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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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Locals  L-128

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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Boilermakers receive awards for CAF, LEF support

Money helps pro-worker candidates and builds strong member education

BOILERMAKERS WHO EXCELLED at raising money for CAF and LEF in 2006 received recognition during the annual LEAP conference in Washington, D.C., March 13. International President Newton B. Jones presented crystal “capitol dome” awards to vice presidential sections and individual local lodges for exceptional performance.

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Reporter  V46N2

Democrats win slim majority in Senate

Six candidates oust incumbent Republicans

FOR DEMOCRATS, REGAINING control of the U.S. Senate in the 2006 midterm elections was the longest of long shots. They had to keep Democrats in two open seats, in Minnesota and Maryland; all Democratic incumbents had to be returned to office; and six Republican incumbents had to lose to Democratic challengers.

When all three events came to pass, the Democrats held the majority by a single seat — 51-49. This includes Independents Bernie Sanders (VT) and Joe Lieberman (CT), who say they will caucus with Democrats.

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Eliot Engel named Legislator of the Year

Rep. Eliot Engel (D-17th NY)

Congressman is proven ally of Boilermakers and labor

Rep. Eliot Engel (D-17th NY) will receive the Boilermakers’ Legislator of the Year award at the 39th annual conference of the Legislative Education Action Program (LEAP) this March in Washington, D.C.

Government Affairs Director Bridget Martin said the award acknowledges Engel’s exemplary efforts to support American workers.

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Boilermakers help restore balance to Congress

Grass-root efforts like this casual porch meeting help spread the message about the importance of voting and getting to know your candidate.

Members participate in Labor 2006 to get out the vote and the message

WITH DOZENS OF governor, Senate, House, and state legislative positions in play, 2006 presented a real opportunity for working families to take back control from the anti-worker majority that held power. And that is just what workers did, tipping the scales back in favor of the Democratic Party.

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Boilermakers attend ASA conference

Congressman Thomas Allen (D-1st ME) discusses legislative issues with Assistant Director of Government Affairs Abe Breehey

DGA staff members meet with owners, key members of Congress

When Boilermakers Director of Government Affairs Bridget Martin and Assistant Director Abe Breehey attended the annual conference and legislative workshop of the American Shipbuilding Association (ASA) in November, the arguments they made (and the ones they heard) were nearly identical to the ones made each year at the Boilermakers LEAP Conference. That fact is surprising to many people, because the ASA is an organization that represents shipyards – that is, Boilermaker employers.

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