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Thunder Bay opens new training centre

The new Thunder Bay training centre houses eight welding booths.

Locals 128 and 555 finance 1,800 sq. ft. building in Ontario

SITTTING RIGHT ON the dividing line between the Boilermakers’ Western and Eastern districts is a new 1,800 sq. ft. training centre in Thunder Bay, Ontario.

Locals  L-128, L-555

Canadian locals hold supervisor training

Pictured above are, l. to r., front row: Grant Jacobs, Jonathan White, and Brian Mikkelsen; second row: Serge McLaughlin, Berren Sonier, David Noel, Hector Gale, and Denis Boutot; and third row: Gildor Sonier, Jean-Francois Le Blanc, Gregory Squires, Guy Paulin, Lory Thomas, and Nicolas Brideau.

TWO CANADIAN LOCALS held a two-day field supervisor leadership training program this summer, drawing nearly 30 participants who are interested in furthering their skills. Local 73 (St. John’s, New Brunswick) hosted the course on July 28-29; Local 146 (Edmonton, Alberta) held the course on August 19-20.

Locals  L-73, L-146

Reporter  V49N3

First class of Local 193 members earn OSHA 30 authorization

Baltimore Local 193 members complete OSHA 30 classes conducted by primary instructor William Herd (in yellow shirt, center front).

TWENTY-NINE MEMBERS of Baltimore Local 193 have earned OSHA 30 authorization by completing four, MOST-administered training classes.

According to Local 193 BM-ST Michael Herd, this is the first class of Local 193 members to earn OSHA 30 authorization. They began a series of training in February, and completed the OSHA 30 requirements in July. Participants ranged from third-year apprentices to 35-year Boilermakers. Classes were held on Saturdays and Sundays so members would not have to miss work. William Herd served as primary instructor.

Locals  L-193
Reporter  V50N1

QCCC opens training centre

Staff and officers of the Quality Control Council of Canada stand in front of their new training centre for NDT workers in Edmonton, Alberta.

Curriculum designed to give NDT workers a competitive edge

THE QUALITY CONTROL Council of Canada held an open house June 3 for its new training centre in Edmonton, Alberta. The QCCC represents employees in the Nondestructive Testing and Allied Workers industries (NDT), where workers test samples without damaging the material or device by using such equipment as X-rays, ultrasonics, radiography, and magnetic flux.


Members from six Canadian locals attend steward training

Members of Nova Scotia Locals 73, D324, and D579 attend steward training March 27.

FIFTY-ONE MEMBERS from six lodges attended a stewards program in Canada during the first half of this year.

On Jan. 19, Local 359 held a training program at its Burnaby, British Columbia, union hall and another program the following day on Vancouver Island. Participants included Robert Barber, Al Bennett, Robert Brugge, Ben Gogol, Larry Greenwood, Chris Hoskins, Hayden Huntley, Robert Maeschalck, Egon Maver, Hilary Peach, Rob Raj, Jason Swetlikoff, and Dan Steele.

Locals  L-73, L-128, L-D324, L-359, L-555, L-D579

Local lodge leaders attend 2010 summer institute

Union marks 53rd year with School for Workers

THE BOILERMAKERS union marked its 53rd year of participation in the annual summer training institute at the University of Wisconsin’s School for Workers (SFW) in Madison July 12-16. Twenty-six local lodge leaders attended the Basic class; the Advanced class was not held this year.

Participants received training from SFW professors as well as International staff on topics geared to a broad understanding of the labor movement and skills that are essential to union leadership development.


Reporter  V49N1

Local lodge officer sentenced for embezzling

FORMER LOCAL D106 (Mason City, Iowa) Secretary-Treasurer Thomas Jon Witham was sentenced to 21 months in prison Dec. 8, 2009, for embezzling $52,037.19 from the lodge over a four-year period. He was also ordered to make full restitution.

The Department of Labor investigated Witham after the International became suspicious of his activities, and indicted him in July 2009. He pleaded guilty in September.

Locals  L-D106

L-146 holds first supervisor leadership course

NEARLY TWO DOZEN Canadian Boilermakers attended the first field supervisor leadership training course ever held at Local 146 (Edmonton) Oct. 26-27, 2009. The course covered 10 topics related to a supervisor’s day-to-day job responsibilities.

“There is a big demand for formal training for this level of supervision,” said Grant Jacobs, Canadian National Training Coordinator. “The industry wants competent construction supervisors with formal training and on-the-job experience running the work.”

Locals  L-146

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