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Canadian members complete project management course

Sixteen members from across Canada completed a week-long project management course in Toronto late January.

SIXTEEN MEMBERS FROM across Canada completed a week-long project management course in Toronto late January. Participants included general foremen, superintendents and project managers, and also members with several years of supervisory experience.

Locals  L-73, L-128, L-146, L-203, L-555

62nd Annual Summer Training Institutes

62nd Annual Summer Training Institutes

The International Brotherhood’s 62nd annual Summer Training Institute at the University of Wisconsin-Madison School for Workers will be held during the weeks of August 11-16, 2019 and August 18-23, 2019. Your lodge is encouraged to send officers, stewards, and other local lodge leaders to this year’s institutes.


Boilermakers’ booth popular with career expo participants

Tim Simmons, director of National Recruitment Services, draws interested students to the IBB booth at the career expo at Greenville Technical College’s Center for Manufacturing Innovation (CMI) in Greenville, South Carolina. Photo courtesy of Greenville Technical College, Copyright 2019

Flux core, stick and TIG welding equipment attract prospective Boilermakers

TIM SIMMONS, DIRECTOR of National Recruitment Services, took inventory of the contents of his truck bed: Brochures and handouts? Check. Stands for the welding equipment? Check. Backdrop? Check. Table cover? Check. He needed to make sure he packed everything for the 350-mile trek to attend an annual invitation-only career expo at Greenville Technical College’s Center for Manufacturing Innovation (CMI) in Greenville, South Carolina.


MOST hosts project management training

MOST hosts project management training

SIXTEEN CONSTRUCTION BOILERMAKERS completed the MOST project management course in Kansas City, Missouri, Jan. 7-10. The class teaches Boilermakers to lead the management of multi-craft projects and to make decisions that benefit the owner, the contractor and the union. Instructing the class were Skipper Branscum, retired MOST Administrator; Pittsburgh Local 154 retiree Gerry Klimo and Chicago Bridge & Iron retired contractor Mike Suplizio.


New Canadian leaders attend training in Toronto

Canadian business managers listen as presenters at a training in Toronto prepare them for their new lodge responsibilities.

NEW BUSINESS manager/secretary-treasurers from across Canada attended a training course in Toronto August 1 to prepare for their lodge leadership roles. International Vice President - Canada Joseph Maloney called for and hosted the training.

Locals  L-D10, L-128, L-146, L-191, L-203, L-555
Reporter  V57N4

Local lodge leaders attend summer institute

Basic Class

THIRTY-FOUR BOILERMAKERS from the United States and Canada attended the 61st annual School for Workers Summer Institute in Madison, Wisconsin, August 13-24. Over the two-week period, the institute offered basic and advanced courses. Participants received training from School for Workers professors as well as International staff on topics geared to broaden understanding of the labor movement and skills that are essential to union leadership development.

Reporter  V57N4

BNAP hosts first-ever National Instructor Conference

Mark Wertz, BNAP NC, welcomes instructors to the inaugural National Instructor Conference.

Topic experts, hands-on demos lead to high-energy, intensive learning

A NEW TRAINING format brought more than 60 instructors together for a conference in Chicago this past May for three high-energy days of interactive classes, tool and product demonstrations, idea-sharing and even a field trip to nearby Local 374 (Hammond, Indiana) for a close-up look at its blacksmithing operation.

Reporter  V57N3

ISO conference stresses organizing, recruiting

ISO conference stresses organizing, recruiting

Leaders from 104 local and district lodges attend

WITH UNIONS INCREASINGLY under attack, nearly 200 Boilermakers demonstrated their solidarity at this year’s Industrial Sector Operations Conference, eager to find the right tools to grow Boilermaker membership and strengthen their locals. The conference, held in Las Vegas July 24-27, drew one of the highest turnout in its history. Delegates gained informative and inspirational advice about organizing, recruiting and the need to increase union density worldwide.

Reporter  V57N3

New Utah center ready to prep next generation of Boilermakers

Jim Cooksey cuts the ceremonial red ribbon to signify the center’s official opening. l. to r. WSJAC Assistant Coordinator Andrew Jones, BOL President Bob McCall, SBCTC President Robbie Hunter, WSJAC Area Coordinator Collin Keisling, Cooksey, Charmayne Cooksey, IP Newton Jones, IVP Tom Baca, and Jenny Farney and Dan Klingman of Lincoln Electric.

J.G. Cooksey WSJAC Boilermaker Training Center opens for business

CLEAR SALT LAKE City skies and the snow-capped Wasatch and Oquirrh Mountains made a picture-perfect backdrop as Boilermaker dignitaries and friends cut the ribbon and opened the new world-class J.G. Cooksey WSJAC Boilermaker Training Center this past May.

Reporter  V57N2

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