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Local Lodge 154

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Website: http://www.boilermakerslocal154.com

Phone: (412) 343-3072

Boilermaker surges into action to rescue flash flood victim

John Messina, L-154, and an unidentified man carry Harold Gold to safety from his stranded vehicle during a flash flood in Pittsburgh.

JOHN MESSINA, LOCAL 154 (Pittsburgh) credits his training as a Boilermaker for preparing him to face unpredictable and dangerous situations. And not just on the job. Messina’s fast action and problem-solving skills helped him save an elderly gentleman from a very dangerous—and potentially deadly—flood the afternoon of July 6 after a sudden downpour hit parts of Pittsburgh.

Tags  Local News
Locals  L-154

Delegates advocate for local and national issues during LEAP

Local 627’s Shane “Kalai” Ferreira, who works for BAE Systems in Hawaii, offers reasons why a strong Jones Act is essential to the nation. L to r: BM-ST Jacob Evenson; Jesse Isleman, legislative aide of Sen. Brian Schatz (D-HI); Wesley Dale and Ferreira.

LEAP DELEGATES FROM across the United States brought Boilermaker issues to Capitol Hill April 15-17, scoring valuable face time in lawmakers’ offices. This year, in addition to leave-behind fact sheets, delegates presented a video brochure containing the film “CCS: Bridge to a Cleaner Energy Future,” which explains the urgent need for increased funding for the development of carbon, capture, use and storage (CCUS). The video, which automatically plays when the brochure is opened, proved popular on the Hill.

Tags  LEAP Issues
Locals  L-5/5, L-13, L-28, L-154, L-627, L-900
Reporter  V58N2

MOST hosts project management training

MOST hosts project management training

SIXTEEN CONSTRUCTION BOILERMAKERS completed the MOST project management course in Kansas City, Missouri, Jan. 7-10. The class teaches Boilermakers to lead the management of multi-craft projects and to make decisions that benefit the owner, the contractor and the union. Instructing the class were Skipper Branscum, retired MOST Administrator; Pittsburgh Local 154 retiree Gerry Klimo and Chicago Bridge & Iron retired contractor Mike Suplizio.

Reporter  V58N1

L-169’s Slater captures 2018 graduate apprentice title

COMPETITORS AT THE NATIONAL APPRENTICESHIP COMPETITION SHOWCASE THEIR SKILLS AT LOCAL 28 IN NEWARK, NEW JERSEY. Pictured from l. to r.: Matt Stillson, L-1; Joshua Slater, L-169; Dwayne Martin, L-40; Michael Estes, L-83; Joshua Roupe, L-154; Andrew Davis, L-29; Justin Williams, L-101; and Jason Eubanks, L-549.

Runner-up spot goes to L-29’s Davis; Northeast Section takes team honors

JOSHUA SLATER, A member of Detroit Local 169 (Great Lakes Area), won top honors at the 2018 National Apprenticeship Competition held at Local 28 (Newark, New Jersey) August 20-23. This was the fourth straight year a graduate apprentice of L-169 took top honors, and it was the local’s sixth top finish in the last 10 years.

Andrew Davis, a member of Local 29 (Boston), was named runner up. Team honors went to the Northeast, which paired Davis with Joshua Roupe, Local 154 (Pittsburgh).

Locals  L-1, L-29, L-40, L-83, L-101, L-154, L-169, L-549
Reporter  V57N4

L-154 members form human chain to rescue trapped union brother

L-154 heroes Rick Derrick (far left) and Ethan Boyd (far right), flank Jonathan Bach. Derrick and Boyd were presented with awards for heroism during a Labor Day picnic in Pittsburgh. John McClurg and Scott Weaver were not available to attend the event.

Quick action saves life

FOR LOCAL 154 (Pittsburgh) Boilermaker Jonathan Bach, making his way along the catwalk as he inspected compartments in the bag house was routine — business as usual at the William H. Sims, First Energy plant. Until it wasn’t.

Unknown to the 12-year Boilermaker, the door to one of the bag house cells was open, and as he approached, suction drawing through the opening yanked him into the dusty, pitch-black cell.

“At first, it didn’t seem like a big deal, but I realized pretty quickly that I couldn’t see the hole to get out,” says Bach.

Tags  Local News
Locals  L-154
Reporter  V57N4

Nearly 200 complete Code training at Plant Vogtle

MOST instructor Steve Speed discusses the value of a positive reputation.

L-26 sponsors instruction at Georgia Power nuclear plant

WITH HUNDREDS OF Boilermakers working at nuclear power station Plant Vogtle in southeast Georgia — many of them living in temporary housing near the project and far from the nearest union hall — Local 26 (Savannah) BM-ST Johnathon Bates decided it only made sense to bring Boilermaker Code training onsite.

Over two successive weekends, April 14-15 and April 21-22, MOST Code trainers Steve Speed and Ray Parrot taught four day-long classes. MOST Representative Tony Smarra provided technical support.

Reporter  V57N2

Retired IVP-NE Michael Murphy passes

RETIRED NORTHEAST SECTION International Vice President Michael S. Murphy passed away Nov. 27. He was 71. He retired Sept. 1, 2004 after 36 years as a Boilermaker member. Murphy was the father of former IVP-NE Sean Murphy.

Locals  L-154
Reporter  V56N4

L-169 Dormire wins 2017 graduate apprentice title

Competitors at the National Apprentice Competition face off at Local 101 in Denver. Front row, left to right: Branden Dormire, L-169 (winner) and Ryan Schroeder, L-85 (runner-up). Back row, left to right: Michael Mansbart, L-5 Zone 5; Chance Ellison, L-108; James Hynes, L-154; Alfredo Leyva, L-92; Charles Kouns, L-40 and Craig Rose, L-101.

Runner-up spot goes to L-85’s Schroeder; Great Lakes Section takes team honors

BRANDEN DORMIRE, A member of Detroit Local 169 (Great Lakes Area), won top honors at the 2017 National Apprenticeship Competition held at Local 101 (Denver) August 20-23. This was the third year in a row a graduate apprentice of L-169 took top honors and the local’s fifth top finish in the last six years.

Ryan Schroeder, a member of Local 85 (Toledo, Ohio), was named runner up. Team honors went to the Great Lakes Area, which paired winner Dormire and runner-up Schroeder.

Locals  L-5/5, L-40, L-85, L-92, L-101, L-108, L-154, L-169
Reporter  V56N4

New BM-STs attend training in Kansas City

New BM-STs exchange ideas during a training session. From left: Clinton Penny, L-11; Kirk Cooper, L-60 and Wade Mason, L-110.

Four-day event draws 17 from every U.S. section

SEVENTEEN NEW BUSINESS managers/secretary-treasurers from the United States attended a training course Sept. 18-21 in Kansas City, Missouri, to prepare them for their lodge leadership roles.

Reporter  V56N4

Members receive Code training on Lackawanna job

Members receive Code training on Lackawanna job

MOST trainers conduct three classes in two days

NEARLY 150 MEMBERS working at the Lackawanna Energy Center near Scranton, Pennsylvania, completed Boilermaker Code training July 19-20. Prime contractor Kiewit hosted the training at the project site. Approximately 175 Boilermakers representing 30 locals from across the United States are on the job, building elements of a new 1,500 MW combined cycle gas plant. Local 13 (Philadelphia) has jurisdiction for the Boilermakers’ work.

Reporter  V56N3

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