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Wheelhouse Weekly – June 15, 2009

June 15th 2009

 

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

Volume 13 . . . . . Number 24. . . .June 15, 2009

STORIES COVERED

REMINDERS

T-AGS Oceanographic Survey Ships Info

Required Coursework

Security Clearances

MSC Physicals

MM&P FCU News

MM&P Health & Benefit Plan News

Meet Our New Prescription Benefit Manager, PHARMACARE

Notice to MM&P Health & Benefit Plan Participants

WWII USCG Veterans Outreach

Company Gives Bucks Back for buying Safe Shoes

Website Offers Union-Made Goods and Services



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


HEBEI SPIRIT OFFICERS FINALLY FREE

Two licensed deck officers imprisoned in South Korea for 550 days after their vessel was struck by a barge are finally free. Captain Jasprit Singh Chawla and Chief Officer Syam Chetan were released last week after South Korea’s Supreme Court issued a ruling in the case. The two were originally sentenced to a year and a half in prison after being convicted of failing to prevent their very large crude carrier (VLCC) from spilling 12,000 tons of oil after it was struck in a storm by a runaway Samsung barge. The Hong Kong Marine Department has blamed the crew of the Samsung tugs that were pulling the barge for the collision with the tanker, which was at anchorage.

Chawla and Chetan were expected to leave South Korea within days for their homes in India. Although the two are now free to leave, the Supreme Court left standing a lower court decision requiring them to pay a fine for pollution. “While we were pleased to see the Supreme Court reverse the Appeals Court decision to imprison these two officers, we are surprised and disappointed at the decision to uphold the pollution fines,” said the International Transport Workers Federation (ITF) in an official statement. The ITF and the Round Table of international shipping organizations had lobbied strenuously for the release of the two officers.

“These two men acted in an exemplary manner during the HEBEI SPIRIT incident, behaving in a way that was fully consistent with international tanker standards and practices which put the safety of seafarers first,” the ITF and the international shipping organizations said. “It is unjust that these two men should have stains on their records when they should have been fully exonerated of blame and applauded for their behavior. We will therefore continue to back efforts to clear their names and reputations.”


AVIATION LABOR CALLS ON MM&P PILOTS GROUP VICE PRESIDENT FOR INPUT IN INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION CONTROVERSY

MM&P Pilots Group Vice President George Quick will participate in an international forum intended to weigh the pros and cons of a controversial proposal that would further open the U.S. airline industry to international competition. Aviation labor is concerned that the proposal, which would give European Union (EU) companies the right to operate in both the U.S. international and domestic markets, would open the skies to low-cost foreign carriers operating outside U.S. regulatory control, with all the risks to safety, security, the environment and working conditions that would entail. It is believed that passage of the “open sky” initiative could ultimately undermine the Jones Act, which protects the jobs of American-citizen crews aboard U.S.-flag vessels. “Obviously labor is opposed to opening our country’s aviation markets to a model based on the open registry system that has created destructive competition for U.S. companies and workers in the international maritime sector,” Quick said. The MM&P Pilots Group Vice President will participate in a panel on the experience of the maritime industry with international regulation and the impact of open international competition on maritime labor. Quick is attending the forum at the urging of the Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA). Also in attendance will be Ed Wytkind, president of the AFL-CIO’s Transportation Trades Department.


MATSON CONTRACT REMAINS IN EFFECT AS NEGOTIATIONS CONTINUE

Negotiations continued last week between the Licensed Officers’ Bargaining Coalition and Matson Navigation. The Coalition unions, consisting of ARA, MEBA and MM&P, met with Matson at the MEBA hiring hall in Oakland, Calif. on June 10-11. Collective bargaining agreements covering all Licensed Officers and Matson that were scheduled to expire on June 15 have been extended until June 25. This news item is jointly released for publication as an update to all ARA, MEBA and MM&P members.


COMPACT FLUORESCENT LIGHTS MAY INTERFERE WITH COMMUNICATIONS EQUIPMENT, COAST GUARD WARNS

The Coast Guard has issued a safety alert informing people who work in the maritime industry that energy saving compact fluorescent lights (CFL), sometimes known as radio frequency (RF) lighting devices, may interfere with certain communications equipment. CFLs produce light by using an RF lighting device to excite a gas inside a bulb.

The Coast Guard warned that the risk of interference with communications devices is particularly significant in the case of equipment that produces emissions in the 0.45-30 MHz band. As a result of earlier input from the Coast Guard, the Federal Communications Commission had already required manufacturers of CFLs to provide an advisory statement on or in the product packaging that says, “This product may cause interference to radio communications and should not be installed near maritime safety communications equipment or other critical navigation or communication equipment operating between 0.45-30 MHz.”


APPLICATIONS SOUGHT FOR NEW MERCHANT MARINER MEDICAL ADVISORY COMMITTEE

The Secretary of Homeland Security has announced it will establish the Merchant Mariner Medical Advisory Committee (MMMAC). The committee will advise, consult with, report to and make recommendations to the Department of Homeland Security on matters relating to the medical evaluation process and evaluation criteria for medical certification of merchant mariners. This may include, but is not limited to: commenting on physical qualification requirements; developing, communicating and considering expert-based and scientific recommendations. The committee will be composed of 14 members. Ten members are to be health care professionals with particular expertise, knowledge, or experience regarding the medical examinations of merchant mariners or occupational medicine. Four members are to be professional mariners with knowledge and experience in mariners’ occupational requirements. Initial appointments to the MMMAC shall be for terms of office of one, two or three years. Thereafter, members shall serve terms of three years.

Individuals interested in serving on this committee are invited to apply for membership. Completed application forms for membership should reach the Coast Guard on or before Aug. 3, 2009. You can request a copy of the charter for the Merchant Mariner Medical Advisory Committee or a form to apply for membership by writing to Eric Christensen, Designated Federal Officer of MMMAC, 2100 2nd St., SW, Washington, D.C. 20593. Completed applications should be sent to the same address. A copy of this notice and the application form are posted on www.bridgedeck.org and are also available at the Coast Guard’s online docket, USCG–2009–0446, at http://www.regulations.gov. For more information, contact: J. Court Smith, Assistant DFO of MMMAC, at 1–202–372–1128 or james.c.smith1@uscg.mil. To view the Federal Register notice in its entirety, go to: http://tiny.cc/Nmbk5


TRANSPORTATION LABOR HAILS NOMINATION OF DEBORAH HERSMAN AS NTSB CHAIR

President Barack Obama has announced he will nominate Deborah Hersman as chair of the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), a decision that was applauded by the labor unions that represent the country’s transportation workers. “As recent events remind us, transportation accidents do happen and workers and the public are best served by an aggressive NTSB with an unwavering commitment to safety,” said Ed Wytkind, president of the AFL-CIO’s Transportation Trades Department, in an official statement. Hersman’s detailed knowledge and extensive experience in transportation safety make her the ideal candidate to lead the NTSB, Wytkind said. “She understands the vital mission of the agency and has always understood that transportation workers are an important resource in the ongoing effort to learn from and avoid transportation accidents.” Hersman has consistently been a strong advocate for safety reforms, including combating worker fatigue and raising awareness about dangers posed by inadequately regulated transportation companies. She holds a commercial driver’s license with passenger, school bus and air brake endorsements. She has a motorcycle endorsement and is also a certified child passenger safety technician with training in hazardous waste operations and emergency response.


UPCOMING D-BOOK MEMBERSHIP CLASSES: HOUSTON JUNE 23-24; NOLA JULY 7-8

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

— Houston Hall June 23-24;
— New Orleans Hall July 7-8.

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


LA/LB GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING MOVED TO JUNE 17

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


KOREAN SHIP OPERATOR FINED FOR POLLUTION

STX Pan Ocean Co. Ltd., operator of the cargo ship MV OCEAN JADE, has been ordered to pay $2.2 million in fines and serve four years of probation for falsifying the ship’s oil records book. A substantial portion of the fine, $200,000, will go to the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation to fund habitat restoration in the Tampa Bay area. The court also ordered the company to implement an environmental compliance plan. STX had pleaded guilty in April to four felonies, including conspiracy, falsifying records and making false statements. Several members of the vessel’s engineering department were also found guilty and sentenced to supervised release, probation and fines. “Dumping pollution overboard into the ocean and lying to investigators is unacceptable and will not be tolerated,” commented John Cruden, acting assistant attorney general for the Justice Department’s Environment and Natural Resources Division.


MITAGS ACADEMIC NOTES

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

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

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

CSE-AAES � Confined Space Entry, Atmospheric Analysis of enclosed Spaces (3 day): 7/13
ENVIRO-REGS PERMIT – Environmental Regulations In The Maritime Industry / EPA General Permit for Commercial Vessels (2 day): 7/29
ENVIRO-REGS – Introduction to Environmental Regulations in the Maritime Industry (1 Day): 7/29
FF-BADV � Basic and Advanced Fire Fighting Combined: 8/3
HAZ � Hazardous Materials (5-Day) course: 9/31
LEG � Legal Aspects of Pilotage: 6/24, 8/26
LNG AWAR � Liquefied Natural Gas Awareness: 8/18

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


PMI ACADEMIC NOTES

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

FOR REGISTRATION CALL JENNIFER PITZEN: 206 838-1126

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

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

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

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

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

For registration call Jennifer Pitzen 888-893-7829

PMI MERCHANDISE FOR SALE!!!

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


MM&P MARKET WATCH AS OF 6-12-2009

D O W N A S D A Q S & P 500
8,770.92 1,858.80 946.21
Fund Name & Trading Symbol
 Closing
Price
 Vanguard Asset Allocation Fund(VAARX)
42.79
 Vanguard 500 Index Fund (VFINX)
87.58
 Vanguard Extended Market Index Fund (VEXMX)
27.07
 Vanguard International Growth Fund (VWIGX)
14.38
 Vanguard Morgan Growth Fund (VMRGX)
12.81
 Vanguard Windsor II Fund (VWNFX)
19.98
 Vanguard GNMA Fund (VFIIX)
10.54
 Vanguard Growth Index Fund (VIGRX)
22.79
 Vanguard High Yield Corporate (VWEHX)
4.96
 Vanguard LifeStrategy Conservative Growth (VSCGX)
13.86
 Vanguard LifeStrategy Growth Fund (VASGX)
17.08
 Vanguard LifeStrategy Income Fund (VASIX)
12.52
 Vanguard LifeStrategy Moderate Growth (VSMGX)
15.88
 Vanguard Target Retirement 2005 (VTOVX)
10.15
 Vanguard Target Retirement 2015 (VTXVX)
10.15
 Vanguard Target Retirement 2025 (VTTVX)
9.95
 Vanguard Target Retirement 2035 (VTTHX)
10.02
 Vanguard Target Retirement 2045 (VTIVX)
10.37
 Vanguard Total Bond Index (VBMFX)
10.06
 Vanguard Total Stock Market Index Fund (VTSMX)
23.26
 Chase Growth Fund (CHASX)
14.07
 Fidelity Asset Manager (FASMX)
12.25
 Fidelity Growth and Income (FGRIX)
13.70
 Fidelity Intermediate bond Fund (FTHRX)
9.59
 Fidelity Magellan Fund (FMAGX)
54.78
 Fidelity Small Company Instl (FMACX)
13.31
 Fidelity Value Fund (FDVLX)
45.58
 Fidelity Equity-Income II Fund (FEQTX)
13.97
 Fidelity Blue Chip Growth Fund (FBGRX)
30.04
 Fidelity Diversified International Fund (FDIVX)
24.40
 Fidelity Dividend Growth Fund (FDGFX)
19.26
 Fidelity Freedom Income (FFFAX)
10.04
 Fidelity Freedom 2000 (FFFBX)
10.60
 Fidelity Freedom 2010 (FFFCX)
11.25
 Fidelity Freedom 2020 (FFFDX)
11.05
 Fidelity Freedom 2030 (FFFEX)
10.75
 Fidelity Freedom 2040 (FFFFX)
6.17
 Fidelity Freedom 2050 (FFFHX)
7.15
 Fidelity Total Bond Fund (FTBFX)
9.83
 Spartan Extended market Index Fund (FSEMX)
25.27
 Spartan US Equity Index Fund (FUSEX)
33.63
 Domini Social Equity Fund (DSEFX)
21.57





~ Reminders ~



 

T-AGS OCEANOGRAPHIC SURVEY SHIPS MANNING REQUIREMENTS

REQUIRED COURSEWORK

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Richard Plant, Director of Special Projects

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



SHIP SECURITY CLEARANCE NEEDED

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

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

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

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

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

From the “Type of Investigation” screen:

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

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



MSC PHYSICALS

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


MM&P FCU NEWS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



 

MM&P HEALTH & BENEFIT PLAN NEWS

MEET OUR NEW PRESCRIPTION BENEFIT MANAGER, PHARMACARE

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



NOTICE TO MM&P HEALTH & BENEFIT PLAN PARTICIPANTS

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

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


WWII USCG VETERANS OUTREACH

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

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



 

COMPANY GIVES BUCKS BACK FOR BUYING SAFE SHOES

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

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

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

Vessels in the LMS footwear reimbursement program are:

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

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

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

LOOK FOR THE UNION LABEL:

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

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

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

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

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


 

WEBSITE OFFERS UNION-MADE GOODS AND SERVICES

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

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

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

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

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



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. Suite B, Linthicum Heights, MD 21090-1953. Phone: 410-850-8700; Fax: 410-850-0973; Email: iommp@bridgedeck.org. For further info or to subscribe contact Lisa Rosenthal at lrosenthal@bridgedeck.org. The Wheelhouse Weekly is sent via Email to MM&P-contracted vessels at sea and is posted on our web page.

© 2009, 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 Lisa Rosenthal at lrosenthal@bridgedeck.org.