FDVLX)
69.45
 Fidelity Equity-Income II Fund (FEQTX)
21.64
 Fidelity Blue Chip Growth Fund (FBGRX)
41.82
 Fidelity Diversified International Fund (FDIVX)
37.88
 Fidelity Dividend Growth Fund (FDGFX)
28.23
 Fidelity Freedom Income (FFFAX)
11.38
 Fidelity Freedom 2000 (FFFBX)
12.26
 Fidelity Freedom 2010 (FFFCX)
14.47
 Fidelity Freedom 2020 (FFFDX)
15.25
 Fidelity Freedom 2030 (FFFEX)
15.78
 Fidelity Freedom 2040 (FFFFX)
9.27
 Fidelity Freedom 2050 (FFFHX)
10.85
 Fidelity Total Bond Fund (FTBFX)
10.41
 Spartan Extended market Index Fund (FSEMX)
35.53
 Spartan US Equity Index Fund (FUSEX)
49.56
 Domini Social Equity Fund (DSEFX)
30.10






~ 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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