NEARLY 100 MEMBERS of Local 374 (Hammond, Indiana) received paid time off for Boilermaker Code training during a project to install a selective catalytic reduction (SCR) system at the AEP Rockport, Indiana, plant February 21-23. The training was sponsored by AEP and contractor Graycor. The night shift attended the first session, and the day shift broke into two segments to attend training on the second and third days.
LATVIAN CEOS ARE surely giddy at the recent parliamentary vote in favour of CETA — the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement — between Canada and the European Union. Latvia is the first EU member to ratify CETA, having approved the deal Feb. 23. The vote in the Latvian parliament was 71-5 in favour.
And why not? The average annual wage in Latvia last year was about $10,230. With CETA making it possible for foreign corporations to import their own workforces, Latvian companies are now well positioned to bid on supply and services contracts in Canadian markets.
IN JANUARY, TRUSTEES of the Boilermaker-Blacksmith National Pension Trust took steps to address an emerging threat to the fund. Essentially, the problem is one of too little money going into the fund for the amount being paid out in benefits. If left uncorrected, this imbalance could, over time, trigger government intervention with potentially negative consequences for plan participants.
The Bank of Labor on March 6 issued the following statement regarding recent actions by the National Consumers League protesting Wells Fargo's policy on mandatory arbitration.
"As a labor majority owned and operated bank, we enthusiastically welcome the National Consumers League as a client. The NCL's decision to withdraw its operating capital from Wells Fargo and open an account with Bank of Labor speaks not only to the mutual respect between our two organizations but also to our common focus on serving the needs of workers and promoting social justice.
LEAVE IT TO a Boilermaker to help a stranger when he’s down. That’s what Kevin Michaud, Local 73 (Halifax, Nova Scotia) did when he saw Sean Richardson, cyclist and veteran advocate, pushing his bike along the highway in Edmundston, New Brunswick in August 2016.
Boilermakers Local 92 (Bloomington, CA) is experiencing significant growth in labor demand, caused in part by a recently enacted state law that impacts refinery jobs. The law requires that 60 percent of the skilled workers employed by contractors at refineries and chemical manufacturing facilities be graduates of state-approved apprenticeship programs.
Every step matters: From step stools to extension ladders, make sure you're putting the right foot forward.
Every year over 300 people die in ladder-related accidents, and thousands suffer disabling injuries. Mark your calendar to join the American Ladder Institute (ALI) in celebrating the first-ever National Ladder Safety Month, designed to raise awareness of ladder safety and to decrease the number of ladder-related injuries and fatalities.
Members replace re-heat outlet header, more than 1,000 baskets
LATE LAST YEAR, Local 83 Boilermakers working for Day & Zimmerman at Westar Energy’s Jeffrey Energy Center near St. Marys, Kansas, performed at the highest level in completing an outage on the facility’s Unit 2.
The work scope involved removing and replacing the re-heat outlet header and replacing radial air heater baskets. Following inspection of the boiler and other major components, Boilermakers made additional repairs.