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L-175 apprentice receives Bronze Star

Bronze Star recipient Ryan Taylor (r.) receives congratulations from his father, Floyd, a four-year member of Local 175 and Vietnam War combat veteran.

Taylor uses his body to shield unprotected officers from exploding bomb

Ryan Taylor, 30, is now an apprentice working out of Local 175 in Oswego, N.Y., through the Helmets-2-Hardhats program. He is also an Army Reserve sergeant who returned last year from duty in Afghanistan, where he risked his life to save others. In January, he was awarded the Army’s fourth-highest combat award for bravery — the Bronze Star Medal with a “V” for valor. Taylor refused to accept the next-highest award, the Silver Star, as this medal was given to soldiers he had known who died in action.


Local 40 participates in joint training course

L-40 apprentice James Roe flags the load through the crane certification course. (The chain attached to the bottom of the load cannot leave the ground during the exercise.)

Boilermaker and Operating Engineer apprentices get valuable hands-on experience through mobile crane certification course

Sixteen apprentices from Boilermakers Local 40 (Elizabethtown, Ky.) and three apprentices from Operating Engineers Local 181 (Boston, Ky.) participated in the first-ever joint Boilermaker/Operating Engineers apprenticeship training program, on Feb. 8.



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Locals  L-5, L-45, L-74, L-85, L-197
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Steven Kotyuk receives first Joshua A. Terando Apprentice of the Year Award

Local 1 BM-ST John J. Skermont presents the first annual Joshua A. Terando Local 1 Apprentice of the Year Award to Steven Kotyuk. L. to r.: Robert Schwartz, vice president; Jerry Terando, L-60 retiree and Joshua’s dad; Kotyuk; John J. Benz, president; and Skermont.

Local 1 names award for apprentice killed in Iraq

Chicago Local 1 BM-ST John J. Skermont announces the presentation of the first annual Joshua A. Terando Apprentice of the Year Award to Steven Kotyuk. The annual award for the highest ranking Local 1 apprentice was named in honor of a Local 1 apprentice killed in action in Iraq.


Reps get wired

BNA trainer Susan Seltzer (top middle) explains the intricacies of their online database.

EIGHTEEN INTERNATIONAL reps attended a three-day training session in online research methods on Marco Island in February. Susan Seltzer, senior trainer & product support specialist for the Bureau of National Affairs (BNA), taught the reps how to do research in BNA’s online database of arbitration decisions. Boilermakers Research Assistant Tracy Buck gave the reps a rundown on a wide variety of online sources of information about companies.


Local 30 members work on projects for Seattle-based PSF Industries

Members of Local 30 (Greensboro, N.C.) are erecting four absorber vessels for PSF Industries.

Boilermakers erect four absorber vessels at North Carolina steam station

Members of Local 30, Greensboro, N.C., have been working on several projects in their home state for Seattle-based PSF Industries Inc.

Their work for PSF is near completion at the Belews Creek Steam Station in Belews Creek, N.C., where they are erecting four 317 LMN absorber vessels for a flue gas desulphurization project.

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Locals  L-30

Local 242 builds giant eggs in Washington

Local 242 builds giant eggs in Washington.  Pictured, l. to r., are: front row, Neal Davis, John Hess, Frank Maravilla, and Justin Reardon; and back row, Jeff Weger, Jeff Voss, Dan Thiessen, Kevin Baumann, Bob Bergan, Alex Burunov, Aaron Dirks, James Dennis, and Mark Keffeler.

Members of Local 242 (Spokane, Wash.) are working with CBI Services Inc. to build two 2.8-million-gallon, egg-shaped digesters — one of the most efficient and cost-effective anaerobic systems for sludge treatment. Their shape and liquid mixing system help reduce scum, grit build-ups, and dead zones. When completed at the end of the summer, the 89-foot-wide digesters will stand 112-feet tall along the banks of the Spokane River at the Riverside Park Water Reclamation Facility.

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Locals  L-242

Kudos

L-128 at Timmins Kiddmet

WE WOULD LIKE to thank and commend the Boilermaker crew that Local 128 (Toronto, Ontario) dispatched to the Timmins Kiddmet site last spring.

“This was the best crew we've ever seen working on our site — safety, skill, and attitude wise.”

Day after day, without exception, this group of Boilermakers produced an excellent quality of work. Their cooperative attitude, friendly manner, and willingness to work left behind a very good impression.


Local 483 makes seven-year pact at Wood River Refinery

Reps for 10 unions, including Boilermakers Local 483, join company reps, state Sen. Bill Haine, and state Rep. Dan Beiser in a display of solidarity following the signing of a seven-year contract extension at the Conoco-Phillips refinery in Roxana, Ill.

Ten unions agree to contract extension; company makes expansion plans

OIL WORKERS AT THE Wood River Refinery in Roxana, Ill., achieved a milestone this March when all 10 unions agreed to a seven-year contract extension with the owner, Conoco-Phillips.

Locals  L-483

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