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Boilermakers organize New Jersey slag plant

Boilermakers organize New Jersey slag plant

EMPLOYEES AT THE Camden Slag Plant in Camden, New Jersey, voted to join the Boilermakers union on an eight to three vote following a focused organizing campaign. Jody Mauller, ISO Great Lakes organizing coordinator for the M.O.R.E Work Investment Fund, said he, along with organizers Steve Adair and Mya Fillingham, ran a short two-month outreach.

“It moved pretty quickly,” Mauller said. “They were just ready.”

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Boilermakers joins rail union bargaining coalition

Boilermakers joins rail union bargaining coalition

Rail chiefs announce formation of Coordinated Bargaining Coalition

THE INTERNATIONAL BROTHERHOOD of Boilermakers has united in solidarity with the top leaders of nine rail unions in support of coordinated national bargaining efforts that began November 1. Collectively, the unions represent more than 105,000 railroad workers.

The Coordinated Bargaining Coalition includes:

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Workers at EP Minerals join the Boilermakers

Workers at EP Minerals join the Boilermakers

EMPLOYEES OF EP Minerals in Fernley, Nevada, voted 22 to 3 to join the Boilermakers. The National Labor Relations Board certified the result shortly after the Aug. 22 vote, and contract negotiations will begin in January.

“Workers at the EP Minerals plant in Fernley wanted and deserved a voice in their workplace, and they’ve found that with the Boilermakers,” said Steve Adair, who is an ISO organizer. “They work hard every day to make EP Minerals a success. Being represented by the Boilermakers will give them input into their benefits, wages and working conditions.”

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Big crowd shows for L-S251 solidarity event

Pictured above, Director of Organizing Services Jody Mauller gives a T-shirt to S251 member Kacee Holland.

MORE THAN 300 current and potential members attended a Local S251 (Middleton, Tennessee) solidary event Jan. 30 near the Thyssenkrupp Elevator Corp. manufacturing plant where L-S251 members are employed. International and local lodge staff gave away tote bags, T-shirts and other fun swag to attendees. Dozens of workers took advantage of the event to sign up as dues-paying members.

Locals  L-S251
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Organizers add 78 members to L-S234

International staff and L-S234 volunteers participate in an internal organizing drive for Tennsco workers.

In-plant effort focuses on solidarity, union advantage

BOILERMAKER ORGANIZERS, OTHER International staff members and Local S234 volunteers added 78 new members to the local lodge through an internal organizing campaign in Dickson, Tennessee, this past August. The lodge represents employees of Tennsco, a manufacturer of cabinets, shelving and other storage products.

The campaign ran for two weekends and involved visits to non-member homes to discuss the advantages of union membership.

Locals  L-S234
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L-D561 members ink 8-year contract

 L-D561 negotiating committee members, l. to r., Jim Rhedin, Kermit Gates, Scott Schreiner, Ernie West and Rolland “Kit” Cooper.

Lodge sees wage increases, other improvements

MEMBERS OF LOCAL D561 (Weeping Water, Nebraska) employed by Kerford Limestone ratified an eight-year collective bargaining agreement in late July that will provide a 24.6 percent wage increase over the term of the agreement along with other improvements.

Locals  L-D561
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L-159 defends Boilermaker-Blacksmith pension

L-159 BARGAINING COMMITTEE MEMBERS, l. to r., Tim Ehrhart, Ken Chamberlain and Carl Zielinski.

Members stand firm, defeat employer’s 401(k) switch

BOILERMAKERS LOCAL 159 (Wyoming, Pa.), led by its bargaining committee, preserved the members’ participation in the Boilermaker-Blacksmith National Pension Trust in contract negotiations completed with Ashley Machine Tool earlier this year. Members ratified the proposed agreement Feb. 19. The contract is effective Jan. 14, 2016, to Oct. 31, 2018.

The bargaining committee included President Kenneth Chamberlain, chief steward Carl Zielinski and first shift shop steward Tim Ehrhart.

Locals  L-159
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ALJ orders Terex to reinstate 13 employees, bargain with union

Four terminated Terex employees (front row, yellow shirts) stand with union supporters outside a federal courtroom February 17 in Minneapolis. Boilermakers' organizer Jody Mauller is fifth from left.

Decision cites management coercion, threats of plant closure

NLRB ADMINISTRATIVE LAW Judge David I. Goldman issued a sweeping decision June 9 against A.S.V., Inc. a/k/a Terex, to reinstate and provide back pay with interest to 13 workers at its Grand Rapids, Minn., facility following an unsuccessful organizing effort by the Boilermakers. Judge Goldman also ordered the employer to recognize and bargain with the union.

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L-2014 rallies for first contract

Members listen as International Rep Don Hamric, top right, discusses collective bargaining.

Steel Fab employees receive training, build solidarity

NEWLY ORGANIZED MEMBERS of Local 2014 rallied April 23 to promote solidarity as negotiations continue for a first contract with Steel Fab manufacturing in Lebanon, Va. The event was held at the Russell County Conference Center. About 200 employees of the company — one of the nation’s largest makers of ASME air receivers — are represented by the Boilermaker lodge.

Locals  L-2014
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Terex workers seek organizing protection in federal court

NLRB, Boilermakers argue for injunction to halt unfair labor practices, order bargaining

EMPLOYEES AT THE Terex construction equipment plant in Grand Rapids, Minn., are awaiting a decision from U.S. District Judge Ann Montgomery on an injunction request to require the company to recognize the Boilermakers union as the workers’ exclusive bargaining agent and to engage in interim negotiations pending a related NLRB trial. Judge Montgomery heard arguments February 3 at the U.S. District Court in Minneapolis.

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