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Wheelhouse Weekly – June 09, 2006

 

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

Volume 10 . . . . . Number 23. . . . June 9, 2006

STORIES COVERED

Also

REMINDERS

T-AGS Oceanographic Survey Ships Info

Required Coursework

Security Clearances

MSC Physicals

MM&P Health & Benefit Plan News

Notice to Members who are taking Vioxx

NMHC Mail-Order Prescriptions Website Updated & Improved

WWII USCG Veterans Outreach

Company Gives Bucks Back for buying Safe Shoes

Website Offers Union-Made Goods and Services




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





 

MM&P REACHES AGREEMENT WITH HORIZON OVER WAGES AND BENEFITS FOR NEW HUNTER CLASS VESSELS

On June 5th, MM&P and Horizon Lines reached agreement on the level of wages and benefits that will be paid on the five new Hunter Class vessels, which have recently been acquired by the company.

The Wages and Benefits paid will mirror the Wages and Benefits that are currently paid on the D-8 Horizon vessels which run in the Alaska/Seattle trade. These wages and benefits are also identical to a contract for wages and benefits that MEBA signed approximately eleven days ago. It is anticipated that the first of these vessels will enter service in January of 2007.

The five sister vessels are being built for a total cost of approximately $280 million at the Hyundai Mipo shipyard in Korea and are scheduled to be delivered over the course of a five-month period commencing at the beginning of 2007. The vessels have a capacity of 2,824 TEUs and are capable of a service speed of 23 knots.

The term of each bareboat charter will be 12 years with a 3-year renewal option on the part of Horizon Lines. Horizon Lines will have the option to buy the vessels after 5, 8, 12 and 15 years.

Chuck Raymond, President and CEO of Horizon Lines said, “The addition of these five new vessels commences our long-term vessel replacement strategy in a very cost effective and capital efficient manner. This transaction will benefit our customers, partners and shareholders, while reducing the age of our operated fleet to one of the lowest in the markets we serve.”




 

MM&P PROVIDES COMMENT AT TSA-USCG MEETINGS

This week, Capt. Dave Boatner, MM&P’s Agent – Pacific Ports, along with representatives from MEBA, SUP and SIU provided a TSA-USCG panel meeting in Long Beach, CA, with important comments on the unions’ concerns regarding the extensive changes contained in proposed maritime security requirements recently published in the Federal Register. Representatives from the four maritime unions also submitted comments on their concerns regarding the changes proposed in USCG merchant mariner licensing and credentialing requirements. Those comments followed in the wake of similar concerns expressed by Rich May, MM&P’s Vice President – Atlantic Ports, during the TSA-USCG meeting held in Newark, NJ on May 31st.

As previously reported in the Wheelhouse Weekly, the proposed regulations will require US seafarers to obtain a Transportation Workers Identification Credential (TWIC) issued by the TSA. Additionally, the Coast Guard is proposing to do away with the present MMD [Z-card], STCW certificate and License by replacing them with one consolidated document. These changes are extensive and far-ranging. “MM&P and the other unions are attempting to correct many of the problems that we foresee with the proposed regulations,” Capt. Boatner said.

In addition, Capt. Boatner, working closely with Dave Connolly of the SUP and Mike Nizetich of the MEBA, drove home the point to the TSA and USCG representatives that US seafarers are the most highly regulated and vetted crews in the world. “With only five percent of the vessels calling on US ports flying the US-flag, it is difficult to understand how regulations that affect only US ships and US terminals can greatly increase security,” Boatner stated. “We also commented on some of the less well-thought-out proposals regarding appeals and record keeping requirements,” Boatner said.

Of significant note, the MM&P strongly addressed the subject of license inclusion in the Merchant Mariners Credential. “We believe the credential must include the use of the word ‘license’ in order to preserve certain rights and be consistent with centuries of maritime law and tradition,” Boatner stated. More information will be published as the regulatory proposal process continues.


ILA JOINS AFL-CIO IN SUPPORTING PORT SECURITY, SEEKS GREATER DUE PROCESS FOR PORT WORKERS

In response to recently proposed security regulations, the International Longshoremen’s Association (ILA), AFL-CIO once again affirmed its support of the Transportation Workers Identification Credential (TWIC) mandated by the Maritime Transportation Security Act of 2002.

John Bowers, President of the ILA, observed, “No one has a greater interest in the security of our nation’s ports than the men and women of the ILA who work in port facilities along the East and Gulf Coasts every day of the year. The ILA is keenly aware of the importance of the TWIC Program in making port facilities more secure.”

However, Bowers also echoed recent comments made by Larry Willis, General Counsel of the Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO, in calling for a better defined procedure for port workers to use should they be disqualified from working at a port facility. “A worker’s right to challenge a disqualification,” Bowers said, “should not be diminished by a cumbersome or complex application process.”

Bowers noted that while the proposed regulations already provided for the possibility of a waiver, the procedure must be thoroughly examined so as to insure expeditious processing of applications with full protection for a disqualified worker’s due process rights.


MERCHANT MARINE ADVISORY PANEL SETS TWIC/MMC MEETINGS

The Coast Guard has announced teleconferences of the Merchant Marine Personnel Advisory Committee (MERPAC). The purpose of these teleconferences is for MERPAC to discuss and prepare comments to the docket on the joint Transportation Security Administration’s (TSA) and Coast Guard’s Transportation Worker’s Identification Credential (TWIC) proposed rule and on the Coast Guard’s Merchant Mariner Credential (MMC) proposed rule.

MERPAC provides advice and makes recommendations to the USCG on matters related to the training, qualification, licensing, certification, and fitness of seamen serving in the US merchant marine. The teleconference calls will take place on Tuesday, June 20th from 1200 until 1500 hrs, and on Thursday, June 29th from 1200 until 1500 hrs. These meetings may adjourn early if all business is finished.

Members of the public may participate by dialing 202-366-3920, pass code 6934 on June 20th, and by dialing
202-366-3920, pass code 7124 on June 29th. Public participation is welcomed; however, the number of teleconference lines is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis. For questions on this notice, contact Mark Gould at phone: 202-372-1409; fax: 202-372-1926, or e-mail: mgould@comdt.uscg.mil.


LABOR DEPARTMENT RE-ESTABLISHES MARITIME ADVISORY PANEL

In accordance with the provisions of the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA), and after consultation with the General Services Administration (GSA), the Secretary of Labor has determined that the re-establishment of the Maritime Advisory Committee for Occupational Safety and Health (MACOSH) is in the public interest. The Committee will better enable OSHA to perform the duties imposed by the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970.

For further info contact: Jim Maddux, Director, Office of Maritime within the Directorate of Standards and Guidance, at 202-693-2086. The Committee will advise OSHA on matters relevant to the safety and health of workers in the maritime industry. This includes advice on maritime issues that will result in more effective enforcement, training and outreach programs, and streamlined regulatory efforts. The committee will function solely as an advisory body.


MM&P FEDERAL CREDIT UNION ON VACATION SCHEDULE JUNE 14-21

Kathy Klisavage, Manager of MM&P’s Federal Credit Union, reports that the FCU will be operating on a vacation schedule from Wednesday, June 14th until Wednesday, June 21st. “Please try to any conduct any business before that time,” Klisavage advises. In the event of an emergency, FCU members can contact Patrick McCullough at 410-850-8500.


MM&P-CREWED APL CHINA PARTICIPATES IN MOMENT OF REMEMBRANCE

In recognition of the country’s recent “National Moment of Remembrance” celebration, Captain Mark Remijan, Master of the MM&P-contracted APL CHINA, sent the following dispatch to MARAD on behalf of the vessel’s Licensed Deck Officers and Crew:

“On the morning of May 29, 2006, the container ship MV APL CHINA was arriving at the port of Dutch Harbor, AK. At precisely 1500Z, the ship’s bell was rung eight times by the vessel’s chief officer to remember and honor the past and active members of our Armed Services as well as the crews of the US Merchant Marine. Their sacrifices and devotion to our country have preserved and defended our freedoms that we can never take for granted.

“The vessel’s fore deck was dressed for the entire port stay. The local weather was glorious with clear skies and snow surrounding us on the mountain peaks. You may be interested to know that Dutch Harbor has an over abundance of bald eagles. The eagles flew around the ship all day with several of these majestic birds landing on the onboard container stacks. It was very fitting that our national symbol was so evident and visible on Memorial Day.

“We sailed on the evening of May 29th and bound for ports in Asia. Thanks to MARAD for advising us of this celebration and allowing us to observe this important event in some small way.”


US WANTS MORE FROM EXXON FOR EXXON VALDEZ SPILL

ExxonMobil has stated it does not agree with the federal government claims that it should pay another $92 million to defray additional cleanup cost to the Alaskan coastline. More than 17 years after the EXXON VALDEZ ran aground in Prince William Sound, the US Justice Department and the Alaska Department of Law say that residual oil caused by the EXXON VALDEZ in 1989 is still toxic and it continues to impact the state’s natural resources.

EXXON has already paid $900 million in a civil settlement, but the agreement had a “re-opener clause” that allows for additional payments for unforeseen natural resource damage. The latest governmental call for more compensation from the company comes as record high crude oil prices have made huge profits for the oil conglomerates.

EXXON has publicly stated that there are no new developments to warrant additional payments and that the possibility of oil residue causing further biological harm is a hypothesis without scientific evidence. Meanwhile, federal and state authorities point to loss of habitat due to the oil, and state that current scientific evidence supports their position of lingering toxicity.


$22 MILLION DEAL REACHED ON NEW CARISSA WRECK REMOVAL

The wreck of the NEW CARISSA, a wood chip freighter that ran aground near Coos Bay, OR, seven years ago, will finally be removed. Oregon’s State Land Board has approved a $22 million settlement with the vessel’s owners, ending the appeal from Green Atlas Shipping for a $25 million levied against them by a jury in 2002.

Salvage crews will finally commence with the removal of the hulk next summer, when local weather conditions will permit the hazardous procedure. Previous attempts to remove the ship resulted in failure as the vessel broke-in-two during a salvage effort in 1999, which resulted in a large fuel spill that contaminated the bay.


MARAD NAMES NEW DEPUTY GENERAL COUNSEL

MARAD has announced the appointment of Rand Pixa to the position of Deputy Chief Counsel. Pixa comes to MARAD from the US Army Corps of Engineers, where he has been a Senior Trial Attorney and Practice Management Director since 2003. Prior to that, Pixa was Admiralty Counsel of the Navy from 1995 to 1999 and served concurrently as the Senior Admiralty Counsel of the Navy and CIO for the US Navy JAG Corps from 1999 to 2003. Rand also served as a Senior Executive Board Member for the JAG Corps from 2000 to 2003.


MM&P ISSUES CALL FOR 81ST CONVENTION

In accordance with Article IV, Section 2, of the International Constitution, you are hereby notified that a regular convention of the MM&P will be convened at 1000 hrs on Tuesday, August 22, 2006, at MITAGS, 692 Maritime Boulevard, Linthicum Heights, Maryland 21090.

Members are also hereby notified that in accordance with Article IV, Section 6., Subsection b), all proposed resolutions must be forwarded to the International Secretary-Treasurer at least 30 days prior to the opening day of the Convention for inclusion on the Agenda and determination by the Convention.

 


MITAGS ACADEMIC NOTES

 

CLASS OPENINGS: Between January and the end of August 2006, seats are available in the following courses:


ARPA – Automatic Radar Plotting Aids: 7/24
AZIPOD-KAM-2 – Two-Day Azipod and Kamewa Steering and Propulsion Systems: 8/5

BRMP – Bridge Resource Mangement for Pilots: 6/20, 8/7
BST – Basic Safety Training: 6/26, 8/28

[CMM – Chief Mate and Master Courses]
CMM-ADVWX – Advanced Meteorology: 6/26
CMM-CHS I – Advanced Cargo Handling (week 1): 6/12
CMM-CHS II – Advanced Cargo Handling (week 2): 6/19
*WX-BASREF-2 – Two day Basic weather refresher, HIGHLY RECOMMENDED PREP for Advanced Meteorology: 6/22
CMM-MPP – Marine Propulsion Plants: 6/26, 8/7
CMM-SHMGT-I – Ship Management I (week 1): 6/19, 7/10, 8/21
CMM-SHMGT-II – Ship Management II (week 2): 6/12, 8/14
CMM-SHS-ADV-I – Advanced Shiphandling (week 1): 7/24, 8/7, 8/21
CMM-SHS-ADV-II – Advanced Shiphandling (week 2): 7/31, 8/14
CMM-VPEN – Voyage Planning and Electronic Navigation: 7/24
CMM-WKP – Watchkeeping: 8/28

COMP-OPSYS – Basic Computer Operating Systems: 6/26
CONT-PLNG – Contingency Planning: 7/14
CSE-AASE – Confined Space Entry: 8/28

FF-BADV – Combined Basic and Advanced Fire Fighting: 6/26, 8/28

HAZ-Hazardous Materials (5-day): 6/12, 7/31

LAP-License Advancement Program (5 weeks including USCG Exam): 7/24

MEDIA-RSP – Media Response: 7/13
MED-DOT-DA – Dept. of Trans Drug & Alcohol Testing: 6/24, 7/29, 8/12
MED-PIC – Medical Person-In-Charge: 7/24, 8/14
MED-PRO – Medical Care Provider: 7/24, 8/14


[MSC – Military Sealift Command]
MSC-CBRD-1 (Chemical Biological Radiological Defense Orientation): 6/19, 8/23
MSC-DC (Damage Control): 6/20, 8/24
MSC-SMA – Small Arms: 8/28
MSC-SMA-R – Small Arms Re-Qualification (2-day): 9/1 (must have proof of passing all 3 weapons within 2 years)

ROP-5 – Radar Observer Original and Renewal (5-day): 8/28
ROR-1 – Radar Observer Renewal: 6/5, 6/21-evening, 7/15, 7/24, 8/14

SEC-OFF-VCF – Security Officer, Vessel, Company & Facility: 7/10
SHS-BAS -Basic Shiphandling: 7/10
SHS-EMR – Emergency Shiphandling: 6/26, 7/31, 8/28


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


PMI ACADEMIC NOTES

Spring – Fall 2006

June 2006

6/19-23 Tankerman Person-In-Charge
6/19-30 GMDSS
6/26-30 Radar Observer Unlimited
6/26-30 Basic Shiphandling

August 2006
31 Jul-4 Aug Basic Shiphandling
7-11 ECDIS
7-11 Basic Safety Training
7-11 Meteorology – Basic
8-11 Survival Craft / Lifeboatman
14-18 Able Bodied Seaman
14-18 Basic and Advanced Firefighting
14-25 GMDSS
14-25 Shiphandling – Advanced
21-25 Ship Construction & Basic Stability
21-25 Tankerman Person-In-Charge
28-1 Sep Cargo Handling & Stowage – Basic

September 2006
5-9 (tu-sa) Medical Care Provider
5-9 (tu-sa) Emergency Shiphandling 5-day
5-15 Medical Person-In-Charge
11-12 Search and Rescue
11-15 Basic Safety Training
11-23 100 Ton OUPV
12-15 Survival Craft / Lifeboatman
13-15 Emergency Procedures
18-22 Radar Observer Unlimited
18-22 Shiphandling – Basic
18-22 Able Bodied Seaman
18-6 Oct Terrestrial & Coastal Navigation with Compasses
25th Radar Recertification
25-29 ARPA
25-2 Oct Watchkeeping & BRM

October 2006
10/2-4 Ship Security Officer
10/2-4 Basic Safety Training
10/2-13 Shiphandling – Advanced
10/9-13 ECDIS
10/9-13 Radar Observer Unlimited
10/9-20 GMDSS
10/10-13 Survival Craft / Lifeboatman
10/16-20 Basic & Advanced Firefighting
10/23 Flashing Light
10/23-27 ARPA
10/23-27 Cargo Handling & Stowage – Basic
10/24-25 Simulation Assessment

For registration call Jennifer Fowler 888-893-7829

PMI MERCHANDISE FOR SALE!!!

High quality with embroidered PMI logo.
Navy or Khaki Hats : $16 / includes tax
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Button Down Long Sleeve Dress Shirts
Blue or Khaki: $38 / includes tax
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Pocket t-shirts with Logo: $12 / includes tax
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15oz. Cobalt Blue Ceramic Mug: $8 / includes tax

Call DeeDee Lazik 206-838-8328 or e-mail dlazik@mates.org.


MM&P MARKET WATCH AS OF 6-8

 

 D O W  N A S D A Q  S & P 500
10,938.82 -309.05 for the week 2,145.32 -74.09 for the week 1,257.93 -30.39 for the week

 

Fund Name & Trading Symbol
Closing
Price
 Vanguard 500 Index Fund (VFINX)
116.25
 Vanguard Extended Market Index Fund (VEXMX)
35.26
 Vanguard International Growth Fund (VWIGX)
21.67
 Vanguard Morgan Growth Fund (VMRGX)
17.58
 Vanguard Windsor II Fund (VWNFX)
32.82
 Vanguard GNMA Fund (VFIIX)
10.07
 Vanguard High Yield Corporate Fund (VWEHX)
6.08
 Vanguard Total Bond Index (VBMFX)
9.81
 Chase Growth Fund (CHASX)
18.96
 Fidelity Asset Manager (FASMX)
16.15
 Fidelity Growth and Income (FGRIX)
34.36
 Fidelity Magellan Fund (FMAGX)
85.37
 Fidelity Small Company Instl (FMACX)
21.70
 Fidelity Value Fund (FDVLX)
77.89
 Spartan US Equity Index Fund (FUSEX) 44.67
 Domini Social Equity Fund (DSEFX)
29.72

 






~ Reminders ~





 

T-AGS OCEANOGRAPHIC SURVEY SHIPS MANNING REQUIREMENTS

REQUIRED COURSEWORK

All MM&P members are reminded that to sail aboard the T-AGS ships that MM&P-contracted Horizon Lines will be operating, you must have the required training certification and your certificates must be current in accordance with Military Sealift Command requirements. Members are also required to have had a MSC pre-employment physical and to possess Ship Security Clearance (see below).

The MSC Contract calls for all training certificates required for manning of these vessels to be no older than 5 years and that all STCW-95 courses be renewed every 5 years, or annually, as applicable.

Five-year renewable courses include, but are not limited to:

  • Advanced Fire Fighting
  • Basic Safety Training, and
  • Damage Control

Small Arms certificates must be less than 1 year old and MUST NOT expire during your tour of duty.

Members interested in applying for one of the positions onboard the T-AGS vessels are advised to make sure your certificates are up to date. If not, contact Mary Matlock or Diane Ford at MITAGS Admissions, email: admissions@mitags.org, and schedule to take the course(s) needed.

Those MM&P members interested in obtaining more information and facts about the T-AGS Oceanographic Vessels are asked to email the Director of Special Projects requesting the “facts sheet”. It will be provided by return email in an Adobe Acrobat PDF format.

Members interested in employment on the T-AGS ships are asked to provide a 1-2 page resume. Please list the desired position you are seeking along with the certificates of training you possess and their dates. Upon receipt it will be forwarded to Horizon Lines and a confirmation sent back to the member. Vessel turnover commenced Oct.17, 2004. Positions for all ratings remain open.

The point of contact for sending a resume for employment on the Horizon Lines T-AGS Oceanographic Vessels is Richard Plant, MM&P’s Director of Special Projects. Send resumes in an email or as a Word file attachment to him at: rplant@bridgedeck.org, by fax to 410-850-0973 or by mail to:

Richard Plant, Director of Special Projects

IOMM&P
700 Maritime Blvd.
Linthicum Heights, MD 21090



SHIP SECURITY CLEARANCE NEEDED

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

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

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

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

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

From the “Type of Investigation” screen:

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

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

 



MSC PHYSICALS

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

 


MM&P FCU NEWS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



 

MM&P HEALTH & BENEFIT PLAN NEWS

NOTICE TO MEMBERS WHO ARE TAKING VIOXX

On Sept.30, Merck & Co. voluntarily withdrew Vioxx, a popular anti-inflammatory medication, from the market. As a result, individuals who are currently taking the drug have been asked to contact their health care professionals to discuss discontinuing use of Vioxx and possible alternative treatments.

MM&P Plans Administrator Valerie Verrecchio reports that, “We have gotten a number of calls from members who want to know what to do with their remaining supply of Vioxx and whether the Plan or NMHC will refund their co-pay for the unused portion.

“Unfortunately, neither NMHC nor the Plan was aware of the Merck decision prior to the public announcement on Sept.30. As of that date, all deliveries of Vioxx to our members was suspended in accordance with Merck’s announcement. Orders that had already been processed and were in transit could not be stopped.

“In regard to refunds, Merck has set up a website at www.vioxx.com where members can obtain information on how to recover refunds from Merck for the unused portion of medication. Members can also call following toll free number for information: 1-888-368-4699.

“We are sorry for any inc onvenience this may have caused to members currently taking this medication, however, the matter is out of the control of the Plans.”



NMHC MAIL-ORDER PRESCRIPTIONS WEBSITE UPDATED & IMPROVED

MM&P Plans Administrator Valerie Verrecchio reports, “Good news! NMHC mail has finally gotten their website upgraded and functioning properly. I went in and tested it myself and found it to be quite user friendly.”

To use NMHC’s upgraded service, go to the NMHC Mail website at www.nmhcmail.com and click on “MEMBER LOGIN” at the bottom of the screen.

First-time and Registered users may bypass the welcome screen and go directly to the log-in page at https://members.nmhcrx.com/Login/Login.aspx.

  • First-time users should then click on the link marked “NEW USER: REGISTER HERE”.
    This will take you to a page titled “MEMBER REGISTRATION” where you will need to enter demographic information and submit it by clicking on the
  • “CREATE ACCOUNT” button.

After creating your account, NMHC will email you a password to gain entry into your records. With your first sign-in, the NMHC system will prompt you to change the NMHC password to one of your own choosing.

Once you are registered at NMHC, you can check the status of open orders by logging-in to the system through the “MEMBER LOGIN” page and going into the “MAIL ORDER” menu. You can look up all prescriptions and get the price our members will pay for any medication. You can also view an order history of all of your medication transactions (both retail and mail) for the last 24 months, locate 24-hour pharmacies in your zip code region as well as access other helpful member education information.

“We hope this welcome improvement will assist our members. Although you cannot order refills on line if you don’t provide a credit or debit card number, you can phone in your refill. Once you register on the website, you will still have access to all of the other information including checking the status of your order once it is phoned in,” said Ms. Verrecchio.



WWII USCG VETERANS OUTREACH

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

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




 

COMPANY GIVES BUCKS BACK FOR BUYING SAFE SHOES

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

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

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

Vessels in the LMS footwear reimbursement program are:

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

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

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

LOOK FOR THE UNION LABEL:

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

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

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

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

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




 

WEBSITE OFFERS UNION-MADE GOODS AND SERVICES

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

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

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

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

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



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