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Unions throw wedding for L-693 member

It’s a picket line wedding for Local 693’s Kenneth Hill as he places a wedding ring on the finger of Sonya McGruffin while fellow strikers and supporters look on.  Christy Pritchett/AP.

Wedding moves to picket line when Ingalls’ workers go on strike

LOCAL 693 MEMBER Kenneth Hill (Pascagoula, Miss.) voted “Yes” to strike, then said “I do“ on the picket line.

He and Sonya McGruffin were married March 23 on the picket line outside the main gate of Northrop Grumman’s Ingalls shipyard, where Hill works as a welder.

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L-455 celebrates Labor Day in Alabama, Tennessee

Local 455 members raised $1,245 for LEF by selling tickets for a chance to win this hand-made quilt by Theresa Frost, wife of L-455 BM-ST Jack Frost. A raffle for another of her quilts the year before raised $1,900 for LEF.

Members participate in parade and political rallies; raise money for LEF

Members of Local 455, Sheffield, Ala., were busy the week of Labor Day. On Monday, Sept. 4, they participated in a parade in Tuscumbia, Ala. They rode motorcycles, ATVs, and both classic and new vehicles, tossing candy to children as they cruised down Main Street. The parade ended in Spring Park, where Local 455 and other area unions and local political organizations set up tents to provide information, ideas, and support for politicians and candidates.

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Local 34 adds first apprentices in 20 years

Apprentice Justin McGilton, r., builds a locomotive snow plow under the watchful eye of journeyman Jeff Matzek.

Two enter three-year program at railroad lodge

AFTER 20 YEARS, Local 34, a Topeka, Kan., lodge that repairs heavy locomotives for the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway (BNSF), again has an apprentice program. Local 34 Pres. Anthony DaPrato said railroad mergers and consolidations, along with a large pool of available skilled workers, apparently convinced management to end the apprenticeship program two decades ago.

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Union Tools closes Frankfort, N.Y., plant

Local 1916 leaders pose at the Union Tools plant. L. to r. are Richard Bernier, president; Don Miles, recording secretary; and Larry Russell, treasurer.

Seventy-five Local 1916 members lose jobs

A 100-YEAR-OLD lawn and garden tool-making operation in Frankfort, N.Y., shut its doors permanently December 1, throwing 75 Boilermakers from Local 1916 out of work. Union Tools had produced shovels, hoes, and forks, under brand names like Razor-Back and UnionPro. In April 2006, Ames True Temper purchased Union Tools. It subsequently shut down the Frankfort plant and folded the operation into its more modern U.S. manufacturing facilities.

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Local 60 awards 17 $500 scholarships

L-60 BM-ST Ed Hebert (l.) presents scholarship awards to nine of the local’s 17 winners: Corey Crawford, William Burress, Rikki Alsvig, Jacob Grilc, Lyndsey Vincent, Lydia Vincent, Mallory Hunt, Jenny Sorrell, and Rhianna Neubaum.

Members participate in fund-raisers throughout year to finance education program

Local Lodge 60 (Peoria, Ill.) announced the winners of its second annual scholarship award on October 21, 2006. A total of $8,500 was awarded to 17 scholarship recipients. The one-year, $500 grants were awarded to every 2006 applicant — all Local 60 Boilermakers or their dependents. Only Local 60 members — or the spouse, child, or grandchild of a Local 60 member — are eligible for this scholarship award.

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L-374’s Beebe devotes life to Boy Scouts

Local 374 retiree John Beebe has devoted his life to helping youth through the Boy Scouts Association.

Retiree makes oath “To help others at all times” his life-long goal

Be Prepared. That’s the motto of the Boy Scouts. “Be prepared for what?” someone once asked Baden-Powell, the founder of scouting. “Why, for any old thing,” he answered. And that’s how John A. Beebe Sr. has lived — being prepared for any old thing and helping others to become prepared.

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Local 158 participates in telethon

Members raise $3,000 for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

On August 5, 2006, local 158 Sec.-Treas. Kevin Reatherford didn’t mind answering the phone. In fact, the more calls he got, the happier he was — and the more money he raised for the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis. Tenn.

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Fourth-generation Kirkland is new L-587 vice president

Kevin Kirkland, second from right, is sworn in as vice president of Local 587 (Orange, Texas) by his uncle and retiring president, Terry Kirkland (far left).

Pictured second from left is Kevin’s father, Local 587 BM-ST James Kirkland. The photo was taken by Kevin’s twin brother, Keith Kirkland.

Both young men are fourth-generation Boilermakers. Their grandfather, James H. Kirkland Jr., was a trustee and asst. business manager for Local 587. Their great-grandfather, James H. Kirkland Sr., was also a Local 587 member.

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Son of Local 199 member signs with Angels

David Herndon, son of L-199 member Stephen Herndon, signs with Los Angeles Angels.

Kenneth D. “David” Herndon, son of 30-year member Stephen Herndon, Local 199, Jacksonville, Fla., signed with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, Calif., at his home in Southport, Fla., on June 9, 2006. The Angels took Herndon in the fifth round of the Major League Baseball Draft on June 6. It was the third time Herndon had been selected in the draft — the first when he graduated high school, and again in 2005 while still attending college.

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