Wheelhouse Weekly – Nov. 3, 2015

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Volume 20 . . . Number 44. . . Nov. 3, 2015


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All MM&P union halls, the MM&P Plan Office, the MM&P Federal Credit Union and MM&P headquarters will be closed on Wednesday, Nov. 11, for Veterans Day.

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The Transportation Trades Department (TTD), AFL-CIO, is urging President Obama to reject proposals by the European Union (EU) to include maritime transport services and aviation in talks over the pending Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) agreement. MM&P is one of the 32 transportation sector unions that belong to TTD.

The call to exclude maritime and aviation from the controversial trade deal is one of a number of policy statements adopted by transportation labor leaders at TTD’s fall Executive Committee meeting last week. During the meeting, transportation labor leaders, including MM&P Secretary-Treasurer Steve Werse, had roundtable discussions with members of Congress and passed policy statements to guide TTD’s agenda moving forward.

“We are not interested in seeing the U.S. aviation and maritime industries–and the good jobs they support–bartered away in a broader trade agreement with Europe,” said TTD President Edward Wytkind. “These industry sectors have always been excluded from bilateral and multilateral trade agreements–and for good reason: aviation and maritime are critically important to our national security and economy.”

The EU has consistently pushed for maritime industry “reforms” that would dismantle the Jones Act, a key pillar for maintaining a viable U.S. Merchant Marine and the critical defense and emergency missions it leads. The EU has also pushed to water down or eliminate U.S. laws that limit foreign ownership and control of U.S. airlines. These efforts have been repeatedly rebuffed by the U.S.

“The EU’s thinly veiled trade demands amount to a lopsided deal that would benefit European business interests at the expense of U.S. maritime and aviation employees,” Wytkind said. “We will make the case to the President that his negotiators should hold firm against the EU’s aviation and maritime proposals.”

Among the policy statements adopted by TTD unions at the meeting was a call to boost funding for the Maritime Security Program (MSP). The group also slammed attempts by corporate interests to interfere in collective bargaining between labor and management in American ports. TTD called the attempts “a legislative assault on port employees’ bargaining rights.”

“Corporate special interests are seeking to radically alter the collective bargaining process to the detriment of port employees,” TTD said.

“Frustrated by management’s inability to impose its will during contract negotiations, they have sought assistance through their congressional allies and put forth a series of bills that either outright amend labor law or use thinly disguised productivity metrics to undermine bargaining rights. TTD and its member unions want to be clear: we will mobilize our collective power to oppose any effort to weaken or eviscerate the collective bargaining rights of longshore employees and other affected workers,” the group added.

TTD is also urging Congress to boost the per-vessel stipend for ships that participate in the Maritime Security Program (MSP), calling it “a model federal program that efficiently leverages taxpayer dollars to bolster our nation’s security, helps maintain a U.S.-flag shipping industry, and supports thousands of good-paying American jobs.”

Inadequate funding now threatens the economic viability of the program. “Without MSP,” the TTD unions said, “our military would be forced to rely on foreign-flag ships which may not possess the readiness, capabilities or loyalties necessary to carry out vital transport missions.”

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The International Longshoremen’s Association (ILA) has endorsed Hillary Rodham Clinton for President. The ILA formally announced the endorsement on Saturday at the ILA Local 1422 union hall in Charleston, S.C., where Clinton delivered a 45-minute speech.

ILA President Harold Daggett said in his endorsement message that Clinton’s “concern for working Americans has been loud and clear.”

The former secretary of state has increasingly gained support from labor unions since coming out against the Obama administration’s Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal. In her speech to ILA members, Clinton promised “a strong commitment to supporting unions and the right to organize.”

“I know that in this state, there is a big effort, led from the top, going throughout your government, to dismantle collective bargaining rights,” she said. “I’ve got to tell you, you still have a lot of really poor people in South Carolina who need good jobs with rising wages and safe working conditions.”

South Carolina had the second lowest union membership rate in the nation in 2014, 2.2 percent of the labor force, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Surrounded by an enthusiastic crowd of ILA members and officials, Clinton said that our nation’s founding fathers had built checks on authority into the government for good reason. “We need the same balance of power within our economy,” she said. “And that’s one of the reasons why unions have to be at the table.”

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The House of Representatives last week overwhelmingly approved legislation that would reopen the Export-Import Bank. In a rare demonstration of bipartisanship, a majority of House Republicans joined with all but one Democrat to vote in favor of reauthorizing the 81-year-old bank. The vote in favor of reauthorization was 313 to 118.

At least 50 percent of the products exported with Export-Import Bank financing must be transported on U.S.-flag vessels.

More than half the members of the House of Representatives in both political parties had earlier signed a discharge petition that allowed the legislation to be voted on even though it had not been cleared by the relevant Congressional committee.

The chairman of the committee with jurisdiction over the Ex-Im Bank legislation has vigorously opposed the bank’s reauthorization and has refused to allow a vote. The discharge petition took the decision out of his hands and gave the majority the chance to vote.

The House bill now goes to the Senate, which approved a similar bank reauthorization measure as part of an unrelated transportation bill.

The Export-Import Bank generates important cargo opportunities for U.S.-flag ships. MM&P and MIRAID will continue to work for the enactment of legislation allowing the bank to resume its work.

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The Department of Justice announced that APL Limited has agreed to pay the government $9.8 million to resolve allegations that it violated the False Claims Act in connection with a contract to provide GPS tracking of shipping containers in Afghanistan.

The Department of Defense contract required APL to affix a satellite tracking device to each shipping container transported from Karachi, Pakistan, to U.S. military bases in Afghanistan when the Department of Defense (DOD) requested the tracking services.

The United States alleges that APL billed the DOD for tracking services despite knowing that the tracking devices completely or partially failed to transmit data or were not affixed to shipping containers.

The government also claims that APL attached a single satellite tracking device to two shipping containers despite being required to affix one device to every container.

“Today’s settlement demonstrates our commitment to ensure that contractors doing business with the military perform their contracts honestly,” said Principal Assistant Attorney General Benjamin C. Mizer, head of the Justice Department’s Civil Division.

“We will continue to ensure that there are appropriate consequences for those who knowingly fail to live up to their bargain and misuse taxpayer funds.”

“The U.S. Attorney’s Office will continue to work with our partners to protect the public from government contractors who fail to deliver what they promise,” said Acting U.S. Attorney Brian J. Stretch of the Northern District of California.

“Thanks to the collaborative efforts of many U.S. law enforcement professionals, APL is today being held accountable for their actions,” said Director Frank Robey of the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command’s Major Procurement Fraud Unit.

“I applaud all those responsible for their continued pursuit of those who attempt to take advantage of the U.S. military through false claims for services that were not provided.”

The claims resolved by the civil settlement are allegations only; there has been no determination of liability.

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The regular Offshore Division union meeting in the Port of Los Angeles /Long Beach has been rescheduled to Tuesday, Nov. 18, directly after 1100 job call. All members in the area are encouraged to attend the meeting.

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Holiday parties are being scheduled at the MM&P union halls. We will publish more information when it becomes available. For now, the schedule is as follows:

Pacific Ports: San Francisco-Oakland (Joint party with UIG and MEBA), Friday, Dec. 4, at 1230, in the Oakland Union Hall; Los Angeles-Long Beach (Joint party with UIG and MEBA), Friday, Dec. 11 at 1230, in the LA/LB Union Hall; Seattle (Joint party with UIG), Thursday, Dec. 17, at 1200, downstairs in the Seattle Union Hall.

Please note: if you are planning to attend the Seattle party, you must call the hall so enough food can be ordered. The phone number of the Seattle Hall is: 425-775-1403.

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If you’re yearning for a new iPhone 6s or 6s Plus, your union membership can save you money when you get it through AT&T Wireless.

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To find out more, go to the Union Plus AT&T Wireless Discount web page.

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The Offshore Familiarization Course will be held in the Los Angeles/Long Beach Union Hall on Nov. 18-19, Wednesday and Thursday.

There is no sea-time requirement to take the course. All Offshore applicants, potential transferees from other membership groups and other interested Offshore members are encouraged to take the course as soon as possible.

If you are interested in participating in the course, please contact the hall at which the course has been scheduled. The phone number for the Los Angeles/Long Beach Hall is (310) 834-7201.

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MITAGS needs your current address! Have you moved recently? Did you remember to send MITAGS your new address for communications regarding courses? Please send your current contact information to or to the fax number below.

New dedicated fax line for Admissions only: 1-443-568-1928. For all other MITAGS business, please continue to use: 410-859-5181.

For class availability or information on MITAGS courses and programs, contact Kelly Michielli, Admissions Coordinator, toll-free at 866-656-5568 or by e-mail: . Why not try our on-line calendar to register for class:

Please note the special addition to our on-campus schedule of MSC classes marked with an asterisk (*), which are not normally scheduled to be held at MITAGS.

AB – 4/18/16

AIS-1 – Automatic Identifications Systems Orientation: 5/27/16

ARPA-OIC – Automated Radar Plotting Aids: 1/26/16, 4/5/16

AZIPOD 2-Day – 2/29/16, 5/25/16

BRM-35 – Bridge Resource Management: 2/1/16, 4/4/16

BRMP –Bridge Resource Management for Pilots: 11/9/15, 2/29/16, 05/23/2016

BRMP-EMR –Bridge Resource Management for Pilots with Emergency Shiphandling: 3/2/16, 04/13/16

BT – Basic Safety Training: 1/25/16, 2/22/16, 04/11/16, 06/27/16

BT-Revalidation – 05/10/16

CHS-OIC – Cargo Handling Basic: 4/25/16

[CMM – Chief Mate and Master Courses]

ADVNAV-CMM – Advanced Navigation (=ECDIS & VPEN): Contact Admissions

ADVSTB-CMM – Advanced Stability: 1/25/16, 3/28/16, 06/20/16, 8/1/16, 10/17/16

ADVWX-CMM – Advanced Meteorology: 1/4/16, 3/7/16, 06/06/16, 8/8/16, 11/7/16

CHS-CMM – Advanced Cargo Operations (2 weeks): 04/04/16

ECDIS – Electronic Chart Display Information System: 11/30/15, 12/7/15, 1/11/16, 2/22/16, 3/21/16, 06/13/16, 7/25/16, 8/15/16, 9/12/16, 10/10/16, 11/28/16, 12/19/16

LMS – Leadership and Managerial Skills (Management Level – Formerly MCL-CMM) 11/9/15, 11/16/15, 11/30/15, 12/7/15, 12/14/15, 1/18/16, 2/15/16, 3/14/16, 4/4/16, 4/11/16, 5/23/16, 6/27/16, 7/11/16, 7/25/16, 8/15/16,8/22/16, 9/12/16, 10/3/16, 10/31/16, 11/14/16,11/28/16, 12/5/16, 12/12/16, 12/19/16

MPP-CMM – Marine Propulsion Plants: 11/16/15, 05/02/16

SEC-APPS – Practical Defense Tactics: 3/28/16, 6/20/16

SHMGT-CMM- Ship Management (2 weeks): 04/18/16

SHS-ADV-I-CMM – Advanced Shiphandling (week 1): 11/9/15, 11/30/15, 1/11/16, 2/8/16, 3/14/16, 04/18/16, 05/09/16, 06/13/16, 9/12/16

SHS-ADV-II-CMM – Advanced Shiphandling (week 2): 11/16/15, 12/7/15, 1/18/16, 2/15/16, 3/21/16, 04/25/16, 05/16/16, 06/20/16

VPEN-CMM – Voyage Planning & Electronic Navigation: 11/30/15, 2/29/16, 9/12/16

WKP-CMM – Advanced Watchkeeping: 11/9/15, 05/09/16

CNAV-OIC – Celestial Navigation: 11/9/15, 05/02/16, 10/24/16

CONT PLNG – Contingency Planning Workshop: Contact Admissions

CRISIS-COMMS – Crisis Communications: 3/2/16

DDE – Great Lakes: 2/1/16, 6/6/16

DPA – Contact Admissions

ECDIS-OIC – Contact Admissions

ECDIS-Pilots – 11/12/15, 3/2/16, 05/25/16

ERM – Engine Resource Management: 11/9/15, 12/14/15, 1/4/16, 2/8/16, 3/21/16, 4/18/16, 5/9/16, 7/18/16, 8/22/16, 9/26/16, 10/24/16, 11/14/16, 11/28/16, 12/5/16, 12/12/16, 12/19/16

FF-BADV – Fire Fighting Combined Basic & Advanced: 1/25/16, 2/22/16, 04/11/16, 06/27/16

FSM – Fatigue, Sleep, & Medications: 11/11/15, 1/26/16, 04/19/16

GL Pilot – Great Lakes Pilotage Familiarization: 1/22/16

GMDSS – Global Maritime Distress and Safety System: 3/7/16, 8/22/16

HAZ – Hazardous Materials (5 day): 11/16/15, 6/27/16

LAP- 4/4/16

LAP-Great Lakes – License Advancement Program – Great Lakes: 1/25/16

LAP-ORG3rd – License Advancement Program for Original 3rd Mate, Oceans, Any Gross
Ton License: 11/30/15, 3/7/16, 06/06/16, 8/8/16, 12/5/16

LEG – Legal Aspects of Pilotage: 11/10/15, 1/27/16, 3/1/16, 4/20/16, 5/23/16

LNG-TPIC – 12/7/15

LTS –Leadership and Teamworking Skills (Formerly MCL-OIC): 12/1/15, 1/7/16, 4/4/16

MEECE – Management of Electrical and Electronic Control: 12/7/15, 1/11/16, 2/22/16, 3/28/16, 4/25/16, 5/16/16, 7/11/16, 8/29/16, 9/19/16, 10/17/16, 11/7/16, 11/28/16, 12/5/16, 12/12/16, 12/19/16

MED-PIC – Medical Person in Charge: 12/7/15, 1/4/16, 3/21/16, 05/16/16

MED-PIC-REF– Medical Person in Charge Refresher: 2/1/15, 3/14/16, 05/02/16

MED-PRO – Medical Care Provider: 1/4/15, 2/15/16, 3/21/16, 05/16/16

MED-DOT-DA – Dept. of Transportation Drug & Alcohol Testing: 12/12/15, 1/9/16, 1/31/16, 3/19/16, 05/14/16

MSA –Maritime Security Awareness: Contact Admissions

[MSC – Military Sealift Command Courses]

MSC-CBRD-1 – Military Sealift Command Chemical, Biological, Radiological Defense Orientation (Basic): 3/8/16, 6/10/16

MSC-DC – Military Sealift Command Damage Control: 3/5/16 (March is 4 evenings), 6/8/16

*MSC-ENVPRO –2/28/16, 6/5/16

*MSC-FF-HELO – 2/22/16, 6/6/16

MSC-SMA – Military Sealift Command Small Arms Qualification: 1/4/16, 2/29/16, 6/13/16

*MSC-Security Watch Basic – 2/26/16, 6/11/16

*MSC-Security Watch Advanced – 1/8/16, 3/4/16, 6/17/16

*MSC-Ship’s Reaction Force – 1/10/16, 3/5/16, 6/18/16

NSAP-MMP – Navigational Skills Assessment Program-MM&P – 12/7/15, 12/9/15

ROR-1 – Radar Observer Renewal: 1/25/16, 5/9/16

ROR-1N – Radar Observer Renewal Evening Classes: 11/11/15, 11/18/15, 12/2/15, 12/10/15, 1/6/16, 1/13/16, 2/3/16, 2/10/16, 2/24/16, 3/9/16, 3/16/16, 04/06/16, 04/20/16, 05/04/16, 05/18/16, 06/08/16, 06/22/16

ROU-OIC – Radar Observer Program – Unlimited: 1/18/16, 2/1/16

SAR-OIC – Search & Rescue – 04/18/16

SHS-BAS-OIC – Basic Shiphandling: 2/15/16, 04/11/16, 06/27/16

SHS-EMR5 – Emergency Shiphandling-5 Day: 1/25/16, 3/7/16, 05/02/16

SMS – Contact Admissions

STB-OIC – Ship Construction and Basic Stability: 2/8/16

TCNAV/CO – Terrestrial Navigation and Compasses: 1/4/16, 7/11/16

TPIC – Tankerman Person in Charge: 2/22/16

TRAC-TUG-2: Contact Admissions

TTT – Contact Admissions

VPDSD – Vessel Personnel with Designated Security Duties: 4/28/16

VSO – Vessel Security Officer: 2/15/16, 04/25/16

WKP-OIC – Watchkeeping (Operational Level): 3/21/16, 10/3/16

WX-OIC –Meteorology (Operational Level): 2/29/16, 9/19/16

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Please also see our schedule and enroll online at For registration contact our registrar, Jennifer Pitzen: 206.838.1126 or

November 2015

4-6 Security – Vessel, Company, and Facility
9th Radar Renewal
9-13 Medical Care Provider
9-20 Medical Person-In-Charge
9-20 GMDSS
16-20 Leadership & Managerial Skills (waitlist only)
16-20 MEECE (waitlist only)
30-4 Leadership & Managerial Skills (waitlist only)
30-4 Engine Resource Management
30-4 MEECE (waitlist only)

December 2015

4th Radar Renewal
7-11 ECDIS (waitlist only)
7-11 Medical Care Provider
7-18 GMDSS
14-18 Leadership & Managerial Skills (waitlist only)
14-18 MEECE

January 2016

4-8 Leadership & Managerial Skills (waitlist only)
4-8 Engine Resource Management
4-22 Terrestrial & Coastal Navigation
11th Flashing Light
11-15 ECDIS
11-15 Train the Trainer
18-22 Leadership & Managerial Skills (waitlist only)
25-29 Radar Observer Unlimited
25-29 MEECE

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