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33rd Consolidated Convention

Van K. Brock passes at 84

Van Brock, right, shown here with IP Newton Jones at the 33rd Consolidation Convention in Las Vegas, passed away March 1.

Renowned poet spoke at IBB convention

VAN K. BROCK, a Georgia-born poet, teacher, and editor, who spoke at the 33rd Consolidation Convention in Las Vegas last year, died March 1 in Fayetteville, Arkansas, from complications of pancreatic cancer. He was 84. While speaking at convention, Brock told delegates, “The basic definition of a poet is a maker — and you’re all makers.”

During his years as a college professor, Brock taught International President Newton B. Jones creative writing when Jones was alternating between construction jobs and attending college.


First-time Convention delegate experiences Boilermaker passion

Kaitlyn “Goose” Machmer

KAITLYN “GOOSE” MACHMER from Local 196 (Sayre, Pennsylvania), a first-time delegate to the 33rd Consolidated Convention July 18-21, said her first convention was an inspirational learning event. Machmer, who works as a carman at Union Tank Car in Altoona, Pennsylvania, attended the convention after her local’s president was unable to make the trip.

“It’s an eye-opener,” she said. “Some of the speakers are very motivating.”

Machmer said the passion she saw in the delegates surprised her, and that she was excited to go home and tell everyone about the experience.

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33rd Convention sets course for future

Delegates vote on constitutional changes, officers

NEARLY 500 DELEGATES representing Boilermaker local lodges, districts and councils across the United States and Canada met at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas July 18-21 to chart the Brotherhood's course for the next five years. Sixty-seven delegates-at-large also attended, along with International staff and administrative employees.

Reporter  V55N3

Convention speakers inspire, inform delegates

RICHARD TRUMKA, AFL-CIO President

"Lone Survivor" SEAL relates life story, struggles

A NAVY SEAL, labor leaders, and an industrial entrepreneur inspired and informed Boilermaker delegates throughout the convention. The guest speakers criticized trade deals that hurt the global working class; condemned the practices of the ultra-rich and greedy corporations; praised the Bank of Labor; and stressed the need for the development of carbon, capture, use and storage. A common theme throughout the week was the need for solidarity among those fighting for the rights of workers across the globe.

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Special tribute made to Chick Moran

MARIE MORAN recalls her late husband’s service to the International Brotherhood.

BOILERMAKERS HONORED A tradition at convention by asking delegates who are veterans to stand and also shared a moment of silence for deceased members.

In a special tribute, President Jones presented Marie Moran with a plaque honoring her late husband, Charles F. “Chick” Moran, who passed away in 2011, the year the 32nd Consolidated Convention was held.

Chick Moran served as an International Vice President and later as International Secretary-Treasurer over a span of 27 years, making him one of the longest-serving International officers in the union’s history.

Reporter  V55N3

Boilermakers close out 33rd Convention

The Proven Leadership Team stands in solidarity after being re-elected at the 33rd Consolidated Convention in Las Vegas July 18.

Delegates re-elect officers, amend constitution

NEARLY 500 DELEGATES representing Boilermaker local lodges, districts and councils across the United States and Canada met at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas July 18-21 to chart the Brotherhood’s course for the next five years. Sixty-seven delegates-at-large also attended, along with International staff and administrative employees.


Brotherhood prepares for 33rd Consolidated Convention

Delegates will renew constitution, elect officers

WHEN DELEGATES TO the 33rd Consolidated Convention meet at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas July 18-23, they will shoulder the heavy responsibility of renewing the Boilermakers Constitution and electing International Officers. The convention is by far the largest and most important gathering of Boilermakers, drawing participants from across North America and Hawaii to set the course for our Brotherhood for the next five years.

Reporter  V55N2

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