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SEA Tripartite meets on industry issues

TVA Senior Program Manager for Industrial Relations Jerry Payton speaks about the Boilermaker Code during a presentation by MOST National Administrator Skipper Branscum (background).

Pension, recruitment, training, top agenda

PARTNERS IN THE Southeast Area Tripartite Alliance met April 10-12 in Destin, Florida, to review construction industry developments involving the Boilermakers, signatory contractors and owners.

Among the key topics addressed were changes to the Boilermaker-Blacksmith National Pension Trust and Boilermaker initiatives to ramp up training and recruitment.

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Labor Heritage Foundation honors IP Jones

IP NEWTON Jones receives the 2017 Labor Heritage Foundation’s “Solidarity Forever Award” for preserving labor history and culture. Left to right: Bricklayers IP James Boland, IP Jones, Ironworkers GP Eric Dean and LHF Exec. Dir. Elise Bryant.

Accolades given for Bank of Labor, social justice initiatives

INTERNATIONAL PRESIDENT NEWTON B. Jones received the 2017 Labor Heritage Foundation “Solidarity Forever Award” in ceremonies at AFL-CIO headquarters in Washington, D.C. May 19 for supporting labor history and culture through the Boilermaker History Preservation Department (BHPD).

LHF Executive Director Elise Bryant presented the honor.

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Boilermakers embrace emerging welding technology

Members of L-92 train on the Miller PipeWorx 350 FieldPro. Front row, l. to r., Antonio Cardoso; Michael Ndipagbor; Leausa Finau; Karla Baeza; Oscar Davila, L-92 president and training instructor; Edwin Bogner, Miller Electric; Joe Acorn; and Tyler Rosenbaum.

Local 92 meets increasing demand for qualified craftsmen

LOCAL 92 (LOS ANGELES) is embracing new technology to stay attractive to contractors in a highly competitive market and to meet increased demand for qualified welders in California. For the past two years, L-92 has trained journeymen and qualified fourth-year apprentices in flux-core welding using PipeWorx 350 FieldPro, a regulated metal deposition (RMD™) system, according Oscar Davila, L-92 president and training instructor.

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IR Trépanier leads 175,000 unionists in Quebec strike

IR Michel Trépanier led 175,000 construction workers in Quebec on a seven-day strike May 24-30.  Photo credit Jean-Claude Tremblay/Journal de Quebec

Provincial government passes emergency law to force return to talks

MICHEL TRÉPANIER, AN International Rep for the Boilermakers and a former Local 271 (Montreal) business manager, led a province-wide, seven-day general strike May 24-30 involving 175,000 Quebec construction workers. The action temporarily shut down construction projects across Quebec.

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NoVA presents IP Jones with top leadership award

AFL-CIO Virginia President Doris Crouse-Mays presents IP Newton Jones with NoVA’s 2017 Excellence in Leadership Award.

Record-breaking crowd attends ceremony

THE NORTHERN VIRGINIA Labor Federation (NoVA) presented Boilermakers International President Newton B. Jones with its 2017 Excellence in Leadership Award June 2 at its annual dinner and award ceremony held in Vienna, Virginia. The award is NoVA’s premiere recognition of achievement, acknowledging life-long commitment to the pursuit of justice for working men and women.

Virginia AFL-CIO President Doris Crouse-Mays presented the award.

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Gala honors Richmond Shipyards’ ‘Rosies’

Above, left to right, are Rosies Kay Morrison, Marian Sousa, Agnes Moore, Priscilla Elder, Marian Wynn and Phyllis Gould. All but Sousa are former Boilermakers. Photo courtesy of Kristopher Skinner/Bay Area News Group

At its annual gala on April 8, the Rosie the Riveter Museum (Richmond, California) honored the legacy of women who worked at the Richmond Shipyards near San Francisco during World War II. During the war, women comprised 37 percent of all Boilermakers working at the shipyard. The “Rosies” held a wide variety of jobs, including welders, burners, ship fitters and general laborers. They also performed general clerical work.

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Westinghouse locks out 172 Local 651 members

Westinghouse locks out 172 members of L-651. IBB creates a fund to help members.

WESTINGHOUSE ELECTRIC CO. locked out 172 members of Local 651 at its Newington, New Hampshire facility May 21, claiming the company and union have reached a collective bargaining impasse, even though just five negotiating meetings and a single mediation session (during which the company walked out) have been held. During contract negotiations, Westinghouse sought to strip severance provisions, cut defined benefits and drastically reduce health insurance benefits for the workers.

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Bakery Workers appeal to shareholders as Oreo brand goes to Mexico

As President Trump talks fair trade, some companies continue to ship jobs out of the United States. The open letter below explains the callous betrayal by multinational corporation Mondelez of 1,000 Nabisco workers in Chicago who, for 50 years, made Oreo cookies. It is for just this reason that the Boilermakers are involved in global labor unions, to combat the power, greed and inhumanity of such businesses.

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Fossil fuels are vital to America's energy future

IP Newton B. Jones

In the Washington Times May 1 Special Energy Section, International President Newton B. Jones discusses the future of fossil fuels in America and calls for more federal investment in carbon capture, use and storage (CCUS) along with an “all of the above” energy policy. IP Jones’ op-ed appears alongside those of U.S. representatives and senators, union and business leaders and energy consultants.

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New Campaign Promotes National Infrastructure

ReBuild USA Focuses on Fixing Crumbling Infrastructure

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
DATE: Monday, May 15, 2017
CONTACT: Lori D’Orazio, info@rebuildusa.org

Washington, DC - As Infrastructure Week kicks off, a new national organization backed by trade unions with millions of members has launched a countrywide campaign to fix America’s roads, bridges, rail, ports, airports, water and sewer systems, and the energy grid.

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