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Boilermakers host members of Congress

Rep. Dennis Cardoza (D-18th, CA)

Reception welcomes government officials, employer representatives, labor leaders

IT IS THE largest gala event hosted by the Brotherhood each year — the Legislative Education Action Program (LEAP) reception in Washington, D.C. At the event, Boilermaker delegates mingle with some of the most influential politicians on Capitol Hill as well as representatives from government agencies, employers, and leaders from various labor bodies.

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New Contract Summaries

Negotiating a four-year agreement for L-19 members at the Aker Philadelphia Shipyard are, l. to r., Sec.-Treas. Dave Gaillard, IR-GO Phillip Evans, Pres. Stephen Lalumera, and standing, comm. member Fred Chamberlain.

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

Local M3 — Cleveland

Effective Jan. 2, 2007 to Jan. 4, 2009, for 20 members of Local M3, Cleveland, who work at the Kelly Plating Co.

Local 5 — New York

Effective Jan. 1, 2007 to Dec. 31, 2008, for members of Local 5, New York, who manufacture building products at Quickway Metal Fabricators Inc., and effective Oct. 14, 2006 to Oct. 14, 2009, for six Local 5 members who work at Steel Style Inc.


Locals award service pins

Local 1, Chicago

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

65 YEARS – Daniel E. Raggio;
50 YEARS – Anthony Panozzo;
40 YEARS – Bernard Sturmer;
30 YEARS – Daniel R. Spano, Ronald Zientarski; and
25 YEARS – Thomas Samp, Edward Thomas.



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Locals  L-57

Pension board institutes retiree work rule

THE BOARD OF Trustees of the Boilermaker-Blacksmith National Pension Trust recently instituted a new Special Retiree Work Rule for the period of Mar. 1, 2007 through Feb. 29, 2008. The new rule will allow certain retirees to work up to 999.5 hours of covered Boilermaker work without suspension of benefits in those areas or locals in which a “Bona Fide Labor Shortage” has been declared.


Retired AIP Carey wins boat

Retired AIP Bill Carey gets a big hug from son Scott upon winning a new Grady-White fishing boat.

Son recounts Boilermaker’s struggles

“THE GUY THAT won the boat last night was deserving and my hero,” wrote Scott Carey in a letter to the editor of On The Water magazine last fall. Scott was referring to his father, retired AIP William Carey, who had just won a 2006 Grady-White fishing boat in a raffle at the magazine’s Striper Cup Tournament.

A member of Local 29 (Boston), Bill Carey served as a Construction Division International rep and assistant to the International president. He retired on disability in 2003.


Local 13 hosts OSHA 500 course

LOCAL LODGE 13 (Philadelphia) hosted its first-ever OSHA 500 trainer course the week of January 15. L-13 BM-ST James Banford Jr. said 30 members and contractor representatives attended. The MOST (Mobilization, Optimization, Safety, and Training) fund sponsors several OSHA 500 courses annually. Graduates of the course are qualified to teach any of the safety classes offered by MOST, including the 10-hour and 30-hour safety classes, and the scaffolding class.

Locals  L-13

Local 5’s Viafara runs with Boilermaker pride

L-5 journeyman Francisco Viafara, a native of Venezuela, shows off his medal after completing the ING New York City Marathon last November.

Marathoner from Venezuela sees dream come true

“MAYBE ONE DAY we will go to New York City,” Francisco Viafara told his wife and daughter in the mid 1980s. It was a dream he thought about often while working as a field welder in Venezuela, repairing sanitation trucks and pipelines. Viafara hoped to build a better life and have the free time to do some of the things he enjoyed, like running.

Twenty years later, Viafara says with glee, “My dream has come true!”

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Locals  L-5

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