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Boy Scouts earn badges, learn merits of being a Boilermaker

Boy Scouts earn a Model Design and Building merit badge by completing mock reeving project. From left to right: L-627’s Gary Bain, and Scouts Henry Flatt and Nathan Schrepfer.

Scouts complete mock reeving project with Local 627

BOY SCOUTS AND Boilermaker goals matched up perfectly when Scouts from the Boy Scouts of America Grand Canyon Council met up with Local 627 (Phoenix) and the Western States Apprenticeship Program. The Scouts fulfilled a goal to provide its members with career-oriented programs in partnership with community organizations. The local got an audience of young, prospective apprentices to educate. And the Scouts themselves earned their Model Design and Building merit badges.

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Local 169 apprentice pulls worker from burning ash

Local 169 apprentice Patrick Morand gives a thumbs-up after being hospitalized.

Boilermakers’ brotherhood bond is lifesaving

BEING FELLOW BOILERMAKERS, Patrick Morand and Bill Tyler already had a bond before the fateful night of August 10. But when 100,000 pounds of hot ash buried 15 Boilermakers, Morand’s heroic efforts to pull his coworker to safety made that bond lifesaving. The workers fell victim to a collapsed dust catcher at U.S. Steel’s Great Lakes Works Plant on Zug Island in the Detroit River.

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Lockout leads to Breast Cancer Awareness rally

Rally participants, led by (l. to r.) Pat O’Brien Townsend of the Montana Nurses Association; Jamie Cross, event organizer; and Janette May (and pup Gertie), cancer survivor, begin the mile-long march to the picket line.

NEAR THE END of the lockout, Local D239 hosted a “Breast Cancer + Health Care Awareness Rally and March,” using the lockout’s attention, timed with October as National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, as a way to raise awareness and share resources. Open to the community, the goal of the event was to draw attention to the importance of employer support and health coverage for those who fight cancer and other serious illnesses.

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L-154 members form human chain to rescue trapped union brother

L-154 heroes Rick Derrick (far left) and Ethan Boyd (far right), flank Jonathan Bach. Derrick and Boyd were presented with awards for heroism during a Labor Day picnic in Pittsburgh. John McClurg and Scott Weaver were not available to attend the event.

Quick action saves life

FOR LOCAL 154 (Pittsburgh) Boilermaker Jonathan Bach, making his way along the catwalk as he inspected compartments in the bag house was routine — business as usual at the William H. Sims, First Energy plant. Until it wasn’t.

Unknown to the 12-year Boilermaker, the door to one of the bag house cells was open, and as he approached, suction drawing through the opening yanked him into the dusty, pitch-black cell.

“At first, it didn’t seem like a big deal, but I realized pretty quickly that I couldn’t see the hole to get out,” says Bach.

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Union mourns loss of member-poet Don Rojem

Don Rojem at the 2016 Consolidated Convention.

L-169 retiree wrote about life as a Boilermaker

DONALD JAMES ROJEM, the 65-year retired member whose poetry inspired many inside and outside the Brotherhood, passed away October 15. He was 88.

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L-S1978 president wins Wyoming AFL-CIO award

Roy Moyer, L-S1978 president, winner of the Wyoming AFL-CIO 2018 Labor Leader of the Year award.

Humble leader honored for going “above and beyond”

ROY MOYER NEVER expected to be put in the spotlight during the Wyoming AFL-CIO’s annual conference this past September. Moyer, who is president of Local S1978 (Rock Springs, Wyoming), said he went from a moment of confusion to surprise to disbelief, as it registered that he was being presented with the 2018 Labor Leader of the Year Award, the state labor council’s top honor.

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Union craft inspires art for Local 359 member

Hilary Peach travels out of Local 359 and often does confined space jobs in pulp mills. Here she welds tubes to a header. Photo courtesy of Gord Kappel.

Hilary Peach’s first poetry book out now

BOILERMAKERS AND ARTISTS have quite a bit in common says Hilary Peach, a Local 359 (Vancouver, British Columbia) member who wields a welding torch as well as a pen. She finds that many artists acquire day jobs in the trades. As an artist who is skilled in several mediums, and as a Boilermaker, she understands why.

“Boilermakers are welders and mechanics, fabricators and riggers,” Peach says, noting that likewise, interdisciplinary artists master a variety of different art forms. That’s something that drew her to the union.

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Former L-744 BM-ST receives 65- and 70-year pins

Former L-744 BM-ST receives 65- and 70-year pins

RETIRED L-744 (CLEVELAND) BM-ST Louis Jewell recently received his 65- and 70-year pins at his residence in Cape Coral, Florida. Brother Jewell is a World War II veteran who was initiated into the Brotherhood August 19, 1948. He served as BM-ST from 1976 until his retirement in 1986. Jewell’s older brothers, Robert and Paul, were also Boilermakers as were nephews Paul and Jamie.

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Brothers in every sense of the word

Father and sons on the job in the 1960s. Left to right: John Miskell, Don, Jerry and Jim.

Miskell legacy spans 76 years

AN HOUR SOUTHWEST of Chicago, knee-high corn dances in the warm breeze. The sun blazes, heating up the small town of Marseilles, Illinois, where the six Miskell brothers sit shoulder to shoulder around the dining room table at middle-brother Jim’s house. The men, along with several other relatives, are reminiscing about their family’s 76-year Boilermaker heritage, most of it spent working out of Local 60 (Peoria, Illinois).

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D500 members go to bat for little league team

D500 members go to bat for little league team

LOCAL D500 (Rogers City, Michigan) Boilermakers scored union pride and community spirit by sponsoring a boys’ Little League baseball team for the 2018 season. Several members of the team — which is named the “Local D-500s” — are sons of lodge members. Pictured with the team at its end-of-the-season celebration are members, back row center, l. to r., Matt Augsburger, Aaron Brege and Andrew Wirgau. Members of the lodge work for Carmeuse Lime and Stone Calcite Quarry in Rogers City, Michigan.

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