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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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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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