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Wheelhouse Weekly – September 14, 2009

September 14th 2009

 

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

Volume 13 . . . . . Number 37. . . . September 14, 2009

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.


HORIZON LINES BEGINS NEW SERVICE TO TAMPA

MM&P-contracted Horizon Lines has announced it will add regularly scheduled container service between Tampa and Puerto Rico. A vessel call at the Port of Tampa will be added to the carrier’s Gulf Express Service, currently operating a fixed-day, biweekly schedule between Houston, Texas and San Juan.

Tampa service will begin with the arrival of the HORIZON DISCOVERY on Oct. 4. “We teamed with Tampa Port Authority, Ports America, the terminal services provider and the International Longshoremen’s Association leadership to create an excellent new opportunity for Puerto Rico shippers in central Florida,” said Horizon Lines President and CEO Chuck Raymond. The expanded biweekly Gulf Express port rotation will be Houston, Tampa, San Juan.


MOST AMERICAN WORKERS UNDER 35 LACK BASIC ECONOMIC SECURITY, AFL-CIO STUDY FINDS

Young workers today are significantly less likely to have health care or economic security than they were 10 years ago and one-third of them still live with their parents, according to a new national survey released by the AFL-CIO. The study defined “young workers” as people under 35.

Some of the key findings: 31 percent of those under 35 say they don’t have health insurance; one in three still live at home with their parents; only 31 percent say they make enough money to cover their bills and put some money aside. Twenty-four percent of those surveyed say they can’t even pay their monthly bills.

The study also found that only 58 percent receive paid sick days and only 66 percent receive paid vacation. When asked who is most responsible for the country’s economic woes, close to 50 percent of those surveyed put the blame on Wall Street and banks or corporate CEOs. By a 22-point margin, young workers favor expanding public investment over reducing the budget deficit.

“Young workers are facing the worst kind of insecurity—struggling to find good jobs and hold down debt while trying to grow into adulthood,” said AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer Richard Trumka. “We owe them better. Unless we change it, their economic standards are going to define a new norm—a norm of lower job and living standards. Their future is our country’s future and we must commit to creating an economy that provides a strong economic future for all.”


PRESIDENT OBAMA TO ADDRESS AFL-CIO CONVENTION

Barack Obama will be among the keynote speakers at the 26th annual AFL-CIO National Convention in Pittsburgh. The President is scheduled to speak on Tuesday morning. Over 1,000 delegates and 1,000 guests will attend the four-day convention, at the end of which a new president will be elected to head the AFL-CIO. Among the other speakers is U.S. Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis. Today through Thursday, the AFL-CIO Convention will be web-streamed live at http://www.aflcio.org/convention2009.


USNS PERRY LAUNCHED; MSC TAKES DELIVERY OF USNS SCHIRRA

Military Sealift Command (MSC) has launched USNS MATTHEW PERRY, the newest in the series of Lewis and Clark-class dry cargo/ammunition ships. MSC also announced it has taken delivery of USNS WALLY SCHIRRA. As with all the Lewis and Clark-class vessels in the MSC newbuild program, the two new ships will be crewed by licensed deck officers who are MM&P bargaining unit members. First Officer Mark Perdue is currently assigned aboard USNS PERRY.

SCHIRRA, which is scheduled to undertake its first mission in May of next year, is named in honor of astronaut Walter “Wally” Schirra. PERRY is expected to be delivered to MSC in early 2010, following a series of tests and sea trials. It was named in honor of Navy Commodore Matthew C. Perry (1794-1858), who negotiated an important trade treaty with the Japanese and served in the War of 1812 and the Mexican-American War. The new underway replenishment vessels deliver ammunition, provisions, spare parts, potable water and petroleum to U.S. Navy ships.


MM&P-CONTRACTED APL SEEKS CHIEF MATES

MM&P-contracted APL Maritime is seeking to fill several Chief Mate positions on vessels in its containership fleet. The jobs are permanent positions in the fleet, with opportunities for advancement with experience. Please send resumes to bill_mahoney@aplmaritime.com for review and consideration.


MARINERS URGED TO ATTEND SEPT. 22-23 MERPAC MEETING AT NATIONAL MARITIME CENTER

The next meeting of the Merchant Marine Personnel Advisory Committee(MERPAC) will be held Sept. 22-23 in Martinsburg, W. Va., at the Coast Guard’s National Maritime Center (NMC). A major focus of the meeting will be NMC’s performance in processing mariners’ document requests, including licenses, upgrades and medical reviews.
 
MM&P has been very active in MERPAC, including in the long debate over the USCG’s medical evaluation process. The union has appeared before Congress and taken its concerns to the Coast Guard Commandant. Members are strongly encouraged to attend this meeting. If you are planning to attend, there are several hotels in the area. The phone number of The Comfort Inn, which has 109 rooms, is 304-263-6200.


NY/NJ MEMBERSHIP MEETING MOVED TO SEPT. 16

The next monthly membership meeting at the NY/NJ Hall will be held Wednesday, Sept. 16 because of a conflict with the meeting of the MM&P General Executive Board.


D-BOOK MEMBERSHIP CLASS IN SAN FRANCISCO SEPT. 30 – OCT. 1

The D-Book Membership class will be held in the San Francisco Hall Sept. 30 – Oct. 1. The class begins at 0900. All applicants should complete this course as soon as possible to avoid delays in becoming members. Applicants should take the course before completing 360 days of covered employment. For more information and to sign up, please contact the San Francisco Hall at 415-777-5074.


FREE MARITIME INDUSTRY JOB CAMP IN HOUSTON

A free maritime “job camp” will be held at West Gulf Maritime (WGMA) in Houston on Friday, Sept. 18, from 0900 to 1200. Job seekers and companies with positions available are encouraged to attend. Speakers will discuss topics that include how to put together an effective resume, interviewing techniques and how to market yourself to prospective employers. Please bring your resume and a business card, if you have one, to this event. Because the job market is so tight, as of Monday, no employers had signed up for this event. However, the sponsors are confident that those looking for jobs in the maritime industry will benefit from the advice they receive from those present. For more information, and to confirm your participation as a speaker, an employer or a job seeker, please immediately contact Beverly Clarke at beverlylclarke@gmail.com. The job fair will be held at: WGMA, 1717 East Loop South, Suite 200, Houston (Market at 610 Portway Plaza Building). Please pass this announcement on to anyone in the maritime industry who might be interested in attending.


ST. LAWRENCE SEAWAY REPORTS DROP IN TRANSITS, VOLUME

As a result of the global economic downturn, the St. Lawrence Seaway registered a significant drop in cargo volume and ship transits for the first eight months of 2009. Total tonnage was down about 35 percent from this time last year, according to a statement released by the St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corp. Volumes are up significantly since April, however, a sign that the worst may be over.


MARAD SAYS PIRACY WILL INCREASE WITH END OF MONSOON SEASON

The Maritime Administration is advising that there will be more pirate attacks off the Horn of Africa and in the Indian Ocean now that monsoon season has ended. MARAD is warning vessels to avoid routes on which attacks have taken place, to travel at maximum sustainable speed through high threat areas and to continually conduct risk assessments during the voyage.


HONG KONG-REGISTERED COAL CARRIER STRIKES YACHT

A young Australian seeking to become the youngest woman to sail solo around the world had her project interrupted last week when her vessel was struck by a coal carrier. Jessica Watson, 16, was on a preliminary trip when her yacht was struck by the MV SILVER YANG.  The yacht suffered minor damage. The coal carrier was reportedly on autopilot when it struck the 34-foot yacht, the PINK LADY. Authorities are investigating the accident.


LIBERIAN SHIPPING COMPANY PLEADS GUILTY TO RECORD BOOK FALSIFICATION

A Liberian shipping company has pleaded guilty in federal court to failing to keep accurate oily water discharge records and falsifying records aboard the MV MYRON N, the Justice Department says. The company, Dalnave Navigation, was sentenced to pay a fine of $1 million. Additionally, it agreed to make a $350,000 community service payment to the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation to be used for the protection, scientific study and restoration of marine and aquatic resources in the District of New Jersey.

Earlier in the week, the chief engineer and second engineer aboard the vessel were sentenced to three months of probation on condition that they serve one month in a community corrections facility. The government’s investigation began in September 2008, when Coast Guard inspectors uncovered evidence that crew members had installed pipes to bypass the ship’s pollution control system and pump untreated bilge directly into the ocean.


NTSB OPENS DOCKET ON SINKING OF FISHING VESSEL

As part of its investigation into the sinking of the ALASKA RANGER in the Bering Sea in March 2008, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has opened a public accident docket. Five people aboard the boat died when it sank 120 nautical miles west of Dutch Harbor, Ala. The NTSB said it is still sifting through information and analyzing the accident and will post more information to the docket as it becomes available. The vessel itself has not been recovered from its resting place on the bottom of the Bering Sea.


MITAGS ACADEMIC NOTES

CLASS OPENINGS: Between now and the end of 2009, seats are available in the following courses:


ARPA – Automatic Radar Plotting Aids: 9/22, 10/6, 11/16

AZIPOD – (2-Day) Azipod Propulsion Systems: 10/1

BST – Basic Safety Training: 10/5, 12/7

BRM – Bridge Resource Management: 9/14, 11/16

BRMP – Bridge Resource Management for Pilots: 12/3

CNAV – Celestial Navigation: 10/19

CHS-BAS – Basic Cargo Handling & Stowage: 10/5

[CMM – Chief Mate and Master Courses]

CMM-ADVSTB � Advanced Stability: 12/14

CMM-ADVWX – Advanced Meteorology: 11/16

CMM-CHS I – Advanced Cargo Operations (week 1): 10/5

CMM-CHS II – Advanced Cargo Operations (week 2): 10/12

CMM-MPP – Marine Propulsion Plants: 11/2

CMM-SHMGT I – Ship Management (week 1) : 11/30

CMM-SHMGT II – Ship Management (week 2) : 12/7

CMM-SHS-ADV-I – Advanced Shiphandling (week 1):  11/9, 11/30, 12/2

CMM-SHS-ADV-I I – Advanced Shiphandling (week 2): 11/2, 11/16, 12/7

CMM-WKP – Advanced Watchkeeping: 11/9

EP – Emergency Procedures: 11/4

ENVRO-REGS PERMIT – Environmental Regulations In The Maritime Industry / Epa General Permit For Commercial Vessels:  10/7, 11/11

FF-BADV – Basic and Advanced Fire Fighting Combined: 10/5, 12/7

HAZ – Hazardous Materials (5-Day) course: 10/12

LAP – License Advancement Program (Original Third Mate Only): 11/30

LEG – Legal Aspects of Pilotage: 9/28, 12/2

LNG AWAR � Liquefied Natural Gas Awareness: 12/14

MEDIA RSP – Media Response Workshop: 9/18, 11/19

MED-DOT-DA – Dept. of Trans Drug & Alcohol Testing: 10/17, 11/14

MED-PIC – Medical Person In Charge: 11/9

MED-PRO – Medical Care Provider:  11/9

[MSC – Military Sealift Command]

MSC-CBRD-1 – CBRD Orientation: 11/20

MSC-DC Damage Control: (Special Evening Course: 11/16 – 19/09)

MSC-SMA – Small Arms Training: 11/16

ROR-1 – Radar Observer Renewal: 10/5, 11/9, 11/16

SAR – Search & Rescue: 11/2

SEC-VCF – Security Officer: Vessel, Company & Facility: 11/16

SEC-VSO-R – Vessel Security Officer Refresher (1 day):  11/13

SHS-BAS – Basic Shiphandling: 11/9

SHS-EMR-5 – Emergency Shiphandling: 10/12, 12/7

SHS-EMR-BRMP3 – Emergency Shiphandling and Bridge Resource Management for Pilots: 9/28, 11/30


WKP BAS – Basic Watchkeeping: 9/21

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


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


PMI ACADEMIC NOTES

Schedule of Courses – Please also see our schedule online at www.mates.org

For registration, call our registrar, Jennifer Pitzen, at (206) 838-1126

September 2009

21        Radar Renewal
21-2    Celestial Navigation
22-25  ARPA
21-25  Medical Care Provider
21-2    Medical Person-In-Charge

October 2009

5-9 Basic Stability
12-16   Basic Meteorology
12        Security Refresher
19-30  GMDSS
19-23  Tankerman Person In Charge
26        Radar Renewal
26-30 Medical Care Provider
27-29  Security VCF

November 2009

2-13    Watchkeeping with BRM
2-6      Radar Observer Unlimited
9          Radar Renewal
9-13    Medical Care Provider
9-20    Medical Person In Charge
10-12  Security VCF
16-20  Tankerman Person In Charge
20       Flashing Light
30       Security Refresher

December 2009

7          Radar Renewal
8-11     ARPA
14-16   Security VCF


MM&P MARKET WATCH AS OF 9-11-2009

D O W N A S D A Q S & P 500
9,627.48 2,080.90 1,042.73
Fund Name & Trading Symbol
 Closing
Price
 Vanguard Asset Allocation Fund(VAARX)
46.72
 Vanguard 500 Index Fund (VFINX)
96.54
 Vanguard Extended Market Index Fund (VEXMX)
30.84
 Vanguard International Growth Fund (VWIGX)
16.45
 Vanguard Morgan Growth Fund (VMRGX)
14.08
 Vanguard Windsor II Fund (VWNFX)
22.23
 Vanguard GNMA Fund (VFIIX)
10.73
 Vanguard Growth Index Fund (VIGRX)
25.11
 Vanguard High Yield Corporate (VWEHX)
5.19
 Vanguard LifeStrategy Conservative Growth (VSCGX)
14.84
 Vanguard LifeStrategy Growth Fund (VASGX)
18.77
 Vanguard LifeStrategy Income Fund (VASIX)
13.19
 Vanguard LifeStrategy Moderate Growth (VSMGX)
17.19
 Vanguard Target Retirement 2005 (VTOVX)
10.89
 Vanguard Target Retirement 2015 (VTXVX)
11.09
 Vanguard Target Retirement 2025 (VTTVX)
10.98
 Vanguard Target Retirement 2035 (VTTHX)
11.17
 Vanguard Target Retirement 2045 (VTIVX)
11.55
 Vanguard Total Bond Index (VBMFX)
10.40
 Vanguard Total Stock Market Index Fund (VTSMX)
25.81
 Chase Growth Fund (CHASX)
14.91
 Fidelity Asset Manager (FASMX)
13.35
 Fidelity Growth and Income (FGRIX)
15.30
 Fidelity Intermediate bond Fund (FTHRX)
10.10
 Fidelity Magellan Fund (FMAGX)
61.73
 Fidelity Small Company Instl (FMACX)
15.01
 Fidelity Value Fund (FDVLX)
54.40
 Fidelity Equity-Income II Fund (FEQTX)
15.69
 Fidelity Blue Chip Growth Fund (FBGRX)
34.46
 Fidelity Diversified International Fund (FDIVX)
27.24
 Fidelity Dividend Growth Fund (FDGFX)
22.21
 Fidelity Freedom Income (FFFAX)
10.56
 Fidelity Freedom 2000 (FFFBX)
11.24
 Fidelity Freedom 2010 (FFFCX)
12.28
 Fidelity Freedom 2020 (FFFDX)
12.22
 Fidelity Freedom 2030 (FFFEX)
11.99
 Fidelity Freedom 2040 (FFFFX)
6.91
 Fidelity Freedom 2050 (FFFHX)
8.04
 Fidelity Total Bond Fund (FTBFX)
10.36
 Spartan Extended market Index Fund (FSEMX)
28.80
 Spartan US Equity Index Fund (FUSEX)
37.02
 Domini Social Equity Fund (DSEFX)
24.25





~ 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.

© 2009, International Organization of Masters, Mates & Pilots. All the material contained in this publication is protected by copyright. For permission to reprint text from the Weekly, contact the MM&P Communications Department: lrosenthal@bridgedeck.org. For changes of address, contact Lisa Rosenthal at lrosenthal@bridgedeck.org.