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L-627 holds annual picnic

ACTIVE AND RETIRED members of Local 627 (Phoenix) attended their annual lodge picnic at the Shriners’ Park near Farmington, N.M., Sept 5. About 85 members and their families attended. Each adult received a T-shirt featuring the Local 627 logo, and a drawing was held, with two winners receiving a GPS roadmap unit and two others receiving portable DVD movie players. In the photo to the right, Local 627 BM-ST Allen Meyers begins the drawing with help from the granddaughter of retiree Al Stapleton.

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L-13 collects phones for soldiers

Retired L-13 member Rich Gresko, left, helps cash in used cell phones for phone cards. With him are Brian and Rob Sacks, who started collecting phones at the Radnor, Penn., high school, and fellow Marine Corps veteran Robert Hubbard.

Program buys calling cards for troops

ONE OF THE biggest sacrifices service members make when stationed overseas is being away from loved ones. Local 13 (Philadelphia) is doing its part to help American soldiers stay in touch with their families. Since April 2009, the lodge has collected nearly 1,000 used cell phones, which have been cashed in for more than 56,000 minutes worth of calling cards. The cards are distributed to military personnel for free.

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L-112 members bag 780-lb. wild hog

Photo courtesy Press-Register/John David Mercer

ADAM STAGNER (front) and Matt Pryor, both members of Local 112 (Mobile, Ala.), pose with their massive feral hog Oct. 28, 2009, in the Turnerville community near Chunchula, Ala. The boar weighed 780 pounds and measured 6 feet 11 inches long, with a neck girth of 51 inches and an estimated height of 44 inches. The cutters (bottom tusks) measured 3-and-one-half-inches in length. “It’s probably the biggest game animal I’ll ever kill,” Stagner said.

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Boilermakers on scrubber project donate food, money to local charities

Local 744 spearheads fund-raiser at AEP in Conesville, Ohio

BOILERMAKERS WORKING for Sterling Boiler and Mechanical at AEP in Conesville, Ohio, collected money and sponsored a food drive for local charities while working at the Coshocton County power plant this past fall.

About 70 Boilermakers working on the scrubber upgrade project challenged other trades workers and companies in Coshocton County to raise money and canned goods for families in need.

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Locals  L-105, L-374, L-667, L-744

Local 85 ‘kick starts’ its first Poker Run

Toledo Local 85 members participate in bike ride to raise money for kids with disabilities.

Fund-raiser supports efforts to build special needs baseball field

MEMBERS OF LOCAL 85 (Toledo) participated in the first Poker Run held in their area to raise funds for the Miracle League of Northwest Ohio. The money will go towards a new rubberized baseball field for special needs children.

Held on July 25, 2009, the event was led by First Energy’s Mike Myer, a Miracle League board member. Bikers included Local 85 members, First Energy personnel, representatives from the United Contractors Association, and other local building trades members.

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L-60 inspector is an angler, too

L-60 Inspector Joe Eppy places 16th in his first professional fishing tournament

JOSEPH EPPY, inspector for Local 60 (Peoria, Ill.), has not quit his day job, but he has taken on what most fishing hobbyists would consider a dream profession. On Aug. 20, he participated in his first professional fishing tournament at the Central Division FLW Stren Series Tournament held in Fort Madison, Iowa. He received a check for placing 16th out of 100 pro anglers. A 2004 graduate apprentice, Eppy joined the Boilermakers union 12 years ago.

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Regional tripartite conferences provide local focus

Southeast International Vice President Sam May swears in newly-elected Mississippi River District 5 Business Manager/Executive Secretary David Hegeman as retiring BM-ES John Simoneaux looks on.

WHILE THE NATIONAL tripartite conference sets the direction for owner-contractor-labor cooperation, regional meetings allow participants to put those ideas into action. In 2009, seven regional conferences made it possible for all locals in the United States and Eastern Canada to meet with the owners and contractors they work with most often to discuss upcoming work and other regional issues.

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L-1814’s Johnson lobbies Sen. Landrieu for Free Choice

Lobbying Sen. Landrieu for Employee Free Choice are, l. to r., L-1814 consultant Joe Johnson, Rev. Gilbert Barnes, AFL-CIO organizer Terese Bouey, and Leotha Terrell.

Veteran shipyard employees recall past organizing struggle

JOE JOHNSON, A Local 1814 (Bridge City, La.) consultant, met with the staff of U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu this past summer to push for the Employee Free Choice Act. The act would make it easier for workers to organize and would provide stiffer penalties for employers that break labor laws. Landrieu, a Democrat from Louisiana, has been reluctant to commit herself in support of the bill.

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Local S8 members take part in open house

Members of Local S8 (Equality, Ill.) exit the Willow Lake coal mine at the end of their shift aboard a “man trip.”

Event allows families, visitors to enter coal mine

SEATED IN LOW-SLUNG “man trips,” vehicles resembling a narrow, cut-down Hummer — with none of the creature comforts — visitors to the Willow Lake coal mine in Equality, Ill., Oct. 17 got a trip underground to see what members of Local S8 do for a living. The tour was part of the facility’s annual open house activities.

About 400 L-S8 members work for Peabody Energy, the world’s largest private-sector coal company. In 2008, the Willow Lake mine sold 3.7 million tons of coal to Midwest utility customers.

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L-555 celebrates Labour Day

FOR THE FIRST TIME, members of Local 555 (Winnipeg, Manitoba) celebrated Labour Day in partnership with the Saskatchewan Provincial Building and Construction Trades Council (SPBCTC).

On Sept. 7, over 600 people gathered at the Legislative Grounds in Regina for fun and festivities, but also to protest Bill 80 — legislation the government of Saskatchewan has introduced that will allow contractors (not workers) to choose the union to represent their employees.

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