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35,000 hear Obama ‘Independence’ speech

Retired IR Cam Juncal raises the Boilermaker blimp on a busy street corner before the Obama-Clinton debate April 17.

PHILADELPHIA, APRIL 18 — Just four days before the key Pennsylvania primary elections, Senator Barack Obama addressed a crowd of 35,000 supporters — the largest rally in his campaign’s history — at Independence Mall. The gathering overlooked Independence Hall, where America’s founding fathers met to sign the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution.

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Web site debunks Obama myths

VICIOUS E-MAIL ATTACKS have become a standard part of the political mudslinger’s arsenal, and presidential candidates are not immune. John McCain and John Kerry were both attacked in e-mails filled with misrepresentations and outright lies. Now Senator Barack Obama is being targeted.

E-mails are circulating that paint the senator as unpatriotic, a closet free-trader, and a Muslim (read: terrorist). None of these claims is true, but that doesn’t stop people from forwarding them to their entire e-mail address book.

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International Executive Council backs Barack

Senator Barack Obama

Endorsement is unanimous

THE INTERNATIONAL Brotherhood of Boilermakers threw its weight behind Barack Obama’s presidential bid Feb. 20, announcing its official endorsement of the Illinois senator as he campaigned in Ohio two weeks before the primary there.

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LEAP names 2008 legislative issues

Delegates to lobby Congress on matters vital to Boilermaker families

BOILERMAKER DELEGATES WILL make their voices heard on Capitol Hill during the 40th annual LEAP conference April 20-24, as they press legislators on issues vital to the future of our jobs and our families.

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Ohio locals rally for Obama

Sen. Barack Obama takes part in a town hall-style meeting at the Lorain, Ohio, National Gypsum plant, where Local D416 members are employed.

Candidate visits National Gypsum plant

IN THE RUN-UP to the Ohio Democratic primary March 4, Boilermaker locals launched a coordinated effort to support Sen. Barack Obama in his hotly-contested race for the presidency.

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Boilermakers Executive Council endorses Senator Barack Obama

Senator Barack Obama

The International Executive Council of the International Brotherhood of Boilermakers, Iron Ship Builders, Blacksmiths, Forgers and Helpers, AFL-CIO, proudly offers its unanimous endorsement, on behalf of our 65,000 members and their families, for Senator Barack Obama as president of the United States of America. We believe that Barack Obama represents our nation’s best opportunity to begin rebuilding our leadership standing in the world community and to regain our economic footing here at home.

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L-28’s Devlin chosen mayor of Wall, N.J.

L-28’s John Devlin, mayor of Wall, N.J.

Lodge’s legislative director becomes first Democrat to hold top township office

NOTCH ANOTHER POLITICAL first for John Devlin of Local 28 (Newark, N.J.). The lodge’s legislative director now holds the title of mayor of Wall, N.J. He is the first Democratic mayor in the history of the township, which was established in 1851. The community is a traditional Republican stronghold.


Unions ratchet up political involvement in Ontario

Local 128, other trades help elect working-family candidates

STEPPED-UP POLITICAL involvement by the Ontario Construction Trades Council in recent years has made a big difference in provincial government, says Jim Tinney, Local 128 (Ontario) BM-ST. That difference can be seen in the last two elections in which pro-labor candidates from the Ontario Liberal Party have won — and sustained — clear majorities.

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Boilermakers host members of Congress

Rep. Dennis Cardoza (D-18th, CA)

Reception welcomes government officials, employer representatives, labor leaders

IT IS THE largest gala event hosted by the Brotherhood each year — the Legislative Education Action Program (LEAP) reception in Washington, D.C. At the event, Boilermaker delegates mingle with some of the most influential politicians on Capitol Hill as well as representatives from government agencies, employers, and leaders from various labor bodies.

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