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Wheelhouse Weekly – January 19, 2009

January 19th 2009

 

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

Volume 13 . . . . . Number 3. . . .January 19, 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.


MM&P CLOSED FOR MARTIN LUTHER KING’S BIRTHDAY

MM&P Headquarters, MM&P Plans, MM&P port offices and the MM&P Federal Credit Union will be closed on Monday, Jan. 19, in honor of the Reverend Martin Luther King.


THE MM&P CONSTITUTION: A MESSAGE FROM THE MM&P INTERNATIONAL PRESIDENT

In accordance with the decisions made by the 82nd MM&P Convention in June 2008, the first meeting of the ad hoc working group whose purpose it is to prepare a preliminary draft of a new MM&P Constitution for consideration by the next Constitutional Convention took place on Jan. 16. The working group addressed a number of issues in the effort to update and conform the wording of the Constitution to MM&P’s current requirements. The next meeting is tentatively set for mid-June.

The working group encourages input from all members. If you have suggestions, please send an e-mail to Constitution@bridgedeck.org or send a letter to the Ad Hoc Working Group on the MM&P Constitution, Masters, Mates & Pilots, 700 Maritime Blvd., Suite B, Linthicum, MD 21090-1953. Please remember that the working group is focusing exclusively on the MM&P Constitution: if members submit items regarding shipping rules or work rules, this input will be set aside and taken up by the next appropriate committee meeting of the affected membership group.

The tentative time frame for the Ad Hoc Working Group on the MM&P Constitution to complete the first draft for consideration and comment by the membership is the end of October 2009, with a final draft and report to the Constitutional Convention due in April 2010. Although April of next year seems a long way off, it will come quickly.

For the information of all hands, the interim MM&P Constitution is posted on the members-only web site at www.bridgedeck.org.


MAERSK BEGINS MULTIMILLION DOLLAR U.S.-FLAG FLEET RENEWAL

Maersk Line, Limited (MLL) last week began the strategic realignment of its U.S.-flag service under the Maritime Security Program (MSP) with the reflagging of three vessels: the SEALAND CHAMPION, the MAERSK UTAH and the SEALAND EAGLE. In the Port of Newark, MM&P’s Captain Alan Hinshaw raised the American flag over SEALAND CHAMPION. The MAERSK UTAH (Captain Robert Sargeant) was reflagged Friday in Rotterdam and the SEALAND EAGLE (Captain Peter Mitchell) steamed into the waters of New York on Sunday. 

Six other vessels will be flagged in as part of MLL’s demonstration of its ongoing  commitment to MSP and the U.S.-flag fleet, in a program that involves adjustments to the company’s U.S.-flag service on Pacific, Atlantic, West Med, MECL1 (Mediterranean/ Middle East 1) and MECL2 routes.

The program is as follows. SEALAND METEOR will be moved to the Atlantic route. Until now, METEOR had sailed on the Pacific route, along with SEALAND CHARGER, SEALAND COMET, SEALAND INTREPID and SEALAND LIGHTENING.

Maersk will flag out five ships in its Atlantic service: SEALAND ATLANTIC, SEALAND MOTIVATOR, SEALAND PRIDE, SEALAND FLORIDA and SEALAND COMMITMENT. In their places, along with the METEOR, four other Maersk ships will sail the Atlantic route: SEALAND EAGLE, SEALAND MERCURY, SEALAND CHAMPION and SEALAND RACER.

MECL1 will continue to be handled by MAERSK CAROLINA, MAERSK GEORGIA, MAERSK IOWA, MAERSK MISSOURI, MAERSK MONTANA, MAERSK OHIO and MAERSK VIRGINIA.

The company’s MECL2 service will consist of five newly flagged in ships:  MAERSK IDAHO, MAERSK KENTUCKY, MAERSK UTAH, MAERSK WISCONSIN and MAERSK WYOMING.

Going forward, the West Med service—now covered by SEALAND PERFORMANCE, SEALAND QUALITY and SEALAND ACHIEVER—is being folded into the MECL2. 

MAERSK ARIZONA will leave the company’s feeder service, which will be comprised of MAERSK ARKANSAS, MAERSK CALIFORNIA and MAERSK ALABAMA. The ARIZONA will be flagged out.

A company spokesman said that although Maersk’s RO/RO service routes are changing in response to market needs, vessel assignments will remain unchanged.


APL WILL MOVE TO PHOENIX; MAERSK HEADQUARTERS WILL REDUCE STAFF

Neptune Orient Lines, the parent company of APL, will move its Americas headquarters from Oakland to Phoenix this year. The company has been headquartered in the San Francisco Bay area for more than 100 years. The move to Arizona is one of a number of steps the company is taking to cut costs during the economic downturn. APL is also reducing capacity in its major ocean trade lanes, laying up some vessels and restructuring its logistics business. APL vessels will continue to call at the same ports on the West and East coasts.

In related news, A.P. Moeller-Maersk has announced it will cut the size of its corporate staff by about 12 percent as part of a reorganization of its headquarters in Copenhagen.  The company said that as part of the restructuring, it will reduce the number of employees in group headquarters to approximately 730 from the current 830 positions.


HEBEI SPIRIT OFFICERS RELEASED ON BAIL

Capt. Jasprit Chawla and Chief Officer Syam Chetan, two officers of the HEBEI SPIRIT jailed in South Korea since their vessel was struck by a runaway barge in December 2007, have each been released on $10,000 bail. The two are not allowed to leave South Korea but are being permitted to move into a Seoul hotel. The officers currently face sentences of one-and-a-half years and eight months. Although cleared by a Korean court in June 2008 of responsibility for the collision and ensuing pollution, Chawla and Chetan were later found guilty and continue to be detained in Korea pending hearing by an appeals court. A campaign for their release has attracted worldwide support.


UNITED STATES SPEARHEADS NEW ANTI-PIRACY FORCE

The U.S. Navy will lead a new international force to fight pirates off the coast of Somalia. More than 20 nations are expected to take part in the mission. The waters off Somalia are now patrolled by more than a dozen warships from countries including the United States, Britain, China, France, Germany, Iran, Russia and India. The mission, which has already begun operations, will not have wider authority to strike at pirate vessels at sea or move against them on shore, the Navy said in an official statement.


USMMA MIDSHIPMEN GALA & RECEPTION AT MITAGS JAN. 19

The marching unit of the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy (USMAA) will officially represent the transportation and maritime industry on Jan. 20 in the Presidential Inaugural Parade. Approximately 250 midshipmen, including the USMAA Midshipman Band and Color Guard, will participate. A reception and dance for these young men and women will be hosted the evening of Jan. 19 at MM&P’s Maritime Institute of Technology & Graduate Studies (MITAGS). The gala event will be sponsored by the USMMAAF Chapter Presidents Council, and jointly presented by the Kings Point Club of Washington and the KP Chesapeake Chapter. The USMMA Parents Association will also provide support, as will members of the transportation, shipbuilding and maritime and marine engineering industries.

All alumni, families of midshipmen and supporters of Kings Point are cordially invited to attend this Presidential Inaugural Gala & Midshipman Reception. It will be held in the main dining room at the Conference Center at the Maritime Institute, 692 Maritime Boulevard Linthicum Heights, MD 21090 Tel: (866)-629-3196


MM&P LEGAL ADVISORS AGAIN NAMED SUPER LAWYERS

MM&P’s attorneys—John Singleton and Gab Terrasa of the firm Singleton, Gendler and Terrasa—have been named “Super Lawyers” for the year 2009 in the field of labor law. Super Lawyers go through a multi-step selection process which involves interviews with their peers and others in the legal profession. Only five percent of the lawyers in each state are selected for the honor. In addition, Jen Stair, who also represents MM&P at Singleton, Gendler and Terrasa, has been recognized for outstanding performance in the area of labor law. Jen has been named a “Rising Star,” an honor reserved for lawyers 40 years old or younger or in practice for ten years or fewer. No more than 2.5 percent of the lawyers in each state are named to the Rising Stars list. Singleton and Terrasa first acquired the distinction of Super Lawyer in 2008.


NY/NJ HALL MONTHLY MEETING TO BE HELD JAN. 21

The NY/NJ monthly membership meeting, which is generally scheduled for the second Wednesday of the month, will be held on Jan. 21, the third Wednesday of the month, because of a conflict with the Trust meetings. All members in the New York area are encouraged to attend the meeting on Jan. 21. 


SS TRANSGLOBE HALL OF FAME CEREMONY ON JAN. 31

On Jan. 31, the SS TRANSGLOBE will be inducted into the National Maritime Hall of Fame in recognition of her heroic service during the Viet Nam conflict. The induction ceremony will be held at Melville Hall at the Kings Point Merchant Marine Academy. The vessel had a singular and renowned history in both World War II and the Vietnam War. She became the most decorated of all U.S. merchant vessels during the Viet Nam Conflict. During her six years of continuous service, she was never off-hire and never failed to meet her schedule. She typically delivered to Saigon and Da Nang upwards of 130 semitrailers, tanks, half tracks, and other military vehicles loaded in Naha and returned fully loaded with damaged military vehicles for repair. Her record for cargo delivery was unsurpassed by any vessel in the Vietnam Conflict, just as her WWII record was unsurpassed for the numbers of troops, repatriated prisoners and passengers carried. The cost to attend the ceremony at Kings Point is $60/person, to cover open bar from noon to 1300, followed by lunch. All former crew or others wishing to attend can do so by requesting an invitation from the museum. Send a check payable to “Melville Hall” to: The American Merchant Marine  Museum, U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, Kings Point, NY 11024. Be sure to include your return address so the ticket can be sent to you. If you need more information, call the museum staff at 516-773-5513.


TWIC COUNTDOWN: 86 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). 


MARITIME ADMINISTRATOR SEAN CONNAUGHTON STEPS DOWN FOLLOWING CHANGE IN ADMINISTRATION

Because of the change in administration, Sean T. Connaughton’s tenure as maritime administrator will end on Jan. 20. At that time, James E. Caponiti, the agency’s assistant administrator, will become acting deputy maritime administrator. Caponiti is a member of the federal government’s Senior Executive Service. He was named assistant administrator in May 2008. Prior to that, he served as the agency’s associate administrator for national security.


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); 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 NEW YORK, LOS ANGELES AND SEATTLE

The course for MM&P applicants seeking to qualify for D-Book Membership will be held on Jan. 28-29 in Seattle and in New York, 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), the New York/New Jersey Hall (201-963-1900) 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.   


COURSE EQUIVALENCIES FOR REQUIRED COMPANY TRAINING

Given the number of required company training courses, it is extremely important for new members to request a transcript review to determine whether they meet the course equivalency requirements.  The courses that are eligible for equivalency are listed in the MITAGS Trust Student Guide located on www.mitags.org in the MM&P Member Section. You may also request a copy from Diane Ford (dford@mitags.org or call 443-989-3238). Remember, the dispatcher in the union hall cannot assign you a job unless you meet the company’s training requirements!


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: 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, 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: 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: 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-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): 2/26, 4/20
SHS-BAS � Basic Shiphandling: 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 1-16-2009

D O W N A S D A Q S & P 500
8,281.22 1,529.33 850.12
Fund Name & Trading Symbol
 Closing
Price
 Vanguard Asset Allocation Fund(VAARX)
39.34
 Vanguard 500 Index Fund (VFINX)
78.30
 Vanguard Extended Market Index Fund (VEXMX)
23.00
 Vanguard International Growth Fund (VWIGX)
11.29
 Vanguard Morgan Growth Fund (VMRGX)
10.98
 Vanguard Windsor II Fund (VWNFX)
17.97
 Vanguard GNMA Fund (VFIIX)
10.62
 Vanguard Growth Index Fund (VIGRX)
19.75
 Vanguard High Yield Corporate (VWEHX)
4.46
 Vanguard LifeStrategy Conservative Growth (VSCGX)
12.97
 Vanguard LifeStrategy Growth Fund (VASGX)
15.15
 Vanguard LifeStrategy Income Fund (VASIX)
12.11
 Vanguard LifeStrategy Moderate Growth (VSMGX)
14.49
 Vanguard Target Retirement 2005 (VTOVX)
9.51
 Vanguard Target Retirement 2015 (VTXVX)
9.23
 Vanguard Target Retirement 2025 (VTTVX)
8.86
 Vanguard Target Retirement 2035 (VTTHX)
9.76
 Vanguard Target Retirement 2045 (VTIVX)
9.06
 Vanguard Total Bond Index (VBMFX)
10.22
 Vanguard Total Stock Market Index Fund (VTSMX)
20.63
 Chase Growth Fund (CHASX)
13.48
 Fidelity Asset Manager (FASMX)
10.69
 Fidelity Growth and Income (FGRIX)
12.15
 Fidelity Intermediate bond Fund (FTHRX)
9.24
 Fidelity Magellan Fund (FMAGX)
43.90
 Fidelity Small Company Instl (FMACX)
12.16
 Fidelity Value Fund (FDVLX)
37.45
 Fidelity Equity-Income II Fund (FEQTX)
12.15
 Fidelity Blue Chip Growth Fund (FBGRX)
25.24
 Fidelity Diversified International Fund (FDIVX)
19.92
 Fidelity Dividend Growth Fund (FDGFX)
15.94
 Fidelity Freedom Income (FFFAX)
9.50
 Fidelity Freedom 2000 (FFFBX)
9.97
 Fidelity Freedom 2010 (FFFCX)
10.11
 Fidelity Freedom 2020 (FFFDX)
9.72
 Fidelity Freedom 2030 (FFFEX)
9.34
 Fidelity Freedom 2040 (FFFFX)
5.34
 Fidelity Freedom 2050 (FFFHX)
6.14
 Fidelity Total Bond Fund (FTBFX)
9.37
 Spartan Extended market Index Fund (FSEMX)
21.65
 Spartan US Equity Index Fund (FUSEX)
30.06
 Domini Social Equity Fund (DSEFX)
18.33





~ 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”.



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