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Labor Department sets 2011 priorities

Workplace safety receives heavy emphasis

THE DEPARTMENT OF Labor published its Fall 2010 Regulatory Agenda in the Federal Register Dec. 20, 2010, outlining its priorities for 2011. The DOL plans to propose, draft, or make final more than 70 rules affecting employment, many of which target health and safety concerns.

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What repealing health care reform would cost

HOUSE SPEAKER John Boehner (R-OH-8th) has promised to bring his bill to repeal health care reform up for a vote this Wednesday, January 12. His proposal is pure theater, of course. Regardless of what happens in the House, a companion bill will never get past the Senate. President Obama will not even need his veto to stop this one.

And that’s a good thing, because repealing this law would


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Despite midterm successes, GOP faces hurdles

Unions brace for anti-labor shift in Congress, states

FRESH FROM THEIR historic victories in the U.S. House, as well as gains in the U.S. Senate and state offices, the GOP appears determined to pursue an anti-worker, anti-labor agenda. Their “to-do list” is extensive: repeal health care reform, kill pro-labor legislation, slash government jobs, dismantle business regulations, pass more free trade laws, and place a Republican in the White House in 2012, among other objectives.

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Boilermakers join One Nation Rally in Washington

Some of the Boilermakers at the rally.

Rally for jobs, justice, and education draws attention to November elections

Members of Boilermaker Locals 45, 57, 154, 193, 199, and 502 – active and retired – attended the One Nation Working Together rally in Washington, D.C, on Oct. 2.

With only one month to go until national elections, AFL-CIO labor unions, civil rights groups, and other pro-worker organizations used the occasion to focus attention on the need to create jobs and get American workers back to work.

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Locals  L-45, L-57, L-154, L-193, L-199, L-502

Informed union voters can make a big difference November 2

THE CANDIDATES LISTED below have been selected by the leadership of the local lodges in their areas, along with the Boilermakers' 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 — just as we did in 2008, when many pro-worker candidates were elected to Congress and to state and local offices across the nation.

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L-154 rallies for clean coal

BOILERMAKERS RALLY FOR COAL: Pittsburgh, Aug. 25 — With a comprehensive energy and climate bill stalled in the Senate, Local 154 members take to the street to voice their concerns about the future of coal. More than 700 Boilermakers participate, drawing a substantial police presence to keep the road clear, but only one protester is cited, for a minor violation. Copyright ©, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, 2010, all rights reserved. Reprinted with permission.

More than 700 take to the street in Pittsburgh

CONCERNED ABOUT THE future of coal as an energy source, more than 700 members of Local 154 demonstrated outside their Pittsburgh lodge Aug. 25, drawing the attention of rush hour commuters, police, and the media.

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L-40 picnic draws candidate for U.S. Senate

L-40 BM-ST Ray Parrott, r., visits with Jack Conway, c., Kentucky attorney general and Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate, as L-40 Chairman of Trustees William Link looks on. In background is L-40 member Jim Arnett, Conway’s chief of staff.

Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway visits lodge

ONE OF THE candidates in a key U.S. Senate race in Kentucky was on hand at Local 40 (Elizabethtown) during the lodge’s annual picnic June 12. Democrat Jack Conway, currently the state’s attorney general, visited with members and lodge leaders during a trip across the state.

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Locals  L-40

DOE announces $1B for FutureGen 2.0

Carbon capture and storage program will include world’s first commercial-scale oxy-combustion unit; could boost Boilermaker work

THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION signaled its continuing commitment to advanced coal technology Aug. 5 when the Department of Energy announced a $1 billion award for a carbon capture and storage program in downstate Illinois known as FutureGen 2.0.

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