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Political friend, former congressman John Dingell dies at 92

John Dingell (Photo: Detroit News file photo)

THE INTERNATIONAL BROTHERHOOD OF Boilermakers mourns the loss of former Rep. John Dingell (D-Michigan 12th), who passed away Feb. 7. Dingell, who was the longest serving member of the United States Congress, was often a political ally to the Boilermakers union. He served on the Energy and Commerce Committee, which he chaired for 15 years, and was known as a champion for working people.

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Election 2018 Boilermaker Endorsements

Election 2018 Boilermaker Endorsements

Informed union voters can make a big difference Nov. 6

THE CANDIDATES LISTED below have been selected by the leadership of the local lodges in their areas, along with the International Government Affairs Department, as those who will best support working families.

We know that how you vote is a personal decision. And we respect that decision. We also know that working families will make a huge difference in these elections.

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Liberty Bell award commemorates LEAP’s golden anniversary

Liberty Bell award commemorates LEAP’s golden anniversary

To commemorate LEAP’s 50th anniversary and thank the Boilermakers Government Affairs Department, Local 13 (Philadelphia) presented Cecile Conroy, Director of Government Affairs, with a special Liberty Bell award during a morning delegate session. In addition to preparing and conducting the annual LEAP Conference, the Government Affairs team stays on top of legislative issues that might impact Boilermakers, prepares materials to assist Boilermaker delegates with lobbying, and coordinates political action activities.

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Boilermakers’ reception brings legislators

Rep. Cheri Bustos (D-IL 17th), fifth from right, with, l. to r., IVP-NE John Fultz; John Tortat, L-60; guest Julie Tortat; guest Debbie Cooper; Kirk Cooper, L-60; IR Bill Staggs; IR Miguel Fonseca; ED-QCCUS/AD-CSO Eugene Forkin III; and IVP-WS J. Tom Baca.

CONGRESSMEN AND WOMEN, Boilermakers and guests met up at the Mayflower Hotel April 24 for informal conversation and photo ops at the 2018 LEAP Congressional Reception.

The reception, which takes place after two days of education, legislative updates and lobbying on Capitol Hill, is a longstanding part of the annual LEAP conference. The event gives Boilermaker delegates a chance to follow up with their elected representatives and continue building relationships in an effort to bring Boilermaker issues to the forefront and enlist legislative champions for those issues.

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Boilermakers celebrate 50 years of LEAP

Delegates, International officers and staff at the 50th LEAP conference

Historic event draws 175 delegates to DC

A FIERY SPEECH by AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka set the tone for the Boilermakers’ historic 50th anniversary Legislative Education Action Program (LEAP) Conference in Washington, D.C., April 22-25. The event brought 175 delegates from across the United States, representing nearly 50 local lodges.

The conference also featured special awards to the Boilermakers’ Legislators of the Year, delegate lobbying on Capitol Hill and a reception for legislators at the Mayflower Hotel, site of the 2018 conference.

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LEAP delegates lobby legislators on Capitol Hill

Senator Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND), talks with L-674 delegates. Heitkamp, who championed the passage the FUTURE Act, received the Boilermakers’ 2018 Senate Legislator of the Year award.

Boilermakers urge legislation to secure pensions, workplace rights

BRINGING THE BOILERMAKER voice to Washington, D.C., has been the key component of the annual LEAP conference since it first began 50 years ago. This year, more than 175 LEAP delegates trekked to Capitol Hill April 23-25 to meet with their respective representatives in the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives.

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Boilermakers craft new LEAP award

Boilermakers craft new LEAP award

Quill pen sculpture is stroke of historic inspiration

LEGISLATORS OF THE Year who were honored at the 50th anniversary LEAP conference in Washington, D.C., April 24 received a very special gift from the union — a bronze quill pen sculpture uniquely designed and crafted by the Boilermaker History Preservation Department (BHPD).

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Lawmakers attend Boilermakers’ reception

Social setting encourages relationship-building

THE 2017 LEAP Congressional Reception drew federal lawmakers and other guests to the Mayflower Hotel April 25, including many in Congress who had just returned to Washington, D.C., following a recess.

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