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Wheelhouse Weekly – June 09, 2008

 

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

Volume 12 . . . . . Number 23. . . .June 9, 2008

STORIES COVERED

Also

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.


MM&P CONVENTION FAST APPROACHING

The 82nd MM&P Convention will be held June 22-25 at Linthicum Heights, Md.   Nominations for elective office will be held on June 25. Resolutions were closed as of May 27, unless the Convention as a body decides otherwise. Invited speakers include labor leaders AFL-CIO President John Sweeney, AMO President Tom Bethel, ILA President Richie Hughes, MEBA President Don Keefe, SIU President Mike Sacco and SUP President Gunnar Lundeberg. Among the other VIPs invited to speak are Maritime Administrator Sean Connaughton, Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) and Ron Dejuliis, Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley’s labor envoy.


COAST GUARD SAYS IT WELCOMES GAO REVIEW OF ITS ADMINISTRATIVE LAW JUDGE PROGRAM

The Coast Guard’s Chief Administrative Law Judge released a statement Friday saying that the agency is pleased that the Government Accountability Office (GAO) is reviewing its administrative law judge (ALJ) program. “Objective review of our processes, policies and practices by entities outside the Coast Guard is a welcome opportunity,” said Joseph N. Ingolia, the Coast Guard’s Chief ALJ. He said the review offers the Coast Guard “another opportunity to improve upon the complex practices and procedures involved in our administrative proceedings.” The GAO audit calls for a review of Coast Guard rules and regulations governing proceedings conducted under the Administrative Procedure Act and a comparison to those used by other federal agencies.

Last summer, in the wake of controversy about alleged improprieties in the Coast Guard’s ALJ program, MM&P presented testimony before the House Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation, chaired by Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.). MM&P, the only union to present testimony at the hearing, was represented by attorney William Hewig of the law firm Kopelman and Paige. Hewig is a specialist in Coast Guard legal aid matters.

In his testimony, Hewig made recommendations about how to make the ALJ system fairer. Under the current system, for example, if a mariner requests an appeal of a decision made by an ALJ, the appeal is heard by the Coast Guard Commandant. Hewig advised the subcommittee to look instead to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) system as an example. Under the system used for airplane pilots and dispatchers, an appeal of an FAA decision is heard by a National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) ALJ, not by an FAA ALJ. Successive appeals, if they occur, are heard by the full NTSB. The FAA program, Hewig said, “serves as a good example of a system that operates at an appropriate arms-length distance from the involved federal agency, and does as much as possible to ensure that only those individuals having no direct relationship to or involvement with the charging agency will be hearing appeals and deciding the fate of the affected worker.”

The Coast Guard said in Friday’s press release about the GAO review that since 2007, it has been working hard to improve the transparency of the ALJ program and create more distance between the ALJs and the Coast Guard investigating officers involved in the cases that are heard.


MM&P NY/NJ HALL MEETING WILL BE JUNE 18

Because of scheduling conflicts, the regular monthly meeting at MM&P’s New York/New Jersey Hall will be held on Wednesday, June 18, the third Wednesday of the month, instead of the second Wednesday. All MM&P members in the area are encouraged to attend.


APPLICANTS’ COURSE FOR MM&P CLASS D MEMBERSHIP ANNOUNCED

Courses for applicants seeking Class D membership will begin in July. The first course will be given July 9-10 in MM&P’s Los Angeles/Long Beach Hall. Requirements for D-Book membership are: completion of the course; four written recommendations; applicant fee paid in full; having shipped for 360 days in MM&P’s Offshore Division. Applicants who have completed the requirements for D-Book membership will be eligible for admission into the union at General Executive Board meetings subsequent to Jan. 1, 2009. Courses for applicants will be offered at MM&P union halls around the country this year. After that, it is anticipated that courses will be conducted at International Headquarters. The course lasts two full days, from 0900 to 1700. Applicants who want to participate in the July 9-10 course in Los Angeles should contact the MM&P Hall at 310-834-7201. Additional courses will be announced in the Wheelhouse Weekly as they are scheduled.


ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS TO REIMBURSE MM&P MEMBERS FOR TWIC

The productive working relationship between MM&P and the Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) has once again yielded benefits for MM&P members employed by USACE: the Corps has decided to reimburse them for the cost of the Transportation Workers Identification Credential (TWIC). “I’m pleased to let the membership know that the cooperative relationship between management and the union is continuing to yield benefits for USACE licensed deck officers,” says MM&P Government Group representative Randi Ciszewski.

In mid-May, the Corps qualified TWIC as “a necessary work expense,” and found as a consequence that employees could claim for reimbursement. “TWIC is not a professional credential that certifies the competency of individuals but rather another piece of official identification to allow them access to secure areas to perform their jobs,” wrote Michael G. Ensch, USACE Chief of the Operations Directorate of Civil Works. “As a public agency, USACE is not required to have any of its floating plants inspected or certified by the U.S. Coast Guard,” he wrote. “As a matter of law, USCG credentials are not mandatory for USACE operations. Nevertheless, having professionally certified mariners signifies technical competence and professional integrity.”


LAST LIBERTY SHIP MAY BECOME MUSEUM IN GREECE

Maritime Administrator Sean Connaughton has signed a memorandum of understanding with the government of Greece regarding transfer of the Liberty ship ARTHUR M. HUDDELL for use as a museum. The World War II-era HUDDELL is the last Liberty ship in the Maritime Administration’s fleet. It is currently moored in the James River Reserve at Fort Eustis, Va. “It is great to be able to save a bit of history from both our nations,” Connaughton said in an official statement. “This ship is a symbol of the friendship as well as mutual maritime interests linking Greece and the United States.”

American shipyards built 2,751 Liberty ships during World War II in the largest shipbuilding effort in history. Liberty ships crewed by merchant mariners carried troops and military cargo all over the world. The construction and sailing of the Liberty ships, and their successors, the Victory ships, were overseen by the U.S. Maritime Commission and the War Shipping Agency, both predecessor agencies of MARAD. After World War II, Greek shipowners purchased many Liberty ships to build up their fleets. The Greek merchant fleet is now the largest in the world.

Two other Liberty ships formerly in MARAD’s National Defense Reserve Fleet, the JOHN W. BROWN and the JEREMIAH O’BRIEN, are currently operating as museum ships. Although other repurposed Liberty ships remain in service, none retain the form they had in World War II. Nonetheless, their use was once so common that the term “Liberty-size cargo,” meaning 10,000 tons, may still be heard in the shipping business.


STUDY BY RAND CORP. FINDS INCREASE IN PIRACY AND TERRORISM AT SEA

Although acts of piracy and terrorism at sea are both on the rise, there is little evidence to support concerns expressed by some governments that pirates and terrorists are beginning to work together, according to a RAND Corporation study issued last week. The objectives of the two crimes remain different, the authors of the study maintain:  piracy is aimed at achieving financial gain while terrorism is political. Although both problems are increasing, piracy is growing much faster and remains far more common than seaborne terrorism.

“The maritime environment will likely remain a favorable theater for armed violence, crime and terrorism given its expanse, lack of regulation and general importance as a critical conduit for international trade,” says Peter Chalk, a senior political scientist at RAND who authored the study. He said there is “no quick fix” for piracy but that it can be controlled.

Chalk said U.S. policymakers focus too much on responding to worst-case terrorist scenarios rather than developing policies to combat lower consequence but more probable attacks against passenger vessels, such as ferries or cruise ships. He also said the U.S. government has paid too little attention to combating piracy.

From 2000 to 2006, the number of piracy incidents worldwide increased 68 percent compared to the previous six-year period, according to the study. The same period saw a modest spike in terrorist attacks at sea. Acts of piracy — boarding a ship to commit theft or another crime — totaled 2,463 actual or attempted incidents between 2000 and 2006, according to the report. The problem is almost certainly greater than the figures suggest because it is believed that about half of all piracy attacks are not reported, usually because of fears about subsequent investigation costs and increases in insurance premiums. Piracy remains greatest in Southeast Asia, especially around the Indonesian archipelago. That region accounted for nearly one fourth of all piracy incidents reported in 2006. Other risky areas include the waters off Bangladesh, Somalia, the Gulf of Aden/Red Sea, Nigeria, Tanzania and Peru, which collectively accounted for the bulk of remaining incidents that year.

Chalk said the factors that have spurred recent increases in piracy include: lax port security and coastal surveillance; growth in commercial maritime traffic; heavy use of congested chokepoints, such as the Strait of Malacca; and competing resource requirements stemming from pressure to enact expensive, land-based security systems.

Additionally, lingering effects of the Asian financial crisis of the late 1990s contributed to the growth of piracy in and around Indonesia by creating an incentive to engage in all types of crime.  Maritime terrorism has also experienced a modest increase, according to the study, particularly over the past six years when some attacks or plots have been attributed to al-Qaeda and affiliated jihadist networks. These incidents have raised concerns in the West, especially in the United States, that terrorists are now actively seeking to extend their operational reach beyond land-based attacks. The full report, “Piracy and Terrorism at Sea: A Rising Challenge for U.S. Security,” is at www.rand.org.


JOBS AVAILABLE ON THE GREAT LAKES

The MM&P Great Lakes and Rivers Representative reports that numerous jobs are available on the Great Lakes for licensed mates with pilotage and engineers. Retirees are also encouraged to apply. The rules of the MM&P Pension Plan allow pensioners to accept without penalty employment–other than Covered Employment–aboard vessels covered by collective bargaining agreements with MM&P membership groups, on condition that the employment is first approved by the Organization. Interested parties should call 216-776-1667 or e-mail cmalue@bridgedeck.org.


MM&P LOS ANGELES/LONG BEACH PORT REP CONSERVES A PIECE OF UNION’S HISTORY

An important piece of MM&P history will be chronicled in MM&P’s magazine thanks to the efforts of Wendy Karnes, MM&P’s Los Angeles/Long Beach port rep. Karnes contacted MM&P headquarters recently to say she had discovered boxes of old union publications, logbooks and member records, and to ask whether anyone would like to catalogue them for posterity. Since the three boxes arrived in Linthicum last month, MM&P member Matt Walker and Communications Department intern Katy Bradford have been avidly reading the material for use in the magazine’s history column, “Sailing Through Time.” Among the memorabilia Karnes recovered and sent: back issues of The Master, Mate & Pilot dating back to the 1940s, logbooks, membership lists, convention minutes, member dues books and more. Thank you Wendy for helping us to preserve our union’s history!


MITAGS ACADEMIC NOTES

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

AIS-1 � Automatic Identification System (1 day): 7/11
AIS ECDIS 3 for Pilots – Automatic Identification System and Electronic Chart Display Information System (3 day) for Pilots:  6/23

ARPA – Automatic Radar Plotting Aids: 8/11

BST – Basic Safety Training:  6/23, 8/11
BRM – Bridge Resource Management: 6/16, 7/21
BRMP – Bridge Resource Management for Pilots: 6/26, 8/11

[CMM – Chief Mate and Master Courses]
CMM-ADVSTB – Advanced Stability: 8/26
CMM-ADV-WX � Advanced Meteorology: 6/9
CMM-CHS I – Advanced Cargo Handling (week 1):  6/23
CMM-CHS II – Advanced Cargo Handling (week 2): 7/7
CMM-ECDIS – Electronic Chart Display & Information Systems: 8/18
CMM-MPP – Marine Propulsion Plants: 7/28
CMM-SHS-ADV-I-Advanced Shiphandling (week 1): 8/4
CMM-SHS-ADV-II-Advanced Shiphandling (week 2): 7/14, 8/11
CMM-SHMGT-I � Ship Management(week 1): 7/14
CMM-SHMGT-II � Ship Management(week 2): 7/21
CMM-WKP – Advanced Watchkeeping: 8/4
CMM-VPEN – Voyage Planning and Electronic Navigation: 8/11

CSE-AWR2 – Confined Space Entry Awareness (2 day): 8/25

FF-BADV – Combined Basic & Advanced Fire Fighting: 6/23, 8/11

LEG – Legal Aspects of Pilotage: 6/25

[MSC – Military Sealift Command]
MSC-CBRD-1 – CBRD Orientation: 6/20, 8/29
MSC-DC – Damage Control: 6/18, 8/25
MSC-SMA – Small Arms Training: 8/25 (6/16 Standby Only)

MED-PIC – Medical Person-In-Charge: 7/21, 8/18
MED-PRO – Medical Care Provider: 7/21, 8/18  
MED-DOT-DA – Dept. of Trans Drug & Alcohol Testing: 6/14, 7/26, 8/23
MEDIA RSP – Media Response: 7/10

ROP-5 – Radar Observer Original or Renewal (5 Day): 8/4
ROR-1 – Radar Observer Renewal: 6/2, 7/7

SEC-VCF – Security Officer: Vessel, Company & Facility: 7/7
SHS-BAS – Basic Shiphandling: 6/16, 7/21, 8/18
SHS-EMR5 – Emergency Shiphandling: 6/23, 7/28, 8/25
SHS-ESH-BRMP 3 day – Emergency Shiphandling & Bridge Resource Management for Pilots: 8/13

TPIC-LG – Tankship Liquefied Gases (PIC) LNG: 8/4

…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 2008
16-20  MED PRO
16-20  SHS BAS
16-20  BST
16-27  MED PIC
23-25  SEC VCF
23-27  ROP
23-27  BAFF

July 2008
7-11ENAV
7-11MED PRO
7-18GMDSS
14-18MED PIC
14-25CNAV
21-25ECDIS
21-25TPIC
21-25STB BAS
21-8/1SHS ADV
28-29SAR
28-30SEC VCF
28-8/8GMDSS
28-8/1TPIC
30-8/1EP

August 2008
4-8MED PRO
4-15GMDSS
11-15MED PRO
11-15SHS BAS
11-22GMDSS
18-19SAR
20-22EP
25-29MED PRO
25-29SHS BAS

September 2008
2FL
2-5APRA
2-6CHS BAS
2-6MED PRO
3ROR
8-12MED PIC
9-12SHS EMR-5
15-19WX BAS
15-19TPIC
15-26GMDSS
22-26MED PRO

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 6-6-2008

D O W N A S D A Q S & P 500
12,210 2,475 1,361
Fund Name & Trading Symbol
 Closing
Price
 Vanguard Asset Allocation Fund(VAARX)
62.97
 Vanguard 500 Index Fund (VFINX)
125.74
 Vanguard Extended Market Index Fund (VEXMX)
39.59
 Vanguard International Growth Fund (VWIGX)
23.64
 Vanguard Morgan Growth Fund (VMRGX)
18.76
 Vanguard Windsor II Fund (VWNFX)
28.55
 Vanguard GNMA Fund (VFIIX)
10.29
 Vanguard Growth Index Fund (VIGRX)
32.19
 Vanguard High Yield Corporate (VWEHX)
5.76
 Vanguard LifeStrategy Conservative Growth (VSCGX)
16.66
 Vanguard LifeStrategy Growth Fund (VASGX)
23.86
 Vanguard LifeStrategy Income Fund (VASIX)
14.02
 Vanguard LifeStrategy Moderate Growth (VSMGX)
20.48
 Vanguard Target Retirement 2005 (VTOVX)
11.90
 Vanguard Target Retirement 2015 (VTXVX)
12.71
 Vanguard Target Retirement 2025 (VTTVX)
13.21
 Vanguard Target Retirement 2035 (VTTHX)
13.97
 Vanguard Target Retirement 2045 (VTIVX)
14.43
 Vanguard Total Bond Index (VBMFX)
10.10
 Vanguard Total Stock Market Index Fund (VTSMX)
33.35
 Chase Growth Fund (CHASX)
19.75
 Fidelity Asset Manager (FASMX)
14.92
 Fidelity Growth and Income (FGRIX)
24.19
 Fidelity Intermediate bond Fund (FTHRX)
10.00
 Fidelity Magellan Fund (FMAGX)
85.42
 Fidelity Small Company Instl (FMACX)
18.12
 Fidelity Value Fund (FDVLX)
72.04
 Fidelity Equity-Income II Fund (FEQTX)
20.73
 Fidelity Blue Chip Growth Fund (FBGRX)
41.61
 Fidelity Diversified International Fund (FDIVX)
38.06
 Fidelity Dividend Growth Fund (FDGFX)
27.15
 Fidelity Freedom Income (FFFAX)
11.18
 Fidelity Freedom 2000 (FFFBX)
12.06
 Fidelity Freedom 2010 (FFFCX)
14.12
 Fidelity Freedom 2020 (FFFDX)
14.79
 Fidelity Freedom 2030 (FFFEX)
15.18
 Fidelity Freedom 2040 (FFFFX)
8.91
 Fidelity Freedom 2050 (FFFHX)
10.52
 Fidelity Total Bond Fund (FTBFX)
10.22
 Spartan Extended market Index Fund (FSEMX)
37.29
 Spartan US Equity Index Fund (FUSEX)
48.28
 Domini Social Equity Fund (DSEFX)
30.26





~ 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:

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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