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L-193 members stack it up in Alexandria

Local 193 members use a 365-ton crane to move a new ductwork section into place at the Mirant power plant on the Potomac River in Alexandria, Va. Sections ranged in size from 19,000 to 41,000 pounds.

Ductwork demo/install work on Mirant power plant stacks is on schedule

MEMBERS OF LOCAL 193 (Baltimore) have been on the job in Alexandria, Va., since August 2008, replacing old ductwork at the Mirant Potomac River Generating Station. The job is expected to be completed in February.

Working for Riggs Distler & Co. Inc., the Boilermaker crew is replacing everything from the ID fan to the stack tie-in on five units. In all they will remove 650,000 pounds of scrap metal and install 690,000 pounds of new steel, working a total of 190,000 man-hours.

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Reporter  V48N1

Third time is a charm for Local 11

After calling the building trades for help two years in a row, Exxon goes 100% union

TWICE MEMBERS OF Local 11 (Helena, Mont.) were called to the Exxon/Mobil refinery in Billings, Mont., to complete projects started by nonunion crews because the owner was dissatisfied with the work. The third time around, the company decided to award the entire job to the union.

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L-359 signs on for aluminum plant modernization

L-359 BM-ST Phil Halley, left, joins 15 other Canadian labor unions in signing a project labor agreement to modernize the Rio Tinto Alcan aluminum plant in Kitimat, British Columbia.

Project labor agreement called “one of a kind”

RIO TINTO ALCAN’S planned modernization of its aluminum smelter operations in Kitimat, British Columbia, reached a milestone Aug. 28 when Local 359 (Vancouver, British Columbia) and 15 other labor unions joined the Kitimat Employer Association in signing a project labor agreement (PLA).

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Reporter  V47N4

Maiara uses blacksmithing skills on and off the job

Local 5’s Ray Maiara works the roller at the Central Repair Shop, where he makes parts for New York Sanitation Department vehicles.

Local 5 member’s ancestors were blacksmiths, too

INSIDE THE SANITATION Department’s massive Central Repair Shop in Woodside, N.Y., Ray Maiara sweats away at a job that many people think disappeared along with the horse and buggy.

He’s a blacksmith — one of the few left working for New York City. He spends his days forging metal and steel, creating parts for Sanitation Department vehicles.

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Local 374 readies for $3.8B refinery job

BP’s Whiting, Ind., refinery will be modernized to accept more Canadian crude. Photo courtesy of BP

Project will be biggest private investment in Indiana history

AFTER YEARS of planning, engineering, and permitting, a $3.8 billion refinery modernization and expansion project is gearing up along Lake Michigan in Whiting, Ind. — and Local 374 (Hammond, Ind.) will be part of it.

The Whiting facility, owned by British Petroleum (BP), is the largest refinery in the Midwest and the fourth largest in the United States. The massive, multi-year project will allow the refinery to process additional heavy crude oil from Canada.

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Union Tank Car closes

Company officials join Local 524 members in front of the last tank built at Union Tank Car in East Chicago, Ind. L-524’s Rick Welton (last row at left in blue-plaid jacket) used a wireless transmitter to take this photo.

Local 524 members are out of work

40 YEARS, 400 JOBS. That was the headline of a local newspaper story announcing the May 30th closing of Union Tank Car in East Chicago, Ind.

That’s 400 Boilermaker jobs — all members of Local Lodge 524.

L-524 Pres. Kelly Hounshell, a 27-year employee at the railroad car manufacturer, got word of the plant closing in March. A few months earlier the company cut production in half and laid-off 100 employees.

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Local 647 retrofits Boswell’s Unit 3

his Local 647 crew is retrofitting Unit 3 at the Boswell Energy Center in Cohasset, Minn. L. to r., front row: Tim Sauter, Dave Kantola, Rex Gustafson, Kim Gullickson, Mike Halik, Matt Cox, Erik KAntola, and Wayne Everett. Center row: Les Rinerson, Archie Maki, Travis Gullickson, Barry Wagner, Warren Klinger, Ron Black, Bill Polchow, John Paul Jones, Paul Wilcox, and John Knutson. Back row: Josh Overn, Nathan Rinerson, Paul A. Silvis, John Silvis, Curt Bendickson, Travis Gullickson, Joe Machones, Jason Brow

Project includes SCR, baghouse, and tons of duct work

LOCAL 647 MEMBERS (Minneapolis) are working through some harsh temperatures to retrofit Unit 3 at the Minnesota Power’s Boswell Energy Center near Grand Rapids.

The project — part of Minnesota Power’s plan to reduce air emissions — started last winter with members working several days running in temperatures as low as 25 degrees below zero. The work has continued into the summer months, with temperatures reaching the high nineties.

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McCain’s climate change stance will cost Boilermakers jobs

He wants to remove Davis-Bacon protections from bill that promises 50 years of Boilermaker work

REPUBLICAN PRESIDENTIAL candidate John McCain issued a statement June 5 supporting the Lieberman-Warner Climate Security Act, a bill supported by the Boilermakers union, but first he wants to make one big change – remove all Davis-Bacon requirements.

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L-40 revamps Marathon regenerator

Local 40 members finalize the removal of the regenerator’s old air grid at Marathon Petroleum.

Boilermakers work 80,000 man-hours with no recordables

WORKING FOR Construction Turnaround Services of Tulsa, Okla., members of Local 40 (Elizabethtown, Ky.) have completed a “head-off” plenum and cyclone rebuild at Marathon Petroleum’s Catlettsburg, Ky., oil refinery. Together with travelers from other area Boilermaker lodges, they worked 80,000 man-hours with no recordable accidents.

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NTL members replace tank bottom

NTL Boilermaker crew members Lewis Keifer, Seth Traver, Jeremy Kovalick, foreman Jeff Kovalick, and Jerry Davies replaced a tank bottom at Sunoco Logistics

MEMBERS OF THE National Transient Lodge are replacing a tank bottom at the Sunoco Logistics refinery in Marcus Hook, Pa. Working for the Matrix Service Company, a Boilermaker contractor since 1985, the crew is also installing new shell fittings and a foam system (used to fight fires) in the 144-ft. gas tank. .

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