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Past scholarship recipients praise Boilermaker legacy

Past scholarship recipients praise Boilermaker legacy

Dozens affirm positive impact of scholarships

FOR THE PAST 30 years, the Boilermakers union has awarded select high school seniors scholarships to help with college expenses. Recently, the Scholarship Committee asked past recipients how receiving a Boilermaker scholarship impacted their lives. Recipients are using their education in a variety of ways — teaching, serving in the military, working to eradicate homelessness, solving crimes, and seeking cures for disease, just to name a few. Read their inspiring stories below.

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L-374 treats visiting instructors to blacksmithing demo

L-374’s Nick Tokarz explains the hammer forging process.

Hammer forging offers apprentices opportunity to try age-old craft

BOILERMAKER APPRENTICE INSTRUCTORS attending the first-ever BNAP-sponsored national conference in Chicago in May took a road trip to nearby Local 374 (Hammond, Indiana) to watch a demonstration of blacksmithing skills.

Nick Tokarz, L-374 Assistant Director of Development and Training, coordinated and led the demonstration, assisted by L-374 welding instructor Pete Merkel along with Pat Quinn and Dan Neville of the Center for Metal Arts in Johnstown, Pennsylvania.

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It's time to end oilsands shaming

Enough with the guilt trip. I’m proud to represent people who work in the oilsands. They’re proud of the jobs they do. And they should be.

As a union leader, I represent thousands of oilsands workers. These people are extremely skilled at keeping our oil plants and refineries operating. And guess what? They care just as much about the environment and global warming as the people who want to shut the industry down.

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EPA proposes replacement for Clean Power Plan

Newton B. Jones, Intl. President

ACE rule seeks to undo CPP overreach

A NEW EPA rule to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from existing coal-fired power plants is generating heat of its own. Proponents, including the Boilermakers union, support the rule while opposing groups seek to kill it. Known as the Affordable Clean Energy (ACE) rule, the proposal would replace the controversial Clean Power Plan (CPP) promulgated by the EPA during the Obama administration.


Locked out L-D239 stands strong, seeks return to work, fair contract

Members of Local D239 in Three Forks, Montana, man the picket line outside the Imerys Talc facility that locked them out August 2. Lodge president Randy Tocci holds a toy unicorn, referencing Montana Governor Steve Bullock’s assertion to the media that the lockout is a “unicorn” in Montana — a rare occurrence. The last lockout in the state happened in the 1980s.

Local community, nationwide and global support pours in after French multinational demands cuts to pensions, healthcare

THIRTY-FIVE LOCAL D239 Boilermakers in Three Forks, Montana, have been locked out at Imerys Talc America since August 2, their families going without paychecks and more after the French-owned company served up “last, best and final” contract demands that removed critical benefits.

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BNAP hosts first-ever National Instructor Conference

Mark Wertz, BNAP NC, welcomes instructors to the inaugural National Instructor Conference.

Topic experts, hands-on demos lead to high-energy, intensive learning

A NEW TRAINING format brought more than 60 instructors together for a conference in Chicago this past May for three high-energy days of interactive classes, tool and product demonstrations, idea-sharing and even a field trip to nearby Local 374 (Hammond, Indiana) for a close-up look at its blacksmithing operation.


ISO conference stresses organizing, recruiting

ISO conference stresses organizing, recruiting

Leaders from 104 local and district lodges attend

WITH UNIONS INCREASINGLY under attack, nearly 200 Boilermakers demonstrated their solidarity at this year’s Industrial Sector Operations Conference, eager to find the right tools to grow Boilermaker membership and strengthen their locals. The conference, held in Las Vegas July 24-27, drew one of the highest turnout in its history. Delegates gained informative and inspirational advice about organizing, recruiting and the need to increase union density worldwide.


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  • L-374’s Nick Tokarz explains the hammer forging process.

    L-374 treats visiting instructors to blacksmithing demo

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  • Bank of Labor’s newest office opened in 2015 in Washington, D.C., expanding operations to reach the headquarters of many U.S.-based unions.

    Bank of Labor puts union money back to work — for unions

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  • It's time to end oilsands shaming

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  • Newton B. Jones, Intl. President

    EPA proposes replacement for Clean Power Plan

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  • Members of Local D239 in Three Forks, Montana, man the picket line outside the Imerys Talc facility that locked them out August 2. Lodge president Randy Tocci holds a toy unicorn, referencing Montana Governor Steve Bullock’s assertion to the media that the lockout is a “unicorn” in Montana — a rare occurrence. The last lockout in the state happened in the 1980s.

    Locked out L-D239 stands strong, seeks return to work, fair contract

    Read More