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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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L-146’s Walker receives medal for bravery

Governor General of Canada Michaëlle Jean (l.) greets L-146 member Mack Walker and his family after presenting him with the Canadian Medal of Bravery.

Rescue efforts at Suncor Refinery earn Boilermaker national recognition

LOCAL 146 MEMBER Mackenzie (Mack) Walker received the Canadian Medal of Bravery from the Honourable Michaëlle Jean, governor general of Canada, at a ceremony June 19 in Ottawa.

Walker was recognized for his heroic efforts at the Suncor Refinery on August 2, 2006. Putting his own life at risk, Walker initiated rescue efforts to save two carpenter scaffolders who were stuck on a swing stage at the top end of a boiler.

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L-1 raises money for diabetes research

FOR 14 YEARS, Local 1 members have participated in the annual Chicago Building Trades DAD’s (Dollars Against Diabetes) Day charity softball tournament. In July they competed once again with 15 other trade teams, raising over $27,000 for the charity. Playing for the Local 1 team are, l.

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L-555 holds grand opening for union hall

Local 555 BM-ST Dallas Rogers (l.) stands with his father, Doug, a retired Boilermaker and former lodge council member, outside the lodge’s newly-purchased union hall in Winnipeg.

Facility is first office building owned by lodge

AFTER MANY YEARS of renting facilities to conduct its operations, Local 555 (Winnipeg, Manitoba) now owns its own union hall. The lodge held a grand opening and ribbon-cutting ceremony June 6 to show off its new home. It also used the occasion to hold a party for retirees.

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L-60 holds 4th annual golf outing

MEMBERS OF LOCAL 60 (Peoria, Ill.) participated in their fourth annual golf outing July 24 at the Wee-Ma-Tuk Hills Golf Course and Estates in Cuba, Ill. The outing raises funds for the lodge’s scholarship awards program. The winning team is pictured below, l. to r., Marc Huddleston, Jason Lusk, Rex McMorris III, and Lee Callahan.

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L-900 supports vets’ memorial

L-900 President Don Hamric stands with Chell Rossi, vice president of the Ohio Vietnam Veterans Memorial Park, in front of the marble welcome sign purchased with funds from the local and a donation from the International.

Ohio park is modeled after “The Wall” in Washington, D.C.

WHEN LOCAL 900 (Barberton, Ohio) members learned about a new Vietnam veterans’ memorial being planned in their state, they were quick to offer their support. The members raised $800 and also secured a donation from the International.

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Local S8 donates defibrillator

Device is installed at business/community center

MEMBERS OF LOCAL S8 (Equality, Ill.), who work at the Willow Lake coal mine in Southeastern Illinois, donated an automated external defibrillator for use at a business and community center this past summer. The defibrillator, which generates an electric shock to restore a heart’s natural rhythm, is installed at the Southeastern Illinois College (SIC) Foundation building. The facility houses Local S8’s offices as well as other organizations and businesses. It also serves as a center for public functions.

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Boilermakers march for Free Choice in Little Rock

Apprentices and apprentice instructors from L-69 and other area lodges take part in a march in Little Rock, Ark., for the Employee Free Choice Act. Behind them is Little Rock High School, site of an infamous civil rights incident in 1957 in which the state’s governor kept black students from entering the then all-white school.

NEARLY TWO DOZEN members of Local 69 (Little Rock, Ark.) and other Boilermaker locals joined about 500 union members and supporters in a march on the Arkansas state capitol in July to urge support for the Employee Free Choice Act. The legislation would make it easier for workers to form unions, letting them decide whether or not to conduct secret ballot elections — instead of the employer making that decision.

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Witz family marks three generations of L-107 Boilermakers

THREE MEMBERS OF the Witz family recently celebrated their multi-generational membership in Local 107 (Milwaukee). Jeremy Witz, left, is a graduate apprentice; eighty-year-old Ramon (Ramie) Witz Sr., is retired with a 50-year service pin; and Ramon (Ramie) Witz Jr., right, is an active member with 31 years of service. Ramie Jr. also has two brothers — Jim and Glenn (with 25 and 19 years of service, respectively) — who are active members of the lodge. Local 107 is a shop and construction lodge chartered in 1954.

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L-454’s Littlejohn has doctor daughter, lawyer son

JAYNE LITTLEJOHN (second from left), daughter of Ross Littlejohn of Local 454, Chattanooga, Tenn. (second from right) and his wife, Ellen (at left), graduated from Temple University School of Medicine in Philadelphia with a Doctor of Medicine degree May 22. Her brother, Dylan (at right), is an attorney practicing law in Atlanta. Ms. Littlejohn began her internship in internal medicine in June at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital located in Philadelphia. Ross Littlejohn retired in 2007 after 30 years of service and resides with his wife in LaFayette, Ga.

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