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Joe Courtney: Champion for IBB causes

Congressman Courtney acknowledges his 10-year partnership with the Boilermakers, calling the union “an incredible ally.”

Conn. congressman receives second legislator of year award

WHEN IT COMES to lawmakers who reliably fight for labor causes — especially IBB causes — Joe Courtney’s name frequently appears at the top of the list. The U.S. representative from Connecticut’s 2nd congressional district received his second Abe Breehey Legislator of the Year Award May 17 during the Boilermakers’ annual LEAP conference in Washington, D.C. He received his first award in 2007 during his first term in Congress.

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LEAP conference targets fast track, TPP

Passions rise against yet another free trade deal

THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION’S push for fast track trade authority and new trade deals dominated the Boilermakers’ 2015 LEAP conference discussion May 18-19 in Washington, D.C., as speakers slammed the efforts, calling them disastrous for American jobs.

In his opening remarks, International President Newton B. Jones outlined those issues and others that are important to our union.

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Union hosts congressional reception

Annual event attracts legislators, officials, labor leaders

EACH YEAR THE LEAP conference hosts a special event designed for one purpose: to bring together legislators, government officials, labor leaders, and others who play a role in the welfare of our members and their families.

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Local 627 members protest TPP

AS OPPOSITION TO fast track and the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal swelled across the United States, three Boilermakers from Local 627, Phoenix, joined with members of other area unions May 20 to protest the deal outside the district office of U.S. Congresswoman Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ 9th). Holding an opposition banner are Richard Lerma, left, and Shaun Scharer. Not pictured is Daniel Gardener.

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Boilermakers name Rep. Slaughter Legislator of the Year

Congresswoman Slaughter speaks about her career-long support of American workers.

N.Y. congresswoman cited for opposing bad trade deals, defending workers

THE BOILERMAKERS HONORED Congresswoman Louise M. Slaughter (D-NY) May 19 as the 2014 Abe Breehey Legislator of the Year during the 47th Annual Legislative Education Action Program (LEAP) in Washington, D.C.

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LEAP 2015 Tentative Issues

MANY ISSUES WILL come before Congress between now and the LEAP Conference in mid-May. Republicans now control both the House and Senate, and this should make for an interesting legislative session! However, we don’t have a firm idea yet about what issues may be on the main Republican agenda and whether Congress will work with the administration. Much will depend on what moves forward in the next month or two. While there are many issues on which we could lobby, we do try to limit them to about four major topics for our visits to the Hill.

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College dream turns into financial nightmare for Lisa Suda

Daughter of L-7 member speaks out about high cost of higher education

IT WAS SUPPOSED to be a dream come true for Lisa Suda, daughter of Local 7 (Buffalo, N.Y.) member Douglas Suda. Lisa was accepted into American University in Washington, D.C., in 2007, a private college ranked in the top 100 nationally. Four years later, she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science/American Government with a minor in American Studies.

She was ready to start a promising new career as a congressional staff assistant.

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Tell EPA their plan needs a fix

The EPA’s Clean Power Plan (CPP) paints a bulls-eye on America’s existing coal-fired power fleet. The CPP will require electric utilities to slash carbon dioxide emissions by 30 percent, based on 2012 levels, by 2030. We know what that could mean. More plant closures.
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