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Disaster Relief

Hurricanes and fires affect dozens of Boilermakers

The Army National Guard helped those stranded in flood waters caused by Hurricane Harvey, which made an August landfall in Texas.

IBB Disaster fund helps members recover

A STRING OF natural disasters hit North America in 2017, causing destruction across the U.S. and Canada. Boilermakers in several regions were impacted by fires, hurricanes and flooding.

Reporter  V56N4

L-169 member thankful for disaster relief

RETIRED LOCAL 169 member Claude Phillips of Midland, Michigan, received a $1,000 disaster relief check in August from L-169 Business Manager/Secretary-Treasurer Bob Hutsell to help restore Phillip’s shop, which was flooded earlier this year. Phillips’ daughter, Cheryl Sopcak, wrote to Hutsell, stating: “It’s refreshing to know that organizations such as the Boilermakers are committed to upholding their values and extend ‘the code’ to their brothers and sisters long after they’ve ‘paid their dues’ so-to-speak.”

Locals  L-169

Attention Members in Need of Disaster Relief

IN THE WAKE of hurricanes Harvey and Irma, some Boilermakers and their families have suffered significant and possibly devastating losses to their homes and personal property.

The Boilermakers have processed disaster relief checks for 25 members and retirees from Local 74 (Beaumont, Texas), Local 132 (Galveston, Texas) and the Quality Control Council of the United States.

If you have been impacted in this way, disaster relief assistance may be available to you. Contact your local lodge or call Mark Garrett, Director-Health & Safety Services, at 225-276-6796.


Union Plus offers help for victims of Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria

If you are a union member who participates in certain Union Plus programs and have been affected by Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria, you may be eligible for financial assistance through the Union Plus Disaster Relief Grant program. The Union Plus Disaster Relief Fund has provided nearly $1 million in assistance to union members facing hardships following Hurricanes Sandy and Katrina, floods, wildfires and other natural disasters.


Quilt brings in $4,240 for disaster relief

JoBeth Allison displays the quilt she made to support the Disaster Relief Fund. At left is Director of Health and Safety Services Mark Garrett.

JoBeth Allison crafts unique fund raiser

JOBETH ALLISON, wife of Local 69 (Little Rock, Arkansas) BM-ST Rodney Allison, used her quilt-making skills for an especially good cause – raising money for the Boilermakers’ Disaster Relief Fund. To create the quilt, she contacted construction lodges throughout the Southeast Section and requested T-shirts specific to each lodge. Then she worked the T’s into the quilt design. She also used T-shirts from MOST and the Southeast Joint Apprenticeship Committee.

Locals  L-69
Reporter  V56N2

Louisiana flooding drives Howell family from home

Anthony Howell’s home, left, during the August 2016 flood.

Disaster relief fund helps members recover

IT WAS STILL dark at Anthony (Cornbread) Howell’s home in Albany, Louisiana, one rainy morning this past August when he was awakened by pounding on his front door. An anxious neighbor told him she had water coming into her house. Historic rains had been drenching the state, and in Livingston Parish, where Howell lives, more than 31 inches fell in 15 hours.

Reporter  V55N4

IBB seeks donations as wildfires ravage Alberta

Fort McMurray residents evacuating along Highway 63 as the fire encroaches on the area.  Wikipedia/DarrenRD

Union supports Canadian Red Cross, disaster relief fund

THE INTERNATIONAL BROTHERHOOD of Boilermakers is appealing to members across North America to contribute to relief funds in response to the devastating northern Alberta wildfire that has ravaged the city of Fort McMurray and much of the surrounding area.

More than 80,000 people were forced to evacuate the community, and thousands of oil sands workers were forced to leave the area as refineries shut down as a precaution.

Reporter  V55N2

Support the L-D331 flood relief fund

THE WORST FLOODING in Alberta’s recorded history brought devastation to the region this past summer with estimated losses of $5 billion (Canadian) and more than 100,000 people displaced. Boilermaker members from Local D331 (Exshaw) and Local 146 (Edmonton) have suffered substantial damages to their homes, automobiles, and other property. Some still cannot return to their homes.

L-D331 has set up a relief fund to help their members, and the International disaster fund has contributed $10,000 in assistance.

Locals  L-146, L-D331

Retiree appreciates Hurricane Sandy support

Just a note of thanks to all Brotherhood members who made it possible for those of us who suffered damage from [Hurricane] Sandy to help us out in rebuilding our homes.

Thanks from a 65-year member and a 22-year retiree.

Frank Segalla Sr.
Local 28 [Newark, N.J.]

Locals  L-28
Reporter  V52N1

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