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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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L-169 members tear down, rebuild blast furnace in under 100 days

Before they could build the new furnace, Local 169 members had to dismantle the old. Much of this furnace dates back to the 1940s.

Crews work 1.4 million man-hours with no serious injuries

ABOUT 250 BOILERMAKERS — members of Local 169 (Detroit) and travelers from other Boilermaker lodges — set a new standard for steelmakers worldwide when they removed and replaced a “C” blast furnace in record-setting time.

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Ethanol Tank runs nonunion element off job site

Pictured, l. to r., are Harold Didricksen, Scott McIntosh, Shaun Woroneski, Rob McIntosh, Jeremy Miller Sr., Corey Morrow, Jeff Bills, Andrew Stafford, Bennie Joiner, and Mark Ferullo.

THE BOILERMAKER ADVANTAGE. Never was it more evident than in Meade, Neb., when E-3 Bio Fuels found itself so far behind schedule that it hired NTL contractor Ethanol Tanks LLC to get it back on track. The company was so impressed with Ethanol’s crew, they ended up firing the original nonunion contractor and had Ethanol — and the Boilermakers — finish the job. In all they built two storage tanks and finished four fermenter tanks the nonunion workers were supposed to build. According to Adam Dalton, Ethanol Tanks’ director of operations, “The power of craftsmanship has no boundaries.”

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Local 30 members work on projects for Seattle-based PSF Industries

Members of Local 30 (Greensboro, N.C.) are erecting four absorber vessels for PSF Industries.

Boilermakers erect four absorber vessels at North Carolina steam station

Members of Local 30, Greensboro, N.C., have been working on several projects in their home state for Seattle-based PSF Industries Inc.

Their work for PSF is near completion at the Belews Creek Steam Station in Belews Creek, N.C., where they are erecting four 317 LMN absorber vessels for a flue gas desulphurization project.

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Local 242 builds giant eggs in Washington

Local 242 builds giant eggs in Washington.  Pictured, l. to r., are: front row, Neal Davis, John Hess, Frank Maravilla, and Justin Reardon; and back row, Jeff Weger, Jeff Voss, Dan Thiessen, Kevin Baumann, Bob Bergan, Alex Burunov, Aaron Dirks, James Dennis, and Mark Keffeler.

Members of Local 242 (Spokane, Wash.) are working with CBI Services Inc. to build two 2.8-million-gallon, egg-shaped digesters — one of the most efficient and cost-effective anaerobic systems for sludge treatment. Their shape and liquid mixing system help reduce scum, grit build-ups, and dead zones. When completed at the end of the summer, the 89-foot-wide digesters will stand 112-feet tall along the banks of the Spokane River at the Riverside Park Water Reclamation Facility.

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Boilermakers rehab boiler at A.S. King Plant

Workers on this night shift rigging crew are among 265 Boilermakers employed by B&W at the A.S. King Plant in Bayport, Minn.

B&W crews work 140,000 man-hours without injury

WORKING AT EXCEL Energy’s A.S. King Plant in Bayport, Minn., 265 Boilermakers are completing a Babcock & Wilcox boiler rehab project ― and they are compiling an impressive safety record in the process. B&W field supervisor Mike James reported that more than 140,000 man-hours have been worked “without so much as a scratch.” The job requires 10 cyclone change-outs. “These men truly deserve praise for their hard work and attention to detail,” James stated.

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