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April 2016 - Marine Firemen`s Union
The Marine Fireman
Official Organ of the Pacific Coast Marine Firemen, Oilers, Watertenders and Wipers Association
Volume 72 SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA, APRIL 14, 2016
CMA CGM juggling
to win EU approval for deal
CMA CGM has offered to adapt liner
shipping alliances in a bid to clinch antitrust approval from European Union
(EU) regulators to buy Singapore’s Neptune Orient Lines, according to a person
familiar with the matter. The French
company — the world’s number three
container shipping company by capacity — told the European Commission
it would remove Neptune Orient’s APL
container unit from the G6 Alliance to
reduce competition concerns over the
tie-up, said the source, who asked not
to be named because the EU review is
ongoing.
The move would avoid anti-competitive links between rival consortia - given
that CMA CGM plans to bring APL into
its separate Ocean Three Alliance with
United Arab Shipping and China Shipping Container Lines. Based on the concessions, the EU antitrust regulator is
expected to approve the deal by an April
29 deadline.
The $2.52 billion deal would narrow
the gap with market leader A.P. MoellerMaersk A/S by strengthening the combined company’s position on shipping
routes in key markets such as the U.S.
and within Asia. APL has a strong presence on intra-Asia and trans-Pacific
trades, while CMA CGM has a leading
position on Asia-Europe routes.
The deal is the largest for the container shipping industry since Maersk
bought Royal P&O Nedlloyd NV for the
equivalent of $2.96 billion in 2005. Germany’s Hapag-Lloyd AG merged last
year with Chile’s Cia. Sud Americana de
Vapores, and the Chinese government is
said to be preparing a plan to combine
China Cosco Holdings Co. and China Shipping Container Lines or merge
some of their operations.
No. 4
Signs of export rally
at Port of Oakland
The Port of Oakland — one of the
nation’s leading gateways to Asia — recently reported its 2016 containerized
export volume is up 19.9 percent so far
over 2015. March exports were up 9.9
percent, the third-straight monthly increase in Oakland. Port officials attributed the gains to a recent decline in the
strength of the dollar. U.S. goods are
more affordable overseas when the dollar’s value declines. Export volume declined for most of 2015.
Oakland exports are closely
watched. They comprise more than half
of the port’s total 2016 cargo volume
while other West Coast ports depend
on imports. Oakland is the leading gateway for California Central Valley grow-
ers exporting to China, Japan and other
Asian destinations.
The port reported total containerized cargo volume — imports, exports
and empty containers — is up 18.9 percent this year. Total containerized volume for the month of March declined
14.5 percent, the result of a drop in imports. The port linked the decrease to an
unfavorable comparison with extraordinary March 2015 volumes. That is when
the volume surged at West Coast ports
following a protracted waterfront contract dispute. The port also said that
March volume was limited by a seasonal
post-Lunar New Year slowdown in imports from Asia.
Ocean freight rates for cargo moving under contracts on the major EastWest trade routes have dropped by 20
percent in the year to February 2016
and are on course to see further deep
reductions from May, according to Drewry’s Benchmarking Club. The Drewry
Benchmarking Club Contract Rate Index, based on trans-Pacific and Asia-Europe contract freight rate data provided confidentially by shippers, declined
by another five percent in the threemonth period between November 2015
and February. This meant a 20 percent
cut when compared with rates in February 2015, showing an acceleration of
contract rate erosion, even though lower
fuel charges accounted for the minority
of the reduction in rates.
Because many trans-Pacific exporters and importers are finalizing negotiations of new eastbound Pacific contracts
to be effective from May 1, Drewry expects a further fall in contract rates during the second quarter of 2016.
While exporters and importers are
enjoying big reductions in their ocean
procurement costs in 2016, the next
trend for shippers could be how to identify and work more with carriers who
can maintain reliable service levels despite their revenue pressures and the
risk of carrier service instability.
Relocation of marine center makes way
for container terminal improvements
New Marine Highway
projects announced
The Hawaii Department of Transportation, Harbors Division (HDOT),
took the next step in making the highly anticipated Kapalama Container Terminal (KCT) a reality. The department, along with elected officials
and representatives of the University
of Hawaii (UH), conducted a blessing
and key ceremony to formally convey
the newly renovated Pier 35 facility
to the UH School of Ocean and Earth
Science and Technology (UH SOEST)
on March 30. The relocation was a vital component of the Harbors Modernization Plan (HMP) that provided for a larger, more flexible berthing
area for UH SOEST vessels at Pier 35
and clears the way for the KCT development project.
HDOT is developing the proposed
KCT facility at the former Kapalama
Military Reservation to address the
critical need for new container terminal space and resolve the shortage
of cargo handling capacity issues at
Hawaii’s busiest commercial harbor.
Overall 80 percent of all goods consumed by Hawaii’s residents and visitors are imported, and nearly 99 per-
U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx has designated three new
Marine Highway Projects. The Mississippi River, previously designated as the
M-55, will serve as the primary route for
the Baton Rouge-New Orleans Shuttle
project. Sponsored by the Port of New
Orleans in partnership with the Port of
Greater Baton Rouge and Seacor AMH,
the proposed container-on-barge service will operate between the Ports of
Greater Baton Rouge and New Orleans,
reducing congestion and bridge traffic
on Louisiana’s Interstate 10.
Also operating along the M-55
from Chicago to New Orleans, the proposed Illinois Intrastate Shuttle project
is structured to shift about 5,500 containers in its first year of operation from
congested north-south Interstate 55
to the Mississippi River. Sponsored by
America’s Central Port located in Granite City, the container-on-barge service
will provide soybean and grain shippers
a new routing option.
The third service, the Lake Erie
Shuttle, is a proposed route that will
carry cargo for shippers between the
ports of Monroe, Cleveland and Detroit.
The service is sponsored by the Port of
Monroe.
Foxx has also announced the availability of credit assistance for critical
infrastructure projects across the U.S.
through the Transportation Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (TIFIA) program. A wide range of surface
transportation infrastructure is eligible for TIFIA credit assistance, including highways, passenger and freight rail,
public transit, intermodal freight facilities, and international bridges and
tunnels.
To date, the TIFIA program has provided $22.7 billion in credit assistance
to support more than $82.5 billion in
transportation infrastructure investments to help build 56 major transportation projects around the country.
A Marine Highway Project is a
planned service, or expansion of an existing service, on a designated Marine
Highway Route, that provides new modal choices to shippers of cargo, reduces
transportation costs and provides public benefits including reduced air emissions, reduced road maintenance costs
and improved safety and resiliency.
San Francisco seawall needs
expensive upgrading
The price tag to fix San Francisco’s
northern seawall could cost as much
at $5 billion, according to a new report
from the San Francisco Port Commission. And the repairs should happen
over the next 10 years to protect the entire seafront from earthquakes and rising Bay waters.
The report recommends seismic retrofitting that could cost up to $3 billion,
as well as raising the wall to protect the
city from rising sea levels, which could
cost as much as $2 billion.
The seawall — which stretches from
Fisherman’s Wharf to Mission Creek
— was constructed around 100 years
ago on unstable ground and protects
neighborhoods which include the Ferry
Building and the San Francisco Giants
baseball stadium (AT&T Park). The seawall was built between 1879 and 1916
and made possible the transformation
of three miles of shallow tide lands into
a world-class maritime waterfront that
was instrumental to the development
and prosperity of San Francisco.
With the city likely to experience a
major earthquake sometime in the next
30 years, the seawall needs some serious
repairs. The report said the wall is currently built of “young bay mud, a weak,
saturated, and highly compressible marine clay that tends to amplify shaking.”
That would need to be shored up by a
variety of methods, the most likely of
which is jet grouting, in which concrete
is blasted into the dirt and then allowed
to dry into a solid, reinforced wall.
cent of that comes through the Port
Hawaii harbors system.
HDOT broke ground for the UH
SOEST project in March 2014 and
completed the facility improvements
in late 2015 to accommodate the relocation of UH SOEST program from
Snug Harbor as a key component of the
statewide HMP development of the
new Kapalama Container Terminal.
The $17 million project is an investment in renovating aging harbor
facilities. It involved partial demolition and renovations to the Pier 35
building including construction of a
new elevator, stairs, offices, restrooms,
air conditioning, fire alarm systems,
lighting and electrical improvements.
Exterior facility upgrades included
drainage, utility, water, sewer, power and communications improvements, and installed new asphalt and
concrete pavement within the project
site. In keeping with the terms of the
original lease, UH SOEST will be allowed to utilize this new facility free
of charge with the understanding that
at the end of the term it will revert to
market rent.
Freight rates still dropping
on major East-West routes
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USACE reports on progress restoring
America’s Everglades
Significant progress has been made in
restoring America’s Everglades over the
past five years. A comprehensive report
highlighting these efforts has recently
been submitted to Congress. The 2015
Report to Congress for the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan (CERP)
was jointly submitted to Congress last
month by the secretaries of the Army
and the Interior. The report details the
collaborative effort of participating agencies and their combined commitment to
restore America’s Everglades.
Over the past five years, collaborative restoration efforts between federal
and state agencies has resulted in a period of unprecedented progress towards
restoring America’s Everglades. New
construction starts, project completions, accelerated planning efforts, new
investments in water quality and the
passage of key congressional legislation
are a few of the highlights of the 20102015 reporting period.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
(USACE) serves as the lead federal
agency for CERP and is responsible for
planning, designing, and constructing Everglades restoration projects in
partnership with the local sponsor, the
South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD). Between 2010 and 2015,
major construction milestones were
achieved.
Construction began on multiple restoration projects and additional project
components, including the Indian River Lagoon-South C-44 Reservoir and
Stormwater Treatment Area project and
the Picayune Strand Restoration Project’s Faka Union Pump Station.
CERP projects were also completed during this timeframe, including
the State-expedited C-111 Spreader Canal Western project and the Melaleuca Eradication and Other Exotic Plants
Research Annex, the first CERP project
to be completed and transferred. Additionally, restoration efforts previous-
ly reported as ongoing in the 2010 report are now complete, such as the first
CERP component to ever break ground,
the Picayune Strand Restoration Project’s Merritt Pump Station. This massive pump station is currently conveying
water to help restore more than 55,000
acres of natural habitat.
CERP is composed of a series of
projects designed to address four major characteristics of water flow: quantity, quality, timing and distribution.
These projects work in concert with the
Foundation Projects, which include the
Kissimmee River Restoration, Modified
Water Deliveries to Everglades National
Park, and C-111 South Dade projects, to
deliver essential restoration benefits to
America’s Everglades.
During this reporting period, a key
component of the Modified Water Deliveries project was completed, the
Tamiami Trail One-Mile Bridge, that
enables additional water to flow into
Everglades National Park. To further
expand upon this initiative, the National Park Service received authorization to construct 5.5 additional miles of
bridging, under a separate congressional action. This additional bridging will
provide even more water flow into Everglades National Park and will distribute
that flow across a wider area to hydrate
important deeper water habitats in Everglades National Park.
Results from CERP’s robust system-wide monitoring and assessment
program indicate early evidence of restoration success. The multi-agency Restoration, Coordination and Verification
(RECOVER) group tracks key attributes
that serve as indicators of the overall
health of the Everglades, and monitor
and assess the ecological effects of ongoing restoration efforts.
An ecological report card, known as
the System Status Report is prepared every two years. The latest report, released
in 2014 indicates that implementation of
Mexico driving
Port Manatee growth
Port Manatee’s growth as a cargo gateway continues, with the Florida
Gulf port reporting a 36 percent yearover-year increase in containerized cargo
handled in the first half of its fiscal year.
During the six-month period from October 1, 2015, through March 31, 2016,
Port Manatee docks saw moves of 12,653
twenty-foot-equivalent container units
(TEU), up from 9,321 TEU in the comparable year-earlier fiscal half. Import
TEU led the way, increasing 40 percent,
to 7,398 TEU from 5,291 TEU.
The favorable results for the first half
of the port’s 2016 fiscal year come on the
heels of a phenomenal 83 percent rise
in TEU handled in the fiscal year ended
September 30, 2015, compared with the
preceding fiscal year.
“With World Direct Shipping increasing imports of refrigerated produce in its weekly service from Mexico,
as well as consistent inbound shipments
by longtime tenant Fresh Del Monte Produce, Port Manatee is extending a positive trend in the container sector,” said a
port executive. “Furthermore, as we successfully advance our economy-energizing diversification strategy, we are seeing meaningful gains in overall tonnage
moving through the port.”
restoration projects and adjustments in
operations are having positive impacts
on the ecosystem. Examples of this include improved nesting periods of the
Roseate Spoonbill, a threatened and endangered wading bird species, as a result of effective coordination with water
management operational decisions, and
the return of native plants and animals
to the restored portions of the Picayune
Strand Restoration Project.
In the past five years, four CERP
projects were authorized in the Water
Resources Reform and Development Act
of 2014 (WRRDA): the C-111 Spreader Canal Western Project, Biscayne
Bay Coastal Wetlands Phase 1 Project;
Broward County Water Preserve Areas
Project, and the Caloosahatchee River (C-43) West Basin Storage Reservoir
Project. Congressional authorization of
these projects provides needed momentum towards the restoration of America’s Everglades and will enable work to
move forward on these four projects. In
addition, the final report for the Central
Everglades Planning Project (CEPP) was
completed and transmitted to Congress
for authorization and appropriations.
In fact, the Central Everglades Planning Project was completed in its entirety during this reporting period. The
study began in November 2011 and the
signed Record of Decision was transmitted to Congress in August 2015. USACE prepared the CEPP report using
a pilot process designed to reduce the
overall time allocated for a study of this
magnitude. In prior years, plan formulation and review may have taken six years
or longer — the CEPP process was completed in half that time.
In its 2014 report, the Committee on
Independent Scientific Review of Everglades Restoration Progress (CISRERP)
suggested the 2011 Integrated Delivery
Schedule (IDS) be revisited to advance
projects with the greatest potential to
avert ongoing ecosystem degradation
and promise the largest restoration
benefits.
The IDS provides an overall strategy and sequence for project planning,
design and construction based on ecosystem needs, benefits, costs and available funding. This schedule helps restoration planners, stakeholders and the
public focus on priorities, opportunities
and challenges and provides a path forward, completing construction of projects underway and outlining the next
projects to undergo planning, design
and construction.
During the 2015 CERP Report to
Congress reporting period, efforts were
under way to update the IDS, utilizing
the South Florida Ecosystem Restoration Task Force’s successful workshop
model to engage the public and stakeholders. The IDS Update was completed at the end of 2015 and will serve as
a roadmap for future restoration efforts.
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THURSDAY, APRIL 14, 2016
THE MARINE FIREMAN
Port of Stockton gets
bond rating upgrade
The Port of Stockton, California was
recently awarded a rating upgrade in
recognition of improved revenues and
lower debt. Moody’s Investors Service
says it “has upgraded to A3 from Baa1
the rating on the Port of Stockton’s Series 2007 A&B revenue bonds, outstanding in the approximate amount of
$23 million.”
A port director said, “We are delighted by the news that Moody’s has
upgraded our bond rating and recognizes the tremendous infrastructure investments that the port has made in the
last several years.”
The port has made major investments in road, rail, bridges and in the
modernization of the ‘Rough and Ready’
terminal at the port that was originally
built during World War II. In addition,
there has been private sector investment
of close to $2 billion in the port since the
2008 recession.
Moody’s said, “The upgrade reflects
resumed growth in net operating income emerging from the recession, additional stability provided by a growing
share of revenues represented by fixed
rental payments over the past decade,
and the elimination of expenses related to the marine highway project which
was suspended in August 2014.”
The review concluded by saying,
“Strengthened credit quality also incorporates improved debt service.”
California Governor Jerry Brown
recently signed a bill expanding California’s family-leave law to help more
low-income workers and provide better
benefits. The action comes 15 years after
California became the first state in the
nation to guarantee workers paid time
off to care for a new child or ailing family member. California’s program provides workers with 55 percent of their
wages for up to six weeks.
The measure Brown signed into law
will allow people earning close to minimum wage to be paid 70 percent of their
salary while on leave, while workers with
higher pay, up to $108,000 annually,
will get 60 percent of their salary during
leave. The change takes effect in 2018. It
comes one week after California raised
its minimum wage to $15 by 2022.
In a statement, President Obama
said California’s new law as sets a good
precedent for the rest of the country. The
family leave measure was introduced by
Assemblyman Jimmy Gomez (D-Echo
Park). To win the governor’s approval, Gomez had to drop a provision that
would have extended the paid leave beyond the current limit of six weeks.
New York recently enacted a bill requiring employers to provide 12 weeks
of paid time off to new parents and oth-
ers with family illness. San Francisco
also approved the best benefits in the
country, mandating that businesses give
new mothers and fathers six weeks of
fully paid time off. Gomez pushed the
California bill this year to take advantage of the fact that Democratic presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and
Bernie Sanders were both focusing on
family paid leave.
California’s program is funded
through worker contributions, and is administered by the state Employment Development Department (EDD). The improved benefits will cost about $587
million annually by 2021, requiring the
state to increase the amount workers’ pay
into the fund.
Supporters say the insufficient benefits have hurt participation. EDD says
that more than 2 million claims had
been paid, although about 13.1 million
Californians were covered by the program. About 90 percent of claims were
filed by parents to spend time with a
new child, while 10 percent were for caring for a seriously ill family member.
In 2013, Brown signed a bill that extended paid family leave to workers who
take time off to care for a seriously ill
parent-in-law, grandparent, grandchild
or sibling.
The Port Authority of New York and
New Jersey recently announced the release of a request for proposal for a consultant to draw up a long-range master
plan for the port. The plan would guide
the port’s growth and development
for the next 25 to 30 years. The review
would examine all six container terminals; auto, bulk, cruise and adjacent real
estate holdings; and support services
and operations.
Port officials wish to continue the
positive trend as the leading East Coast
gateway for international shippers and
take a holistic look at the entire port operation and develop an optimum plan
that will allow the port to efficiently
grow its business.
In developing the plan, the consultant would use data and information
from previous studies, including the
2014-2015 Land Use Plan and the 2015
Port Demand and Capacity Study.
Responses are due in May; port authority officials anticipate the consultant’s review would take up to 18 months
to complete.
Brown signs new California
family-leave law
Port of NY/NJ solicits for
long-range master plan
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Mandatory electronic data exchange
for international shipping adopted
Mandatory requirements for the
electronic exchange of information on
cargo, crew and passengers have been
adopted by the International Maritime
Organization (IMO), as part of a revised
and modernized annex to the Convention on Facilitation of International Maritime Traffic (FAL), which aims to harmonize procedures for ship’s arrival, stay
and departure from port. The new standard relating to the obligation of public authorities to establish systems for
the electronic exchange of information,
within a period of three years after the
adoption of the amendments, is among
important changes in the revised Annex,
which is expected to enter into force on
January 1, 2018, under the tacit acceptance procedure. There will be a transitional period of 12 months from the date
of the introduction of such systems to
make electronic transmission mandatory, during which period paper and electronic documents would be allowed.
The FAL treaty, first adopted in 1965,
aims at securing the highest practicable
degree of uniformity in formalities and
other procedures, including mandatory
standards and recommended practices
on formalities, documentary requirements and procedures which should be
applied on arrival, stay and departure to
the ship itself, and to its crew, passengers, baggage and cargo. These include
standardized forms for the maximum
information required for the general
declaration, cargo declaration, crew list
and passenger list; and agreed essential
minimum information requirements for
the ship’s stores declaration and crew’s
effects declaration.
The adoption of the revised FAL annex, by IMO’s Facilitation Committee,
which met this month at IMO Headquarters in London, follows a compre-
hensive review of its provisions. The update is aimed at ensuring the FAL treaty
adequately addresses the shipping industry’s present and emerging needs and
serves to facilitate and expedite international maritime traffic. The objective is
to prevent unnecessary delays to ships
and to persons and property on board.
A new recommended practice encourages the use of the single window
concept, to enable all the information required by public authorities in connection with the arrival, stay and departure
of ships, persons and cargo, to be submitted via a single portal without duplication. Other revised standards cover
shore leave and access to shore facilities
for crew, including the addition of a paragraph in the standard to say that there
should be no discrimination, in respect
of shore leave, on grounds of nationality,
race, color, sex, religion, political opinion, or social origin, and irrespective of
the flag state of the ship on which seafarers are employed, engaged or work.
Standards and recommended practices relating to stowaways are also updated, to include references to relevant
sections of the International Ship and
Port Facilities’ Security (ISPS) Code. A
new standard requires governments,
where appropriate, to incorporate into
their national legislation legal grounds
to allow prosecution of stowaways, attempted stowaways and any individual or company aiding a stowaway or an
attempted stowaway with the intention
to facilitate access to the port area, any
ship, cargo or freight containers.
The IMO Standardized Forms,
which cover IMO General Declaration,
Cargo Declaration, Ship’s Stores Declaration, Crew’s Effects Declaration, Crew
List, Passenger List and Dangerous
Goods have also been revised.
By 2022, California will be the state
with the highest minimum wage in
the country. On April 4, Governor Jerry Brown signed a bill that made California the first state to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour by the end of
2022. Under a deal reached with state
lawmakers, the state minimum wage
will rise to $10.50 on January 1, 2017 for
businesses with 26 or more employees.
Annual hikes will result in a minimum
of $15 per hour in January 2022. Smaller
businesses would have until the end of
2022 to comply. Currently, California’s
minimum wage is $10 an hour.
New York’s Governor Andrew Cuomo also signed legislation on April 4
that will raise New York City’s minimum wage to $15 an hour by the end of
2018 before it spreads to the rest of the
state. For workers in New York City employed by businesses with at least 11 employees, the minimum wage would rise
to $11 at the end of this year, then another $2 each of the next two years. For
employees of smaller companies in the
city, the minimum wage would rise to
$10.50 by the end of the year, then another $1.50 each year for three years.
For workers elsewhere in the state, the
increase would be slower.
Currently, the federal minimum
wage stands at $7.50 an hour.
A slap in the face to mariners across
the globe, the International Labor Organization (ILO) is keeping its recommended minimum wage for able seafarers at $614 basic pay per month until at
least 2018. The recommended minimum
wage came after an ILO Joint Maritime
Commission (JMC) meeting held in
Geneva, made up of maritime employer representatives and coordinated by
the International Chamber of Shipping
(ICS) and seafaring unions coordinated
by the International Transport Workers’
Federation (ITF).
“The continuation of the current
minimum wage until at least 2018, at the
increased level which came into effect in
January 2016 as a result of the previous
JMC agreement, means that employers
should benefit from a period of stability in what are otherwise very challenging markets for the global industry,” said
a spokesperson from the German Shipowners Association.
The ILO pointed out that while the
minimum only refers to the basic wage
for the non-officer grade of able seafarer, the total minimum payable is actually much higher when account is taken
of overtime payments and other pay related entitlements under the ILO Maritime Labor Convention.
The ILO Joint Maritime Commission is next expected to review the minimum wage during 2018.
California approves highest
minimum wage in the U.S.
ILO keeps seafarers’ minimum wage at $614
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THE MARINE FIREMAN
THURSDAY, APRIL 14, 2016
MFOW
President's
Report
By Anthony Poplawski
BOT MEETING
As provided under Article III, Section VIII. G. of the MFOW Constitution, a regular meeting of the Board of Trustees shall be held once every year at Headquarters.
At the meeting, the Trustees will examine all phases of the financial structure of the
Union, make recommendations as deemed necessary, and report in writing to the
membership. I have advised all Trustees that the meeting will take place on Tuesday,
April 26.
In keeping with past practice, we will also convene a Port Agents’ Conference prior to the Board of Trustees meeting on Monday, April 25. MFOW officials will engage in a round table discussion on matters concerning operation of the hiring halls,
dispatching procedures, collective bargaining agreements and other subjects raised
by the participants.
APL
Direct Deposit — In 2015 contract negotiations, APL and the SIU Pacific District
Unions added language to Section 8 of the General Rules stating, “…where procedures for direct deposit of wages have been established by the Company, a crew member may request that his net wages be deposited directly into his designated bank account, subject to the procedures established by the Company.”
On March 15, the Union was notified by APL Director of Labor Relations John
Dragone that the company will be using the MV APL Guam as the test vessel for endof-month direct deposit payoffs starting March 31, 2016, for those crew members
who wish to use the feature. Crew members who do not wish to use direct deposit
will still have the ability to receive a check.
Once the Company successfully establishes direct deposit on the APL Guam,
they will expand the option to other vessels.
Arbitration — In February, an arbitrator ruled that APL violated the MFOW,
SUP, MEBA and MM&P collective bargaining agreements when it refused to crew
the APL Guam with employees represented by the Unions. As part of the settlement,
the Unions are seeking damages resulting from the loss of wages and benefits for the
period between the layup of the APL Cyprine and the eventual crewing of the APL
Guam. The discussions have been ongoing, and it appears that the parties are getting
Greetings from Diego Garcia:
the “Footprint of Freedom”
USNS Pomeroy Chief Engineer Rob Merrill sent these pictures of engineering officers and crew from the USNS Pomeroy and USNS Watkins at the weekly
MEBA-MFOW Beach BBQ on the Diego Garcia lagoon. As part of the Military
Sealift Command’s Prepositioning Program, the Pomeroy and Watkins are
strategically placed with U.S. Army combat equipment at sea to supply
and sustain deployed U.S. troops during national crises and are also available
to move common user cargo.
MFOW President Anthony Poplawski and Vice President “Cajun” Callais
joined delegates from throughout the state at the 2016 California Labor
Convention Pre-Primary Convention held in Los Angeles on April 6.
closer to a settlement.
MEETINGS
MTD — On March 9, along with Vice President “Cajun” Callais and Business
Agent Bobby Baca, I attended the San Francisco Port Maritime Council, Maritime
Trades Department, AFL-CIO meeting held aboard the SS Jeremiah O’Brien at Pier
45. The guest speaker was Fiona Ma, who has represented the second district on the
California Board of Equalization since 2015. She previously served on the San Francisco Board of Supervisors and in the California State Assembly.
MERPAC — On March 16-17, I attended the scheduled meeting of the Merchant
Marine Personnel Advisory Committee (MERPAC) in Jacksonville, Florida. Several
work group meetings took place followed by work group reports and recommendations. Coast Guard officials gave briefings on the implementation of the 2010 Amendments to the STCW Convention, a National Maritime Center report, a Mariner Credentialing Program Policy Division report, an IMO/ILO Maritime Related Activities
report, and briefings concerning ongoing Coast Guard projects related to U.S. Merchant Marine personnel.
Construction — On March 23, along with custodian Antone Varize, I met with
a representative from Turner Construction to do a final walkthrough and review the
temporary fencing plan for work related to construction of a wall between the Headquarters parking lot and the back lot of 75 Hawthorne Street. Work began on March
28 and will continue for about a month.
Trust Funds — On March 23, the quarterly meetings of the various MFOW trust
funds were held in the conference room at Headquarters. On March 24, the quarterly
meetings of the SIU Pacific District trust funds were held at the fund offices on Harrison Street in San Francisco.
These were routine meetings. Draft financial statements for the MFOW Money Purchase Plan, MFOW Supplementary Pension Plan and the three SIU-PD plans
were distributed by the auditor. The trustees of the SIU-PD Pension Plan heard presentations from three investment managers concerning modification of investment
strategy of a portion of plan assets.
THURSDAY, APRIL 14, 2016
Vice President's Report
The month of March was busy. We
shipped 56 jobs. I also attended the quarterly meetings of the SIU Pacific District
and MFOW Trust Funds, as well as the
Alameda Labor Council and Maritime
Trades Port Council meetings.
APLMS: We shipped one Day Jr. and
one rotary Wiper to the APL Belgium.
A one-trip Reefer from Seattle got off in
L.A. instead of San Francisco. The replacement Reefer from L.A. was airlifted off the vessel in Okinawa after signs
of a stroke; he is now under hospital care
in Japan. APL Korea and APL Thailand
were both in and out. APL Singapore
was in and out and called for a Standby Wiper for bunkers, which hasn’t happened for a couple of years. All vessels
called for two Standby Wipers each.
APL Guam — flew a rotary Wiper to
out Yokohama (pierhead jump). APL Agate — flew a relief Wiper. APL Coral —
on March 3, Seattle flew out a DJU. We
flew out an ERJ on March 4 and another
ERJ on March 8. On the 18th, the DJU
was forced off by the Ship Management
Team. Seattle flew another DJU on the
23rd; we are waiting to see what happens
next.
Matson: The Mahimahi, Manoa
and Matsonia all made regular calls at
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Oakland.
The Port Engineers called for three
Standby Wipers for the Kauai, which
had been laid up since December 29,
2015. They also called for three Standby Wipers on March 14. The Captain
called for the two Standby Wipers a few
days later. On the 16th, we shipped a rotary Wiper. The following day, the vessel
called for two bilge divers (Wipers). All
worked until March 22, when the vessel departed for sea trials. Upon completion, she went to Seattle to start loading
for the Northern Triangle run.
On March 14, the Maui called for
a rotary Wiper. The vessel was laid up
at Howard Terminal at the end of the
month. All engine room gang registered
to return.
On March 17, the Lihue called the
crew back. We flew out one C/E, one
Wiper and a new Watch Jr. to Nantong
for DDX (activation). The vessel will not
return to Oakland, but will run out of
L.A., replacing the Maunalei, which
will go into dry dock. A special Electrician will be aboard the vessel while she
is there.
Respectfully,
“Cajun” Callais
Vice President
Business Agent's Report
In March, we dispatched the following jobs to Patriot Contract Services’
(PCS) vessels:
USNS Dahl — dispatched one Oiler and one Electrician to fly out to Japan. USNS Shughart — four Oilers were
flown to Violet, LA, on March 17 to as-
sist taking the vessel to dry dock in Bayonne, NJ. MT SLNC Pax — dispatched
two Oilers to fly out to Japan.
Fraternally,
Bobby Baca
San Francisco Business Agent
Vancouver name change for
port authority to provide clarity
Vancouver, British Columbia’s port,
got a new name on April 6, dropping
Port Metro Vancouver to become the
Port of Vancouver. In addition, the port
authority will implement the consistent
use of its legal name, the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority, when referencing activities or decisions of the port authority. The change is intended to strengthen
the port’s recognition with stakeholders
and customers, as well as provide clarity and distinction between the activities
of the port authority and those of the
greater port community.
Feedback and research has indicated
the use of Port Metro Vancouver to refer
to the port and the federal port authority created confusion between activ-
ities of the port authority, port tenants
and terminals, and even the regional
government. Internationally, the port is
already widely referenced as the Port of
Vancouver in keeping with customary
naming conventions for ports.
The Port of Vancouver extends from
Roberts Bank and much of the Fraser River up to and including Burrard
Inlet. The Vancouver Fraser Port Authority remains the steward of the Port
of Vancouver, formed in 2008 when
three regional port authorities were
amalgamated.
As a Canadian port authority, the
Vancouver Fraser Port Authority was
established by the Government of Canada pursuant to the Canada Marine Act,
and is accountable to the federal minister of transport. The port authority’s
mandate is to facilitate Canada’s trade,
while protecting the environment and
considering local communities.
MFOW
Membership
Pledge
“I pledge my word of honor that
I will be faithful to the Marine Firemen’s Union; that I will work for its
best interests and look upon every
member as my brother.”
“That I will not work for less
than Union wages, nor upon any
vessel with non-union unlicensed
engine room personnel, unless I get
permission from the Union.”
“I also pledge that I will never
reveal the proceedings of the Union
to its injury or to people who have
no right to know the same; and if I
break my pledge, I forfeit all rights
and privileges of the Union.”
Regular membership
meeting dates 2016
May
June
July
August
Sept.
October
Nov.
Dec.
2
S.F. Headquarters
9Branches
6
S.F. Headquarters
14*Branches
5* S.F. Headquarters
11Branches
1
S.F. Headquarters
8Branches
6* S.F. Headquarters
12Branches
3
S.F. Headquarters
11*Branches
7
S.F. Headquarters
14Branches
5
S.F. Headquarters
12Branches
(*Indicates Tuesday meeting
following a Monday holiday)
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MARINE FIREMEN’S UNION
TRAINING PROGRAM 2016
Interested members who meet the Training Program eligibility requirements and prerequisites outlined for each course may obtain an application
online at mfoww.org or at Headquarters and branch offices. All applications
must be accompanied by a copy of the member’s Merchant Mariner Credential, including current endorsements and RFPEW certification.
Eligible participants are MFOW members who:
(1) Have maintained A, B or C seniority classification.
(2) Are current with their dues.
(3) Are eligible for medical coverage through covered employment.
(4) Have a current Q-card (annual physical) issued by the Seafarers’
Medical Center and are fit for duty.
Non-seniority applicants:
(1) Non-seniority applicants may be selected for required government
vessels training as required to fulfill manning obligations under the various
MFOW government vessel contracts.
(2) Selectees under this provision must meet all other requirements for
seagoing employment and shall have demonstrated satisfactory work habits
through casual employment.
THURSDAY, APRIL 14, 2016
Portland budgets for 17.4 percent
drop in marine revenue
The Port of Portland, Oregon is budgeting for a 17.4 percent reduction in
revenue from its marine operations for
fiscal year 2017, in the wake of a sluggish
export market and a labor dispute that
all but halted activity at the Terminal
6 container port. Officials expect $5.7
million less in marine operating revenue
than the agency had in its 2016 budget,
the port stated in a news release.
The port’s total operating revenue is
budgeted at $288 million for fiscal 2017,
down from the $295 million adopted for
2016. Operating expenditures are slated
to remain relatively flat at $191 million,
up from $190 million the previous year.
Hanjin Shipping Co. left the port in
February 2015 amid a contentious labor
battle between container-terminal operator ICTSI Oregon and its workforce.
Hanjin had accounted for nearly 80 percent of the port’s container business.
Shipping line Hapag-Lloyd, which carried
about 20 percent of the port’s containers,
soon followed. That left Terminal 6 with
only a single ship per month as of January.
The port’s marine operation also
faces less demand from abroad as the
strong U.S. dollar continues to reduce
the buying power of overseas customers
and puts downward pressure on marine
export growth.
TRAINING RESOURCES, LTD. (TRL)
Courses are conducted at Training Resources, Ltd. in San Diego, California,
contingent on enrollment levels. Tuition, lodging and transportation are pre-arranged by the MFU Training Plan.
Military Sealift Command Training
This 41/2-day course includes the following segments: Shipboard Damage Control; Environmental Programs; Chemical, Biological & Radiological Defense Orientation; Helo Firefighting; Anti-Terrorism (one-year validation); Survival Evasion, Resistance and Escape (three-year periodicity). These segments are required
for employment aboard various MSC contract-operated ships.
May 16-20
June 13-17
Endorsement Upgrading
QMED-Fireman/Watertender & Oiler
Members who successfully complete the 159-hour Qualified Member of the
Engine Department (QMED) course will satisfy the requirements needed for
the QMED Oiler and Fireman/Watertender endorsements, provided all other
requirements, including sea service, are met. Additional prerequisites: Coast
Guard approval letter for endorsement upgrading, which certifies sea time of
six months (180 days) as a Wiper, and letter from the vessel(s) certifying sea
service of six months.
May 23-June 17
July 18-August 12
STCW Rating Forming Part of an Engineering Watch (RFPEW)
Members who successfully complete the 40-hour RFPEW course will satisfy
the requirements needed for the STCW endorsement of Rating Forming Part of
an Engineering Watch (RFPEW). Additional prerequisites: See prerequisites for
the QMED Fireman-Watertender/Oiler course.*
*The Plan recommends that eligible candidates schedule the QMED Fireman-Watertender/Oiler and STCW RFPEW courses back-to-back for a fiveweek combined training session.
June 20-24
August 15-19
QMED-Electrician/Refrigerating Engineer
The QMED Electrician and QMED Refrigerating Engineer have been combined into the new QMED Electrician/Refrigerating Engineer endorsement. This
six-week (240 hour) course will satisfy the training and examination requirements of 46 CFR 12.15-9 for the General Safety and Electrician modules, provided that all other requirements, including sea service, are also met. Prerequisites:
Minimum of one year of sea time with the Marine Firemen’s Union PLUS the
Junior Engineer endorsement and RFPEW.
May 9-June 17
July 11-August 19
STCW Basic Training Refresher
This three-day Refresher course consists of the 4 modules required for the
STCW endorsement in Basic Training: Personal Safety and Social Responsibility, Basic Firefighting, Personal Survival, Basic First Aid/CPR/AED. Mariners
successfully completing this course will satisfy the requirements of 46 CFR 11202(b) for the minimum standard of competence for Basic Safety Training, provided they have been previously certified per Section VI/1 of the STCW Code.
Compass Courses, Edmonds, WA:
May 24-26; June 21-23; July 26-28
Fremont Maritime, Seattle, WA: May 14-16; June 4-6; July 9-11
NPFVOA, Seattle, WA: May 9/11/12, June 21/22/23; July 19/20/22
Training Resources, Ltd., San Diego, CA:
May 3-5; May 24-26; June 14-16
STCW-Basic Training (5-day course)
El Camino College, Hawthorne, CA: May 9/12/14; June 6/9/11
Maritime License Center, Honolulu, HI: May 2-6; July 11-15
Marine Firemen’s Union Training Plan
Tuition Reimbursement Policy
The Marine Firemen’s Union Training Plan reimburses tuition costs (not lodging, subsistence or transportation) for certain types of training taken by a participant on his own.
However, preapproval of the training must be given by the Marine Firemen’s
Union Training Plan prior to taking the course.
Any request for reimbursement without preapproval from the Marine Firemen’s Union Training Plan will be denied.
THURSDAY, APRIL 14, 2016
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FINISHED WITH ENGINES
Timothy A. Brown
International Organization of Masters, Mates and Pilots
MFOW shore mechanics at the Global Gateway South Terminal in San Pedro,
California: Mario Paquiz, #3872; Tom Connolly, #3838; Ernesto Salazar, #3842;
Mike Robles #3855; Moses Bell, #3771 and Ruben Rivera, JM-4983.
HOWZ SHIPPING
March 2016
San Francisco
Electrician.................................................. 3
Electrician/Reefer/Jr. Engineer.............. 1
Reefer/Electrician.................................... 2
Junior Engineer (Watch)......................... 1
Junior Engineer (Day) ............................. 1
Oiler............................................................ 7
Wiper.......................................................... 7
Standby Electrician/Reefer................... 10
Standby Wiper........................................ 24
TOTAL .........................................56
Honolulu
Electrician/Reefer/Jr. Engineer.............. 1
Reefer/Electrician/Jr. Engineer.............. 1
Junior Engineer (Day) ............................. 2
Oiler............................................................ 1
Wiper.......................................................... 1
Shore Mechanic........................................ 1
Standby Electrician/Reefer................... 11
Standby Wiper....................................... 22
TOTAL .........................................40
Wilmington
Electrician.................................................. 1
Electrician/Reefer/Jr. Engineer.............. 2
Reefer/Electrician/Jr. Engineer.............. 7
Junior Engineer (Day) ............................. 2
Oiler............................................................ 1
Pumpman.................................................. 1
Wiper.......................................................... 5
Shore Mechanic........................................ 4
Standby Electrician/Reefer................... 15
Standby Wiper........................................ 32
TOTAL .........................................70
Seattle
Electrician.................................................. 1
Electrician/Reefer/Jr. Engineer.............. 1
Junior Engineer (Watch)......................... 6
Junior Engineer (Day).............................. 2
Oiler............................................................ 4
Standby Electrician/Reefer..................... 1
Standby Wiper......................................... 1
TOTAL .........................................16
Captain Timothy A. Brown, 73,
International President of the Masters, Mates & Pilots (MM&P) for 21
years, died on April 10. Brown joined
the MM&P in 1965 and served in the
American Merchant Marine during
the Vietnam War. His first MM&P vessel was the SS Fruitvale Hills. He sailed
as deck cadet on the SS Del Oro for
Delta Steamship Lines. He first sailed
as master aboard the Sealand Consumer for SeaLand Service Inc. in 1983. His
last command as master was aboard
the same vessel in 1991.
Brown was elected to union office
in 1991 and retired in 2012. Among his
many awards for service to the industry
are the Admiral of the Ocean Seas (AOTOS) Award in 2002, the Seafarers’ and
International House “Outstanding Friend of Seafarers” Award in 2004 and the
Father Lalonde “Spirit of the Seas” Award by the Council of American Master
Mariners in 2012.
In 2009, he was admitted to the Port of New York and New Jersey’s International Maritime Hall of Fame.
He retired as MM&P President on January 1, 2013. In March of that year,
he was named a Commodore of the U.S. Maritime Service by order of President Barack Obama. Brown was named President Emeritus of Masters, Mates
& Pilots by Delegates to the Eighty-fourth MM&P Convention.
“Tim brought stability and respect to our organization,” said MM&P President Don Marcus. “He preserved the livelihoods, working conditions and benefits for our members, pensioners and their families. He worked with particular dedication to enhance health care benefits for everyone covered under the
MM&P Health & Benefit plans.”
Rooftop scenes from MFOW Headquarters
After several years of non-stop construction in San Francisco’s South of Market
Area, MFOW Headquarters is dwarfed by tall buildings.
Rooftop north
Rooftop south
Rooftop east
Rooftop west
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Wilmington Notes
Members dispatched from Wilmington totaled 70 this past March; details
are posted in Howz Shipping in this issue and locally at the hall. Five PCS, seven APL, five Matson shipboard billets,
and four shore mechanics were shipped,
with the remaining being standby jobs. Members filled 59 jobs, five applicants
made ships this month, and few were
on standbys as well. The present members registered here are 18 A’s, 11 B’s, and
32 C’s. All ships were running smoothly with the crew reporting fair weather
and no problems. Ships were on schedule with one APL and two Matson vessels
calling here weekly. Matson will be moving some ships around to cover the girls
going into the yard. SS Lihue is scheduled
for an April call here, possibly more.
After last month’s report from GGS,
I had some calls about second shift and
just to make it clear; George Sims did not
retire and is still on watch as second shift
Leaderman, with no plans to retire yet.
The ILWU surprised many and endorsed Bernie Sanders before the West
Coast States voted in the Democratic Primary Election. In contrast ILA
endorsed Hillary Clinton on the East
Coast prior.
The Port Teamsters had a one day
job action at California Cartage, and the
United Steel Workers made their way
down to a hotel where Carrier Corporation was explaining to their customers,
and venders why the company is moving the manufacturing from Indiana to
Mexico. I was not at either action, but
the feedback directed to Carrier from
the distributors/venders was not very
favorable from what I heard.
Chief Engineer Jim Gillen on the
Lane Victory has informed me that
the gang is turning too at 0800 every
Wednesday for maintenance and repair in the engine room and any MFOW
members can come down and assist.
The Chief will release any men so that
they can make the job calls if you worried about that. Members who are in
town can teach their skills to the applicants who are trying to learn at an entry level, and I encourage all applicants
with little or no experience to check it
out and learn from someone who can
teach you while you work. This is all volunteer work as a reminder guys, but appreciated very much.
The LA/LB Labor Coalition meetings are being held bi-weekly at our
hall now. The next meeting is May 5 at
1800. Come on down and get involved.
In closing, I would like to thank all the
members who filled the available billets
here in sunny/rainy Wilmington, Headquarters and the branches.
Thanks,
Sonny Gage
Port Agent
Benefits paid
during March
FINISHED
WITH
ENGINES
Death Benefits
James Amer, P-2141
$1,500.00
Kenneth O’Brien, P-2506
$1,500.00
$3,000.00
Robert Geer, #1435. Born January 19, 1926, Honolulu, HI. Joined
MFOW November 9, 1943. Pensioned September 1, 1969. Died
April 7, 2016, San Francisco, CA.
Excess Medical
Burial Benefits
Ronald Rabideau, P-2519
$ 988.81
Albert Semrau, P-1189
$1,000.00
$1,988.81
Glasses and Examinations
$6,892.54
$973.00
THURSDAY, APRIL 14, 2016
Honolulu Notes
March was kind of the same as February. We had 40 total jobs dispatched,
seven of them being steady jobs and 33
being standby jobs.
Jefferson Basuel pick up the Maunawili Junior job from Sean Kaui. David Ebanks brought the Lihue out of the
shipyard as the Reefer. The Kauai called
back the crew to take over the Maui run
and Lloyd Kim returned as the Electrician. Dylan Melendy will soon ship out
to the Pomeroy as an Oiler and Robert Sale will be joining the Gordon as
a Wiper. Wendelyn Sugui got the Mahimahi Junior job and Stuart Melendy
picked up the Reefer Mechanic job on
the shoregang.
I also dispatched 11 Standby Elect/
Reefers and 22 Standby Wipers.
A total of 14 jobs were dispatched to
the “A” books, 2 jobs for “B”, 17 jobs for
“C” and 7 jobs for applicants. We have
10 A’s, 1 B, and 11 C’s listed on the registration list.
I attended Hawaii’s Democratic presidential poll and was excited to see many
people coming out to vote. The news
said the turnout was about the same
as when Hawaii’s own Barack Obama
made his first bid for the White House.
We overflowed the high school cafeteria at my polling place. There were a lot
of young folks, mostly college-aged kids
who came out and came early. The final
tally had 10,125 votes for Hillary Clinton and 23,530 votes for Bernie Sanders.
Fraternally,
Mario Higa
Port Agent
Seattle Notes
During the month of March, we
shipped the following: one Electrician/
Reefer/Junior, two Day Junior/Utilities,
one Chief Electrician, six Watch Junior Engineers, four Oilers, one Standby Electrician/Reefer and one Standby
Wiper. We currently have 10 A-, five B-,
and 12 C-seniority members registered
for shipping.
Ships checked: The Matson vessels
MV Manoa, SS Maui and SS Kauai all
called Seattle. And we shipped return
MFOW members to the SS Lihue. Seattle also dispatched MFOW and/or SUP
members to the following bottoms: The
APL Agate, APL Coral, USNS Soderman,
USNS Pomoroy, USNS Sisler, USNS Watkins, USNS Watson, USNS Waters and
USNS Charlton.
I represented the MFOW and SUP at
the following meetings: The King County Labor Council Executive Board and
Delegates meetings, the Seattle Marine
Business Coalition meeting, and the
Honor Roll
Port of Seattle “arena location” meetings.
On March 9, along with Herb Krohn
of United Transportation Union and
Mike Elliot of Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen, I attended a meeting with Congressman Dave
Reichert (R-8th District). Congressman
Reichert sits on the House Ways and
Means Committee and is the Chairman of the Sub-Committee on Trade.
In that position, we asked Congressman
Reichert’s help in ensuring that there
would be “no agreement to weaken the
Jones Act” in the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade negotiations. Congressman
Reichert said he had been alerted to my
question beforehand and had already
directed his Chief of Staff to investigate applications for amendments to the
Jones Act. He further stated he will not
allow such amendments and will defend
the Jones Act vigorously.
Fraternally,
Vince O’Halloran
Representative
Political Action Fund
Voluntary donations to General Treasury — March 2016:
Mike Bailey, N/A......................................$ 5.00
D. Sullivan, N/A..................................... $25.00
Dues Paying Pensioners – First Quarter 2016:
Norval Ayers, #3440 (P-2665)
Solomon W. Ayoob, #1293 (P-2593)
Kinzer Beavers, #3532 (P-2677)
Roger Brucks, #3468 (P-2758)
Robert Bugarin, #3505 (P-2756)
Pensioned 9/1/04
Pensioned 4/1/01
Pensioned 5/1/07
Pensioned 6/1/14
Pensioned 4/1/14
San Francisco
Wilmington
Seattle
San Francisco
Wilmington
Steven Callahan, #3558 (P-2686)
Michael Carr, #3550 (P-2718)
Bonny Coloma, #3537 (P-2763)
John Daly, #3527 (P-2626)
Anthony De La Rosa, #3496 (P-2753)
Pensioned 9/1/08
Pensioned 5/1/11
Pensioned 11/1/14
Pensioned 1/1/99
Pensioned 1/1/14
Seattle
Seattle
Honolulu
San Francisco
San Francisco
Armando De Los Reyes, #2231 (P-2541)
Henry Disley, #2147 (P-2617)
Donald Feehan, #3344 (P-2589)
Daniel Fierro, #3336 (P-2653)
Marvin Honig, #1765 (P-2582)
Pensioned 4/1/93
Pensioned 4/1/05
Pensioned 11/1/95
Pensioned 7/1/01
Pensioned 4/1/95
San Francisco
San Francisco
San Francisco
San Francisco
San Francisco
Robert L. Iwata, #1994 (P-2669)
Joseph Lategano, #3470 (P-2749)
Joel E. McCrum, #1126 (P-2536)
William OBrien, #3552 (P-2755)
Thomas O’Neal, #3546 (P-2769)
Pensioned 4/1/05
Pensioned 10/1/13
Pensioned 3/1/93
Pensioned 4/1/14
Pensioned 7/1/15
San Francisco
San Francisco
San Francisco
San Francisco
Anthony Roberts, #3540 (P-2694)
Joe Rubio, #3697 (P-2757)
Charles Stahl, #3821 (P-2726)
James F. Upchurch, #3455 (P-2666)
Pensioned 4/1/09
Pensioned 4/1/14
Pensioned 12/1/11
Pensioned 11/1/04
San Francisco
San Francisco
Seattle
San Francisco
Voluntary donations for March 2016:
Duke Bactad, #3605........................ $25.00
Cicero LaCaba, JM-5248................ $75.00
I. “Cajun” Callais, #3592.............. $100.00
Joel E. McCrum, P-2536................. $50.00
Victor Diaz, P-1256......................... $30.00
Moses Paahana, P-2619.................. $50.00
Gregory Dziubinski, P-2675.......... $25.00
Cynthia Philyaw, #3853................. $75.00
Patrick Gillette, JM-4930.............. $50.00
Wendelyn Sugui, #3863................. $20.00
MARINE FIREMAN SUBSCRIPTIONS,
H&B AND VOLUNTARY PAF DONATIONS
Please use the following form.
NAME (Print)
PENSION or
BOOK NO.
STREET CITY STATEZIP Check box:
U.S. & POSSESSIONS
Yearly Subscriptions: First Class
$20.00
OVERSEAS
❑ Air (AO) Mail $25.00 ❑
Pensioners’ Hospital & Burial $6.00 ❑
Voluntary Political Action Fund Donation ❑ $_____________
Please make checks payable to: MARINE FIREMEN’S UNION
Address envelope to: 240 Second Street, San Francisco, CA 94105