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Wheelhouse Weekly – July 30, 2007

July 30th 2007

 

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

Volume 11 . . . . . Number 30. . . .July 30, 2007

STORIES COVERED

Also

REMINDERS

T-AGS Oceanographic Survey Ships Info

Required Coursework

Security Clearances

MSC Physicals

MM&P Health & Benefit Plan News

Notice to Members who are taking Vioxx

NMHC Mail-Order Prescriptions Website Updated & Improved

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.


OFFSHORE CONTRACTS RATIFIED BY WIDE MARGIN

The following Offshore contracts have been ratified by a wide margin: Central Gulf – Energy Enterprise; Central Gulf – Green Cove/Green Lake/Green Point/Green Ridge; E-Ships; Lamont-Doherty – Licensed Deck Officers; Lamont-Doherty – Masters; Matson-Moku Pahu; Trinity Management – Non Supervisory; Trinity Management – Dredge Supervisory; Waterman – Atlantic Forest; Waterman – Vera Cruz/Buenos Aires; Waterman – Green Dale.


MM&P TO HOUSE: PASS MARITIME VETERANS BILL!

As part of the union’s continuous efforts to win federal recognition for the brave merchant mariners of World War II, MM&P International President Timothy Brown urged Congress in a July 27 letter to provide members of the greatest generation with long-overdue monetary benefits. Brown was joined in this appeal to members of the House of Representatives by the presidents of the American Maritime Officers, the Marine Engineers’ Beneficial Association and the Seafarers’ International Union. “It is time to correct this injustice,” Brown wrote. “We believe our country has an obligation to the remaining World War II merchant mariners to fully acknowledge their service and to give them the measure of benefit called for in HR 23, the Belated Thank You to the Merchant Mariners of World War II Act of 2007.”

Rep. Bob Filner (D-Calif.), chief sponsor of HR 23 and chairman of the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee, has indicated that he wants to bring the legislation to the full House of Representatives for a vote prior to Congress’s summer recess, which is scheduled to begin Aug. 6. It will be the first time that this WWII merchant mariners’ legislation will be considered by the House. A companion bill, S 961, is awaiting action by the Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs.


 

9/11 LEGISLATION CALLS FOR CONTAINER SCANNING

The legislators who met to iron out differences between the House and Senate bills that would implement the recommendations of the 9/11 Commission have come to an agreement on cargo container scanning language. As agreed by the conferees, the legislation stipulates that by the year 2012, all cargo containers bound for the United States must be scanned at foreign ports before they are loaded aboard ships. The bill gives the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security the authority to extend the target date by two years if certain criteria are met.

The cargo scanning provision, which originated in the House of Representatives, is opposed by the Bush Administration as well as by most shippers and shipping companies. The provision has generally been supported by longshore labor. House and Senate leaders are hoping to pass the conference report prior to Congress’s summer recess.  


MARITIME SECURITY PROGRAM FUNDING MEASURES ADVANCE

The Appropriations Committees of both the House and the Senate have approved full funding of $156 million for the Maritime Security Program (MSP) for fiscal year 2008. The Bush Administration had recommended a lesser amount. Thanks to a coordinated and unified effort by MM&P, MIRAID and the other maritime unions, associations and shipping companies, the House and Senate Committees agreed that the continued operation of the 60-ship Maritime Security fleet was so important to the economic and military security of our nation that full funding should be guaranteed.

The full House of Representatives passed its version of the Transportation Appropriations bill (HR 3074), including full funding for MSP, on July 24. Action by the full Senate is pending.


PORT CLERKS REACH TENTATIVE COMPROMISE ON CONTRACT DISPUTE, AVERTING STRIKE

Port clerks and their employers at the nation’s largest port complex reached a tentative compromise on July 26. The 15,000-member International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) had indicated that longshoremen would honor picket lines if the 750 clerical workers went on strike, a move which would have crippled operations at the ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles, through which passes more than 40 percent of all cargo coming into the United States. Clerks at the harbor work for 14 terminal operators and other firms, handling booking for the export of cargo and other transport documents.

Contract negotiations began in May, with the two sides divided over pay raises, health benefits, outsourcing and technology. John Fageaux Jr., president of the 930-member Local 63 of the Marine Clerks Association of ILWU, told the Washington Post that he was satisfied with the tentative agreement. In 2002, longshore workers across the West Coast were locked out for 10 days over a contract dispute. The shutdown cost the nation’s economy an estimated $1 billion to $2 billion a day.


U.S. COAST GUARD SEEKS MARINER FEEDBACK ON ITS LICENSING PROGRAM

The U.S. Coast Guard has announced that its Merchant Marine Personnel Advisory Committee (MERPAC) has established a mechanism to provide ongoing feedback on the mariner licensing and documentation program and the relocation of the National Maritime Center. The committee is reaching out to organizations such as trade associations, labor unions, and educational institutions, as well as to individual mariners, for feedback on how they are being affected by implementation of the plan, said MERPAC Chairman Andrew McGovern. “This process includes an early warning e-mail contact system so problems warranting immediate action can be brought to the Coast Guard’s attention.” If you wish to provide feedback, please send an e-mail to  MERPACfeedback@gmail.com.



COUNCIL OF AMERICAN MASTER MARINERS SEEKS FEEDBACK ON COAST GUARD’S ADMINISTRATIVE LAW JUDGE AND MARINE SAFETY PROGRAMS

The Council of American Master Mariners (CAMM) is seeking statements for the upcoming congressional hearings on the Coast Guard’s administrative law judge program and/or the Coast Guard’s marine safety programs, including licensing and documentation. Please send statements, information and/or anecdotes to:

Richard C. Hiscock, Senior Professional Staff
Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation
Committee on Transportation & Infrastructure
507 Ford House Office Building; Washington, DC 20515
Tel: (202) 226-3587; FAX: (202) 226-8068
Richard.Hiscock@mail.house.gov
Direct line (202) 226-5727


MM&P IRAP/401(K) PLAN INVESTMENT FUND OPTIONS TO CHANGE

To enhance and streamline the Fidelity and Vanguard investment fund options available to you under the MM&P IRAP and 401(k) Plan, the Trustees are making certain changes to those options. Effective Sept. 1, new funds will be available for investment, and certain existing funds will be closed to further investment. If you have a balance in any of the closed funds, your balance will remain in that fund unless you choose to invest it in a different fund. Any contributions directed to a closed fund on or after Sept. 1 will be automatically redirected to one of the new or remaining funds. Of course, you can redirect your contributions to a different fund at any time. Vanguard and Fidelity are sending you additional, detailed information about these changes. You can also get a copy of the information by clicking on the following links. For Vanguard IRAP information, click on . For Fidelity 401(k) information, click on . If you have any questions, please call the Plan office at (410) 850-8617.


MARK YOUR CALENDAR: MM&P 2008 CONVENTION DATES ANNOUNCED

The 82nd Convention of the International Organization of Masters, Mates & Pilots will be held June 23-25 in Linthicum Heights, Md. The convention will kick off at 1000 on June 23. Only members in good standing for two continuous years in payment of their union dues are eligible to run for elected office. The two-year period for good-standing as far as nominations is April 1, 2006, through March 31, 2008. Members in good standing as of June 30, 2008, are eligible to vote.


JOBS AVAILABLE ON THE GREAT LAKES

MM&P Great Lakes and Rivers Representative Charlie Malue reports that numerous jobs are available on the Great Lakes for licensed mates with pilotage, engineers, QMEDS and able-bodied seamen. Retirees are also encouraged to apply for these jobs. 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 the Organization. Interested parties should call Charlie Malue at 216-776-1667 or e-mail him at cmalue@bridgedeck.org.


MSC NAPOLI FINALLY CUT IN HALF

After detonation of a third round of explosive cutting charges, MSC NAPOLI was split in two on July 20. The bow was towed a short distance away from the site, pending a decision by the authorities on where it will be towed for recycling. A contract to dispose of the stern, which officials now say they want to be cut up in place, is being tendered.

On Jan. 18, while en route to Portugal from Belgium, the U.K.-flagged NAPOLI was damaged by a windstorm. High waves and gale-force winds cracked the vessel’s side and flooded its engine room. Royal Navy helicopters rescued the crew. The ship was to be towed about 140 miles to Portland Harbor, Dorset, but as the list increased, it was determined that it would be best to beach it in Lime Bay, at Branscombe. The ship was rebeached at high tide on July 12 and three rounds of cutting charges were exploded—on July 18, 19 and 20—before it finally broke in two. 


MITAGS ACADEMIC NOTES

If you are unable to attend your scheduled class, you can contact MITAGS 24 hours a day using voice mail, e-mail or the manned switchboard. Most CMM courses run full with a standby list. A “no show” denies members on standby the opportunity to take the course. It also deprives MITAGS of revenue.  Take a minute of your time to cancel your course and support MITAGS continuing commitment to providing you with world-class training and comfortable accommodations.   

CLASS OPENINGS: Between now and the end of August 2007, seats are available in the following courses:

AIS – Automatic Identification System: 8/3
ARPA – Automatic Radar Plotting Aids: 8/28

BRMP – Bridge Resource Management for Pilots: 8/1
BST � Basic Safety Training: 8/13

[CMM – Chief Mate and Master Courses]
CMM-ADVWX � Advanced Meteorology: 8/27
CMM-SHS-ADV-II-Advanced Shiphandling (week 2): 8/13, 8/27
CMM-WKP � Advanced Watchkeeping: 8/6

FF-BADV � Combined Basic & Advanced Fire Fighting: 8/13

LEG – Legal Aspects of Pilotage(Evening): 8/1

MED-DOT-DA – Dept. of Trans Drug & Alcohol Testing: 7/28

[MSC – Military Sealift Command]
MSC-SMA – Small Arms Training: 8/13
MSC-SMA-R – Small Arms Re-Qualification (2-day): 8/17 (must have proof of passing all 3 weapons within 2 years)

ROR-1 – Radar Observer Renewal: 8/27
ROP-5 – Radar Observer Original or Renewal (5 days): 8/6

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

Summer – Fall 2007

Due to the high demand for this program, PMI has now scheduled another that is already close to full enrollment for its 2007-start date. See the PMI Web site at www.mates.org for more info on this new development.

FOR REGISTRATION CALL JENNIFER FOWLER: 206 838-1126

SCHEDULE OF COURSES – (Course schedule also posted online at www.mates.org)

August 2007
6-7      SAR
6-10    BST
7-10    LFBT
8-10    EP
14-17  LFBT
13-17  AB
13-17  CONSTB
13-17  SHS EM5
13-17  ECDIS
13-17  TPIC
20-24 AB
20-31 SHS ADV
20-24 CHS BAS
27-31  BAFF
27-31  ENAV
27-31  MED PRO
27-8    GMDSS
27-29  CSO/SSO

September 2007
4-7      LFBT
4-8      WX BAS
4-8      TCNAV
10th    RADAR RENEWAL
10-14  BST
10-14  AB
10-14  MED PRO
10-14  TCNAV
10-14  SHS BAS
17-21  MED PRO
17-21  ARPA
17-21  SHS BAS
17-21  TCNAV
17-28  GMDSS
19-21  AFF
24-5    WKP
24-28 ROP
26-28 AFF

October 2007

1-3      BRM
1-5      ARPA
2-5      LFBT
2-5      AFF
8-19    GMDSS
8-12    SHS EM5
8-12    BST
8-12    AB
15-19  ECDIS           
15-19  MED PRO
15-26  MED PIC
17-19  SEC VCF
15-19  BAFF
22        FL
23-24 SHS ASSESS
25-26 SHS ASSESS
29-2    TPIC
29-9    SHS ADV

November 2007
5-16    SHS ADV
6-9      LFBT
13        ROR
12-16  BST
12-16  AB
13-15  SEC VCF
26-7    GMDSS
26-30 ROP
26-30 MED PRO
26-30 SHS BAS

December 2007
3-7      ARPA
3-7      SHS EM5
3-7      BAFF
3-14    CNAV
4-7      LFBT
11        ROR   
10-14  BST
10-14  AB
17-21  ENAV
17-19  SEC VCF
17-21  ARPA
17-21  TPIC
17-21  SHS BAS

For registration call Jennifer Fowler 888-893-7829

PMI MERCHANDISE FOR SALE!!!

High-quality clothing embroidered with the NEW PMI logo! We can ship these items also! Acceptable forms of payment are check, credit card, money order and exact cash. Call Laura Bendixen at 888-893-7829 for prices and to order. If we don’t have your size, we’ll be glad to special order for you at no extra cost.


MM&P MARKET WATCH AS OF 7-27-2007

D O W N A S D A Q S & P 500
13,265.47 2,562.24 1,458.95
Fund Name & Trading Symbol
 Closing
Price
 Vanguard Asset Allocation Fund(VAARX)
66.62
 Vanguard 500 Index Fund (VFINX)
134.49
 Vanguard Extended Market Index Fund (VEXMX)
40.38
 Vanguard International Growth Fund (VWIGX)
25.75
 Vanguard Morgan Growth Fund (VMRGX)
20.39
 Vanguard Windsor II Fund (VWNFX)
35.95
 Vanguard GNMA Fund (VFIIX)
10.05
 Vanguard Growth Index Fund (VIGRX)
31.56
 Vanguard High Yield Corporate (VWEHX)
5.82
 Vanguard LifeStrategy Conservative Growth (VSCGX)
16.90
 Vanguard LifeStrategy Growth Fund (VASGX)
24.75
 Vanguard LifeStrategy Income Fund (VASIX)
14.03
 Vanguard LifeStrategy Moderate Growth (VSMGX)
20.91
 Vanguard Target Retirement 2005 (VTOVX)
11.87
 Vanguard Target Retirement 2015 (VTXVX)
12.95
 Vanguard Target Retirement 2025 (VTTVX)
13.61
 Vanguard Target Retirement 2035 (VTTHX)
14.52
 Vanguard Target Retirement 2045 (VTIVX)
14.99
 Vanguard Total Bond Index (VBMFX)
9.86
 Vanguard Total Stock Market Index Fund (VTSMX)
35.20
 Chase Growth Fund (CHASX)
20.14
 Fidelity Asset Manager (FASMX)
16.53
 Fidelity Growth and Income (FGRIX)
32.05
 Fidelity Intermediate bond Fund (FTHRX)
10.15
 Fidelity Magellan Fund (FMAGX)
91.84
 Fidelity Small Company Instl (FMACX)
21.35
 Fidelity Value Fund (FDVLX)
85.89
 Fidelity Equity-Income II Fund (FEQTX)
24.16
 Fidelity Blue Chip Growth Fund (FBGRX)
47.08
 Fidelity Diversified International Fund (FDIVX)
40.00
 Fidelity Dividend Growth Fund (FDGFX)
32.84
 Fidelity Freedom Income (FFFAX)
11.57
 Fidelity Freedom 2000 (FFFBX)
12.61
 Fidelity Freedom 2010 (FFFCX)
14.87
 Fidelity Freedom 2020 (FFFDX)
15.84
 Fidelity Freedom 2030 (FFFEX)
16.43
 Fidelity Freedom 2040 (FFFFX)
9.72
 Spartan US Equity Index Fund (FUSEX)
51.67
 Domini Social Equity Fund (DSEFX)
34.23

 

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~ 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:

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”.



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., Linthicum Heights, MD 21090-1941. 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.

C 2006, International Organization of Masters, Mates & Pilots. All the material contained in this publication is protected by copyright. For permission to reprint text from the Weekly, contact the MM&P Communications Department: lrosenthal@bridgedeck.org. For changes of address, contact Lisa Rosenthal at lrosenthal@bridgedeck.org.

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