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Wheelhouse Weekly – May 21, 2007

 

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

Volume 11 . . . . . Number 20. . . .May 21, 2007

STORIES COVERED

Also

REMINDERS

T-AGS Oceanographic Survey Ships Info

Required Coursework

Security Clearances

MSC Physicals

MM&P Health & Benefit Plan News

Notice to Members who are taking Vioxx

NMHC Mail-Order Prescriptions Website Updated & Improved

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.


TRANSPORTATION WORKERS SAY “ENOUGH IS ENOUGH”

Thousands of transportation workers rallied on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., and across the nation on Thursday to demand action from elected leaders on key transportation issues, including security, pensions and jobs. The rally, which was organized by the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, was held under the auspices of the AFL-CIO’s Transportation Trades Department (TTD). MM&P is a member of TTD, which represents 32 unions in aviation, rail, transit, trucking, highway, longshore, maritime and related industries.

“Transportation safety and security needs are being ignored… and under-investment in our nation’s transportation infrastructure is harming the economy,” TTD President Edward Wytkind told the crowd on the mall. “A safe and robust transportation system serves all Americans.” Among the speakers at the event, which was held against a backdrop that included a banner with the MM&P logo and those of numerous other transportations unions, were Sens. Joseph Biden (D-Del.), Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and Hillary Clinton (D-N.Y.), along with Reps. Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio) and George Miller (D-Calif.). AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer Richard Trumka also spoke.

“It isn’t enough to talk a good game,” Wytkind said. “It is time for our elected leaders to address the needs of transportation workers who have seen the federal government turn on them and ignore their pleas for action.”

Among the goals of the march: the advancement of aviation policies that ensure good jobs in the private and public sector, honor workers’ bargaining rights, and strengthen the safety and security of the aviation system; protection of pensions; programs to offset the negative impact of globalization on transportation industry jobs and security; increased investment in mass transit, Amtrak, highways, airports and air traffic control, highways, ports and navigation channels; mandatory security training for front-line transportation workers; effective, aggressive transportation safety and security measures; and the appointment of individuals who support workers’ rights to national labor boards, such as the National Mediation Board.


MM&P-CREWED USNS SHASTA RESCUES CARGO SHIP IN WESTERN PACIFIC

Crew members of a disabled commercial cargo ship located in the Western Pacific near Spain were rescued by civil service mariners aboard Military Sealift Command ammunition ship USNS SHASTA. After sunset on May 12, the U.S. Navy’s 7th Fleet Battle Watch Center notified MM&P-crewed SHASTA of a major engine room fire aboard MV HAUROSI. SHASTA was asked to help extinguish the fire and rescue the crew. SHASTA traveled four hours at full-speed over a distance of 90 miles to reach the stricken vessel. Upon arrival, SHASTA refueled a U.S. Navy helicopter that had arrived on the scene from Guam, and then dispatched a boarding team in an inflatable boat. Crew members of MV HAUROSI were brought back to SHASTA for medical care and a hot meal. All were found to be in good condition. SHASTA set up temporary lighting to  monitor the ship, which had been adrift without propulsion or power. The 564-foot, 20,000-ton SHASTA is one of the 39 ships in the Naval Fleet Auxiliary Force program that provides logistic support to U.S. Navy warships operating in the Western  Pacific and Indian Ocean.


 

PORT OF RICHMOND TO ENTER MARINE HIGHWAY SYSTEM?

The Port of Richmond may soon join “America’s Marine Highway”. Shipping companies there are considering using barges to transport containers along the James River, according to an article in Maritime Executive. Coast-wise shipping would reduce truck-related pollution and traffic congestion along interstate highway 62, proponents say. Two companies already operate regular services into this inland niche port, but with a controlling draft of just 22 feet, traffic is limited to barges and small container carriers.

Virginia shipping agent T. Parker Host wants to move as many as 5,000 containers in the first year, according to Joseph Keefe, managing editor of Maritime Executive. Under the company’s proposal, inbound and outbound containers would be taken off the highways and placed on barges for transportation to and from the port of Richmond. The 80-mile trip would take about 12 hours to complete.

T. Parker Host said it needs a $500,000 grant to get the business up and running. The company has approached the U.S. Maritime Administration (MARAD) for help. MARAD officials agreed to look into which agencies within the Department of Transportation might be willing to award funds. The proposed barge service could start a few months after funds are awarded.



 

FOURTH T-AKE SHIP CHRISTENED

USNS RICHARD E. BYRD, the newest ship in the Lewis and Clark class of dry cargo/ammunition ships, was launched last Tuesday in San Diego. The vessel, which is owned and operated by Military Sealift Command (MSC), will be crewed by MM&P licensed deck officers. Built at General Dynamics NASSCO shipyard, the vessel was named for the polar explorer and U.S. Navy admiral who led the first aerial expedition over the North Pole. USNS BYRD is the fourth ship in the Navy’s new 11-ship T-AKE class. It will deliver ammunition, provisions, stores, spare parts, potable water and petroleum products to our country’s expeditionary strike groups and other naval forces underway.


 

BRITISH AND DUTCH UNIONS CONSIDER COMPLETE MERGER

Following the gradual introduction of coordinated policy-making, communications and member advocacy activities, the British officers’ union, Numast, and the Dutch officers’ union, FWZ, are considering a merger. According to Brian Orrell, general secretary of the British officers’ union, four other European unions and one in Canada may ultimately join forces with the combined British and Dutch union, which is now known as the Nautilus Federation. The merger between the British and Dutch unions could be completed by 2009. The motivation given for the merger by union officials is a need to shore up labor’s influence in the face of declining membership and the pressures of globalization. 


MM&P TO SHARE SPACE IN WILMINGTON, CALIF., WITH MEBA

The MM&P Union Hall in Wilmington, Calif., will share its space with the Marine Engineers’ Beneficial Association (MEBA) starting June 1. MEBA is closing its Los Angeles hall because of rising rent. There is no word yet on whether the office sharing arrangement will be temporary or permanent.



MM&P MAGAZINE NOW ONLINE

The May-June 2007 issue of The Master, Mate & Pilot will arrive in your mailbox soon. In the meantime, look for it online on www.bridgedeck.org. In this issue of The Master, Mate & Pilot:

— Horizon’s five new 2,824 TEU containerships, crewed by MM&P licensed deck officers, get underway. The ships, which have been chartered by Horizon for 12-year terms, are: HORIZON EAGLE, HORIZON HUNTER, HORIZON HAWK, HORIZON FALCON and HORIZON TIGER;

— in invited oral testimony, MM&P tells the Senate Commerce Committee that the Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) should pre-empt local port access schemes;

— grand opening of the new marine simulation technology center at MITAGS attracts hundreds of industry professionals eager to view the full-mission bridges, towing simulators and 14-station computer lab;

— MM&P tells U.S. Coast Guard that its plan to incorporate the mariner’s license into its proposed merchant mariner’s credential (MMC) is a bad idea and won’t cut back on red tape;

— a mariner’s right to refuse to perform duties that he believes would result in injuries to himself or others is upheld by a U.S. Court of Appeals;

— MM&P Plan’s Board of Trustees changes prescription benefit manager from NMHC to PharmaCare.

To download The Master, Mate & Pilot, go to www.bridgedeck.org, click on “MM&P Magazine” and then on “Download Current Issue.”


MITAGS OPENINGS FOR SHIP SIMULATOR OPERATORS

The Maritime Institute of Technology & Graduate Studies (MITAGS) is seeking two part-time operators for its full-mission ship simulator. This is an ideal opportunity for computer-savvy MM&P members who know how to maneuver ships in a variety of situations and environments. Applicants should enjoy computer gaming, be creative and have demonstrated the ability to master computer programs. These are ideal positions for MM&P members who want to alternate between shipboard deployments and teaching. Excellent communications and computer skills are a must. E-mail resume to hr@mitags.org or fax to HR Manager at (443) 989-3341. 

 


OPENING IN SAN FRANCISCO PILOT TRAINEE PROGRAM

The Board of Pilot Commissioners is accepting applications for the San Francisco Pilot Trainee Program. Minimum requirements: USCG 1,600-ton master’s license with unlimited radar endorsement. Two years’ command of vessels over 1,600 tons and/or towing vessels engaged in ship assist or towing of vessels with combined GRT of 1,600 tons within the past five years. One year’s experience must be within the past three years. Applications must be received by June 15. Written exam administered at California Maritime Academy, Vallejo, on Aug. 13. Simulator exam for successful candidates Aug. 16 and 17. For more requirements,  go to: www.calregs.com, Title 7, Sections 213 and 214. For more information and an application, go to www.pilotcommission.org or write: Board of Pilot Commissioners, Pier 9, Suite 102, San Francisco, CA, 94111. Phone: 415-397-2253, fax 415-397-9463, e-mail: pilots@earthlink.net.


MERPAC NEEDS SEVEN NEW MEMBERS

The U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) is seeking applications for membership on the Merchant Marine Personnel Advisory Committee (MERPAC), which advises it on the training, qualifications, licensing, certification, and fitness of merchant mariners. Members are needed to fill seven positions that will become vacant in January 2008. Applicants should have one or more of the following backgrounds: pilot; licensed deck officer; licensed engineering officer; shipping company representative; able bodied seaman; marine educator not affiliated with either state or federal maritime academies; and marine educator affiliated with the federal maritime academy. Applications should reach USCG on or before July 1. To request an application, write to Commandant (CG-3PSO-1), U.S. Coast Guard, 2100 Second Street, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20593-0001.

For further information, contact Mark C. Gould, at 202-372-1409 (phone), 202-372-1926 (fax) or by e-mail at mark.c.gould@uscg.mil. MERPAC normally meets twice a year, once at or near USCG Headquarters, in Washington, D.C. Members serve three-year terms. MERPAC members serve without compensation from the government, but receive travel reimbursement and per diem.


DHS SEEKS MEMBERS FOR NMSAC

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is seeking applicants for membership on the National Maritime Security Advisory Committee (NMSAC). NMSAC provides advice on national maritime security matters to the Secretary of Homeland Security via the Coast Guard Commandant. Applications for membership must be sent complete and postmarked to the Coast Guard address listed below no later than 4 p.m. EDT June 29.

Candidates may request an application by one of the following methods: e-mail: NMSAC@uscg.mil, Subject line: NMSAC Application Form Request or fax: 202-372-1905, ATTN: NMSAC DFO/E. Provide name, mailing address and telephone and fax numbers to send application forms to. Send written requests for forms by mail and completed application packets to: USCG-NMSAC Executive Secretary, CG-3PCP-1, Room 5302, U.S. Coast Guard Headquarters, 2100 Second St., S.W., Washington, DC 20593-0001. To download a PDF or MS Word application form, go to  http://homeport.uscg.mil/mycg/portal/ep/home.do under Missions>Maritime Security>National Maritime Security Advisory Committee>Member Application Forms. For more information, contact Ike Eisentrout, Commandant (CG-3PCP-1), NMSAC Executive Secretary, USCG Headquarters, Room 5302, 2100 Second St., S.W., Washington, D.C. 20593-0001; brian.k.eisentrout@uscg.mil; phone: 202-372-1119; fax: 202-372-1905.  Terms of office will run from Jan. 1, 2008 to Dec. 31, 2010. Full NMSAC (in-person) meetings are normally conducted two to three times per fiscal year. Working group meetings and teleconferences are held more frequently. While attending meetings or otherwise engaged in committee business, members will be reimbursed for travel and per diem. However, members will not receive any salary or other compensation for their service. NMSAC members are required to apply for, obtain and maintain a government national security clearance at the Secret level.


MITAGS ACADEMIC NOTES

CLASS OPENINGS: Between now and the end of August 2007, seats are available in the following courses:

AIS – Automatic Identification System: 7/13, 8/3
AIS ECDIS 3 for Pilots – Automatic Identification System and Electronic Chart Display Information System (3 day) for Pilots:  6/12
ARPA – Automatic Radar Plotting Aids: 6/5, 7/24
AZIPOD-KAM-2 – Azipod and Kamewa Steering and Propulsion Systems: 6/2

BRM – Bridge Resource Management:  5/28
BRMP – Bridge Resource Management for Pilots: 7/17, 8/1
BST – Basic Safety Training: 6/4

[CMM – Chief Mate and Master Courses]
CMM-ADVSTB � Advanced Stability: 6/18
CMM-CHS I – Advanced Cargo Handling (week 1): 6/25
CMM-CHS II – Advanced Cargo Handling (week 2): 7/9
CMM-MPP – Marine Propulsion Plants: 7/30
CMM-SHMGT-I – Ship Management(week 1): 7/16
CMM-SHMGT-II – Ship Management (week 2): 7/23
CMM-SHS-ADV-I-Advanced Shiphandling (week 1): 7/9
CMM-SHS-ADV-II-Advanced Shiphandling (week 2): 6/25

CSE-AWR-2 – Confined Space Entry Awareness (2 day): 7/12

FF-BADV – Combined Basic and Advanced Fire Fighting: 6/4

HAZ – Hazardous Materials (5-day): 6/11, 7/23

LAP – License Advancement Program: 5/28, 7/23
LEG – Legal Aspects of Pilotage(Evening): 7/17, 8/1

MEDIA-RSP – Media Response Workshop: 7/12
MED-DOT-DA – Dept. of Trans Drug & Alcohol Testing: 6/16, 7/28
MED-PIC – Medical Person-In-Charge:  6/11, 7/23
MED-PRO – Medical Care Provider: 6/11, 7/23

[MSC – Military Sealift Command]
MSC-CBRD-1 – Chemical Biological Radiological Defense Orientation: 5/24, 6/28, 7/21
MSC-DC – Damage Control: 6/26, 7/19
MSC-SMA – Small Arms: 6/25
MSC-SMA-R – Small Arms Re-Qualification (2-day): 5/25, 6/29 (must have proof of passing all 3 weapons within 2 years)

ROR-1 – Radar Observer Renewal: 6/4, 7/23, 7/30
ROP-5 – Radar Observer Original or Renewal (5 days): 7/9

SEC-OFF-VCF – Security Officer, Vessel, Company & Facility:  7/9
SHS-BAS – Basic Shiphandling:  7/23
SHS-EMR- Emergency Shiphandling: 6/4, 6/18, 7/30
SHS-ESH- BRMP-3– Emergency Shiphandling & Bridge Resource Management for Pilots: 5/23, 7/10

TPIC – Tankerman Person-In-Charge: 6/4


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 Email: admissions@mitags.org.


PMI ACADEMIC NOTES

Spring – Fall 2007

Due to the high demand for this program, PMI has now scheduled another that is already close to full enrollment for its 2007-start date. See the PMI Web site at www.mates.org for more info on this new development.

FOR REGISTRATION CALL JENNIFER FOWLER: 206 838-1126

SCHEDULE OF COURSES – (Course schedule also posted online at www.mates.org)

May 2007
21-25  ENAV
21-25  TPIC
21-25  CHS BAS
21st     FL
22-23 SHS ASS
21-25  BST
22-23 BFF
29th    RADAR RENEWAL
29-2    WX BAS
29-2    AB
29th    FL
30-31 SHS ASSESS

June 2007
1-2      SHS ASSESS
4-8      TPIC
4-8      MED PRO
4-15    MED PIC
4-15    WKP
4-22    TCNAV
5-8      LFBT
11-13  SEC VCF
11-13  WKP
11-15  BST
11-15  AB
11-29  TCNAV
18-22 ARPA
25-29 ROP
25-29 BAFF

July 2007
9th      FL
9-13    ARPA
9-13    BST
10th     RADAR RENEWAL
10-11  SIM ASSESS
10-13  LFBT
16-20 AB
16-20 MED PRO
16-20 ENAV
23rd     RADAR RENEWAL
23-27  SHS BAS
23-3    CNAV
30-3   ARPA
30-3   MED PRO
30-10 MED PIC      

August 2007
6-7      SAR
6-10    BST
7-10    LFBT
8-10    EP
14-17  LFBT
13-17  AB
13-17  CONSTB
13-17  SHS EM5
13-17  ECDIS
13-17  TPIC
20-24 AB
20-31 SHS ADV
20-24 CHS BAS
27-31  BAFF
27-31  ENAV
27-31  MED PRO
27-8    GMDSS
27-29  CSO/SSO

September 2007
4-7      LFBT
4-8      WX BAS
4-8      TCNAV
10th    RADAR RENEWAL
10-14  BST
10-14  AB
10-14  MED PRO
10-14  TCNAV
10-14  SHS BAS
17-21  MED PRO
17-21  ARPA
17-21  SHS BAS
17-21  TCNAV
17-28  GMDSS
19-21  AFF
24-5    WKP
24-28 ROP
26-28 AFF

For registration call Jennifer Fowler 888-893-7829

PMI MERCHANDISE FOR SALE!!!

High-quality clothing embroidered with the NEW PMI logo! We can ship these items also! Acceptable forms of payment are check, credit card, money order and exact cash. Call Laura Bendixen at 888-893-7829 for prices and to order. If we don’t have your size, we’ll be glad to special order for you at no extra cost.


MM&P MARKET WATCH AS OF 5-18-2007

 

D O W N A S D A Q S & P 500
13,558.53 2,558.45 1,524.64
Fund Name & Trading Symbol
 Closing
Price
 Vanguard 500 Index Fund (VFINX)
140.55
 Vanguard Extended Market Index Fund (VEXMX)
42.10
 Vanguard International Growth Fund (VWIGX)
26.43
 Vanguard Morgan Growth Fund (VMRGX)
20.57
 Vanguard Windsor II Fund (VWNFX)
38.43
 Vanguard GNMA Fund (VFIIX)
10.16
 Vanguard High Yield Corporate Fund (VWEHX)
6.30
 Vanguard Total Bond Index (VBMFX)
9.94
 Chase Growth Fund (CHASX)
20.20
 Fidelity Asset Manager (FASMX)
16.92
 Fidelity Growth and Income (FGRIX)
33.05
 Fidelity Magellan Fund (FMAGX)
92.24
 Fidelity Small Company Instl (FMACX)
22.33
 Fidelity Value Fund (FDVLX)
90.19
 Spartan US Equity Index Fund (FUSEX)
54.00
 Domini Social Equity Fund (DSEFX)
36.53

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~ Reminders ~





 

T-AGS OCEANOGRAPHIC SURVEY SHIPS MANNING REQUIREMENTS

REQUIRED COURSEWORK

All MM&P members are reminded that to sail aboard the T-AGS ships that MM&P-contracted Horizon Lines will be operating, you must have the required training certification and your certificates must be current in accordance with Military Sealift Command requirements. Members are also required to have had a MSC pre-employment physical and to possess Ship Security Clearance (see below).

The MSC Contract calls for all training certificates required for manning of these vessels to be no older than 5 years and that all STCW-95 courses be renewed every 5 years, or annually, as applicable.

Five-year renewable courses include, but are not limited to:

  • Advanced Fire Fighting
  • Basic Safety Training, and
  • Damage Control

Small Arms certificates must be less than 1 year old and MUST NOT expire during your tour of duty.

Members interested in applying for one of the positions onboard the T-AGS vessels are advised to make sure your certificates are up to date. If not, contact Mary Matlock or Diane Ford at MITAGS Admissions, email: admissions@mitags.org, and schedule to take the course(s) needed.

Those MM&P members interested in obtaining more information and facts about the T-AGS Oceanographic Vessels are asked to email the Director of Special Projects requesting the “facts sheet”. It will be provided by return email in an Adobe Acrobat PDF format.

Members interested in employment on the T-AGS ships are asked to provide a 1-2 page resume. Please list the desired position you are seeking along with the certificates of training you possess and their dates. Upon receipt it will be forwarded to Horizon Lines and a confirmation sent back to the member. Vessel turnover commenced Oct.17, 2004. Positions for all ratings remain open.

The point of contact for sending a resume for employment on the Horizon Lines T-AGS Oceanographic Vessels is Richard Plant, MM&P’s Director of Special Projects. Send resumes in an email or as a Word file attachment to him at: rplant@bridgedeck.org, by fax to 410-850-0973 or by mail to:

Richard Plant, Director of Special Projects

IOMM&P
700 Maritime Blvd.
Linthicum Heights, MD 21090



SHIP SECURITY CLEARANCE NEEDED

Members who want to sail for Horizon Lines on the T-AGS Oceanographic Survey vessels the company is set to begin operating for MSC must have Ship Security Clearance before going aboard.

Special software must be downloaded from the US Government’s Defense Security Service to complete the Security Clearance application. You must have an Internet connection and a Windows-based computer to retrieve the application and run the program.

Go to https://sclient.dss.mil/download/w9xfull.htm to download the software titled “EPSQ SUBJECT2_2”.

After the software is installed and the program is launched, select “Create” from the menu bar at the top of the screen. You will be required to enter your Social Security Number and a case-sensitive password. A window titled “Type of Form” will appear.

All Deck Officers should select the first button titled “Request for Security Clearance (SF86)” and then click “OK” to go to the next screen, “Type of Investigation”.

From the “Type of Investigation” screen:

  • Masters and Radio Officers should select the first button, “Single Scope Background Investigation (SSBI)”.
  • All other Deck Officers (C/M, 2/M, 3/M) should click on the second button, “National Agency Check (NAC or NACLC)”.

After selecting the appropriate investigation type, click on “OK” to begin filling in the forms.



MSC PHYSICALS

Horizon Lines requests all mariners seeking employment aboard the T-AGS Oceanographic vessels to take their MSC Physical at specially-designated facilities only after being advised to do so by the Company. This is to assure that all requirements of the MSC Physical are properly met.


MM&P FCU NEWS

GET NEW WHEELS OR LOWER EXISTING PAYMENTS WITH MM&P FCU VEHICLE FINANCING

Is it time to replace that car you’re driving? Vehicle loan rates are looking great at MM&P FCU.

Drive away in a new or used vehicle for a standard loan rate of:

4.75 percent for terms up to 24 months.
Standard loan rates for longer-term loans are:

5.00 percent for 25-48 months;
5.75 percent for 49-60 months ($20,000 minimum); and
6.25 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

NOTICE TO MEMBERS WHO ARE TAKING VIOXX

On Sept.30, Merck & Co. voluntarily withdrew Vioxx, a popular anti-inflammatory medication, from the market. As a result, individuals who are currently taking the drug have been asked to contact their health care professionals to discuss discontinuing use of Vioxx and possible alternative treatments.

MM&P Plans Administrator Valerie Verrecchio reports that, “We have gotten a number of calls from members who want to know what to do with their remaining supply of Vioxx and whether the Plan or NMHC will refund their co-pay for the unused portion.

“Unfortunately, neither NMHC nor the Plan was aware of the Merck decision prior to the public announcement on Sept.30. As of that date, all deliveries of Vioxx to our members was suspended in accordance with Merck’s announcement. Orders that had already been processed and were in transit could not be stopped.

“In regard to refunds, Merck has set up a website at www.vioxx.com where members can obtain information on how to recover refunds from Merck for the unused portion of medication. Members can also call following toll free number for information: 1-888-368-4699.

“We are sorry for any inc onvenience this may have caused to members currently taking this medication, however, the matter is out of the control of the Plans.”



NMHC MAIL-ORDER PRESCRIPTIONS WEBSITE UPDATED & IMPROVED

MM&P Plans Administrator Valerie Verrecchio reports, “Good news! NMHC mail has finally gotten their website upgraded and functioning properly. I went in and tested it myself and found it to be quite user friendly.”

To use NMHC’s upgraded service, go to the NMHC Mail website at www.nmhcmail.com and click on “MEMBER LOGIN” at the bottom of the screen.

First-time and Registered users may bypass the welcome screen and go directly to the log-in page at https://members.nmhcrx.com/Login/Login.aspx.

  • First-time users should then click on the link marked “NEW USER: REGISTER HERE”.
    This will take you to a page titled “MEMBER REGISTRATION” where you will need to enter demographic information and submit it by clicking on the
  • “CREATE ACCOUNT” button.

After creating your account, NMHC will email you a password to gain entry into your records. With your first sign-in, the NMHC system will prompt you to change the NMHC password to one of your own choosing.

Once you are registered at NMHC, you can check the status of open orders by logging-in to the system through the “MEMBER LOGIN” page and going into the “MAIL ORDER” menu. You can look up all prescriptions and get the price our members will pay for any medication. You can also view an order history of all of your medication transactions (both retail and mail) for the last 24 months, locate 24-hour pharmacies in your zip code region as well as access other helpful member education information.

“We hope this welcome improvement will assist our members. Although you cannot order refills on line if you don’t provide a credit or debit card number, you can phone in your refill. Once you register on the website, you will still have access to all of the other information including checking the status of your order once it is phoned in,” said Ms. Verrecchio.



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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