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Joe Courtney is Legislator of the Year

Rep. Joe Courtney (D-2nd CT)

Congressman opposes health care tax, supports shipbuilding

REP. JOE COURTNEY (D-2nd CT) will receive the Boilermakers’ Legislator of the Year (LOY) award at the 42nd annual conference of the Legislative Education Action Program (LEAP) this April in Washington, D.C.

Political Affairs Director Bridget Martin said the award acknowledges Courtney’s exemplary efforts to support working men and women.

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Boilermakers rally for health care reform

Representing Local 13 are, l. to r., Mike Impagliazzo, lodge president; Jim Banford, BM-ST; and Bill Bradley, trustee.

MORE THAN TWO dozen Boilermakers took part in a rally for health care reform on Capitol Hill June 25. They joined thousands of activists from across the country — including many representing labor unions — in demanding that Congress fix the broken health care system. President Barack Obama has proposed major revisions in order to contain cost and make health care available to all Americans.

Representing the Boilermakers were Local 13 (Philadelphia), Local 45 (Richmond, Va.), and Local 85 (Toledo, Ohio).

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Locals  L-13, L-45, L-85

Members of Congress join delegates at reception

Hawaii Sen. Daniel Akaka, third from right, with (l. to r.) IR Dave Bunch; Dir. of Political Affairs Bridget Martin; Gary Aycock, L-627; Keola Martin, L-90; and IVP Warren Fairley.

Boilermakers build relationships with legislators

DELEGATES TO THE 41st annual LEAP conference welcomed legislators, congressional aides, and other guests to the Boilermakers’ congressional reception March 18 to continue the work of building good relationships.

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LEAP awards ‘superstar’ status to 56

First-ever award praises volunteers who excel at political action

FIFTY-SIX “SUPERSTARS” received special recognition at the 2009 LEAP conference for their exceptional political activism. These Boilermakers have excelled at fund raising, getting out the vote, building political ties, and other efforts designed to support worker-friendly candidates and promote Boilermaker goals.

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Reminder: Virginians can vote absentee in primaries until June 6

IBB urges Boilermakers to support McAuliffe for governor

VIRGINIA RESIDENTS HAVE until Saturday, June 6, if they wish to vote absentee in the primary elections in their state. One key race the Boilermakers are watching closely is the contest for governor, says Boilermakers Director of Public Affairs Bridget Martin. The IBB has endorsed Terry McAuliffe, a strong supporter of organized labor.

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Locals  L-1998

LEAP panel examines energy, climate challenges

“This is a unique moment in American history to get something done [about global warming].”  – John Mimikakis, Environmental Defense Fund

Speakers stress balancing carbon limits with job, economic protections

Under the cap and trade system being considered for carbon emissions, the government would auction off allowances. An allowance is a legal right to emit the gas. In some cases, allowances may be given freely to industries that need them. The allowances can be traded or sold by carbon producers. Such a system provides a financial incentive for companies to reduce their carbon output and promotes efficiency.

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Boilermakers receive awards for CAF, LEF support

Pittsburgh Local 154 delegates accept the award for the highest CAF contribution by a local from Intl. Pres. Newton Jones (holding award), with IVP Sean Murphy (4th from left) and Political Affairs Director Bridget Martin (r.).

Money helps pro-worker candidates, builds strong member education

BOILERMAKERS WHO EXCELLED at raising money for CAF and LEF in 2008 received recognition during the annual LEAP conference in Washington, D.C., March 18. International President Newton B. Jones presented crystal “capitol dome” awards to vice-presidential sections and individual local lodges for exceptional performance.

BY ACTION OF delegates to the Thirty-First Consolidated Convention, all local lodges must contribute no less than 25 cents per member, per month, to the Legislative Education Fund (LEF).

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LEAP delegates celebrate, then get down to work

IP Newton Jones tells Boilermakers, “You did great!”

Employee Free Choice Act draws focus on Capitol Hill

WITH A LABOR-friendly president in the White House and pro-worker majorities in both houses of Congress, one might have expected the annual conference of the Legislative Education-Action Program (LEAP) in Washington, D.C., March 15-20, to have been one big celebration.

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