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Jamie McMillan: ‘Evangelist’ for the skilled trades

Local 128’s Jamie McMillan

WHEN JAMIE MCMILLAN interacts with high school students, it’s hard to tell if she’s a student or the teacher. She acts young, has boundless energy and fits in with students—which is a bit ironic, considering she dropped out of high school her senior year. But after getting her GED, and becoming a journeyman with the Ironworkers (she’s currently a Boilermaker apprentice), she now works the tools six months of the year. She spends the rest of the year speaking to school-age kids through her business KickAss Careers—a name students picked.

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Locals  L-128
Reporter  V58N3

Lodge 128 takes on massive tower removal

Boilermakers rigged part of a 166-foot tower that suffered a structural failure in Sarnia, Ontario. Members of L-128, L-555 and L-73 removed the tower safely.

LOCAL 128 (TORONTO) STEPPED it up when a 166-foot tall, 16-foot diameter naphtha stripper tower experienced a structural failure at the Imperial Oil Limited plant in Sarnia, Ontario. In April, during one of the largest shutdowns at the area’s refineries, the tower failed approximately 60 feet up and fell directly onto the fin fans at that same height.

While no one was hurt, it was a very precarious and potentially dangerous situation that had to be remedied immediately.

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Locals  L-128
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Boilermaker climbs political ladder in Pennsylvania

Dan Engle campaigns for Northampton County Council District 4 in Pennsylvania at a carnival in Roseto. L. to r., Roseto Mayor Joseph C. Angelini, Engle and Northampton County District Attorney candidate Terry Houck.

GROWING UP, DAN ENGLE’S parents were always active in their community and encouraged their four children to be as well. But Engle, Local 28 (Newark, New Jersey) never suspected the example his parents set would lead him into a life of politics.

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Locals  L-28
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Local 203 celebrates milestone in Newfoundland

L-203 BM-ST Jerry Flaherty welcomes guests to the gala evening.

NEARLY 200 CURRENT and retired Boilermakers from Local 203 (St. John’s, Newfoundland) and guests gathered August 10 in Newfoundland and Labrador’s capital St. John’s from throughout the province and far beyond to celebrate the local’s milestone 50th anniversary.

Locals  L-203
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Boilermaker surges into action to rescue flash flood victim

John Messina, L-154, and an unidentified man carry Harold Gold to safety from his stranded vehicle during a flash flood in Pittsburgh.

JOHN MESSINA, LOCAL 154 (Pittsburgh) credits his training as a Boilermaker for preparing him to face unpredictable and dangerous situations. And not just on the job. Messina’s fast action and problem-solving skills helped him save an elderly gentleman from a very dangerous — and potentially deadly — flood the afternoon of July 6 after a sudden downpour hit parts of Pittsburgh.

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Local 158 donates to veterans’ Honor Flights

Members of Local 158 wear red to raise funds for Honor Flights. They donated $2,100 to Honor Flights at their May meeting.

LOCAL 158 (PEORIA, ILLINOIS) members love veterans, and that shows in their fundraising. The local raises money for veterans through their Red Friday shirts, spearheaded by L-158 sister Keri Elliott. The money goes to sponsor Honor Flights, an organization that takes veterans to Washington D.C. to visit war memorials. At the May union meeting, members donated $2,100 for veterans’ trips to Gene Neeley, a 94-year-old World War II veteran affiliated with Honor Flights.

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Locals  L-158

From horses to hardhats, mother and daughter rein it in

Jackie Chapman and her daughter, Sydney, on the roof of Indianapolis Power & Light Company Harding Street Station.

JACKIE CHAPMAN HAD no idea that her lifelong love of horses would lead her into a career as a Boilermaker. Or, that her daughter, Sydney Chapman, would follow in her footsteps.

Jackie, L-374 (Hobart, Indiana), grew up riding in barrel races and training quarter horses. While working various jobs at a union print shop and helping her dad build pole barns, Jackie took up welding horseshoes into decorative items as a hobby and selling them at the local western store.

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Locals award service pins

Locals award service pins

Local 1 • Chicago

ERIC S. DAVIS, BM-ST of Local 1, Chicago, reports presentation of a membership pin to the following:

  • 25 YEARS — Kurt Pecsenye.

Local 4 • Page, Arizona

LOUIS DODSON, BM-ST of Local 4, Page, Arizona, reports presentation of membership pins to the following:

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Locals  L-1, L-4, L-11, L-83, L-647
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Boilermaker-sponsored Piper High School Trap Team members rank in top 100

Ten members of the Piper High School Trap Team (Kansas City, Kansas), made the Kansas State High School Clay Target League’s Top 100 All-State Team. The Piper team is sponsored by the International Brotherhood of Boilermakers and Bank of Labor, among others.

TEN MEMBERS OF the Piper High School Trap Team in Kansas City, Kansas, qualified this year for the Kansas State High School Clay Target League 2019 Top 100 All-State Team. The Boilermakers and Bank of Labor support the newly formed youth shooting group. Union Sportsmen’s Alliance (USA), the Greater Kansas City Building and Construction Trades Council and Piper Optimist Club are also significant sponsors.

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L-627 contingent visits state legislators for Day of Action

Forty members of L-627 gathered in the courtyard of the Arizona State Capitol for the local’s first annual Day of Action.

LOCAL 627 (Phoenix) BM-ST Jacob Evenson had an inspiration when he returned home in April from the Boilermakers annual LEAP conference: Political action shouldn’t happen just once a year in Washington D.C. —it needs to take place year-round on state and local levels. So, he brought Boilermaker lobbying home with L-627’s first Day of Action. Forty members, along with retirees, showed up at the local on May 22, ready to lobby.

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Locals  L-627
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