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Wheelhouse Weekly – July 21, 2008

July 21st 2008

 

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

Volume 12 . . . . . Number 29. . . .July 21, 2008

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.


WEST COAST HALLS CLOSED JULY 28 FOR HARRY BRIDGES DAY

The MM&P union halls in Seattle, San Francisco and Los Angeles will be closed Monday, July 28, in honor of Harry Bridges, the charismatic labor leader who participated in founding the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) and then led the organization for four decades.


WORLDWIDE OFFICER SHORTAGE IS 34,000 AND GROWING, ACCORDING TO U.K. CONSULTANTS

There is a substantial worldwide shortfall of qualified mariners and the situation is expected to worsen significantly over the course of coming years, according to a study released recently by London-based Drewry Maritime Publishing. According to the authors of the study, although the number of ships’ officers worldwide has increased by 23.8 percent since 1990 and by 7 percent since 2005, there is now a substantial shortage of qualified mariners available to sail. To man the ships now in operation, the consultants say 498,800 licensed officers, or 34,000 more than are on the market, are needed.  

Based on the number of orders for new ships, the authors of the study predict that the manpower shortage will worsen and that increases in officer wages and benefits are “an almost certainty. In addition to rising wages, it must be expected that in order to retain staff, employers will be forced to look at employment patterns, incentives and training as a way of retaining personnel,” they predict. The complete report is available for purchase at http://www.drewry.co.uk/publications/view_publication.php?id=325


ALMOST 200,000 TWIC CARDS HAVE BEEN ACTIVATED, COAST GUARD SAYS

The Coast Guard reports that 192,448 Transportation Worker Identification Cards (TWIC) have been activated. The agency said that overall, 380,350 maritime industry workers had already enrolled to obtain a TWIC card. All mariners will be required to have a TWIC for access to secure areas in ports, vessels and terminal facilities by April 15, 2009.


MARAD SELLS TWO OBSOLETE SHIPS FOR RECORD PRICES

MARAD says it has just sold two obsolete vessels to salvage companies for more than $1 million each. Both sales exceed the agency’s ship disposal program’s recent record-setting price, which was registered in March of this year when ADONIS was sold for $1,151,727. MARAD officials highlight the fact that these sales are different from most ship disposal contracts, in which the government has to pay to have its obsolete ships recycled.  High worldwide prices for scrap steel have recently made such ships more valuable to recyclers. Since the beginning of fiscal year 2001, MARAD has awarded contracts to recycle 120 ships; 26 of the contracts have been sales.   

In the most recent transaction, the KALAMAZOO was sold to Esco Marine, Brownsville, Texas, for $1,465,726, and the TRUCKEE was sold to Bay Bridge Enterprises, Chesapeake, Va., for $1,231,328. MARAD reports that three other obsolete government-owned ships are also being sold for a combined price of nearly $1.5 million. The NITRO, currently moored at the James River site, has been sold to Esco Marine for $446,726. The RIGEL, also moored at the James River site, has been sold to All-Star Metals, Brownsville, Texas, for $469,626; and the GULF MERCHANT, currently moored in the Beaumont Reserve fleet, has been sold to Esco Marine for $476,726.

“Each time the federal government moves an obsolete ship out of storage, we make another important contribution toward maintaining local ecosystems,” commented MARAD Administrator Sean Connaughton. “With the sale of these vessels, we now have fewer than 30 ships remaining in the James River fleet and fewer than 20 in our Beaumont fleet.”

The TRUCKEE, built in 1955, and the KALAMAZOO, built in 1973, are both tankers. The RIGEL and the GULF MERCHANT are break-bulk freighters built in 1955 and 1964 respectively. The NITRO is a former Navy ammunition ship built at Sparrows Point, Md., in 1957.


ANTI-LABOR GROUP HONORS MEMBERS OF CONGRESS FOR OPPOSING WORKERS’ INTERESTS

The so-called “Alliance for Worker Freedom,” a well-known anti-labor organization, has bestowed its highest honor for 2007 on 156 members of Congress. Included among the recipients of this “award” for opposing issues important to America’s working families is Republican Presidential nominee Sen. John McCain. The Alliance for Worker Freedom opposes: minimum wage laws; the AFL-CIO’s Employee Free Choice Act; prevailing wage laws such as the Davis-Bacon Act, which ensures fair wages for construction workers on federal projects; and the Federal Medical Leave Act. To receive this “award,” a member of Congress must oppose the interests of working families at least 80 percent of the time.                


FREE PODCAST DETAILS RISKS OF SHIPBOARD CONFINED SPACE ACCIDENTS

The Maritime Accident Casebook (MAC), a free podcast series that aims to arm mariners with essential safety information, has announced the availability for download of a new installment: “The Rusty Assassin: The VIKING ISLAY Tragedy.” The new installment is the fourth in the series to address the risks of confined spaces. In the VIKING ISLAY incident, two men died attempting to rescue a third from the ship’s anchor chain locker. The podcast explores what happened in the chain locker and why.

“What we see in this tragedy is the awful phenomenon in which rescuers themselves become victims,” says Bob Couttie, administrator of Maritime Accident Casebook. “It’s particularly disturbing that so many of the men aboard VIKING ISLAY, including the master, simply weren’t aware of the dangers of rust depleting oxygen in an enclosed space.” Couttie says that between the time of the VIKING ISLAY tragedy and the release of the authorities’ report on the causes of the accident, three other men died in similar circumstances in ships in the United Kingdom.

Like all MAC podcasts, “The Case of the Rusty Assassin” reveals the circumstance around a real event through an audio podcast and online materials available free of charge at http://www.maritimeaccident.org. There is also a free, downloadable illustrated online transcript that seafarers can read, discuss and share with others. Those with training and safety responsibilities can also access and use the podcasts and transcripts free of charge.

Maritime Accident Casebook is supported by donations. Its audio podcasts can be played on any computer, MP3 player or MP3-capable cell phone.


PACIFIC MARITIME INSTITUTE SEEKS TPIC AND CARGO HANDLING INSTRUCTORS

MITAGS/PMI is accepting applications for TPIC and Cargo Handling contract instructors for employment at the Pacific Maritime Institute in Seattle. The jobs, which are non-benefit positions, are an ideal opportunity for active or retired members to pass on their knowledge and experience. Applicants must meet Coast Guard approval requirements and have more than two years of experience in cargo handling or TPIC as senior mate/chief mate/master. Residence in Washington State or near PMI is a plus but not required. For more information, go to www.mates.org. Send resumes/applications to hr@mitags.org or by fax to HR at (443) 989-3341.


MARITIME ADMINISTRATION SEEKS DIRECTORS FOR HOUSTON AND SAN FRANCISCO GATEWAY OFFICES

MARAD is seeking directors for its new Gateway Offices in Houston and San Francisco. The Gateway Offices are intended to provide MARAD with a day-to-day presence throughout the marine transportation system. The new offices will work on projects with state and local authorities and ports, shippers and carriers, identify federal and state funding, and seek to address environmental and community challenges.  

MARAD said motivated candidates with a background in the maritime industry, strong leadership, communication and management skills and a demonstrated ability to work with others are encouraged to apply. The official vacancy announcement for the position of Houston Gateway Director can be found online at www.usajobs.gov, vacancy number MARAD.WR-2008-0010.  The official vacancy announcement for the San Francisco position can be found online at www.usajobs.gov, vacancy number MARAD.WR-2008-0011.  


OPENINGS FOR PUGET SOUND PILOTS

The Washington State Board of Pilotage will administer a written exam in Seattle the week of Oct. 20 to qualified applicants for the Puget Sound Pilotage District. Applicants who pass the written test and the simulator evaluation will be placed on a waiting list to be called into training as needed. Successful completion of training will result in issuance of a state pilot license for the Puget Sound District. 

Applications to sit for the exam can be obtained in person at the offices of the Board of Pilotage Commissioners, 2901 Third Ave., Seattle, WA (Floor 1) or requested by letter or e-mail from: Judy Bell, Board of Pilotage Commissioners, 2901 Third Ave., Suite 500, Seattle, WA 98121; Fax: 206-515-3906; Phone: 206-515-3647; belljud@wsdot.wa.gov

Applications must be completed and received by the Board at 2901 Third Avenue by 5:00 p.m. on Sept. 19 unless prior written permission is obtained from the Board to file at a later time.


JOB OPENINGS FOR MM&P MEMBERS ON THE GREAT LAKES

There are job openings on the Great Lakes for MM&P members. Our contracted employers are seeking engineers and licensed mates with pilotage. Retirees are also encouraged to apply. The rules of the MM&P Pension Plan allow pensioners to accept without penalty employment–other than Covered Employment–aboard vessels covered by collective bargaining agreements with MM&P membership groups, on condition that the employment is first approved by MM&P. Interested parties should call 216-776-1667 or e-mail cmalue@bridgedeck.org.


MITAGS ACADEMIC NOTES

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

ARPA – Automatic Radar Plotting Aids: 8/11

BST – Basic Safety Training:  8/11
BRMP – Bridge Resource Management for Pilots: 8/11

[CMM – Chief Mate and Master Courses]
CMM-ADVSTB – Advanced Stability: 8/26
CMM-CHS I – Advanced Cargo Handling (week 1): 9/15
CMM-CHS II – Advanced Cargo Handling (week 2): 9/22
CMM-MPP – Marine Propulsion Plants: 7/28
CMM-SHS-ADV-I-Advanced Shiphandling (week 1): 8/4
CMM-SHS-ADV-II-Advanced Shiphandling (week 2): 8/11
CMM-ADWX � Advanced Meteorology: 9/8

CONT PLNG � Contingency Planning Workshop: 9/26
CSE-AWR2 � Confined Space Entry Awareness (2 day): 9/25

FF-BADV – Combined Basic & Advanced Fire Fighting: 8/11

HAZ – Hazardous Materials (5 day) course: 8/4

LAP � License Advancement Program: 9/15

[MSC – Military Sealift Command]
MSC-CBRD-1 – CBRD Orientation: 8/29
MSC-DC – Damage Control: 8/25
MSC-SMA – Small Arms Training: 8/25

MED-PIC – Medical Person-In-Charge: 8/18, 9/8
MED-PRO – Medical Care Provider: 8/18, 9/8  
MED-DOT-DA – Dept. of Trans Drug & Alcohol Testing: 7/26, 8/23, 9/13
MEDIA RSP – Media Response: 9/25

ROP-5 – Radar Observer Original or Renewal (5 Day): 8/4
ROR-1 – Radar Observer Renewal: 8/11

SEC-VCF – Security Officer: Vessel, Company & Facility: 9/22
SHS-BAS – Basic Shiphandling: 8/18, 9/22
SHS-EMR5 – Emergency Shiphandling: 7/28, 8/25
SHS-ESH-BRMP 3 day – Emergency Shiphandling & Bridge Resource Management for Pilots: 8/13

TPIC-DL � Tankship Dangerous Liquids (PIC): 9/22

…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)

July 2008
28-29SAR
28-30SEC VCF
28-8/8GMDSS
28-8/1TPIC
30-8/1EP

August 2008
4-8MED PRO
4-15GMDSS
11-15MED PRO
11-15SHS BAS
11-22GMDSS
18-19SAR
20-22EP
25-29MED PRO
25-29SHS BAS

September 2008
2FL
2-5APRA
2-6CHS BAS
2-6MED PRO
3ROR
8-12MED PIC
9-12SHS EMR-5
15-19WX BAS
15-19TPIC
15-26GMDSS
22-26MED PRO

October 2008
29-3 ROP
29-3 SHS BAS
6 ROR
6-10WKP BAS
7-10ARPA
13-17ECDIS
13-17TPIC
20-31GMDSS
20-24MED PRO
20-31MED PIC
22-26MED PRO
20FL

November 2008
3ROR
4-7ARPA
10-14MED PRO
10-21MED PIC
17-19SEC VCF

December 2008
1-5MED PRO
1-12GMDSS
1-12MED PIC
8-19GMDSS
15-19ECDIS
15-19TPIC

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 7-18-2008

D O W N A S D A Q S & P 500
11,497 2,282.78 1,260.68
Fund Name & Trading Symbol
 Closing
Price
 Vanguard Asset Allocation Fund(VAARX)
57.78
 Vanguard 500 Index Fund (VFINX)
116.18
 Vanguard Extended Market Index Fund (VEXMX)
36.17
 Vanguard International Growth Fund (VWIGX)
21.41
 Vanguard Morgan Growth Fund (VMRGX)
17.37
 Vanguard Windsor II Fund (VWNFX)
26.42
 Vanguard GNMA Fund (VFIIX)
10.11
 Vanguard Growth Index Fund (VIGRX)
29.78
 Vanguard High Yield Corporate (VWEHX)
5.50
 Vanguard LifeStrategy Conservative Growth (VSCGX)
15.80
 Vanguard LifeStrategy Growth Fund (VASGX)
21.98
 Vanguard LifeStrategy Income Fund (VASIX)
13.45
 Vanguard LifeStrategy Moderate Growth (VSMGX)
19.06
 Vanguard Target Retirement 2005 (VTOVX)
11.45
 Vanguard Target Retirement 2015 (VTXVX)
12.02
 Vanguard Target Retirement 2025 (VTTVX)
12.37
 Vanguard Target Retirement 2035 (VTTHX)
12.98
 Vanguard Target Retirement 2045 (VTIVX)
13.40
 Vanguard Total Bond Index (VBMFX)
9.91
 Vanguard Total Stock Market Index Fund (VTSMX)
30.73
 Chase Growth Fund (CHASX)
18.70
 Fidelity Asset Manager (FASMX)
14.00
 Fidelity Growth and Income (FGRIX)
21.31
 Fidelity Intermediate bond Fund (FTHRX)
9.82
 Fidelity Magellan Fund (FMAGX)
76.58
 Fidelity Small Company Instl (FMACX)
16.56
 Fidelity Value Fund (FDVLX)
65.72
 Fidelity Equity-Income II Fund (FEQTX)
18.89
 Fidelity Blue Chip Growth Fund (FBGRX)
38.68
 Fidelity Diversified International Fund (FDIVX)
34.77
 Fidelity Dividend Growth Fund (FDGFX)
25.55
 Fidelity Freedom Income (FFFAX)
10.90
 Fidelity Freedom 2000 (FFFBX)
11.75
 Fidelity Freedom 2010 (FFFCX)
13.45
 Fidelity Freedom 2020 (FFFDX)
13.91
 Fidelity Freedom 2030 (FFFEX)
14.14
 Fidelity Freedom 2040 (FFFFX)
8.27
 Fidelity Freedom 2050 (FFFHX)
9.73
 Fidelity Total Bond Fund (FTBFX)
10.00
 Spartan Extended market Index Fund (FSEMX)
34.03
 Spartan US Equity Index Fund (FUSEX)
44.58
 Domini Social Equity Fund (DSEFX)
28.08





~ 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.