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LEAP awards ‘superstar’ status to 56

First-ever award praises volunteers who excel at political action

FIFTY-SIX “SUPERSTARS” received special recognition at the 2009 LEAP conference for their exceptional political activism. These Boilermakers have excelled at fund raising, getting out the vote, building political ties, and other efforts designed to support worker-friendly candidates and promote Boilermaker goals.

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Reminder: Virginians can vote absentee in primaries until June 6

IBB urges Boilermakers to support McAuliffe for governor

VIRGINIA RESIDENTS HAVE until Saturday, June 6, if they wish to vote absentee in the primary elections in their state. One key race the Boilermakers are watching closely is the contest for governor, says Boilermakers Director of Public Affairs Bridget Martin. The IBB has endorsed Terry McAuliffe, a strong supporter of organized labor.

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LEAP panel examines energy, climate challenges

“This is a unique moment in American history to get something done [about global warming].”  – John Mimikakis, Environmental Defense Fund

Speakers stress balancing carbon limits with job, economic protections

Under the cap and trade system being considered for carbon emissions, the government would auction off allowances. An allowance is a legal right to emit the gas. In some cases, allowances may be given freely to industries that need them. The allowances can be traded or sold by carbon producers. Such a system provides a financial incentive for companies to reduce their carbon output and promotes efficiency.

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Boilermakers receive awards for CAF, LEF support

Pittsburgh Local 154 delegates accept the award for the highest CAF contribution by a local from Intl. Pres. Newton Jones (holding award), with IVP Sean Murphy (4th from left) and Political Affairs Director Bridget Martin (r.).

Money helps pro-worker candidates, builds strong member education

BOILERMAKERS WHO EXCELLED at raising money for CAF and LEF in 2008 received recognition during the annual LEAP conference in Washington, D.C., March 18. International President Newton B. Jones presented crystal “capitol dome” awards to vice-presidential sections and individual local lodges for exceptional performance.

BY ACTION OF delegates to the Thirty-First Consolidated Convention, all local lodges must contribute no less than 25 cents per member, per month, to the Legislative Education Fund (LEF).

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LEAP delegates celebrate, then get down to work

IP Newton Jones tells Boilermakers, “You did great!”

Employee Free Choice Act draws focus on Capitol Hill

WITH A LABOR-friendly president in the White House and pro-worker majorities in both houses of Congress, one might have expected the annual conference of the Legislative Education-Action Program (LEAP) in Washington, D.C., March 15-20, to have been one big celebration.

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IBB endorses McAuliffe for Virginia governor

Former DNC head also chaired Hillary Clinton presidential campaign

THE INTERNATIONAL BROTHERHOOD of Boilermakers endorsed Terry McAuliffe for governor of Virginia March 31. Intl. Pres. Newton B. Jones issued a statement supporting McAuliffe.

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Senate confirms Solis as labor secretary

Labor Secretary Hilda Solis

Obama pick vows to revamp employer-leaning DOL

THROUGHOUT HIS CAMPAIGN, President Obama promised to choose someone who recognizes that it is the Department of Labor, not the Department of Management, to head that agency. And he has done just that by appointing Hilda Solis as the next secretary of labor. Solis grew up in a union family and has been a champion of workers throughout her more than 15 years in public service, in California and in Congress.

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LEAP announces 2009 legislative issues

Delegates will discuss priorities on Capitol Hill

BOILERMAKER DELEGATES FROM across the nation will meet in Washington, D. C., March 16-20 to seek congressional support for key issues during the 41st annual Legislative Education-Action Program (LEAP) conference.

The Department of Government Affairs plans and presents the conference. Members attend educational sessions, hear guest speakers, and attend meetings in U.S. House and Senate offices with their elected representatives or congressional aides. This year’s key legislative issues are summarized below.

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