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Local Lodge 169

Detroit, Michigan

Website: http://www.boilermakerslocal169.com/

Phone: (313) 584-8520

Local 374’s Shick earns top honors at National Apprenticeship Competition

L-5, Z-7’s Jacob Weber and partner Zane Martin, L-29, both from the Northeast, work on the buddy weld exercise. The test requires contestants to cut out a section of a bad tube and replace it with a new one.

BILLY SHICK FROM Local 374 (Hobart, Indiana) took home the top honor at the 2019 National Apprenticeship Competition held at Local 28 (Newark, New Jersey) August 12-16, upsetting Detroit Local 169’s four-year winning streak. The close finish had L-169’s Justin Zueski coming in as this year’s runner-up. Team honors went to the Great Lakes team of Shick and Zueski.

Boilermaker National Apprenticeship Program chairman Michael Bray, from Riggs Distler Company, spoke at the awards dinner and praised all the competitors.

Locals  L-5/7, L-29, L-83, L-92, L-169, L-193, L-374, L-627
Reporter  V58N4

International announces scholarship winners

International announces scholarship winners

THE BOILERMAKERS INTERNATIONAL Executive Council scholarship committee has announced the winners of its 2019 scholarship program. The committee awarded $50,000 to 22 recipients, with $38,000 going to U.S. applicants and $12,000 going to Canadian applicants. The one-year grants included 10 $3,800 awards and 12 $1,000 awards.

The committee selected scholarship recipients from a pool of 78 Boilermaker dependents. The applicants were judged on their academic achievements, leadership skills, participation in extracurricular activities and a written essay.

Reporter  V58N3

Tags  Obituaries
Locals  L-169
Reporter  V58N2

Local 169 apprentice pulls worker from burning ash

Local 169 apprentice Patrick Morand gives a thumbs-up after being hospitalized.

Boilermakers’ brotherhood bond is lifesaving

BEING FELLOW BOILERMAKERS, Patrick Morand and Bill Tyler already had a bond before the fateful night of August 10. But when 100,000 pounds of hot ash buried 15 Boilermakers, Morand’s heroic efforts to pull his coworker to safety made that bond lifesaving. The workers fell victim to a collapsed dust catcher at U.S. Steel’s Great Lakes Works Plant on Zug Island in the Detroit River.

Tags  Local News
Locals  L-169
Reporter  V57N4

Slater keeps the L-169 streak going

2018 graduate apprenticeship competition winner Joshua Slater

Top graduate apprentice grateful for training, support

AT ANY TIME during the 2018 BNAP graduate apprenticeship competition, one could glance at winner Josh Slater and read the intense concentration and determination on his face — through flying sparks, up high rigging and even in consultation with his team weld partner. Concentration and determination, he says, are two things every apprentice at Local 169 (Detroit) learns early.

Locals  L-169
Reporter  V57N4

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

Union mourns loss of member-poet Don Rojem

Don Rojem at the 2016 Consolidated Convention.

L-169 retiree wrote about life as a Boilermaker

DONALD JAMES ROJEM, the 65-year retired member whose poetry inspired many inside and outside the Brotherhood, passed away October 15. He was 88.

Tags  Local News
Locals  L-169

International announces scholarship winners for 2018

International announces scholarship winners for 2018

Twenty-eight graduating seniors receive combined $56,000

THE BOILERMAKERS’ INTERNATIONAL Executive Council scholarship committee has announced the winners of its 2018 scholarship program. The committee awarded $56,000 to 28 recipients, with $38,000 going to U.S. applicants and $18,000 going to Canadian applicants. The one-year grants included one $5,000 award, 11 $3,000 awards, two $2,000 awards and 14 $1,000 awards.

Tags  Scholarships

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

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

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