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Wheelhouse Weekly – July 07, 2005


 


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

Volume 9 . . . . . Number 27 . . . . July 7, 2005


STORIES COVERED

ALSO

REMINDERS

 

 




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PACIFIC PORTS MEETINGS FOR JULY

MM&P membership meetings will be held in Los Angeles/Long Beach on July 13 and Seattle on July 14. The meetings will begin directly after job call at noon. Seattle, San Francisco and Los Angeles/Long Beach will be closed for the longshore holiday of Harry Bridges Birthday on July 28.

 




 

MSP FUNDING CLEARS HOUSE

Legislation (HR 3058) containing $156 million for the Maritime Security Program passed the House of Representatives on June 30. This amount, as requested by the Bush Administration, is sufficient to fully fund the expanded 60-ship maritime security fleet through fiscal year 2006.

This action by the House was hailed by MM&P President Tim Brown who stated that “this vote brings our country one step closer to knowing that America will continue to have the militarily-useful US-flag vessels and the trained American citizen officers and crew that we need to support and supply our troops overseas and to serve as our nation’s fourth arm of defense.” The Senate is expected to consider similar legislation prior to its August recess.



 

SUPPORT GROWS FOR BENEFITS FOR WWII MARINERS

Senator Ben Nelson (D-NE) has introduced legislation to provide long-overdue and well-deserved benefits to individuals who served in the US merchant marine during World War II. His bill, S. 1272, cosponsored by Senator Barbara Mikulski (D-MD), is the companion bill to HR 23, introduced earlier this year by Congressman Bob Filner (D-CA) that currently has 202 cosponsors. Both bills would authorize a $1,000 monthly benefit to each WWII mariner (or surviving spouse) and issue a certificate of honorable service.

MM&P continues to vigorously support this legislation. MM&P President Tim Brown has called on the appropriate Congressional Committees to act swiftly and favorably so that “our country can give a proper albeit belated thank you to the American maritime officers and crew who so gallantly served our country during World War II, and whose willingness to sail into harm’s way and make the ultimate sacrifice contributed immeasurably to our nation’s victory.”

 



 

HEAD OF TSA’S MARITIME SECURITY PROGRAM VISITS MM&P HQ

Retired Naval Captain Daine Eisold, Director of Maritime Security Programs for the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), visited MM&P HQ and MITAGS last Thursday. He was briefed by Capt. Joe Stone of MM&P HQ Staff and Capt. Robert Becker of MITAGS on how MM&P and MITAGS works with various government agencies to keep MM&P members abreast of the latest maritime security regulations and procedures.

Discussions were also held regarding how MM&P, MITAGS and the TSA could work more closely toward a mutual understanding of what systems and processes are needed to ensure a high level of safety is realized in US ports and onboard US-flag vessels.

Capt. Eisold is also closely involved in the creation of the Transportation Workers Identification Card (TWIC) and he will be a valuable resource for MM&P to consult with during the TWIC development process. TWIC is a tamper-resistant credential that contains biometric info about the holder that renders the card useless to anyone other than the rightful owner. Using this biometric data, each transportation facility can verify the identity of a worker and help prevent unauthorized individuals from accessing secure areas.

Currently, many transportation workers must carry a different identification card for each facility they access. A standard TWIC is designed to improve the flow of commerce by eliminating the need for redundant credentials and streamlining the identity verification process.

 


EARLIEST EVER FOR FOUR TROPICAL STORMS TO FORM IN ATLANTIC

The National Hurricane Center reports that the formation of Tropical Storm Cindy and Hurricane Dennis earlier this week marks the earliest date on record for four tropical storms to form in the Atlantic. The trend for an increase in hurricanes began in 1995 and reached a peak last year when Charley, Frances, Ivan and Jeanne caused more than $20 billion in US property damage.

As reported last week, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration expects this to be an above average year for hurricanes with 12 to 15 named storms, including as many as nine hurricanes, in the June-through-November hurricane season. Earlier this week, the Mississippi River Bar Pilots closed the mouth of the Mississippi River as well as the Mississippi River Gulf Outlet to all vessel traffic as Cindy approached. Depending on its course, Dennis may cause an additional wave of maritime-related closings as it churns toward the US Gulf Coast with an expected arrival sometime early next week.


USNS SIRIUS BECOMES TRAINING SHIP FOR TEXAS MARITIME

The US Navy’s Military Sealift Command combat stores ship USNS SIRIUS became the Texas Maritime Academy’s new training ship July 1. USNS SIRIUS, which has been supplying US Navy ships at sea since 1981, was removed from the Navy register and transferred to the US Maritime Administration. MARAD provides state maritime academies with training ships to foster the development of a robust US Merchant Marine capable of carrying US waterborne commerce and serving as a naval auxiliary in times of war or during national emergencies.

“Providing training ships to schools supports the mariner licensing programs in a very concrete way,” said Erhard Koehler, project officer for the MARAD training school ship program. “Today, roughly 50 percent of licensed mariners come from state maritime schools.” Texas Maritime Academy, one of six state maritime academies in the US, prepares undergraduate students for licensing as officers in the US Merchant Marine. In addition to being a floating campus during summer cruises, the school’s training ship provides additional classroom, meeting and training space during the school year.

SIRIUS was transferred from the British Royal Fleet Auxiliary to MSC in January 1981. For the past 20 years, the combat stores ship has been providing underway replenishment of supplies such as food, dry provisions, repair parts and mail to US Navy ships at sea.

GOVERNMENT LAWSUIT FILED AGAINST ILA

The maritime industry newsletter “Fairplay” reports that federal prosecutors filed a lawsuit earlier this week asking a federal judge to strip union leaders of the International Longshoremen’s Association (ILA) of their power. Prosecutors claim that organized crime is effectively running the association. The union counters that the federal government is attempting to “perpetuate an outdated image of the ILA while ignoring long standing efforts by the ILA leaders to strengthen union members’ rights and to eradicate any unlawful conduct.”

The lawsuit was brought in federal civil court under the Racketeering Influenced Corrupt Organizations (RICO) statute and asks that four top ILA bosses be removed in favor of a court appointed trustee. Brooklyn US Attorney Roslynn Mauskopf asked the court to remove long-time union president John Bowers, secretary-treasurer Robert Gleason, executive VP Albert Cernadas, and assistant general organizer Harold Daggett. Cernadas and Daggett also face criminal trials this autumn on racketeering charges along with Arthur Coffey, the ILA’s international VP. In its suit, the Justice Department says the ILA – which represents 45,000 dockworkers – is controlled by the Gambino and Genovese crime families. The union says the suit will have “devastating consequences on the operation of the ILA and the entire shipping industry.”

EARLY SINGLE-HULL PHASE-OUT WOULD IMPACT MANY US TANKERS

One third of the US tanker fleet would lose up to five years of service if the phase-out of single-hull tankers is advanced from 2015 to 2010, as some members of Congress have suggested. Several congressmen and senators have investigated the impact of an accelerated phase-out following the double-hull but single-bottom ATHOS I’s oil spill in the Delaware River last year.

The USCG estimates that about 1,700 US-flagged and 70 foreign single-hull tankers (38% of the fleet) would be affected. In addition, 1,648 single-hulled tank barges, 14 US tankers and 72 foreign-flagged tankers with double-bottoms or double-sides would lose between one and five years of service life. Investigators believe the ATHOS I struck three submerged objects that resulted in the spill. The Oil Pollution Act of 1990 currently requires the phase-out of all single-hull tankers less than 5,000 gross tons by January 1, 2015.

 


CANADIAN GOVERNMENT TO STUDY SHORT SEA SHIPPING

The Canadian government has announced that it will fund a study on short sea shipping. Short sea shipping is designed to move cargo along coastlines to relieve freight transportation congestion on highways and improve air quality. The study will examine the potential for short sea shipping activities on the East Coast of Canada and the US by developing insights into current and future freight flows along the Atlantic Coast. The study will also investigate how current government policies can be improved to support short sea shipping.

In this country, MM&P has been a strong supporter of short sea shipping and the US Maritime Administration’s Short Sea Shipping Cooperative Program (SCOOP) since it was first launched several years ago. SCOOP is comprised of more than 60 public and private participants that support short sea shipping initiatives in the US.

 


 

IMO TO INITIATE AWARD FOR EXCEPTIONAL BRAVERY AT SEA

The International Maritime Organization has announced that it will initiate an award program to recognize those whom, at the risk of losing their own lives, commit acts of extreme bravery to rescue persons in distress at sea or prevent catastrophic pollution of the environment during extreme conditions. The bravery award will be in addition to the IMO International Maritime Prize, which is awarded each year in honor of individuals or organizations judged by the Council to have made the most significant contribution to the work of IMO and the attainment of its objectives.


CAPTAIN AND TWO CREW MEMBERS FACE STOWAWAY MURDER CHARGE

The captain and two crew members from the Panama-flagged bulk carrier WELL PESCADORES are on trial in Panama on murder and attempted murder charges for the death of two stowaways, allegedly thrown overboard in international waters in March 2003. If found guilty they face up to 20 years in prison, the maximum sentence since Panama has no death penalty. Other stowaways who survived the ordeal will testify against the accused.

 


DECK OFFICER RELEASED AFTER DRUG APPEAL

Published reports indicate that a Croatian deck officer has been released from jail in the United Arab Emirates after spending 84 days in detention after being accused of drug smuggling because he was carrying Valium sleeping pills, which are banned in the UAE.

Arrested in January, the deck officer was told he would have to pay a large fine and would be banned from the country for the rest of his life. When his case came up for appeal earlier this week, however, the judge had a change of heart and ruled he could go home with no fine or risk of deportation. By the time he was released from jail, he had fallen ill due to the stress of his confinement. He was admitted to a hospital where, ironically, he was prescribed Valium. Shipping agents have now been asked to warn seafarers of the danger of carrying even the most innocent of drugs when joining or leaving ships in the UAE.


 

SEAWANHAKA PRINT TO BENEFIT MM&P PCF ON WEB SITE

The large print of the SEAWANHAKA being sold to benefit the MM&P Political Contribution Fund can be viewed on the MM&P web site at www.bridgedeck.org. Members should click on “Members Only” and then select “Make a PCF Contribution” and then select the link: “Click here to see MM&P rewards you earn.” Suitable for framing, this lovely print is just $40 and would make an excellent addition to a home or office. All are signed by the artist, MM&P-member Capt. Brian Hope. For more info on how you can assist the MM&P PCF by purchasing a print, contact Assistant Comptroller Beverly Gutmann at MM&P HQ, 700 Maritime Blvd., Linthicum Heights, MD 21090-1941. Phone: 410-850-8700 ext. 11, Fax: 410-850-8384, Email: bgutmann@bridgedeck.org.


 

MITAGS ACADEMIC NOTES

CLASS OPENINGS: Between now and the end of September 2005, seats are available in the following courses:

AIS – Automatic Identification System: 8/5, 9/2
ARPA – Automatic Radar Plotting Aids: 7/18, 7/25, 8/15, 9/26
AZIPOD – Azipod Propulsion System (2 day): 9/12

BRM – Bridge Resource Management: 8/1
BRMP – Bridge Resource Management for Pilots: 8/9
BST – Basic Safety Training: 8/29, 9/2

[CMM – Chief Mate and Master Courses]
CMM-ADVSTB – Advanced Stability: 7/18
CMM-CHS I – Advanced Cargo Handling (week 1): 8/22
CMM-CHS II – Advanced Cargo Handling (week 2): 8/15
CMM-ECDIS – Electronic Chart Display and Info Systems: 9/19
CMM-MPP – Marine Propulsion Plants: 8/8
CMM-SHS-ADV-I – Advanced Shiphandling (week 1): 8/15, 8/22, 9/26
CMM-SHS-ADV-II – Advanced Shiphandling (week 2): 8/15
CMM-SHMGT I – Ship Management (week 1): 7/11, 9/26
CMM-SHMGT I – Ship Management (week 2): 9/19
CMM-VPEN – Voyage Planning and Electronic Navigation: 7/25
CMM-ADVWX – Advanced Meteorology: 9/12
CMM-WKP- Advanced Watchkeeping: 8/29

CONT-PLNG – Contingency Planning: 9/9

FF-BADV – (Combined) Basic and Advanced Firefighting: 8/24, 9/26

HAZ-Hazardous Materials (5-day): 8/8, 9/12

LAP – License Advancement Program: 7/11
LEG – Legal Aspects of Pilotage [Evening Seminar]: 8/9, 9/21

MEDIA-RSP – Media Response: 8/4, 9/8
MED-DOT-DA – Dept. of Trans Drug & Alcohol Testing: 7/30, 8/20, 9/24
MED-PIC – Medical Person-In-Charge: 8/15, 9/26
MED-PRO – Medical Care Provider: 8/15, 9/26 (1st week of MED-PIC)

[MSC – Military Sealift Command]
MSC-SMA – Small Arms Training (4 day): 8/29
MSC-SMA-R – Small Arms Re-Qualification (2-day): 9/2 (must have proof of passing all 3 weapons within 2 years)

ROP-5 – Radar Observer Original and Renewal (5-day): 8/22
ROR-1 – Radar Observer Renewal: 7/18, 7/25, 8/15, 8/20, 9/26

SEC-OFF-VCF – Security Officer, Vessel, Company & Facility: 8/1, 9/5
SHS-ESH-BRMP – Emergency Shiphandling/Bridge Resource Management for Pilots (3-day): 7/20
SHS-EMR5 – Emergency Shiphandling (5 day): 8/29

TPIC – Tankerman Person-In-Charge: 9/26
TRAC-TUG – Water Tractor and Azimuth Stern Drive Tugs: 9/15

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.

 

MM&P MARKET WATCH AS OF 7-6

 


 D O W  N A S D A Q  S & P 500
10,270.68 -103.80 for the week  2,068.65  -.24 for the week  1,194.94  -4.91 for the week

 

 

Fund Name & Trading Symbol
Closing
Price
Change
 Vanguard 500 Index Fund (VFINX)
110.17
-.41
 Vanguard Extended Market Index Fund (VEXMX)
32.37
-.31
 Vanguard International Growth Fund (VWIGX)
18.51
-.13
 Vanguard Morgan Growth Fund (VMRGX)
16.36
-.01
 Vanguard Windsor II Fund (VWNFX)
31.35
-.01
 Vanguard GNMA Fund (VFIIX)
10.40
-.01
 Vanguard High Yield Corporate Fund (VWEHX)
6.26
-.01
 Vanguard Total Bond Index (VBMFX)
10.24
-.04
 Chase Growth Fund (CHASX)
18.23
+.06
 Fidelity Asset Manager (FASMX)
15.99
-.13
 Fidelity Growth and Income (FGRIX)
37.42
-.33
 Fidelity Magellan Fund (FMAGX)
102.76
-.33
 Fidelity Small Company Instl (FMACX)
22.15
+.20
 Fidelity Value Fund (FDVLX)
75.09
+.35
 Spartan US Equity Index Fund (FUSEX)
42.30
-.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.

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 commences Oct.17, 2004 and will continue until Jan.3, 2005. Crew rotations will start beginning as early as January 2005 and will continue through as late as June 2005. 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.

When complete and all information has been validated, click on “Communications” from the menu bar at the top of the screen and select “Transmit to Security Officer”. Save the file to the hard drive on your computer using your last name (surname) as the file name. Send this file as an email attachment to Mike Bohlman at Horizon Lines, Mbohlman@horizon-lines.com. His phone number is 908-259-2803. You will need to provide Mike Bohlman with your name and the case-sensitive password you assigned to the file in order for Horizon Lines to open the file and process your Security Clearance.



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.

On Dec.6, MM&P members will begin manning the third of seven T-AGS ships operated by Horizon. The USNS SUMNER will be crewed-up in Portland, OR. MM&P wishes the crew a safe voyage and happy holidays.


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:

4.75 percent for terms up to 24 months.
Standard loan rates for longer-term loans are:

5.00 percent for 25-48 months;
5.75 percent for 49-60 months ($20,000 minimum); and
6.25 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

NOTICE TO MEMBERS WHO ARE TAKING VIOXX

On Sept.30, Merck & Co. voluntarily withdrew Vioxx, a popular anti-inflammatory medication, from the market. As a result, individuals who are currently taking the drug have been asked to contact their health care professionals to discuss discontinuing use of Vioxx and possible alternative treatments.

MM&P Plans Administrator Valerie Verrecchio reports that, “We have gotten a number of calls from members who want to know what to do with their remaining supply of Vioxx and whether the Plan or NMHC will refund their co-pay for the unused portion.

“Unfortunately, neither NMHC nor the Plan was aware of the Merck decision prior to the public announcement on Sept.30. As of that date, all deliveries of Vioxx to our members was suspended in accordance with Merck’s announcement. Orders that had already been processed and were in transit could not be stopped.

“In regard to refunds, Merck has set up a website at www.vioxx.com where members can obtain information on how to recover refunds from Merck for the unused portion of medication. Members can also call following toll free number for information: 1-888-368-4699.

“We are sorry for any inc onvenience this may have caused to members currently taking this medication, however, the matter is out of the control of the Plans.”



NMHC MAIL-ORDER PRESCRIPTIONS WEBSITE UPDATED & IMPROVED

MM&P Plans Administrator Valerie Verrecchio reports, “Good news! NMHC mail has finally gotten their website upgraded and functioning properly. I went in and tested it myself and found it to be quite user friendly.”

To use NMHC’s upgraded service, go to the NMHC Mail website at www.nmhcmail.com and click on “MEMBER LOGIN” at the bottom of the screen.

First-time and Registered users may bypass the welcome screen and go directly to the log-in page at https://members.nmhcrx.com/Login/Login.aspx.

  • First-time users should then click on the link marked “NEW USER: REGISTER HERE”.
    This will take you to a page titled “MEMBER REGISTRATION” where you will need to enter demographic information and submit it by clicking on the
  • “CREATE ACCOUNT” button.

After creating your account, NMHC will email you a password to gain entry into your records. With your first sign-in, the NMHC system will prompt you to change the NMHC password to one of your own choosing.

Once you are registered at NMHC, you can check the status of open orders by logging-in to the system through the “MEMBER LOGIN” page and going into the “MAIL ORDER” menu. You can look up all prescriptions and get the price our members will pay for any medication. You can also view an order history of all of your medication transactions (both retail and mail) for the last 24 months, locate 24-hour pharmacies in your zip code region as well as access other helpful member education information.

“We hope this welcome improvement will assist our members. Although you cannot order refills on line if you don’t provide a credit or debit card number, you can phone in your refill. Once you register on the website, you will still have access to all of the other information including checking the status of your order once it is phoned in,” said Ms. Verrecchio.



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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