Wheelhouse Weekly – November 13, 2012

November 13th 2012


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Volume 16 . . . Number 46. . . November 13, 2012


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Union members and the general public will benefit from President Obama’s reelection, says Transportation Trades Department (TTD) President Ed Wytkind. “The American people re-elected a president who offers a vision to expand our middle class, create millions of jobs and ‘nation build at home’ by modernizing and investing in our aging transportation system,” Wytkind said in an official statement released on Nov. 7. 
Wytkind also underlined Obama’s support for labor unions and collective bargaining. “Transportation union members understood that the ability to create and protect good, safe jobs was at risk in this election. While President Obama says that giving more workers the power of collective bargaining is the clearest path to rebuilding the middle class, Gov. Romney had vowed to eviscerate the rights that empower Americans to fight for good wages, health care and retirement security.”

Wytkind added that unions are preparing to follow-up on the election results with a concerted campaign to promote much-needed investments in America’s transportation infrastructure. “We are pleased that our members supported a President who understands the important role of transportation in our economic future,” he said. “Now we will deploy similar strategies in advocating an aggressive legislative agenda focused on long-term transportation investments, job creation and workers’ rights.”


Unions are applauding the efforts of their members to turn out the vote for pro-worker candidates in this year’s national elections. Labor’s 2012 election drive was “the smartest, biggest, broadest effort the movement has ever run,” says Lee Saunders, president of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees. He calls the work by union volunteers “the most effective independent voter mobilization initiative in history.”

“I think union voters provided the winning margin [for President Obama] in Ohio, Wisconsin and Nevada, and probably three or four other states,” says AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka. For now, the AFL-CIO plans to keep much of its election operation active to push for legislative follow-up and accountability. There’s plenty on the labor movement’s agenda for the short and medium-term, Trumka says, adding, “We have no illusions it’s going to be easy.”


Two former U.S. Maritime Administrators have called on Congress to restore the cuts in cargo preference requirements that were inserted–without discussion or debate–into the 2012 Surface Transportation Act.

In an article published last week in a leading defense industry journal, Vice Adm. Albert Herberger and William Schubert said the cuts to cargo preference “undermine the U.S. Merchant Marine, jeopardizing national security and eliminating thousands of American jobs in the process.”

During times of national emergency, our government relies on the U.S.-flag fleet and its partnership with the Department of Defense (DOD) to ensure there is adequate U.S.-controlled capacity to transport critical cargo anywhere in the world at any time. DOD would need at least $13 billion in capital plus $1 billion in annual operating costs to replicate the sealift capacity that it obtains at a fraction of that cost thanks to the American Merchant Marine.

The “stealth provision” inserted at the last minute into the Surface Transportation legislation repealed one-third of cargo preference requirements for the transport of U.S. international food aid. “The United States will lose the use of an estimated 16 U.S.-flag vessels once this provision goes into effect, as well as a highly trained workforce and important intermodal capabilities,” Herberger and Schubert say. The Maritime Administration estimates that the change in cargo preference requirements will lead to a loss of $90 million per year in revenue and 2,000 direct and indirect jobs, including 640 seagoing mariner jobs.

In an attempt to reverse the cuts, Democratic Rep. Elijah Cummings of Maryland and Republican Rep. Jeff Landry of Louisiana, as well as 40 other co-sponsors from both sides of the aisle, have proposed the Saving Essential American Sailors (SEAS) Act, H.R. 6170. Herberger and Schubert urged other members of Congress to sign on in support of the bill and work for its passage.


Labor unions succeeded last week in beating back a California ballot initiative that would have severely compromised their ability to help pro-worker candidates win elections at the state and local level. Proposition 32 was defeated by 12 percentage points. It had been backed by an array of deep-pocketed corporate interests including billionaire anti-worker activists Charles and David Koch. 

The ballot measure had been presented by its sponsors as a “good-government reform to take the money out of politics.” In reality it would have struck a body blow to labor unions while leaving other groups, notably corporate interests, outside lobbyists and business super PACs, completely unaffected.

“In California, residents aren’t interested in one-sided efforts at reform,” commented Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa when the votes were counted. He noted that California voters had rejected similar ballot questions in 2005 and 1998. “By now, the message should be clear,” he said. “Don’t try to muscle hard-working Californians.”

“We achieved a historic victory,” said California AFL-CIO President Art Pulaski. “Once again, California Labor united to defeat an anti-worker ‘paycheck deception’ ballot measure. As with Prop 226 in 1998 and Prop 75 in 2005, we faced down a threat that struck at the very heart of our ability to fight for our members and all working people. But, unlike those previous two campaigns, which were very close, this win was a decisive double-digit victory. It shows that the people of California roundly reject a future in which labor unions are on the sidelines and billionaires and plutocrats are in control. It loudly re-affirms our role as a voice for working people and everyday Californians.”


The MM&P New York/New Jersey Union Hall is now operating on a normal schedule.    However, members using mass transit to reach the hall still face major disruptions in service. Please check with PATH, MTA, LIRR and NJ Transit for updates on line closures and revised schedules before traveling to Jersey City.


The MM&P Disaster Relief Fund is accepting contributions to help members affected by Hurricane Sandy. To make a secure, tax-deductible contribution to the fund, go to and click on the red button in the left-hand column. To apply for assistance from the fund, call MM&P International Comptroller Beverly Gutmann at 410-850-8700 ext. 112 or send an e-mail to


Information regarding the new MM&P Offshore Adjustable Pension Plan has been posted in the Members’ Only section of To view the information, go to, enter the Members’ Only site and click on “Offshore Pension Plan Information” at the top of the page.


Applications for the 2013-14 Offshore Scholarship Program are now available for eligible dependent children of eligible Offshore members and co-pay pensioners in good standing. Applicants must be high school seniors during the 2012-13 school year. Please contact Madeline Petrelli at the Plan Office at 410-850-8615 to request an application packet. Completed applications must be returned to the Plan Office by Nov. 30 in order for them to be submitted for review and processing by the Scholarship Recognition Award Program in Princeton, N.J. The Scholarship Recognition Award Program will review the qualifications of all applicants and then select the winners. The names of the winners will be presented to the Trustees for final approval at the Board’s June 2013 meeting.


There is an Open Enrollment Period Nov. 1-Dec. 1 for MM&P Health & Benefit Plan participants who: missed the Open Enrollment when it was offered last year; missed the 60-day notification requirement for the addition of a dependent after becoming eligible for coverage as a result of marriage, birth of a child, adoption of a child or placement of a child for adoption or under legal guardianship; or loss of other health insurance coverage.  

For information, call the Plan Office toll free at 1-877-667-5522 and ask for Lynn or a benefit advisor. You will be mailed the forms that must be completed and returned to the Plan Office by Dec. 31, 2012.


Join us to celebrate! All MM&P members, employees, their families and friends are encouraged to attend the holiday parties now being scheduled in our union halls.

MM&P East Coast holiday party schedule:

– New York/New Jersey, Thursday, Dec. 6, from 1100 to 1500, in the MM&P hall;

– San Juan, Friday, Dec. 14, at El Camaron Restaurant, from 1600 to 1930 (last call is 1925).

MM&P Gulf Coast holiday party schedule:

— New Orleans, Tuesday, Dec. 11, at noon, at Portobellos, 400 East William David Parkway, Metairie;

— Houston, Thursday, Dec. 13, noon, at Brady’s Landing, 8505 Cypress Street, Houston;

— Pompano, Friday, Dec. 14, at 1300 in the union hall;

— Jacksonville, Friday, Dec. 14, at 1300 in the union hall.

MM&P West Coast holiday party schedule:

— Honolulu, Tuesday, Dec. 11, from 1000 to 1400, with MEBA;

— Los Angeles/Long Beach, Friday, Dec. 14, at 1300 in the Los Angeles Hall, with MEBA;

— San Francisco/Oakland, Friday, Dec. 7, at 1300 in the Oakland Hall, with MEBA;

— joint Offshore/United Inland Group party in Seattle, Thursday, Dec. 6, Billy Baroo’s/Foster Golf Links, 13500 Interurban Avenue, S, Tukwila, Wash., 98168. Please be sure to RSVP to the Seattle Hall (206) 441-8700 by Dec. 4 and let us know whether you are bringing a guest. Check with the hall if you need directions to Billy Baroo’s.

Come one, come all. Please join us to celebrate!


There will be membership meetings at the Charleston Hall on Nov. 29 and the Norfolk Hall on Nov. 30. Both meetings will be held at 1100. The MM&P International Secretary-Treasurer will join the MM&P Atlantic Ports Vice President at both meetings. As at other recent meetings at MM&P halls, the new MM&P Offshore Adjustable Pension Plan will be discussed.


Members of MM&P’s United Inland Group-Pacific Maritime Region are encouraged to attend a meeting at the MM&P Hall in Edmonds on Tuesday Dec. 11, at 1000. All MM&P members are encouraged to attend. If you have specific questions that may need to be researched, please e-mail the question prior to the meeting to the MM&P Regional Representative:


Try our on-line calendar to register for class:

For class availability or information on courses and programs, contact MITAGS Admissions Coordinator Kelly Michielli toll free at 866-656-5568 or e-mail her at

Between now and the end of March 2013, the following courses are scheduled at MITAGS.

Automated Radar Plotting Aids: 1/22/2013, 3/26/2013

AZIPOD (2-DAY) for Pilots: 3/20/2013

BRM – Bridge Resource Management: 1/14/2013, 3/18/2013

BRMP – Bridge Resource Management for Pilots:  11/29/12, 1/21/2013, 2/7/2013, 3/7/2013

BST – Basic Safety Training: 1/21/13

[CMM – Chief Mate and Master Courses]

CMM-ADVWX – Advanced Meteorology: 1/21/2013

CMM-ADVNAV – Advanced Navigation (=ECDIS & VPEN): 1/7/2013, 3/18/2013

CMM-ADVSTB – Advanced Stability: 12/17/2012, 2/18/2013

CMM-CHS – Advanced Cargo Operations (2 weeks): 2/25/2013

CMM-MPP – Marine Propulsion Plants: 11/26/12, 3/11/13

CMM-SHMGT – Ship Management (2 weeks): 12/3/12, 2/4/13

CMM-SHS-ADV-I – Advanced Shiphandling (week 1): 12/10/2012, 1/14/2013, 1/28/2013, 2/18/2013, 3/4/2013

CMM-SHS-ADV-I I – Advanced Shiphandling (week 2): 12/17/2012, 1/21/2013, 2/4/2013, 2/25/2013, 3/11/2013

CMM-WKP – Advanced Watchkeeping: 1/28/2013

DDE: Designated Duty Engineer: 1/28/2013

ENVIRO-Regs Permit – Environmental Regulations Permit: 3/5/2013

FSM – Fatigue, Sleep and Medications:  3/7/13

FF-BADV – Combined Basic and Advanced Fire Fighting: 1/21/13

HAZ – Hazardous Materials (5 day): 11/26/12, 2/11/13

LAP – License Advancement Program for Great Lakes: 1/28/2013

LEG – Legal Aspects of Pilotage: 11/29/2012, 3/6/2013

MCL – Management, Communications and Leadership, 3/25/2013

MEDIA RSP – Media Response Workshop: 3/8/2013

MED-PIC – Medical Person in Charge: 12/3/12, 1/7/13, 2/18/13, 3/18/13

MED-PIC -R– Medical Person in Charge Refresher: 1/28/2013

MED-PRO – Medical Care Provider: 12/3/2012, 1/7/2013, 2/18/2013, 3/18/2013

MED-DOT-DA – Dept. of Transportation Drug & Alcohol Testing: 11/17/2012, 12/8/2012, 1/12/2013, 1/26/2013, 2/23/2013, 3/23/2013

MSC -SMA – Military Sealift Command Small Arms Qualification: 3/11/13

MSC-DC – Military Sealift Command Damage Control (4 Evenings): 3/11/13

MSC-CBRD-1 – Military Sealift Command Chemical, Biological, Radiological Defense Orientation (Basic): 3/15/13

ROR-1 – Radar Observer Renewal Evening Classes: 11/14/2012, 12/5/2012, 12/12/2012, 1/9/2013, 1/23/2013, 2/6/2013, 2/20/2013, 3/6/2013, 3/20/2013,

ROR-1 – Radar Observer Renewal: 1/21/2013, 3/25/2013

ROP-5 – Radar Observer Original and Renewal: 1/14/13

SHS-BAS – Basic Shiphandling: 11/26/12, 1/28/13, 3/25/13

SEC-VSO – Vessel Security Officer: 3/4/2013

SHS-ESH-BRMP3 – Emergency Shiphandling and Bridge Resource Management for Pilots: 3/4/13

SHS-EMR5 – Emergency Shiphandling: 2/11/13

TPIC – Tankerman Person in Charge:  2/25/13

… Remember: If you can’t make the class, make the call. Be courteous, don’t be a “no show.”

Check the MITAGS website at for course descriptions associated with the course title abbreviations, and schedule revisions.


Schedule of Courses – Please also see our schedule online at For registration, call our registrar, Jennifer Pitzen, at (206) 838-1126.

November 2012

26-30     Radar Observer Unlimited
26-7       GMDSS

December 2012

3rd         Radar Renewal
3-7         Medical Care Provider
3-14       Medical PIC
10-14     ECDIS
17th       Flashing Light

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