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Local Lodge 11

Helena, Montana

Website: http://www.boilermakers11.com/

Phone: (406) 227-8757

2009 Regional Apprentice Competitions

Great Lakes Area contestants include, front row, l. to r.: Matt Smith, Local 363; Brady Blotske, Local 647; Noel Springhart, Local 1; and Wayne Hayes, Local 60. Back row, l. to r.: Ryan Woods, Local 27 (runner-up); Jeffrey Rose, Local 107; Timothy Esparza, Local 374; Josue Fuentes, Local 169; and Matthew Vodraska, Local 744 (winner).

Northeast & Great Lakes

Toth and Buskey win Northeast; Vodraska and Woods win Great Lakes

THE NORTHEAST AND Great Lakes areas held their 23rd annual joint graduate apprentice competitions May 4-8 at Local 5 Zone 197 (Albany, N.Y.). The top two finishers in each contest will represent their areas in the national contest in Kansas City, Kan., Sept. 27-Oct. 1.


Western States negotiates ‘best ever’ agreement

Signing a three-year agreement for the Western States Area are, l. to r., seated: chairmen Larry Jansen (employer) and Tom Baca (union); standing, employer co-chairman Jerry Bennett and secretary Tom Dillon, and union secretary David Bunch and co-chairman Kyle Evenson.

Contract includes increases in wages and per-diem with new language for portability and mandatory safety training

CALLING IT THE “most progressive agreement in the nation,” Intl. Vice Pres. Tom Baca praised the Western States business managers and Intl. reps for their exceptional effort in reaching a three-year pact with their signatory contractors.


Third time is a charm for Local 11

After calling the building trades for help two years in a row, Exxon goes 100% union

TWICE MEMBERS OF Local 11 (Helena, Mont.) were called to the Exxon/Mobil refinery in Billings, Mont., to complete projects started by nonunion crews because the owner was dissatisfied with the work. The third time around, the company decided to award the entire job to the union.

Tags  Jobs
Locals  L-11
Reporter  V48N1

L-11’s John Durkin retires

John Durkin - Local 11

ON HIS LAST day of employment, John “Wurkin Durkin” Durkin unhooked the final lift for an SCR project at the Exxon/Mobil refinery in Billings, Mont. A member of Local 11 (Helena, Mont.) since 1978, Durkin began his apprenticeship in 1976 and moved into field construction in 1980. He retired June 30, 2008.

“John always did his fair share of the work, and we thought it fitting to let him unhook the last lift,” L-11 Pres. Bob Winger said.

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Locals  L-11

Western States holds 21st apprentice competition

Western States Area apprentice contestants include, l. to r.: Jeremy Rosas, Local 242; Brian VanDam, Local 182; David Uhl, Local 101; Susanne Donahue, Local 11; Jacob Garver, Local 500; Lionel Benally, Local 4; Patrick Collins, Local 92; Johnny Brown Jr., Local 549; and Carrie Sanders, Local 627.

Rosas takes top spot, VanDam places second

JEREMY ROSAS OF Local 242 (Spokane, Wash.) won the James F. Precht Award as the top apprentice in the 21st annual Western States Area Outstanding Graduate Apprentice Competition held May 12-14 at Local 242. Brian VanDam of Local 182 (Salt Lake City, Utah) placed second.


Construction BMs train in Kansas City

New business managers from the U.S. and Canada attend training in Kansas City July 27-31.

NEARLY TWO DOZEN U.S. and Canadian business managers met in Kansas City, Mo., July 27-31 for new officer training. The event was hosted by Construction Division Services (CDS) in conjunction with the Education and Training Services Department.

“We had an excellent group that stayed focused the entire week on the curriculum we developed for new business managers,” said CDS Director Skipper Branscum. “Our goal was to introduce these leaders to the various programs and resources that are available to help them succeed.”

Reporter  V47N3

Students join Local 11 members at job site

Demand for skilled workers allows for interesting classroom project

NINE MEMBERS OF a welding class left the UM-Helena College of Technology to get some hands-on experience by working side-by-side with members of Local 11 (Helena, Mont.) at the Colstrip 3 Power Plant.

The students worked eight weeks this spring, helping the Boilermakers complete repair work on a boiler and perform routine maintenance work during a scheduled shutdown at the facility.

Locals  L-11
Reporter  V47N1

Local 587 wins national NACBE safety award

Lone Star District Lodge BM-ST Ronnie Keck, center, accepts the national NACBE safety award on behalf or Local 587 (Orange, Texas). L. to r.: John Erickson, NACBE executive director; George Rogers, South Central area IVP; Clay Herford, IR-CD; Newton Jones, IP; and Wendell Bell, NACBE president.

Orange, Texas, lodge works without injury in 2006

THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION of Construction Boilermaker Employers (NACBE) presented its annual safety awards to the 2006 top-performing locals from the Boilermakers’ five U.S. vice-presidential areas March 5 during the annual Construction Division conference at Marco Island, Fla.

Local 587 (Orange, Texas), representing the South and Central area, took national honors with zero lost-time accidents, zero compensable injuries, and zero OSHA-recordable injuries.

Locals  L-11, L-69, L-105, L-193, L-587

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