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Wheelhouse Weekly – September 01, 2008

September 1st 2008

 

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

Volume 12 . . . . . Number 35. . . .September 1, 2008

STORIES COVERED

REMINDERS

T-AGS Oceanographic Survey Ships Info

Required Coursework

Security Clearances

MSC Physicals

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.


GUSTAV, DOWNGRADED TO CATEGORY 2, BEGINS TO PUMMEL NEW ORLEANS

Hurricane-force winds slammed into oil terminals around the Port Fourchon tanker terminal southwest of New Orleans Monday morning as Hurricane Gustav, downgraded to Category 2, began churning in coastal waters. Police said that by Sunday night, more than 1.9 million people had fled the city and its surrounding parishes. Early Monday morning, Grand Isle, in the middle of the storm’s path, was covered in water, and lights had been extinguished in parts of downtown New Orleans. There are concerns that if Gustav moves up the Mississippi’s estuaries, some levees may not hold, which would result in severe flooding. Although many levees have been repaired and heightened since Hurricane Katrina struck in 2005, all the work won’t be completed until 2011. Meanwhile, the operational commander of all Coast Guard forces is coordinating the deployment of hundreds of Coast Guard personnel, dozens of aircraft, numerous vessels and specialized teams to support Hurricane Gustav operations.


LABOR DAY MESSAGE FROM AFL-CIO PRESIDENT JOHN SWEENEY

AFL-CIO President John Sweeney used his traditional Labor Day address to chart the precipitous decline in working families’ standard of living that has taken place since George Bush became President of the United States. “Since President Bush took office, we have lost more than three million good manufacturing jobs,” Sweeney said. “Poverty has increased 25 percent. Forty-seven million of us are without health insurance. The price of gasoline has risen from $1.50 to $4 a gallon.  Meanwhile, corporations are making record profits and CEO salaries are out of sight. But when working people try to win better wages and more control over their lives by coming together in unions, corporate America declares all-out war – with the active support of the Bush Administration.”

Sweeney called the Republican Presidential nominee, Sen. John McCain, “a self-proclaimed free trader who wants to tax our employer-provided health care benefits.” McCain’s vigorous opposition to the Jones Act and other programs and policies essential to the survival of the U.S.-flag merchant marine is well known.

Sweeney said that in contrast, Sen. Barack Obama, the Democratic Presidential nominee “has a record of putting communities first and helping average people get our fair share. He is committed to creating good, middle-class jobs and affordable health care for all, and he wants to end tax breaks for corporations that send jobs overseas. Obama understands that the single most powerful way to transform our economy and our nation is to make sure every worker who wants to form a union can do so, by passing the Employee Free Choice Act.”

To find out what Barack Obama and John McCain have said about the Jones Act and other issues essential to protecting our jobs and our families, go to www.bridgedeck.org and click on “What’s New.” The information is listed under “U.S. Presidential Candidates Speak Out on the Jones Act, Cargo Preference and the Maritime Security Program.”


COME TO THE LOS ANGELES LABOR DAY MARCH!

The Los Angeles Labor Day March will be held on Monday, Sept. 1. Thousands of union members and their families attend the march every year to demonstrate their support for America’s working families and our country’s labor unions. As is our proud tradition, this year once again the Masters, Mates & Pilots will march shoulder to shoulder with the members of our fellow deep sea unions. All MM&P members, applicants and their families are encouraged to attend the march! The MM&P hall will be open by 0830. At 0900, we will begin the short, one-mile walk to the assembly area at Banning Park. Enjoy a fun morning with your fellow shipmates and show your union pride! Join with us as we march in Los Angeles Sept. 1 in honor of Labor Day.


REDUCTION IN APPLICANT POINTS PER PRO WATCH

MM&P applicants will be awarded points for port relief officer (PRO) watches at a rate of two points, effective Sept. 1, 2008. The MM&P General Executive Board voted to reduce the number of points awarded to two, from four, at its meeting in Linthicum Heights on Aug. 19-20.


NO SURPRISE THAT FEWER ACADEMY GRADS ARE PURSUING USCG LICENSE

The licensing rates for graduates of U.S. maritime academies continue to fall, according to data released by the Maritime Administration (MARAD) this summer and reported in the most recent edition of MarEx Newsletter. Overall, the licensing rate for state academies has fallen to 59 percent; only at Kings Point and Great Lakes Maritime are 100 percent of grads opting to pursue an officer’s license. Texas A&M University at Galveston registered the next highest licensing rate.

MarEx called the mariner licensing data evidence of “a worrisome trend at the nation’s six maritime academies.” Nationwide, the percentage of last year’s graduates who chose to pursue a license was approximately 61 percent. MarEx reported that ever more graduates are choosing shore-side careers in areas such as stationary power plant operations and industrial safety.

MM&P is one of many industry players which cite a worsening of working conditions, more aggravated in some maritime industry sectors than others, as a major factor in the drop in the number of professionals who choose to pursue careers at sea. According to maritime expert Michael Grey, highly trained professional mariners will continue to be in short supply until governments and industry make significant improvements in the conditions under which they live and work. Grey cites, in particular: the limits of questionable legality that some terminals and governments are placing on shore leave; the problem of “under-manning” and the toll it takes on safety and health; and the risk of being criminalized for accidents that take place at sea.


PIRATES IN SOMALI WATERS ATTACK FOUR MORE SHIPS

In a two-day period, pirates hijacked four cargo ships in the Gulf of Aden off the coast of Somalia. The first incident, on Aug. 21, involved the IRAN DEYNAT, an Iranian bulk carrier transporting iron ore from China to the Netherlands. Seventeen pirates raked the ship with bullets before boarding and taking command of the vessel and her 24-person crew. Next, a Japanese-operated chemical tanker with 19 crew members was attacked and seized. Hours later, a German-operated cargo ship with nine crew members was seized. An international naval force, including the United States, Germany, France, Pakistan, Canada, and Britain, has been deployed to track and monitor the movement of the three hijacked ships as they move closer to Somalia territory.

On Aug. 23, two more ships were attacked. A Japanese-operated cargo ship with a crew of 20 was fired on as it travelled up the Somalia coast on its way from Singapore to the Middle East. The captain took evasive action, increasing the ship’s speed to avoid capture. After an hour-long chase, the pirates failed in their attempt. All crew members were safe. Three hours later, a Liberian cargo ship was attacked. The captain of the vessel alerted the piracy center in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Shortly thereafter, a military aircraft from the multinational naval force deployed in the area and the pirates stopped their attack. No casualties or injuries were reported.

More than 24 ships have been attacked by pirates in Somalia since April of this year.


MM&P APPLICANTS’ COURSE FOR D-BOOK MEMBERSHIP IN SEATTLE SEPT. 10-11 AND IN SAN FRANCISCO SEPT. 17-18; COURSE SCHEDULE FOR OTHER HALLS TO BE ANNOUNCED

 The course for MM&P applicants seeking to qualify for D-Book Membership will be held in Seattle, on Sept. 10 and 11, and in San Francisco, Sept. 17 and 18, from 0900 to 1600. If you are interested in participating in these classes, please call the Seattle Hall (206-441-8700) or the San Francisco Hall (415-777-5074) to reserve your seat. Class size is limited so sign up early. Courses in other MM&P halls will be announced in The Wheelhouse Weekly as soon as they are scheduled.

If you wish to be considered for D-Book status next year, 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. A packet detailing the requirements for D-Book Membership was recently mailed to all MM&P applicants. The packet includes four copies of an applicant evaluation form that can be given to the masters or chief mates who will write the letters of recommendation. If you have questions about D-Book Membership, please contact your Area Vice President, the MM&P Agent-Pacific Ports or MM&P Gulf Port Representative.


USCG ANNOUNCES DEC. 20 TWIC COMPLIANCE DATE FOR SOME TERMINALS

 The U.S. Coast Guard and the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) have announced that Dec. 30 is the Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) compliance date for owners and operators of facilities located within the U.S. Coast Guard Captain of the Port Zones of Baltimore, Md., Delaware Bay, Mobile, Ala., the lower Mississippi River, Ohio Valley, Pittsburgh and San Diego. Ports affected by the Dec. 30 deadline include Annapolis, Md., Philadelphia, Camden, N.J., Gulfport, Miss., Memphis and Cincinnati.

The Coast Guard plans to announce additional ports scheduled for the compliance phase of the TWIC program in coming weeks. Compliance is being phased in by Captain of the Port Zones between Oct. 15, 2008, and April 15, 2009, after which all ports must be in compliance and all credentialed mariners must be in possession of a TWIC card.


IMMEDIATE OPENING FOR SIMULATION DEPARTMENT MANAGER AT PMI

The Pacific Maritime Institute (PMI) in Seattle is seeking a Simulation Department Manager to maintain and operate its two full-mission simulators. A degree in computer science or equivalent experience is required; a Mate’s license is a plus, as are two or more years in network support systems, integration and simulation; proven track record in programming, design or simulation desired. Please e-mail your resume to hr@mitags.org or send a fax to (443) 989-3341.


JOB OPENINGS FOR MM&P MEMBERS ON THE GREAT LAKES

There are job openings on the Great Lakes for MM&P members. Our contracted employers are seeking engineers and licensed mates with pilotage. Retirees are also encouraged to apply. The rules of the MM&P Pension Plan allow pensioners to accept without penalty employment–other than Covered Employment–aboard vessels covered by collective bargaining agreements with MM&P membership groups, on condition that the employment is first approved by MM&P. Interested parties should call 216-776-1667 or e-mail cmalue@bridgedeck.org.        


PACIFIC MARITIME INSTITUTE SEEKS TPIC AND CARGO HANDLING INSTRUCTORS

MITAGS/PMI is accepting applications for TPIC and Cargo Handling contract instructors for employment at the Pacific Maritime Institute in Seattle. The jobs, which are non-benefit positions, are an ideal opportunity for active or retired members to pass on their knowledge and experience. Applicants must meet Coast Guard approval requirements and have more than two years of experience in cargo handling or TPIC as senior mate/chief mate/master. Residence in Washington State or near PMI is a plus but not required. For more information, go to www.mates.org. Send resumes/ applications to hr@mitags.org or by fax to HR at (443) 989-3341.    


DOWNLOAD INSTRUCTIONS FOR DIGITAL CHARTS AND PUBLICATIONS ON MITAGS WEBSITE

MITAGS has created a handout that provides detailed instructions for downloading online charts and publications from: the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the National Geospatial-Intelligance Agency (NGIA); the U.S. Naval Observatory (USNO): and the United Kingdom Hydrographic Office (UKHO). A copy of this handout is now posted on the MITAGS website at http://www.mitags.org/t-course_downloads.aspx. For more information, contact Deborah Walton, MITAGS registrar, at (443) 989-3224 or via e-mail at dwalton@mitags.org.


MITAGS ACADEMIC NOTES

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

ARPA – Automatic Radar Plotting Aids: 10/6

BST – Basic Safety Training:  10/6
BRMP – Bridge Resource Management for Pilots: 10/6

[CMM – Chief Mate and Master Courses]
CMM-ADVWX � Advanced Meteorology: 9/8
CMM-ADVSTB � Advanced Stability: 9/8
CMM-CHS I – Advanced Cargo Handling (week 1): 9/15
CMM-CHS II – Advanced Cargo Handling (week 2): 9/22
CMM-MPP � Marine Propulsion Plants: 9/29
CMM-SHS-ADV-I-Advanced Shiphandling (week 1): 9/29
CMM-SHS-ADV-II-Advanced Shiphandling (week 2): 10/6
CMM-SHMGT-I � Ship Management (week 1): 10/6
CMM-SHMGT-II � Ship Management (week 2): 10/13
CMM-WKP � Advanced Watchkeeping: 10/20
CMM-VPEN � Voyage Planning and Electronic Navigation: 10/27

COMP-OPSYS � Basic Computer Operating Systems: 10/6
CONT PLNG � Contingency Planning Workshop: 9/26
CSE-AWR2 � Confined Space Entry Awareness (2 day): 9/25

FF-BADV – Combined Basic & Advanced Fire Fighting: 10/6

GMDSS � Global Maritime Distress and Safety System: 10/20
HAZ – Hazardous Materials (5 day) course: 10/27

LAP � License Advancement Program: 9/15
LEG � Legal Aspects of Pilotage: 9/29, 10/7

[MSC – Military Sealift Command]
MSC-CBRD-1 – CBRD Orientation: 8/29
MSC-DC – Damage Control: 8/25
MSC-SMA – Small Arms Training: 8/25

MED-PIC – Medical Person-In-Charge: 9/8, 10/13
MED-PRO – Medical Care Provider: 9/8, 10/13
MED-DOT-DA – Dept. of Trans Drug & Alcohol Testing: 8/23, 9/13, 10/18
MEDIA RSP – Media Response: 9/25

ROR-1 – Radar Observer Renewal: 10/6

SEC-VCF – Security Officer: Vessel, Company & Facility: 9/22
SHS-BAS – Basic Shiphandling: 9/22, 10/13
SHS-EMR5 – Emergency Shiphandling: 8/25, 10/20
SHS-ESH-BRMP 3 day – Emergency Shiphandling & Bridge Resource Management for Pilots: 10/8

TPIC-DL � Tankship Dangerous Liquids (PIC): 9/22

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

Check the MITAGS website at www.mitags.org for course descriptions associated with the course title abbreviations, and schedule revisions. For class availability or info on MITAGS courses and programs, contact admissions toll-free at 866-656-5568 or by e-mail: admissions@mitags.org.


PMI ACADEMIC NOTES

PMI Web site at www.mates.org for more info

FOR REGISTRATION CALL JENNIFER PITZEN: 206 838-1126

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

September 2008
2-5APRA
2-6CHS BAS
2-6MED PRO
3ROR
8-12MED PIC
9-12SHS EMR-5
15-19WX BAS
15-19TPIC
15-26GMDSS
22-26MED PRO

October 2008
29-3 ROP
29-3 SHS BAS
6 ROR
6-10WKP BAS
7-10ARPA
13-17ECDIS
13-17TPIC
20-31GMDSS
20-24MED PRO
20-31MED PIC
22-26MED PRO
20FL

November 2008
3ROR
4-7ARPA
10-14MED PRO
10-21MED PIC
17-19SEC VCF

December 2008
1-5MED PRO
1-12GMDSS
1-12MED PIC
8-19GMDSS
15-19ECDIS
15-19TPIC

January 2009
7-11ENAV
7-11STB BAS
8-11ARPA
14-18WX BAS
14-25GMDSS
14-18ROP
14-2/1TC NAV
21-2/1WKP
21ROR
22-25ARPA
28-2/8GMDSS
28-2/1MED PRO

February 2009
4-8ROP
12ROR
11-12SAR
12-15ARPA
13-15EP
16FL
18-22ENAV
18-22MED PRO
18-22SHS BAS
18-29MED PIC
25-3/7 CNAV
25ROR

March 2009
3-14GMDSS
10-11SAR
10-12SEC VCF
12-14EP
17-28GMDSS
24-4/4 GMDSS
24ROR
25-28ARPA

For registration call Jennifer Pitzen 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 8-29-2008

D O W N A S D A Q S & P 500
11,543.55 2,411.64 1,288.49
Fund Name & Trading Symbol
 Closing
Price
 Vanguard Asset Allocation Fund(VAARX)
58.95
 Vanguard 500 Index Fund (VFINX)
118.54
 Vanguard Extended Market Index Fund (VEXMX)
37.56
 Vanguard International Growth Fund (VWIGX)
20.43
 Vanguard Morgan Growth Fund (VMRGX)
17.37
 Vanguard Windsor II Fund (VWNFX)
26.75
 Vanguard GNMA Fund (VFIIX)
10.28
 Vanguard Growth Index Fund (VIGRX)
30.28
 Vanguard High Yield Corporate (VWEHX)
5.46
 Vanguard LifeStrategy Conservative Growth (VSCGX)
16.00
 Vanguard LifeStrategy Growth Fund (VASGX)
22.20
 Vanguard LifeStrategy Income Fund (VASIX)
13.66
 Vanguard LifeStrategy Moderate Growth (VSMGX)
19.30
 Vanguard Target Retirement 2005 (VTOVX)
11.58
 Vanguard Target Retirement 2015 (VTXVX)
12.16
 Vanguard Target Retirement 2025 (VTTVX)
12.50
 Vanguard Target Retirement 2035 (VTTHX)
13.09
 Vanguard Target Retirement 2045 (VTIVX)
13.52
 Vanguard Total Bond Index (VBMFX)
10.02
 Vanguard Total Stock Market Index Fund (VTSMX)
31.47
 Chase Growth Fund (CHASX)
18.95
 Fidelity Asset Manager (FASMX)
14.16
 Fidelity Growth and Income (FGRIX)
22.14
 Fidelity Intermediate bond Fund (FTHRX)
9.85
 Fidelity Magellan Fund (FMAGX)
76.86
 Fidelity Small Company Instl (FMACX)
17.58
 Fidelity Value Fund (FDVLX)
67.66
 Fidelity Equity-Income II Fund (FEQTX)
19.30
 Fidelity Blue Chip Growth Fund (FBGRX)
39.62
 Fidelity Diversified International Fund (FDIVX)
33.07
 Fidelity Dividend Growth Fund (FDGFX)
26.14
 Fidelity Freedom Income (FFFAX)
10.92
 Fidelity Freedom 2000 (FFFBX)
11.80
 Fidelity Freedom 2010 (FFFCX)
13.44
 Fidelity Freedom 2020 (FFFDX)
13.88
 Fidelity Freedom 2030 (FFFEX)
14.08
 Fidelity Freedom 2040 (FFFFX)
8.23
 Fidelity Freedom 2050 (FFFHX)
9.66
 Fidelity Total Bond Fund (FTBFX)
10.07
 Spartan Extended market Index Fund (FSEMX)
35.28
 Spartan US Equity Index Fund (FUSEX)
45.49
 Domini Social Equity Fund (DSEFX)
28.43





~ 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. Suite B
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:

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.

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