THE NATIONAL MARINER'S ASSOCIATION'S SECOND REQUEST TO CONGRESS:
BELOW IS A REPRINT OF A BLOG POST THAT WE PUBLISHED BACK IN EARLY APRIL. AS IT TURNED OUT IT WAS THE PRELUDE TO THE PUBLICATION OF BLOOD ON BROWN WATER WHICH WE JUST COMPLETED PRESENTING AS A SERIAL.
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When we completed our presentation of the serial in the last installment the author ,Capt. Richard Block of the National Mariner's Association asked our readers to write the Congress in support of the National Mariner's Association's "SECOND REQUEST TO CONGRESS". BLOOD ON BROWN WATER explained the reasons for the request in non technical terms. It was based on the earlier , larger , and more technical work NMA RPT. R-370, 2012 which was delivered to Congress along with the "Second Request". Below, after the brief introduction is a complete reprint of the very simple "SECOND REQUEST". The entire request takes up only about one type written page and all it really asks for are the necessary regulatory changes to insure a maximum 12 hour work day. Really, this is hardly enough to save the Jones Act fleet from the flight of its work force. But it could be a start. Please consider writing Congress today.
MERCHANT MARINE INTEREST:
A SECOND REQUEST TO CONGRESS FOR RELIEF OF AMERICAN MERCHANT MARINERS SUBJECTED TO THIRD WORLD WORKING CONDITIONS.
Reference: Our Blog of March 28, 2012 "Wanted Another Richard Henry Dana"
On March 28, 2012 we alerted our readers to the publication of the National Mariner's (NMA) report #R-370,Rev.4 which is now circulating in Congressional offices detailing the third world like working conditions overtaking 126,000 American seamen serving in the inland towing, off shore service vessel industry, and several other domestic "work boat" sectors. In that blog we noted that most of the domestic commercial "work boat" fleets are manned by American Merchant Seamen and Officers who do not have union representation. We lamented the thirty plus year history of employer abuse of seamen in these fleets and the lack of media, Coast Guard,and Department of Homeland Security Inspector General attention to this sorry state of affairs. In that blog we wished out loud for a modern day Richard Henry Dana and a modern version of his historic TWO YEARS BEFORE THE MAST . Nothing being written today, unfortunately including the graphically detailed but matter of fact presented reports of the NMA is awakening a public which should be justifiably angry over governmental inattention to conditions that are inexcusable. These conditions according to NMA reports have not only negatively impacted the health of the pertinent seamen but have also induced chronic fatigue problems in the pilothouse and among designated look outs resulting in dozens of deaths of ordinary members of the American public engaged in such non maritime activity as simply trying to drive across a bridge over navigable water. In keeping with our commitment to provide coverage of the latest attempts by the NMA to correct these long standing problems we present in its entiriety the NMA's second request to Congress exactly as it was hand delivered last week to the offices of key committee members in the House of representatives.
"DATE: March 29, 2012
Very truly yours
"DATE: March 29, 2012
FROM: Richard A. Block, Secretary , National Mariner's Association
TO: All Senators and representatives, U.S. Congress
SUBJECT: Second request for action to relieve certain U.S.Merchant Mariners from Third World like working conditions and to protect the U.S. Public from Harm by fatigue related marine accidents.
Since these dangers and abuses continue, we respectfully ask all Members of the 112th Congress the following:
Richard A. Block , B.A., M.S. Ed
Master # 1186377, Issue #9
Secretary, National Mariner's Association