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Money brought her to the union; the Brotherhood keeps her here

L-83 dispatcher Tatum Keister

IT’S NO SURPRISE that Local 83 dispatcher Tatum Keister turned to the trades for her livelihood when she indentured in 2003. There were only five women in the Kansas City-based local at the time, but that didn’t faze her. She’d grown up with a family who thrived on manual labor.

Keister’s Arkansas upbringing had her roaming the woods and helping her lumberjack uncles with their work. They would cut trees on their land, then sell the logs to local sawmills. The family also hauled around firewood to local residents and businesses on the weekends.

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Locals  L-83
Reporter  V58N2

D-TS Creeden honored with conservation award

Ryan Creeden was presented with the 2019 IBB Conservation Steward of the Year Award by USA Director of Union Relations Walt Ingram.

RYAN CREEDEN, DIRECTOR of Technology Services-IST and a member of L-627 (Phoenix) was awarded the 2019 IBB Conservation Steward of the Year Award by the Union Sportsmen’s Alliance (USA) for his exemplary commitment to conservation and community service.

The award recognizes volunteers from each of the USA’s charter unions who make exceptional contributions to the USA’s efforts to organize union volunteers to donate their time and unique trade skills to preserve North America’s outdoor heritage.

USA called Creeden a tireless promoter of youth shooting sports.

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Locals  L-627

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Locals  L-83, L-667
Reporter  V58N2

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Locals  L-60
Reporter  V58N2

Locals award service pins

Locals award service pins

Lone Star District Lodge

CLAY S. HERFORD, DM-ES, reports presentation of membership pins to the following:

LOCAL 74

  • 45 YEARS — Kenneth Reed, Thomas Reed;
  • 35 YEARS — Ronald Keck, Hector Lozano;

LOCAL 587

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Locals  L-1, L-74, L-83, L-587
Reporter  V58N1

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Locals  L-1073
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Immigrant finds rewarding life in Boilermakers union

Oscar Davila, L-92’s president and acting business manager.

Local 92’s Davila worked his first “job” at age 7

NINETEEN YEARS AGO — just four years after emigrating to the U.S. from Mexico — Oscar Davila was working a job to nowhere in the Los Angeles area when he heard about the Boilermakers from an unlikely source — an ironworker. That conversation changed the direction of his life. Since then, Davila, president and acting business manager of Los Angeles’ Local 92, has worked hard and smart, with both determination and ingenuity.

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Locals  L-92
Reporter  V58N1

‘Fight Back’ gives back to Navajo Nation

Retired IR Gary Evenson volunteers with Adopt-A-Native-Elder on the Navajo Reservation near Winslow, Arizona.

Local 4 forms as a direct result of recruiting Navajos

DURING A CHILLY, windy week in mid-October, retired IR Gary Evenson spent his time volunteering with Adopt-A-Native Elder to deliver food, clothing and supplies to elderly Navajos living on the reservation near Winslow, Arizona. Boilermakers began supporting 40 native elders through Adopt-A-Native Elder in 2017, but the union’s relationship with members of the Navajo Nation began long before that.

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Locals  L-4
Reporter  V58N1

Jim Phillips amasses 60-year antler collection

Jim Phillips stands inside “Jim’s Horn House.”

Retired D239 member finds bony treasure in Montana’s back country

IF THERE WERE a world record for most antlers collected by an individual, Jim Phillips would certainly be in the running. A retired member of Local D239 (Three Forks, Montana), Phillips has acquired more than 16,000 antlers over six decades of scouring the back country surrounding his home. His passion to collect has earned him the nickname Antlerman.

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Locals  L-D239
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Scouts earn merit badge at L-83

Scouts earn merit badge at L-83

SCOUTS FROM TROOP 1028 in Platte City, Missouri, spent a few evenings this past winter at Local 83 (Kansas City, Missouri) learning about weld and cutting processes and tool identification, as well as watching demonstrations of welding and torch and plasma cutting. To cap off their week, the scouts worked with Boilermakers to make a popcorn popper for the troop’s next camping trip, and they earned a merit badge.

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Locals  L-83
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