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Wheelhouse Weekly – June 01, 2001


THE MASTERS, MATES AND PILOTS’
WHEELHOUSE WEEKLY

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Volume 5. . . . . Number 22. . . June 1, 2001

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LEGAL NOTICE: AHL ESOP MOTION FOR APPROVAL

The Employee Stock Ownership Plan buyout of MM&P Plan-owned AHL Shipping Company continues to make progress. The next step is putting it in front of the US District Court for the Southern District of New York. This Court retains jurisdiction over portions of Plan assets, including AHL, that were part of the Tower Asset Management litigation dating back to the 1980s. Text of the petition to the Court follows:

 

UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT – SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF NEW YORK

In re Masters, Mates & Pilots Pension Plan and IRAP Litigation

Lead File No. 85 Civ. 9545 (DLC)

NOTICE OF MOTION FOR APPROVAL OF THE ESOP TRANSACTION

PLEASE TAKE NOTICE, that upon the Affidavit of Ernest Allen Cohen, sworn to on the 29th day of May, 2001, together with the exhibits attached thereto, the Affidavit of Ralph Hellmold, sworn to on the 24th day of May, 2001, together with the exhibits attached thereto, the Affidavit of Captain Timothy A. Brown, sworn to on the 24th day of May, 2001, together with the exhibits attached thereto, the Affidavit of Carolyn Traister Schiff, sworn to on the 29th day of May, 2001, and the accompanying Memorandum of Law, and upon all prior pleadings, papers and proceedings had herein, Hellmold Associates, Inc., Independent Fiduciary Services, Inc., the Trustees of the American Heavy Lift Employment Stock Ownership Plan, AHL Shipping Company, AHL Holdings, Inc., and the International Organization of Masters, Mates & Pilots, ILA, AFL-CIO (“MMP”) will move this Court before the Honorable Denise L. Cote U.S.D.J. at the United States Court House, 500 Pearl Street, New York, New York on the 16th day of July, 2001, at 9:30 o’clock in the forenoon of that day, or as soon thereafter as counsel can be heard, for an order approving the sale of all of the capital stock of AHL Shipping Company by the Masters, Mates & Pilots Pension Plan and the Masters, Mates & Pilots Individual Retirement Account Plan to AHL Holdings, Inc. (the “ESOP Transaction”), and for such other and further relief as may be just and proper.

PLEASE TAKE FURTHER NOTICE that any opposition to this motion must be submitted in written form and served upon the undersigned on or before July 2, 2001.

PLEASE TAKE FURTHER NOTICE that the affidavits and memorandum of law referenced above are available for review at the United States Court House, 500 Pearl Street, New York, New York, and at MMP headquarters and all MMP port offices.

Dated: May 29, 2001, New York, New York

Respectfully submitted,

McDERMOTT, WILL & EMERY Robert A. Weiner Carolyn Traister Schiff 50 Rockefeller Plaza New York, New York 10020-1605 (212) 547-5400

On behalf of Movants the Trustees of the American Heavy Lift Employee Stock Ownership Trust, Independent Fiduciary Services, Inc., AHL Shipping Co., AHL Holdings, Inc., and the International Organization of Masters, Mates & Pilots, ILA, AFL-CIO

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KRONISH LIEB WEINER & HELLMAN LLP Robert J. Feinstein 1114 Avenue of the Americas New York, New York 10036 (212) 479-6000

On behalf of Movant Hellmold Associates, Inc.

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NLRB ISSUES COMPLAINT ON ALL CHARGES AGAINST GUIDRY

The National Labor Relations Board is issuing complaints against Guidry Brothers Towing Company on all pending charges filed by the MM&P and Offshore Mariners United (OMU). The NLRB will put the case on a fast track, asking for an expedited hearing. The NLRB will be seeking as part of the remedy that the Board issue a bargaining order compelling Guidry Bros. to bargain with OMU.

This remedy is generally sought where a union demonstrates that at some point in time it has obtained signatures from a majority of the employees asking for representation and where the employer’s unfair labor practices are so pervasive and grave that a fair election could no longer take place.

The NLRB is currently inquiring whether the Employer is willing to settle the case, which will require them to bargain with the union. This result is unlikely.

If Guidry declines to settle, the NLRB will issue complaints and the case will go to trial in the near future before an administrative law judge of the Board.

As previously reported in the Wheelhouse Weekly, the MM&P filed Unfair Labor Practice charges with the Regional Director of NLRB’s Region 15 charging Guidry Bros. with unfair labor practices in trying to block the organizing efforts of OMU.

The AFL-CIO affiliated OMU is backed by a federation of five long-standing American maritime unions including the MM&P. OMU has been engaged in a campaign to help offshore mariners in the Louisiana Gulf region win union representation and improve living and working standards for area mariners.

A majority of the 95 workers in the potential bargaining unit at Guidry have signed pledge cards stating their desire for OMU representation. The company refused and continues to refuse to recognize OMU as the collective bargaining agent.

The MM&P complaint to the NLRB details numerous occasions where the company or its agents have conducted anti-union activities in violation of the protections granted under the First Amendment of the US Constitution and the National Labor Relations Act.

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“FATHER OF CONTAINERIZATION” MALCOM MCLEAN DEAD AT 87

Malcom McLean died May 25 of heart failure. He was 87 and was best known as the man who invented containerization, a development that has revolutionized transportation.

A North Carolina native, he started McLean Trucking Co. during the Great Depression and built it into the second-largest trucking company in the US. In the 1950s he developed a plan to stow cargo in large metal containers that could be transferred directly between ship and truck, saving time and streamlining work over bulk cargo handling.

Confident that containerization was the wave of the future, McLean sold his trucking company, acquired Pan-Atlantic Steamship Co., and began moving containers on converted tankers in the US coastwise trade. In 1960 Pan-Atlantic was renamed SeaLand Service, which quickly grew into the largest US carrier, serving ports on all US seacoasts, Puerto Rico, Alaska, Europe and the Far East.

MM&P President Capt. Tim Brown said, “Malcom McClean was a giant in the maritime industry. I had the good fortune to work with Sea-Land at the time he was president and chairman of the board. It was Malcom McLean who provided me and many others with an opportunity to become involved in the container revolution ashore and afloat.”

McLean sold Sea-Land to RJ Reynolds in 1969, and in 1978 purchased United States Lines. There, he built a fleet of 4,400-TEU container ships that were the largest afloat at the time. The ships, operating in round-the-world service, were fuel-efficient but slow. USL went bankrupt in 1987. In 1992, at 78, McLean founded Trailer Bridge, which operates between the US mainland and Puerto Rico. Services were held May 30 in New York City.

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UPDATE ON THE S/L PERFORMANCE RESCUE OF SIX MARINERS

Here’s an update on the rescue of six mariners by the S/L PERFORMANCE initially reported two weeks ago. First, the name of the 2/M was incorrectly reported. The 2/M on that leg of the voyage was John Healy.

The Master of the PERFORMANCE, MM&P member Capt. Russ Woodill, also reports that, “the experience, seamanship, and effort put forward by each and every crewmember on the PERFORMANCE was instrumental in making the rescue successful. The professionalism displayed by the PERFORMANCE MM&P Chief Mate and junior officers was outstanding, and represented us well in keeping with the highest tradition of the sea.”

The owner/captain of the ill-fated 44 ft. catamaran SOLITUDE wrote to Joe Keegan, President of MM&P-contracted US Ship Management, thanking him for the successful efforts of the PERFORMANCE in rescuing his six person crew: “Although this was an unusual event, Capt. Woodill and his crew maneuvered the ship into position on the first try and successfully picked each of us up from the still surging fore deck of SOLITUDE without injury.

“The rescue was probably one of the fastest in history; a total of 92 minutes elapsed from our distress call to all hands safely on the PERFORMANCE’s deck! During the trip to Charleston, the ship’s next port of call, the ship’s company afforded us every hospitality making what was a difficult situation much easier. On behalf of my crew and myself, a heart-filled ‘thanks’ for the caring and skilled Master and crew aboard the PERFORMANCE.”

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L.A. TIMES FOCUSES ON CURRRENT STATE OF U.S. MERCHANT MARINE

The LA Times featured an in-depth article on the current state of the US merchant marine in its May 29 edition. The article was written by a reporter aboard the MM&P-contracted S/L ENDURANCE as it was en route from Long Beach to Oakland before heading to Asia under the command of MM&P member Capt. Bob Becker. MM&P members C/M Errol Pak and 3/M Jay Schreiber were also mentioned in the article as was pilot member Art Thomas. It can be viewed on the LA Times website at: www.latimes.com/news/state/20010529/t000044864.html

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PLAN ANNOUNCES ON-LINE ACCESS TO EAP PROVIDER CERIDIAN

Members and their families can now access LifeBalance, an on-line resource, to assist with personal and work life issues. This site can help members by providing on-line advice from consultants, accessing newsletters, bulletin boards and moderated chat rooms as well as finding locators for child care centers, nursing homes and assisted living facilities. Surveys and articles about related topics are also available. Sign on to the site at www.lifebalance.net (company name/user ID: mmp; Password: 5100).

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MM&P JOINS IN BALTIMORE “STAND UP FOR STEEL” RALLY

MM&P HQ’s Int. Rep. Mike Simonsen led a contingent in support of the “Stand Up For Steel” informational campaign sponsored by the Metropolitan Baltimore Council of AFL-CIO unions. The rally was held last Wed. in the shadows of the Sparrows Point Bethlehem Steel plant, one of the largest on the East Coast.

The effort was designed to heighten awareness that the level of steel imports has risen to almost 40 percent of the US market. Rally organizers said that due to the level of imports, it is impossible for domestic steel producers like Beth Steel to compete with foreign suppliers.

All are urged to write their Congressperson in support of the Steel Revitalization Act of 2001. The legislation will soon be introduced in the House of Representatives.

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SEEKING OFFSHORE WORK RULES COMMITTEE VOLUNTEERS

Sec.-Treas. Capt. Glen Banks and the General Executive Board have recommended that a committee be established to study Offshore Work Rules and make recommendations for changes to address changing times and industry conditions. It has been several years since these Work Rules have been reviewed. Offshore members interested in serving on the committee and those wishing to submit suggestions for rule changes or items for review should contact one of the Offshore VPs. It is anticipated that the Committee will be established by mid-summer.

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MITAGS ACADEMIC NOTES

Openings in classes through the end of August follow
  • 6/11-14: SMA
  • 6/18-22: BST, FF-ADV
  • 6/25-29: BST
  • 7/30: ROR-1
  • 7/30-8/3: COMP-OPSYS
  • 8/6-31: SMC
  • 8/6-10: ARPA, WX-HWA, COMP-APS, GMDSS-REF
  • 8/13-17: BST, GMDSS, ECDIS
  • 8/13-16: SMA
  • 8/20-24: BST, ARPA, VPM, ROR-1
  • 8/27-31: FF-ADV, BRM-3, ROP
New FCC Procedures

Effective May 21, 2001 persons applying for or renewing a license with Form 756 will need to make an entry in Block #1. An FCC Registration Number (FRN) or, in those cases where applicant does not have an FRN, a social security number must be entered in the block. Applications without an entry could be delayed 30-45 days. FRNs can be obtained on-line at www.fcc.gov/wtb/uls. For questions regarding FCC renewals, contact MITAGS GMDSS staff at gmdss@mitags.org or (443) 989-3257.

Schedule through Dec. 2001 is being maintained on the website. Hard copy schedule updates are also provided to the halls. Check the MITAGS website at: www.mitags.org for up-to-date info. For additional course info, contact Mary Matlock at voice: 443-989-3226 or Email: admissions@mitags.org.

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MM&P MARKET WATCH AS OF 5-31 CLOSE

 D O W

 N A S D A Q

 10,911.94

-210.48 for the week 

 2,110.49

 -171.53 for the week 

 Vanguard 500 Index Fund

 116.14

-3.41 for the week

 Vanguard Extended Market Index Fund 

24.49

-0.86 for the week

 Vanguard International Growth Fund

 16.88

-0.49  for the week

 Vanguard Morgan Growth Fund

 16.30

-0.63 for the week

 Vanguard Windsor II Fund

 28.80

-0.19 for the week

 Vanguard GNMA Fund

10.32

+0.05 for the week

 Chase Growth Fund (CHASX)

16.22

-0.14 for the week

 Fidelity Asset Manager (FASMX)

16.48

-0.20 for the week

 Fidelity Growth and Income (FGRIX)

 40.12

-0.46 for the week

Fidelity Magellan Fund (FAGX)

 113.90

-3.09 for the week

 Spartan US Equity Index Fund (FUSEX)

  44.58

 -1.31 for the week

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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 contact John Peige at jpeige@bridgedeck.org. The Wheelhouse Weekly is sent via Email to MM&P-contracted vessels at sea, broadcast worldwide via FEC marine telex andis posted on our web page under “News” at: http://www.bridgedeck.org.

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