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IR Gareau trumpets union jobs to Canada’s indigenous

IR Emile Gareau

IR EMILE GAREAU is on a mission to introduce the Boilermakers to indigenous people across Canada by sharing his life story and his passion for the union.

“I would have never been as successful as I have been without the Boilermakers,” says Gareau, who is one of Canada’s indigenous peoples. “The Boilermakers gave me a chance in life.” It’s a message he touts from every speaking platform he can find.

Tags  Recruiting
Locals  L-555

‘Cadillac’ tax repeal grants relief for union health care plans

 ‘Cadillac’ tax repeal grants relief for union health care plans

AFTER YEARS OF lobbying House and Senate members on Capitol Hill, lawmakers finally repealed the “Cadillac” tax. Originally set to take effect in 2018 (but delayed until 2022) to pay for the expansion of the Affordable Care Act—the 2010 law that provides health care tax credits for low income households and individuals—the “Cadillac” tax would have imposed an annual 40% excise tax on health plans that have annual premiums exceeding a certain dollar threshold.

Tags  LEAP Issues

Boilermakers complete MOST project management course

MOST Project Management Class

SIXTEEN CONSTRUCTION BOILERMAKERS completed the MOST project management course in Kansas City, Missouri, Jan. 13-17. The class teaches Boilermakers to lead the management of multi-craft projects and to make decisions that benefit the owner, the contractor and the union. Pictured above front row, l.

Mortgage perks are plenty with Union Plus

Derek and Joni Gusoskey

DEREK GUSOSKEY, A member of Local 290 (Bremerton, Washington), has worked in the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard since 2013, specifically in Shop 26 where he’s a lead steward.

“We work on nuclear submarines and nuclear aircraft carriers, very specialized work,” Gusoskey says. “I am a member of the U.S. Department of Defense, where we maintain and modernize equipment that men and women in uniform rely on every day to protect our freedom.”

Tags  Union Plus
Locals  L-290

Top safety award goes to Local 92

Pictured left to right: IP Newton B. Jones, L-92 BM-ST Oscar Davila, IVP Western States J. Tom Baca and MOST Administrator Mark Garrett.

LOCAL LODGE 92 (Los Angeles) was presented with the Charles W. Jones Award, which honors the local lodge demonstrating the highest use of specified MOST programs during the preceding year: OSHA 10/30, Common Arc, Substance Abuse, Scaffolding, Steel Erection, Rigging, Leadership and The Boilermaker Code. International President Newton B. Jones presented the award to L-92 Business Manager/Secretary-Treasurer Oscar Davila.

Locals  L-92
Reporter  V58N4

Locals award service pins

Locals award service pins

Local 1 • Chicago

ERIC S. DAVIS, BM-ST of Local 1, Chicago, reports presentation of membership pins to the following:

Tags  Local News
Locals  L-1, L-13, L-83, L-107, L-D500, L-549, L-647, L-744
Reporter  V58N4

L-D23 boosts education and safety at Cemex plant

 L-D23’s Terris Deans, left, and Daniel Jones repair crane cables at the Cemex plant in Clinchfield, Georgia. Both Deans and Jones are in college through the plant’s college education program.

IT WOULD BE enough of an achievement for Local D23 (Clinchfield, Georgia) to have 100% membership at the local Cemex plant in a right-to-work state. But president Carlos Brooks and members of the local don’t settle for the status quo, even if it’s good. A unique partnership between their workplace and union members has Boilermakers looking to the future via a pathway to a two-year college degree, funded by Cemex.

Tags  Local News
Locals  L-D23
Reporter  V58N4

Babcock & Wilcox asks L-744 members to install antique boiler

From l. to r., B&W’s Boilermaker superintendent Don Wallace, supervisor Eric Boggs, rigging engineer Steve Fox, construction manager Marty Crum, and L-744’s Steven Walters, foreman Stephen Ginley, Business Manager Martin Mahon and (kneeling) Gregory Pamer.

MEMBERS OF LOCAL 744 (Cleveland, Ohio) helped rig and mount the façade of a 150-horsepower cast iron front boiler built in 1876 by Babcock & Wilcox in the lobby of the company’s new corporate headquarters in Akron, Ohio.

The boiler was originally displayed in the Centennial International Exhibition at the first official World’s Fair in Philadelphia, where it won a gold medal. It was sold to a sugar refinery in New York before B&W repurchased it to exhibit at the 1915 Panama-Pacific International Exhibition, celebrating the opening of the Panama Canal.

Tags  Local News
Locals  L-744
Reporter  V58N4

Local 374’s Shick earns top honors at National Apprenticeship Competition

L-5, Z-7’s Jacob Weber and partner Zane Martin, L-29, both from the Northeast, work on the buddy weld exercise. The test requires contestants to cut out a section of a bad tube and replace it with a new one.

BILLY SHICK FROM Local 374 (Hobart, Indiana) took home the top honor at the 2019 National Apprenticeship Competition held at Local 28 (Newark, New Jersey) August 12-16, upsetting Detroit Local 169’s four-year winning streak. The close finish had L-169’s Justin Zueski coming in as this year’s runner-up. Team honors went to the Great Lakes team of Shick and Zueski.

Boilermaker National Apprenticeship Program chairman Michael Bray, from Riggs Distler Company, spoke at the awards dinner and praised all the competitors.

Locals  L-5/7, L-29, L-83, L-92, L-169, L-193, L-374, L-627
Reporter  V58N4

Tags  Headline News
Reporter  V58N4


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