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Wheelhouse Weekly – June 02, 2005


 


THE MASTERS, MATES & PILOTS’
WHEELHOUSE WEEKLYonline

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

Volume 9 . . . . . Number 22 . . . . June 3, 2005


STORIES COVERED

ALSO

REMINDERS




Did you miss a week? Back editions of the Wheelhouse Weekly are available in the section.




TOTAL REWRITE OF MERCHANT MARINER LICENSING AND CREDENTIALING STATUTE PROPOSED BY USCG

This past April, the US Coast Guard released a proposal that would rewrite the portions of 46 USC that give the USCG the authority issue merchant mariner licenses and credentials. The proposal was included in the original version of the USCG Authorization Act of 2005. The draft changes have been pulled from the authorization bill however, there are still several concerns about the USCG’s objectives.

During a May 25th meeting with USCG representatives, MM&P representatives Capt. George Quick (VP-Pilots) and Mike Rodriguez (Executive Assistant to the President) heard the USCG’s motives for the proposals and voiced several
concerns relating to the proposed legislation.

Chief among MM&P’s concerns is that the bill treats licenses and credentials the same. The bill establishes “credentials” as the property of the US Government. The MM&P reps explained to the USCG that MM&P regards a license
as the private property of the individual who earned it through a combination of study, proof of competency, and experience. Making a merchant mariner’s license the property of the federal government removes the private property rights and, therefore, removes the right to due
process in actions to suspend or revoke a license.

In response to the USCG’s stated need to provide for the security of “credentials” issued under the proposal, MM&P took the position that security and safety considerations should be kept separate. Mariners’ licenses and credentials are proof of competency and evidence that the holder is qualified to perform the functions of specific ratings aboard vessels. Security issues relate to the level of risk an individual poses as a threat to commit acts of terrorism. This is what the Congress intended when it directed the Secretary of Homeland Security to provide
regulations for issuing transportation security cards in the Maritime Transportation Security Act of 2002.

Other areas of concern in the bill are the USCG’s authority to summarily suspend “credentials” for up to 45 days, issue “credentials” and, presumably, licenses to resident aliens, and to require drug testing of all “credential” holders regardless of their employment status.

The USCG will host a public meeting on the credentialing proposal on June 17. MM&P representatives will be on hand to advocate for a licensing and credentialing system that meets the needs of the mariner while providing the essential element of certainty that is crucial to professional performance within the maritime industry.

 




 

CONTACT MM&P IF YOU HAVE BEEN DENIED ACCESS TO A PORT

As a result of the publication of several previous articles in the Wheelhouse Weekly on terminals and port facilities improperly denying access to crewmembers and visitors to and from ships in violation of the ISPS code, MM&P HQ has received new reports of continuing access control issues.

The Union is preparing a protest of these violations at the national and if need be international level, but to do so, we still need your help. Please send an e-mail to AccessControl@bridgedeck.org to report incidents of access denial, as well as cases in which a fee to access port facilities is levied on crewmembers or their visitors.

The Union is interested in receiving reports from all ships, not just MM&P-contracted vessels. Please provide the day the incident took place, the names of the port, facility and ship, and a brief description of what occurred.



 

MM&P-CREWED MV ENDURANCE OBSERVES MEMORIAL DAY IN STYLE

The following dispatch was received earlier this week from the MV ENDURANCE that is crewed by MM&P Licensed Deck Officers: “Greetings and happy Memorial Day from the MV ENDURANCE. The crew of the MV ENDURANCE gathered on the bow today for a moment of silence followed by 8 bells wrung on the ship’s bell. Our position at 1500 was Lat 37-20N Long 018-01E. We are en route from Izmir, Turkey to Salerno, Italy via Straits of Messina. We continued our celebration to honor our fallen brothers and sisters with a barbecue dinner on the stern. MM&P members on the crew are Capt. Robert Pechusick, Master; William Mack, Chief Mate; Victor Manoli, Second Mate; and Michael Heyman, Third Mate.” Our thanks to 2/M Manoli for sending us this e-mail.



 

MITAGS TO HOST MARITIME MUSEUM RECEPTION THIS THURSDAY

The Annapolis Maritime Museum exhibit “Before GPS: the Genius of Captain Philip Van Horn Weems, 20th Century Navigation Pioneer,” is currently on display at MITAGS. An evening reception to promote the exhibit has been scheduled for Thursday, June 9, at MITAGS. Philip Van Horn Weems Dodds will give a special presentation, which details his grandfather’s remarkable career as a navigator, educator, and entrepreneur.

“This is the perfect location for an exhibit highlighting the life of Captain Weems,” says Buck Buchanan, Chairman for the Annapolis Maritime Museum. “It’s a wonderful addition to all of the maritime history that is already on display at the Institute.” The Weems exhibit was introduced by the Annapolis Maritime Museum in the summer of 2003. However, its availability for viewing at the museum was short-lived due to the devastation that was caused by Hurricane Isabel. Fortunately, volunteers were able to retrieve the exhibit and temporarily relocate it to the MITAGS campus.

The Museum, in coordination with the Institute, has scheduled an evening reception on June 9th at 1830 hrs to promote the exhibit. Special tours of MITAGS’ world-class shiphandling simulator have also been arranged. The first tour will begin at 1800 hrs, followed by a second tour at 1830. The evening will close with a special presentation by Mr. Dodds. For additional info on the Weems exhibit reception, contact Jefferson Holland at 410-295-0104 or via email at jeffersonholland@comcast.net, or call MITAGS at 410-859-5700, ext. 0.

 


OUTSOURCING US JOBS OVERSEAS SPURS CONTAINER GROWTH

The respected maritime publication “Fairplay” reported this week that the outsourcing of US manufacturing overseas has been dubbed a ‘revolutionary’ driver of the current container boom, and a new study confirms just how pronounced that shift has become.

According to a report by Deloitte Research, US foreign direct investments rose 92 percent last year to $54 billion, marking a new record and highlighting how significantly US manufacturers are relying on foreign factory sites.

Deloitte’s survey of manufacturers found that 38 percent planned to expand operations in China during the next three years. The impact on the container trade from this strategy has been pronounced: Of all US trade in 2004, 42 percent or $950 billion was not between producers and distributors, but between US-based companies and foreign divisions of the same companies, and vice versa. Between the US and Singapore, such ‘related-party’ moves accounted for 74.6 percent of all trade last year.

At last month’s Trans-Atlantic Conference, P&O Nedlloyd North America president Michael White said that the shift to global outsourcing of manufacturing has positioned the container shipping sector as a ‘vital enabler’ of what is nothing less than a ‘second industrial revolution’.


TRANS-PACIFIC PEAK SEASON WARNING FOR SHIPPERS

The Transpacific Stabilization Agreement (TSA) predicted this week that lines will weather yet another “challenging peak season” in 2005. Member carriers have now finalized their 2005-06 service contracts with shippers, and the TSA said negotiated rate increases, together with a $400/FEU peak season surcharge, will help carriers defray costs between June and November – but will not fully alleviate cost pressures.

Asia-to-US container cargo grew 11 percent during the first quarter of 2005, and forecasts for the full year stand at 10-12 percent growth. TSA predicts a 9-10 percent growth in ‘effective capacity’ on the carrier side. Contingency plans for the coming peak season will be critical, according to TSA executive director Albert Pierce. He noted that solutions such as new ports in Mexico and the US Gulf Coast, the widening of the Panama Canal and 24-hour US port terminal operations are still “years away”, while current Pacific Northwest and all-water options are reaching their capacity limits.


 

NO MAJOR DELAYS EXPECTED IN PANAMA CANAL TRANSIT TIMES

While no major delays to Panama Canal transit are expected in the first weeks of June, vessels might experience delays due to rains and heavy fog at Gatun Lake, according to shipping services reports. Non-booked super-size vessels and restricted vessels are taking 12-24 hours to transit the canal while regular size ships are taking 24 hours after arrival without pre-booking. Weather conditions at Gatun Lake could however affect development of the canal daily schedule. The canal is currently working under Condition 1 (normal), under which 13 super-size and restricted vessels and eight regular size ships will be accepted for daily booking.


COASTAL MARINE SECURITY PATROLS RESULT IN BIG DRUG BUST

Coastal security patrols on the West Coast notched up another major drug interdiction last weekend, according to a San Diego media report. Two individuals were arrested, the report said, one from Mexico and one from California, after a Customs & Border Protection patrol boat intercepted a 21-ft. long powerboat. The private vessel had been watched as it crossed from Mexican into US waters, the report said. A chase at sea ensued before USCG officers boarded the vessel and found 73 bundles amounting to “over half a ton” of marijuana.


INCREASED USCG MARITIME PATROLS IMPACT MIGRANT FLOW

Besides having a positive effect on drug interdictions, the greater emphasis by the USCG on Homeland Security operations like increased surveillance and deterrence is having a noticeable impact on migrant flow in the Caribbean.

The Dominican Republic’s smuggling community is being made aware of the potentially severe consequences of convictions. Two Dominican Republic smugglers were recently sentenced to 51 month and 60 month jail terms for their crimes. On July 5, five Dominican Republic smugglers face sentences of between 25 years and life in a US prison for a case in which nine migrants lost their lives.

So far this month, the USCG has intercepted 411 Haitians, 222 Dominicans and 253 Cubans. So far this fiscal year, since October 1, 2004, the totals caught are: 1,344 Haitians, 2,070 Dominicans and 1,378 Cubans. The figures compare with 3,053 Haitians, 4,329 Dominicans and 720 Cubans during the same period the previous year.


PRINTS OF SEAWANHAKA ON SALE TO BENEFIT MM&P PCF FUND

Beautiful large prints suitable for framing of the SEAWANHAKA, signed by the artist, Capt. Brian Hope, are now available for sale to benefit the MM&P Political Contribution Fund. The $40 price includes shipping and handling. The fire aboard the SEAWANHAKA and the scapegoating of her Master, Capt. Charles Smith one hundred and twenty-five years ago, mark the beginnings of the MM&P.

Capt. Hope’s paintings hang in several museums and in many businesses and private homes throughout the Baltimore-Washington area. For more info on how you can obtain one of these colorful maritime prints while also assisting the MM&P PCF, contact Asst. Comptroller Beverly Gutmann at MM&P HQ, 700 Maritime Blvd., Linthicum Heights, MD 21090-1941. Phone: 410-850-8700 ext. 11, Fax: 410-850-8384, Email: bgutmann@bridgedeck.org.


MITAGS ACADEMIC NOTES

CLASS OPENINGS

Between now and the end of August 2005 seats are available in the following courses:

  • AIS – Automatic Identification System: 6/17, 7/23, 9/2
  • ARPA – Automatic Radar Plotting Aids: 6/13, 7/18, 7/25, 8/15
  • BRM – Bridge Resource Management: 6/13, 8/1
  • BRMP – Bridge Resource Management for Pilots: 6/14, 8/9
  • BST – Basic Safety Training: 8/29
  • CMM – Chief Mate and Master Courses

  • CMM-ADVSTB – Advanced Stability: 7/18
  • CMM-ADVWX – Advanced Meteorology: 6/6
  • 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
  • CMM-MPP – Marine Propulsion Plants: 6/27, 8/8
  • CMM-SHS-ADV-I – Advanced Shiphandling (week 1): 6/20, 7/25, 8/8, 8/15, 8/22
  • CMM-SHS-ADV-II – Advanced Shiphandling (week 2): 7/18, 8/1, 8/15
  • CMM-SHMGT I – Ship Management (week 1): 6/20, 7/11
  • CMM-SHMGT II – Ship Management (week 2): 6/13
  • CMM-VPEN – Voyage Planning and Electronic Navigation: 7/25
  • CMM-WKP- Advanced Watchkeeping: 6/6, 8/29
  • CONT-PLNG – Contingency Planning: 6/17, 7/15, 7/22
  • FF-BADV – (Combined) Basic and Advanced Firefighting: 6/27, 8/22
  • HAZ – Hazardous Materials [5-day]: 6/6, 7/25
  • HF-FSM – Human Factors-Fatigue, Sleep & Medications: 7/20
  • LAP License Advancement Program: 7/11
  • LEG – Legal Aspects of Pilotage: 6/8, 6/14, 8/9
  • MEDIA-RSP – Media Response: 6/16, 7/14, 7/21
  • MED-DOT-DA – Dept. of Trans Drug & Alcohol Testing: 6/25, 7/30, 8/20
  • MED-PIC – Medical Person-In-Charge: 6/13, 7/25, 8/15
  • MED-PRO – Medical Care Provider (1st week of MED-PIC): 6/13, 7/25, 8/15

MSC – Military Sealift Command

  • MSC-SMA – Small Arms Training (4 day): 6/20, 8/29
  • MSC-SMA-R – Small Arms Re-Qualification (2-day): 6/24, 9/2
    (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: 6/13, 7/18, 7/21, 7/25, 8/20
  • SEC-OFF-VCF – Security Officer,Vessel, Company & Facility: 6/13, 8/1
  • SEC-PLT-AWR Security Awareness for Pilots: 7/19
  • SHS-ESH-BRMP: Emergency Shiphandling/Bridge Resource Management for Pilots (3-day): 7/20
  • SHS-EMR5 – Emergency Shiphandling (5 day): 8/29
  • TPIC Tankerman Person-In-Charge: 6/27

 

ATTENDANCE VERIFICATION & CANCELLATION IS VITAL

If you are scheduled for a course, call, write, or Email admissions to advise whether or not you will attend. Many classes are in demand and maintain a Standby List. “No Shows” are missed training opportunities for other members.

SCHEDULES, UPDATED COURSE AVAILABILITY, INFO & REGISTRATION

Courses are subject to change. Check the MITAGS website for up-to-date course descriptions associated with all course title abbreviations, and for schedule revisions and updated course availability. You can also check future schedules, review detailed course descriptions and register on-line or contact Admissions at admissions@mitags.org or by calling toll-free, 1-866-656-5568.




 

MM&P MARKET WATCH AS OF June 2, 2005 CLOSE


 D O W  N A S D A Q  S & P 500
 10,553.49 +95.69 for the week  2,097.80  +29.81 for the week  1,204.29  +14.28 for the week

 

Fund Name & Trading Symbol
Closing
Price
Change
 Vanguard 500 Index Fund (VFINX)
111.31
+1.38
 Vanguard Extended Market Index Fund (VEXMX)
31.42
+.86
 Vanguard International Growth Fund (VWIGX)
18.52
+.14
 Vanguard Morgan Growth Fund (VMRGX)
16.35
+.35
 Vanguard Windsor II Fund (VWNFX)
31.43
+.33
 Vanguard GNMA Fund (VFIIX)
10.46
+.04
 Vanguard High Yield Corporate Fund (VWEHX)
6.27
+.09
 Vanguard Total Bond Index (VBMFX)
10.33
+.08
 Chase Growth Fund (CHASX)
17.91
+.30
 Fidelity Asset Manager (FASMX)
16.10
+.15
 Fidelity Growth and Income (FGRIX)
37.91
+.40
 Fidelity Magellan Fund (FMAGX)
103.48
+1.38
 Fidelity Small Company Instl (FMACX)
21.27
+.57
 Fidelity Value Fund (FDVLX)
73.48
+1.56
 Spartan US Equity Index Fund (FUSEX)
42.74
+.53





~ 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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