Commentaries

Preserving national pension involves us all

Newton B. Jones, Intl. President

Trustee actions will help address fund imbalance

IN JANUARY, TRUSTEES of the Boilermaker-Blacksmith National Pension Trust took steps to address an emerging threat to the fund. Essentially, the problem is one of too little money going into the fund for the amount being paid out in benefits. If left uncorrected, this imbalance could, over time, trigger government intervention with potentially negative consequences for plan participants.


Trump energy reset must promote CCUS

Newton B. Jones, Intl. President

Coal can still play important role with right policy

IF PRESIDENT-ELECT Donald Trump is true to his campaign promise to “unleash an energy revolution,” fossil fuels, particularly coal, could begin to see something of a revival in the United States. Such a revival would be a boost for our members in field construction, coal mining, railroads and heavy-haul truck production.

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With convention complete, focus returns to pressing issues

Newton B. Jones, Intl. President

Solidarity will help energize, guide our union

THE 33RD CONSOLIDATED Convention brought together Boilermakers from across the United States and Canada to perform the vital work of reaffirming our constitution and electing officers. We can be proud that delegates accomplished these goals while representing, with great passion and conviction, the interests of our membership.

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Obama's climate change legacy: A costly missed opportunity

Newton B. Jones, Intl. President

Green Movement guides energy policy-making

OBAMA’S CLIMATE CHANGE legacy will be the subject of debate long after he leaves office in January 2017. But for those working in the U.S. fossil fuel industry, the verdict is already in. His legacy is one of shattered communities, shuttered power plants, shutdown coal mines — and lost blue collar jobs numbering in the tens of thousands.

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Who should be the next President, and what should that President be doing?

Robbie Hunter, President, State Building and Construction Trades Council of California

By Robbie Hunter, President, State Building and Construction Trades Council of California.

Many labor unions in California and around the country, both in the Building Trades and other fields, have begun endorsing candidates for President of the United States.

As of this writing, the State Building and Construction Trades Council of California, as a whole, has not made an endorsement for President, although some candidates have approached us seeking our endorsement.

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Supreme Court's CPP stay offers hope for coal industry

Newton B. Jones, Intl. President

Boilermakers play role in legal challenge to halt EPA monstrosity

THE U.S. SUPREME Court's 5-4 decision February 9 to place a hold, or “stay,” on the implementation of EPA's costly and overreaching Clean Power Plan is a critical, if temporary, victory for the Boilermakers union, the United Mine Workers of America, the coal industry and the future of power generation in the United States. It is also an extraordinary legal precedent.

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Clean Power Plan will hurt poor

Luke Voigt, L-647 BM-ST

L-647 BM-ST Luke Voigt takes EPA rule to task

Editor’s Note: The following editorial first appeared January 12 in the Duluth News Tribune.

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Developed nations alone cannot halt global warming

Newton B. Jones, Intl. President

Kerry’s Paris comments reveal a climate truth

FOR THOSE WHO support the EPA’s harsh new rules aimed at coal-fired power plants, the comments of Secretary of State John Kerry during the Paris climate change summit should come as a sobering revelation.

Addressing the plenary session December 9, Kerry stated:

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Paris Climate Meeting should support low-emission fossil fuel technologies

Newton B. Jones, Intl. President

Advanced systems must be part of global effort to decarbonize

WHEN NEGOTIATORS FROM some 200 countries meet in Paris this December to seek a global climate agreement, they would be well served to fully recognize and support promising advancements being made in reducing carbon emissions from fossil fuels. Doing so would help prompt governments to create enabling policies and to make more robust investments in technologies such as carbon capture, use and storage (CCUS) and high efficiency, low emission (HELE) systems.

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Cap and trade deserves another look

Newton B. Jones, Intl. President

Strategy may still be best approach to reduce carbon emissions

SIX YEARS AGO, a cap and trade bill aimed at reducing U.S. carbon emissions (drafted in part by the Boilermakers union) passed the House of Representatives. In the Senate, cap and trade legislation also received support from then- Senators John Kerry and Joe Lieberman and, initially, from Senator Lindsay Graham.

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