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Boilermakers bring Aggregate Industries on board in West Virginia

Aggregate Industries

AFTER A NINE-MONTH organizing campaign, 36 workers at Aggregate Industries in Harpers Ferry, West Virginia, voted June 27 to join the Boilermakers union. The National Labor Relations Board certified the election results on July 9, and a negotiating committee is working on their first contract.

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Climate solutions should (and can) save our planet and our jobs

Newton B. Jones, International President

The urgency to mitigate climate change has pushed many to propose radical alterations to how humans exist on the planet. Some see the rapid abandonment of fossil fuels as essential to climate goals. This opinion certainly is at the core of the Green New Deal proposed by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY 14th) and Sen. Ed Markey (D-MA) earlier this year – and supported by some Democratic presidential candidates.


Local 158 donates to veterans’ Honor Flights

Members of Local 158 wear red to raise funds for Honor Flights. They donated $2,100 to Honor Flights at their May meeting.

LOCAL 158 (PEORIA, ILLINOIS) members love veterans, and that shows in their fundraising. The local raises money for veterans through their Red Friday shirts, spearheaded by L-158 sister Keri Elliott. The money goes to sponsor Honor Flights, an organization that takes veterans to Washington D.C. to visit war memorials. At the May union meeting, members donated $2,100 for veterans’ trips to Gene Neeley, a 94-year-old World War II veteran affiliated with Honor Flights.

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Locals  L-158

Industrial Sector leaders energized at ISO conference

IP Newton B. Jones reminds delegates that when working people come together, they’re a powerful force.

FROM INSPIRING STORIES about Boilermakers winning more work in shipyards to negotiating contracts that add back benefits corporations wrenched away from members, Industrial Sector Operations lodge leaders were inspired and equipped at the ISO Conference July 9-11 in Las Vegas.

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Women at Work caucus holds inaugural meeting

Women At Work™ participants launch the Boilermakers’ new women’s caucus.

GIVEN THE HIGH priority of supporting sisters in the union, and with an eye toward adding more women to the ranks, Boilermakers launched its new women’s caucus, tentatively called Women At Work™, at the Industrial Sector Operations conference. Nearly 40 ISO Boilermaker sisters and other women met to participate in discussions about the contributions, opportunities and obstacles impacting women in manufacturing and the building trades.


From horses to hardhats, mother and daughter rein it in

Jackie Chapman and her daughter, Sydney, on the roof of Indianapolis Power & Light Company Harding Street Station.

JACKIE CHAPMAN HAD no idea that her lifelong love of horses would lead her into a career as a Boilermaker. Or, that her daughter, Sydney Chapman, would follow in her footsteps.

Jackie, L-374 (Hobart, Indiana), grew up riding in barrel races and training quarter horses. While working various jobs at a union print shop and helping her dad build pole barns, Jackie took up welding horseshoes into decorative items as a hobby and selling them at the local western store.

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WS Tripartite Conference focuses on solutions to industry challenges

IVP-WS J. Tom Baca stresses relationship building among owners, contractors and Boilermakers.

Fossil fuels, safety, manpower among key topics

OWNERS AND CONTRACTORS joined the Boilermakers July 22-25 in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, to discuss industry challenges at the annual Western States Tripartite Conference. It was the 15th meeting of the group, which draws owners of refineries, power plants and other heavy industrial facilities, construction and maintenance contractors, and leaders from the Boilermakers International and local lodges.

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Locals award service pins

Locals award service pins

Local 1 • Chicago

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

  • 25 YEARS — Kurt Pecsenye.

Local 4 • Page, Arizona

LOUIS DODSON, BM-ST of Local 4, Page, Arizona, reports presentation of membership pins to the following:

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Locals  L-1, L-4, L-11, L-83, L-647
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Boilermakers advocate for CCUS technology in Canada

Attendees view the Boilermakers commissioned film “CCS: Bridge to a Cleaner Energy Future” to learn how CCUS works and why it is a vital climate-change solution that preserves jobs and the economy.

BOILERMAKERS CHAMPIONED CARBON Capture, Use and Storage (CCUS) technology at two key energy and climate events in Saskatchewan and British Columbia in May. The Boilermakers union partnered with Saskatchewan Building Trades to host a town hall on CCUS in Estevan, Saskatchewan, and participated in a panel discussion with the International CCS Knowledge Centre during the global CEM10/MI-4 conference in Vancouver.

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Boilermaker-sponsored Piper High School Trap Team members rank in top 100

Ten members of the Piper High School Trap Team (Kansas City, Kansas), made the Kansas State High School Clay Target League’s Top 100 All-State Team. The Piper team is sponsored by the International Brotherhood of Boilermakers and Bank of Labor, among others.

TEN MEMBERS OF the Piper High School Trap Team in Kansas City, Kansas, qualified this year for the Kansas State High School Clay Target League 2019 Top 100 All-State Team. The Boilermakers and Bank of Labor support the newly formed youth shooting group. Union Sportsmen’s Alliance (USA), the Greater Kansas City Building and Construction Trades Council and Piper Optimist Club are also significant sponsors.

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