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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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Locals award service pins

While working on a scrubber project at the J.H. Miller Steam Plant in Quinton, Ala., Local 108 members receive membership pins representing 465 years of service during a party honoring retiring 34-year member Charles W. Ferguson III June 11.

Local 1 — Chicago

JOHN SKERMONT, BM-ST of Local 1, Chicago, reports presentation of membership pins to the following:

Local 5 — New York

THOMAS KLEIN, BM-ST of Local 5, New York, reports presentation of membership pins to the following:

Local 5, Zone 5

Local 5, Zone 197

Local 13 — Philadelphia

JAMES BANFORD JR., BM-ST of Local 13, Philadelphia, reports presentation of membership pins to the following:

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Local 37 elects new officers

LOCAL 37 (NEW ORLEANS) Vice Pres. Lionel Hanna (l.) swears in newly-elected officers Richard Moity (c.) and Alan Melton, trustee. Moity, formerly a trustee, was elected to complete the term of president for John Anderson, who passed away March 8.

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Navy contract secures jobs for L-696

A Navy contract to build another LCS like the USS Freedom Local 696 members launched Sept. 23, 2006, will save nearly 300 Boilermaker jobs that Marinette Marine was considering for layoff. Photo courtesy Navy News Service

Marinette Marine cancels scheduled layoffs to build USS Fort Worth

U.S. CONGRESSMEN Bart Stupak (D-MI 1st) and Steve Kagen (D-WI 8th) announced the award of a naval contract March 23 to Lockheed Martin Corp. to build the USS Fort Worth, a new Littoral Combat Ship (LCS), at Marinette Marine, where over 700 members of Local 696 (Marinette, Wis.) are employed. This will be the Navy’s third LCS, a multi-purpose craft for warfare or humanitarian missions, and the second LCS (USS Freedom) built by Marinette Marine.

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Locals award service pins

Edmonton Local 146 pin recipients, l. to r., 45-year member Bud Parnitzky, 55-year member William Fosti, and 50-year member Paul Langner.

Local 1 — Chicago

JOHN SKERMONT, BM-ST of Local 1, Chicago, reports presentation of membership pins to the following:

25 YEARS – Bryan E. Webb.

Local 146 — Edmonton

WARREN FRALEIGH, BM-ST of Local 146, Edmonton, Alberta, reports the following pin presentations:

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L-374’s Bell is a boilermaker by trade, alma mater

L-374’s Andy Bell put himself through school working as a boilermaker.

New Purdue graduate earns three job offers with job experience and MET degree

FOR ANDY BELL, a May graduate of the mechanical engineering technology program at Purdue University’s College of Technology in W. Lafayette, Ind., being a Boilermaker is more than just rooting for Purdue on game day — it’s a way of life.

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Boilermaker is first responder to plane crash

Local D308 trustee David Case serves as incident commander over rescue and fire suppression operations following the crash of Flight 3407 Feb. 12 near Buffalo, N.Y.

Local D308’s David Case grew up on street where Flight 3407 crashed into home

AS CHIEF OF the Clarence Center Volunteer Fire Company near Buffalo, N.Y., David Case has faced many emergencies. But those experiences could not have prepared the 36-year-old trustee of Local D308 (Bowmansville, N.Y.) for the catastrophic plane crash near his home on the night of Feb. 12.

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