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Wheelhouse Weekly – July 28, 2005

July 28th 2005


 


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Volume 9 . . . . . Number 30 . . . . July 28, 2005


STORIES COVERED

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REMINDERS

 

 




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MM&P-CONTRACTED COMPANIES RE-BOUND WITH NEW RRF CONTRACTS

MM&P-contracted Patriot Contract Services, Matson Navigation and Horizon Lines have won new contracts to maintain and operate Ready Reserve Force (RRF) ships for the US Maritime Administration. MM&P’s Vice President-Pacific Ports Don Marcus and Assistant to the President Mike Rodriguez collaborated on developing the winning contracts.

Patriot Contract Services won contracts to maintain and operate eight RRF vessels including the ADM. WILLIAM CALLAGHAN (Alameda, CA), CAPE ORLANDO (Alameda), CAPE GIBSON (Alameda), CAPE GIRARDEAU (Alameda), CAPE FEAR (Alameda), CAPE FLORIDA (Orange, TX), CAPE FAREWELL (Beaumont) and the CAPE FLATTERY (Beaumont). All will be maintained in Reduced Operating Status (ROS) with a 72-hour activation period with the exception of the FAREWELL and FLATTERY, which will be maintained in 10-day call-up status. Vessel location and status are subject to change.

Matson Navigation won contracts to maintain and operate three ships: METEOR (Alameda), COMET (Alameda) and JACOB (Diego Garcia).

Horizon Lines won contracts to operate and maintain two ships: CAPE LAMBERT and CAPE LOBOS that are both berthed in Wilmington, NC.

“For MM&P this news is particularly welcome as it marks a resurgence in our RRF fortunes,” said MM&P International President Capt. Tim Brown. “We are particularly gratified by the award in so far as it keeps one of our most valued employers, Patriot Contract Services in business after several setbacks during the last year,” Capt. Brown said.
MM&P International Secretary-Treasurer Glen Banks remarked, “without the efforts and assistance of our PCF MIRAID office we would likely have remained outside of the government arena and much of our thanks should go to Jim Patti and his MIRAID staff.”

Most of the new ship management contracts are built on a four-year base period and include two three-year extension options that will be based on the company’s performance. The management firms are responsible for keeping the ships in a constant state of readiness and getting the ships fully crewed when the activation call goes out.

There have been 91 activations of RRF vessels since December 2002. RRF ships have carried nearly 14,927,306 square feet of cargo, which is about 310 football fields of material. “The Ready Reserve Force has moved an extraordinary amount of cargo over the past several years and our nation’s maritime industry has kept this fleet in good working order and worked diligently to show its value,” Acting Maritime Administrator John Jamian said.

 




 

MM&P/MEBA RENEW PASS THROUGH AGREEMENT ON LYKES VESSELS

On Thursday, July 21, the three Offshore Vice Presidents and International Secretary-Treasurer Glen Banks renewed the pass through agreement with MEBA to formalize the continuation of MM&P Deck Officers on the Lykes vessels that are currently being managed by Marine Transport Lines.

This agreement runs through the entire new Maritime Security Program until September 2015. There were minor changes made to the agreement and the full agreement will be provided to each of the four vessels effected.

Congratulations are in order for Atlantic Ports Vice President Rich May, Pacific Ports Vice President Don Marcus, Glen Banks, and Gulf Ports Vice President Bob Groh who worked to accomplish this over a matter of months.



 

MSP FUNDING CONTINUES TO MOVE THROUGH CONGRESS

Following the action taken by the House of Representatives on June 30, the Senate Committee on Appropriations has approved $156 million in funding for the expanded Maritime Security Program for Fiscal Year 2006. This amount, as requested by the White House, is necessary to fully support the new 60-ship maritime security fleet beginning October 1, 2005.

The Senate Committee’s action was applauded by MM&P President Tim Brown, who stated that “it further demonstrates the U.S. Government’s commitment that American forces overseas will continue to be served by American flag commercial vessels operated by trained and loyal United States citizen crews.” The full Senate is expected to consider this legislation (HR 3058) after Congress returns from its summer recess in September.

 



 

GOP LEADERS TO DOD: KEEP CIVMARS OUT OF NSPS

Senator Rick Santorum (R-PA) has urged the Department of Defense to “seriously consider excluding civilian mariners (CIVMARs) from the National Security Personnel System (NSPS)” when it publishes its regulations in August.

In his letter to Defense Secretary Rumsfeld, Senator Santorum stated: “civilian mariners place themselves in harms way while serving on U.S. Military Sealift Command ammunition ships, combat stores ships, hospital ships and ocean tugs as well as U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ vessels and Navy pilot vessels. For more than 50 years, civilian mariners have played a critical role as an adjunct and a resource to our nation’s warfighters. The existing civilian mariner system has provided DOD with a ready pool of well-trained, highly skilled, experienced U.S. seafarers . . . if civilian mariners are not exempted, the implementation of the NSPS could upset this valuable partnership.”

According to MM&P President Tim Brown, “Senator Santorum’s willingness to fight to preserve the cooperative relationship that the MM&P and other unions who represent CIVMARs have with the Department of Defense is especially important as our nation continues to rely heavily on sealift and civilian mariners to support our troops in Iraq and around the world. We are extremely grateful and proud that he is on our side in this important battle.”

Previously, eight Republican Representatives signed a similar letter to DOD urging that “DOD [should] seriously consider excluding CIVMARs from the NSPS.” These Representatives, who have recognized the invaluable role CIVMARs play in support of our nation’s security are: Charles Boustany (LA), JoAnn Davis (VA), Walter Jones (NC), Frank LoBiondo (NJ), Candice Miller (MI), James Saxton (NJ), Chris Smith (NJ) and Don Young (AK).

 


MARITIME PROGRAMS SUPPORTED BY UNITED MTD CONVENTION

The delegates to the AFL-CIO Maritime Trades Department (MTD) Quadrennial Convention, attended by MM&P President Tim Brown and Secretary-Treasurer Glen Banks, unanimously reaffirmed the MTD’s support for a number of programs and initiatives important to the US-flag merchant marine.

During the July 21-22 Convention in Chicago, the MTD’s 28 union affiliates and 24 port maritime councils urged, among other things, that Congress and the Administration fully fund and implement the Maritime Security Program; oppose the inclusion of maritime programs during international trade agreement negotiations; and fund the Title XI ship construction loan guarantee program. The delegates unanimously reelected SIU President Mike Sacco as President of the Maritime Trades Department.


NEW FIVE-YEAR CONTRACT FOR SHAVER RATIFIED

MM&P United Inland Membership Group members at Shaver Transportation Company have ratified a five-year contract. Participating in the negotiations were MM&P UIG members Dick Ackroyd, Al Canning, Tim Harris and Eric Tolleshaug. Shaver operates a modern fleet of tugs which tow grain and other commodities by barge and assist hundreds of ships each year into berths throughout greater Portland, Vancouver, Kalama, Longview and Astoria harbors.

The fleet currently consists of 11 tugs (both traditional fixed-screw and state-of-the-art steering tractors) and 16-grain barges, including four recently delivered 4,000-ton self-loading types. The company employs about 60 MM&P members.


 

TAX BREAK SOUGHT FOR SHORT-SEA SHIPPING

Representative Dave Weldon, (R-FL), filed the Short Sea Shipping Tax Exemption Act of 2005 (HR 3319) in the House of Representatives last week. It would exempt coastwise container, ferry, or Ro/Ro traffic moving between US mainland ports from paying the Harbor Maintenance Tax (HMT), a tax on the value of cargo arriving at a US port.

Short-sea advocates see the harbor tax as one of the major barriers to development of coastwise shipping. They argue the tax is a burden on ocean carriers that gives trucking or railroads an economic advantage. MM&P has been a strong advocate of short-sea shipping initiatives as an alternative to moving freight on the increasingly congested interstate highway system and other major land transportation routes.

 


 

MASSACHUSETTS SUES USCG OVER ALCOHOL POLICY

USCG policies on casualty investigations were challenged earlier this month when the state of Massachusetts sued the agency over procedures for alcohol testing of tug operators involved in oil spills. The lawsuit traces its roots to the April 2003 incident in Buzzard’s Bay, MA that left 327 tons of oil on the state’s shores.

The state is demanding that the USCG finalize rules to mandate alcohol testing following such events after a Massachusetts law mandating the same testing was blocked in federal court by the USCG. The Coast Guard presently advises investigators to test for alcohol use within two hours of a casualty when possible. USCG sources say the new rules have been compiled but that they are still undergoing an extended review process.


TASK FORCE SAY BILLIONS ARE NEEDED TO CLEAN GREAT LAKES

A task force appointed by President Bush has issued a preliminary blueprint on how to restore the Great Lakes. The Great Lakes Regional Collaboration’s draft proposal calls for $13.7 billion to upgrade sewers and reduce wastewater pollution that closes beaches and disrupts the ecology of the lakes; and $2.25 billion to clean up 31 of the worst toxic sediment sites.

The report also urges Congress to require ocean-going ships to treat ballast water before discharging it into the lakes to combat invasive species. The roughly $20 billion, five-year plan envisions $14 billion coming from the federal government and the rest from Great Lakes states and communities – all of which are facing budget shortfalls and deficits. If approved, the plan would be the largest environmental cleanup project in US history.

 


 

 

MITAGS ACADEMIC NOTES

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

AIS – Automatic Identification System: 8/5, 10/13
ARPA – Automatic Radar Plotting Aids: 8/15, 9/26, 10/24
AZIPOD-KAM – pod and Kamewa Steering and Propulsion: 10/03

BRM – Bridge Resource Management: 8/1
BRMP – Bridge Resource Management for Pilots: 8/9, 10/11, 11/2
BST – Basic Safety Training: 8/29, 9/26, 10/31

[CMM – Chief Mate and Master Courses]
CMM-ADVSTB – Advanced Stability: 10/3
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: 8/1, 9/19, 10/17
CMM-MPP – Marine Propulsion Plants: 8/8, 10/24
CMM-SHS-ADV-I – Advanced Shiphandling (week 1): 8/8, 8/15, 8/22, 9/26
CMM-SHS-ADV-II – Advanced Shiphandling (week 2): 10/03, 10/31
CMM-SHMGT I – Ship Management (week 1): 9/26, 10/31
CMM-SHMGT I – Ship Management (week 2): 9/19
CMM-VPEN – Voyage Planning and Electronic Navigation: 10/10
CMM-ADVWX – Advanced Meteorology: 9/12, 10/31
CMM-WKP- Advanced Watchkeeping: 8/29

CONT-PLNG – Contingency Planning: 9/9, 10/7

FF-BADV – (Combined) Basic and Advanced Firefighting: 8/24, 9/26, 10/26

HAZ-Hazardous Materials (5-day): 8/8, 9/12, 10/17

LAP – License Advancement Program for C/Mate & Master upgrade only: 10/31
LEG – Legal Aspects of Pilotage [Evening Seminar]: 8/9, 9/21

MEDIA-RSP – Media Response: 8/4, 9/8, 10/6
MED-DOT-DA – Dept. of Trans Drug & Alcohol Testing: 8/20, 9/24, 10/22
MED-PIC – Medical Person-In-Charge: 8/15, 9/26
MED-PRO – Medical Care Provider: 8/15, 9/26 (1st week of MED-PIC)
MED-SMC – Shipboard Medical Care (4 weeks): 10/17

[MSC – Military Sealift Command]
MSC-SMA – Small Arms Training (4 day): 10/31
MSC-SMA-R – Small Arms Re-Qualification (2-day): 9/2, 11/4 (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: 8/15, 8/20, 9/26, 10/17, 10/24

SEC-OFF-VCF – Security Officer, Vessel, Company & Facility: 8/1, 9/5, 10/4
SHS-BAS – Basic Shiphandling: 9/12, 10/24
SHS-EMR5 – Emergency Shiphandling (5 day): 8/29

TPIC – Tankerman Person-In-Charge: 9/26

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

 

August 2005

8/8-12 Radar Observer Unlimited
8/8-12 Basic Meteorology
8/8-12 Emergency Shiphandling – 5 day
8/15-19 Basic Safety Training
8/15-19 ECDIS
8/15-19 Ship Construction and Basic Stability
8/15-19 ARPA
8/15 Radar Renewal
8/15-17 Ship Security Officer
8/22-26 Basic Cargo Handling & Stowage
8/22-9/2 GMDSS
8/23-26 Lifeboat/Survival Craft
8/29-9/2 Tankerman Person-In-Charge
8/29-9/2 Basic Shiphandling
8/30-31 MAXIMO

September 2005

9/6-9 Basic Shiphandling
9/12-16 Medical Care Provider
9/12-16 Radar Observer Unlimited
9/12-24 100 Ton OUPV (12 days Mon.-Sat.)
9/12-23 Medical Person-In-Charge
9/12-23 GMDSS
9/19-23 Basic Safety Training
9/19-23 Emergency Shiphandling – 5 day
9/19-23 ARPA
9/19/05 Radar Renewal
9/19-20 Search and Rescue
9/20-23 Lifeboat/Survival Craft
9/21-23 Emergency Procedures

October 2005

10/3-7 ECDIS
10/3-14 Basic Watchkeeping
10/10-12 Bridge Resource Management
10/10-10-14 Basic Safety Training
10/10-14 Tankerman Person-In-Charge
10/10-14 Emergency Shiphandling – 5 day
10/17-28 GMDSS
10/18-21 Lifeboat/Survival Craft
10/24-26 Ship Security Officer
10/24-28 ARPA
10/24 Radar Renewal
10/31 Flashing Light

November 2005

10/31-11/2 Medical Care Provider
10/31-11/11 Medical Person-In-Charge
11/7-11 TPIC
11/7-18 GMDSS
11/7-19 100 Ton OUPV
11/14-18 ECDIS
11/28-12/2 Radar Observer Unlimited
11/28-12/2 Emergency Shiphandling 5-day

December 2005

12/5-9 Medical Care Provider
12/5-9 ARPA
12/5-16 Basic Safety Training
12/5-16 GMDSS
12/5-16 Medical Person-In-Charge
12/13-16 Lifeboat/Survival Craft
12/19-21 Ship Security Officer
12/19-23 ARPA
12/19-23 Basic Shiphandling
12/26-30 Emergency Shiphandling 5-day

 

For registration call Jennifer Fowler 888-893-7829

PMI Merchandise for Sale: High quality with embroidered PMI logo. All prices include tax. Navy Caps: $18.00; Button Down Long Sleeve Dress Shirts Blue or Khaki: $38.00; Coming Soon: Navy, Burgundy, Khaki T-shirts, high quality thick Hanes shirt with pocket $22.00; 15 oz. Beautiful Cobalt Blue Ceramic Mug $10.Call DeeDee Lazik 206-838-8328 or e-mail dlazik@mates.org.


MM&P MARKET WATCH AS OF 7-27

 


 D O W  N A S D A Q  S & P 500
10,637.09 -52.06 for the week  2,186.22  -2.35 for the week  1,236.79  +1.59 for the week

 

 

Fund Name & Trading Symbol
Closing
Price
Change
 Vanguard 500 Index Fund (VFINX)
114.09
+.16
 Vanguard Extended Market Index Fund (VEXMX)
33.56
-.05
 Vanguard International Growth Fund (VWIGX)
19.04
+.14
 Vanguard Morgan Growth Fund (VMRGX)
16.95
-.04
 Vanguard Windsor II Fund (VWNFX)
32.06
+.02
 Vanguard GNMA Fund (VFIIX)
10.36
-.03
 Vanguard High Yield Corporate Fund (VWEHX)
6.29
NC
 Vanguard Total Bond Index (VBMFX)
10.17
-.04
 Chase Growth Fund (CHASX)
18.82
+.11
 Fidelity Asset Manager (FASMX)
16.28
-.03
 Fidelity Growth and Income (FGRIX)
38.45
+.07
 Fidelity Magellan Fund (FMAGX)
106.77
+.44
 Fidelity Small Company Instl (FMACX)
22.92
-.01
 Fidelity Value Fund (FDVLX)
78.00
+.14
 Spartan US Equity Index Fund (FUSEX)
43.80
+.06





~ 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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