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Tripartite conference grapples with construction industry issues

IP Newton B. Jones discusses the demand for Boilermaker services.

Alliance seeks solutions to manpower shortage, other challenges

OWNERS, CONTRACTORS, AND the Boilermakers union — partners in the MOST Tripartite Alliance — grappled with the looming manpower shortage and other construction industry challenges at their annual conference in Myrtle Beach, S.C., Oct. 1-4.

It was the first meeting put on entirely by MOST (Mobilization, Optimization, Safety, and Training). Last year MOST assisted the International in running the conference. In previous years, the Boilermakers union had always planned and run the event.

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Eastern Canada Tripartite emphasizes safety, manpower

Recognized for their contributions to safety are, l. to r., Blair Allin (Local 128), Leslie Linco (Local 73), and Bill Healey (Local 203).

THE TOPIC OF safety drew much of the attention at the Eastern Canada Tripartite meeting, but discussion quickly turned to another pressing problem for everyone in the industrial construction sector: manpower.

At the pre-meeting reception, the alliance presented awards to two contractors, one owner, and three Boilermakers for making workplaces safer.

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Stewards receive awards for organizing efforts

Local 290’s John Kosinski (second from right) accepts a Can Do Spirit Award for his organizing efforts at the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard. Also pictured, l. to r., are IVP Tom Baca, Heather Baca, Intl. Pres. Newton Jones, IVPs George Rogers, Warren Fairley, and Larry McManamon, and Intl. Rep David Bunch.

Members encourage co-workers to join union at federal shipyards

AT THE 68TH annual Metal Trades Department Convention Oct. 24-25 in Las Vegas, stewards from two Boilermaker lodges earned recognition for their inplant organizing efforts.

John Kosinski of Local 290 (Bremerton, Wash.) and Allan Andrews, Melissa Lamerson, Keola Martin, Leo Miguel, and Larry Moore of Local 90 (Pearl Harbor, Hawaii) each received a Can Do Spirit Award for their efforts to get their co-workers to join the union.

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Former Rosie the Riveters reminisce

In 1943, Marjorie Jean (Seineke) Thorsen holds her infant daughter, Susan, before going to work at a shipyard during WW II.

Women support war efforts through shipyard work

ALICE RIDDLE IS a member of the Springfield, Ore., chapter of the American Rosie the Riveter Association (ARRA): women who did what was considered “men’s work” in defense plants, shipyards, etc., during World War II.

Riddle, 90, was a shipyard welder and member of former Boilermaker Local 568 in Tacoma, Wash. She worked at Washington’s Seattle-Tacoma shipyards from 1941 to 1943. A shipfitter for a year, she then became a welder on the finishing dock “because it paid more money.”

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Vanmeter, Knox win SE contest

Southeast Area apprentice contestants include, l. to r.: Guy Bing II, L-105; Ricky Ashworth, L-587; Shawn McDaniel, L-30; Joshua Holdway, L-453; Macklin Rogers, L-454; (runner-up) Christopher Knox, L-83; Phillip Terry, L-108; Michael Tidwell, L-455; Michael Bryan II, L-667; (winner) William Vanmeter, L-40; and Rickey Wooley Jr., L-110.

Local 40 takes top spot for second year in a row

FOR THE SECOND year in a row, a Local 40 (Elizabethtown, Ky.) member has won the Paul D. Wedge Memorial Award for the Outstanding Graduate Apprentice of the Southeast Area. William Vanmeter took the top honor at the competition, which was held July 16-20 at the Southeast Area Joint Apprentice Committee (SAJAC) training center in La Marque, Texas. Christopher Knox of Local 83 (Kansas City, Mo.) was the runner-up.

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Northeast, Great Lakes hold area competitions

Great Lakes area contestants include, l. to r.: Matthew Conaway, L-744; winner Joseph Garfield, L-107; runner-up William Sumner, L-374; Steven Kotyuk, L-1; and John Weinhandl, L-647.

Williamson and Cook win Northeast; Garfield and Sumner win Great Lakes

THE NORTHEAST AND Great Lakes apprentice areas held their annual competitions jointly May 21-24 at Local 13 (Philadelphia) facilities in Newportsville, Pa. Locals 13 and 28 (Newark, N.J.) hosted the event.

John Williamson of Local 154 (Pittsburgh) and David Cook of Local 197 (Albany, N.Y.) placed first and second in the Northeast Area Boilermaker Apprentice Program (NEABAP) competition.

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Lincoln Electric donates welding equipment

Lincoln Electric representatives and BNAP staff show some of the equipment donated to this year’s winners of the Outstanding Apprenticeship Award competition. L. to r. are Carl Peters, Lincoln director of training; John Standish, BNAP instructor; Jason Schmidt, Lincoln technical trainer; Louie Lombardi, BNAP instructor; Robert Simmons, Lincoln technical sales rep; and Mark Branscum, BNAP instructor.

Training center, top apprentices get new gear

APPRENTICES COMPETING at the national training center in Kansas City, Kan., got their hands on some hot new gear, courtesy of Lincoln Electric (Cleveland). Prior to the competition, Lincoln supplied the center with new machines for each of the facility’s 21 welding booths.

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Lodge training highlights

Members from three cement lodges receive steward training in Martinsburg, W.V., in September.
These lodges recently took advantage of training opportunities.

CLGAW lodges train stewards

ON SEPT. 13, three CLGAW Division lodges — D208 and D271 in Martinsburg, W.V., and D533 in Hagerstown, Md. — combined resources to provide a steward training class in Martinsburg. Through International Rep Mark Kelly, they arranged for the regional office of the U.S. Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service (FMCS) to send one of their trainers.

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L-105 apprentice helps save life two days after CPR training

Nineteen-year-old Joshua Hutchinson, center, stands with L-105 instructors Richard Holland, left, and Bruce Stevens.

Proud retiree thankful his three sons knew what to do for swimming buddy

JOSHUA HUTCHINSON, 19, told his father he would probably never use the standard first aid and CPR training he received July 19 during his first apprenticeship classes at Local 105 (Chillicothe, Ohio). He could not have been more wrong.

On July 21, just two days after that training, Hutchinson would find himself in a life-saving situation.

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