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Unions rally in support of Atlantic Coast Pipeline

L-45 BM-ST Danny Watson, left, speaks in support of the proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline project on January 30 at the Virginia State Capitol. Photo courtesy of Daniel Duncan, AFL-CIO Maritime Trades Department

New pipeline could employ Boilermakers on gas-fired units, compression stations

BOILERMAKERS AND OTHER union members from Virginia’s building and construction trades gathered at the Virginia State Capitol on January 30 to advocate for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline. Danny Watson, Business Manager/Secretary Treasurer for Local 45 (Richmond, Virginia) spoke at the rally. He said they were also there to show support for Governor Terry McAuliffe, who backed the project in spite of opposition from environmental activists.

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Locals  L-45
Reporter  V56N1

Locals award service pins

Local 1 • Chicago

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

  • 40 YEARS — James Carpenter, William Feeney, William Frankenbach, Raymond Garcia, Michael Gonzalez, Paul Gurgone, William Harris, Raymond Lewis, Kenneth Maloney, Patrick Nolan, Michael Ryan, Eddie Sanks, Thomas Schremp, Abdul Sharif, Robert Stewart.

Local 40 • Elizabethtown, Kentucky

MICHAEL AUTRY, BM-ST of Local 40, Kansas City, Missouri, reports presentation of membership pins to the following:

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Locals  L-1, L-40, L-83, L-647
Reporter  V55N4

Retired Boilermaker creates art for charity

All donations for the calendar go to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, Tenn.

FREDRICK W. MCDONALD, Jr. is using his passion for art to raise money for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee. The Local 83 (Kansas City, Missouri) retiree created a 2017 calendar with his original art, including some drawings of children, in an effort to help St. Jude advance its mission to find cures and to prevent pediatric diseases.

Locals  L-83
Reporter  V56N1

L-4 Awards first 15-year pins

LOCAL 4, OF Page, Arizona, held its first-ever award ceremony for 15-year service pins July 9 during the lodge’s regular union meeting. The local was chartered in 1999 as a construction lodge. Receiving their pins above are, left to right, Lorado Yazzie, Louis Dodson Jr., Tully Bitsoie Jr., Ernest Coleman, Jerrold Hatathlie, Ray John, Jerry Fowler, Harold Neztsosie, Ralston Benally and BM-ST Casey Tibbs.

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Locals  L-4
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Union trades collaborate to benefit area children

Don Hartney, L-29, left, gives Toys for Tots representative Tony Gatro a check for over $1,200.

Toy drive nets over $1,200 and nearly 600 toys

IN A MULTI-CRAFT effort to make the holidays merry for those less fortunate, Boilermakers from Local 29 (Boston) spearheaded a Toys for Tots campaign at the O’Connor Corporation’s Salem Harbor Project jobsite in Salem, Massachusetts, last December. In addition to the Boilermakers, the IBEW, UBC, UA and LiUNA also collaborated in the holiday effort. The O’Connor Corporation offered their support of the month-long donation drive as well.

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Locals  L-29
Reporter  V56N1

BNAP training helps save a life

Chad Riley, left, and father Jeff Riley, L-455 (Sheffield, Alabama).

FORMER APPRENTICE CHAD Riley, son of Local 455 (Sheffield, Alabama) Jeff Riley, saved a boy’s life on Labor Day weekend with CPR skills he learned while in the Boilermaker National Apprenticeship Program.

Chad Riley and his family were spending part of Labor Day weekend at the Phil Campbell, Alabama, swimming area when Riley heard shouts coming from the water’s edge. A friend’s nephew wasn’t breathing after being found unconscious in the water. A bystander tried CPR on the boy for two minutes, but he still wasn’t breathing.

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Locals  L-455
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Locals award service pins

Local 1 • Chicago

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

  • 45 YEARS — Edward Anderson, Mark Gustafson;
  • 40 YEARS — Eugene M. Forkin III; and
  • 25 YEARS — Robert Taylor.

Local 83 • Kansas City, Mo.

JOE LEWANDOWSKI, BM-ST of Local 83, Kansas City, Mo., reports presentation of membership pins to the following:

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Locals  L-1, L-83, L-132, L-344
Reporter  V55N3

'Dean of Boilermakers' John Skermont passes

JOHN J. SKERMONT, 1947-2016

Retired Local 1 member served 25 years as BM-ST

JOHN J. SKERMONT, A retired 45-year member of Local 1 (Chicago) who served 25 years as the lodge’s BM-ST, passed away September 13 at the age of 69. He is survived by his wife Susan (nee Christy); three daughters, Patricia (Daniel) Pohrte, Amy (Gabriel) Cuevas, and Jaclyn (Kristopher) Lunquist; grandchildren John, Lola, Mckinley, Max, Juno and Margot; and sisters Kathleen (Robert) Mrugala and Peggy ( Jack) Crotty.

Locals  L-1
Reporter  V55N3

Bryan Steam marks 100 years, cites L-357 members

LOCAL 357 (Peru, Indiana) members took part in celebrating the 100-year anniversary of their employer, Bryan Steam, August 16, during ceremonies at the plant. The firm began operation in 1916 building steam tractors and cars. Union Boilermakers there now build steam boilers for large commercial, institutional and industrial facilities. Company President Bryan O’Toole thanked L-357 members and retirees for their role in making Bryan Steam successful. Pictured in front of a Bryan Steam tractor are, left to right, International Rep Bill Coleman, O’Toole and L-357 President John Benedict.
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Locals  L-357
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