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IVP Maloney receives Canada's Meritorious Service Cross

Governor General of Canada Julie Payette presents the Meritorious Service Cross (Civil Division) to IVP Joe Maloney Dec. 12 in Ottawa, Ontario. MCpl Vincent Carbonneau, Rideau Hall © OSGG, 2017

Honor recognizes Helmets to Hardhats initiative

INTERNATIONAL VICE PRESIDENT Joe Maloney has been presented Canada's Meritorious Service Cross for his work in founding the Helmets to Hardhats (H2H) program, which helps Canadian Armed Forces veterans find careers in the building trades when they leave the service. Governor General of Canada Julie Payette presented the decoration during ceremonies in Ottawa, Ontario, Dec. 12.

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L-7's Spencer recounts history-making ship commissioning

The new USS Little Rock (LCS 9) littoral combat ship. Courtesy Lockheed Martin

Boilermaker-built USS Little Rock meets namesake in Buffalo

WHEN THE USS Little Rock littoral combat ship number 9 (LCS 9) was commissioned December 16, 2017, in Buffalo, New York, retired Local 7 member and former BNAP National Coordinator Marty Spencer was on hand to witness the historic event. It was historic because it marked the first time in the U.S. Navy's 242-year history that a new warship was commissioned alongside its namesake.

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Locals  L-7, L-696
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Retired IVP-NE Michael Murphy passes

RETIRED NORTHEAST SECTION International Vice President Michael S. Murphy passed away Nov. 27. He was 71. He retired Sept. 1, 2004 after 36 years as a Boilermaker member. Murphy was the father of former IVP-NE Sean Murphy.

Locals  L-154
Reporter  V56N4

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.

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Boilermakers - Changing with the Times

The boilermakers union has been in Canada for more than 100 years.

They have, and continue to primarily produce steel fabrications, working on projects ranging from bridges to blast furnaces to construction of mining equipment.  The job remains physically demanding, requiring a mechanical aptitude and manual dexterity while performing precise work to exacting standards – often in extreme weather conditions.

The job hasn’t really changed.

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IP Jones chairs global union conference

Taking questions from delegates are, l. to r., Kemal Özkan, Assistant General Secretary, IndustriALL; IP Newton Jones, Sector Chairman; and Matthias Hartwich, Director, Mechanical Engineering and Materials Industries, IndustriALL.

IndustriALL meeting focuses on cement, glass, ceramics

INTERNATIONAL PRESIDENT NEWTON B. Jones chaired the IndustriALL World Conference for Materials Industries in Bremen, Germany, November 2-3, which drew affiliate unions from around the world to discuss worker issues in the cement, glass and ceramics sector.

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Union-built, 4,000-ton, modular HRSG is first for US

Towed, pushed and guided by three tugs, the 4,000-ton HRSG heads down the Hudson River August 7.  Photo courtesy of Drone Pilots Leon Taufield & James Griggs Sr.

Massive steam generator makes historic journey down the Hudson

BOILERMAKERS PLAYED A leading role in 2017 in what is thought to be the first ever heat recovery steam generator (HRSG) built in the United States as a complete modular unit and shipped to its final destination.

Locals  L-5/197, L-28
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Cement network meets in Canada for first time

BOILERMAKERS JOIN WITH other unions to foster cooperation in the cement industry. Representing the IBB are, in the second row: second from left, Arnie Stadnick, Director – Canadian Industrial Sector Operations Lodge Services, AD-ISO; fourth from left Bill Staggs, Executive Director, Cement Lodge Services – ISO, AD-ISO; far right, Tyler Brown, Executive Director – ISO; and in row one, at far right, Debbie Goodwin, Research Assistant – ISO.

Group seeks closer ties to counter strength of multinationals

REPRESENTATIVES FROM NORTH American cement unions met September 26 in Toronto, Canada, with IndustriALL Global Union to strengthen cooperation in the cement sector. It was the third meeting of the network and the first held in Canada.

Unions participating included the Boilermakers, the Teamsters, the Steelworkers and the Fédération de l’Industrie Manufacturière from francophone Canada.

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L-1998 wins California WARN Act appeal

The NASSCO shipyard with the USS Bonhomme Richard in dry dock. (U.S. Navy)

Court upholds lower court ruling, awards over $200,000 to 90 workers

NINETY BOILERMAKERS EMPLOYED at the NASSCO shipyard in San Diego stand to be reimbursed $212,405 for back wages and will see lost benefits restored following a November 30 decision by a state court of appeals affirming a trial court’s ruling that the company violated California’s WARN Act.

WARN stands for Workers Adjustment and Retraining Notification. The act seeks to protect workers from being laid off without advance warning so they can adjust for a loss of income and related disruptions.

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Locals  L-1998
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New BM-STs attend training in Kansas City

New BM-STs exchange ideas during a training session. From left: Clinton Penny, L-11; Kirk Cooper, L-60 and Wade Mason, L-110.

Four-day event draws 17 from every U.S. section

SEVENTEEN NEW BUSINESS managers/secretary-treasurers from the United States attended a training course Sept. 18-21 in Kansas City, Missouri, to prepare them for their lodge leadership roles.

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