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Wheelhouse Weekly – March 08, 2010

March 8th 2010

 

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

Volume 14 . . . . . Number 10. . . .March 8, 2010

STORIES COVERED

REMINDERS

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.


HORIZON LINES ANNOUNCES NEW ASIA SERVICE, EARLY RENEWAL OF U.S. TERMINAL AGREEMENT

Horizon Lines has announced the December 2010 launch of a new weekly trans-Pacific liner service that will employ its five Hunter-class containerships: EAGLE, FALCON, HAWK, HUNTER and TIGER. The company said the Asia service is already being marketed and sold to new and existing customers. Horizon Lines also said it has signed a binding memorandum of understanding with APM Terminals North America (APMT) for a new, six-year U.S. terminal services agreement. The agreement covers the ports of Jacksonville, Houston, Los Angeles, Tacoma and Elizabeth through 2015, with an option to extend for two years. It takes effect immediately, supplanting a previous agreement that would have expired Dec. 10. Horizon has retained the option of excluding the Elizabeth terminal from the new agreement if it chooses to serve the northeast market from a port not located in New York or New Jersey.

In view of its decision to launch the new trans-Pacific service, Horizon said it had reached mutual agreement with Maersk Line not to renew the two companies’ current Asia space-charter contract, which expires Dec. 10.

“We are excited about the prospects of providing an expedited ocean service between Asia and the West Coast,” said Horizon Lines Chairman, President and CEO Chuck Raymond in an official release to the press. “Our study of the market reveals an opportunity for a niche player that can offer quick transit times with the highest levels of service excellence. We believe the time is right: container rates in the Pacific trade lane have bottomed out and are rebounding, China’s economy is showing solid signs of recovery and many major importers have reported that their service needs are not being met.”  The company is currently evaluating specific port options and schedules. To manage the Asia expansion, Horizon has named Brian Taylor to serve as senior vice president of international services.


MAERSK GROUP REPORTS $1 BILLION LOSS FOR 2009

The A.P. Moller-Maersk Group said it had lost $1 billion in 2009 because of the global economic crisis. Maersk CEO Nils S. Andersen told financial analysts that the company had succeeded in limiting the negative impact of the downturn by employing slow steaming and similar strategies, and that it had also saved money thanks to falling bunker prices. Maersk said its container business lost $2.1 billion last year and that profits in other segments, such as APM Terminals, its tanker and other shipping businesses, oil, gas and retail stores, could not offset the losses on its container operations. Andersen said that the company had reduced capacity by 5 percent last year through slow steaming and that the trend would continue this year. He said it is essential for Maersk to keep costs under control in the future, citing efforts such as the company’s decision to “flatten” its organizational structure by removing a layer of regional management two years ago, as well as ongoing projects to streamline and improve its information technology systems.


IHO ISSUES URGENT WARNING ON ELECTRONIC CHARTS

“Your ECDIS may not display significant shoals and may not set grounding alarms automatically because some electronic chart producers did not understand the importance of a bulletin issued by the International Hydrographic Organization (IHO).” This is the substance of an urgent message released last week by the IHO and maritime authorities.

A lucky visit by a maritime delegation to the UK Hydrographic Organization sparked a flurry of urgent messages and updates in the electronic chart community after the delegation noticed that a significant shoal was missing from the ENC chart on the screen and no grounding alarm was set on the ECDIS. “The problem was only noticed because the visitors were familiar with the area displayed,” according to IHO Director Robert Ward.

In the wake of the incident, the IHO called for an urgent re-examination of ENC data. In the process, it discovered that several ENC producer states “may not have fully appreciated the safety implications behind the advice contained in ENC Encoding Bulletin 27 issued in April 2009.” IHO said that as a result, ENC producer states may not have taken appropriate action, especially in relation to ENCs published before Encoding Bulletin 27 was issued.

The bulletin alerts ENC producers to the fact that great care must be taken when encoding isolated shoal depths, such as those often marked as “reported” on paper charts, and which represent a hazard to navigation. Failure to encode these shoal depths will result in the depth not being displayed in ECDIS operating in the “standard” or “base” display mode. Most significantly, but not explicitly explained in Encoding Bulletin 27, is that on most ECDIS, those same shoal depths will not trigger any automatic grounding alarms in any mode of display.

IHO’s Directing Committee has written to all 42 States which sell ENCs warning of the potential consequences of charts that contain data that does not display optimally in ECDIS. The IHO said it had “strongly encouraged” states to urgently review their ENCs to ensure that data had been encoded as explained in Encoding Bulletin 27.

“It has been confirmed that corrective action is required in a number of cases,” IHO said. The producer states which have responded have indicated that this will be done by urgent re-encoding of the relevant data and the issue of ENC updates in no more than a few weeks. In the meantime, some ENC producer states have initiated area warnings to alert mariners to the potential problem until all ENCs have been reviewed and updated if necessary.


NATIONAL MARITIME CENTER ASKS CALLERS TO PHONE WEDNESDAY-FRIDAY

The National Maritime Center (NMC) says it is experiencing a “higher than normal” volume of calls and e-mails. This could be due in part to the problems in its e-mail document tracking service that occurred at the end of last month. NMC asks that if possible, mariners call Wednesday through Friday, so as to avoid the busiest times, which are Mondays and Tuesdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. EST. For merchant mariner credential application status, it advises that before calling, constituents try the Internet: http://homeport.uscg.mil/mmcstatus.


TRANSPORTATION WORKERS HONOR CONGRESSMAN JAMES OBERSTAR

The AFL-CIO’s Transportation Trades Department (TTD) has announced that Rep. James Oberstar is the recipient of its 20th Anniversary Congressional Award. TTD represents 32 unions, including the Masters, Mates & Pilots, which operate in the aviation, rail, transit, trucking, highway, longshore and maritime industries. In announcing the award, TTD President Ed Wytkind called Oberstar “an architect of much of today’s transportation legislation and an unparalleled expert in transportation policy who recognizes the essential role that workers play in delivering an efficient, safe and secure transportation system.”


GREAT LAKES MARITIME TASK FORCE CITES PROGRESS ON DREDGING

The economic recession that swept the country in 2009 was particularly hard on the Great Lakes region, which continues to suffer disproportionately from the loss of manufacturing jobs. U.S.-flag lakers registered a drop in cargo of 35 percent over the course of the year and trade via the St. Lawrence Seaway was down 25 percent.

These sobering statistics are contained in the most recent annual report of the Great Lakes Maritime Task Force (GLMTF). “As the nation’s industrial heartland, the recession was particularly painful for shipping on our nation’s Fourth Sea Coast,” the task force reports.

Congressional appropriations for increased dredging are one bright spot on the horizon. Another was last summer’s ground-breaking ceremony for the coffer dams that will precede construction of a second Poe-sized lock at Sault Ste. Marie, Mich. “After more than 20 years of planning and review, this project is moving forward,” the task force reports. Congress has fully funded the coffer dams, but it will take almost $500 million to build the lock itself.

Another 2 million cubic yards of backlogged sediment will be removed from Great Lakes ports and waterways during the course of 2010, thanks to Congressional appropriations to last year’s budget of $13 million. “Lakers routinely leave the loading dock with 10 percent or more of their carrying capacity unused,” the task force reports. “These inefficiencies are jeopardizing hundreds of thousands of family-sustaining jobs, as well as business growth.” The members of the task force continue their advocacy work in favor of the allocation from the $5 billion surplus in the Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund of the $180 million needed for Great Lakes dredging. “When GLMTF began its effort to end the dredging crisis, the backlog totaled 18 million cubic yards,” according to the report. “It is now down to 15 million cubic yards.” The task force is calling for more funds to be allocated to Great Lakes dredging to keep the backlog from beginning to grow again.


TWO CRUISE SHIP PASSENGERS KILLED BY ROGUE WAVE

Two passengers died and 20 were injured when 26-foot waves struck a cruise ship off the coast of France last week. The vessel, LOUIS MAJESTY, was sailing near Marseilles, with winds of more than 60 mph, when the waves slammed the forward section, breaking five windows and killing the two men. After the accident, the ship turned around and headed back to the port in Barcelona for repairs. In a separate incident, three crewmembers were killed when a Costa Europa cruise liner crashed into a pier as it was docking Feb. 26 at the Egyptian Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheik. The authorities said bad weather had driven the ship into the pier.


PACIFIC COAST GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETINGS: SEATTLE ON MARCH 15; SAN FRANCISCO/OAKLAND ON MARCH 16; LA/LB ON MARCH 17

General membership meetings will be held in the MM&P Pacific ports halls according to the following schedule: Seattle on March 15; San Francisco/Oakland on March 16; Los Angeles/Long Beach on March 17. All meetings will be held immediately after job call at noon. All members are encouraged to attend.


D-BOOK MEMBERSHIP CLASS IN LOS ANGELES MARCH 17-8

The D-Book Membership class will be held in the Los Angeles Hall March 17-8. The class will begin at 0900 on March 17. This is a two-day course that will end at approximately 1500 on March 18. For more information and to sign up, please contact the LA Dispatcher to assure that sufficient course materials are available: 310-834-7201.

All applicants should complete the D-Book Membership Class as soon as possible to avoid delays in becoming members. Applicants should take the course before completing 360 days of covered employment.


HAZARDOUS CARGO COURSE IN HAWAII MARCH 22-6

A special, offsite five-day MITAGS-NCB Hazardous Cargo Course has been scheduled for the week of March 22-6 in Honolulu. The location of the course has yet to be determined. To sign up, please contact Randy Swindell in the MM&P Honolulu Hall: 808-523-8183. Many thanks to Glen Paine and MITAGS for setting up this course!


MARINE HIGHWAYS LOGISTICS CONFERENCE AT MITAGS APRIL 6-7

The 2010 Journal of Commerce Marine Highways Logistics Conference will be held at the Maritime Institute of Graduate Studies (MITAGS) in Linthicum Heights, Md., on April 6-7. Confirmed topics include: how shippers can benefit from a sustainable intermodal supply chain; green shipping logistics; and how the Navy is designing a dual-use ro-ro ship. Confirmed speakers include Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood and Congressman Elijah Cummings. For the latest agenda visit: http://www.joc.com/events.


LICENSE ADVANCEMENT COURSE AT MITAGS MARCH 29-APRIL 30

The Chief Mate/Master Unlimited Tonnage License Advancement (LAP) course will be held at MITAGS March 29 to April 30. The 25-day course is designed for mariners who have completed the 12 weeks of STCW 95 Chief Mate/Master training and want assistance in preparing for the unlimited tonnage oceans exams. It provides a complete review of both terrestrial and celestial navigation. Practice exams use actual Coast Guard rules of the road questions. The theory and practice of vessel stability and trim calculations are reviewed, as are the deck safety and navigation general modules of the USCG license exam. To find out more and to register, go to www.mitags.org.


ENVIRONMENTAL REGULATIONS COURSE AT MITAGS MARCH 31

Do you know what “NPDES,” “MARPOL,” “VGP” and “NOI” mean? If not, you are encouraged to take the MITAGS/PMI “Introduction to Environmental Regulations in the Maritime Industry–EPA General Permit for Commercial Vessels” Program. The course will provide detailed updates on the impact on the deep sea and tug industries of: the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships (MARPOL); the Clean Air Act; the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES); the Vessel General Permit (VGP); and Notice of Intent (NOI). The next course starts March 31. For more information, go to www.mitags.org or contact Mary Matlock in the MITAGS Admissions Office at 866-656-5568 or by e-mail: Admissions@mitags.org.


INFORMATION ON MM&P OFFSHORE PENSION PLAN POSTED ON WWW.BRIDGEDECK.ORG

On March 2, MM&P International President Timothy Brown wrote a letter to all active and retired pension plan participants. The letter provided additional information regarding the decisions that were made by the pension plan trustees during their meeting of Jan. 28, 2010. To read the letter, log on to the Members Only section of www.bridgedeck.org. Then click on the link at the top of the page to Offshore Pension Plan Information. Visitors to the site can also view a previously posted announcement regarding the future benefit schedule of the pension plan. These details were first published as an insert to the January-February 2010 issue of The Master, Mate & Pilot. In April, MM&P Plans will provide all pension plan participants with more detailed information by mail. In the meantime, remember that you should contact MM&P Plans if you have questions about your specific situation: Toll-Free: 1-877-667-5522; Monday -Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.


MITAGS ACADEMIC NOTES

CLASS OPENINGS: Between now and the end of May 2010, as of the Friday before this publication, seats are available in the following courses:

ARPA – Automatic Radar Plotting Aids: 5/17

AZIPOD (2 day) – Azipod Propulsion System: 4/8

BST – Basic Safety Training: 4/12

BRM – Bridge Resource Management: 5/24

BRMP – Bridge Resource Management for Pilots: 4/19, 5/13

CHS BAS – Cargo Handling and Stowage (Operational Level): 4/5

CNAV � Celestial Navigation: 5/3

CONT PLNG � Contingency Planning Workshop: 5/13

[CMM – Chief Mate and Master Courses]

CMM-ADVSTB – Advanced Stability: 4/5

CMM-ADVWX – Advanced Meteorology: 3/15, 5/17

CMM-CHS-I – Advanced Cargo Operations (week 1): 4/12

CMM-CHS-II – Advanced Cargo Operations (week 2): 4/19

CMM-SHMGT I � Ship Management (week 1): 5/3

CMM-SHMGT II � Ship Management (week 2): 5/10

CMM-SHS-ADV-I – Advanced Shiphandling (week 1): 3/15, 3/29, 4/12, 5/24

CMM-SHS-ADV-I I – Advanced Shiphandling (week 2): 3/29, 4/5, 4/19

CMM-WKP – Advanced Watchkeeping: 4/26

CMM-VPEN � Voyage Planning and Electronic Navigation: 5/24

ECDIS/ENAV for PILOTS (2-day): 5/18

ENAV � Electronic Navigation: 3/15

EP – Emergency Procedures: 4/21

ENVRO-REGS PERMIT – Environmental Regulations In The Maritime Industry / Epa General Permit For Commercial Vessels: 3/31, 5/26

FF-BADV – Fire Fighting Basic & Advanced Combined: 4/12

FSM for Pilots � Fatigue, Sleep & Medications: 4/21, 5/13, 5/20

LEG – Legal Aspects of Pilotage: 4/19, 5/3, 5/13

LNG-GCC-Term – Liquefied Natural Gas for Terminal Operators: 4/26

[MSC-Military Sealift Command Courses]

MSC CBRD-1 � CBRD Orientation: 4/2, 5/21

MSC-DC � Damage Control (Special Evening Course): 3/29 to 4/1, 5/17 to 5/20

MSC-SMA � Small Arms Training: (Standby Only 3/29), 5/17

MED-DOT-DA – Dept. of Trans Drug & Alcohol Testing: 3/20, 5/8

MED-PIC – Medical Person in Charge: 3/15, 5/3

MED-PRO – Medical Care Provider: 3/15, 4/26, 5/3

ROP-5 � Radar Observer Original or Renewal: 5/3

ROR-1 – Radar Observer Renewal: 5/17

SAR – Search & Rescue: 4/19

SEC-VCF – Security Officer: Vessel, Company & Facility: 5/10

SHS-EMR5 – Emergency Shiphandling: 3/22, 4/26

SHS-BAS � Basic Shiphandling: 4/12

TPIC � Tankerman Person-in-Charge: 5/17

TTT – Train the Trainer: 4/12

WKP BAS � Basic Watchkeeping 3/22

…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 e-mail: admissions@mitags.org.


PMI ACADEMIC NOTES

Schedule of Courses – Please also see our schedule online at www.mates.org

For registration, call our registrar, Jennifer Pitzen, at (206) 838-1126

March 2010

15-26 GMDSS
15 Flashing Light
22 Radar Renewal
22-26 Basic Meteorology
23-26 ARPA
23-9 Celestial Navigation

April 2010

5-9      Tankerman Person-In-Charge
12-16   ECDIS
12-16   Medical Care Provider
12-16   Basic Stability
12-23  Medical Person-In-Charge
19-23  Basic Cargo Handling
26-30 Basic Shiphandling
26-7    GMDSS

May 2010

3          Radar Renewal
3-7      Medical Care Provider
10-14  Medical Care Provider
10-21  Basic Watchkeeping w/BRM
24-28 Medical Care Provider
24-28 ECDIS
26-28 Security VCF

June 2010

2-4      Security VCF
7-10    ARPA
7-11     Medical Care Provider
7-18    Medical Person-In-Charge
7-18    GMDSS
8-10    BRM & Emergency Shiphandling for Pilots
11         Radar Renewal
14-2    Terrestrial & Coastal Navigation w/ Compasses
21-25  Tankerman Person-in-Charge


MM&P MARKET WATCH AS OF 3-5-2010

D O W N A S D A Q S & P 500
10,444.14 2,326.35 1,138.69
Fund Name & Trading Symbol
 Closing
Price
 Vanguard Asset Allocation Fund (VAARX)
49.46
 Vanguard 500 Index Fund (VFINX)
105.21
 Vanguard Extended Market Index Fund (VEXMX)
34.73
 Vanguard International Growth Fund (VWIGX)
17.00
 Vanguard Morgan Growth Fund (VMRGX)
15.65
 Vanguard Windsor II Fund (VWNFX)
24.39
 Vanguard GNMA Fund (VFIIX)
10.78
 Vanguard Growth Index Fund (VIGRX)
27.95
 Vanguard High Yield Corporate (VWEHX)
5.50
 Vanguard LifeStrategy Conservative Growth (VSCGX)
15.44
 Vanguard LifeStrategy Growth Fund (VASGX)
20.00
 Vanguard LifeStrategy Income Fund (VASIX)
13.53
 Vanguard LifeStrategy Moderate Growth (VSMGX)
18.08
 Vanguard Target Retirement 2005 (VTOVX)
11.17
 Vanguard Target Retirement 2015 (VTXVX)
11.56
 Vanguard Target Retirement 2025 (VTTVX)
11.58
 Vanguard Target Retirement 2035 (VTTHX)
11.90
 Vanguard Target Retirement 2045 (VTIVX)
12.30
 Vanguard Total Bond Index (VBMFX)
10.46
 Vanguard Total Stock Market Index Fund (VTSMX)
28.32
 Chase Growth Fund (CHASX)
15.61
 Fidelity Asset Manager (FASMX)
14.12
 Fidelity Growth and Income (FGRIX)
16.57
 Fidelity Intermediate bond Fund (FTHRX)
10.31
 Fidelity Magellan Fund (FMAGX)
65.44
 Fidelity Value Fund (FDVLX)
60.18
 Fidelity Equity-Income II Fund (FEQTX)
16.78
 Fidelity Blue Chip Growth Fund (FBGRX)
38.92
 Fidelity Diversified International Fund (FDIVX)
27.53
 Fidelity Dividend Growth Fund (FDGFX)
24.60
 Fidelity Freedom Income (FFFAX)
10.88
 Fidelity Freedom 2000 (FFFBX)
11.51
 Fidelity Freedom 2010 (FFFCX)
12.70
 Fidelity Freedom 2020 (FFFDX)
12.75
 Fidelity Freedom 2030 (FFFEX)
12.59
 Fidelity Freedom 2040 (FFFFX)
7.28
 Fidelity Freedom 2050 (FFFHX)
8.48
 Fidelity Total Bond Fund (FTBFX)
10.62
 Spartan Extended market Index Fund (FSEMX)
32.57
 Spartan US Equity Index Fund (FUSEX)
40.41
 Domini Social Equity Fund (DSEFX)
26.78





~ Reminders ~



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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