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50th Annual LEAP Conference

April 22 - 25, 2018
The Mayflower Hotel
1127 Connecticut Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20036

L-1393 members rally in Harrisburg, Pa.

Local 1393 members rally for workers’ rights

MEMBERS OF RAILROAD Local 1393 (Altoona, Pa.) rally for workers’ rights recently on the steps of the Pennsylvania capitol in Harrisburg. Across the country, union members are joining together to condemn Republican efforts to deny public workers collective bargaining rights and undermine labor unions. L. to r., Brian Chirdon, president; Bill Brubaker, chairman (Boilermakers); Bob Isenberg, vice president; Jerry Conrad, finance secretary; Tom Risbon, retired chairman (Blacksmiths); and Joe Chirdon, recording secretary.

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Locals  L-1393
Reporter  V50N2

LEAP delegates make politics ‘local’

Local 169 BM-ST Bob Hutsell, second from right, discusses a Korean free trade ag

Lawmakers get reminder that Boilermakers vote

THE LATE TIP O’Neill, who served as Speaker of the House for 10 consecutive years, authored a book titled “All Politics Is Local.” What he meant by that statement, which he attributed to his father, was that politicians should never forget where they come from — and who their constituents are.

As Boilermakers attending the 2011 LEAP conference can attest, that is sage advice, not only for politicians, but for those who travel to Capitol Hill to lobby for their issues.

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Locals  L-40, L-169, L-696
Reporter  V50N2

Labor board sues Arizona over antiunion law

Employee Free Choice Act

Three other states may face NLRB suits

IF THE EMPLOYEE Free Choice Act ever became law (the legislation has been halted for now in the U.S. Congress), workers could form a union simply and quickly. All they would need is a majority of the proposed bargaining unit to sign cards. Or they could opt for a secret ballot election. However, governments in four states — all led by Republican governors and Republican-majority legislatures — have recently passed constitutional amendments to deny workers the first option, in effect heading off any future Free Choice law.

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Reporter  V50N2

Conference honors Boilermakers for CAF, LEF support

Donations build Brotherhood’s political strength

LODGES, VICE PRESIDENTIAL sections, and individual members that excelled in raising money for CAF and LEF in 2010 received special recognition during the LEAP conference in Washington, D.C., March 21.

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Reporter  V50N2

White House seeks interns

Deadline to apply is Sept. 11

QUALIFIED APPLICANTS who wish to be considered for a spring 2012 internship at the White House have until Sept. 11, 2011, to submit an application. The spring internship runs Jan. 17, 2012 - May 4, 2012.

Applicants must meet the following qualifications:

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We mourn the loss of our brother, Abe Breehey

Abe Breehey

Congress and AFL-CIO pay tribute to his life and work

THE INTERNATIONAL BROTHERHOOD of Boilermakers is mourning the death of Abraham “Abe” Breehey, 34, who passed away April 14 at a Falls Church, Va., hospital from a recently discovered brain tumor and a subsequent stroke.

Reporter  V50N2

LEAP conference fires up members over anti-union attacks

Delegates shift gears as Congress goes into recess

AGAINST A BACKDROP of naked anti-union attacks — both at state and federal levels — delegates to the Boilermakers LEAP conference in Washington, D.C. March 20-24 gathered to assess the political landscape, align priorities, and lobby members of Congress. Lobbying was complicated by the fact that federal lawmakers took an unexpected recess just prior to the conference, so Capitol Hill was virtually empty of lawmakers.

Locals  L-S50, L-1814
Reporter  V50N2

U.S. House fends off Davis-Bacon attack

Amendment fails 233-189

THE U.S. HOUSE of Representatives defeated a budget bill amendment Feb. 19 that would have suspended the Davis-Bacon Act through the remainder of fiscal year 2011, which ends Sep. 30. Introduced by Rep. Steve King of Iowa, the amendment lost by a 233-189 vote.

Reporter  V50N1

Obama takes Wisconsin governor to task for ‘assault on unions’

President challenges attack on collective bargaining rights

IN AN INTERVIEW with station WTMJ in Milwaukee Feb. 16, President Obama came to the defense of government union workers over a state budget proposed by Republican Governor Scott Walker that would strip away their collective bargaining rights. Walker’s “budget repair bill” has sparked major protests at the state capitol.

Key statements from the president’s interview are included below.


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