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Help ‘Norma Rae’ fight cancer

Crystal Lee Sutton with Eli Zivkovich

AT THE AGE of 17, Crystal Lee Sutton started working the 4 p.m. to midnight shift at the J. P. Stevens cotton mill in Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina. By the time she was 30, she was supporting three children on the $2.65 an hour she made working in miserable conditions. The mill was the biggest employer in the area, and the workers put up with a lot of abuse because they couldn’t afford to get fired.

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District Lodge D11 holds conference

Local Lodge leaders from seven affiliated lodges attend the annual conference of Cement District Lodge D11, July 7-9, in Kimberly, British Columbia.

Cement lodges discuss steward certification, by-laws, and revenue reporting

CEMENT DISTRICT LODGE D11 held its annual conference for training and information sharing July 7-9 in Kimberly, British Columbia, for union leaders representing the district’s 13 affiliated lodges.

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Mount Vernon Joy Mining employees win TAA benefits

Verlin Fritchley, Jerome P. Tobin, and John Moore, l. to r., are among the first to qualify for TRA benefits following the closing of Joy Mining Machinery in Mount Vernon, Ill.

Eligible workers can now apply for assistance under the Trade Act thanks to efforts of 10 former co-workers

MEMBERS OF LOCAL 483 (Alton, Ill.) who worked for Joy Technologies Inc., d/b/a Joy Mining Machinery in Mount Vernon, Ill., are now eligible for government benefits under the Trade Act of 1974, thanks to the efforts of 10 former co-workers and two lawyers who worked on the case pro-bono (without compensation, for the public good).

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Locals  L-483

Labor applauds Sotomayor as Supreme Court pick

Judge Sonia Sotomayor (official White House photo)

ORGANIZED LABOR HAS given a ringing endorsement to Judge Sonia Sotomayor, a federal appeals court judge for New York’s Second Circuit and Pres. Barack Obama’s nominee to the United States Supreme Court.

Sotomayor would replace Justice David Souter, who is retiring after 19 years on the nation’s top court. She would become the first Hispanic ever to serve as a Supreme Court justice.

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Local 592 earns national safety award

Lone Star District Lodge BM-ES Ron Keck (c.) accepts the national NACBE safety award on behalf of Local 592 (Tulsa, Okla.). Joining in the presentation are, l. to r., NACBE Exec. Dir. John Erickson, retired Central States IVP George Rogers, Intl. Pres. Newton Jones, and NACBE Pres. Wendell Bell.

Safety records improve, even with an 8.7 percent increase in man-hours

THE MORE YOU work, the more chances you have to get hurt. But even with an 8.7 percent increase in man-hours by field construction Boilermakers working in the United States in 2008, the safety records just got better, reports John Erickson, executive director of the National Association of Construction Boilermaker Employers (NACBE).

Locals  L-45, L-85, L-92, L-199, L-592
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June 15 is deadline for Industrial Sector conference

June 15 is deadline for Industrial Sector conference

Event will be held July 21-23 in Kansas City

LOCAL LODGES PLANNING to send representatives to the Industrial Sector conference July 21-23 in Kansas City, Mo., must get their registration forms in to the International by Monday, June 15. All local lodges in the Industrial Sector are expected to send at least one representative unless it is financially impractical to do so.

A conference registration packet was mailed to all Industrial Sector local lodges in mid-February.

The Industrial Sector consists of all industries other than construction. It includes:

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CD conference assesses industry challenges, opportunities

Kyle Evenson, ED-CSO, chairs the annual construction conference March 2-5.

Despite economic downturn, business managers hear good news

THE WORLD ECONOMY may be in a tailspin, but business managers still heard some good news at the annual Boilermaker Construction Division conference at Marco Island, Fla., March 2-5.

The union added about 1,500 members in 2008, despite plant closings and a slow-down in capital projects. Total construction man-hours worked last year hit 40 million, up nearly 10 percent from 2007. And construction members tied a record for safety on the job, even with the additional man-hours and an influx of new craftsmen.

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Haggerty named to NMAPC board of directors

David Haggerty

Committee negotiates, administers national maintenance agreements for 14 unions

DAVID HAGGERTY, Director of National Construction Agreements and Special Assistant to the International President, has been appointed to the National Maintenance Agreements Policy Committee Inc. (NMAPC) board of directors effective Feb. 4.

Haggerty credits his appointment by the new NMAPC board chairman, Brent Booker from the Laborers union, as a direct result of the number of man-hours Boilermakers work under the National Maintenance Agreement.

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Economist argues for larger stimulus package

Moderates in the Senate who have negotiated a slimmer version of Pres. Obama’s stimulus package are missing the boat, says economist Dean Baker, co-director of the Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR). They have managed to reduce the total cost of the package by about $100 billion, he says, but in doing so they have also reduced the number of jobs it will create by about one million.

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Unions form network to counter multinational cement companies

Boilermakers attending the first meeting of the North American Cement and Building Materials Union Network are Jim Pressley, ED-ISO (second from left); Gary Prochnow, D-ISS&O (third from left); Mark Kelly, IR (center front, in black shirt); and Carey Allen, D-ISO (fifth from right). At far left is Phee Jung-sun, ICEM materials section manager. Photo courtesy Jan Voets

Boilermakers, Steelworkers lead group; network will coordinate bargaining strategies

FIVE UNIONS THAT represent workers in the North American cement/building materials industry have created a network to coordinate collective bargaining strategies and other activities. The Boilermakers and the Steelworkers will co-coordinate the group. Other participants include the Mine Workers, the Laborers, and the Teamsters.

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Locals  L-D27
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