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Retiree praises Boilermaker uncle

As kids up at the farm, we would see Gramma looking forward to seeing [Uncle] Fred and Mervin come home. They were construction Boilermakers. All across Canada they traveled. Cold or hot weather, they were building hydro plants and refineries. They were in a unique trade. There were lots of ironworkers. There were lots of carpenters. There were lots of auto mechanics. But not many Boilermakers.

Fred said to Eric and myself, “What are you two guys doing?”

Eric and I were going nowhere fast.

Fred said, “You are going to be BOILERMAKERS.”

Locals  L-128
Reporter  V56N3

Arcturus Manufacturing in Oxnard, California to close

Chief Steward Chris Inez, left, and Local 344 President John Hoggatt at the final summer picnic held for lodge members employed by Arcturus Manufacturing.

A sad end to a unique facility

On August 4, Arcturus Manufacturing of Oxnard, California, whose workforce is part of Local Lodge 344, will cease to exist. PCC, who owns this plant, decided to close the doors and move the work elsewhere. The company has been in existence since 1937 and has unique forging capabilities.

Locals  L-344
Reporter  V56N3

Retiree proud to be union in Wisconsin

I RETIRED AFTER 41 1/2 years as a Boilermaker. I was very proud to be a union worker for my whole welding career! Proud to be a union worker and fight against this anti-labor governor in Wisconsin. He is a piece of work!

Thank you for all you do to help unions!

Tom Regner
Local 697, retired
Granton, Wisconsin

Locals  L-697
Reporter  V56N3

L-40's Autry remembers Dwain Smith

The International Brotherhood of Boilermakers lost a dear friend and Brother Boilermaker September 5, when Local 40 member Larry Dwain “Smitty” Smith, 71, passed away after a 35-year battle with Muscular Dystrophy.

Locals  L-40
Reporter  V55N4

L-587 family thankful for assistance

A HEART-FELT thank you to the Boilermaker Relief Fund for your generous monetary gift to us after the recent flooding of our home. We are forever grateful!

DANIEL & BECKY BURKS
Boilermakers Local 587
Orange, Texas

Locals  L-587
Reporter  V55N4

Local 1626 offers thanks for lockout support

ON SEPTEMBER 29, 2015, Clifford-Jacobs IMT Corp. of Champaign, Ill., locked out all union employees. We were locked out until February 29, 2016. On behalf of Boilermakers Local 1626 of Champaign, we would like to thank everyone who supported us and who contributed money to help all of us through this extremely hard time. We are back to work now, and we are all very thankful for that. We would also like to thank [International] President Newton Jones for everything he had done for us.

Locals  L-1626
Reporter  V55N2

L-5 retiree recalls foremen

I wonder if this has ever happened before in Boilermaker history. In 1960, at Danskammer Powerhouse in Newburgh, N.Y., my first Boilermaker foreman was Frank Mellon, a great Boilermaker.

Forty-one years later, my last foreman was his son, Jack Mellon, who I worked for in Brooklyn, N.Y., before I retired from Local 5.

God bless the Boilermakers and their families, because they are the best.

JACK “THE HORSE” SHAUGHNESSY
Boilermakers Local 5, retired
Staten Island, N.Y.

Locals  L-5

L-69 embraces Code & Creed

[Addressed to International President Newton B. Jones]

ON APRIL 24TH, while in town for a Local 69 [Little Rock, Ark.] retiree picnic, I attended a union meeting at the lodge. The meeting was well attended, and I noticed banners depicting the Boilermaker Creed hanging from the walls of the union hall. I was pleasantly surprised to see members stand up and recite the Boilermaker Creed when the meeting began. Business Manager Rodney Allison then explained how the characteristics identified in the Boilermaker Code describe what it means to be a Boilermaker.

Locals  L-69

Egyptian-born L-28 member reflects on career

I came to America from Egypt in 1982 when I was 22, looking for a better life. My father-in-law, the late John A. Harmer Jr., a first-generation Boilermaker, encouraged me to join the trade. I worked closely with highly-skilled Boilermakers who patiently taught me everything I needed to know. Coming from another country and having to learn English was hard, and my first years in the trade were the toughest.

Locals  L-28
Reporter  V54N1

We need to talk about men’s health

MEN’S HEALTH IS something people do not like to talk about, but I am willing to talk about it. I am now just one year over my two cancer operations, and I am happy to say I am cancer free now for one year. The reason I am cancer free right now is because I went for a check-up, something most men do not do. These men are your family members, friends, co-workers, your members, your clients and your employees. I have joined the Movember Movement, and I am growing a moustache to change the face of men’s health.


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