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Local Lodge 13

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Website: http://boilermakers13.org/

Phone: (215) 785-5536

L-13 collects phones for soldiers

Retired L-13 member Rich Gresko, left, helps cash in used cell phones for phone cards. With him are Brian and Rob Sacks, who started collecting phones at the Radnor, Penn., high school, and fellow Marine Corps veteran Robert Hubbard.

Program buys calling cards for troops

ONE OF THE biggest sacrifices service members make when stationed overseas is being away from loved ones. Local 13 (Philadelphia) is doing its part to help American soldiers stay in touch with their families. Since April 2009, the lodge has collected nearly 1,000 used cell phones, which have been cashed in for more than 56,000 minutes worth of calling cards. The cards are distributed to military personnel for free.

Tags  Local News
Locals  L-13

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.


Boilermakers rally for health care reform

Representing Local 13 are, l. to r., Mike Impagliazzo, lodge president; Jim Banford, BM-ST; and Bill Bradley, trustee.

MORE THAN TWO dozen Boilermakers took part in a rally for health care reform on Capitol Hill June 25. They joined thousands of activists from across the country — including many representing labor unions — in demanding that Congress fix the broken health care system. President Barack Obama has proposed major revisions in order to contain cost and make health care available to all Americans.

Representing the Boilermakers were Local 13 (Philadelphia), Local 45 (Richmond, Va.), and Local 85 (Toledo, Ohio).

Tags  LEAP Issues
Locals  L-13, L-45, L-85

New contract summaries

Local 104 signs first contract at SIS Northwest following a 14-month organizing drive.

A brief listing of recent agreements signed and ratified by Boilermaker local lodges

L-5 – New York


Medal of Honor remains elusive for L-13’s Gresko

Gresko’s boot camp graduation photo, 1969.

Supporters hope four decades of denial will be reversed

A HEROIC DEED from 39 years ago continues to inspire Local 13 (Philadelphia) Boilermakers to seek the Medal of Honor for one of their brothers, retired member Richard Gresko.

Fighting in Vietnam with the 1st Marine Division, then-Lance Cpl. Gresko, age 20, threw himself on an enemy grenade on March 11, 1970, to save three fellow Marines during a night ambush. The Philadelphia native received the Navy Cross in 1976, the second-highest award for valor a Marine can earn.

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Locals  L-13
Reporter  V48N1

MOST holds project management training

Project management training, Jan. 18-23, Embassy Suites Hotel, Kansas City, Mo.

MEMBERS FROM 17 Boilermaker lodges traveled to Kansas City, Mo., to attend a project management training class sponsored by MOST, the Boilermakers’ Mobilization, Optimization, Stabilization, and Training Fund. Held at the Embassy Suites Hotel near the Kansas City International Airport Jan.

Reporter  V48N1

New lodge officers attend training

St. John’s, Newfoundland, Sept. 9-11

Program held in five cities in United States and Canada

2008 WAS AN election year — not only for the governments of Canada and the United States, but also for Boilermaker local lodges in both countries. While U.S. lodges must hold elections every three years, Canadian lodges do so every five years. Occasionally, the Boilermaker local lodge election cycles coincide, as they did in 2008.

Reporter  V47N4

New contract summaries

Negotiating a four-year agreement for L-D500 members at Carmeuse Lime & Stone are, l. to r., front row, John Wirgow, Gary Luetzow, Jeff Hoedel; back row, Anthony Lafleche, Roger Nash, IR Mark Kelly, and Jeff Karsten.

A brief listing of recent agreements signed and ratified by Boilermaker local lodges

L-13 — Philadelphia

Effective April 23, 2008 to March 31, 2011, for four members of Local 13, Philadelphia, who perform shop and field work in the oil and gas division of Integra Services Technologies Inc.

L-M18 — Buffalo, N.Y.

Effective June 1, 2008 to May 31, 2011, for 24 members of Local M18, Buffalo, N.Y., who make metal plating at the Keystone Corp.

Tags  Featured
Reporter  V47N4

2008 local lodge and CFL scholarship winners

Katie Foster

Local 13 awards 33 grants totaling $264,000

LOCAL LODGE 13, Philadelphia, announces the winners of 33 scholarship awards, each totaling $8,000, to dependents of Local 13 members who participated in the local’s annual competition. Winners were selected based on the results of a college aptitude test administered and graded by St. Joseph’s University. The grants will be awarded over a period of four years — $1,000 per semester for eight semesters. The Local 13 scholarship committee does not release names of scholarship winners for publication.

Tags  Scholarships
Locals  L-13, L-83, L-105, L-146, L-D579
Reporter  V47N3

How to apply for a 2009 Boilermaker Scholarship

BOILERMAKER SCHOLARSHIPS are open to high school seniors who will be entering their first year of a two- or four-year academic program at a degree-granting, accredited college or university within one year of their high school graduation.

A dependent may be a son, daughter, legally-adopted child, or other dependent of an active, retired, disabled, or deceased member.

Winners are chosen based on a variety of criteria that include grades, standardized test scores, extracurricular activities, and a written essay on an assigned topic.

Tags  Scholarships
Locals  L-13, L-83, L-105, L-146
Reporter  V47N3

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