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Wheelhouse Weekly – May 10, 2010

 

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

Volume 14 . . . . . Number 19. . . .May 10, 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.


EXECUTIVE ORDER ON SOMALIA SPARKS CONCERN IN U.S. AND ABROAD

International shippers and maritime industry insurers are criticizing a recent Obama Administration Executive Order that blocks the property of individuals whose names are on a list of people considered to be “engaged in acts that directly or indirectly threaten the peace, security or stability of Somalia.”

Although spokesmen for government agencies have said off the record that the Executive Order is not intended to block all ransom payments to pirates holding seafarers hostage, the maritime unions, maritime insurers and shipping companies are extremely concerned that the Executive Order could be called into play in future hijacking incidents–with extremely serious consequences.

“The industry cannot live with uncertainty,” said MM&P International President Timothy Brown. “You have to know what the rules are. You can’t make them up in the pressure cooker of a hostage situation.” Representatives of the maritime unions, including Brown and Pilot Group Vice President George Quick, met in April with officials of the Coast Guard and other government agencies to obtain definitive reassurance, but concrete answers were not forthcoming.

In the meantime, insurance underwriters have approached the U.S. government with questions of their own, reports journalist Jim Mulrenan in an article in the April 23 issue of Tradewinds. Mulrenan reports that London-based marine insurers are extremely worried about “ambiguities” in the presidential order and “are now seeking clear guidelines from the U.S. authorities about the payment of ransoms to Somali pirates.” 

The individuals listed in an annex to the Executive Order include three men who are said by some to be pirate commanders. Insurers are also concerned that when a ransom is delivered, the recipient is usually unidentified, which means it would be impossible to figure out whether a particular pirate were covered by the Executive Order or not.

In a parallel development, the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) and the International Shipping Federation (ISF) have called on governments to enhance existing naval protection against piracy in the Indian Ocean. The ICS and ISF said the order “suggests that those involved in the payment of ransoms to release ships’ crews could be subject to criminal sanctions.”

ICS and ISF are calling urgently on the United States “to provide clarity on the precise meaning of this, frankly, extremely confusing presidential order. Our primary concern is humanitarian: what else is a shipowner meant to do if his seafarers are taken hostage by ruthless Somali pirates who threaten their lives? The U.S. needs to appreciate the potentially life-threatening impact of the order on the lives of seafarers being held hostage, as well as the truly serious implications for world trade, especially if shipowners are unable to operate in the Indian Ocean due to concerns that shipping companies and their insurers run the risk of being prosecuted by the U.S. Department of Justice.”

MM&P will continue to work with the rest of the maritime community to obtain assurances that the Executive Order will not be called into play in the event of a hijacking. We will update readers through the Wheelhouse Weekly as more information becomes available.


HISTORIC TANKER SAFETY AGREEMENT SIGNED BY INTERTANKO, IMPA AND APA

Memoranda of agreement (MOA) aimed at enhancing navigational safety and protecting the marine environment have been signed by INTERTANKO, the International Maritime Pilots’ Association (IMPA) and the American Pilots’ Association (APA). The announcement is the result of years of discussion among representatives of INTERTANKO, IMPA and APA. Spokesmen for the three said adopting a cooperative attitude instead of an adversarial approach was the key to progress on the shared goal of improving navigational safety.

In an official statement, the associations said they recognize the responsibilities of their respective members and the indispensible roles played by the pilot and ship’s officers in the safe, environmentally sound and efficient seaborne transportation of oil, gas and chemicals. “I commend INTERTANKO’s commitment to navigational safety and environmental responsibility, a commitment shared by pilots around the world,” said APA/IMPA President Captain Michael Watson. “APA, IMPA and INTERTANKO members, by working together constructively, recognizing shared goals, and respecting each other’s vital roles, are charting a safer course for the future. I am hopeful this MOA can serve as an example across the maritime industry.”


ARRESTED AHL TANKER SOLD FOR $1.2 MILLION

AHL Shipping’s tanker ANASAZI was sold for $1.2 million at a court auction inJacksonville on Thursday of last week. Following the collapse of the domestic tanker market and the abandonment by Shell Trading Company of its new-build tanker program, AHL announced earlier this month it intended to file for bankruptcy. The SS MONSEIGNEUR and the SS NEW RIVER are in Port Arthur. The SS H.A. DOWNING has been laid up for some time in New Orleans with minimal crew aboard. Keystone Shipping is understood to be the winning bidder. The ANASAZI was put under arrest last month by a bunkering company.


RUSSIANS STORM HIJACKED SHIP

Russian military personnel stormed an oil tanker off the Horn of Africa and freed its crew last week from Somali pirates who had hijacked the vessel a day earlier. The dramatic rescue came after a 20-hour siege aboard the ship, called MOSCOW UNIVERSITY, a Liberian-flagged oil tanker bound for China carrying more than $50 million worth of crude oil. Armed Somali pirates in speed boats attacked the ship around dawn Wednesday in the Gulf of Aden. The 23-member crew locked themselves in an engine room and Russia deployed a warship, the MARSHAL SHAPOSHNIKOV. When the warship got within view of the MOSCOW UNIVERSITY, it dispatched a surveillance helicopter. When the pirates fired at the helicopter, the troops fired back. A gun battle ensued, and eventually the pirates surrendered. All of them were captured, and the crew was freed. There are reports that one of the Somali pirates was killed in the fighting.


PIRATES ATTACK PEACE BOAT

Pirates reportedly attacked a cruise ship being used by a Japanese non-profit to promote human rights and respect for the environment. The vessel took evasive action to avoid being boarded. At the time of the attack, the OCEANIC, nicknamed “the Peace Boat,” was carrying 10 survivors of the World War II atomic bomb attacks on Japan. It had set out in mid-April on a world tour to promote nuclear disarmament. A Greek warship in the area when the ship was attacked detained and then released a group of suspected pirates aboard a nearby skiff. In related news, pirates have released the Greek oil tanker MARAN CENTAURUS. The vessel and its 28-member crew had been hijacked Nov. 29.


COAST GUARD SEEKS MEMBERS FOR NMSAC: UPDATED INTERNET LINK

The Coast Guard has announced it is seeking members for the National Maritime Security Advisory Committee (NMSAC). (Readers have contacted us to report problems in accessing the Coast Guard’s online application forms using the link that was published in the May 3 Wheelhouse Weekly, so a new link is provided below.) NMSAC makes recommendations on national maritime security matters to the Secretary of Homeland Security. Applicants with a minimum of five years’ experience in one or more of the following sectors are encouraged to apply: maritime labor; port operations management/port authorities; maritime security operations and training; vessel owners/operators; maritime hazardous materials handling/shipping. Each member serves for a three-year term. All members serve at their own expense and receive no salary. While attending meetings or when otherwise engaged in committee business, members will be reimbursed for travel and per diem expenses.

Completed application forms should be received on or before May 31. To request an application:

— send an e-mail to NMSAC@uscg.mil, with the subject line: NMSAC Application Form Request;

— send a fax to 202-372-1990, ATTN: NMSAC DFO/EA (please provide your name, mailing address and telephone and fax numbers and specify where you want the application form to be sent);

— send a written request to USCG-NMSAC Designated Federal Officer, CG–5441, Room 5302, Coast Guard Headquarters, 2100 Second St., SW, Stop 7581,
Washington, DC 20593–7581.

In all communications regarding these NMSAC openings, please provide your full name, mailing address and telephone and fax numbers.

You can also download an application form from the NMSAC website:
http://homeport.uscg.mil/mycg/portal/ep/home.do.  Click on Missions>Maritime Security>National Maritime Security Advisory Committee>Member Application Forms.

For more information, contact Ryan Owens, Commandant (CG–5441), NMSAC Assistant Designated Federal Officer, Coast Guard Headquarters, 2100 Second St., SW, Stop 7581, Washington, DC 20593–7581; ryan.f.owens@uscg.mil; Phone: 202– 372–1108, Fax: 202–372–1990.


UNION PLUS ROADSIDE ASSISTANCE PLAN OFFERS $100 IN FREE GAS COUPONS

Union members may want to consider joining the Union Plus Motor Club emergency roadside assistance plan. People who sign up for a year receive vouchers for $40 in gas rebates. And now there’s an additional promotion: union members who sign up before Sept. 30, 2010, will get an additional $100 worth of gas coupons to use during the course of a 12-month period.

The program, which costs only $64.80/year, significantly less than AAA, offers three roadside service calls a year. It includes 24-7 service through an extensive network of independent, reputable auto service and emergency towing service providers. The Union Plus Motor Club offers features that other emergency roadside assistance programs do not, including covering a driver no matter what vehicle he or she is driving. The club also provides access to ASE-certified mechanics for second opinions on vehicle service and repairs.

All Union Plus motor club customer service calls are handled in the United States, not outsourced to telephone call centers in foreign countries. Call 1-800-454-8722 for more information or sign up online at www.unionplus.org/motor-club. Enter “UP” in the Promo Code field.


MM&P APPLICANTS’ COURSE FOR D-BOOK MEMBERSHIP IN BOSTON MAY 20-21

The course for MM&P applicants seeking to qualify for D-Book Membership will be held in Boston on May 20-21. All courses start at 0900 and finish around 1530. If you are interested in participating, please call the Boston Hall to reserve a seat: 617-671-0769. Class size is limited so sign up early. If you wish to be considered for D-Book status, you need to have completed this class, have four favorable recommendations, have paid the initiation fee and have at least 360 days sea time under MM&P contract.


DIRECTOR OF INTERNATIONAL HYDROGRAPHIC ORGANIZATION AT MITAGS ON MAY 13

IHO Director Robert Ward will speak at MITAGS on Thursday, May 13, at 9:30 a.m., on the use and misuse of nautical charts and the proper use of ECDIS. Ward is one of the foremost experts in the world on ECDIS. He will be available after the morning lecture to take questions from the audience. There is no charge for the lecture, but seating is limited. To sign up, please send an e-mail to Glen Paine at gpaine@mitags.org. Hotel and meal accommodations are available for attendees. Please indicate in your e-mail if you need hotel and/or meal arrangements. For more information, please call 443-989-3233.


PARTY PLANNED FOR NEW SAN FRANCISCO FAST FERRY CHRISTENING ON MAY 17

Join in the fun on Monday, May 17, when the San Francisco Water Transit Authority (WETA) welcomes the newest MM&P-crewed environmentally friendly ferryboat into service. The festivities include: free rides for everyone on TAURUS; raffles and prizes; and the christening celebration. The festivities will begin promptly at 10:00 a.m. at the Oakland Ferry Terminal in Jack London Square. Free ferry rides depart hourly at 11:30, 12:30 and 1:30. Everyone is invited so please bring your friends! The terminal is located at 530 Water Street in Oakland, at the foot of Clay Street. Free parking is available at the nearby Jack London Square Washington St. Garage (please remember to bring your parking ticket with you for validation at the terminal). TAURUS is the fourth vessel purchased by WETA, the agency charged with consolidating and expanding regional ferry service for the San Francisco Bay Area. For more information, please visit www.watertransit.org or contact Public Affairs Manager Leamon Abrams at abrams@watertransit.org or 415-364-3191.


DAVE LYMAN SCHOLARSHIP FUNDRAISER JUNE 30 IN HONOLULU

Pilot Dave Lyman, the legendary Hawaiian mariner and MM&P member who touched the hearts of so many because of his love of the sea, generosity and guidance to young sailors, will be honored June 30 at the Aloha Tower Market Place with a fundraising dinner intended to provide tuition assistance to maritime students in Hawaii. The first event held to honor Lyman was a huge success: over $30,000 was raised. Coupled with the pledge to match funds from the California Maritime Academy, the grand total was over $60,000. For more information, contact Leilani at (808) 848-1259 or lperchan@matson.com.


SHIPS COLLIDE OFF COAST OF CHINA, IN PANAMA CANAL

Eight people were reported missing after a cargo ship and a barge collided May 4 off north China’s Tianjin coast. In related news, a South Korean ship reported a fuel leak after a collision with the Pedro Miguel floodgate in the Panama Canal. Also last week, a Hong Kong-flagged cargo ship sank east of China’s Shandong Province after a collision with a Liberian-registered freighter. All crewmembers aboard the cargo ship and the freighter escaped unharmed.


GREEK OFFICER EXONERATED IN OIL POLLUTION CASE

A jury in Houston has cleared a Greek officer of charges he used a “magic pipe” to dump oil waste off the Texas coast last year. Attorneys for the defendant, Ioannis Mylonakis, rejected claims by the Justice Department’s Environmental Crimes Section that their client, formerly chief engineer aboard the GEORGIOS M, ordered the crew to bypass pollution control equipment and discharge waste into the sea near Houston and Corpus Christi. Eight crewmembers testified for the government that Mylonakis orchestrated the bypass, but defense attorneys claimed they were lying in return for grants of immunity. The jury agreed and found the crewmembers not credible. Mylonakis had been held in the United States for more than a year.


MITAGS ACADEMIC NOTES

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

AB – Able Bodied Seaman: 6/14

ARPA – Automatic Radar Plotting Aids: 5/17

BST – Basic Safety Training: 6/7

BRM – Bridge Resource Management: 5/24

[CMM – Chief Mate and Master Courses]

CMM-ADVSTB – Advanced Stability: 6/21

CMM-ADVWX – Advanced Meteorology: 5/17, 6/28

CMM-MPP – Marine Propulsion Plants:  6/14

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): 5/24, 6/21

CMM-SHS-ADV-I I – Advanced Shiphandling (week 2): 6/7, 6/28

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

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

FF-BADV – Fire Fighting Basic & Advanced Combined: 6/7

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

HAZ – Hazardous Materials Course (5-day): 6/21

LAP-ORD3rd � License Advancement Program for Original Third Mate (must be USCG approved to test): 6/7

MED-DOT-DA – Dept. of Trans Drug & Alcohol Testing: 6/19

MED-PIC – Medical Person in Charge: 6/14

MED-PRO – Medical Care Provider: 6/14

[MSC-Military Sealift Command Courses]

MSC-DC � Damage Control (Special Evening Course): 5/17 to 5/20

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

ROR-1 – Radar Observer Renewal: 5/17

SHS-BAS � Basic Shiphandling: 6/21

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

No classes scheduled for Memorial Day week (May 31-June 6).

…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

May 2010

10-14  Tankerman Person-in-Charge
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

1-3       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

July 2010

5-9      Basic Cargo Handling and Stowage
12-16   Radar Observer Unlimited
12-16   Train the Trainer
12-23  GMDSS
19-23  Electron Navigation
27-29  Security VCF

August 2010

2nd     Flashing Light
2-6      Medical Care Provider
2-13    Medical Person-In-Charge
3-5      ARPA
16-20  ECDIS
16-20  Tankerman Person-In-Charge
23rd    Radar Renewal


MM&P MARKET WATCH AS OF 5-7-10

D O W N A S D A Q S & P 500
10,520.32 2,265.64 1,110.88
Fund Name & Trading Symbol
 Closing
Price
 Vanguard Asset Allocation Fund (VAARX)
49.42
 Vanguard 500 Index Fund (VFINX)
102.48
 Vanguard Extended Market Index Fund (VEXMX)
34.11
 Vanguard International Growth Fund (VWIGX)
15.57
 Vanguard Morgan Growth Fund (VMRGX)
15.15
 Vanguard Windsor II Fund (VWNFX)
23.59
 Vanguard GNMA Fund (VFIIX)
10.81
 Vanguard Growth Index Fund (VIGRX)
26.98
 Vanguard High Yield Corporate (VWEHX)
5.48
 Vanguard LifeStrategy Conservative Growth (VSCGX)
15.33
 Vanguard LifeStrategy Growth Fund (VASGX)
19.55
 Vanguard LifeStrategy Income Fund (VASIX)
13.57
 Vanguard LifeStrategy Moderate Growth (VSMGX)
17.86
 Vanguard Target Retirement 2005 (VTOVX)
11.15
 Vanguard Target Retirement 2015 (VTXVX)
11.39
 Vanguard Target Retirement 2025 (VTTVX)
11.32
 Vanguard Target Retirement 2035 (VTTHX)
11.54
 Vanguard Target Retirement 2045 (VTIVX)
11.93
 Vanguard Total Bond Index (VBMFX)
10.55
 Vanguard Total Stock Market Index Fund (VTSMX)
27.60
 Chase Growth Fund (CHASX)
15.13
 Fidelity Asset Manager (FASMX)
13.86
 Fidelity Growth and Income (FGRIX)
15.99
 Fidelity Intermediate bond Fund (FTHRX)
10.41
 Fidelity Magellan Fund (FMAGX)
63.22
 Fidelity Value Fund (FDVLX)
59.61
 Fidelity Equity-Income II Fund (FEQTX)
16.37
 Fidelity Blue Chip Growth Fund (FBGRX)
37.78
 Fidelity Diversified International Fund (FDIVX)
25.19
 Fidelity Dividend Growth Fund (FDGFX)
23.88
 Fidelity Freedom Income (FFFAX)
10.86
 Fidelity Freedom 2000 (FFFBX)
11.46
 Fidelity Freedom 2010 (FFFCX)
12.46
 Fidelity Freedom 2020 (FFFDX)
12.42
 Fidelity Freedom 2030 (FFFEX)
12.18
 Fidelity Freedom 2040 (FFFFX)
7.01
 Fidelity Freedom 2050 (FFFHX)
8.13
 Fidelity Total Bond Fund (FTBFX)
10.74
 Spartan Extended market Index Fund (FSEMX)
31.63
 Spartan US Equity Index Fund (FUSEX)
39.37
 Domini Social Equity Fund (DSEFX)
26.00





~ 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”.



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. Suite B, Linthicum Heights, MD 21090-1953. Phone: 410-850-8700; Fax: 410-850-0973; Email: iommp@bridgedeck.org. For further info or to subscribe contact Lisa Rosenthal at lrosenthal@bridgedeck.org. The Wheelhouse Weekly is sent via Email to MM&P-contracted vessels at sea and is posted on our web page.

© 2010, International Organization of Masters, Mates & Pilots. All the material contained in this publication is protected by copyright. For permission to reprint text from the Weekly, contact the MM&P Communications Department: lrosenthal@bridgedeck.org. For changes of address, contact Lisa Rosenthal at lrosenthal@bridgedeck.org.




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