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Local 158 supports Easter Seals Telethon

Komatsu Mining Systems matches union donations

MEMBERS OF LOCAL 158, Peoria, Ill., raised $2,000 for Easter Seals this year. L-158 President S. Mike Damm answered phones during the annual March 31-April 1 telethon, accepting donations for the help and hope of children with disabilities. He raised funds from Local 158 members who work at Komatsu Mining Systems and from two sister companies: Teleweld, out of Streater, Ill., and John Best & Sons, out of Galva, Ill. Komatsu then matched the donations.

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Boilermakers on L-92 job save heart attack victim

Boilermakers employed by Nooter at Chevron’s El Segundo, Calif., refinery saved the life of a heart attack victim July 1. Administering CPR were, front row, second and third from left, Richard Six, Local 92 (Los Angeles) and Ed Sullivan, Local 237 (Hartford, Conn.). Bill Schmidt, front row, far left, a Chevron operations supervisor and member of the Steelworkers, also assisted in the life-saving effort.

Crew springs into action at Chevron refinery

RICHARD SIX KNEW something was wrong as soon as the door to the break trailer at Chevron’s El Segundo, Calif., refinery flew open. Local 92 (Los Angeles) Boilermakers on the Nooter outage crew spilled out of the trailer in a mad rush.

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Local D408 members rally to save jobs

International and L-D408 officials meet with Holcim US CEO Patrick Dolberg, at right. L. to r., Bryan Sandefur, L-D408 vice president; Paul Neal, L-D408 president; Abe Breehey, asst. director of government affairs; Jim Pressley, executive director, CLGAW Services Division; and Carey Allen, director of CLGAW Services Division.

Michigan pollution rule threatens Holcim cement plant

Photos by Trumpie Photography (Dave Trumpie)

IN AN ATTEMPT to keep a cement plant operating in Dundee, Mich. — and to protect jobs there — dozens of Boilermakers from Local D408 traveled to Lansing, the state capital, Sept. 5 for a public hearing before the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality. The DEQ is holding hearings before implementing an air quality rule targeting the plant, which is owned by Holcim (USA) Inc. The rule would take effect May 1, 2008.

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L-128 opens new union hall in Toronto

IP Newton B. Jones (l.) joins Local 128 (Toronto, Ontario) BM-ST Jim Tinney in ribbon-cutting ceremonies for the lodge’s new hall and training facility.

Event coincides with lodge’s 60th anniversary

MEMBERS OF LOCAL 128 (Toronto, Ontario) celebrated two milestones May 19: the grand opening of their new union hall and the 60th anniversary of the local. The lodge received its charter on May 19, 1947.

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Local 13 hosts OSHA 500 course

LOCAL LODGE 13 (Philadelphia) hosted its first-ever OSHA 500 trainer course the week of January 15. L-13 BM-ST James Banford Jr. said 30 members and contractor representatives attended. The MOST (Mobilization, Optimization, Safety, and Training) fund sponsors several OSHA 500 courses annually. Graduates of the course are qualified to teach any of the safety classes offered by MOST, including the 10-hour and 30-hour safety classes, and the scaffolding class.

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Local 5’s Viafara runs with Boilermaker pride

L-5 journeyman Francisco Viafara, a native of Venezuela, shows off his medal after completing the ING New York City Marathon last November.

Marathoner from Venezuela sees dream come true

“MAYBE ONE DAY we will go to New York City,” Francisco Viafara told his wife and daughter in the mid 1980s. It was a dream he thought about often while working as a field welder in Venezuela, repairing sanitation trucks and pipelines. Viafara hoped to build a better life and have the free time to do some of the things he enjoyed, like running.

Twenty years later, Viafara says with glee, “My dream has come true!”

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L-374 presents university president, new contractor with honorary memberships

Local 374 BM-ST Paul Maday (at podium) presents an honorary union membership to retiring Purdue University President Dr. Martin C. Jischke.

Indiana school shares history with Boilermakers union

The Purdue University in West Lafayette, Ind., is home to the “fighting Boilermakers.” The first use of the term “Boilermaker” in connection with the Purdue football team was made in a newspaper report in 1891, and has stayed with the university to this date. It is a symbol of a tireless work ethic — a roll-up-your-sleeves, get-the-job-done attitude that remains true today.

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Local S8 and Peabody Energies make community donation

Members of Local S8, Equality, Ill., donate Thanksgiving Baskets to WADI, a Head Start program in Saline County. L. to r., Natalie Fox, Greg Fort, (in front) DeAnna Day, Lena Hankins, Tony Young, Ella Young, Rachel Hunt, and (in front) Brandy Rector.

Union and company put contract differences aside to help those in need

WORKING A MONTH without a contract can cause tension to build between workers and employers. But Boilermakers and company reps at the Willow Lake Mine were able to set their contract differences aside long enough to make a joint contribution to their community.

Members of Local S8, Equality, Ill., and representatives of the Peabody Energies-owned mine in Harrisburg, Ill., donated food and Thanksgiving baskets to Wabash Area Development Inc. (WADI), a member of the Illinois Head Start Association.

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Local S8 ratifies contract at Willow Lake Mine

Intl. Rep Len Gunderson (center with laptop) conducts a training program for Local S8 members. Consultant Mike Murphy is pictured second from left.

Members can be proud of four-year agreement that was two years in the making

WHAT BEGAN IN Feb. 2005 as early negotiations, finally ended some 25 months later with ratification of a four-year agreement for members of Local S8 (Equality, Ill.) at the Willow Lake Mine.

The contract with the Peabody Energies-owned mine in Harrisburg, Ill., expired Oct. 18, 2006. Despite a 175-to-1 vote to take strike action if necessary, the strike option was never utilized. Instead, members were able to secure an agreement, effective April 16, 2007, to April 15, 2011.

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