Wheelhouse Weekly, June 29, 2021

Volume 27… Number 26… June 29, 2021


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The Dispatch, the AFL-CIO’s weekly publication for union leaders, published a brief interview with MM&P President Don Marcus as part of a regular feature in which it asks three questions of a labor leader.

In the interview, he talks about the drive to organize tank barge workers in the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach. The campaign is a joint effort with the Inlandboatmen’s Union of the Pacific.

The IBU is organizing the tugboat workers while MM&P organizes the barge workers.

All of these workers were formerly employed by Foss Maritime, who sold out their refueling operations.

“Protecting the livelihoods of these workers and the well-being of their families as well as maritime industry standards in Los Angeles/Long Beach harbors is our mission, and two unions and 75 workers are working hand in hand to achieve these objectives,” Marcus said.

In the interview, he describes the ongoing battles—on the domestic front as well as internationally—to protect the jobs, health and safety of our membership, as well as what it means to become involved in the labor movement.

“Doing the right thing for your sisters and brothers, fighting back against the greed and hypocrisy of our economic system, and making someone’s life and workplace better are the prizes,” he says.
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MM&P representatives in Alaska and Washington State are calling on members of Congress to pass the INVEST in America Act, which would increase federal funding for ferry systems, roads, bridges, transit and rail.

Shannon Adamson and Dan Twohig joined other transportation union members and officials last week in a “Day of Action” organized by the House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee to push for passage of the infrastructure bill.

Adamson represents members of the MM&P United Inland Group-Pacific Maritime Region in Alaska.

Twohig is the MM&P-UIG Regional Representative for members in the Puget Sound Region and Seattle.

They were among dozens of union members and leaders who recorded videotaped messages in support of the infrastructure legislation.

The INVEST Act, which is now headed to the floor for consideration by the full House, provides a 50 percent increase in the authorization for the construction of ferry boats, ferry terminal facilities and related infrastructure.

In their messages, Adamson and Twohig underlined the importance of ferry systems to families, local businesses and the nation’s economy overall.

“Washington State Ferries carries 24 million people each year and billions and billions of dollars in commerce,” said Twohig, who served for 11 years as a WSF deck officer.

“MM&P licensed deck officers stand ready to move that commerce, but we need the federal government to help by investing in infrastructure.”

“Failing to invest in our infrastructure has taken a toll, and it’s working families who pay the price,” said Adamson, who served for seven years as an AMHS officer.

“We see it every day in cuts to public transit and ferries in Southeast Alaska.”

“Our ferry system is our road. It is how people get to jobs, educational opportunities, medical care and even groceries.”

“My union sisters and brothers stand ready, willing and able to crew the ferries, dredge the ports, move the freight and create the kind of shared progress we can all benefit from.”

“We simply need help and support from the federal government.”

“Infrastructure is calling and proud US union mariners are ready two answer that call.”

The Day of Action video compilation can be viewed here.
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President Biden announced last week that he will nominate David Prouty, an attorney who has spent his career representing labor unions, to the National Labor Relations Board.

Prouty will fill a seat that becomes vacant in August.

He currently serves as general counsel for New York City-based Local 32BJ of the Service Employees International Union.

Before that, he served as general counsel to UNITE HERE and then to the Major League Baseball Players’ Association.

Last month, the President nominated union-side attorney Gwynne Wilcox to the Board.

Wilcox, who serves as associate general counsel for SEIU Local 1199, is currently a partner at the union-side law firm Levy Ratner.

The NLRB was created by Congress to protect the rights of working people, encourage collective bargaining and curtail private sector labor and management practices that can harm the welfare of workers, businesses and the economy as a whole.

The five-member Board currently has a 3-1 Republican majority held over from the previous administration.

If both Wilcox and Prouty are confirmed by the Senate, the Board would have a Democratic majority.

Under the previous administration, the NLRB engaged in a relentless campaign to strengthen the hand of employers in negotiations with working people and their unions, rolling back decades of settled law and tipping the scale of justice further in favor of corporations.

In the first months of fiscal year 2019, for example, the Board reversed its position and brought charges against 21 labor groups in cases in which the unions had previously been found to not be at fault.
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Out-of-work Australian mariners rallied last week outside Parliament, calling on the government to support the maritime industry by investing in a fleet of Australian-flagged vessels to move essential goods between the country’s ports.

The domestic fleet has been decimated by changes the government made in 2012 to the country’s cabotage law, which until then had largely mirrored the Jones Act in allowing only Australian ships and crews to sail in the coastal trades.

Now, flag-of-convenience ships crewed by desperate workers from low-wage countries are frequent visitors to Australia’s ports, where they are often detained or banned for violating maritime labor laws, failing to pay their crews and operating unsafe, substandard vessels.

“The government hasn’t just stood by and watched the decline of Australian shipping, they have actively approved the replacement of Australian ships with foreign-flag vessels crewed by workers paid as little as $2 per hour,” MUA National Secretary Paddy Crumlin told protesters gathered outside Parliament House in Canberra.

“Since the coalition government was elected in 2013, we’ve lost half our remaining fleet of Australian cargo vessels, taking with them the jobs of more than 500 Australian seafarers.”

The protesters noted that while 98 percent of Australia’s imports and exports arrive by sea, only 12 Australian-flagged and -crewed cargo ships still operate and there are no longer any Australian-flagged oil tankers in service.

Thirty years ago, there were over 100 Australian-flagged vessels, crewed by Australians, in the domestic fleet.

The government, Crumlin says, is choosing to outsource the jobs of its citizens.

“Many of these vessels work exclusively on the Australian coast, moving cargoes between Australian ports, yet the federal government issues them temporary licenses that allow them to avoid local wages and conditions,” he said.

Protesters highlighted the case of the MV Portland, a vessel that for 27 years carried alumina produced from the bauxite mined in Western Australia to the aluminum smelter in Victoria.

In 2015, Alcoa announced that the vessel was being retired and sold, but 10 union members refused to leave to permit it to sail to Singapore.

After two months, they were removed by security guards so that a foreign crew could sail the vessel away.

Five years later, a foreign vessel under temporary licenses issued by the federal government continues to operate in place of the MV Portland.

“This campaign isn’t just about getting Australian seafarers back up the gangways of Australian ships, it’s about the importance of a strong shipping industry to the economic success of an island nation,” said Crumlin.

MUA has partnered with allied unions in the “Save Australian Shipping” campaign, which is fighting to reconstitute a national fleet.
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The Trustees have agreed to transition from Cigna’s PPO Network to Cigna’s Open Access Plus (OAP) network, effective July 1, 2021.

— Your benefits are not changing. Your identification number is not changing.

— Same choice and convenience. The providers you have used under the PPO are also the providers you will access under the OAP.

A side-by-side comparison of providers used by MM&P members from PPO to OAP returned a match of 99.9 percent.

New Medical ID Cards Effective July 1, 2021

Due to COVID, the printing plant is backlogged so our new ID cards are scheduled to arrive in our office in early July.

The Plan Office will mail your new ID cards as soon as possible. We hope to have the ID cards to you by mid-July.

— Since your new ID cards are delayed, a copy of a temporary ID card memo is needed when you go to your provider.

— Please print or copy the ID Card Memo, and present it to your providers at your appointments.
You may download the temporary ID Card Memo at

(Note: It is important for the member to take the temporary ID card memo to the provider so that the provider will know to expect the OAP reimbursement and not balance bill the member)

— Members who need to see a provider between July 1 and the time their new ID cards arrive should confirm the provider is in-network by calling Cigna at 800-768-4695, or by checking online at and selecting the OAP network (accessible any time) or (OAP accessible on/after 7/1).

If the provider calls MM&P for eligibility, claim or benefit information, the Plan Office phone advisor will advise the provider of the change to OAP effective 7/1/21.

The above changes do not affect Pensioners and Dependents for whom Medicare is their primary coverage and the MM&P Health & Benefit Plan is their secondary coverage.
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The American Merchant Marine Veterans will hold their National Convention this year from Sept. 21 to 24 at MITAGS in Linthicum Heights, Md.

Guest speakers will include author and reporter Rita Cosby, maritime author William Geroux and WWII mariner and industry spokesperson Dave Yoho, who will be the keynote speaker at the Congressional Gold Medal dinner.

You can register for the Convention here.

AMMV is a 5,000-member organization of active and retired mariners who work to educate the public about the importance of the American merchant marine and to promote and protect the interests of America’s mariners.

“Join us as we endeavor to educate citizens about the accomplishments and sacrifices our men and women have made for the United States of America, and so much more,” the AMMV says.

“Our voices will be heard; our history drives our service.”

“We laud our Veterans and their sacrifices through our continued actions, but we also enjoy a good time together! Whether it’s a convention full of amazing speakers and panels, a small gathering to honor those lost to us, or even celebrating important holidays, we love seeing our members get together.”

To book a room for the Convention at MITAGS, click here.
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Beginning on June 1, 2021, anyone attending a MITAGS course, seminar or simulation exercise will be required to provide documentation of vaccination to Admissions prior to the start of class in order to be permitted to attend.

If you are not vaccinated, you will be required to provide a negative COVID-19 test conducted 72 hours prior to arrival on campus.

Any individual not able to provide either documentation of vaccination or a negative COVID test from within 72 hours before arrival will be requested to leave the campus immediately.

Scans, photocopies, or electronic images of your COVID-19 vaccination cards (records) or certification by a medical provider are acceptable.

We appreciate your cooperation during these very trying times.
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All MM&P union halls, the MM&P Federal Credit Union, the Plan Office and headquarters will be closed on Monday, July 5, for Independence Day.

Atlantic Ports union halls, the Tampa Hall and Pacific Ports halls with the exception of the Honolulu Hall will be closed on Tuesday, July 6 for Bloody Thursday, the ILWU holiday that commemorates the dock workers who were shot and killed during the 1934 maritime strike.
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\\Classes are 5-day unless otherwise noted\\

Class dates followed by an * are full

AB – Able Seaman – Not currently scheduled

AIS-1 – Automatic Identifications Systems Orientation (1-Day): 8/13/21

ARPA-OIC (4-Day) – Automated Radar Plotting Aids: 9/21/21

AZIPOD (2-Day) – 8/9/21, 9/27/21

BRM-35 – Bridge Resource Management 35-Hour: 8/2/21, 10/25/21

BRMP –Bridge Resource Management for Pilots (2-Day): 8/9/21, 9/14/21, 11/9/21
Online: Not currently scheduled

BRMP-EMR –Bridge Resource Management for Pilots with Emergency Shiphandling – (Now also included in BRMP-Refresher) (3-Day): 8/11/21, 9/8/21, 9/29/21

BRMP-Refresher (Now including Emergency Shiphandling for Pilots) (3-Day) – Not currently scheduled

BT – Basic Safety Training: 8/2/21, 10/11/21

BT-Revalidation (2-day) (Must have 1 year of sea service in last 5 years) – 8/16/21, 9/21/21, 10/25/21, 12/13/21

BT-Refresher (3-day) – 9/20/21, 12/13/21

CHS-OIC – Cargo Handling Basic: Not currently scheduled

[CMM – Chief Mate and Master Courses]

ADVSTB-CMM – Advanced Stability: 8/9/21, 10/18/21

ADVWX-CMM – Advanced Meteorology: 8/2/21, 10/11/21, 12/6/21

CHS-CMM – Advanced Cargo Operations (10 Days): 10/25/21

CM-OPS 1 – Chief Mate Operations – Week 1: 8/23/21, 11/29/21

CM-OPS 2 Maersk – Chief Mate Operations II Maersk Specific: 8/30/21, 12/6/21

CM-OPS 2 APL – Chief Mate Operations II APL Specific – Not currently scheduled

ECDIS – Electronic Chart Display Information Systems: 10/4/21, 11/29/21

LMS – Leadership and Managerial Skills (Management Level – Formerly MCL-CMM): 8/16/21, 11/8/21, 12/13/21

MPP-CMM – Marine Propulsion Plants: 9/13/21
(DCS-1 available on request – contact Admissions)

SEC-APPS – Practical Defense Tactics: Not Currently Scheduled

SHMGT-CMM- Ship Management: 9/20/21

SHS-ADV-I-CMM – Advanced Shiphandling (week 1): 7/19/21, 8/9/21, 9/13/21, 9/27/21, 10/11/21, 11/1/21, 11/29/21

SHS-ADV-II-CMM – Advanced Shiphandling (week 2): 7/26/21, 8/16/21, 9/20/21, 10/4/21, 10/18/21, 11/8/21, 12/6/21

**SHS-ADV-I & II are now approved to include SAR-CMM assessments at MITAGS**

VPEN-CMM – Voyage Planning & Electronic Navigation: 9/27/21

WKP-CMM – Advanced Watchkeeping: Not currently scheduled

WX-HW-ATL – Heavy Weather Avoidance Routing: Atlantic Ocean (2-day) – Contact Admissions

WX-HW-IND – Heavy Weather Avoidance Routing: Indian Ocean (2-day) – Contact Admissions

WX-HW-PAC – Heavy Weather Avoidance Routing: Pacific Ocean (2-day) – Contact Admissions

CIW-DPA/IA – Continual Improvement Workshop: Designated Person Ashore & Internal Auditor (3-Day) ** This course is NOT covered by the MATES Program **
Online: 7/7/21, 10/6/21

CIW-SMS – Continual Improvement Workshop: Successful Safety Management (2-Day) – Online: 12/9/21

CNAV-OIC (15-Day) – Celestial Navigation: 11/1/21

CRISIS-COMMS – Crisis Communications (1-Day): Not currently scheduled

CRSMGT – Crisis Management and Human Behavior (1-Day) – 8/27/21

CDMGT – Crowd Management (1-Day) – 8/26/21

CSE – Confined Space Entry (3-Day): 8/23/21

CSE-AWR – Confined Space Entry Awareness (2-Day): Not currently scheduled

CY-MAR – Cyber-Skilled Mariner (5-Day) **NOT covered by the MATES Program ** – Not currently scheduled

Cyber-MAR-ONL – Cyber Skilled Mariner, Management of Information & Systems Security (Online Seminar) **NOT covered by the MATES Program ** – Not Currently Scheduled

DDE – Great Lakes (20-Day): Not currently scheduled

ECDIS for Pilots (2-Day) – 8/11/21, 11/11/21

ERM – Engine Resource Management: 8/30/21, 12/6/21

ADV-FF – Advanced Fire-Fighting (4-day) – Not currently scheduled

FF-BADV – Fire Fighting Combined Basic & Advanced: 10/11/21

FF-ADV-Rev (1-day) (Must have 1 year of sea service in last 5 years) – Advanced Fire Fighting Revalidation: 8/18/21, 9/23/21, 10/27/21, 12/16/21

FF-ADV-REF (2-day) – Advanced Fire Fighting Refresher: 9/16/21, 12/11/21

FSM – Fatigue, Sleep, & Medications (1-Day): 9/14/21
Online: Not currently scheduled

GL-Pilot – Great Lakes Pilotage Familiarization (2-Day): Not currently scheduled

GMDSS – Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (10-Day): 8/9/21

HAZ – Hazardous Materials (5 day): 8/30/21, 11/15/21

IEN – Integrated Electronic Navigation (3-Day) – Not currently scheduled

LAP – License Advancement Program for Mate to Master (20-Day): 8/2/21, 10/18/21

LAP-Great Lakes – License Advancement Program – Great Lakes (15-Day): Not currently scheduled

LAP-ORG3rd – License Advancement Program for Original 3rd Mate, Oceans, Any Gross
Ton License (15-Day): Not currently scheduled

LEG – Legal Aspects of Pilotage (1-Day): 8/9/21, 9/15/21, 11/9/21

LNG-TPIC (10-Day) – Not currently scheduled

LTS –Leadership and Teamworking Skills (Formerly MCL-OIC) (1-Day): 9/20/21

MEECE – Management of Electrical and Electronic Control Equipment (Assessments not included): 8/23/21, 11/29/21

MED-PIC – Medical Person in Charge (10-Day): 7/12/21, 9/27/21, 11/29/21

MED-PIC-REF– Medical Person in Charge Refresher: 8/30/21, 11/15/21

MED-PRO – Medical Care Provider: 7/12/21, 9/27/21

MED-DOT-DA – Dept. of Transportation Drug & Alcohol Testing (1-Day): 7/17/21, 8/19/21, 9/24/21, 10/2/21, 10/28/21, 12/4/21, 12/17/21

[MSC – Military Sealift Command Courses]

MSC-CBRD-1 – Military Sealift Command Chemical, Biological, Radiological Defense Orientation (Basic) (1-Day): 8/4/21, 9/16/21, 10/31/21

MSC-DC – Military Sealift Command Damage Control (2-day): 8/2/21, 9/14/21, 10/29/21

MSC-ENVPRO (1-Day) – 8/6/21, 11/9/21

MSC-FF-HELO (2-Day) – 8/2/21, 10/25/21

MSC-SMA – Military Sealift Command Small Arms Qualifications (4-Day): 7/12/21, 8/9/21, 9/20/21, 11/1/21

MSC-Security Watch Basic (1-Day/ 8-hour) – 8/7/21, 9/17/21, 11/1/21 (Evening)

MSC-Security Watch Advanced (1-Day) – 7/16/21, 8/8/21, 9/18/21, 11/5/21

MSC-Ship’s Reaction Force (3-Day) – 7/17/21, 8/13/21, 9/24/21, 11/6/21

NDMS-ENAV – Navigational Decision Making Series – Best Practice in eNav (3-Day) – 11/8/21

NSAP-MMP – Navigational Skills Assessment Program-MM&P (2-Day) – 7/12/21*, 8/30/21, 9/1/21, 11/15/21, 11/17/21, 12/13/21, 12/15/21

PSC – Personal Survival Craft (5-Day) – Contact Admissions

PSC-REF – Personal Survival Craft Refresher (2-Day) – 9/18/21, 12/16/21

RFPNW – Ratings Forming Part of a Navigational Watch (3-day) – Not currently scheduled

ROR-1 – Radar Observer Renewal (1-Day): 9/20/21

ROR-1N – Radar Observer Renewal Evening Classes (1-Night): 9/14/21, 9/20/21

ROU-OIC – Radar Observer Program – Unlimited: 8/23/21

SAR – Search & Rescue – (Now with OIC and CMM assessments) (3-Day): 12/6/21

SHS-BAS-OIC – Basic Shiphandling: 8/23/21, 10/25/21

SHS-EMR5 – Emergency Shiphandling (5 Day) – 7/12/21, 8/30/21, 11/15/21, 12/13/21

STB-OIC – Ship Construction and Basic Stability: 8/30/21

TCNAV/CO – Terrestrial Navigation and Compasses (15-Day): Not currently scheduled

TPIC – Tankerman Person in Charge: Not currently scheduled

TRAC-TUG-2 (2-Day): 11/9/21

TTT – ** This course is NOT covered by the MATES Program ** Not currently scheduled

VPDSD – Vessel Personnel with Designated Security Duties (1-Day): Not currently scheduled

VSO – Vessel Security Officer (3-Day): 9/8/21

WKP-OIC – Watchkeeping (Operational Level) (10-Day): 10/11/21

WX-OIC –Meteorology (Operational Level): 9/13/21
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Schedule of Courses – Please also see our schedule and enroll online at For Registration Contact our Admissions Department: 206.441.2880 or

July 2021

6-9 Advanced Firefighting
12-16 Tankerman Person-In-Charge
12-30 Terrestrial & Coastal Navigation w/ Compasses
19-23 Basic Training
26-27 Basic Training Revalidation
28th Advanced Firefighting Revalidation

August 2021

2-6 Radar Observer Unlimited
9-20 Watchkeeping (Operational Level)
23-24 Basic Training Revalidation
23-27 Cargo Handling & Stowage
25th Advanced Firefighting Revalidation
30-3 Meteorology (Operational Level)

September 2021

7-10 ARPA
7-8 Advanced Firefighting Refresher
8th Advanced Firefighting Revalidation
9-10 Basic Training Revalidation
9-10 & 13 Basic Training Refresher
13th Flashing Light
13-17 Basic Training
13-17 Advanced Shiphandling I
14th Leadership & Teamworking Skills
20-23 Advanced Firefighting
20-24 Advanced Shiphandling II
27-1 ECDIS
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