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Local 92 earns praise from owner, contractor

Members’ rigging and welding skills dazzle observers

IT WAS A DIRTY job that fell into the capable hands of Local 92 members (Los Angeles). A dirty job that when completed earned kudos from both the owner and the contractor.

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Local 169 completes extreme makeover

Photo by Dennis McKee/Consumers Energy. Local 169 members work 200-feet high in the Unit 3 boiler at Consumers Energy’s J.H. Campbell plant in West Michigan.

Boiler conversion to reduce nitrogen oxide emissions by 85 percent

MEMBERS OF LOCAL 169 (Detroit) have completed the conversion of an 820-megawatt boiler to burn 100 percent low-sulfur, western coal at Consumers Energy’s J.H. Campbell Generating Complex in Port Sheldon, Mich.

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Foreign labor leaders visit headquarters

Foreign labor leaders meet Boilermaker leadership Sept. 13 at the Brotherhood building in Kansas City, Kan.

SIX LABOR LEADERS taking part in the U.S. Department of State’s International Visitor Leadership Program met with Boilermaker leaders in Kansas City, Kan., Sept. 13. Foreign participants came from Sri Lanka, Sierra Leone, Mexico, Jordan, and Burkina Faso. The trip is being sponsored by the AFL-CIO’s American Center for International Labor Solidarity, a non-profit organization that assists workers around the world in building democratic, independent trade unions.

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Local 27 retirees attend annual lunch

Local Lodge 27 held a reunion for its retirees Aug. 4 at the union’s hall in St. Louis. Members traveled from as far away as Arizona and Florida to attend the 19th annual luncheon.

Welcoming this year’s attendees were Local 27 Business Manager and Secretary-Treasurer David Snead, President Donald Thurmond, and Vice President William Noll. Sixty-two retirees attended the event, receiving such gifts as a Local 27 polo shirt, hat, and commemorative knife. Attendance prizes were also awarded, including one for the oldest Boilermaker there.

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Locals award service pins

Local 1 — Chicago

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

  • 50 Years – David Oliver;
  • 45 Years – Arthur Adams, Kenneth Malecki; and
  • 30 Years – Robert M. Kosola.

Local 6 — Oakland, Calif.

Joe Spears, BM-ST of Local 6, Oakland, Calif., reports presentation of membership pins to the following:

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Local 26 member earns gold in marksmanship

Local 26 member John Merges earns a gold medal at the 2007 National Rimfire Sporter Match.

JOHN MERGES, A five-year member of Local 26, Savannah, Ga., earned a gold medal in the Rimfire Sporter T-Class of the 2007 National Rimfire Sporter Match. Sponsored by the Civilian Marksmanship Program, the competition was held July 22 at Camp Perry, Ohio. Over 200 shooters participated in the sixth annual event.

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Father and son work together as TIG welding partners

Corey Gannon (r.) joins his father, Jerry Gannon, as his TIG welding partner at the Bowater Pulp Mill. Both are members of Local 555 in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

JERRY GANNON, A 26-year member of Local 555, Winnipeg, Manitoba, got to work with his son, Cory, for the very first time. Cory, who joined Local 555 in June 2000, teamed up with his father as his TIG welding partner while working at the Bowater Pulp Mill in Thunder Bay, Ontario. The team welded wall tube joints on a soot blower opening for a recovery boiler while working at the facility.

According to L-555 Business Rep Darrell Bray, Jerry was “very impressed with the quality of work his son was doing,” and Cory said the “‘ol man ain’t so bad himself.”

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District Lodge D11 holds conference

CLGAW Division Exec. Director James Pressley stresses the importance of making global contacts in the cement industry.

Cement lodges discuss safety, pension, need for global contacts

CEMENT DISTRICT Lodge D11 sponsored a three-day conference July 10-12 at Invermere, British Columbia, for union leaders representing the district’s 13 affiliated lodges.

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Local 83’s Knox wins national apprentice competition

Christopher Knox of L-83 (Kansas City, Mo.) admires his first-place trophy during the 2007 National Outstanding Apprenticeship Award banquet held in Kansas City Sept. 27.

L-40’s Vanmeter takes second place; Southeast Area sweeps top spots two years in a row

CHRISTOPHER KNOX, Local 83 (Kansas City, Mo.), placed first in the 20th annual national outstanding apprenticeship competition Sept. 23-27, and teammate William Vanmeter, Local 40 (Elizabethtown, Ky.), took second. The pair also won the team award for the Southeast Area. This is the second consecutive year the Southeast has won the top two individual places as well as the team honors.

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IEC confirms Warren Fairley as IVPAL - Industrial Sector

IVP Warren Fairley

BY UNANIMOUS VOTE of the International Executive Council (IEC), Warren Fairley was named the International Vice President-at-Large - Industrial Sector, effective Oct. 24. In his role as IVP-IS, Fairley will support the regional vice presidents in their servicing of our industrial sector lodges (shipbuilding, railroad, cement, stove, and metal) and will serve as an advocate for these members on the IEC.

Through IVP Fairley, industrial sector lodges will have another voice and vote on the Executive Council, in addition to their regional International vice president.

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