Wheelhouse Weekly – June 16, 2005

June 16th 2005



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

Volume 9 . . . . . Number 24 . . . . June 16, 2005




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


The following is an important message to all members from MM&P International President Capt. Tim Brown concerning USCG license renewals.

“The MM&P General Executive Board met on June 14th and 15th and discussed two cases in which Permanent Employees lost trips because the US Coast Guard could not process their license renewal in an appropriate time frame.

“As a word to the wise, if you are a permanent employee who needs to renew a license during a vacation period, it is suggested that you approach your employer and have the employer write a letter certifying that you are a permanent employee and you are scheduled to return to work on such-and-such a date. This technique has been found to be useful in moving your application upstream such that you may have a better chance to get your license renewal processed in time. As a reminder: You can begin the renewal process one-year before your license actually expires.”




Maersk Sealand has implemented a new “container security seal policy”. The company’s continuous effort to help protect customers’ cargo, and to comply with the International Ship and Port Facility Security Code (ISPS) and the updated Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (C-TPAT Plus) program, were the reasons given for the move. It requires that, “All containers moving under a Maersk Sealand bill of lading must have a unique and verifiable high security bolt seal, meeting the criteria of ISO PAS 17712, affixed to it at all times during transport.”

In announcing the new policy, the company said that: “For the benefit of our customers and to support global supply chain security, we now require the use of high security seals. This procedure will minimize the risk of unauthorized access into the container, and also limit the risk of cargo pilferage. If a container is not correctly sealed upon receipt from the shipper, we will arrange for an approved seal and ensure correct placement.”



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

The fire aboard the SEAWANHAKA and the scapegoating of her Master, Capt. Charles Smith one hundred and twenty-five years ago, mark the beginnings of the MM&P. For more info on how you can obtain one of these great prints while also assisting the MM&P PCF, contact Assistant Comptroller Beverly Gutmann at MM&P HQ, 700 Maritime Blvd., Linthicum Heights, MD 21090-1941. Phone: 410-850-8700 ext. 11, Fax: 410-850-8384, Email:



Industry reports indicate that a trucking shortage may significantly disrupt what is otherwise expected to be a smooth peak season at the Los Angeles-Long Beach port complex, experts from various shipping groups said this week. Cargo gains of 10-15% were predicted over last year, and no logjams like those that plagued the ports in 2004.

Industry forecasters say that the current shortage of truckers moving goods to and from the ports could grow during the peak season. The shortage is expected to continue as the independent truckers, who are paid by the load, become more disgruntled as their average number of daily turnaround trips declines. That average, due to port congestion and other factors, dwindled from four a day in 2000 to just 2.2 last year.



The respected maritime publication “Fairplay” reports that arrests are continuing in the wake of a two-year investigation that has led to over 55 people being charged with using cruise ships to smuggle drugs into the US. The latest 10 were charged last week. Led by a group of Jamaicans, the drug runners allegedly used ships from at least four lines to smuggle cocaine and heroin into the country from September 1998 until April 2004, according to a spokesman for the Justice Department.

According to indictments, the smugglers strapped packets of the illicit drugs to their bodies during port visits in Aruba, St Maarten, Panama and Curacao. Several vessels from various lines were used in the scheme, including Disney Cruise Line’s DISNEY MAGIC, Celebrity Cruises’ HORIZON, ZENITH and MILLENNIUM, Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines’ ENCHANTMENT OF THE SEAS and NORDIC EMPRESS and Norwegian Cruise Line’s NORWEGIAN SEA and NORWEGIAN MAJESTY. If convicted, all of the defendants face a maximum statutory sentence of life in prison.


Passengers have filed a $100 million lawsuit against Norwegian Cruise Line accusing the operator of risking their lives during a recent cruise to accommodate a TV schedule. The 24-member group, all passengers aboard the NORWEGIAN DAWN when it was hit by a 65-foot-high rogue wave during a storm in April, filed the suit in US Federal Court in Miami earlier this week. The suit alleges that the liner was scheduled to be featured in an episode of Donald Trump’s hit television show “The Apprentice” and that the captain steered through the storm to meet the schedule.

The line acknowledges the ship was scheduled for an appearance on the show but has flatly denied that the captain was under any pressure. The rogue wave injured four passengers, smashed two windows and flooded more than 60 cabins on the ship, which had to divert to Charleston for repairs before continuing its cruise from the Bahamas to New York. That diversion scrubbed the ship’s appearance on the highly-rated television series, for which media reports say NCL paid $1 million.



According to published reports, Carnival Cruise Lines failed to provide the USCG with the proper port arrival paperwork as required in advance for two of its cruise ships making Caribbean port calls earlier this week. As a result, both were refused entry into their port-of-call and suffered significant delays and fines.

On the afternoon of June 13, the Coast Guard learned that the 2,974-passenger Carnival GLORY was bound for St. Thomas, but the USCG had not received the mandatory 96-hour electronic notice of arrival (e/noa). After speaking with the ship’s agent, the vessel was barred from entering the harbor and held outside the 12 n-mile limit.

The same scenario played out a short while later when the Carnival VICTORY prepared to enter San Juan and, again, the USCG had received no e/noa. Carnival claimed that while the notices were shown as having been sent, they had somehow not reached the USCG. After the USCG finally received the e/noa reports, both ships were then allowed into port as the passenger and crew manifests were screened. The USCG assessed both ships with violations and hefty fines.


In the Straits of Malacca, piracy continues to be a real and deadly peril. The waterway is a maritime choke point for ships going from the Indian Ocean to the Pacific. Asian and US defense experts examined the problem last week at the Asia Security Conference, known as the Shangri-La Dialogue, hosted by the International Institute for Strategic Studies.

A story in a recent edition of the Straits Times detailed a pirate boarding of a Thai ship. Pirates, armed to the teeth, boarded the ship, kidnapped the captain and a crewman and took the vessel’s trading documents. All will be held for ransom, which the article said will be paid.
More than 50,000 ships per year pass through the straits and piracy is increasing. The worry among defense experts in the region is that a terrorist group may affiliate with a pirate and attempt to close the waterway.

The countries of the region understand the danger piracy poses, and are beginning to work together to confront the threat. Pacific nations – including the United States – are encouraging a more regional approach to the problem. About one-third of all the goods that are shipped in the world utilize the Straits of Malacca. More than 600 miles long, the Straits of Malacca is the preferred path for Middle East oil to travel to Japan and China. Indian merchantmen use the straits to transit to the American West Coast. European goods travel through the straits to reach the Far East, and vice versa.

Three nations control the straits: Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia. In the straits are some narrow channels and shallow reefs that slow the speed of ocean-going ships, and it is dotted with thousands of islands that offer pirates refuge. All states that use the straits agree that maritime security should be a regional priority, but steps for a regional solution have been slow, officials said. The threat has become such that merchantmen transiting the straits have defensive weapons, and some shippers have even placed security teams aboard their ships.

The bottom line is that the nations of the area have the responsibility to police the straits. It is a sovereignty issue, said a US defense official. “It’s their waters,” he said. “While they will accept help, anything that is done will ultimately lie with them.” The defense official said that one problem is when the countries operate in their national zones. “If they find a pirate, they don’t do hot pursuit,” the official said. A pirate only has to dodge across an international boundary to be safe. Developing a common operating picture would go a long way toward solving this problem as affordable technologies exist that could give maritime forces the ability to share information across national lines.


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

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

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


As reported in last week’s Wheelhouse Weekly, the MM&P HQ has received new reports of continuing access control issues. The Union is preparing a protest of these violations at the national and if need be international level, but to do so, we still need your help. Please send an e-mail to to report incidents of access denial, as well as cases in which a fee to access port facilities is levied on crewmembers or their visitors. The Union is interested in receiving reports from all ships, not just MM&P-contracted vessels. Please provide the day the incident took place, the names of the port, facility and ship, and a brief description of what occurred.




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

  • AIS – Automatic Identification System: 7/23, 9/2
  • ARPA – Automatic Radar Plotting Aids: 7/18, 7/25, 8/15
  • BRM – Bridge Resource Management: 8/1
  • BRMP – Bridge Resource Management for Pilots: 8/9
  • BST – Basic Safety Training: 8/29

CMM – Chief Mate and Master Courses

  • CMM-ADVSTB – Advanced Stability: 7/18
  • CMM-CHS I – Advanced Cargo Handling (week 1): 8/22
  • CMM-CHS II – Advanced Cargo Handling (week 2): 8/15
  • CMM-ECDIS – Electronic Chart Display and Info Systems: 8/1
  • CMM-MPP – Marine Propulsion Plants: 6/27, 8/8
  • CMM-SHS-ADV-I – Advanced Shiphandling (week 1): 8/8, 8/15, 8/22
  • CMM-SHS-ADV-II – Advanced Shiphandling (week 2): 8/1, 8/15
  • CMM-SHMGT I – Ship Management (week 1): 6/20, 7/11
  • CMM-VPEN – Voyage Planning and Electronic Navigation: 7/25
  • CMM-WKP- Advanced Watchkeeping: 8/29
  • CONT-PLNG – Contingency Planning: 7/22
  • FF-BADV – (Combined) Basic and Advanced Firefighting: 6/27, 8/24
  • HAZ – Hazardous Materials [5-day]: 7/25
  • HF-FSM – Human Factors-Fatigue, Sleep & Medications: 7/20
  • LAP License Advancement Program: 7/11
  • LEG – Legal Aspects of Pilotage: 8/9
  • MEDIA-RSP – Media Response: 7/21, 8/4
  • MED-DOT-DA – Dept. of Trans Drug & Alcohol Testing: 6/25, 7/30, 8/20
  • MED-PIC – Medical Person-In-Charge: 7/25, 8/15
  • MED-PRO – Medical Care Provider (1st week of MED-PIC): 7/25, 8/15

MSC – Military Sealift Command

  • MSC-SMA – Small Arms Training (4 day): 8/29
  • MSC-SMA-R – Small Arms Re-Qualification (2-day): 6/24, 9/2
    (must have proof of passing all 3 weapons within 2 years)
  • ROP-5 – Radar Observer Original and Renewal (5-day): 8/22
  • ROR-1 – Radar Observer Renewal: 7/18, 7/21, 7/25, 8/20, 8/15
  • SEC-OFF-VCF – Security Officer,Vessel, Company & Facility: 8/1
  • SEC-PLT-AWR Security Awareness for Pilots: 7/19
  • SHS-ESH-BRMP: Emergency Shiphandling/Bridge Resource Management for Pilots (3-day): 7/20
  • SHS-EMR5 – Emergency Shiphandling (5 day): 8/29
  • TPIC Tankerman Person-In-Charge: 6/27



If you are scheduled for a course, call, write, or Email admissions to advise whether or not you will attend. Many classes are in demand and maintain a Standby List. “No Shows” are missed training opportunities for other members.


Courses are subject to change. Check the MITAGS website for up-to-date course descriptions associated with all course title abbreviations, and for schedule revisions and updated course availability. You can also check future schedules, review detailed course descriptions and register on-line or contact Admissions at or by calling toll-free, 1-866-656-5568.


MM&P Market Watch as of June 15, 2005 Close


 D O W  N A S D A Q  S & P 500
 10,566.37 +89.51 for the week  2,074.92  +14.74 for the week  1,206.58  +11.91 for the week



Fund Name & Trading Symbol
 Vanguard 500 Index Fund (VFINX)
 Vanguard Extended Market Index Fund (VEXMX)
 Vanguard International Growth Fund (VWIGX)
 Vanguard Morgan Growth Fund (VMRGX)
 Vanguard Windsor II Fund (VWNFX)
 Vanguard GNMA Fund (VFIIX)
 Vanguard High Yield Corporate Fund (VWEHX)
 Vanguard Total Bond Index (VBMFX)
 Chase Growth Fund (CHASX)
 Fidelity Asset Manager (FASMX)
 Fidelity Growth and Income (FGRIX)
 Fidelity Magellan Fund (FMAGX)
 Fidelity Small Company Instl (FMACX)
 Fidelity Value Fund (FDVLX)
 Spartan US Equity Index Fund (FUSEX)

~ Reminders ~




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

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

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

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

Small Arms certificates must be less than 1 year old.

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

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

Members interested in employment on the T-AGS ships are asked to provide a 1-2 page resume. Please list the desired position you are seeking along with the certificates of training you possess and their dates. Upon receipt it will be forwarded to Horizon Lines and a confirmation sent back to the member. Vessel turnover commences Oct.17, 2004 and will continue until Jan.3, 2005. Crew rotations will start beginning as early as January 2005 and will continue through as late as June 2005. Positions for all ratings remain open.

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

Richard Plant, Director of Special Projects

700 Maritime Blvd.
Linthicum Heights, MD 21090


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 to download the software titled “EPSQ SUBJECT2_2”.

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

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

From the “Type of Investigation” screen:

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

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

When complete and all information has been validated, click on “Communications” from the menu bar at the top of the screen and select “Transmit to Security Officer”. Save the file to the hard drive on your computer using your last name (surname) as the file name. Send this file as an email attachment to Mike Bohlman at Horizon Lines, His phone number is 908-259-2803. You will need to provide Mike Bohlman with your name and the case-sensitive password you assigned to the file in order for Horizon Lines to open the file and process your Security Clearance.


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

On Dec.6, MM&P members will begin manning the third of seven T-AGS ships operated by Horizon. The USNS SUMNER will be crewed-up in Portland, OR. MM&P wishes the crew a safe voyage and happy holidays.



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.

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 or call 1-800-382-7777 toll-free.




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 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.”


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 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

  • 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.


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

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.



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)


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 and click on “Union Made Product Search”. To shop for union-made products online, go to



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,, 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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