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L-34 members celebrate holiday, raise funds for sick member

Over 100 people attend Local 34’s Christmas party in Topeka, Kan., including retired Intl. Vice Pres. Joe Stinger (pictured at right in off-white jacket).

MEMBERS OF LOCAL 34 (Topeka, Kan.) attended their annual Christmas party Dec. 13. The members usually celebrate Christmas at work by eating pizza together. But this year, with help from the law firm C. Marshall Friedman, they partied with their spouses at the Crestview Shelter House in Topeka. Over 100 active and retired members and guests enjoyed an evening of celebration and activities.

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L-5 donates hand tools to soldiers

NEW YORK LOCAL 5 members enjoy a “topping off” ceremony to celebrate placement of the highest beam at the Yaphank Long Island work site, where they raised funds to purchase hand tools for the 1st Battalion, “Fighting 69th” Infantry (Mechanized). The 1/69th is a New York Army National Guard unit. The soldiers were redeployed to Afghanistan, and had asked for tools to make repairs. The Local 5 purchase included wrench sets, air tool kits, hoses, drills, saws, and flashlights.

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L-374’s Maday named Labor Leader of the Week

Local 374 BM-ST Paul Maday is named Labor Leader of the Week by the Indiana AFL-CIO.

PAUL MADAY, business manager/secretary-treasurer of Local 374 (Hammond, Ind.), has been named the Sept. 22 Labor Leader of the Week by the Indiana AFL-CIO.

In naming Maday, the federation cited his local’s political activism in support of Barack Obama, which included labor walks, member-to-member phone banking, and mailings to members.

Maday, who joined Local 374 as an apprentice in 1976, has served as the lodge’s business manager since June 2005. Chartered in 1936, Local 374 is a shop and construction lodge representing members in Northwest Indiana.

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Rep. Murphy ‘in tune’ with L-154

Rep. Tim Murphy (R-PA. 18th), right, joins Keith Quinn, son of L-154 Sec.-Treas. Dan Quinn, in a Steve Miller number.

Congressman plays guitar for members on Labor Day

WHEN LOCAL 154 (Pittsburgh) members say U.S. Rep. Tim Murphy rocks, they really mean it. Not only does the Republican representative (18th District) support many of the lodge’s issues — he even lends his musical talent to entertain its members.

That was the case Sep. 1, when Murphy strapped himself to a guitar at the lodge’s Labor Day celebration and strummed away with the band, “Pita.”

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Local P4 members raise funds for hospital, president

MEMBERS OF LOCAL P4 (Youngstown, Ohio) have been busy raising funds for their community and local lodge president.

For ten years they have conducted golf outings to raise money for local hospitals. This year they raised $3,500 for the Akron Children’s Hospital, donating $3,500 to Dr. Mary Costello on Aug. 13. The hospital started a satellite operation in Youngstown, and by the end of this year will have a campus operation dedicated to pediatrics in Boardman, Ohio.

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L-726 strike ends, expenses remain

Lodge struggles with legal fees, other costs

MEMBERS OF LOCAL 726 (Owensboro, Ky.) began returning to work Sept. 30, ending their eight-week strike against Daramic, a manufacturer of battery separators. Union employees agreed to work under the old contract, which expired in April, for a period of 18 months. In the meantime, negotiations for a new contract will resume.

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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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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.

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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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