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Wheelhouse Weekly – June 11, 2007

June 11th 2007

 

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

Volume 11 . . . . . Number 23. . . .June 11, 2007

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 PARTICIPATES IN LNG TRAINING STANDARDS SIGNING CEREMONY

In an official ceremony held under the auspices of the Maritime Administration (MARAD), MM&P International President Tim Brown, representatives of the maritime schools and the leaders of the other maritime unions signed off on the first-ever set of universal training standards for U.S. mariners operating in the field of liquefied natural gas (LNG) transport.

The ceremony follows the recent announcement that MM&P will crew as many as nine ships for international energy industry leader Suez LNG.  The agreement, which includes the Massachusetts Maritime Academy (MMA), covers recruitment, training and manning of Suez LNG vessels with licensed deck officers and engineers.

Maritime Administrator Sean Connaughton and MMA President Rear Admiral Richard Gurnon also participated in the signing ceremony, which was hosted by the Center for Liquefied Natural Gas in Washington, D.C.  The agreement is intended to boost the number of American mariners qualified to work on LNG ships by ensuring that all the maritime academies and union schools use uniform standards in their courses.

Development of the LNG training standards was spearheaded by MM&P Special Projects Director Richard Plant, Chester Urban of Fort Schuyler and the American Maritime Officers, and Chris Moore of MARAD. Connaughton gave special recognition to Plant, Urban and Moore for the speed with which they moved the standards forward. “This was all done over a period of months, not years,” he said. Representatives of all the nation’s state, federal and union maritime schools participated in developing the standards.

The new training program will span three levels: awareness (for cadets and unlicensed personnel); specific duties (for those assigned responsibilities during cargo operations) and person-in-charge.

The other organizations signing the agreement were: the American Maritime Officers, the Marine Engineers’ Beneficial Association, the Sailors’ Union of the Pacific, the Seafarers International Union, the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, the California Maritime Academy, the Great Lakes Maritime Academy, the Maine Maritime Academy, the Maritime College of the State University of New York, and Texas Maritime Academy. 

The training standards will now be sent for review and, ultimately, approval to the Merchant Marine Personnel Advisory Committee (MERPAC), the U.S. Coast Guard-National Maritime Center and the U.S. Delegation to the International Maritime Organization.


SOMALI PIRATES KILL CREWMEMBER OF TAIWANESE FISHING VESSEL

Somali pirates holding a Taiwan-flagged fishing vessel killed a member of the crew because the shipowner did not pay the ransom they had demanded. The pirates are now threatening to kill another member of the crew if they don’t receive payment, according to the Voice of America. The pirates allowed one of the hostages on board the hijacked ship to phone home with the news that a shipmate had been shot dead.

Piracy has escalated in Somali waters since last December, when the Islamic Courts Union was ousted from Mogadishu. Earlier this month, pirates hijacked a Danish vessel off Somalia’s coast.

The USS CARTER HILL, part of a U.S.-task force deployed to the region to maintain security, fired shots to ward off the pirates and destroyed three small boats that had been used in the attack. But the American ship called off the  pursuit after the pirates entered Somalia’s territorial waters.

Somali pirates released a cargo ship and its 16 Asian crewmembers last May when the shipowner agreed to pay a $100,000 ransom, $50,000 less than originally demanded, a maritime industry official told the Associated Press.

All merchant vessels transiting the coast of Somalia are being advised to increase their anti-piracy precautions. The U.S. Maritime Administration (MARAD) recommends vessels not calling on Somali ports increase the “recommended transit distance” to 200 nautical miles.


 

COAST GUARD SEEKS COMMENTS ON THE NEED FOR HF RADIO WEATHER FORECAST

The Coast Guard is seeking public comment on whether or not it should continue to provide high frequency (HF) radio broadcasts of weather forecasts and warnings, according to an April 26 Federal Register notice. The radio transmitters currently used are run down, difficult to repair, and have been discontinued, the Coast Guard says.

Replacing the old system will be costly. To determine whether an upgrade is worthwhile, the Coast Guard says it wants to assess the degree to which HF radio broadcasts are being used now as well as alternative methods for providing the same information in the future. The agency broadcasts radio forecasts in voice, radio facsimile (HF Fax) and simplex teletype over radio (SITOR), also known as narrow band direct printing.

Comments must be submitted by Aug. 24, 2007. They can be mailed to Docket Management Facility, U.S. Department of Transportation, 400 Seventh St., SW, Washington, DC 20590-0001, or sent electronically to http://dms.dot.gov



JOBS AVAILABLE ON THE GREAT LAKES

MM&P Great Lakes and Rivers Representative Charlie Malue reports that numerous jobs are available on the Great Lakes for licensed mates with pilotage, engineers, QMEDS and able-bodied seamen. Retirees are also encouraged to apply for these jobs. 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 Charlie Malue at 216-776-1667 or e-mail him at cmalue@bridgedeck.org.


MARK YOUR CALENDAR FOR THE 2008 MM&P CONVENTION

The 82nd Convention of the International Organization of Masters, Mates & Pilots will be held June 23-25 in Linthicum Heights, Md. The convention will kick off at 1000 on June 23. Only members in good standing for two continuous years in payment of their union dues are eligible to run for elected office. The two-year period for good-standing as far as nominations is April 1, 2006, through March 31, 2008. Members in good standing as of June 30, 2008, are eligible to vote.


2007 AOTOS AWARDEES ANNOUNCED

The United Seamen’s Service (USS) 2007 Admiral of the Ocean Sea Awards will be presented to James S. Andrasick, president and chief executive officer of Matson Navigation Company, Morten Arntzen, president and chief executive officer of Overseas Shipholding Group and John F. Reinhart, president and chief executive officer of Maersk Line, Limited. The awards will be presented in New York City on Nov. 2. In announcing the names of the awardees, International Longshoremen’s Association President John Bowers, chairman of the USS AOTOS Committee, called the honorees “excellent symbols of the American maritime industry.” He said the three “have been selected by those who know them best, international transportation leaders who understand very well the challenges and issues which confront United States shipping and American seafarers and recognize their leadership in this area.” USS reported that, for 2007, it received the largest number of nominations in the history of the AOTOS awards. During the ceremony, a group of American seafarers will be honored for specific acts of bravery at sea. USS provides community services for the U.S. Merchant Marine, the American armed forces and the seafarers of the world. Edward Morgan is president and Roger Korner is executive director of USS.



WHISTLEBLOWER REWARD PROGRAM CALLED INTO QUESTION

TradeWinds magazine reports on a legal case that may underline shortcomings in maritime industry whistleblower laws. The verdict, writes TradeWinds reporter Bob Rust, marks the first time a U.S. jury has acquitted an individual charged with maintaining false oil discharge records.

Six Filipino crewmembers aboard a foreign-flagged vessel had told U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) investigators at a port near San Francisco that the ship’s chief engineer had manipulated oil pollution equipment on the high seas. But jurors assigned to hear the case in the Eastern District of California federal court did not buy the whistleblowers’ account. The engineer was acquitted.

Maritime defense lawyer Mike Chalos told TradeWinds that the crewmembers had testified that, before they flagged down the Coast Guard at Benicia, they knew nothing at all about the U.S. reward program. But a witness who had run into them at an earlier stop in Los Angeles said they were asking questions about how to claim a reward. The USCG and the Department of Justice have been aggressively pursuing violators of MARPOL regulations and can offer rewards of up to 50 percent of the fine imposed to those who report alleged offenders.

Chalos said the crewmembers had no case because tests showed no traces of oil sludge in the areas in question.


MITAGS OPENINGS FOR SHIP SIMULATOR OPERATORS

The Maritime Institute of Technology & Graduate Studies (MITAGS) is seeking two part-time operators for its full-mission ship simulator. This is an ideal opportunity for computer-savvy MM&P members who know how to maneuver ships in a variety of situations and environments. Applicants should enjoy computer gaming, be creative and have demonstrated the ability to master computer programs. These are ideal positions for MM&P members who want to alternate between shipboard deployments and teaching. Excellent communications and computer skills are a must. E-mail resume to hr@mitags.org or fax to HR Manager at (443) 989-3341. 


MARAD AWARDS EXPEDITIONARY MEDALS

The Maritime Administration is looking for mariners who may have earned the Merchant Marine Expeditionary (MME) Medal through their service aboard U.S.-flag vessels in support of American and allied military operations. If you believe you have earned the MME medal, please gather your discharges, letters of service or other documentation and contact Mike Rodriguez at MM&P headquarters at (410) 850-8700 ext. 23 or by e-mail, mrodriguez@bridgedeck.org.


MITAGS ACADEMIC NOTES

CLASS OPENINGS: Between now and the end of August 2007, seats are available in the following courses:

AIS – Automatic Identification System: 7/13, 8/3
ARPA – Automatic Radar Plotting Aids: 7/24

BRMP – Bridge Resource Management for Pilots: 7/17, 8/1

[CMM – Chief Mate and Master Courses]
CMM-CHS I – Advanced Cargo Handling (week 1): 6/25
CMM-CHS II – Advanced Cargo Handling (week 2): 7/9
CMM-MPP – Marine Propulsion Plants: 7/30
CMM-SHMGT-I – Ship Management(week 1): 7/16
CMM-SHMGT-II – Ship Management (week 2): 7/23
CMM-SHS-ADV-I-Advanced Shiphandling (week 1): 7/9
CMM-SHS-ADV-II-Advanced Shiphandling (week 2): 6/25, 7/16

CSE-AWR-2 – Confined Space Entry Awareness (2 day): 7/12

HAZ – Hazardous Materials (5-day): 7/23

LAP – License Advancement Program: 7/23
LEG – Legal Aspects of Pilotage(Evening): 7/17, 8/1

MEDIA-RSP – Media Response Workshop: 7/12
MED-DOT-DA – Dept. of Trans Drug & Alcohol Testing: 6/16, 7/28
MED-PIC – Medical Person-In-Charge:  7/23
MED-PRO – Medical Care Provider: 7/23

[MSC – Military Sealift Command]
MSC-CBRD-1 – Chemical Biological Radiological Defense Orientation: 6/28, 7/21
MSC-DC – Damage Control: 6/26, 7/19
MSC-SMA – Small Arms: 6/25
MSC-SMA-R – Small Arms Re-Qualification (2-day): 6/29 (must have proof of passing all 3 weapons within 2 years)

ROR-1 – Radar Observer Renewal: 7/23, 7/30
ROP-5 – Radar Observer Original or Renewal (5 days): 7/9, 7/16

SEC-OFF-VCF – Security Officer, Vessel, Company & Facility:  7/9
SHS-BAS – Basic Shiphandling:  7/23
SHS-EMR- Emergency Shiphandling: 6/18, 7/30
SHS-ESH- BRMP-3– Emergency Shiphandling & Bridge Resource Management for Pilots: 7/10

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 2007

Due to the high demand for this program, PMI has now scheduled another that is already close to full enrollment for its 2007-start date. See the PMI Web site at www.mates.org for more info on this new development.

FOR REGISTRATION CALL JENNIFER FOWLER: 206 838-1126

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

June 2007
11-13  SEC VCF
11-13  WKP
11-15  BST
11-15  AB
11-29  TCNAV
18-22 ARPA
25-29 ROP
25-29 BAFF

July 2007
9th      FL
9-13    ARPA
9-13    BST
10th     RADAR RENEWAL
10-11  SIM ASSESS
10-13  LFBT
16-20 AB
16-20 MED PRO
16-20 ENAV
23rd     RADAR RENEWAL
23-27  SHS BAS
23-3    CNAV
30-3   ARPA
30-3   MED PRO
30-10 MED PIC      

August 2007
6-7      SAR
6-10    BST
7-10    LFBT
8-10    EP
14-17  LFBT
13-17  AB
13-17  CONSTB
13-17  SHS EM5
13-17  ECDIS
13-17  TPIC
20-24 AB
20-31 SHS ADV
20-24 CHS BAS
27-31  BAFF
27-31  ENAV
27-31  MED PRO
27-8    GMDSS
27-29  CSO/SSO

September 2007
4-7      LFBT
4-8      WX BAS
4-8      TCNAV
10th    RADAR RENEWAL
10-14  BST
10-14  AB
10-14  MED PRO
10-14  TCNAV
10-14  SHS BAS
17-21  MED PRO
17-21  ARPA
17-21  SHS BAS
17-21  TCNAV
17-28  GMDSS
19-21  AFF
24-5    WKP
24-28 ROP
26-28 AFF

For registration call Jennifer Fowler 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 6-8-2007

 

D O W N A S D A Q S & P 500
13,424.39 2,573.54 1,507.67
Fund Name & Trading Symbol
 Closing
Price
 Vanguard 500 Index Fund (VFINX)
139.29
 Vanguard Extended Market Index Fund (VEXMX)
42.45
 Vanguard International Growth Fund (VWIGX)
26.08
 Vanguard Morgan Growth Fund (VMRGX)
20.53
 Vanguard Windsor II Fund (VWNFX)
37.93
 Vanguard GNMA Fund (VFIIX)
9.99
 Vanguard High Yield Corporate Fund (VWEHX)
6.22
 Vanguard Total Bond Index (VBMFX)
9.79
 Chase Growth Fund (CHASX)
19.97
 Fidelity Asset Manager (FASMX)
16.82
 Fidelity Growth and Income (FGRIX)
33.05
 Fidelity Magellan Fund (FMAGX)
93.19
 Fidelity Small Company Instl (FMACX)
22.51
 Fidelity Value Fund (FDVLX)
89.78
 Spartan US Equity Index Fund (FUSEX)
53.52
 Domini Social Equity Fund (DSEFX)
36.06

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~ 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”.



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 and is posted on our web page.

C 2006, International Organization of Masters, Mates & Pilots. All the material contained in this publication is protected by copyright. For permission to reprint text from the Weekly, contact the MM&P Communications Department: lrosenthal@bridgedeck.org. For changes of address, contact John Peige at jpeige@bridgedeck.org.

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