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Wheelhouse Weekly – March 04, 2004

March 4th 2004

 


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Volume 8 . . . . . Number 10 . . . . March 4, 2004

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MM&P PLANS ISSUE NEW HEALTH & BENEFIT ID CARDS

MM&P Plans Administrator Valerie Verrecchio reports that new health & benefit identification cards were sent to all participants this week. “We did attempt to develop unique identification numbers for each participant, however, in order to assure that you would not have difficulties accessing your benefits, you will notice that the string of numbers on your card are actually the same identification number the Plan has always used for you and your family,” she said.

She also noted that, “In reviewing our options to change these numbers, we discovered that the providers currently working with the Plan will need your current number in order to authorize payment for prescription drugs, optical benefits and to coordinate with our PPO networks and Medicare. We have attempted to de-identify this number by deleting hyphens and using the term ‘identification number'”.



 

MM&P PLANS TO DISCONTINUE ANNUAL BENEFIT STATEMENTS

Ms. Verrecchio also reports that this will be the last year that the Plan Office will distribute itemized annual benefit statements to members and their families.

In light of HIPAA requirements in 2004, this year’s statements included a list of all prescriptions but did not include specific service descriptions for physician visits or hospital confinements. Further, separate statements were mailed to husbands, wives and dependent children over age 18 in order to assure individual privacy.

Taking into account the additional costs and a number of other problems associated with a mailing of this volume, Ms. Verrecchio says that, “you will no longer receive annual individualized statements but will instead receive a non-specific listing of the aggregate total of dollars paid out on you and your family’s behalf by the plan.”

These statements are sent to members on an annual basis to demonstrate the total dollars the Plan paid out on behalf of MM&P H&B plan participants and their families and also to verify that the services paid for by the Plan were actually performed.

Ms. Verrecchio concluded by urging “everyone to read and retain the EOBs sent by the Plan Office since, in the future, these will be your only record of specific services.”



 

CONGRESSIONAL LEADERS PUSH FOR MSP FUNDING

Leaders in both the House of Representatives and Senate are urging their colleagues on the Appropriations Committees to approve the Bush Administration’s request for full funding for the Maritime Security Program for Fiscal Year 2005. The Administration has requested $98.7 million, the amount necessary to support the existing MSP fleet of 47 US-flag vessels.

The effort in the Senate is once again spearheaded by Senators Trent Lott (R-MS) and John Breaux (D-LA). In the House, Congressmen Duncan Hunter (R-CA), Ike Skelton (D-MO), Jim Saxton (R-NJ) and Gene Taylor (D-MS) are leading the fight for full MSP appropriations.

In identical letters being circulated to their colleagues, they note that “The MSP component of the Emergency Preparedness Program guarantees that US-flag commercial sealift and merchant marine manpower will be available in time of national emergency as vessels enrolled in the Maritime Security Program provided, and continue to provide, sealift during the conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq.”

The Subcommittees with jurisdiction over the MSP are expected to consider their FY’05 spending bills later this month.



 

TANKER EXPLOSION OFF VIRGINIA COAST KILLS 21 MARINERS

A foreign-flag tanker carrying industrial ethanol exploded and sank with 27 people on board about 50 miles off the Virginia coast on Sat. evening, Feb.28. Twenty-one crewmembers were killed while six others were rescued, the USCG said.

The 570-foot tanker BOW MARINER called in a Mayday to the USCG after 1800 hrs to report the explosion. The Coast Guard dispatched a C-130 plane, two HH-60 helicopters and an HH-65 helicopter to help in the search and rescue. A number of USCG patrol boats also responded.

Six crewmembers rescued from the water were taken to a Norfolk hospital. The Singapore-flagged vessel was in transit from New York to Houston with 24 Filipinos and three Greeks.



 

UFCW WINS NEW WEST COAST CONTRACT AS BATTLE MOVES EAST

Striking and locked out grocery workers on the West Coast finally won a contract after more than four months standing strong on the line. AFL-CIO President John Sweeney said, “The union movement congratulates the working men and women who walked the picket lines in the Southern California grocery strike and lock-out.

“They are heroes in the battle to solve our nation’s massive health care crisis. The Southern California grocery workers took a courageous stand, and they were able to save affordable health care and maintain pension benefits for tens of thousands of grocery workers and their families.”

“Our 70,000 brothers and sisters in California made incredible sacrifices to hold the line for health care,” says James Lowthers, President of United Food and Commercial Workers Local 400 in the Baltimore-Washington DC area. “But they couldn’t have done it alone. The support they got from activists here in metro Washington and across the country made all the difference and we can’t thank you enough.” That support included many MM&P members manning picket lines on both coasts.

Now the battle lines shift east, as contract negotiations covering 30,000 supermarket workers in the Washington and Baltimore areas begin. “The bargaining relationship between the food industry and UFCW has been poor of recent vintage,” Lowthers said. “The talks will be difficult, I’m sure.”

Local unions representing area supermarket workers met recently to coordinate support for the negotiations. “We’re ready to stand strong with our brothers and sisters,” says Teamsters 639 President Tommy Ratliff.

More than 250 area activists joined local Community Action Teams to support the strikers. “You represent the power we have when labor, community and faith allies join forces to fight for justice,” said Metro Washington AFL-CIO President Joslyn Williams. “We are tremendously proud of our CATs!”

Dave Boatner, MM&P West Coast Ports Representative, emphasized that, “while this contract strike is over, the struggle of these families still continues. They need our help to dig themselves out of the financial hole caused by the strike and their walking the picket lines instead of giving up and getting another lower paying job.” To help UFCW’s West Coast Safeway workers get back on their feet, donations are being accepted through the ‘Adopt-A-UFCW-Family’ program of the Harry Bridges Institute.

According to the Institute, “every dollar donated for the UFCW is tax-deductible and guaranteed to be paid out through the Adopt-A-UFCW-Family program. Not one dollar will be used for administrative fees or costs incurred by the Harry Bridges Institute. We are a certified 501c-3 non-profit organization operating in California since 1993, bridging the gap between the community and the organized labor movement in America.”

Funds collected will be used to make rent or mortgage payments and to pay utility bills of UFCW Safeway families who need the help to keep a roof over their heads.

Find out more by visiting www.friendsoflabor.com, and by visiting the Harry Bridges Institute at www.HarryBridges.com or calling the Institute at 310-831-2397. Donations may be sent payable to:

Harry Bridges Institute Adopt-a-UFCW-Family 350 W. 5th Street – Suite 208 San Pedro, CA 90731
 



 

FEDS WANT TO CHANGE COLLECTIVE BARGAINING FOR CIVILIANS

While unions across the country have joined in Solidarity to battle the trend by a growing number of companies to slash health care benefits, the federal government has begun an onslaught of its own by seeking to change the time-honored collecting bargaining process for its civilian employees.

A story in this week’s Washington Post (by Stephen Barr, Federal Diary, Wednesday, March 3, 2004; Page B2) revealed that, “Pentagon officials and union representatives are off to a rocky start in their talks on how to construct a new labor-management relations system for Defense Department civil service employees.

A meeting held last week on the Pentagon’s “concepts” did not go well, with numerous labor representatives expressing dismay at what they heard from Defense officials.

MM&P/MEBA joint government employees representative Randi Ciszewski has been taking a front-and-center role in working to bring the 41 unions affected by the so-called National Security Personnel System (NSPS) together to stand strong against what could be a massive loss to all civilian military personnel including CIVMARS.

Gregory Junemann, president of the International Federation of Professional and Technical Engineers, said: “I don’t use the term loosely, it is union busting. They don’t want unions anymore in the Department of Defense.”

On March 2, 23 labor organizations involved in the meeting announced that they were calling on Congress to intervene and ensure that labor rights are not overridden as the Pentagon creates a new civilian personnel system.

The protest by the unions has raised some concerns on Capitol Hill. At a hearing on the defense budget earlier this week, Sen. Carl Levin (D-MI) told Navy Secretary Gordon England that he thinks the Pentagon “got off on the wrong foot” on the new personnel system.

Sen. John Warner (R-VA) said the Senate Armed Services Committee will be “running comparisons” between Defense and the Department of Homeland Security, which will soon start revamping its pay and personnel rules. Warner promised “constant oversight on this as you move ahead on it.”

Last year, Homeland Security and Office of Personnel Management officials held numerous sessions with unions, including a three-day public meeting, before issuing proposed regulations that would curb the role of unions there. Although labor leaders oppose many of the changes planned for the department, they have praised Secretary Tom Ridge for his willingness to listen to their views.

Congress, as part of the fiscal 2004 defense authorization act, granted permission to the Pentagon to create the new NSPS that would emphasize performance-based pay and overhaul numerous workplace rules.

Union representatives contend the Pentagon is going beyond what Congress intended by redefining “collective bargaining” as “consultation” and by discussing proposals that would set aside union contracts, exclude some categories of Defense employees from union jurisdiction and create in-house boards to decide grievances rather than independent third parties.

Don Hale, who attended last week’s meeting on behalf of the Defense Conference of the American Federation of Government Employees, the union with the single largest set of members affected by the proposed NSPS, said Pentagon officials “feel they are entitled to change the definition of collective bargaining unilaterally. Unless Congress steps in and holds them accountable, I think it is set in stone,” he said.



 

STATEMENT ISSUED AGAINST CHANGING COLLECTIVE BARGAINING

The MM&P represents hundreds of members who are employed as civilian mariners (CIVMARS) with the federal government. They are among the hundreds of thousands of civilian employees who will be affected by the government’s proposed changes to the existing structure of collective bargaining.

The Metal Trades Department, AFL-CIO, which represents many International affiliates, has issued a statement that the MM&P strongly supports saying that “each union has constitutional requirements of workplace democracy that cannot be usurped by a simple change in procedures.”

Some excerpts from the statement follow:

“We will not be a party to, nor take part in, any attempt on the Government’s part to destroy our Union or any other Union. We are willing to engage in a constructive dialogue with the goal in mind of reaching a constructive agreement that meets our government’s legitimate national security needs without emasculating its unions.

“Many years ago Congress passed an Act to bring about workplace harmony and peace among its workers. That Act has served industry quite well in excess of 50 years, and it serves no one’s interest to disrupt the fundamental principle of that law that unions are in the public interest.”

“First and foremost, the entire approach DOD has outlined contradicts the explicit instructions from Congress that any new procedures implemented under the Act must honor the rights of workers under Chapter 71 unless there is an overriding reason and must demonstrably be necessary for national security.

“Instead, we see nothing more than a demand for blanket and unilateral exemptions from any meaningful obligations beyond perfunctory “consultation” to work with employees and the representatives of their choosing, with no more justification than ‘because we say so.’

“Furthermore, it is evident that these proposals would destroy more than a century of positive relationships between employees and management that have been built on shared trust in the objectivity, integrity and mutual dedication to the mission of the Department of Defense by the civilian workforce.

“What we see in these proposals is an underlying contempt for workers and their representatives.

“Regardless of the mission of a federal agency, there can be no justification for subjugating the fundamental rights and freedoms of an entire class of workers and substituting the unilateral authority of a cabinet secretary in place of sound and proven dialogue between management and workers.

“It may at times be inconvenient, or even unpleasant to recognize workers’ rights. But, these rights exist and they are vital! It is not DOD’s prerogative to destroy them and we cannot abide by the wholesale destruction that DOD proposes.

“We call upon Congress to inform DOD that this proposal is contrary to congressional intent and should be withdrawn.”

 



 

OPENING OF ST. LAWRENCE SEAWAY TO BEGIN MARCH 25

The Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Seaway System issued a notice stating that the Montreal/Lake Ontario portion of the Seaway is scheduled to open for the 2004 navigation season on March 25, 2004. The Welland Canal is scheduled to open on March 24, the US Soo Locks will open on March 25.



 

SUNY ALUMNI ASSOCIATION PLANS GALA EVENT TO MARK CENTENNIAL

The Alumni Association of the SUNY Maritime College at Fort Schuyler, NY, will hold a gala industry-wide dinner and dance March 20 at Pier 60, Chelsea Piers, New York City.

In addition to marking the milestone anniversary, the celebration will also honor more than 50 unions, companies and other entities that have been major employers of SUNY Maritime graduates over the years. The MM&P is among the organizations to be recognized.

“We are celebrating the rich 130-year history of New York’s Maritime College, its reputation for being on the leading edge of maritime training and education and preparing our graduates for a wide range of skills in a changing international business environment,” said Francis Gallo, Alumni Association president.

He noted that SUNY Maritime College alumni generally enjoy a 100 percent employment rate. Founded as the New York Nautical School in 1874, the college was the first institution for training mariners for America’s growing commercial fleet.

By 1938, the school had moved to Fort Schuyler and was designated the New York State Maritime Academy. The school became part of the State University of New York system and became one of its campuses in 1949. Info on tickets is available from Alumni Association Director Eileen Femenia at 631-563-2262 or Barbara S. Yeninas at 973-226-6260.



 

MITAGS ACADEMIC NOTES

MSC-SMALL ARMS COURSE – MARCH 22-25

MITAGS will offer a four day MSC-Small Arms Training Program, valid for original qualification or requalification, from March 22-25. Originally, two SMA requalification programs were scheduled in this time slot.

MITAGS replaced the March requalification courses in order to accommodate the membership’s request for original certification, which is necessary for employment on the LMSR’s. The MSC-SMA-Requal course was added to the MITAGS curriculum to provide additional opportunities for the MM&P members to keep their certification current.

MITAGS’ schedule alternates original and requalification Small Arms courses throughout 2004.

Class Openings

Between now and the end of March 2004, seats are available in the following courses:

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  • ARPA – Automatic Radar Plotting Aids: 3/15, 4/26
  • AZIPOD – Azimuthing Podded Drive and Control: 3/13, 4/3

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  • BRM – Bridge Resource Management: 3/15, 4/5
  • BST – Basic Safety Training: 3/22

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CMM = Chief Mate and Master Courses

  • CMM-ADVSTAB – Advanced Stability: 4/26
  • CMM-ECDIS – Electronic Chart Display and Information Systems: 3/15
  • CMM-SHS-ADV-1 – Advanced Shiphandling (week 1): 3/8, 3/22, 4/12
  • CMM-SHS-ADV-11 – Advanced Shiphandling (week 2): 3/29, 4/19
  • CMM-SHMGT-1 – Ship Management (week 1): 3/15
  • CMM-SHMGT-2 – Ship Management (week 2): 3/22
  • CMM-VPEN – Voyage Planning and Electronic Navigation: 4/19
  • CMM-WKP ­ Watchkeeping: 3/8

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  • COMP-OPSYS – (Basic)Computer Operating Systems: 4/19
  • CONT-PLNG – Contingency Planning Workshop: 3/11, 4/8
  • CSE-AAES – Confined Space Entry, Analysis on Enclosed Spaces: 4/5

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  • FF-ADV — Advanced Firefighting: 3/15
  • FRB – Fast Rescue Boat: 4/26

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  • HAZ – Hazardous Materials (5-day): 4/5

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  • MED-DOT-DA – Dept. of Trans Drug & Alcohol Testing: 3/27, 4/17
  • MEDIA-RSP – Media Response: 3/12, 4/9
  • MED-PRO – Medical Care Provider: 4/12
  • MED-PIC – Medical Care Person-In-Charge: 4/12

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MSC = Military Sealift Command Courses

  • MSC-CBRD-1 – Chemical Biological Radiological Defense: 4/10
  • MSC-DC – Damage Control: 3/26, 4/23

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  • ROR-1 — Radar Observer Renewal: 4/3, 5/1

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  • SEC-OFF PCS — Security Officer-Port, Company, Ship: 4/5
  • SHS-BAS – Basic Shiphandling: 4/26
  • SHS-EMR5 – Emergency Shiphandling: 4/12

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  • TTT – Train the Trainer: 4/19

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  • WX-BAS – Basic Weather 2-days: 5/1

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Check the MITAGS website for up-to-date course descriptions associated with the course title abbreviations, and for schedule revisions.

 

Attendance Verification & Cancellation is Vital

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.

 

Schedules, Course Info & Registration

Courses are subject to change. Always check the MITAGS website for updated course availability. You can also check future schedules, review detailed course descriptions and register on-line or contact Admissions at admissions@mitags.org or by calling toll-free, 1-866-656-5568.

 


 

PMI ACADEMIC SCHEDULE

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  • 3/8-12: Ship Construction and Basic Stability
  • 3/8-12: Advanced Meteorology
  • 3/15-19: Basic Safety Train
  • 3/15-19: Basic Cargo Handling and Stowage
  • 3/15-19: ECDIS
  • 3/15-26: GMDSS
  • 3/22/26: Basic and Advanced Firefighting
  • 3/22-26: ARPA
  • 3/22: Radar Recertification
  • 3/22-24: Ship Security
  • 3/29-4/2/04: Medical Provider
  • 3/29-4/9/04: Medical Person-In-Charge

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Contact DeeDee Lazik at 206-441-2880 or 888-893-7829 (toll free) for registration or visit the PMI website at mates.org.


 

MM&P MARKET WATCH AS OF MARCH 3, 2004 CLOSE

 

 D O W    N A S D A Q
 10,593.11 – 8.51 for the week  2,033.36  +10.38 for the week

Fund Name & Trading Symbol

Closing
Price

Year-to-Date Fund
Percentage Return

1 Year Fund
Percentage Return
 Vanguard 500 Index Fund (VFINX)

10658

+3.81%
+40.15
 Vanguard Extended Market Index Fund (VEXMX)

28.36

+ 6.38%
+60.63
 Vanguard International Growth Fund (VWIGX)

16.86

+ 4.53%
+48.60
 Vanguard Morgan Growth Fund (VMRGX)

15.46

+ 3.97%
+45.16
 Vanguard Windsor II Fund (VWNFX)

28.07

+ 5.96%
+43.57
 Vanguard GNMA Fund (VFIIX)

10.52

+ 1.03%
+1.44
 Vanguard High Yield Corporate Fund (VWEHX)

6.39

+ 1.41%
+15.25
 Vanguard Total Bond Index (VBMFX)

10.40

+ 1.65%
+4.05
 Chase Growth Fund (CHASX)

15.91

+ 6.78%
+29.77
 Fidelity Asset Manager (FASMX)

16.20

+ 2.79%
+22.22
 Fidelity Growth and Income (FGRIX)

36.84

+ 3.40%
+28.74
 Fidelity Magellan Fund (FMAGX)

101.13

+ 3.47%
+35.41
 Spartan US Equity Index Fund (FUSEX)

40.90

+ 3.78%
+40.11



~ Reminders ~



 

IMPORTANT SHIPPING NOTICE ON COURSE DOCUMENTATION

All members shipping off-the-board and all company employees are reminded that they are responsible to insure that all of the company required courses they have completed are listed in the Union computer system.

In order to be dispatched/cleared, members must have certificates for any courses not listed in the computer in their possession and available for inspection by the dispatcher. Please double check that your documentation is in order prior to leaving your home to ship out of our Union halls. This can be done by checking your course history on the “Members Only” section of the MM&P website.


 


 

NEW MAILING ADDRESSES FOR MITAGS, PLANS & CREDIT UNION

The buildings remain where they have always stood, but they have now been assigned new addresses. Local authorities have determined that it was necessary to put in place new street numbering for the MM&P’s MITAGS facility and for the MM&P Health & Benefit Plan office. The longstanding address of 5700 Hammonds Ferry Rd., used for both MITAGS and the Plan, has been eliminated.

Effective immediately:

  • The mailing address for MITAGS has been changed to:
    • 692 Maritime Blvd
      Linthicum Heights, MD 21090
      USA

 

  • The new mailing address for the Plan Office is now:
    • 700 Maritime Blvd.
      Suite A
      Linthicum Heights, MD 21090-1996
      USA
    • This is the same street address as the Union headquarters since both offices are housed in the same building, but the Plan Office is denoted with a suite number.

 

  • The mailing address for the MM&P Federal Credit Union, located in the Plans Building Lobby, is now:
    • 700 Maritime Blvd.
      Linthicum Heights, MD 21090-1996
      USA

The change brings the MITAGS, Plans and MM&P FCU addresses into conformance with Postal and 911 emergency mapping since all the buildings are located on the same road of the campus.

Plan Administrator Valerie Verrecchio advises Plan participants that “it is important to remember when you send mail to the Plans that you clearly address it to ‘MM&P Plans’ and to include our new suite number. This is what the Post Office will use to differentiate mail between the Union and the Plan office. Otherwise, the Post Office may send it through the mail system at the Union and your claims processing could be delayed for a couple of days.”

There is no change to the Union HQ mailing address.



 

MITAGS JOB OPENING: ACADEMIC BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT MANAGER

The Maritime Institute of Technology and Graduate Studies (MITAGS) seeks an individual who can apply his/her knowledge and experience in marine shipboard operations to help solve organizational problems through training and education.

Excellent written and verbal skills a must. Person must also have an outgoing personality and be a goal-oriented self-starter with the ability to work independently. Travel expected 25 percent of time to seek opportunities and present proposals.

Desired background:

  • bachelor’s degree, graduate degree a plus;
  • unlimited tonnage license (or military equivalent), and
  • a record of continuing education.
  • Extensive industry contacts preferred.

MITAGS is located near the BWI airport, convenient to Baltimore, Washington and Annapolis, MD. Excellent full Union benefits, competitive salary. See our web site, www.mitags.org for more info. Resumes to Human Resources Fax: 443-989-3341; Email: hr@mitags.org. EOE.



 

IMPORTANT REMINDER FOR ALL LDOs ON STCW-95 CERTIFICATION

All Licensed Deck Officers who possess STCW-95 certificates containing Basic Safety Training (BST) completion dates close to or more than five years old need to carry copies of their USCG discharges with them so they can prove that they have the required sea service necessary to extend their BST qualification. For questions or further info, contact Mike Rodriguez at 410-850-8700 ext.23 or Email: mrodriguez@bridgedeck.org.



 

LMS OFFERS REIMBURSEMENT FOR SLIP-RESISTANT FOOTWEAR

MM&P-contracted LMS Ship Management recently reviewed the causes of injuries on board their vessels and found that accidental falls tend to be the cause of many of the crew’s injuries. In an effort to reduce the number of injuries caused by these falls, LMS is offering crewmembers that sail with them an incentive to purchase and wear proper shoe attire. The goal is for every crewmember to wear slip resistant footwear during their working hours aboard their vessels.

LMS will offer a reimbursement of up to $75 for the cost of the shoes to each crewmember who provides them 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.

LMS requests that crewmembers purchase one of the following recommended brands in order to be reimbursed:

  • 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 (with steel toe & slip resistant sole)

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

Red Wing has contracts with the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) while Wolverine World Wide has contracts with UNITE!, the Union of Needletrades, Industrial and Textile Employees, for production of its Caterpillar brand (as well as its Hy-Test, Durashock and Bates Military labels). Some other Wolverine branded products including combat boots are manufactured under UFCW contract. 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.



 

DEADLINE APPROACHES FOR MASTER TOWING LICENSE

The USCG advises that if you began your service or training in the towing industry before May 21, 2001, you may receive a license for Master of Towing Vessels if, before May 21 2004, you complete the exam required by 46 CFR 10.903(a)(18)(i) and meet either of the following two requirements:

1. Three years of service, including:

  • Two years on deck aboard a vessel 26-feet or more in length;
  • One year on deck aboard a towing vessel, with at least six months of training or duty in the wheelhouse of the towing vessel; and
  • Three months in each particular geographic area for which you are seeking authority.

~ OR ~

2. Three years of service aboard towing vessels, including:

  • One year on deck, with at least six months of training or duty in the wheelhouse of the towing vessel; and
  • Three months in each particular geographic area for which you are seeking authority.

The deadline to complete testing and service is May 21, 2004. If you miss this deadline, then the requirement to work up through Apprentice Mate, Mate, and then Master will apply. Although the deadline is this May, applications submitted after January may not allow sufficient time for evaluation and testing.

For additional info, please contact Richard Wells at 504-240-7300, ext 232, or via Email at REWells@msoneworleansrec.uscg.mil.



 

MITAGS AND PMI DISCOUNT COST FOR ADVANCED MARINER LICENSES

MITAGS Executive Director Glen Paine announced that MITAGS and PMI have implemented an innovative program, with reduced tuition and hotel costs, to assist professional mariners seeking license advancement to Chief Mate/Master (CMM).

The Institutes now offer one of the fastest, most versatile, and cost-effective routes for mariners to obtain their CMM licenses. The MITAGS/PMI program, which covers all USCG requirements, is only 12 weeks in duration.

Forty-one of the 53 required assessments may be completed during these courses. To flexibly meet their schedule, students can take the required courses at the PMI campus in Seattle, Washington and/or at the MITAGS campus in Baltimore, Maryland.

The MITAGS/PMI program can be completed in 60 days for under $14,000. Other programs take up to 71 days and charge $19,000 to complete the CMM requirements. Students taking ALL of the CMM courses at MITAGS and/or PMI will receive a 15 percent tuition discount from the normal pricing, which brings the total CMM tuition down to $13,303.

In addition to this cost reduction, those students taking ALL of the CMM courses at MITAGS/PMI will receive a substantial reduction in the room and board rates. If needed, MITAGS and PMI will also provide a convenient and flexible payment plan.

For more info regarding the CMM License Advancement, or any other course programs offered by MITAGS or PMI, please contact Capt. Craig Thomas (MITAGS) toll free at 866-656-5569 or via Email at cthomas@mitags.org. You may also contact Gregg Trunnell at PMI in Seattle at 206-239-9965 or via Email at gtrunnell@mates.org.



 

MM&P MEMBERS AT SEA CAN NOW SAVE ON SHIP-TO-SHORE CALLS

Through a special arrangement with ShipCom, MM&P members at sea will now receive a significant discount on personal ship-to-shore radiotelephone calls. The rate is $2.50 per minute to any phone number in the US. This is a significant discount from the usual rate of $3.99 per minute. Calls may be placed collect, or billed to any major credit card.

To take advantage of this offer or for more info contact Station WLO on HF SSB channels 405, 607, 824, 1212, 16401, 1807, or 2237 or on HF radio telex channels (selcall 1090) 406, 606, 806, 810, 815, 1205, 1211, 1605, 1615, 1810 or 2215.

MM&P members must identify themselves as an MM&P member and provide the operator with the last 4 digits of their MM&P book number in order to get the discounted rate.

Any vessel equipped with HF radio telex may send and receive Internet email via the telex terminal. For more info contact WLO radio via telex or HF SSB voice.



 

WWII REGISTRY SITE OPEN TO ALL WHO SERVED IN ANY CAPACITY

The National WWII Memorial has a site on its webpage for individuals who served in any capacity during WWII to register to be included in the Memorial’s Registry. The main site is www.wwiimemorial.com.

If the individual clicks on WWII Registry, he/she can find out if he/she is already included as a result of one of the WWII databases and, if not, can follow the directions to register. Any American who contributed to the war effort is eligible for the Registry.


 

CREDIT UNION MEMBERS: PAY YOURSELF FIRST WITH DIRECT DEPOSIT

  • Do you want an easy way to grow your savings?
  • Do you want an easier way to make deposits to your Masters, Mates & Pilots Federal Credit Union account?

Consider establishing payroll or pension direct deposit.

Many employers allow you to directly deposit your pay into several different financial institutions. Trinity Management, Strong America and Moran Towing of Florida are among the MM&P-contracted companies that already provide for employees to deposit funds directly into the MM&P Federal Credit Union.

MM&P Health & Benefit Plans Pensioners and A&G Region Pensioners may have deductions made directly from their pension check to their Credit Union account. In addition, employees of MM&P, Plans, MITAGS and MIRAID are also eligible for payroll deduction directly into their Credit Union account.

Add to your savings by paying yourself first! Contact your payroll office to establish Credit Union direct deposit or to find out if this is available for you.

 

Who Can Be a Member?

MM&P Federal Credit Union membership is open to all MM&P members, to all MM&P, MITAGS, MIRAID and Plans staff, and to their immediate families.

 

Want to Know More?

For additional details or to get answers to your questions on all MM&P Federal Credit Union programs, contact Kathy Klisavage, Credit Union Manager, toll-free at 1-800-382-7777 or by Email at mmpfcu@bridgedeck.org.

 



The MM&P Wheelhouse Weekly is the official electronic newsletter of the International Organization of Masters, Mates, and Pilots, ILA, AFL-CIO, 700 Maritime Blvd., Linthicum Heights, MD 21090-1941. Phone: 410-850-8700; Fax: 410-850-0973; Email: iommp@bridgedeck.org. For further info or to subscribe contact John Peige at jpeige@bridgedeck.org. The Wheelhouse Weekly is sent via Email to MM&P-contracted vessels at sea, broadcast worldwide via FEC marine telex and is posted on our web page.