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Wheelhouse Weekly – June 09, 2005


 


THE MASTERS, MATES & PILOTS’
WHEELHOUSE WEEKLYonline

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

Volume 9 . . . . . Number 23 . . . . June 9, 2005


STORIES COVERED

ALSO

REMINDERS




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




ASM CONTRACT OVERWHELMINGLY APPROVED

The ballot count for the Memorandum of Understanding between American Ship Management (ASM) and the MM&P covering oceangoing dry cargo and passenger vessels, effective June 16, 2005, and continuing in full force and in effect until midnight, September 30, 2015, was held on Monday, June 6. A total of 2,368 ballots were mailed out to the eligible membership. The voting period was for 90-days and of the ballots mailed out, a total of 1040 were returned.

The Ballot Agent was John Seibel of Trueballot, Inc. The Ballot Committee, consisting of Phil Mullikin, Lou Ramey and Chuck Pillsbury monitored the counting of the returned ballots at MM&P HQ. The final count was 1015 “yes” and 21 “no” with 4 ballots being disqualified.

 




 

SEAWANHAKA PRINT CAN NOW BE VIEWED ON THE MM&P WEB SITE

The beautiful large print of the SEAWANHAKA being sold to benefit the MM&P Political Contribution Fund, can now be viewed on the MM&P web site at www.bridgedeck.org. Members should click on “Members Only” and then select “Make a PCF Contribution” and then select the link: “Click here to see MM&P rewards you earn.” Suitable for framing, this lovely print is just $40 and would make an excellent addition a home or office. All are signed by the artist, MM&P-member Capt. Brian Hope, whose paintings hang in several museums and in many businesses in the Baltimore-Washington area.

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. For more info on how you can obtain one of these great prints while also assisting the MM&P PCF, contact Assistant 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.



 

USNS MERCY RETURNS HOME FROM TSUNAMI RELIEF EFFORTS

The US Navy’s Military Sealift Command hospital ship USNS MERCY, crewed by MM&P Licensed Deck Officers returned home to Naval Base San Diego on Wednesday, June 8, following a five-month tsunami relief and humanitarian assistance mission in Southeast Asia and the Pacific Islands.

During the ship’s deployment, MERCY’s on board Medical Treatment Facility personnel treated more than 100,000 patients and performed 466 surgeries. In addition, MERCY’s medical teams distributed 4,041 eyeglasses, performed 6,000 dental procedures and provided preventative and public health training that will benefit residents of the region for years to come. Civil service mariners aboard MERCY also contributed to humanitarian relief efforts, repairing infrastructure and medical equipment in hospitals, clinics and other public buildings.

“A major focus of our effort throughout the region was to work together with host-nation medical providers in the spirit of cooperation, promoting the exchange of ideas among people from all countries to further their capabilities for the future,” said Capt. Mark Llewellyn, MC, Commanding Officer of MERCY’s Medical Treatment Facility.

MERCY deployed from San Diego Jan. 5 in support of Operation Unified Assistance, the United States’ response to the Dec. 26 tsunami that struck Southeast Asia. The ship first sailed to the region’s most devastated area, Banda Aceh, Indonesia. From Feb. 6 to March 16, the ship’s combined US Navy and non-governmental organization Project HOPE medical staff treated more than 9,500 patients ashore and afloat, and performed 19,512 medical procedures, including 285 surgical and operating room cases.

After completing operations off the coast of Banda Aceh, MERCY began its sail home to the United States, stopping at several ports along the way to provide humanitarian assistance and demonstrate the US government’s commitment to the region. In Alor, Indonesia, and Dili, East Timor, MERCY’s medical teams treated over 8,000 patients in six days.

When an 8.7 magnitude earthquake struck Nias Island, Indonesia, March 28, MERCY sailed to assist. From April 5-29, MERCY’s medical teams treated earthquake victims and other residents of the island, performing 123 surgeries and more than 19,000 medical procedures.

Following the ship’s operations in Nias, MERCY conducted a final humanitarian mission in Madang, Papua New Guinea, before heading home to San Diego. While in Papua New Guinea, MERCY’s medical staff treated more than 22,700 patients and performed 36 surgeries, providing aid to Manam islanders who had been forced to flee their homes after a major volcanic eruption in October. By the time MERCY sails into San Diego, the ship and its crew will have traveled 36,000 nautical miles on this mission.



 

MM&P REPS ON SOCP AGENDA FOR JULY 12-13 MEETING IN SEATTLE

The upcoming Ship Operations Cooperative Program (SOCP) meeting that will be held in Seattle on July 12-13 offers a firsthand opportunity to learn about the latest developments in new ship operations technology as well as regulatory issues that affect operations. Among those making participating in presentations at the meting will be MM&P’s Director of Special Projects Richard Plant and Special Representative Capt. Joe Stone. Gregg Trunnell, Director of the MITAGS-affiliated Pacific Maritime Institute will host a reception for SOCP attendees. Tours of the PMI facility and Seattle VTS will also be available. All MM&P members are welcome to attend the meeting and there is no registration fee.

Among the scheduled agenda items over the two-day meeting are presentations on: T-AKE construction presentation on the Navy’s first ever “Green Ship”; Ship Air Emissions Issues; Ballast Water Management Regulations; Task Assistance Products, Improving Safety and Environmental Stewardship; Mariner Administration Card (MAC) Project; SOCP’s Role in Mariner Recruitment and Retention; SOCP Video & CBT Product Development & Evaluation Activities; IMO/ILO Mariner Credentialing Activities; Shipboard Security Working Group Activities; SOCP’s Safety Culture/Activities Working Group; Maritime Research and Development Efforts within MARAD; and Maritime Policy Issues addressed by SOCP Operations Committee by Captain Mike Bohlman of MM&P-contracted Horizon Lines who also serves as the SOCP Maritime Policy Task Group Leader.

Those interested in attending the meeting should contact Kim-Anh Rester at e-mail kim.rester@marad.dot.gov or by phone at 202-366-0364. Those interested in reserving a seat should provide their name, position title, organization, address, phone, fax, and email address. SOCP is an industry-government partnership that was formed in 1993 to share resources in an effort to improve the competitiveness of the US maritime industry.

 


FOREIGN FLAG RO-RO SUFFERS ENGINE FIRE OFF NEW YORK

Earlier this week, the Barbados-flagged Ro-Ro CAMILLA DESGAGNES was left drifting in Long Island Sound for a night after an engine room fire. The USCG reported that the ship’s carbon dioxide suppression system automatically activated, extinguishing the blaze. A cutter, a helicopter and USCG patrol boat were sent to the incident 20 n-miles south of Shinnecock, NY.

The crew had mustered in survival gear near the lifeboats, but none of the 20 seafarers were hurt. The ship was allowed to drift and crews plan to re-enter the engine room to assess the damage with hopes of restarting the engines. The ship had sailed down the Hudson River from Poughkeepsie and was headed for Canada when the fire started at about 0940. A tug was dispatched to the site as the investigation into the fire continues.


UNIVERSITY AND SHIP OPERATORS CLASH ON ROGUE WAVE INCIDENT

A legal clash between the University of Pittsburgh and the operators of the Semester-at-Sea educational program over a rouge wave rolled into a Pennsylvania courtroom earlier this week. The Semester at Sea operators had launched a lawsuit against the university over the school’s removal of its 24-year sponsorship. In defending its decision to abandon the cruise-based educational experience, the university cited substantial damage sustained to the EXPLORER in January when a rouge wave hit the ship during a storm off the US Pacific Northwest.

The university asserts that the school is concerned for student safety. On the other hand, the Semester-at-Sea operators counter that the program’s vessels are as safe as any afloat and have been made even safer since the big wave hit the ship. That incident left the EXPLORER adrift for awhile in heavy seas. Preparing to begin this summer’s voyage on June 17 from Halifax in Nova Scotia, the ship will have students from over 200 campuses aboard. It will boast reinforced bridge windows and an improved control system, and will avoid the area of the Pacific where the incident occurred.


 

TEAMSTERS LOOK TO PORT TRUCKERS IN SEARCH OF NEW MEMBERS

As previously reported in the Wheelhouse Weekly, the Teamsters union has signed its first contract with a US port trucking company in more than 20 years and is now well underway with plans to sign-up the country’s owner-operators as new members. A Teamster spokesman said that the union plans to open hiring halls along the Eastern Seaboard beginning in July, allowing truckers to sign up for work with transport companies that agree to union contracts. Over the last several years, the Teamsters have aggressively focused on unionizing owner-operators, who represent a key intermodal trucking link and have been under increasing financial strain as fuel prices have continued to escalate.


FEEDBACK FROM THE USNS FISHER REGARDING USCG DRUG BUSTS

The following e-mail message was received from MM&P member Capt. Ed Higgins who is the Master of the USNS FISHER.

“After reading this week’s (June 3rd) edition of the Wheelhouse Weekly regarding the drug bust off the West Coast, I should report that my son, USCG Ensign Greg Higgins, participated in an even larger bust off the coast of Mexico some months ago while serving aboard the USCG’s patrol vessel ALERT. After several weeks of shadowing operations, the ALERT’s surveillance caused a “go-fast” to jettison 21 bales of cocaine bound for the US West Coast.
The ALERT is currently in dry dock in Seattle, WA, but is normally stationed in Astoria OR. I understand that the Dept. of Homeland Defense, the USCG and the Cutter ALERT received an additional appropriation as an “achievement” award from the Federal Government for proficiency in execution and reporting the operation.”


REMINDER: CONTACT MM&P IF YOU HAVE BEEN DENIED PORT ACCESS

As reported in last week’s Wheelhouse Weekly, the 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.

 


MITAGS ACADEMIC NOTES

CLASS OPENINGS

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

  • AIS – Automatic Identification System: 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): 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: 8/29
  • CONT-PLNG – Contingency Planning: 6/17, 7/15, 7/22
  • FF-BADV – (Combined) Basic and Advanced Firefighting: 6/27, 8/24
  • HAZ – Hazardous Materials [5-day]: 7/25
  • HF-FSM – Human Factors-Fatigue, Sleep & Medications: 7/20
  • LAP License Advancement Program: 7/11
  • LEG – Legal Aspects of Pilotage: 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 8, 2005 Close

 


 D O W  N A S D A Q  S & P 500
 10,476.86 -76.63 for the week  2,060.18  -37.62 for the week  1,194.67  -9.62 for the week

 

 

Fund Name & Trading Symbol
Closing
Price
Change
 Vanguard 500 Index Fund (VFINX)
110.45
-.86
 Vanguard Extended Market Index Fund (VEXMX)
31.23
-.19
 Vanguard International Growth Fund (VWIGX)
18.68
+.16
 Vanguard Morgan Growth Fund (VMRGX)
16.20
-.15
 Vanguard Windsor II Fund (VWNFX)
31.26
-.23
 Vanguard GNMA Fund (VFIIX)
10.43
-.06
 Vanguard High Yield Corporate Fund (VWEHX)
6.28
+.01
 Vanguard Total Bond Index (VBMFX)
10.31
-.02
 Chase Growth Fund (CHASX)
17.83
-.08
 Fidelity Asset Manager (FASMX)
16.04
-.06
 Fidelity Growth and Income (FGRIX)
37.70
-.21
 Fidelity Magellan Fund (FMAGX)
102.66
-.82
 Fidelity Small Company Instl (FMACX)
21.29
+.02
 Fidelity Value Fund (FDVLX)
73.32
-.16
 Spartan US Equity Index Fund (FUSEX)
42.41
-.33





~ 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”.



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 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 and is posted on our web page.

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