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L-154’s Carson makes bucks from scents

L-154 retiree Paul Carson displays one of his deer scent products. At right are Paul’s wife Becky and grandson Carson Whiteman.

Deer urine business thrives in Pennsylvania

YOU MIGHT SAY that retired Local 154 member Paul Carson is in the romantic fragrance business. Sprinkle a little of his product on “drag rags” tied to your boots, or soak pads in the stuff and tie them to brush along a trail, and you may just lure a love-sick male your way. And if you’re lucky, that male will be sporting a heavy set of antlers that would look just great in your den.


Ethanol boom means work for L-104

Boilermakers in Washington state keep busy making tanks

ALTHOUGH ETHANOL REFINERIES are massed mainly in the Midwest Corn Belt, the surge in the alternative fuel industry is impacting tank manufacturers as far away as Washington state. In Olympia, Wash., Boilermakers employed by Brown-Minneapolis Tank Northwest (BMT) are busy trying to meet the demands of biorefineries that convert corn and other feedstocks into fuel.


Lafarge closes gypsum plant

MORE THAN 50 members of Boilermakers Local 559 were put out of work when the Lafarge gypsum wallboard plant in Corner Brook, Newfoundland, shut down this summer. The plant had been operating at half capacity for most of the year.

Three employees will remain in the plant to make stucco for Corner Brook Pulp and Paper until that contract expires in December 2008.

The plant closing was the end of an era for many. In business for 55 years, it had employed members of two generations in some families.


Local 154 member earns kudos

James Ciccone (l.) receives gifts and a certificate of appreciation for his heroic efforts from Local 154 President Thomas J. O’Connor.

Ciccone gets recognition from company, union for heroic efforts

ON APRIL 10, 35-year member James E. Ciccone was working at the United Refinery in Warren, Pa., setting a stack furnace for Delta Nooter. It was 4:30 in the afternoon when he heard the revving of an engine. Looking up, he saw that crane operator William Otteni had passed out in the cab of a 50-ton picker. It was Otteni’s first day on the job.


Locals award service pins

Local 1 — Chicago

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

55 YEARS — Eugene Forkin Jr.;
40 YEARS — Kenneth Maddox; and
35 YEARS — Thomas Mooney.

Local 40 — Elizabethtown, Ky.

RAY PARROTT, BM-ST of Local 40, Elizabethtown, Ky., reports presentation of membership pins to the following:


L-359 apprentice sets new goals following car crash

Apprentice Jordon Dycke is grateful to all Local 359 Boilermakers for their support following his car wreck.

Jordon Dycke wants to play wheelchair rugby, continue education using Boilermaker background

JORDON DYCKE’S LIFE must have flashed before his eyes Nov. 2, 2006, as his truck spun out of control and ended up wrapped around a tree. The pavement was wet. The corner was sharp. And that tree was just too darned big.

“If it wasn’t for my big neck, my head would have popped off,” Dycke now jokes. But it was no laughing matter then. The accident caused massive trauma to his neck, resulting in the surgical fusion of three vertebrae.


Local 555’s Mollison wins Canadian apprentice contest

Local 555’s Desmond Mollison accepts the 2007 Top Canadian Apprentice award from Award of Excellence winner Eugene Arsenault (l.)

Eugene Arsenault earns Award of Excellence

DESMOND MOLLISON, a Local 555 graduate apprentice, won the 2007 Canadian apprentice competition in Montreal in June. A native of Indian Head, Saskatchewan, Mollison comes from a family of Ironworkers. When he was going through welding school, family members were impressed by his skill and told him he should become a Boilermaker, because “they are the best welders in the world.” Mollison says that kind of compliment – from a rival craft – was too good to ignore. He immediately enrolled in the Boilermaker apprentice program.


First minimum wage increase kicks in

Federal rate rises from $5.15 to $5.85; is first of three hikes

THE FEDERAL MINIMUM wage rose by 70 cents July 24 — from $5.15 to $5.85 an hour — as the first installment of a three-step rate increase went into effect nationwide. Two more rate steps, to $6.55 and $7.25, are scheduled for July 24, 2008, and July 24, 2009, respectively.

The last time the federal minimum wage saw an increase was 1997, a decade ago. Most states and some local governments establish their own minimum wage rates, some of which are higher than the federal level.


New contract summaries

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

Local M6 — Chicago

Effective April 4, 2007 to April 6, 2008, for 50 members of Local M6, Chicago, who work at Midwestern Rustproof.

Local M13 — St. Louis, Mo.

Effective May 24, 2007 to May 31, 2009, for 18 members of Local M13, St. Louis, Mo., who work in production at the Diamond Plating Co., where workers have been performing commercial nickel and chrome plating for over 45 years.

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