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L-107 honors Democratic state senators amidst Wisconsin turmoil

L-107 lodge leaders display the signatures of 14 Wisconsin state senators who le

Recall votes keep focus on anti-union aggression

MADISON, WIS., THE epicenter of the far-right’s strategy to blame unions for the nation’s economic woes, while slashing the collective bargaining rights of public workers, has held national media attention for months. And the state’s capital city continues to be a lightning rod for union solidarity.

Locals  L-107
Reporter  V50N3

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

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