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Wheelhouse Weekly – September 21, 2009

September 21st 2009

 

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

Volume 13 . . . . . Number 38. . . . September 21, 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.


HEADQUARTERS STAFFER MIKE RODRIGUEZ TAKES SENIOR STAFF JOB IN CONGRESS

Mike Rodriguez, executive assistant to MM&P International President Tim Brown, leaves MM&P Oct. 1 to become a senior professional staff member on the House of Representatives Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. “Since 2001, Mike has been a valuable member of the headquarters team, responsible for representing the union and international maritime labor in many forums at home and abroad,” said MM&P International President Tim Brown. “We wish him fair winds and following seas.”


AFL-CIO DELEGATES ELECT NEW LEADERS

Delegates to the 2009 AFL-CIO Convention in Pittsburgh last week elected a new leadership team: Rich Trumka, president, Liz Shuler, secretary-treasurer and Arlene Holt Baker, executive vice president. Shuler, 39, is the youngest person ever to become an officer of the AFL-CIO. She was formerly executive assistant to the president of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers.

“The surest, the fastest and most effective way to lift workers and our families into the middle class is with the strength that can only come with a union contract,” Trumka told the delegates. He said that unions’ role is increasingly crucial at a time when “the American middle class isn’t just being squeezed—we are being crushed.”

Shuler said her priority is to reach out to young workers, especially those who do not belong to labor unions. A recent AFL-CIO study has found that workers under 35 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. The study also found that only 58 percent receive paid sick days and only 66 percent receive paid vacation. Holt Baker said that her priority would be passage of the Employee Free Choice Act.

Trumka said that the labor movement will fight for labor law and health care reform, including a strong public health insurance option. He described his plans for a youth summit early next year, and pledged to hire 1,000 professional organizers.

Although the percentage of workers in unions has slid to 12.4 percent, about one-third the number of a half century ago, Trumka said he thinks the time is ripe for unions to increase their numbers.

In his address to the convention delegates on Tuesday, President Barack Obama said unions are fundamental to the country’s economic recovery. “It was the creation of the middle class that lifted this nation up in the wake of a great depression,” he said. “When organized labor succeeds, that’s when our middle class succeeds, and when our middle class succeeds, that’s when the United States of America succeeds.”

At the end of the convention, the delegates approved a resolution saying that the nation’s health care system is badly broken and needs a far-reaching overhaul that would include a government-run option to compete with private insurers. “We stand ready to do everything we can to enact reform,” the resolution states.


MM&P MEMBERS IN THE NEWS!

In a publication that features interviews with two MM&P members, Robert Jaeger and Andrew Strosahl, the U.S. Navy underlines the important operational role played by civil service mariners in its 2009 Pacific Partnership mission. Jaeger is captain and Strosahl is second mate aboard Military Sealift Command (MSC) dry cargo/ammunition ship USNS Richard E. Byrd (T-AKE 4).

Civil service mariners aboard BYRD “embody the Navy Ethos and are making significant contributions to Pacific Partnership 2009,” writes Joshua Valcarcel of the Navy public affairs office. MSC ships support the Navy’s combatant fleet by providing fuel, food, ordnance, parts and various other materials to ships at sea via underway replenishment.

This year, BYRD is the primary platform for Pacific Partnership, an annual humanitarian and civic assistance mission conducted by, with and through partner nations, non-governmental organizations and other U.S. and international government agencies to execute a variety of humanitarian civic action missions in the Pacific Fleet Area of Responsibility.

As the enabling vessel, BYRD will carry humanitarian civic assistance equipment and supplies and a multi-specialized team of preventive medicine personnel, veterinarians, a medical and dental team and multi-skilled engineering personnel to Kiribati, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, Solomon Islands, Samoa and Tonga.

“We’re the life support of the Pacific Partnership mission,” says USNS BRYD’s Master Robert Jaeger. “We provide the cargo crane for the mission’s various types of support cargo–medical, dental, engineering parts and materials–as well as housing for mission support personnel.”

The article describes how Strosahl has seen his responsibilities increase dramatically since BYRD assumed the role of primary platform. He is now charged with organizing and managing all the ship’s cargo and gear movement in a completely different way. “I’m proud of what I do,” he says. “I’m not just serving the armed forces in this role, I’m supporting America.”


PROFESSIONAL LIABILITY INSURANCE REIMBURSEMENT FOR CIVILIAN MARINERS

MM&P has discharged bargaining obligations with Military Sealift Command (MSC) over Military Sealift Fleet Support Command Instruction 12800.1 pertaining to professional liability insurance. The instruction provides for reimbursement to MSC CIVMAR supervisors and managers for half the cost paid (up to a maximum of $150 per year) for professional liability insurance (such as marine licensing insurance) provided both professional/liability coverage and license defense coverage are purchased and stipulations are met as required in MSFSCINST 12800.1. Now more than ever, merchant mariners need marine licensing insurance. If you are involved in a shipping casualty or incident, are sued as the result of a marine casualty, if your license is revoked, suspended or if you are reduced in grade, the cost to you in legal expenses and lost income could be devastating. Contact MM&P Government Fleet Representative Randi Ciszewski at 202-841-4252 or rciszewski@bridgedeck.org for further information.


NEW TRADE ROUTES DEVELOP AS A RESULT OF CLIMATE CHANGE, AMERICANSHIPPER REPORTS

“American Shipper” online reports on how climate change is leading to a northward extension of navigation and sailing seasons in both hemispheres. A recent installment of the publication describes changes in the operations of an Inuit-owned cargo vessel serving Upper Canada by way of the Northwest Passage. Another report focuses on two vessels operated by Beluga Shipping which arrived at their Siberian destination by means of the Northeast Passage along Russia’s northern coast. “If extended summer retreats by the Arctic ice persist, such voyages may become commonplace and alternatenorthern routings may shorten some trade lanes,” reports the publication’s editor, Harry G. Butler, in a recent article entitled “Inuit-Owned Cargo Vessel MV UMIAVUT Travels Northwest Passage.” UMIAVUT is an Inuit-owned Ice Class 1 vessel that travels the Northwest Passage from the Eastern Arctic.


PIRATES ATTACK VESSELS IN MALAYSIA

Two pirate attacks occurred within two hours and in close proximity south of Tanjung Ayam, Malaysia, on Sept. 14, according to international officials. Five men attempted to board a Panama-registered tanker, PACIFIC HARMONY, from a boat about 2.4 nm southeast of Tanjung Ayam. The duty officer raised the alarm when he sighted two men using a stick with hook attempting to board the tanker from the poop deck. On hearing the alarm, the men aborted the boarding, jumped into the water and fled in their boat. Approximately two hours later, six men armed with long knives used a long hook in an attempt to board MMM KINGSTON, a Malaysia-registered chemical tanker. Once again, the duty officer aboard the ship raised the alarm and the men aborted the boarding.


INTERTANKO URGES CAUTION IN ARMING CREWS; NAVAL FORCES RELEASE SOMALI PIRATES

Four pirates detained by the German warship BRANDENBURG on Sept. 7 have been released, the authorities report. All their “pirate equipment” (including weapons) has been confiscated and will be destroyed. The body of a suspected pirate who was wounded and later died remains onboard the BRANDENBURG until arrangements to repatriate him are in place.

Intertanko took the opportunity to underline the risks inherent in arming civilian mariners. “In this instance, the sailor who shot the pirate was a member of the military forces and thus not subject to the usual potential of prosecution by the nation of the deceased. The same cannot be said if the errant shot had been fired by a civilian. Arming of merchant vessels should not be undertaken lightly.”

In other piracy news, eight pirates have been returned to Puntland after being kept in an Egyptian prison for holding two Egyptian ships and their crews hostage for several months along Puntland’s Sanaag region. The crew revolted, regained control of the ship and took the pirates to Egypt where they were put in prison. Puntland’s government requested they be returned to the local authorities and tried in Puntland court.


UNITED STATES SIGNS NEW YORK ANTI-PIRACY DECLARATION

Representatives of the United States, Japan, the Republic of Cyprus, the Republic of Singapore, and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland signed the New York Declaration, a commitment to best management practices to avoid, deter or delay acts of piracy at the Fourth Plenary Session of the Contact Group on Piracy off the Coast of Somalia. The agreement was signed at United Nations Headquarters in New York on Sept. 10. The document condemns all acts of piracy and armed robbery againstvessels and seafarers and expresses gratitude for the international naval operations taking place off the coast of Somalia and East Africa to prevent acts of piracy and hijackings. The agreement also pledges that under their responsibilities as set forth in the International Ship and Port Facility Security (ISPS) Code, each signatory country will ensure that vessels on their registry have adopted and documented appropriate self protection measures in their Ship Security Plans as part of ISPS Code compliance.


RAND CORP SELLS BOOK ON PIRACY WORKSHOP

The Rand Corporation is selling a report that details the proceedings of its March 2009 workshop, “Countering Piracy in the Modern Era.” The workshop featured the participation of experts from the U.S. government, allied partner nations, the maritime industry and academic organizations. Topics included: relevance of the current legal framework for countering piracy; the economic burden imposed by piracy; the opportunities for international collaboration that have been afforded by the joint maritime patrols off the Horn of Africa; the question of using private security contractors to protect shipping transiting dangerous waters; the extent to which industry talks with a “single voice” in terms of addressing maritime security; and means of confronting the unique nature of piracy off the Horn of Africa. The paperback costs $20 and is available at http://www.rand.org/pubs/conf_proceedings/CF269/.


NAVY BAND PERFORMS HEAVE HO

During a medley of anthems of each U.S. military service at an Aug. 31 concert at Naval Station Newport, the Navy Band Northeast, under the direction of U.S. Navy Lieutenant Carl Gerhard, played the song “Heave Ho.” The introduction that was read before the song was played pointed out that it is “the anthem of another, yet often forgotten, group of heroic men without whom the United States could not have fought, let alone won, World War II. Those heroes were, and are, the men of the U.S. Merchant Marine.”

The narrative underlined the fact that civilian mariners sailed the thousands of merchant ships that moved hundreds of thousands of our troops and millions of tons of our war material across the North Atlantic to the war in Europe and across the Pacific to the war against Japan. “Their ships were essentially unarmed and German and Japanese submarines and aircraft took a heavy toll.” The Kings Point Alumni Foundation says Bob Sleiertin “got the ball rolling and provided the inspiration to include ‘Heave Ho’ in the program.”


WOMEN ON THE WATER CONFERENCE OCT. 15-17 IN MAINE

The Maritime Administration is encouraging everyone interested in the maritime industry to attend its 3rd annual “Women on the Water” conference at Maine Maritime Academy Oct. 15 to 17. The event brings midshipmen and cadets attending America’s maritime academies together with successful members of the maritime industry to discuss current issues. This year’s conference will address topics that include piracy, fatigue, health and criminalization.

For more information, visit http://www.marad.dot.gov online, or send an e-mail to womenonthewater@dot.gov . You can register online at http://wow.mma.edu or by calling Rhonda Varney in the Conferences Department at Maine Maritime Academy, (207) 326-2283. To register by mail, write to Maine Maritime Academy, Women on the Water Conference, ATTN: WOW Conference, 70 Pleasant St., Castine, ME 04420. 


VESSEL GENERAL PERMIT ELECTRONIC OPTION ANNOUNCED BY EPA

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is encouraging vessel operators to apply electronically for coverage under the Vessel General Permit (VGP). The electronic service is called eNOI, which stands for “electronic notice of intent.” To find out more about the free online service, you can go to the EPA Vessels General Permit page.


HUGE CRUISE SHIP BUILT BY ITALIAN SHIPYARD

Carnival Cruise Line’s new flagship, CARNIVAL DREAM, which at 130,000 gross tons is the largest cruise ship ever built in Italy, was delivered last week. The 306-meter-long vessel has 2,558 cabins and will accommodate approximately 6,000 people (4,633 guests and 1,367 crew).


MM&P OPENS NEW OFFICE IN JUNEAU!

The MM&P United Inland Group has a new office in Juneau, manned by Ron Bressette. The mailing address is: 229 Fourth St., Juneau, AK 99801. Ron’s e-mail is: rbressette@bridgedeck.org. The office phone numbers are: 907-586-8192 and 907-789-0569 fax.


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.


NOTE FROM THE MM&P INTERNATIONAL PRESIDENT: JOB OPPORTUNITY

The first item in the Wheelhouse Weekly announces the resignation of Michael Rodriguez, executive assistant to the MM&P International President and his new position as a senior professional staff member on the House of Representatives Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure.

Mike will clearly be missed around MM&P headquarters. He was involved with contracts and represented the union in numerous international maritime forums, in matters relating to the Coast Guard and in numerous other areas of importance to MM&P and MM&P members.

Within the next few months, we will be interviewing candidates to fill the vacancy created by Mike’s departure. We are most interested in candidates who have experience writing contracts and the ability to work with spreadsheets to develop contract proposals and bids, as well as an understanding of what it takes to represent MM&P in matters before the U.S. government in Washington, D.C., as well as internationally.

We understand there may not be one individual who possesses all these talents. Consequently, we are looking for the individual whose experience best matches our interests and requirements. We would prefer to hire an MM&P member and would encourage those with a law degree and/or experience writing contract proposals to apply. If you are interested in being considered for this position, please send your resume to:

Timothy A. Brown
MM&P International President
c/o Audrey Scharmann
Masters, Mates & Pilots
700 Maritime Blvd., Suite B
Linthicum Heights, MD 21090-1953


MITAGS ACADEMIC NOTES

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


ARPA – Automatic Radar Plotting Aids: 11/16

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

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

BRM – Bridge Resource Management: 11/16

BRMP – Bridge Resource Management for Pilots: 12/3

CNAV – Celestial Navigation: 10/19

[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):  9/28, 11/9, 11/30, 12/2

CMM-SHS-ADV-I I – Advanced Shiphandling (week 2): 10/19, 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:  11/11

FF-BADV – Basic and Advanced Fire Fighting Combined: 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: 12/2

LNG AWAR � Liquefied Natural Gas Awareness: 12/14

MEDIA RSP – Media Response Workshop: 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: 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: 12/7

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

…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

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 9-18-2009

D O W N A S D A Q S & P 500
9,820.20 2,132.86 1,068.30
Fund Name & Trading Symbol
 Closing
Price
 Vanguard Asset Allocation Fund(VAARX)
47.56
 Vanguard 500 Index Fund (VFINX)
98.93
 Vanguard Extended Market Index Fund (VEXMX)
31.96
 Vanguard International Growth Fund (VWIGX)
16.76
 Vanguard Morgan Growth Fund (VMRGX)
14.41
 Vanguard Windsor II Fund (VWNFX)
22.66
 Vanguard GNMA Fund (VFIIX)
10.72
 Vanguard Growth Index Fund (VIGRX)
25.60
 Vanguard High Yield Corporate (VWEHX)
5.28
 Vanguard LifeStrategy Conservative Growth (VSCGX)
15.00
 Vanguard LifeStrategy Growth Fund (VASGX)
19.16
 Vanguard LifeStrategy Income Fund (VASIX)
13.26
 Vanguard LifeStrategy Moderate Growth (VSMGX)
17.45
 Vanguard Target Retirement 2005 (VTOVX)
10.99
 Vanguard Target Retirement 2015 (VTXVX)
11.25
 Vanguard Target Retirement 2025 (VTTVX)
11.19
 Vanguard Target Retirement 2035 (VTTHX)
11.42
 Vanguard Target Retirement 2045 (VTIVX)
11.81
 Vanguard Total Bond Index (VBMFX)
10.38
 Vanguard Total Stock Market Index Fund (VTSMX)
26.49
 Chase Growth Fund (CHASX)
15.07
 Fidelity Asset Manager (FASMX)
13.55
 Fidelity Growth and Income (FGRIX)
15.59
 Fidelity Intermediate bond Fund (FTHRX)
10.09
 Fidelity Magellan Fund (FMAGX)
63.20
 Fidelity Small Company Instl (FMACX)
15.58
 Fidelity Value Fund (FDVLX)
56.36
 Fidelity Equity-Income II Fund (FEQTX)
16.10
 Fidelity Blue Chip Growth Fund (FBGRX)
35.41
 Fidelity Diversified International Fund (FDIVX)
27.77
 Fidelity Dividend Growth Fund (FDGFX)
22.85
 Fidelity Freedom Income (FFFAX)
10.66
 Fidelity Freedom 2000 (FFFBX)
11.36
 Fidelity Freedom 2010 (FFFCX)
12.48
 Fidelity Freedom 2020 (FFFDX)
12.47
 Fidelity Freedom 2030 (FFFEX)
12.27
 Fidelity Freedom 2040 (FFFFX)
7.08
 Fidelity Freedom 2050 (FFFHX)
8.24
 Fidelity Total Bond Fund (FTBFX)
10.38
 Spartan Extended market Index Fund (FSEMX)
29.82
 Spartan US Equity Index Fund (FUSEX)
37.94
 Domini Social Equity Fund (DSEFX)
24.89





~ 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”.



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