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MM&P Wheelhouse Weekly

Volume 28… Number 42, Oct. 18, 2022



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An interview with Captain Richard Phillips, the MM&P member who was kidnapped by Somali pirates, kicks off a new podcast produced by Nautilus International.

The series aims to educate the public about the importance of the maritime industry, which seems to attract attention only in cases like the MAERSK ALABAMA hijacking or last year’s grounding of the EVER GIVEN in the Suez Canal.

Phillips tells host Robert Murtagh the story of the attack, and reflects on the accuracy of the 2013 action film “Captain Phillips,” starring Tom Hanks.

He also touches on the many challenges of life at sea.

“We’re really on our own once we’re on that ship,” Phillips says, “and piracy is not the only thing you have to worry about.”

“We have medical emergencies. We have enclosed spaces. We have fires. We have stowaways.”

Phillips describes the impact on his mental health of the five days he was held hostage at gunpoint in a lifeboat, and explains how a therapist helped him move forward with his life in the aftermath of the kidnapping.

You can listen to the podcast across most audio platforms including Soundcloud, Apple, and Spotify.

MM&P is one of the 22 maritime labor unions that belong to the Nautilus Federation.
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Men who belong to labor unions for their entire careers make up to $1.3 million more on average than men who have never joined a union, new research shows.

Union members make about $3.4 million from ages 20 to 64, compared to $2.1 million for those who have never been union members.

The findings, which were published by Cornell University’s Industrial and Labor Relations Review, were the subject of a recent report by NPR.

The researchers analyzed data issued by the Panel Study of Income Dynamics from 1969 through 2019.

The Panel Study of Income Dynamics is a survey of American families, conducted by the Survey Research Center at the University of Michigan, that measures economic, social, and health factors over the life course of families over multiple generations.

The men whose cumulative income was studied had to be no older than 25 between 1969 and 1973.

The sample consisted exclusively of men because women earners were previously categorized as “spouses” in the Panel Study of Income Dynamics, and data on the earnings of spouses was not collected consistently until 1979.

The researchers calculated career earnings using total years employed, mean hours worked each year and mean hourly wage.

Men with no college degree who had been in a union for at least half their careers had expected earnings of $1.96 million by age 65, while those with no college degree who had never been in a union or had been in one less than half of their careers had projected earnings of about $1.5 million.

In contrast, people with college degrees who had been in a union for more than half their careers made less ($2.16 million) than those with college degrees who had never been in a union ($2.67 million).

The researchers attributed this finding to “the association of union membership and occupations worked.”

The study also found that union membership was associated with an increased probability of retiring at or before age 65.
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The IMO’s Maritime Safety Committee is moving forward in its effort to introduce mandatory reporting requirements for containers that go overboard.

During its most recent meeting, the MSC Subcommittee on Carriage of Cargoes and Containers agreed to a draft of new requirements for mandatory reporting, including a series of amendments to the SOLAS and MARPOL treaties.

The process began in May 2021, when the committee agreed to new measures to detect and report containers lost at sea.

The growing risks posed by containers lost at sea were underlined by a number of incidents that took place in 2020 and 2021.

The World Shipping Council estimated that an average of 1,382 containers were lost at sea each year between 2008 and 2019.

But in the most recent two years, weather-related incidents pushed the average to more than 3,100 annually, the WSC says.

The draft amendments to SOLAS chapter V add new paragraphs that specifically address “danger messaging.”

They would require that the masters of ships involved in the loss of containers communicate the particulars of the incident by appropriate means without delay and to the fullest extent possible to ships in the vicinity, to the nearest coastal State, and also to the flag State.

The flag State would be required to report the loss of containers to the IMO.

Among the provisions is a requirement to report the position and number of containers involved.

Specific clauses focus on the reporting of hazardous materials that might be in the containers.

The drafts next move for approval at the spring 2023 meeting of the full MSC, followed by adoption at the meeting in the fall of 2023.

The subcommittee agreed that the draft amendments should enter into force on Jan. 1, 2026.

The IMO Secretariat will develop the relevant module under the IMO Global Integrated Shipping Information System for the receipt of reports from flag States.
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The newest issue of Global Seafarer, the quarterly publication of the Nautilus Federation, is now online.

In this issue:

— new study shows reports of safety incidents rose during the pandemic, probably as a result of fatigue, the crew change crisis and rapid turnaround in ports;

— serious fires caused by lithium batteries underline growing risks for mariners;

— organizing efforts pay off for MM&P affiliate Orden Marítima;

— changes to the Maritime Labor Convention guarantee new rights to seafarers from developing nations, including free internet aboard ship;

— after the fire aboard APL PRESIDENT EISENWHOWER, NTSB calls for improved systems to enable rapid detection of engine room oil leaks—and praises “textbook perfect response” of crew.

Click here to read the new issue of Global Seafarer.

MM&P is one of the 20 maritime labor unions that belong to the Nautilus Federation, a strategic partnership working to safeguard mariners’ rights and foster progressive trade unionism.
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Hundreds of Liverpool longshore workers will walk off the job from Oct. 24 until Nov. 7, following two weeks of strikes that ended on Oct. 4.

Their union, Unite, says the most recent offer of 8.2 percent from employer Peel Ports amounts to a cut in real terms because the UK inflation rate is now running at 9.9 percent.

The Bank of England predicts the country’s inflation rate will peak at 11 percent in December and then remain at 10 percent for several months before starting to come down.

Despite evidence to the contrary, Peel Ports has said it is suffering financially. As a result, it says, it needs to cut costs by laying off personnel.

“Peel Holdings is hugely profitable and can absolutely afford to pay our members a proper wage increase,” says Sharon Graham, general secretary of Unite.

“Instead of negotiations to resolve this dispute, the company has chosen to threaten jobs and repeatedly mislead about the deal it has tabled.”

“Our members are standing firm. Workers across the country are sick to death of being told to take a hit on their wages and living standards while employer after employer is guilty of rampant profiteering.”

Last year, Peel Ports affiliate MDHC reported more than 30 million pounds in profits.

Global transport unions are joining the striking dockworkers on the picket line.

“As the cost of essentials like food, energy and petrol continue to rise to astronomical levels, we are seeing employer after employer gouge profits at the expense of workers’ livelihoods and living standards,” says ITF President and Dockers’ Section Chair Paddy Crumlin.

“Working people have had enough.”
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There will be an Atlantic Maritime Group membership meeting on Wednesday, Nov. 9, from 1100 hours to 1300 hours.

You must be a member in good standing to participate in the meeting.

The meeting will be held both in person and virtually so that all interested parties can attend.

The in-person meeting will be held at the NY/NJ Union Hall, 570 Broad Street, Suite 701, Newark, NJ 07102.

To receive a link to participate in the meeting virtually, you must register with AMG Representative Paulina Czernek before noon on Tuesday, Nov. 8.

Her email address is: pczernek@bridgedeck.org.
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The Offshore Orientation Course will be held in the Los Angeles/Long Beach Hall on Wednesday, Nov. 2 from 0830 to 1700.

The address of the hall is 533 N. Marine Ave., Ste A Wilmington, CA 90744-5527.

The phone is: 310-834-7201.

There is no sea-time requirement to take the course.

All Offshore applicants, potential transferees from other membership groups and other interested Offshore members are encouraged to take the course as soon as possible.

If you are interested in participating in the course, please contact Wendy Karnes: wkarnes@bridgedeck.org.
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MM&P Atlantic Ports Vice President Tom Larkin has scheduled a membership meeting at the Newark Union Hall on Wednesday Nov. 2, at 1100 EDT following job call.

MM&P Secretary-Treasurer Don Josberger will participate in the meeting.

All members and applicants are welcome to attend.

The Newark Union Hall is located at:

570 Broad Street, Ste 701

Newark, NJ 07102

The phone number is: 201-963-1900
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MM&P Atlantic Ports Vice President Tom Larkin has scheduled a membership meeting at the Charleston Union Hall on Thursday, Nov. 17, at 1100 EDT following job call.

MM&P Secretary-Treasurer Don Josberger will participate in the meeting.

All members and applicants are welcome to attend.

The Charleston Union Hall is located at:

1481 Tobias Gadson Blvd., Suite 2C

Charleston, SC 29407-4794

The phone number is: 843-766-3565.
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There are jobs for licensed and unlicensed personnel at Grand River Navigation and jobs for licensed officers at Key Lakes.

If you are interested, please contact MM&P Vice President Great Lakes & Gulf Region Vice President Tom Bell, tbell@bridgedeck.org, or (216) 776-1667.
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Fully MSC trained LDO’s, all levels, needed for the Watson Class fleet. Jobs available today!

Tanker Chief Mates and 2nd mates needed with and without MSC Classes or Security Clearance.

Any Member or Applicant who already has a valid security clearance and is interested in taking the MSC courses required for Patriot Watson Class and Chesapeake Crewing vessels but does not have training eligibility to take the courses, please email Jeremy Hope, VP of Gulf Ports and Gov’t Contracts, at jhope@bridgedeck.org  with the words “MSC Training” in the subject line.

There is an immediate need for a 1/AE on the SLNC Corsica to join in Singapore.

Vacation: 28/30.

Contract pays into the Pension and all the fringe benefits.

Wage estimate for six months of work is approximately $165,000.

There is a company bonus of $500 for each 15-Day period served on board paid upon sign-off. There is no COVID vaccine requirement for this job.
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It’s that scary time of year again. Kids in spooky costumes will be trick-or-treating, looking for something sweet to put in their bags.

When choosing which candy to give out this Halloween, why not go union made?

The list below includes candy produced by companies that treat workers fairly and give them a voice on the job.

Each purchase helps support union jobs and build a stronger middle class.

Check out our suggestions below. You’ll find they’re scary good.

100 Grand (IBT 200)

Abba-Zabba (BCTGM)

Almond Roca (BCTGM)

Baby Ruth (BCTGM, IBT 200)

Big Hunk (BCTGM)

Butterfinger (BCTGM, IBT 200)

Cadbury (UFCW)

Dum Dums (IBT 20)

Ghirardelli Chocolate (BCTGM)

Hershey Original Chocolate Bar (BCTGM, UFCW)

Hershey’s Kisses (BCTGM)

Hot Tamales (BCTGM)

Jelly Belly Jelly Beans (BCTGM)

Jolly Ranchers (BCTGM)

Just Born (BCTGM)

Laffy Taffy (IBT 26)

Look! (BCTGM)

Mike and Ike (BCTGM)

Payday (BCTGM)

Peeps (BCTGM)

PEZ (IBT 443)

Raisinets (IBT 200)

Red Vines (BCTGM)

Ring Pops (IBT 229)

Rolo (BCTGM)

See’s Candies (BCTGM)

Sugar Babies (BCTGM)

Sugar Daddy (BCTGM)

Tootsie Rolls (BCTGM)

Zours (BCTGM)

Visit Labor 411 for a directory of more union-made products!
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Full COVID vaccination is mandatory for everyone attending training on campus at MITAGS East and MITAGS West.

In addition, for unvaccinated participants who have received exemptions only, MITAGS requires a negative test within 72 hours of attendance and masks must be worn.

Contact MITAGS for information about exemptions.

Scans, photocopies, or electronic images of your Covid-19 vaccination cards (records) or certification by a medical provider are acceptable.

We appreciate your cooperation during these very trying times.
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For registration contact our Admissions Department: 866.656.5568 or admissions@mitags.org

\\Classes are 5-day unless otherwise noted\\

Class dates followed by an * are full
AB – Able Seaman (5-Day): Not currently scheduled
AIS-1 – Automatic Identifications Systems Orientation (1-Day): Not currently scheduled

ARPA-OIC (4-Day) – Automated Radar Plotting Aids: 02/06/23

AZIPOD (2-Day): Not currently scheduled

BRM – Bridge Resource Management (5-Day): 02/06/23

BRMP –Bridge Resource Management for Pilots (2-Day): 11/14/22

Online: Not currently scheduled

BRMP-EMR –Bridge Resource Management for Pilots with Emergency Shiphandling – (Now also included in BRMP-Refresher) (3-Day) : Not currently scheduled

BRMP-Refresher (Now including Emergency Shiphandling for Pilots) (3-Day) : Not currently scheduled

BT – Basic Safety Training (5-Day) : 01/30/23, 05/08/23, 09/11/23

BT-Revalidation (2-day) (Must have 1 year of sea service in last 5 years) –11/14/22, 02/21/23, 03/31/23, 04/25/23, 06/06/23, 09/27/23, 10/17/23, 11/15/23, 12/16/23

BT-Refresher (3-day) – 11/14/22, 02/21/23, 04/25/23, 09/27/23, 11/15/23, 12/18/2023

CHS-OIC – Cargo Handling Basic (5-Day): 03/27/23, 10/23/23

[CMM – Chief Mate and Master Courses]

ADVSTB-CMM – Advanced Stability (5-Day): 10/24/22, 01/23/2023, 03/20/23, 06/26/23, 09/11/23, 11/27/23

ADVWX-CMM – Advanced Meteorology (5-Day): 12/12/22, 01/16/23, 04/17/23, 06/19/23, 09/18/23

CHS-CMM – Advanced Cargo Operations (10 Days): 10/31/22, 03/27/23, 08/21/23

CM-OPS 1 – Chief Mate Operations – Week 1 (5-Day): 12/5/22, 02/27/2023

CM-OPS 2 Maersk – Chief Mate Operations II Maersk Specific (5-Day): 12/12/22

CM-OPS 2 APL – Chief Mate Operations II APL Specific – Not currently scheduled

ECDIS – Electronic Chart Display Information Systems (5-Day): 01/30/23, 08/07/23

LMS – Leadership and Managerial Skills (Management Level – Formerly MCL-CMM) (5-Day): 11/14/22, 01/30/23, 03/20/23, 08.14/23, 10/16/23,

MPP-CMM – Marine Propulsion Plants (5-Day): 03/13/23, 08/14/23, 11/13/23

(DCS-1 available on request – contact Admissions)

SEC-APPS – Practical Defense Tactics: Not Currently Scheduled

SHMGT-CMM- Ship Management (5-Day): Not currently scheduled

SHS-ADV-I-CMM – Advanced Shiphandling (week 1) (5-Day): 12/5/22*, 01/16/23, 03/27/23

SHS-ADV-II-CMM – Advanced Shiphandling (week 2) (5-Day): 10/24/22, 11/14/22, 12/12/22*, 01/23/23, 04/03/23

**SHS-ADV-I & II are now approved to include SAR-CMM assessments at MITAGS**

VPEN-CMM – Voyage Planning & Electronic Navigation (5-Day): 01/23/23

WKP-CMM – Advanced Watchkeeping (5-Day): Not currently scheduled

WX-HW-ATL – Heavy Weather Avoidance Routing: Atlantic Ocean (2-day) – Not Currently Scheduled

WX-HW-IND – Heavy Weather Avoidance Routing: Indian Ocean (2-day) – Not Currently Scheduled

WX-HW-PAC – Heavy Weather Avoidance Routing: Pacific Ocean (2-day) – Not Currently Scheduled

CIW-DPA/IA – Continual Improvement Workshop: Designated Person Ashore & Internal Auditor (3-Day) ** This course is NOT covered by the MATES Program **

Online: Not currently scheduled

CIW-SMS – Continual Improvement Workshop: Successful Safety Management (2-Day) – Online: Not Currently Scheduled

CNAV-OIC (15-Day) : Not currently scheduled

CRISIS-COMMS – Crisis Communications (1-Day): Not currently scheduled

CRSMGT – Crisis Management and Human Behavior (1-Day): Not currently scheduled

CDMGT – Crowd Management (1-Day): Not currently scheduled

CSE – Confined Space Entry (3-Day): Not currently scheduled

CSE-AWR – Confined Space Entry Awareness (2-Day): Not currently scheduled

CY-MAR – Cyber-Skilled Mariner (5-Day) **NOT covered by the MATES Program ** – Not currently scheduled

Cyber-MAR-ONL – Cyber Skilled Mariner, Management of Information & Systems Security (Online Seminar) **NOT covered by the MATES Program ** – Not Currently Scheduled

DDE – Great Lakes (20-Day): Not Currently Scheduled

ECDIS for Pilots (2-Day) – 11/16/22, 03/13/23

ERM – Engine Resource Management (5-Day): 11/28/22, 03/27/23

ADV-FF – Advanced Fire-Fighting (4-day): Not currently scheduled

FF-BADV – Fire Fighting Combined Basic & Advanced (5-Day): 01/30/23, 05/08/23, 09/11/23

FF-ADV-Rev (1-day) (Must have 1 year of sea service in last 5 years) – Advanced Fire Fighting Revalidation: 11/16/22, 02/20/23, 03/25/23, 06/05/23, 09/26/23, 10/16/23, 11/17/23, 12/21/23

FF-ADV-REF (2-day) – Advanced Fire Fighting Refresher: 11/17/22, 02/24/23, 04/28/23, 09/30/23, 11/13/23, 12/16/23

FSM – Fatigue, Sleep, & Medications (1-Day): Not currently scheduled Online: Not currently scheduled

GL-Pilot – Great Lakes Pilotage Familiarization (2-Day): Not Currently Scheduled

GMDSS – Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (10-Day): Not Currently Scheduled

HAZ – Hazardous Materials (5 day): 05/01/23, 09/04/23

IEN – Integrated Electronic Navigation (3-Day): Not currently scheduled

LAP – License Advancement Program for Mate to Master (20-Day): 01/30/23

LAP-Great Lakes – License Advancement Program – Great Lakes (15-Day): Not Currently Scheduled

LAP-ORG3rd – License Advancement Program for Original 3rd Mate, Oceans, Any Gross

Ton License (15-Day) : Not currently scheduled

LEG – Legal Aspects of Pilotage (1-Day): 11/14/22

LNG-TPIC (10-Day): Not currently scheduled

LTS –Leadership and Teamworking Skills (Formerly MCL-OIC) (1-Day): Not currently scheduled

MEECE – Management of Electrical and Electronic Control Equipment (Assessments not included): 12/5/22, 04/03/23

MED-PIC – Medical Person in Charge (10-Day): 12/5/22*, 01/16/23, 04/10/23, 07/10/23, 10/02/23, 12/04/23

MED-PIC-REF– Medical Person in Charge Refresher: 11/28/2022, 01/09/23, 03/20/23, 05/22/23, 08/07/23, 11/27/23

MED-PRO – Medical Care Provider: 04/10/23, 07/10/23, 09/18/23, 10/02/23, 11/06/23

MED-DOT-DA – Dept. of Transportation Drug & Alcohol Testing (1-Day): 11/17/22, 12/10/22, 01/14/23, 01/23/23, 03/25/23, 04/15/23, 05/20/23, 06/04/23, 07/15/23, 09/25/23, 10/19/23, 11/18/23, 12/09/23, 12/22/23

[MSC – Military Sealift Command Courses]

MSC-CBRD-1 – Military Sealift Command Chemical, Biological, Radiological Defense Orientation (Basic) (1-Day): 11/5/22, 02/23/23, 05/22/23, 06/08/23, 08/10/23, 09/07/23, 10/26/23

MSC-DC – Military Sealift Command Damage Control (2-day): 11/4/22, 02/24/23, 05/23/23, 06/09/23, 08/11/23, 09/08/23, 10/27/23

MSC-ENVPRO (1-Day) –11/3/22, 03/06/23, 06/19/23, 08/21/23, 11/06/23

MSC-FF-HELO (2-Day): 03/13/23, 06/06/23, 09/13/23, 11/15/23

MSC-SMA – Military Sealift Command Small Arms Qualifications (4-Day): 11/7/22*, 01/09/23, 02/27/23, 04/17/23, 05/15/23, 06/12/23, 08/14/23, 09/11/23, 10/30/23,

MSC-Security Watch Basic (1-Day/ 8-hour) –11/4/22, 02/25/23, 05/13/23, 06/10/23, 08/12/23, 09/09/23, 10/28/23

MSC-Security Watch Advanced (1-Day) –11/6/22*, 01/08/23, 02/26/23, 04/16/23, 05/14/23, 06/11/23, 08/13/23, 09/10/23, 10/29/23

MSC-Ship’s Reaction Force (3-Day) –11/11/22*, 01/13/23, 03/03/23, 04/21/23, 05/19/23, 06/16/23, 08/18/23, 09/15/23, 11/03/23

NDMS-ENAV – Navigational Decision Making Series – Best Practice in eNav (3-Day): Not currently scheduled

NSAP-MMP – Navigational Skills Assessment Program-MM&P (2-Day): 12/19/22*

PSC – Personal Survival Craft (5-Day) : Not currently scheduled

PSC-REF – Personal Survival Craft Refresher (2-Day) : Not currently scheduled

RFPNW – Ratings Forming Part of a Navigational Watch (3-day): Not currently scheduled

ROR-1 – Radar Observer Renewal (1-Day): Not Currently Scheduled

ROR-1N – Radar Observer Renewal Evening Classes (1-Night) : Not Currently Scheduled

ROU-OIC – Radar Observer Program – Unlimited: 03/06/23

SAR – Search & Rescue – (Now with OIC and CMM assessments) (3-Day) : Not currently scheduled

SHS-BAS-OIC – Basic Shiphandling: 11/07/22; 02/20/23

SHS-EMR5 – Emergency Shiphandling (5 Day) – 11/28/22*, 02/06/23

STB-OIC – Ship Construction and Basic Stability: Not Currently Schedule

TCNAV/CO – Terrestrial Navigation and Compasses (15-Day): 01/23/23

TPIC – Tankerman Person in Charge: 03/06/23

TRAC-TUG-2 (2-Day): 11/16/22

TTT – ** This course is NOT covered by the MATES Program **: Not currently scheduled

VPDSD – Vessel Personnel with Designated Security Duties (1-Day): Not Currently Scheduled

VSO – Vessel Security Officer (3-Day) : 02/20/23

WKP-OIC – Watchkeeping (Operational Level) (10-Day): 02/06/23

WX-OIC –Meteorology (Operational Level) : Not currently scheduled
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2022 Fall/Winter

Schedule of Courses – Please also see our schedule and enroll online at www.mitags.org

For registration contact our admissions department: 866.656.5568 or admissions@mitags.org

October 2022

24-28 Advanced Stability

31-4 Advanced Meteorology

November 2022

1-4 ARPA

7-10 Advanced Firefighting

7-11 Leadership & Managerial Skills

7-11 Advanced Shiphandling I

14-18 Advanced Shiphandling II

14-16 Search & Rescue

14-18 Meteorology (Operational Level)

14th Advanced Firefighting Revalidation

15-16 Basic Training Revalidation

28-9 GMDSS

28-2 Basic Training

28-9 Medical Person-In-Charge

28-16 License Preparation (Original Mate License)

December 2022

12-16 Tankerman Person-In-Charge

19th Advanced Firefighting Revalidation

20-21 Basic Training Revalidation
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The MM&P Wheelhouse Weekly is the official electronic newsletter of the International Organization of Masters, Mates & Pilots, 700 Maritime Blvd. Suite B, Linthicum Heights, MD 21090-1953. Phone: 410-850-8700; Fax: 410-850-0973. All rights reserved. The MM&P Wheelhouse Weekly©2021. Articles can be reprinted without prior permission if credit is given to The MM&P Wheelhouse Weekly. For subscriptions, address changes or messages to the editor or to MM&P headquarters, e-mail communications@bridgedeck.org. Back issues of The Weekly are posted on www.bridgedeck.org