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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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Organizational changes will improve industrial sector service

Newton B. Jones, Intl. President

New sector director, IVP provide support and advocacy for industrial sector lodges

THE INTERNATIONAL EXECUTIVE Council (IEC) announces the establishment of the Boilermakers Industrial Sector Services Department (ISSD) to provide service, support, and advocacy for lodges and members in the industrial boiler, forge, shipbuilding, cement, and stove industries. Headed by a Director and overseen by an International Vice President, the new department will enable the International to improve service to industrial sector lodges while reducing the International’s administrative costs.

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New contract summaries

A brief listing of recent agreements signed and ratified by Boilermaker local lodges

National Transient Lodge

Effective Aug. 11, 2007 to July 10, 2008, for 32 members of the National Transient Lodge who manufacture tanks and tank systems for the grain processing industry at the Winbco Tank Company in Ottumwa, Iowa. Winbco is a custom manufacturer of tanks, pressure vessels, columns, and equipment for use in the food, grain, ethanol, hydrocarbon, chemical, power, wastewater, fruit juice, and brewing industries.

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Letters to the Editor

L-26’s Freddie Pipkin will be missed

I WOULD LIKE to thank everyone who expressed their love for Freddie Pipkin (Local 26, Savannah, Ga). There are no words to express my sincere appreciation for all your acts of kindness. Thanks to everyone who sent flowers, cards, memorials, prayers, and to those who came to his memorial. Your thoughtfulness will always have a special place in my heart. He will be missed by all who knew him.

JOELLA S. PIPKIN, wife of Local 26 member, Freddie Pipkin
Juliette, Ga.

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HAZMAT/radiological training available to railroad members

National Labor College hosts expenses-paid instruction

RAILROAD LODGES THAT wish to send a representative to the National Labor College’s Rail Workers Hazardous Materials Training Program or the Radiological Transportation Train-the-Trainer Course should advise interested members to apply immediately (applicants may apply online at The NLC has posted its 2008-09 schedule for these courses, and space is limited.

Employers must pay for most safety gear, says OSHA

Rule-making took nine years, will prevent thousands of injuries

THE OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY and Health Administration published a final rule Nov. 14 clarifying how much of an employee’s personal protective equipment (PPE) must be paid for by the employer. With few exceptions, the rule requires employers to pay for nearly all PPE workers need on the job. Exceptions include ordinary safety-toed footwear, ordinary prescription safety eyewear, logging boots, and ordinary clothing and weather-related gear.

The rule takes effect in May 2008.

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Katrina survivor pursues Boilermaker career

Jason Scott gets a congratulatory kiss from his wife after graduating from an AFL-CIO-sponsored career education and orientation program.

Building trades’ program connects urban residents to jobs

JASON SCOTT CONSIDERS himself one of New Orleans’ more fortunate survivors. Like tens of thousands who rode out Hurricane Katrina in 2005, he escaped to safety by boat after his home flooded. Although unemployment and despair have gripped much of the population, Scott, now 30, landed a job “flippin’ chicken at KFC for $10 an hour.” He has stayed at that job for nearly a year, hoping something better would come along. And something did.

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Local 104 members build ocean-going barge

A tug boat guides the Ho'omaka Hou.

Vessel is first for U.S. Barge at Swan Island shipyard

U.S. BARGE LAUNCHED its first vessel, the Ho’omaka Hou, at a Swan Island shipyard in Portland, Ore., Oct. 16. Built by members of Local 104 (Seattle), Ho’omaka Hou means “a new beginning” in Hawaiian. And that’s just what it represents for U.S. Barge, a joint venture between Vigor Industrial and Oregon Iron Works.

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