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CSO conference tackles industry challenges

 IP Newton Jones announces IVP Haggerty retirement, Fultz election.

Pension changes headline meeting

CONSTRUCTION LODGE LEADERS from across North America gathered in Marco Island, Florida, March 6-9 to address challenges, opportunities and changes affecting the Boilermaker membership.

International President Newton B. Jones began his remarks by announcing the retirement of IVP-NE David Haggerty, the IEC’s election of ED-CSO John Fultz to that office as well as staff changes in Construction Sector Operations.

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IVP Maloney: Canada trade deal is bad for workers

Joseph Maloney, IVP - Canada

LATVIAN CEOS ARE surely giddy at the recent parliamentary vote in favour of CETA — the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement — between Canada and the European Union. Latvia is the first EU member to ratify CETA, having approved the deal Feb. 23. The vote in the Latvian parliament was 71-5 in favour.

And why not? The average annual wage in Latvia last year was about $10,230. With CETA making it possible for foreign corporations to import their own workforces, Latvian companies are now well positioned to bid on supply and services contracts in Canadian markets.

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National Consumers League picks Bank of Labor

The National Consumers League and representatives of other organizations supporting the NLC protests meet with Bank of Labor Feb. 27 at the bank’s Washington, DC, headquarters. Seated, l. to r.: Karen Duncan, Maritime Trades Department, AFL-CIO; Gwend Johnson, Coalition of Black Trade Unionists, Mike Stotz, AFL-CIO ITC; and Elise Bryant, Labor Heritage Foundation. Standing are Alicia Page, Bank of Labor, Fran Owens, Labor Heritage Foundation, Puja Aura, AFL-CIO ITC and Labor Advisory Board Member for Bank o

The Bank of Labor on March 6 issued the following statement regarding recent actions by the National Consumers League protesting Wells Fargo's policy on mandatory arbitration.

"As a labor majority owned and operated bank, we enthusiastically welcome the National Consumers League as a client. The NCL's decision to withdraw its operating capital from Wells Fargo and open an account with Bank of Labor speaks not only to the mutual respect between our two organizations but also to our common focus on serving the needs of workers and promoting social justice.

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L-73 good Samaritan backs cross-Canada cyclist

Sean Richardson, left, and Keven Michaud, L-73, pause during their ride across Canada to raise awareness of the veteran suicide rate.

Trip raises awareness of veteran suicide rate

LEAVE IT TO a Boilermaker to help a stranger when he’s down. That’s what Kevin Michaud, Local 73 (Halifax, Nova Scotia) did when he saw Sean Richardson, cyclist and veteran advocate, pushing his bike along the highway in Edmundston, New Brunswick in August 2016.

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Union breaks ground for regional training center

The new J.G. Cooksey WSJAC Boilermaker Training Center is being financed by Bank of Labor. Left to right: Bob McCall, BOL President; Bill Arnold, BOL Executive Vice President/Director of Client Services; J. Tom Baca, IVP-WS; Bill Creeden, IST; and Joe Keller, BOL Senior Vice President, Manager Commercial Banking Division.

Salt Lake City facility will feature robotic welding, 30 booths

THE BOILERMAKERS UNION broke ground Feb. 9 on a new regional training center in Salt Lake City designed to provide advanced welding instruction to journeymen, apprentices and helpers.

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Boilermakers International President Newton B. Jones issues statement on nomination of Alexander Acosta for Secretary of Labor

Labor Secretary Nominee Alexander Acosta

KANSAS CITY, KS, Feb. 20, 2017 — Newton B. Jones, International President of the International Brotherhood of Boilermakers, Iron Ship Builders, Blacksmiths, Forgers and Helpers, AFL-CIO/CLC, today issued the following statement on the nomination of Alexander Acosta for Secretary of Labor.

The International Brotherhood of Boilermakers, Iron Ship Builders, Blacksmiths, Forgers and Helpers, AFL-CIO/CLC hereby commends Alexander Acosta on his nomination for Secretary of Labor.

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Boilermakers International President Newton B. Jones issues statement endorsing Tom Perez for Chairman of the Democratic Party

KANSAS CITY, KS, Feb. 20, 2017 — Newton B. Jones, President of the International Brotherhood of Boilermakers, Iron Ship Builders, Blacksmiths, Forgers and Helpers, AFL-CIO/CLC, today issued the following statement supporting the candidacy of Tom Perez for Chairman of the Democratic Party.

The International Brotherhood of Boilermakers, Iron Ship Builders, Blacksmiths, Forgers and Helpers, AFL-CIO/CLC supports Tom Perez for Chairman of the Democratic National Committee.

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Boilermakers USA shoot hits fundraising high

Event raises $160,000, draws 186 shooters

THE UNION SPORTSMEN’S Alliance (USA) 8th Annual Boilermakers Kansas City Sporting Clays Shoot raised more than $160,000 to set a new record for all USA shooting events Sept. 24. The event, held at the Powder Creek Shooting Park in Lenexa, Kansas, attracted 186 participants. Representing the Boilermakers union were 23 teams from various locals and from the International. A total of 38 teams participated.

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Louisiana flooding drives Howell family from home

Anthony Howell’s home, left, during the August 2016 flood.

Disaster relief fund helps members recover

IT WAS STILL dark at Anthony (Cornbread) Howell’s home in Albany, Louisiana, one rainy morning this past August when he was awakened by pounding on his front door. An anxious neighbor told him she had water coming into her house. Historic rains had been drenching the state, and in Livingston Parish, where Howell lives, more than 31 inches fell in 15 hours.

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