News

Wheelhouse Weekly – September 28, 2009

September 28th 2009

 

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

Volume 13 . . . . . Number 39. . . . September 28, 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.


BAYONNE BRIDGE TOO LOW FOR GIANT NEW SHIPS, USACE SAYS

In coming years, the height of the Bayonne Bridge will pose a serious obstacle to large commercial ships calling at most of the port’s container terminals, according to a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) study. The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey commissioned the study, which also considered potential solutions, including raising the bridge to a height of 215 feet or replacing it with a new bridge or a tunnel linking Bayonne and Staten Island.

The air draft beneath the bridge varies with the tide from 151 to 156 feet. According to the study, the bridge is an obstruction to most large container vessels of greater than 7,000 TEUs that might otherwise call at the Port of New York and New Jersey within the next 50 years. Officials have already implemented the Army Corps’ recommendation for further planning and environmental analyses. The total cost of alternatives could range from $1.3 billion to jack up the bridge to $2.2 billion to build a new bridge, according to the study. A traditional bored tunnel would cost about $2.2 billion and an immersed tunnel, composed of prefabricated segments, would cost about $3.1 billion.


HOMELAND SECURITY DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCES OVER $380 MILLION IN PREPAREDNESS GRANTS FUNDED BY STIMULUS ACT

Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Janet Napolitano has announced more than $380 million in grants funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) to pay for fire station construction and port and transit security initiatives. “Infusing these Recovery Act dollars into local projects across the country will strengthen the nation’s preparedness while helping to reinvigorate America’s economy,” Napolitano said in an official statement.

The new grants will protect critical infrastructure facilities and transit systems and strengthen community response efforts by supporting new fire station construction and upgrades. Under the Port Security Grant Program, $150 million in ARRA funding is going to: protect port infrastructure from terrorism; enhance maritime domain awareness and risk management capabilities; and support implementation of the Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC).

The Transit Security Grant Program (TSGP) is awarding $72 million in ARRA funding for capital projects, such as improvements to high-density tunnels, stations and bridges. The Fire Station Construction Grant Program (FSCG) is awarding $166 million for fire departments to build new or modify existing fire stations to enhance response capabilities and protect communities from fire-related hazards. The most recent grant announcements came in addition to more than $1.34 billion awarded earlier this year for port, transit and firefighter assistance grants. DHS has committed more than 30 percent of its ARRA funds to date. For more information on preparedness grant programs or the Recovery Act, visit www.dhs.gov/recovery.


YEMENI COAST GUARD ROUTS PIRATES IN GULF OF ADEN

The UK Maritime Trade Organization in Bahrain reports that on Sunday, Sept. 20, a bulk carrier with a detachment of Yemeni Coast Guard officers on board was approached by a suspect skiff while in the internationally recommended transit corridor in the Gulf of Aden. On sighting military personnel, the skiff abandoned the approach and tried to flee. At this point, a Japanese P3 reconnaissance aircraft, already on site, reported position information to other Counter Piracy forces. The Australian warship TOOWOOMBA of the Coalition Task Force received help in stopping the skiff from a helicopter from the German EU NAVFOR warship FGS BREMEN. After sighting the helicopter, the authorities report, the suspected pirates threw unknown items and a ladder over the bow of the skiff, All eight persons on the skiff raised their arms as the vessel was boarded by Coalition forces from HMAS TOOWOOMBA. During the boarding, all piracy-related paraphernalia were seized and destroyed.


PROGRAM TO ENCOURAGE WOMEN TO ENTER THE TRANSPORTATION INDUSTRY GETS UNDERWAY

Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood has announced a new pilot program aimed at encouraging girls to pursue careers in science, engineering and technology. The new program, managed by the. Department of Transportation in partnership with Spelman College, is part of a broader effort, led by the White House, to ensure that federal programs and policies take into account the distinct needs and concerns of women and girls.

“Transportation is one of the most challenging and exciting industries in the country right now,” LaHood said. “We’d love to see the women at Spelman and students at high schools, colleges, and universities around the country become our transportation leaders for the 21st century.” Under the terms of the partnership, an internship and mentoring program will be launched to bring more female students into transportation-related careers and help them gain hands-on experience. The program will also help small, women-owned transportation companies compete for DOT contracts.


MARITIME INDUSTRIES ACADEMY HIGH SCHOOL IN BALTIMORE SEEKS INSTRUCTOR

The Maritime Industries Academy, an urban public school in Baltimore that serves approximately 450 students in grades 9-12, is looking for a full-time faculty member to teach the 9th grade introductory course, “Maritime Professional Studies.” The full-time teaching position will require curriculum development, maritime program coordination and direct instruction.

In most cases, minimum qualifications will include a bachelor’s degree in an appropriate discipline related to maritime studies, excellent communication and leadership skills, mastery of  Microsoft Office and a USCG license as third mate or third assistant engineer. However, exceptional candidates with significant maritime experience who do not meet minimum qualifications may be considered. Salary is commensurate with the education and experience of the individual. A background investigation is required prior to employment. Applicants should submit a letter of interest, resume and the names, addresses and telephone numbers of at least three professional references. Send application documents by e-mail, fax or regular mail to Joy Pinder Savage, Principal, 5001 Sinclair Lane, Baltimore, MD 21206, jsavage@bcps.k12.md.us, 410-396-0242 or 410-396-0085 (fax).


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. 


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 last week’s Wheelhouse Weekly announced 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


IMPORTANT COMMUNICATION FROM THE MM&P INTERNATIONAL PRESIDENT/CHAIRMAN OF THE MM&P TRUST PLANS

It is with regret that I inform you that during the meeting held yesterday with the employer trustees, the parties failed to reach agreement regarding the pension plan conditions which will be in effect next year after April 1, 2010. The Plan will send out a notice to this effect within the next two weeks. This notice will give general information for you to consider if you are planning to retire in the near future. Another meeting of the trustees will take place prior to the end of the year.

If you are thinking about retiring while the Pension Plan is still in the Green Zone, i.e., prior to April 1, and you are thinking about taking a 12-, 24- or 36-month partial lump-sum buyout, you must give the Pension Plan six months’ notice. If you have already filed for a full lump-sum buyout or a partial lump-sum buyout, you do not have to file again.

However, if you have not filed for a full lump-sum buyout and want to qualify for a partial lump-sum buyout while the Pension Plan is still in the Green Zone, you must complete a partial lump-sum option form and ensure that it is delivered to the Plan by fax or other guaranteed means no later than Oct. 1, 2009.

The partial lump-sum buyout form can be found on www.bridgedeck.org under “What’s New,” as well as on the MM&P members’ only pages under “Document Downloads.” You can also obtain a form from your local MM&P hall or ask the Plan to mail you one overnight.

Here is an excerpt from the Summary Plan Description for the MM&P Offshore Plan which discusses the partial lump-sum payout option.

Partial Lump-Sum Payout

If you retire on a Regular, Early Retirement or Reduced Pension, you can elect to receive one lump-sum payout equal to 12 monthly pension payments. After the partial lump-sum amount has been paid, you will continue to receive the remainder of your pension as a monthly benefit; however, your monthly pension will be actuarially reduced in order to provide for the partial lump-sum payout.

If you are married at the time you elect this option, your spouse must provide written, notarized consent to reject the Husband and Wife Pension on this portion of your benefit. Please check with your tax advisor as to the financial impact of this option.
Effective for pensions on and after October 1, 2000, you may opt to receive a partial lump-sum pension equal to 24 or 36 monthly pension payments under the same conditions as the 12 monthly pension payments described above.

You must elect this option in writing and file it with the Plan Office at least 6 months prior to your effective date of Pension. In June 1997, the Trustees agreed that when you file a Lump-Sum Payment Option with the Plan Office and at your retirement you meet the waiting period requirements for the lump sum, you can receive, at your option, the Partial Lump-Sum Payout instead of the Lump-Sum Payment.


MITAGS ACADEMIC NOTES

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


AB � Able Bodied Seaman: 10/12

ARPA – Automatic Radar Plotting Aids: 11/16

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

BST – Basic Safety Training: 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 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, 12/14

CMM-SHS-ADV-I I – Advanced Shiphandling (week 2): 10/19, 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:  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 9-25-2009

D O W N A S D A Q S & P 500
9,707.44 2,090.92 1,044.38
Fund Name & Trading Symbol
 Closing
Price
 Vanguard Asset Allocation Fund(VAARX)
46.89
 Vanguard 500 Index Fund (VFINX)
96.73
 Vanguard Extended Market Index Fund (VEXMX)
30.94
 Vanguard International Growth Fund (VWIGX)
16.38
 Vanguard Morgan Growth Fund (VMRGX)
14.10
 Vanguard Windsor II Fund (VWNFX)
22.19
 Vanguard GNMA Fund (VFIIX)
10.75
 Vanguard Growth Index Fund (VIGRX)
25.06
 Vanguard High Yield Corporate (VWEHX)
5.31
 Vanguard LifeStrategy Conservative Growth (VSCGX)
14.89
 Vanguard LifeStrategy Growth Fund (VASGX)
18.81
 Vanguard LifeStrategy Income Fund (VASIX)
13.24
 Vanguard LifeStrategy Moderate Growth (VSMGX)
17.23
 Vanguard Target Retirement 2005 (VTOVX)
10.92
 Vanguard Target Retirement 2015 (VTXVX)
11.12
 Vanguard Target Retirement 2025 (VTTVX)
11.00
 Vanguard Target Retirement 2035 (VTTHX)
11.18
 Vanguard Target Retirement 2045 (VTIVX)
11.57
 Vanguard Total Bond Index (VBMFX)
10.43
 Vanguard Total Stock Market Index Fund (VTSMX)
25.75
 Chase Growth Fund (CHASX)
14.54
 Fidelity Asset Manager (FASMX)
13.39
 Fidelity Growth and Income (FGRIX)
15.15
 Fidelity Intermediate bond Fund (FTHRX)
10.15
 Fidelity Magellan Fund (FMAGX)
61.25
 Fidelity Small Company Instl (FMACX)
14.96
 Fidelity Value Fund (FDVLX)
54.08
 Fidelity Equity-Income II Fund (FEQTX)
15.65
 Fidelity Blue Chip Growth Fund (FBGRX)
34.50
 Fidelity Diversified International Fund (FDIVX)
27.12
 Fidelity Dividend Growth Fund (FDGFX)
22.14
 Fidelity Freedom Income (FFFAX)
10.62
 Fidelity Freedom 2000 (FFFBX)
11.30
 Fidelity Freedom 2010 (FFFCX)
12.33
 Fidelity Freedom 2020 (FFFDX)
12.27
 Fidelity Freedom 2030 (FFFEX)
12.03
 Fidelity Freedom 2040 (FFFFX)
6.93
 Fidelity Freedom 2050 (FFFHX)
8.06
 Fidelity Total Bond Fund (FTBFX)
10.44
 Spartan Extended market Index Fund (FSEMX)
28.92
 Spartan US Equity Index Fund (FUSEX)
37.09
 Domini Social Equity Fund (DSEFX)
24.36





~ 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.




IOMMP

IOMMP

IOMMP

Latest posts by IOMMP (see all)