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Wheelhouse Weekly – June 08, 2009

 

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

Volume 13 . . . . . Number 23. . . .June 8, 2009

STORIES COVERED

REMINDERS

T-AGS Oceanographic Survey Ships Info

Required Coursework

Security Clearances

MSC Physicals

MM&P FCU News

MM&P Health & Benefit Plan News

Meet Our New Prescription Benefit Manager, PHARMACARE

Notice to MM&P Health & Benefit Plan Participants

WWII USCG Veterans Outreach

Company Gives Bucks Back for buying Safe Shoes

Website Offers Union-Made Goods and Services



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


NEWEST MM&P-CREWED FERRY SETS SAIL IN SAN FRANCISCO

The second in a new fleet of environmentally friendly San Francisco Bay Area ferries crewed by MM&P-contracted Blue and Gold was scheduled to set sail today. PISCES will initially be used on the afternoon Harbor Bay ferry service from Alameda to San Francisco. Eventually the vessel will begin a full Harbor Bay morning and afternoon schedule. Like its sister ferry, GEMINI, which began service last December, PISCES has several seating options to maximize passenger comfort. It can carry 149 passengers plus 34 bicycles, for 20 percent more capacity than similar sized ferries on the Bay.
 
PISCES and GEMINI are the nation’s most environmentally friendly ferryboats. Their exhaust is 85 percent cleaner than EPA emissions standards for Tier II (2007) marine engines and ten times cleaner than that of other Bay Area ferries. The new vessels also incorporate innovative measures to protect bay and marine life, including low-wake, low-wash hulls.

GEMINI set sail on the Tiburon-San Francisco commute in December 2008. The San Francisco Bay Area Water Emergency Transportation Authority (WETA) plans for two more of the new ferryboats to enter into service at the end of 2009.


VANGUARD ANNOUNCES CLOSING OF MONEY MARKET FUND

Vanguard has just announced the closing of its Federal Money Market Fund to new accounts effective at the close of business on Tuesday, June 2, 2009. Vanguard stated that it was taking this action because the yields on short-term federal agency securities are currently so low that they will not cover Vanguard’s costs for running the fund. During a transition period from June 2 until Aug. 7, IRAP participants can continue to invest in the Federal Money Market Fund. Vanguard has indicated that it hopes the fund’s closing will be temporary, until the yields on short-term federal agency securities increase. In the interim, the IRAP Trustees, with the assistance of the Plan’s investment consultant, Independent Fiduciary Services, will be reviewing alternative money market investment options, including Vanguard’s Prime Money Market Fund, to replace the closed fund. The Trustees will inform you as soon as an alternative money market fund is selected. Please call the Plan Office if you have any questions.


NEGOTIATIONS WITH MATSON CONTINUE

The Licensed Officers’ Bargaining Coalition, consisting of ARA, MEBA and MM&P, continued their contract negotiations with Matson Navigation on Friday, June 5 in Wilmington, Calif. The unions met with Matson for the third time at the joint MM&P/MEBA Hiring Hall to discuss terms and conditions of employment for licensed officers aboard the Matson container ship fleet. Participants included rank-and-file committee members from the three unions, as well as observers from the ILWU, including ILWU Coast Committee member Ray Ortiz, former ILWU International President and current Local 63 President James Spinoza, Local 13 President George Lujan and Local 94 officials Daniel Miranda (president), George Kuvakas (secretary-treasurer) and Edward Alexander (vice president). The ARA is affiliated with the ILWU, and the three Licensed Officers’ Coalition unions have fraternal relationships with the ILWU that go back to the inception of the ILWU in 1934.

Progress was made during the negotiations and the parties have agreed to meet again next week in Oakland. This news item is jointly released for publication as an update to all ARA, MEBA and MM&P members.


MAERSK LINE, LIMITED COMPLETES MAJOR RECAPITALIZATION OF U.S.-FLAG FLEET

Maersk Line, Limited has completed a recapitalization of its U.S.-flag container fleet. The effort involved an investment of nearly $400 million for the purchase and reflagging of nine ships into the U.S. registry. 

In keeping with its commitment to provide world-class U.S. flag transportation services, MLL’s recapitalization plan called for the company to remove nine older, smaller ships from its U.S. fleet and replace them with larger, faster and more modern U.S.-flag tonnage. All nine of the reflagged ships are enrolled in the Maritime Security Program.  “This additional capacity and capability, paired with the optimization and expansion of our U.S. flag network will enable us to provide even more reliable, timely and flexible service to our government customers,” said Bill Kenwell, MLL’s Chief Commercial Officer.

The ships joining MLL’s fleet, to be deployed on the MECL 1, MECL 2 and Trans-Atlantic services, include: MAERSK KENTUCKY, MAERSK IDAHO, MAERSK
UTAH, MAERSK WISCONSIN, MAERSK WYOMING, SEALAND CHAMPION, SEALAND EAGLE, SEALAND MERCURY and SEALAND RACER. These ships feature an average capacity of more than 4000 TEU and an average age of just 10 years, while the nine ships they replace had an average capacity of only 3400 TEU and an average age of 23 years.

MLL’s Technical Organization and its Maritime Technical Services business unit, which develops and applies advanced operating, maintenance and lifecycle strategies for maritime customers, are managing the sale and recycling of the nine older U.S. flag ships. Ships being removed from MLL’s U.S.-flag fleet include: MAERSK ARIZONA, SEALAND ACHIEVER, SEALAND ATLANTIC, SEALAND COMMITMENT, SEALAND FLORIDA, SEALAND MOTIVATOR, SEALAND PERFORMANCE, SEALAND PRIDE and SEALAND QUALITY.

The company underlined the fact that all ships selected for recycling will be recycled using environmentally sound practices in accordance with the A.P. Moeller-Maersk commitment to environmental stewardship and social responsibility. In addition, the size and efficiency of the newer ships will result in reduced fuel consumption and emissions, both of which are key components of the Maersk environmental strategy. 


RATE OF U.S. JOB LOSSES SLOWS, BUT ONE IN SIX AMERICANS NOW UNEMPLOYED OR UNDEREMPLOYED

The country’s unemployment rate increased from 8.9 percent to 9.4 percent in May, as 787,000 Americans were added to the jobless rolls. May marked the 17th straight month of job loss, making the current recession the longest economic downturn since the Great Depression. According to the Department of Labor, the U.S. economy lost 345,000 jobs in May, compared to an average monthly loss of 643,000 jobs in the previous half-year. “Many will see the declining pace of job-loss in this month’s report as good news,” said economist Heidi Shierholz. “But last month’s numbers should be put into a larger context: before the current recession, the 0.3 percent decline in total employment in May would have been the second largest monthly decline in a quarter century.  It is only in the midst of a historically steep recession that losing 345,000 jobs in a single month is actually taken as a good sign.”

Shierholz also highlighted another statistic in the government’s report on job losses: the continued “dramatic collapse” of wage growth. For the first year of the recession, wage growth remained relatively strong; hourly wages for production/nonsupervisory workers (who comprise over 80 percent of payroll employment) grew 3.9 percent from December 2007 to December 2008. But since then, wage growth has slowed dramatically and actually begun to decline as workers with jobs begin to see their hours cut back. “The recent collapse of wage growth — the last labor market indicator to deteriorate in this downturn — means not only that the recession is adversely affecting
even those who keep their jobs, but also that there is additional downward pressure on consumption, which will suppress the pace of any economic recovery,” Shierholz said.

Since the start of the recession, the economy has lost a total of 6 million jobs. This is a steeper decline than in any recent recession including that of the early 1980s. There are now 14.5 million unemployed workers in America, up 7 million from the start of the recession.  If the ranks of the “marginally attached” (jobless workers who want a job but are not actively seeking work so are not counted as officially unemployed) and “involuntary part-time workers” (workers who want full-time jobs but can’t get the hours) are included for an overall “underemployment” count, the figure rises to 25.8 million, which means nearly one in six U.S. workers (16.4 percent) is either un- or underemployed.


MM&P GENERAL EXECUTIVE BOARD TO MEET JUNE 16-17

The Masters, Mates & Pilots General Executive Board (GEB) is scheduled to meet in Linthicum Heights June 16 and 17. The other meetings scheduled for 2009 are Sept. 8-9 and Dec. 1-2.


UPCOMING D-BOOK MEMBERSHIP CLASSES: NY/NJ JUNE 10-11; HOUSTON JUNE 23-24; NOLA JULY 7-8

Here is a list of upcoming opportunities to attend the D-Book Membership class:

— NY/NJ Hall June 10-11;
— Houston Hall June 23-24;
— New Orleans Hall July 7-8.

All applicants should complete this course as soon as possible to avoid delays in becoming members. Applicants should take the course before completing 360 days of covered employment. For more information and to sign up, please contact the hall at which the class you wish to attend will be given: NY/NJ Hall 201-963-1900; Houston Hall 281-487-4649; New Orleans Hall 504-837-5700.


LA/LB GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING MOVED TO JUNE 17

The monthly general membership meeting in the Los Angeles/Long Beach Hall is being held June 17 this month to accommodate ongoing contract negotiations. Everyone is encouraged to attend.


CAPTAIN RICHARD PHILLIPS TO RECEIVE COURAGE AT SEA AWARD

MM&P member Captain Richard Phillips, who was held hostage for five days in April by Somali pirates, will receive the Seamen’s Church Institute (SCI) “Courage at Sea” award this week. SCI is the largest maritime service organization in America. The award will be presented at SCI’s Silver Bell Awards Dinner in New York.


OBAMA PICKS JOSEPH E. BRENNAN TO SERVE AS ACTING FMC CHAIRMAN

The Federal Maritime Commission has announced that Joseph E. Brennan has been designated Acting Chairman by President Barack Obama. Brennan was initially nominated to serve on the Commission by Bill Clinton in 1999 and nominated to serve a second term by George W. Bush in 2004.


CONGRESSMAN CUMMINGS INTRODUCES MARITIME EDUCATION BILL

Congressman Elijah E. Cummings (D-Md.), chairman of the House Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation, has introduced the Maritime Workforce Development Act, which would create a recruitment, training and student loan program for future maritime industry workers. “Many of the men and women who comprise our maritime industry will soon be entering retirement, and it is important that we have the tools and resources in place to bring in the next generation of mariners,” Cummings said. “The Maritime Workforce Development Act seeks to improve the current system and ensure that individuals seeking to enter or advance in the maritime field are able to afford tuition for training programs.” The bill would authorize $60 million over six years to create a maritime-focused student loan program. It would also authorize $60 million over six years to enable the Department of Transportation to award grants to maritime training institutions for mariner recruitment, training and retention.


HAWAII SUPERFERRY FILES FOR BANKRUPTCY

Hawaii Superferry has announced it is filing for bankruptcy. The move came two months after the Hawaii State Supreme Court ruled it could not continue to operate while an environmental study was being conducted. The company said in a statement that it was unable to meet the cost of maintaining its two vessels in the absence of any revenues. “Our efforts to refinance and restructure the company for this interim period with additional investment have not been successful, as yet,” said a company spokesman. “Accordingly, a filing of Chapter 11 was an unavoidable next step.”


MITAGS AND PMI ANNOUNCE NEW PROGRAM: INTRODUCTION TO ENVIRONMENTAL REGULATIONS IN THE MARITIME INDUSTRY/EPA GENERAL PERMIT FOR COMMERCIAL VESSELS

MITAGS and PMI have added the “Introduction to Environmental Regulations in the Maritime Industry/EPA General Permit for Commercial Vessels” program to the course schedule. The program has been designed as two, one-day modules. Module one is an introduction to the environmental aspects of vessel operations and the basic structure of the marine regulatory environment. It is intended to give vessel operators a broad perspective on the potential environmental impact of their operations and a greater appreciation for why a vessel general permit is required. Module two is devoted to the vessel general permit. Attendees will be given a copy of the permit. This module will involve discussion and analysis of the permit language. It will also focus on how the permit requirements apply to the specific vessels operated by the students.  Note: module one is a prerequisite for module two.

The course will be held at MITAGS June 16-17 and July 29-30. For more information or to register for the course at MITAGS, contact Robert Becker: (443) 989-3235, (866) 656-5569 or rbecker@mitags.org.

The course will be held at PMI June 23-24. For more information or to register for the PMI course, contact Gregg Trunnell: (206) 838-7422, (888) 893-7829 or gtrunnell@mates.org.


MITAGS ACADEMIC NOTES

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

AIS � (1-Day) Automatic Identification System: 6/22
ARPA � Automatic Radar Plotting Aids: 6/23, 8/24
BRM � Bridge Resource Management: 7/27
BRMP � Bridge Resource Management for Pilots: 6/25, 8/27
BST � Basic Safety Training: 8/3
CONT PLNG � Contingency Planning: 7/10

[CMM – Chief Mate and Master Courses]
CMM-ADVWX – Advanced Meteorology: 6/22
CMM-CHS I � Advanced Cargo Handling (week 1): 7/6
CMM-CHS II � Advanced Cargo Handling (week 2): 6/29
CMM-ADVSTB � Advanced Stability: 8/10
CMM-ECDIS � Electronic Chart Display and Information Systems: 7/27
CMM-MPP � Marine Propulsion Plants: 6/15, 8/24
CMM-SHMGT I � Ship Management (week 1) : 7/13
CMM-SHMGT II � Ship Management (week 2) : 7/20
CMM-SHS-ADV-I � Advanced Shiphandling (week 1): 6/29, 8/3, 8/17, 8/24, 8/31
CMM-SHS-ADV-I I � Advanced Shiphandling (week 2): 7/6, 7/20, 8/10, 8/17, 8/31
CMM-VPEN � Voyage Planning and Electronic Navigation: 8/3
CMM-WKP � Advanced Watchkeeping: 8/17, 8/31

CSE-AAES � Confined Space Entry, Atmospheric Analysis of enclosed Spaces (3 day): 7/13
ENVIRO-REGS PERMIT – Environmental Regulations In The Maritime Industry / EPA General Permit for Commercial Vessels (2 day): 6/16, 7/29
ENVIRO-REGS – Introduction to Environmental Regulations in the Maritime Industry (1 Day): 6/16, 7/29
FF-BADV � Basic and Advanced Fire Fighting Combined: 8/3
LEG � Legal Aspects of Pilotage: 6/24, 8/26
LNG AWAR � Liquefied Natural Gas Awareness: 8/18

MEDIA RSP � Media Response Workshop: 6/26, 7/9
MED-PIC – Medical Person-In-Charge: 8/10
MED-PRO – Medical Care Provider: 8/10
MED-DOT-DA – Dept. of Trans Drug & Alcohol Testing: 8/15

[MSC – Military Sealift Command]
MSC-CBRD-1 � CBRD Orientation: 7/18, 8/14
MSC-DC � Damage Control: 7/16 (Special Evening Course: 8/10-13/09)
MSC-SMA � Small Arms Training: 6/22, 8/10

[OICNW � Officer in Charge of a Navigation Watch Courses]
OICNW-TCNAV/CO � Terrestrial Navigation and Compasses: 7/13
OICNW-CONSTB � Ship Construction and Basic Stability: 8/17

ROP-5 � Radar Observer Original or Renewal: 8/31
ROR-1 – Radar Observer Renewal: 6/22, 8/24

SEC-VCF – Security Officer: Vessel, Company & Facility: 6/23, 7/6
SEC-VSO-R � Vessel Security Officer Refresher (1 day): 6/22, 8/14
SHS-BAS � Basic Shiphandling: 8/3
SHS-EMR5 � Emergency Shiphandling: 6/22, 8/10
SHS-EMR-BRMP3 � Emergency Shiphandling and Bridge Resource Management for Pilots: 6/22, 8/24

TPIC � Tankship Dangerous Liquids Person In Charge: 8/31

…remember: If you can’t make the class, make the call.  Be courteous, don’t be a “no show.”

Check the MITAGS website at www.mitags.org for course descriptions associated with the course title abbreviations, and schedule revisions. For class availability or info on MITAGS courses and programs, contact admissions toll-free at 866-656-5568 or by e-mail: admissions@mitags.org.


PMI ACADEMIC NOTES

PMI Web site at www.mates.org for more info

FOR REGISTRATION CALL JENNIFER PITZEN: 206 838-1126

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

June 2009
8-19GMDSS
8-12Radar Observer Unlimited
8-12TPIC
12Flashing Light
15Radar Renewal
15-19Medical Care Provider
15-26Medical Person-in-Charge
22-24Security VCF
25Security Refresher

July 2009
6-10Basic Shiphandling
13Radar Renewal
14-17 ARPA
13-17Emergency Shiphandling

August 2009
3Radar Renewal
4-7ARPA
3-5Security VCF
10-14 ECDIS
10-14 TPIC

September 2009
21Radar Renewal
22-25ARPA
21-25Medical Care Provider
21-2Medical Person-in-Charge

For registration call Jennifer Pitzen 888-893-7829

PMI MERCHANDISE FOR SALE!!!

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


MM&P MARKET WATCH AS OF 6-5-2009

D O W N A S D A Q S & P 500
8,750.24 1,849.42 940.09
Fund Name & Trading Symbol
 Closing
Price
 Vanguard Asset Allocation Fund(VAARX)
42.48
 Vanguard 500 Index Fund (VFINX)
86.96
 Vanguard Extended Market Index Fund (VEXMX)
27.08
 Vanguard International Growth Fund (VWIGX)
14.14
 Vanguard Morgan Growth Fund (VMRGX)
12.74
 Vanguard Windsor II Fund (VWNFX)
19.74
 Vanguard GNMA Fund (VFIIX)
10.54
 Vanguard Growth Index Fund (VIGRX)
22.71
 Vanguard High Yield Corporate (VWEHX)
4.92
 Vanguard LifeStrategy Conservative Growth (VSCGX)
13.77
 Vanguard LifeStrategy Growth Fund (VASGX)
16.94
 Vanguard LifeStrategy Income Fund (VASIX)
12.46
 Vanguard LifeStrategy Moderate Growth (VSMGX)
15.77
 Vanguard Target Retirement 2005 (VTOVX)
10.10
 Vanguard Target Retirement 2015 (VTXVX)
10.08
 Vanguard Target Retirement 2025 (VTTVX)
9.87
 Vanguard Target Retirement 2035 (VTTHX)
9.94
 Vanguard Target Retirement 2045 (VTIVX)
10.28
 Vanguard Total Bond Index (VBMFX)
10.02
 Vanguard Total Stock Market Index Fund (VTSMX)
23.12
 Chase Growth Fund (CHASX)
14.07
 Fidelity Asset Manager (FASMX)
12.17
 Fidelity Growth and Income (FGRIX)
13.62
 Fidelity Intermediate bond Fund (FTHRX)
9.52
 Fidelity Magellan Fund (FMAGX)
54.39
 Fidelity Small Company Instl (FMACX)
13.40
 Fidelity Value Fund (FDVLX)
45.44
 Fidelity Equity-Income II Fund (FEQTX)
13.76
 Fidelity Blue Chip Growth Fund (FBGRX)
30.10
 Fidelity Diversified International Fund (FDIVX)
23.73
 Fidelity Dividend Growth Fund (FDGFX)
19.02
 Fidelity Freedom Income (FFFAX)
9.98
 Fidelity Freedom 2000 (FFFBX)
10.55
 Fidelity Freedom 2010 (FFFCX)
11.15
 Fidelity Freedom 2020 (FFFDX)
10.95
 Fidelity Freedom 2030 (FFFEX)
10.64
 Fidelity Freedom 2040 (FFFFX)
6.10
 Fidelity Freedom 2050 (FFFHX)
7.07
 Fidelity Total Bond Fund (FTBFX)
9.76
 Spartan Extended market Index Fund (FSEMX)
25.24
 Spartan US Equity Index Fund (FUSEX)
33.39
 Domini Social Equity Fund (DSEFX)
21.39





~ 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. Suite B
Linthicum Heights, MD 21090



SHIP SECURITY CLEARANCE NEEDED

Members who want to sail for Horizon Lines on the T-AGS Oceanographic Survey vessels the company is set to begin operating for MSC must have Ship Security Clearance before going aboard.

Special software must be downloaded from the US Government’s Defense Security Service to complete the Security Clearance application. You must have an Internet connection and a Windows-based computer to retrieve the application and run the program.

Go to https://sclient.dss.mil/download/w9xfull.htm to download the software titled “EPSQ SUBJECT2_2”.

After the software is installed and the program is launched, select “Create” from the menu bar at the top of the screen. You will be required to enter your Social Security Number and a case-sensitive password. A window titled “Type of Form” will appear.

All Deck Officers should select the first button titled “Request for Security Clearance (SF86)” and then click “OK” to go to the next screen, “Type of Investigation”.

From the “Type of Investigation” screen:

  • Masters and Radio Officers should select the first button, “Single Scope Background Investigation (SSBI)”.
  • All other Deck Officers (C/M, 2/M, 3/M) should click on the second button, “National Agency Check (NAC or NACLC)”.

After selecting the appropriate investigation type, click on “OK” to begin filling in the forms.



MSC PHYSICALS

Horizon Lines requests all mariners seeking employment aboard the T-AGS Oceanographic vessels to take their MSC Physical at specially-designated facilities only after being advised to do so by the Company. This is to assure that all requirements of the MSC Physical are properly met.


MM&P FCU NEWS

GET NEW WHEELS OR LOWER EXISTING PAYMENTS WITH MM&P FCU VEHICLE FINANCING

Is it time to replace that car you’re driving? Vehicle loan rates are looking great at MM&P FCU.

Drive away in a new or used vehicle for a standard loan rate of:

6.50 percent for terms up to 24 months.
Standard loan rates for longer-term loans are:

6.75 percent for 25-48 months;
7.50 percent for 49-60 months ($20,000 minimum); and
8.00 percent for terms extending from 61-72 months ($25,000 minimum).
You can lower your loan rate even more — by 0.75 percent — by becoming a Preferred Borrower.

Are you paying a higher rate on your current vehicle loan at another institution? Consider refinancing your outside loan at the MM&P FCU and taking advantage of our lower loan rates.

MM&P FCU will finance up to 100 percent of your new vehicle loan, and up to 90 percent of NADA Book Value on a used vehicle. Maximum vehicle loan amount is $30,000.

PREFERRED BORROWERS GET LOWER LOAN RATES
MM&P FCU members can reduce the interest rate they pay on any new loan even further by becoming a preferred borrower. What is a preferred borrower? That’s a member who deposits at least 10 percent of the original loan amount into their MM&P FCU savings account and keeps those funds on deposit until the loan is paid in full. By doing this you save twice – first, your deposit works for you by earning our regular dividend savings rate, and second, you save money by reducing the interest rate on your loan by 0.75 percent.

Contact the MM&P FCU for full details on all loan programs by email to mmpfcu@bridgedeck.org or call 1-800-382-7777 toll-free.



 

MM&P HEALTH & BENEFIT PLAN NEWS

MEET OUR NEW PRESCRIPTION BENEFIT MANAGER, PHARMACARE

As you know, effective July 1, 2007, MM&P will have a new Prescription Benefit Manager, PharmaCare. If you use the mail service and have not sent your Confidential Mail Service Enrollment Form to the MM&P Plan Office, you have until June 30 to do so. Otherwise, you can call PharmaCare’s customer service line and give them the information over the telephone or send the form with your first new mail prescription directly to PharmaCare. In the next couple of days, you will be receiving a letter with your new MM&P identification cards and a prescription booklet with information on how to obtain your prescriptions. PharmaCare’s customer service number is listed in the booklet. If you have any questions, please contact the MM&P Health & Benefit Plan Advisors.



NOTICE TO MM&P HEALTH & BENEFIT PLAN PARTICIPANTS

As you know, MM&P Health & Benefit Plan members have a new prescription benefit manager, PharmaCare. When you first obtain a prescription at your retail drug store, please show your new Health & Benefit Identification Card with PharmaCare’s information. If you do not show your card, please inform your pharmacist of the following information so you can receive your prescriptions through the Plan. Your identification number HAS NOT CHANGED. Please provide the pharmacist with your full member identification number. You will have to also provide the following numbers. RxGrp#- Z50136968, RxBin: 610468 and RxPCN: PC2 

If your pharmacist has any questions, he or she should call PharmaCare directly at (800) 503-3241.  If you have any questions, PharmaCare members can call the company directly at (888) 364-6815.


WWII USCG VETERANS OUTREACH

The U.S. Coast Guard has announced an initiative to identify and collect the oral histories of its World War II veterans. Coast Guard WWII veterans, including SPARS and merchant mariners, are encouraged to record their histories online with the Library of Congress Veterans History Project at www.loc.gov/folklife/vets.

Those veterans needing assistance in recording their stories can receive help from their local Coast Guard Auxiliary public affairs contact by leaving a message at 1-877-875-6296, a toll-free call.



 

COMPANY GIVES BUCKS BACK FOR BUYING SAFE SHOES

LMS Ship Management, the company that manages vessels for Central Gulf, Sulphur Carriers and Waterman Steamship, wants to remind MM&P members that they offer their crewmembers a $75 reimbursement on the cost of purchasing certain slip-resistant shoes and boots for use aboard ship.

This offer has been in place for some time and LMS reports that “we have been pleased with the participation to date, but feel a reminder may be in order.” Their goal is for every crewmember to wear slip resistant footwear during working hours aboard their vessels.

The $75 reimbursement is available to each crewmember who provides LMS with an original receipt for the purchase of slip resistant footwear. In order for the crewmember to obtain the reimbursement, they must wear the shoes while on duty. Upon presentation of the receipt, the crewmember will be reimbursed on their pay voucher. The receipt will be retained by the Master and will remain aboard the vessel.
 

Vessels in the LMS footwear reimbursement program are:

  • Green Cove
  • Green Dale
  • Green Lake
  • Green Point
  • Atlantic Forest
  • Sulphur Enterprise
  • Energy Enterprise
  • SGT Matej C. Kocak
  • MAJ Stephen W. Pless, and
  • PFC Eugene A. Obregon

LMS notes that in order to receive reimbursement, crewmembers must purchase one of the following recommended brands:

  • WORX by Red Wing Slip Resistant Footwear
  • Caterpillar (must have steel toe & slip resistant sole)
  • Wolverine (must have steel toe and slip resistant sole)
  • Dunham Sierra Work Boot EH
  • Steel Toe Voyager
  • Georgia Boot 6- or 8-inch Safety Toe Boot
  • Dr. Marten’s (must have steel toe & slip resistant sole)

LOOK FOR THE UNION LABEL:

Of the boots listed above, Red Wing, Caterpillar and Wolverine boots are produced by US union labor.

Redwing’s Union-made products are: Red Wing shoes and boots, Red Wing motorcycle boots and Craftsman (Sears).

Wolverine World Wide manufactures boots under the Caterpillar brand using US union labor. (Other union made safety-shoe brands by Wolverine are the company’s Hy-Test, Durashock and Bates Military labels. The company’s Wolverine brand combat boots are also produced using US union labor.)

Most Dr. Marten’s shoes and boots are produced in the UK.

To find US, union-made products, visit the AFL-CIO Union Label Service and Trades website at www.unionlabel.org and click on “Union Made Product Search”. To shop for union-made products online, go to www.ShopUnionMade.org.


 

WEBSITE OFFERS UNION-MADE GOODS AND SERVICES

The Union Label recently went digital with a new website offering shoppers an array of union-made gifts, from clothing and chocolates to computers, games and greeting cards.

The website, www.shopunionmade.org, launches on the eve of the fall and winter holidays, when shoppers will spend an estimated $1 trillion on gifts, food, drinks and other seasonal items, explained Matt Bates, Secretary-Treasurer of the AFL-CIO Union Label & Service Trades Department. The all-union shopping site, however, will be a year-round operation because that is what consumers demand, he added.

“Shoppers spent $56 billion in Internet sales last year, and on-line spending is doubling every two to three years. Everyday we receive Email and calls from people who want to support good jobs by buying union-made goods and services. The website will reach millions of people, 24 hours a day, with a quick convenient way to shop union,” Bates said.

“The public is ready for this. People have seen millions of good jobs disappear and they are looking for ways to take a stand and make a difference,” he added.

The AFL-CIO will target the peak of the holiday shopping season by promoting “Buy Union Week” Nov. 26 through Dec. 5. The newly-launched, all-union shopping site will be a cornerstone of that campaign. MM&P has a link to the Shop Union Site on this website under “Links and Other Sources”.



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