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Local Lodge 627

Phoenix, Arizona

Website: http://www.boilermakers627.com/

Phone: (602) 495-1282

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

Locals award service pins

Locals award service pins

Local 1 • Chicago

ERIC S. DAVIS, BM-ST of Local 1, Chicago, reports presentation of a membership pin to the following:

Tags  Local News
Locals  L-1, L-83, L-627, L-647, L-667
Reporter  V58N3

L-627 contingent visits state legislators for Day of Action

Forty members of L-627 gathered in the courtyard of the Arizona State Capitol for the local’s first annual Day of Action.

LOCAL 627 (Phoenix) BM-ST Jacob Evenson had an inspiration when he returned home in April from the Boilermakers annual LEAP conference: Political action shouldn’t happen just once a year in Washington D.C. —it needs to take place year-round on state and local levels. So, he brought Boilermaker lobbying home with L-627’s first Day of Action. Forty members, along with retirees, showed up at the local on May 22, ready to lobby.

Tags  Local News
Locals  L-627
Reporter  V58N2

D-TS Creeden honored with conservation award

Ryan Creeden was presented with the 2019 IBB Conservation Steward of the Year Award by USA Director of Union Relations Walt Ingram.

RYAN CREEDEN, DIRECTOR of Technology Services-IST and a member of L-627 (Phoenix) was awarded the 2019 IBB Conservation Steward of the Year Award by the Union Sportsmen’s Alliance (USA) for his exemplary commitment to conservation and community service.

The award recognizes volunteers from each of the USA’s charter unions who make exceptional contributions to the USA’s efforts to organize union volunteers to donate their time and unique trade skills to preserve North America’s outdoor heritage.

USA called Creeden a tireless promoter of youth shooting sports.

Tags  Local News
Locals  L-627

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

Boy Scouts earn badges, learn merits of being a Boilermaker

Boy Scouts earn a Model Design and Building merit badge by completing mock reeving project. From left to right: L-627’s Gary Bain, and Scouts Henry Flatt and Nathan Schrepfer.

Scouts complete mock reeving project with Local 627

BOY SCOUTS AND Boilermaker goals matched up perfectly when Scouts from the Boy Scouts of America Grand Canyon Council met up with Local 627 (Phoenix) and the Western States Apprenticeship Program. The Scouts fulfilled a goal to provide its members with career-oriented programs in partnership with community organizations. The local got an audience of young, prospective apprentices to educate. And the Scouts themselves earned their Model Design and Building merit badges.

Tags  Local News
Locals  L-627
Reporter  V57N4

Boilermakers build eucalyptus-fueled power plant

 L-627 members and travelers working for AZCO build a eucalyptus-fueled biomass plant on Hawaii’s Big Island.

Members drive on despite volcano, earthquakes, torrential rains

THE LAND OF aloha, palm trees and blue waters — as inviting as tropical paradises can be — has held some unexpected challenges for Local 627 (Phoenix) members and travelers from across the country as they build a eucalyptus-fueled biomass power plant on the island of Hawaii (the Big Island).

Tags  Jobs
Locals  L-627
Reporter  V57N3

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

MOST holds OSHA 'train the trainer' classes

MOST holds OSHA 'train the trainer' classes

24 members and company trainers update or earn credentials

MOST CONDUCTED OSHA 500 "train the trainer" classes in Kansas City, Missouri, Jan. 29-Feb 7 for 18 members and six company trainers seeking to attain or update credentials that will allow them to teach OSHA 10 and OSHA 30 classes.

Reporter  V57N1

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