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Local Lodge S8

Equality, Illinois

Local S8 members take part in open house

Members of Local S8 (Equality, Ill.) exit the Willow Lake coal mine at the end of their shift aboard a “man trip.”

Event allows families, visitors to enter coal mine

SEATED IN LOW-SLUNG “man trips,” vehicles resembling a narrow, cut-down Hummer — with none of the creature comforts — visitors to the Willow Lake coal mine in Equality, Ill., Oct. 17 got a trip underground to see what members of Local S8 do for a living. The tour was part of the facility’s annual open house activities.

About 400 L-S8 members work for Peabody Energy, the world’s largest private-sector coal company. In 2008, the Willow Lake mine sold 3.7 million tons of coal to Midwest utility customers.

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Local S8 donates defibrillator

Device is installed at business/community center

MEMBERS OF LOCAL S8 (Equality, Ill.), who work at the Willow Lake coal mine in Southeastern Illinois, donated an automated external defibrillator for use at a business and community center this past summer. The defibrillator, which generates an electric shock to restore a heart’s natural rhythm, is installed at the Southeastern Illinois College (SIC) Foundation building. The facility houses Local S8’s offices as well as other organizations and businesses. It also serves as a center for public functions.

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Members of Congress join delegates at reception

Hawaii Sen. Daniel Akaka, third from right, with (l. to r.) IR Dave Bunch; Dir. of Political Affairs Bridget Martin; Gary Aycock, L-627; Keola Martin, L-90; and IVP Warren Fairley.

Boilermakers build relationships with legislators

DELEGATES TO THE 41st annual LEAP conference welcomed legislators, congressional aides, and other guests to the Boilermakers’ congressional reception March 18 to continue the work of building good relationships.

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Local lodge leaders attend summer training institute

2008 School for Workers Basic Class

Venue moves as university converts Friedrick Center to dorm

FORTY-SEVEN LOCAL lodge leaders attended classes at the 51st annual Summer Training Institute at the University of Wisconsin’s School for Workers held July 13-25, 2008, in Madison, Wis. Over a two-week period, the institute offered basic and advanced courses.

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Local S8 and Peabody Energies make community donation

Members of Local S8, Equality, Ill., donate Thanksgiving Baskets to WADI, a Head Start program in Saline County. L. to r., Natalie Fox, Greg Fort, (in front) DeAnna Day, Lena Hankins, Tony Young, Ella Young, Rachel Hunt, and (in front) Brandy Rector.

Union and company put contract differences aside to help those in need

WORKING A MONTH without a contract can cause tension to build between workers and employers. But Boilermakers and company reps at the Willow Lake Mine were able to set their contract differences aside long enough to make a joint contribution to their community.

Members of Local S8, Equality, Ill., and representatives of the Peabody Energies-owned mine in Harrisburg, Ill., donated food and Thanksgiving baskets to Wabash Area Development Inc. (WADI), a member of the Illinois Head Start Association.

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Local S8 ratifies contract at Willow Lake Mine

Intl. Rep Len Gunderson (center with laptop) conducts a training program for Local S8 members. Consultant Mike Murphy is pictured second from left.

Members can be proud of four-year agreement that was two years in the making

WHAT BEGAN IN Feb. 2005 as early negotiations, finally ended some 25 months later with ratification of a four-year agreement for members of Local S8 (Equality, Ill.) at the Willow Lake Mine.

The contract with the Peabody Energies-owned mine in Harrisburg, Ill., expired Oct. 18, 2006. Despite a 175-to-1 vote to take strike action if necessary, the strike option was never utilized. Instead, members were able to secure an agreement, effective April 16, 2007, to April 15, 2011.

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