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Wheelhouse Weekly – January 21, 2008

January 21st 2008

 

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

Volume 12 . . . . . Number 3. . . .January 21, 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 CLOSED FOR MARTIN LUTHER KING’S BIRTHDAY

MM&P headquarters, MM&P port offices, MM&P Plans and the MM&P Federal Credit Union will be closed Monday, Jan. 21 in honor of the Reverend Martin Luther King Jr.


PATRIOT SEEKING SECOND AND THIRD MATES FOR USNS HAYES AND USNS WATERS

Patriot Contract Services LLC is accepting resumes for second and third mate positions on the USNS HAYES and the USNS WATERS.

The USNS HAYES will turn over to Patriot operation on or about Feb. 28. The HAYES operates in and out of Port Canaveral, Fla.

The USNS WATERS will turn over to Patriot operation on or about April 30. The WATERS divides its time between the Pacific and the Atlantic, operating from Hawaii and Southern California in the Pacific, and from Port Canaveral in the Atlantic.

Requirements to fill positions on the two vessels are: Small Arms Qualification; HAZMAT; Damage Control; MSC Environmental Programs; CBRD; CPR & AED Certifications are required. Contact Diane Ford at MITAGS (dford@mitags.org) for more information on training requirements. To fill positions on the HAYES or WATERS, you must also be eligible to obtain a SECRET security clearance.

Please send resumes (or questions) by e-mail to john.howe@asmhq.com. You can also fax your resume to 877-573-1094.


MITAGS EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR NAMED TO COUNTY MARITIME ADVISORY BOARD

MITAGS Executive Director Glen Paine has been named to the Anne Arundel County Maritime Advisory Board. The purpose of the board is to give the maritime industry a voice in county activities and to assist the county government in maritime-related facets of its mission. Anne Arundel County is south of Baltimore and borders the Chesapeake Bay. It is home to MITAGS, MM&P headquarters and the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis. 


MORE TWIC CENTER OPENINGS ANNOUNCED; TELL US ABOUT YOUR EXPERIENCES

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has announced that enrollment centers for the Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) will open Jan. 31 in: Miami; Muskegon, Mich.; and Vicksburg, Miss.

Mariners are not required to hold a TWIC until Sept. 25, but the Coast Guard says it is anticipating a crush of applications as the deadline nears, so members are encouraged to obtain their cards as soon as possible. TSA is encouraging mariners to pre-enroll online by logging on to www.tsa.gov/twic.

Although some members tell us they have been able to easily obtain the TWIC, others report that the process has been marked by unexpected problems and delays. MM&P is continuing to collect information on mariners’ experiences with TWIC so as to bring them to the attention of members of Congress and TSA. You can report your experiences in applying for the card to Mike Rodriguez at MM&P headquarters: mrodriguez@bridgedeck.org.



GREEK CARGO SHIP SINKS IN ROUGH SEAS

The Greek cargo ship ICE PRINCE went down in high seas last Tuesday about 26 miles south southeast of the Portland Bill. All 20 members of the crew were evacuated safely, except for one mariner who suffered a broken leg. Authorities said the cargo of the vessel, which was en route to Alexandria, Egypt, had shifted in rough weather. The authorities said that as a result of the accident, several thousand tons of untreated lumber were floating in the water and would have to be recovered.


SIX-MONTH SENTENCE FOR ENGINEER IN POLLUTION CASE

The former chief engineer of the MV TANABATA was sentenced by a U.S. District Court in Baltimore to six months in prison for conspiracy to make illegal discharges of oily waste and lying about it to the Coast Guard. Prosecutors argued during the trial that the defendant, Mark Humphries, had operated a removable bypass pipe to discharge oily waste without the use of an oily-water separator. According to prosecutors, Humphries bypassed the pollution prevention equipment on the ship and then made false entries in the oil record book. Humphries’ codefendant in the case, the vessel’s other chief engineer, Stephen Karas, has pleaded guilty and is awaiting sentencing. The TANABATA was operated by Pacific Gulf Marine Inc. (PGM). PGM pleaded guilty and was sentenced a year ago on charges of making illegal discharges of oil-contaminated waste from each of the four ships it managed.


DOES YOUR SHIP RECEIVE THE MM&P MAGAZINE?

MM&P’s bimonthly magazine, The Master, Mate & Pilot, is distributed to all MM&P members and to all contracted vessels. We have recently reports, however, that many vessels are not receiving the magazine, and that addresses to which the magazine is being sent are out of date. EVEN IF YOUR SHIP IS ALREADY RECEIVING THE MAGAZINE, and even if you have recently sent us an updated address, we ask that you take a moment to confirm the name of your ship and the correct mailing address, with zip code, by sending an e-mail to communications@bridgedeck.org. Thank you!


TOTAL OIL COMPANY FOUND LIABLE FOR SPILL FROM LEASED TANKER

In a recent, precedent-setting legal decision, a court in France has found Total Oil liable  for a huge oil spill in 1999, even though the tanker involved was leased, not owned by the company.

The court fined Total almost $298 million in damages, most of which will be paid to the French government, regional governments and environmental organizations. It also fined the company $550,000 for maritime pollution.

The court recognized the principle of ecological harm “resulting from an attack on the environment,” a ruling legal experts say has opened the door to additional lawsuits from coastline communities seeking their own compensation for damages suffered as a result of the wreck.

In the trial, the French government argued that the oil company had ignored safety regulations and its own rules and chosen a decrepit tanker in an attempt to save money. The ERIKA sailed under the Maltese flag and was chartered by a shipping company registered in the Bahamas. The owner of the vessel, an Italian, was also fined, as was the Italian maritime certification company that had declared the vessel seaworthy.

The ERIKA was carrying 20,000 tons of heavy fuel oil when it split in two in the Bay of Biscay in December 1999. 


SUPREME COURT ASKED TO HEAR NSPS APPEAL

The long-running battle over the Bush Administration’s attempt to curtail some federal employees’ collective bargaining rights in the name of national security has taken a new turn. The American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) petitioned the Supreme Court Jan. 7 to rule on the legality of the labor relations rules which the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has been trying to implement as part of its controversial National Security Personnel System. The Supreme Court is not expected to take up the case, however, since it accepts fewer than one in 100 of the cases it is asked to review.

AFGE had originally pursued the case against DHS with eight other unions. The other unions have since dropped out on the grounds that an unfavorable ruling by the high court could set a broad legal precedent that would interfere with their ability to represent federal employees in the future.

In any case, judicial review of the collective bargaining limits in NSPS may be a moot point, since Congress has already passed legislation that would restore many of the rights that the system sought to strip from covered employees. President Bush issued a pocket veto of the bill because of his objections to an unrelated measure it contained. Legislators expect to be able to resolve the problem and resubmit the bill to the President for his signature, however. At that point, many of labor’s objections to NSPS would be addressed.

And labor’s friends in Congress have moved on an additional front to derail NSPS: a fiscal 2008 omnibus spending bill signed into law in December provides no funding at all for the controversial personnel plan. The lack of funding keeps DHS from implementing many elements of the system, including labor relations.


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
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 1-18-2008

D O W N A S D A Q S & P 500
12,099.30 2,340.02 1,325.19
Fund Name & Trading Symbol
 Closing
Price
 Vanguard Asset Allocation Fund(VAARX)
60.85
 Vanguard 500 Index Fund (VFINX)
122.07
 Vanguard Extended Market Index Fund (VEXMX)
35.14
 Vanguard International Growth Fund (VWIGX)
22.29
 Vanguard Morgan Growth Fund (VMRGX)
17.45
 Vanguard Windsor II Fund (VWNFX)
28.38
 Vanguard GNMA Fund (VFIIX)
10.49
 Vanguard Growth Index Fund (VIGRX)
29.80
 Vanguard High Yield Corporate (VWEHX)
5.78
 Vanguard LifeStrategy Conservative Growth (VSCGX)
16.42
 Vanguard LifeStrategy Growth Fund (VASGX)
22.90
 Vanguard LifeStrategy Income Fund (VASIX)
13.98
 Vanguard LifeStrategy Moderate Growth (VSMGX)
19.86
 Vanguard Target Retirement 2005 (VTOVX)
11.62
 Vanguard Target Retirement 2015 (VTXVX)
12.30
 Vanguard Target Retirement 2025 (VTTVX)
12.69
 Vanguard Target Retirement 2035 (VTTHX)
13.34
 Vanguard Target Retirement 2045 (VTIVX)
13.78
 Vanguard Total Bond Index (VBMFX)
10.31
 Vanguard Total Stock Market Index Fund (VTSMX)
31.79
 Chase Growth Fund (CHASX)
19.03
 Fidelity Asset Manager (FASMX)
14.65
 Fidelity Growth and Income (FGRIX)
24.25
 Fidelity Intermediate bond Fund (FTHRX)
10.27
 Fidelity Magellan Fund (FMAGX)
82.68
 Fidelity Small Company Instl (FMACX)
16.20
 Fidelity Value Fund (FDVLX)
65.72
 Fidelity Equity-Income II Fund (FEQTX)
20.39
 Fidelity Blue Chip Growth Fund (FBGRX)
39.56
 Fidelity Diversified International Fund (FDIVX)
35.84
 Fidelity Dividend Growth Fund (FDGFX)
26.92
 Fidelity Freedom Income (FFFAX)
11.28
 Fidelity Freedom 2000 (FFFBX)
12.11
 Fidelity Freedom 2010 (FFFCX)
14.10
 Fidelity Freedom 2020 (FFFDX)
14.70
 Fidelity Freedom 2030 (FFFEX)
15.07
 Fidelity Freedom 2040 (FFFFX)
9.83
 Fidelity Freedom 2050 (FFFHX)
10.30
 Fidelity Total Bond Fund (FTBFX)
10.44
 Spartan Extended market Index Fund (FSEMX)
33.84
 Spartan US Equity Index Fund (FUSEX)
46.88
 Domini Social Equity Fund (DSEFX)
28.63






~ 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”.



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.

© 2008, 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.

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