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Union Tank Car closes

Company officials join Local 524 members in front of the last tank built at Union Tank Car in East Chicago, Ind. L-524’s Rick Welton (last row at left in blue-plaid jacket) used a wireless transmitter to take this photo.

Local 524 members are out of work

40 YEARS, 400 JOBS. That was the headline of a local newspaper story announcing the May 30th closing of Union Tank Car in East Chicago, Ind.

That’s 400 Boilermaker jobs — all members of Local Lodge 524.

L-524 Pres. Kelly Hounshell, a 27-year employee at the railroad car manufacturer, got word of the plant closing in March. A few months earlier the company cut production in half and laid-off 100 employees.

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Locals  L-524
Reporter  V47N3

L-667 member earns award for political service

L-667’s David Fox receives an award for his service as mayor of Sistersville, W.Va.

West Virginia Governor Manchin honors Sistersville Mayor David Fox

DAVID FOX, a seven-year member of Local 667 (Charleston, W.Va.), has just been re-elected to his second term as mayor of Sistersville, W.Va. He has also been awarded a certificate of recognition from the state of West Virginia for his “outstanding service to both the city of Sistersville and Tyler County.”

Locals  L-667

L-128 members form society to help others

Members of the Bruce Society of Boilermakers include L-128 members, l. to r., Jim Watson, Kenny Kilday, Terry Keenan, Dan Greig, Gerry Burke, and Jim Barefoot.

Bruce Society of Boilermakers has raised over $20,000 for groups and individuals

WHEN MEMBERS OF Local 128 (Toronto, Ontario) learned that one of their members had a brain tumor, they collected money at the plant gate to help support him and planned a golf tournament to raise more funds. Their efforts were so successful they decided to continue their work by forming the Bruce Society of Boilermakers. They have since raised over $20,000 to help people in need.

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Locals  L-128

Grandson lands the big one

KALOB HALLAUER, center, uses hand gestures to show how he landed an eight-pound bass in Perryville, Mo. The 8-year-old is the grandson of Larry Rumsey, a seven-year member of the National Transient Lodge (at left) and his wife, Debbie.

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Locals  NTL

L-203 raises $50,000 for cancer facility

Local 203 officers and staff present a $50,000 check to Rose Daley (far right) of the Daffodil Place Campaign. L. to r., BM-ST Tom Walsh, Darlene Ryan, Heather Greely, and Pres. Bill Healey.

Daffodil Place to provide housing, support for patients and their families

MEMBERS OF LOCAL 203 (St. John’s, Newfoundland) raised $50,000 for the Canadian Cancer Society’s Daffodil Place, a 24-suite housing facility expected to open in 2009. The new facility will provide accommodations for patients and their families who must travel to St. John’s for cancer treatment.

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Locals  L-203
Reporter  V47N3

Local 647 retrofits Boswell’s Unit 3

his Local 647 crew is retrofitting Unit 3 at the Boswell Energy Center in Cohasset, Minn. L. to r., front row: Tim Sauter, Dave Kantola, Rex Gustafson, Kim Gullickson, Mike Halik, Matt Cox, Erik KAntola, and Wayne Everett. Center row: Les Rinerson, Archie Maki, Travis Gullickson, Barry Wagner, Warren Klinger, Ron Black, Bill Polchow, John Paul Jones, Paul Wilcox, and John Knutson. Back row: Josh Overn, Nathan Rinerson, Paul A. Silvis, John Silvis, Curt Bendickson, Travis Gullickson, Joe Machones, Jason Brow

Project includes SCR, baghouse, and tons of duct work

LOCAL 647 MEMBERS (Minneapolis) are working through some harsh temperatures to retrofit Unit 3 at the Minnesota Power’s Boswell Energy Center near Grand Rapids.

The project — part of Minnesota Power’s plan to reduce air emissions — started last winter with members working several days running in temperatures as low as 25 degrees below zero. The work has continued into the summer months, with temperatures reaching the high nineties.

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Locals  L-647
Reporter  V47N3

L-69’s White thanks members after crash

L-69’s Corey White sits on his hospital bed in the weeks following his accident.

Boilermakers raise $3,000 within 36 hours of accident

COREY WHITE, A nine-year member of Local 69 (Little Rock, Ark.) is glad to be alive today and thankful to his union brothers and sisters for seeing him through a horrendous accident last year.

On May 30, 2007, Corey, 28, and his brother, Cliff, 35, were riding in Corey’s pickup truck when it was struck head-on by a logging truck near Hot Springs, Ark. The impact broke Corey’s neck and caused other major injuries. Cliff suffered severe injuries as well.

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Locals  L-69
Reporter  V47N3

Daughter of L-105 member earns medical degree

Miranda Beth Binion, daughter of L-105 member Jesse Binion, graduated with honors from the University of Kentucky College of Medicine.

Union scholarship winner to practice internal medicine

MIRANDA BETH BINION graduated May 12 with honors from the University of Kentucky College of Medicine with a Doctor of Medicine Degree. She is the daughter of Sheila Flaugher Binion and Jesse F. Binion, a 29–year member of Local 105 (Chillicothe, Ohio), and granddaughter of retired Local 105 members Jack Binion and the late Ed Flaugher.

Once she completes her three-year residency at the University of Kentucky Chandler Medical Center, Dr. Binion plans to practice internal medicine near her hometown of Grayson, Ky.

Locals  L-105
Reporter  V47N3

Local 83 receives SkillsUSA award

L-83 Assist. Bus. Agt. Joe Lewandowski (c.) accepts a “Hometown Hero” award from Timothy Lawrence (l.), executive director of SkillsUSA, and Carl DiCapo, president of the local SkillsUSA advisory council.

Lodge helps judge students at national competition

LOCAL 83 (Kansas City, Mo.) was one of seven area unions honored May 20 for supporting the annual SkillsUSA competition in Kansas City. L-83 Assistant Business Agent Joe Lewandoski accepted a “Hometown Hero” award on behalf of his local during a meeting of the Kansas City Convention and Visitors Association held at the Crown Center Exhibit Hall downtown.

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Locals  L-83
Reporter  V47N2

L-191’s Morrison to retire after 15 years as BM-ST

L-191 BM-ST Bill Morrison will retire this summer.

Lodge plans June 28 celebration

BILL MORRISON, BM-ST of Local 191 (Victoria, British Columbia) for 15 years, will retire June 30 at the end of his term.

Morrison began his career working in the Scotland shipyards in 1955. As an apprentice, he was not required to join the union until he had worked a year, but Morrison learned a valuable lesson early on about union strength.

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Locals  L-191
Reporter  V47N2

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