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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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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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Boilermakers find inspiration and solidarity at national tradeswomen conference

Participants at Women Build Nations gather before the solidarity parade in Chicago.  IVP-GL Larry McManamon is third from right.

Event draws over 1,600 from US, Canada

FROM APPRENTICES TO journeymen, 36 female Boilermakers joined over 1,600 tradeswomen at the 2017 Women Build Nations conference in Chicago October 13-15 to learn about the special challenges and opportunities facing women in the construction industry. This year’s conference, sponsored by North America’s Building Trades Unions and the Chicago Women in Trades, brought together women from all crafts and regions for networking and support.

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Local 4 receives Charles W. Jones Award

Page, Arizona, Local 4 BM-ST Louis Dodson, Jr. accepts the Charles W. Jones Award on behalf of his lodge. Left to right, IVP-WS J. Tom Bacca, Dodson, IP Newton Jones.

THE CHARLES W. Jones Award, which honors the local lodge demonstrating the highest use of specified MOST programs during the preceding year, went to Local Lodge 4 of Page, Arizona. International President Newton B. Jones presented the award to Local 4 Business Manager/Secretary-Treasurer Louis Dodson, Jr. Local 4 is the seventh lodge to receive the award since its inaugural presentation to Local 154 (Pittsburg), in 2011.

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NTA Conference emphasizes partner cooperation

Tripartite partners share achievements in the Torrance Refinery turnaround. Left to right, AIP Jim Cooksey, Construction & Turnaround Services President Alan Black, IP Newton Jones, PBF Senior Vice President of Refining Herman Seedorf and IVP J. Tom Baca.

Event brings together owners, contractors and union

PARTNERS IN THE MOST National Tripartite Alliance met at the 32nd annual conference in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, Oct. 2-5 to identify opportunities and challenges in keeping with the alliance’s goals of problem solving and improving industry performance.

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DNCL member reflects on 50 years with Linwood Mining

Richard “Pete” Petersen recently retired after 50-years at Linwood Mining & Materials Corp. near Davenport, Iowa.

Pete Petersen started career at 17

WHEN RICHARD “PETE” Petersen, a 50-year member of the National Cement Lodge (DNCL), started working in 1967 at Linwood Mining & Minerals Corp. near Davenport, Iowa, he was a 17-year-old high school student. He worked 40 hours a week on Linwood’s second shift while finishing his senior year of high school during the day. When he wasn’t working, studying or sleeping, he also found time to work on area farms, cleaning barns and planting crops.

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Industrial Sector leaders meet in Las Vegas

U.S. Air Force Maj., retired, Brian Shul describes his experience flying the SR-71 Blackbird spy plane.

Event draws Boilermakers from 83 local lodges, five district lodges

THE 2017 INDUSTRIAL Sector Operations Conference drew 172 delegates from across North America to the Mirage Hotel in Las Vegas July 31-Aug. 4. The meeting provided opportunities to learn from plenary speakers and breakout presenters, and to network with other lodge leaders.

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Setting The Record Straight On The Jones Act

Washington, DC — Larry I. Willis, president of the Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO (TTD), issues this statement in response to legislation (S.1894) introduced by Sen. McCain to permanently repeal the Jones Act as it relates to Puerto Rico:


USA/IBB clay shoot tops $184,000

Union members and guests gather for the 2017 USA/IBB clay shoot in Lenexa, Kansas.

Boilermakers set another fundraising record

THE 9TH ANNUAL Union Sportsmen’s Alliance/Boilermakers Clay Shoot held in Lenexa, Kansas, September 23 raised more than $184,000, setting an all-time high for USA shooting events and topping the previous record of $160,000 set by the Boilermakers in 2016. The event took place at the Powder Creek Shooting Park.

“As always, the Boilermakers have set the bar high” for USA shoots, said Scott Vance, the USA’s CEO and Executive Director, in ceremonies concluding the day.

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Canadian Tripartite meets in New Brunswick

IVP Joe Maloney stresses the Boilermakers’ commitment to the construction industry.

Panels, speakers address industry issues

CANADIAN BOILERMAKERS, OWNERS and contractors convened in St. Andrews, New Brunswick, August 22-24 to address issues impacting the industry.

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