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Wheelhouse Weekly – June 29, 2009

June 29th 2009

 

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

Volume 13 . . . . . Number 26. . . .June 29, 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.


MM&P CLOSED FRIDAY FOR INDEPENDENCE DAY

The MM&P halls, MM&P headquarters, MM&P Plans and the MM&P Federal Credit Union will be closed on Friday, July 3, in observance of Independence Day.


MM&P-BACKED ANTI-PIRACY INITIATIVE ADVANCES IN CONGRESS

The House of Representatives added language to its Department of Defense authorizations legislation that would require the Secretary of Defense to provide embarked security teams on U.S.-flag vessels carrying government cargo in areas at high risk of pirate attacks. The language, which was sponsored by Congressman Elijah Cummings (D-Md.), was adopted by the full House by voice vote.
 
Both Cummings and Armed Services Committee Chairman Ike Skelton (D-Mo.) spoke in support of the amendment. No member of the House spoke in opposition, although Rep. Buck McKeon, the ranking Republican on the Armed Services Committee, indicated that the Navy opposes the amendment. McKeon said it is the Navy’s position that shipping companies should be responsible for protecting their ships and that expanding the deployment of embarked security teams would put a drain on Navy resources.

During his remarks, Cummings specifically referred to a letter in support of his amendment that was sent to Congress by the AFL-CIO Transportation Trades Department on behalf of MM&P, MEBA and SUP. Cummings also specifically mentioned on the floor that MM&P and MEBA support his amendment.
 
This is a first step but an extremely important first step. We’ll keep you posted as the process continues to evolve.


MATSON CONTRACT SIGNED

The Licensed Officers’ Bargaining Coalition, composed of the ARA, MM&P and MEBA in solidarity, is pleased to announce that contracts were signed Saturday night between all three individual unions and Matson Navigation Company. Wage increases and improved terms of employment were achieved for all classes of vessels by each union. On behalf of ARA, MEBA and MM&P, we thank all members, the ILWU and other union supporters for their support during this difficult process. Contract details will be made available at first opportunity.

In Solidarity,
The Licensed Officers’ Bargaining Coalition


IMPORTANT NOTICE ABOUT VESSEL SECURITY OFFICER (VSO) TRAINING AND CERTIFICATION

The Coast Guard has amended its regulations to implement the VSO training and certification amendments to the Seafarers’ Training, Certification and Watchkeeping (STCW) Code. To facilitate processing of the endorsement, and in view of the large number of mariners who have applied for their VSO endorsements but will not receive the document in time to meet the July 1 deadline, the Coast Guard will be accepting proof of application, accompanied by a course completion certificate, as meeting the regulatory requirements for VSO. This is a temporary measure, which will remain in effect until September 1. The Coast Guard says mariners can show proof of application submission by going to the Homeport website, accessing the “Mariner Application Status” function and printing the information displayed.

Because many of the mariners who will be covered under the regulation have not applied for a VSO endorsement or attended a VSO refresher course, the Coast Guard will extend the refresher course completion deadline to July 1, 2011. The mariner must show the course provider documentary evidence that he/she met the criteria in 33 CFR Part 104.215(d)(4)(i) prior to July 1, 2009, which is the effective date of the regulation. If you have questions regarding this temporary measure, please contact Mayte Medina at 202-372-1406.


MITAGS ANNOUNCES 2009 SCHEDULE FOR NEW PILOT TRAINING COURSES

Following are the latest convening dates for MITAGS’ state pilot training programs:

July:
Contingency Planning Workshop (CONT-PLNG-WKSH) – July 9, 2009 Media Response Workshop (MEDIA-RSP-WKSH) – July 10, 2009 Radar Observer Renewal (ROR-1-N) – July 15, 2009 (Evening Seminar)

August:
Radar Observer Renewal (ROR-1-N) – August 5, 2009 (Evening Seminar) Emergency Shiphandling/Bridge Resources Management for Pilots (SHS-ESH-BRMP-3) – August 24, 2009 Radar Observer Renewal (ROR-1) – August 24, 2009 Legal Aspects of Pilotage (LEG) – August 26, 2009 (Evening Seminar) Bridge Resource Management for Pilots (BRMP) – August 27, 2009

September:
Contingency Planning Workshop (CONT-PLNG-WKSH) – September 17, 2009 Media Response Workshop (MEDIA-RSP-WKSH) – September 18, 2009 Radar Observer Renewal (ROR-1) – September 21, 2009 Radar Observer Renewal (ROR-1-N) – September 24, 2009 (Evening Seminar) Emergency Shiphandling/Bridge Resources Management for Pilots (SHS-ESH-BRMP-3) – September 28, 2009 Legal Aspects of Pilotage (LEG) – September 28, 2009 (Evening Seminar)

October:
Azipod (AZIPOD-2) – October 1, 2009
Radar Observer Renewal (ROR-1) – October 5, 2009 Radar Observer Renewal (ROR-1-N) – October 7, 2009 (Evening Seminar) Radar Observer Renewal (ROR-1) – October 12, 2009 Bridge Resource Management for Pilots (BRMP) – October 14, 2009 Radar Observer Renewal (ROR-1-N) – October 21, 2009 (Evening Seminar)

November:
Radar Observer Renewal (ROR-1) – November 9, 2009 Radar Observer Renewal (ROR-1) – November 16, 2009 Media Response Workshop (MEDIA-RSP-WKSH) – November 19, 2009 (TENTATIVE) Emergency Shiphandling/Bridge Resources Management for Pilots (SHS-ESH-BRMP-3) – November 30, 2009

December:
Legal Aspects of Pilotage (LEG) – December 2, 2009 (Evening Seminar) Radar Observer Renewal (ROR-1-N) – December 2, 2009 (Evening Seminar) Bridge Resource Management for Pilots (BRMP) – December 3, 2009

To register for the state pilot training programs listed above or for any other MITAGS course, please contact Mary Matlock, admissions coordinator, at (410) 859-5700, Ext. 3246 or 3226; toll free (866) 656-5568; admissions@mitags.org; or go to www.mitags.org and visit the “Schedule and Registration” page.

Custom Courses
If you are interested in a training program that is not listed here, please contact Robert Becker, MITAGS business development manager, at (410) 859-5700, Ext. 3235; toll free (866) 656-5569; rbecker@mitags.org.

For additional information on state pilot training, please go to the “State Pilots” page on www.mitags.org.


COAST GUARD TO HIRE MARINE INSPECTORS

The Coast Guard has published the first civilian vacancy announcements for its five new “National Centers of Expertise (NCOE).” The positions will be GS-12 and GS-13. Each center will have four to a maximum of nine inspectors. The employees will also train student inspectors, advise policy-makers, regulation developers or operational program managers on trends, best practices, leading indicators, problematic issues or other functional area concerns. The five centers hiring are: Towing Vessel Center, Paducah, Ky.; Liquefied Gas Carrier Center, Port Arthur, Texas; Outer Continental Shelf Center, Morgan City, La.; Vintage Vessel Center, Duluth, Minn.; and Investigations Center, New Orleans. If you are interested in finding out more about these positions, as well as how to apply, please go to www.usajobs.gov, keywords: Marine, US Coast Guard. Contact Daryle Merlock at daryle.j.merlock@uscg.mil or 202-475-5353 with questions.


PIRATES KILL UKRAINIAN SEAFARER

Piracy is once again in the news following the announcement that a Ukrainian seafarer was shot to death and another mariner wounded in an altercation that accompanied the release of a hijacked Dutch freighter, the MV MARATHON. The 2,575-ton Dutch cargo ship had been hijacked in April. In other news, pirates told a journalist they had burned the research ship MV INDIAN OCEAN EXPLORER because the shipowner had paid less than half the $1 million ransom they had demanded. The seven crewmembers of the research vessel were released unharmed before their ship was burned.


MARAD SEEKS PROGRAM ANALYST EXPERT IN MARINER WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT

The Maritime Administration (MARAD) is looking for a professional to join its staff in Washington, D.C., as a program analyst in the Office of Maritime Workforce Development. The professional will serve as the primary MARAD representative in discussions with other agencies involving the current and projected mariner pool and ways to ensure its adequacy. He or she will be responsible for developing, selecting, coordinating, executing, monitoring and analyzing a variety of agency programs including those that focus on the availability, recruitment and retention of merchant mariners and shipyard workers. Among the duties to be carried out: development of automated tools and systems for analyzing and reporting mariner availability; conducting studies in labor economics affecting industry, including shipboard, longshore and shipbuilding labor; analyzing mariner crewing availability to ensure that adequate qualified merchant mariners are available to fully crew the commercial fleet as well as our nation’s sealift assets in peacetime and national emergency. To find out more, go to: http://m1e.net/c?84769144-v2yB6K2n8lDZs%404381424-zcoPy2xSqhLN%2e


ATTENTION D-BOOK APPLICANTS: NEW DEADLINE FOR SUBMITTING PAPERWORK TO GEB

Applicants who intend to apply for D-Book membership are informed that a one-week deadline for document submission is now in effect. In other words, all back-up paperwork for your application, including a copy of the “D” Certificate for the D-Book membership class, your four letters of recommendation from a senior officer and a copy of your discharge (if you got off a ship just before or at the deadline date) must be received by the MM&P Membership Department by close of business, 5:00 p.m. East Coast time, one week before the GEB meeting. Remember that your initiation fee must also be paid in full. The final two GEB meetings for 2009 will be held on Sept. 8-9 and Dec. 1-2. The deadline for submitting material to the Sept. 8 meeting is COB 5:00 p.m. East Coast time, Tuesday, Sept. 1. The deadline for submitting material to the Dec. 1 meeting is COB 5:00 p.m. East Coast time, Tuesday, Nov. 24.


UPCOMING D-BOOK MEMBERSHIP CLASS: NOLA JULY 7-8

The D-Book Membership class will be held at the MM&P 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. The number of the New Orleans Hall is 504-837-5700.


MATERIAL SAFETY DATA SHEETS REQUIRED FOR TANK SHIPS CARRYING OIL AND OIL PRODUCTS

The Coast Guard has announced Thursday that it has submitted a Federal Register notice to the marine community containing guidance on new International Maritime Organization (IMO) measures. The new measures require that all tank ships subject to the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) Convention carrying Annex I cargoes and all ships using Annex I marine fuels have Material Safety Data Sheets aboard. The SOLAS Convention requirement takes effect Jan. 1, 2011. After that date, the nations that are party to SOLAS can be expected to verify that ships subject to the convention have Material Safety Data Sheets as required. After that date, all U.S.-flag vessels traveling overseas should expect foreign administrations to ask for Material Safety Data Sheets for each Annex I cargo and marine oil fuel on board. Also after that date, all foreign-flag vessels in U.S. ports should expect the Coast Guard to ask for Material Safety Data Sheets. The notice is available at the Office of the Federal Register Public Inspection Desk at www.federalregister.gov. After publication, it will be available in the Federal Register and at www.regulations.gov, docket number: USCG-2009-0553.


MM&P PORT OFFICES NO LONGER ACCEPT CASH

Effective July 1, MM&P port offices will no longer accept cash. To carry out transactions, members can continue to use checks, credit cards and money orders. If you need assistance in finding the nearest location at which to purchase a money order, please contact your local MM&P port office.


MITAGS ACADEMIC NOTES

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

AB � Able Seaman: 7/6
ARPA � Automatic Radar Plotting Aids: 8/24, 9/22
AZIPOD � (2-Day) Azipod Propulsion Systems: 10/1
BRM � Bridge Resource Management: 7/27, 9/14
BRMP � Bridge Resource Management for Pilots: 8/27
BST � Basic Safety Training: 8/3
CONSTB � Ship Construction and Basic Stability: 8/17
CONT PLNG � Contingency Planning: 7/09, 9/17

[CMM – Chief Mate and Master Courses]
CMM-ADVWX – Advanced Meteorology: 9/21
CMM-CHS I � Advanced Cargo Handling (week 1): 7/6
CMM-ADVSTB � Advanced Stability: 8/10, 9/29
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, 9/7
CMM-SHMGT II � Ship Management (week 2) : 7/20, 9/14
CMM-SHS-ADV-I � Advanced Shiphandling (week 1): 8/3, 8/17, 8/24, 8/31, 9/14, 9/28
CMM-SHS-ADV-I I � Advanced Shiphandling (week 2): 7/20, 8/10, 8/17, 8/31, 9/21
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
ENAV � Electronic Navigation: 9/7
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: 8/31
LAP � License Advancement Program (Chief Mate & Master Only): 09/14
LAP � License Advancement Program (Original Third Mate Only): 08/17
LEG � Legal Aspects of Pilotage: 8/26, 9/28
LNG AWAR � Liquefied Natural Gas Awareness: 8/18

MEDIA RSP � Media Response Workshop: 7/10, 9/18
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: 8/10, 9/14

ROP-5 � Radar Observer Original or Renewal: 8/31
ROR-1 – Radar Observer Renewal: 8/24, 9/21

SEC-VCF – Security Officer: Vessel, Company & Facility: 7/6, 9/14
SEC-VSO-R � Vessel Security Officer Refresher (1 day): 8/14
SHS-EMR5 � Emergency Shiphandling: 8/10
SHS-EMR-BRMP3 � Emergency Shiphandling and Bridge Resource Management for Pilots: 8/24, 9/28

TCNAV/CO � Terrestrial Navigation and Compasses: 7/13
TPIC � Tankship Dangerous Liquids Person In Charge: 8/31
WKP BAS � Basic Watchkeeping: 9/21
WX BAS � Basic Meteorology: 9/14

…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)

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 6-26-2009

D O W N A S D A Q S & P 500
8,438.39 1,838.22 918.90
Fund Name & Trading Symbol
 Closing
Price
 Vanguard Asset Allocation Fund(VAARX)
41.70
 Vanguard 500 Index Fund (VFINX)
84.68
 Vanguard Extended Market Index Fund (VEXMX)
26.20
 Vanguard International Growth Fund (VWIGX)
13.93
 Vanguard Morgan Growth Fund (VMRGX)
12.49
 Vanguard Windsor II Fund (VWNFX)
19.23
 Vanguard GNMA Fund (VFIIX)
10.63
 Vanguard Growth Index Fund (VIGRX)
22.32
 Vanguard High Yield Corporate (VWEHX)
4.88
 Vanguard LifeStrategy Conservative Growth (VSCGX)
13.67
 Vanguard LifeStrategy Growth Fund (VASGX)
16.55
 Vanguard LifeStrategy Income Fund (VASIX)
12.45
 Vanguard LifeStrategy Moderate Growth (VSMGX)
15.49
 Vanguard Target Retirement 2005 (VTOVX)
10.11
 Vanguard Target Retirement 2015 (VTXVX)
10.02
 Vanguard Target Retirement 2025 (VTTVX)
9.76
 Vanguard Target Retirement 2035 (VTTHX)
9.78
 Vanguard Target Retirement 2045 (VTIVX)
10.11
 Vanguard Total Bond Index (VBMFX)
10.17
 Vanguard Total Stock Market Index Fund (VTSMX)
22.49
 Chase Growth Fund (CHASX)
13.72
 Fidelity Asset Manager (FASMX)
12.11
 Fidelity Growth and Income (FGRIX)
13.34
 Fidelity Intermediate bond Fund (FTHRX)
9.68
 Fidelity Magellan Fund (FMAGX)
53.22
 Fidelity Small Company Instl (FMACX)
13.01
 Fidelity Value Fund (FDVLX)
43.30
 Fidelity Equity-Income II Fund (FEQTX)
13.40
 Fidelity Blue Chip Growth Fund (FBGRX)
29.16
 Fidelity Diversified International Fund (FDIVX)
23.29
 Fidelity Dividend Growth Fund (FDGFX)
18.45
 Fidelity Freedom Income (FFFAX)
10.00
 Fidelity Freedom 2000 (FFFBX)
10.55
 Fidelity Freedom 2010 (FFFCX)
11.08
 Fidelity Freedom 2020 (FFFDX)
10.83
 Fidelity Freedom 2030 (FFFEX)
10.47
 Fidelity Freedom 2040 (FFFFX)
6.00
 Fidelity Freedom 2050 (FFFHX)
6.93
 Fidelity Total Bond Fund (FTBFX)
9.89
 Spartan Extended market Index Fund (FSEMX)
24.48
 Spartan US Equity Index Fund (FUSEX)
32.68
 Domini Social Equity Fund (DSEFX)
21.06





~ 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”.



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