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Local 34 wins BNSF softball tournament

Representing Local 34 in a union softball tournament are, l. to r., Jeff Matzek, Rob Farwell, Darren Robinson, Ken Nelson, Anthony DaPrato, Roger Jackson, Dan Quinlan (coach), and Bryan Johnson. Not pictured are Justin McGilton and Laborer Daryl Johnson.

Member’s deployment delays series for two years

NINE MEMBERS OF Local 34 (Topeka, Kan.), along with one member of the Laborer’s union, earned boasting rights following a friendly softball tournament among the unions employed at the Burlington Northern and Santa Fe (BNSF) Railway Topeka Shops in May.

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Reporter  V47N3

Hamilton’s son will play college baseball

B.J. HAMILTON, son of Railroad Services Division Dir. Danny Hamilton, will play baseball at Pikeville College in Pikeville, Ky., next spring. A standout pitcher, outfielder, and catcher while at Russell High School in Russell, Ky., Hamilton signed with the Division I, NAIA, Bears earlier this year.

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Retired L-69 officer races horses

Photo by Gene Wilson & Associates   Retired L-69 BM-ST Donnie Ray Jones, front row, second from left, and his wife, Jackie (in red jacket) celebrate Sum Boilermaker's first-place finish.

“Sum Boilermaker” wins in Oklahoma

RETIRED L-69 BM-ST Donnie Ray Jones is living his dream, breeding and racing horses. A Boilermaker since 1976, Jones served two terms as the lodge’s top officer before calling it quits last year.

Locals  L-69

National funds office helps McCarthy family

The McCarthy family is grateful for all the help they received from the Boilermakers’ national funds office. L. to r., Lisa, Aliya, Jennifer, Sean, Darin, and Melissa.

Loan, health care assistance make tragedy easier to bear

DARIN MCCARTHY, 48, and his wife, Lisa, thought they were done raising kids. The business manager of Local 500 (Portland) has a grown, 27-year-old daughter, Jennifer, and a two-year-old granddaughter, Aliya.

But when his brother died in April and his sister-in-law in May, McCarthy took in his niece and nephew — and their 135-pound dog — to raise as his own.

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Locals  L-500

Fired welder wanted a union

Illegally fired for his organizing efforts, Brian Opland now works for a union contractor.

SIS Northwest breaks law to keep workers from organizing

BRIAN OPLAND LIKED his job at SIS Northwest, a custom steel fabricator 70 miles north of Seattle. He had friends there, the wages were good, and he enjoyed his work as a welder.

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Locals  L-104
Reporter  V47N3

L-S200 members receive Can Do Spirit Awards for organizing

David Woodard, Thersa Myrick, and Terry Burk (l. to r.) accept a Can Do Spirit Award for their organizing efforts at Magic Aire.

Efforts to build membership in a right-to-work state are rewarded

AT THE JULY meeting of Local Lodge S200 (Wichita Falls, Texas), three members earned recognition for their in-plant organizing efforts at Magic Aire.

Terry Burk, Thersa Myrick, and David Woodard each received a Can Do Spirit Award. The awards, part of the Boilermakers’ in-plant organizing program, were created to recognize the efforts of members who try to get their nonunion co-workers to join the union at facilities where the Boilermakers already have collective bargaining rights with the company.

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Reporter  V47N3

L-85 registers voters

LOCAL 85 (Toledo, Ohio) recently joined other building trades in Lima, Ohio, in an effort to get people registered to vote. The event coincided with the opening of Sen. Barack Obama’s election headquarters in Lima. L-85 BM-ST Fred Keith Jr. said the unions helped sign up 300 voters. In the photo to the right, union members take time during registration efforts to chat with Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland (left).

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Reporter  V47N3

Local 374 readies for $3.8B refinery job

BP’s Whiting, Ind., refinery will be modernized to accept more Canadian crude. Photo courtesy of BP

Project will be biggest private investment in Indiana history

AFTER YEARS of planning, engineering, and permitting, a $3.8 billion refinery modernization and expansion project is gearing up along Lake Michigan in Whiting, Ind. — and Local 374 (Hammond, Ind.) will be part of it.

The Whiting facility, owned by British Petroleum (BP), is the largest refinery in the Midwest and the fourth largest in the United States. The massive, multi-year project will allow the refinery to process additional heavy crude oil from Canada.

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Locals  L-374
Reporter  V47N3

Unions play role in 'Tall Ships' festival

The U.S. Coast Guard’s Eagle, a floating classroom since 1946, participates in the Parade of Sails July 3 along Foss Waterway in Tacoma, Wash. (Photo by Petty Officer Kelly Parker, U.S. Coast Guard)

Boilermakers help build infrastructure for five-day Tacoma event

BOILERMAKERS WERE among the army of union volunteers whose efforts were essential to the opening of “Tall Ships Tacoma 2008” held July 3-7 at the Thea Foss Waterway.

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Reporter  V47N3

Local 5 members featured on TV show

Discovery Channel’s “How It’s Made” films members of Local 5’s Zone 175 making vertical steam boilers for a show to be aired in the spring of 2009.

“How It’s Made” films Zone 175 at Fulton Boiler Works

MEMBERS OF LOCAL 5’s Zone 175 (New York) will make their television debut next year on the TV show, “How It’s Made.” The show airs Fridays at 9PM/EST and chronicles the fabrication of various industrial, commercial, and household products, featuring a narration of the process from conception to shipment.

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Locals  L-5
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