Wheelhouse Weekly – July 17th, 2018

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President Trump’s nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court has been met with immediate and strong opposition from the American labor movement.

Kavanaugh, a judge on the Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, has “a dangerous track record protecting the privileges of the wealthy and powerful at the expense of working people,” said AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka in a statement echoed by the leaders of other labor organizations.

“Working families cannot tolerate another corporate apologist on the U.S. Supreme Court, fawning over CEOs and stomping on the rights of workers,” said Leo Gerard, president of the United Steelworkers.

He added that “Kavanaugh’s opinions show him to be a rogue jurist far to the right” of Anthony Kennedy, the man he would replace, who was often the swing vote in 5-4 decisions.

“Opposition to the nomination by the labor movement is no surprise,” wrote Sharon Block, executive director of Harvard University’s Labor and Worklife Program.

She said his record “reflects a sustained and, at times, aggressive hostility to the role of the law in protecting the vulnerable and less powerful.”

Labor unions and their progressive allies already have pledged to wage a fierce campaign against Kavanaugh’s confirmation.

“Working people expect the Supreme Court to be the fairest and most independent branch of government in America,” the AFL-CIO president said.

“Any senator who believes Supreme Court justices should protect the rights of all Americans should reject this nomination and demand a nominee who will protect the rights of working people and uphold our constitutional values of liberty, equality and justice for all.”

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President Trump has opened new fronts in his campaign to break the unions that represent government employees.

Federal agencies are now evicting unions from federal office space, while barring union representatives from removing files to work on grievances and other union business offsite.

The recent developments are in keeping with executive orders issued by the White House in May.

Thirteen unions and the Federal Workers’ Alliance—which includes MM&P—have gone to court in a bid to overturn the executive orders.

A hearing has been set for July 25.

J. David Cox, national president of the American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE), the largest federal employee union, said that access to office space is integral to the union’s ability to represent front-line employees.

He said agencies’ recent efforts to implement the controversial workforce executive orders are intended to prevent the union from performing duties that are required by law.

A bipartisan group of 132 members of Congress has asked the White House to suspend the executive orders pending review.

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Last week the White House issued a new executive order that would make administrative law judges—independent decision-makers adjudicating claims or disputes in federal agency hearings, involving for example the Coast Guard—subject to hiring and firing by political appointees.

The Association of Administrative Law Judges denounced the order, calling it an effort to politicize a segment of the civil service.

A spokeswoman for the association said it is seeking a legal opinion on the executive order before taking any formal action to challenge it in court.

Reps. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) and Gerry Connolly (D-Va.) have asked Republicans on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee to hold a hearing on the change.

“We believe the executive order would give politically appointed agency heads nearly unlimited discretion to stack the ALJ corps with partisan individuals whose only qualification is they are licensed attorneys,” they wrote.

“We request that the committee examine the impact of President Trump’s executive order and explore any alternative, congressionally directed appointment structures that preserve the integrity of decisions issued by ALJs and ensures ALJs are qualified for their positions.”

“This executive order is yet another example of President Trump putting special interests and loyalists ahead of American families’ wellbeing,” Rep. Richard Neal (D-Mass.) said in a statement.

“Impartiality plays a central role in Administrative Law Judges’ work. Allowing the appointment of judges who are big campaign donors, beholden to industry, or otherwise unqualified will result in unfair, biased rulings that harm ordinary Americans…”

“When it comes to filling these consequential positions, candidates’ intellect and integrity should be the rule–not ideology and fealty to a particular Administration.”

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The International Longshoremen’s Association (ILA) and employers represented by the New York Shipping Association say they have reached a tentative agreement on a six-year contract covering local issues in the Port of New York and New Jersey.

The agreement is subject to ratification by ILA members and by the members of the NYSA.

The United States Maritime Alliance (USMX) and the ILA reached a tentative agreement on the master contract in June.

Each port concluding its local agreement is the next step in the process.

“New York is the largest and in many respects the most complex port on the East and Gulf Coasts,” said ILA President Harold Daggett in a joint statement with NYSA President John Nardi.

“We have reached a tentative agreement that is beneficial to both sides.”

“We are pleased that we could finalize this by the July 10, 2018, target set after the tentative Master Contract agreement was reached.”

Details of the tentative local New York and New Jersey agreement have not been made available.

MM&P is the marine affiliate of the ILA.

The two partner with four other unions in the Maritime Labor Alliance.

The other members are: the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU), the Inland Boatmen’s Union (IBU), the Marine Engineers’ Beneficial Association (MEBA) and the American Radio Association (ARA).

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Hundreds of oil and gas workers in Norway have walked off their jobs in a dispute over pay and pensions.

The workers are represented by SAFE, the Norwegian trade union for employees in the offshore and onshore energy sector.

On Monday, 900 workers at 19 facilities walked off their jobs, joining 700 others employed aboard nine offshore rigs who have been on strike since July 10.

The dispute centers on pay and pension provisions for new hires.

The impact of the strike will not immediately be felt because the employees are following safe shutdown procedures before halting work, the union said.

A union spokesperson said deliberations continue on whether the remainder of its 2,250 members should join the strike.

Although Shell said it had closed its Knarr field, which produces 23,900 barrels of oil per day, employers say the strike has so far had a limited impact on the country’s oil production.

More than half the workers in Norway are union members. Although union density has declined slightly in recent years, union membership has increased.

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The maritime authorities in Australia have banned the Hong Kong-flag bulk carrier MV SHANDONG HAI WANG for failure to pay the crew.

Following up on a complaint received from the International Transport Workers’ Federation, investigators for the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) boarded the ship last week in the port of Gladstone.

They found evidence that crewmembers had been deliberately paid far less than the amount specified in their seafarer employment agreements.

AMSA detained the ship for violating the Maritime Labor Convention and has since banned it from calling on Australian ports for a year.

“The international conventions that protect seafarers’ rights are very clear,” said AMSA General Manager Allan Schwartz.

“Ships visiting Australian ports are put on notice. The next ship we find deliberately and repeatedly underpaying its crew and attempting to deceive authorities can expect an even more severe penalty than that handed to the SHANDONG HAI WANG.”

He said it was the fourth time in the past year that a ship had been banned from Australian ports for underpaying crew.

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When you shop for back-to-school supplies for the students in your family, take the time to check the label and choose products made by union members in the United States.

Remember that when you buy union, you’re supporting good jobs in American communities, jobs that provide living wages and benefits, safe working conditions and dignity and respect for work.

School supplies labelled Acco, Five Star and Mead are made by union members.

So are Roaring Spring paper products including but not limited to: Modern Jen journals and folders; construction paper; poster board; drawing pads; sketch books; composition notebooks; wire-bound notebooks; binders and portfolios; index cards; envelopes; and folders.

Some paper products made by union members are: Boise X-9; Business Choice; Flagship; Office Depot; FasCopy; Xerographics; USA Xerographics; Grand and Toy; and W.B. Mason.

Pacon brand products made by union members include: Art1st drawing/sketch Pads; Array card stock & bond paper; Art Street construction paper; Classroom Keepers storage; Ecology recycled paper; GoWrite! dry erase pads; and Tru-Ray construction paper.

Want to know if something is union-made? Search Consumer Products at for an extensive list of union foods, goods and products or search Labor 411 City Directories for local union businesses.

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The MM&P union halls in Seattle, San Francisco/Oakland and Los Angeles/Long Beach will be closed on Friday, July 27, in observance of the birthday of International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) founder Harry Bridges.

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MITAGS-PMI is interested in receiving photo submissions from MM&P members for use on the official MITAGS-PMI social media platform.

The goal is to document members’ voyages. As suggestions, photos can be of events and sights onboard, crewmembers at work or scenic locations.

If you are interested in sharing photos, please send them with caption information to or

Be sure to tell us whether you would like to be credited for the photo.

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MITAGS needs your current address! Have you moved recently? Did you remember to send MITAGS your new address for communications regarding courses? Please send your current contact information to or to the fax number below. New dedicated fax line for Admissions only: 1-443-568-1928. For all other MITAGS business, please continue to use: 410-859-5181.

For class availability or information on MITAGS courses and programs, contact Amanda Meadows, Admissions Coordinator, toll-free at 866-656-5568 or by e-mail:

Why not try our on-line calendar to register for class:

For Merchant Mariner Credential (MMC) processing, MMC problem resolution advice, STCW compliance and VA GI-Bill questions, contact MITAGS-PMI Student/Instructional Services Manager Jennifer Pitzen at 206-739-0720 (direct line); (888) 893-7829 (toll free); or by e-mail:

Please include your Mariner Reference Number, date of birth and the last four digits of your social security number in all emails.

Please note the special addition to our on-campus schedule of MSC classes marked with an asterisk (*), which are not normally scheduled to be held at MITAGS.

AB – 8/27/18, 10/15/18

AIS-1 – Automatic Identifications Systems Orientation: 8/29/18

ARPA-OIC – Automated Radar Plotting Aids: 9/25/18

AZIPOD 2-Day – 10/15/18

BRM-35 – Bridge Resource Management: 9/24/18, 10/29/18

BRMP –Bridge Resource Management for Pilots: 12/19/18

BRMP-EMR –Bridge Resource Management for Pilots with Emergency Shiphandling: **Now included in BRMP-Refresher**

BRMP-Refresher – 9/11/18

BT – Basic Safety Training: 8/13/18, 10/22/18

BT-Revalidation (2-day) (Must have 1 year of sea service in last 5 years) – 7/31/18, 8/27/18, 9/26/18, 10/31/18, 12/18/18

BT-Refresher (3-day) – 7/30/18, 9/26/18, 12/17/18

CHS-OIC – Cargo Handling Basic: Contact Admissions

[CMM – Chief Mate and Master Courses]

ADVSTB-CMM – Advanced Stability: 7/30/18, 9/24/18, 12/10/18

ADVWX-CMM – Advanced Meteorology: 8/6/18, 9/17/18, 12/3/18

CHS-CMM – Advanced Cargo Operations (2 weeks): 10/1/18

CM-OPS 1 – Chief Mate Operations – Week 1: 8/6/18, 10/1/18

CM-OPS 2 Maersk – Chief Mate Operations II Maersk Specific: 8/13/18, 10/8/18

ECDIS – Electronic Chart Display Information Systems: 8/13/18, 11/12/18

LMS – Leadership and Managerial Skills (Management Level – Formerly MCL-CMM): 8/20/18, 11/26/18

MPP-CMM – Marine Propulsion Plants: 10/15/18

SEC-APPS – Practical Defense Tactics: 10/1/18

SHMGT-CMM- Ship Management (2 weeks): 10/29/18

SHS-ADV-I-CMM – Advanced Shiphandling (week 1): 7/30/18, 8/13/18, 9/10/18, 10/1/18, 11/5/18, 11/26/18

SHS-ADV-II-CMM – Advanced Shiphandling (week 2): 7/23/18, 8/6/18, 8/20/18, 9/17/18, 10/8/18, 11/12/18, 12/3/18

**SHS-ADV-I & II now approved to include SAR-CMM assessments at MITAGS effective immediately**

VPEN-CMM – Voyage Planning & Electronic Navigation: 10/22/18

WKP-CMM – Advanced Watchkeeping: 9/10/18

CNAV-OIC – Celestial Navigation: Contact Admissions

CONT PLNG – Contingency Planning Workshop: Not currently scheduled

CRISIS-COMMS – Crisis Communications: Not currently scheduled

CRSMGT – Crisis Management and Human Behavior – Not currently scheduled

CDMGT – Crowd Management – Not currently scheduled

CSE – Confined Space Entry: Contact Admissions

CSE-AWR – Confined Space Entry Awareness: Contact Admissions

DDE – Great Lakes: Contact Admissions

DPA – Contact Admissions

ECDIS for Pilots – 8/27/18, 12/17/18

ERM – Engine Resource Management: 11/26/18

FF-BADV – Fire Fighting Combined Basic & Advanced: 8/13/18, 10/22/18

FF-ADV-Rev (1-day) (Must have 1 year of sea service in last 5 years) – Advanced Fire Fighting Revalidation: 8/2/18, 8/29/18, 9/25/18, 10/30/18

FF-ADV-REF (2-day) – Advanced Fire Fighting Refresher: 7/28/18, 9/29/18, 12/15/18

FSM – Fatigue, Sleep, & Medications: 9/11/18

GL-Pilot – Great Lakes Pilotage Familiarization: Contact Admissions

GMDSS – Global Maritime Distress and Safety System: 8/20/2018

HAZ – Hazardous Materials (5 day): 8/20/18, 12/10/18

IEN – Integrated Electronic Navigation – Not currently scheduled

LAP – 9/17/18

LAP-Great Lakes – License Advancement Program – Great Lakes: Contact Admissions

LAP-ORG3rd – License Advancement Program for Original 3rd Mate, Oceans, Any Gross
Ton License: Contact Admissions

LEG – Legal Aspects of Pilotage: 9/12/18

LNG-TPIC – 12/3/18

LTS –Leadership and Teamworking Skills (Formerly MCL-OIC): Contact Admissions

MEECE – Management of Electrical and Electronic Control Equipment (Assessments not included): 12/3/18

MED-PIC – Medical Person in Charge: 10/8/18, 11/26/18

MED-PIC-REF– Medical Person in Charge Refresher: 8/20/18, 9/17/18

MED-PRO – Medical Care Provider: 10/8/18, 11/26/18

MED-DOT-DA – Dept. of Transportation Drug & Alcohol Testing: 8/30/18, 9/24/18, 10/13/18, 10/29/18, 12/1/18, 12/21/18

MSA –Maritime Security Awareness: Not currently scheduled

[MSC – Military Sealift Command Courses]

MSC-CBRD-1 – Military Sealift Command Chemical, Biological, Radiological Defense Orientation (Basic): 8/8/18, 9/12/18, 11/14/18

MSC-DC – Military Sealift Command Damage Control: 8/6/18, 9/13/18, 11/12/18

*MSC-ENVPRO – 8/5/18, 11/4/18

*MSC-FF-HELO – 8/13/18, 10/31/18

MSC-SMA – Military Sealift Command Small Arms Qualifications: 8/12/18, 9/17/18, 11/5/18

*MSC-Security Watch Basic – 8/9/18, 9/15/18, 11/2/18

*MSC-Security Watch Advanced – 8/10/18, 9/16/18, 11/3/18

*MSC-Ship’s Reaction Force – 8/17/18, 9/21/18, 11/9/18

NSAP-MMP – Navigational Skills Assessment Program-MM&P – 7/31/18, 8/2/18, 8/28/18, 8/30/18, 11/12/18, 11/14/18, 12/17/18, 12/19/18

ROR-1 – Radar Observer Renewal: 9/24/18

ROR-1N – Radar Observer Renewal Evening Classes: 7/25/18, 8/8/18, 8/22/18, 10/3/18, 10/17/18, 10/31/18, 11/7/18, 11/14/18, 11/28/18, 12/5/18, 12/12/18, 12/19/18

ROU-OIC – Radar Observer Program – Unlimited: 9/17/18

SAR – Search & Rescue – (Now with OIC and CMM assessments): 12/17/18

SHS-BAS-OIC – Basic Shiphandling: 8/27/18, 10/22/18

SHS-EMR5 – Emergency Shiphandling-5 Day – 7/23/18, 9/24/18, 10/29/18, 12/10/18

SMS – Not currently scheduled

STB-OIC – Ship Construction and Basic Stability: Contact Admissions

TCNAV/CO – Terrestrial Navigation and Compasses: Contact Admissions

TPIC – Tankerman Person in Charge: Contact Admissions

TRAC-TUG-2: Contact Admissions

TTT – Not currently scheduled

VPDSD – Vessel Personnel with Designated Security Duties: Contact Admissions

VSO – Vessel Security Officer: Contact Admissions

WKP-OIC – Watchkeeping (Operational Level): Contact Admissions

WX-OIC –Meteorology (Operational Level): Contact Admissions

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Spring 2018

For registration, please contact our registrar, Mary McGhee, at 206.838.1126 or You can also view our schedule and enroll online at

July 2018
20th Vessel Personnel w/ Designated Security Duties (VPDSD)
20th Advanced Firefighting Revalidation
23-24 ECDIS for Pilots
23-27 Basic Shiphandling
26th Advanced Firefighting Revalidation
27th Medical DOT
27-28 Basic Training Revalidation
30-10 Celestial Navigation

August 2018
6-10 MEECE
6-10 Basic Training
10th Radar Renewal
10-13 Basic Training Refresher
11-13 Basic Training Revalidation
13-17 Leadership & Managerial Skills
13-24 GMDSS
14th Advanced Firefighting Revalidation
14-17 Advanced Firefighting
20-24 Engine Resource Management (ERM)
23rd Advanced Firefighting Revalidation
24-25 Basic Training Revalidation
27th Medical DOT
27-31 Medical Care Provider

September 2018
4th Flashing Light
5-7 Security Officer – Vessel, Company, and Facility
6th Advanced Firefighting Revalidation
7-8 Basic Training Revalidation
7-10 Basic Training Refresher
10th Radar Renewal
10-14 Basic Training
10-21 License Preparation (OICNW)
17-20 Advanced Firefighting
17-21 ECDIS
20-21 Basic Training Revalidation
21st Vessel Personnel w/ Designated Security Duties (VPDSD)
24th Advanced Firefighting Revalidation
24-28 Medical Care Provider
24-5 Medical Person-In-Charge

October 2018
4-5 Basic Training Revalidation
4-8 Basic Training Refresher
8th Radar Renewal
8-12 Leadership & Managerial Skills
8-12 Basic Training
9th Advanced Firefighting Revalidation
8-12 Pilot Exam Preparation
15-18 Advanced Firefighting
15-19 ECDIS
15-19 Engine Resource Management (ERM)
18-19 Basic Training Revalidation
19th Medical DOT
22nd Advanced Firefighting Revalidation
22-26 MEECE
22-2 Celestial Navigation
31-1 Basic Training Revalidation
31-5 Basic Training Refresher

November 2018
2nd Advanced Firefighting Revalidation
5th Radar Renewal
5-8 Advanced Firefighting
5-9 Basic Training
12-14 Security Officer – Vessel, Company, and Facility
13-16 Advanced Firefighting
16th Medical DOT
16th Vessel Personnel w/ Designated Security Duties (VPDSD)
19-20 Basic Training Revalidation
21st Advanced Firefighting Revalidation
26-30 Radar Observer Unlimited
29-30 Basic Training Revalidation

December 2018
3rd Advanced Firefighting Revalidation
3-7 Leadership & Managerial Skills
3-7 Medical Care Provider
3-14 Medical Person-In-Charge
10-13 ARPA
10-14 Basic Training
14th Radar Renewal
14th Medical DOT
14-18 Basic Training Refresher
17-18 Basic Training Revalidation
17-20 Search & Rescue
18-21 Advanced Firefighting
19th Advanced Firefighting Revalidation

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