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Secret agreements and fast-track voting do not inspire confidence

Newton B. Jones, Intl. President

In May, the Democratic leadership in Congress and the White House announced they had reached an historic agreement on trade. Democrats announced that they had won guarantees to protect labor rights in all future trade deals, starting with Peru, Panama, Colombia, and South Korea. The specific labor rights protected include the right to organize, bargain collectively, as well as bans on the use of child labor and workplace discrimination.

Reporter  V46N2

Help someone you know become a Boilermaker

NOW IS A GREAT time to become a construction Boilermaker apprentice. Economic projections suggest that this year is the beginning of a long boom in construction and maintenance work in electric power plants, refineries, and other industries served by Boilermakers. Interested parties can learn how to apply for the apprentice program by visiting www.bnap.com or contacting the recruiter in their area:


Boilermakers lose three retired International Officers

Tom Kemme

Tom Kemme

Retired IVP-at-Large Thomas B. Kemme died Jan. 14. He was 71. Kemme was president of the Stove, Furnace, & Allied Appliance Workers International Union at the time it merged with the Boilermakers in 1994.

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Kudos

Alstom credits L-128 for proving value of union contractors

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

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.

The dedication and professionalism shown by this group under some very difficult situations earned the respect of all who observed.

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Locals  L-60, L-128, L-154
Reporter  V46N1

New contract summaries

Negotiating a three-year agreement for Local 151 at Riley Power Inc. are, l. to r.: front, Marc Posterli, Jim Owens Jr., Scott Miller, and IR Bob Heine; back, Gerry Graves, Jeff Frum, and Chuck Goodman.

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

Local 1 — Chicago

Effective Nov. 1, 2006 to June 30, 2009, for members of Local 1, Chicago, who work in the plate shop at Hudson Boiler & Tank, and effective Nov. 1, 2006 through June 30, 2009, for Local 1 members working in the shop of mechanical contractor, Servcote Inc.

Reporter  V46N1

Wal-mart cheats employees out of $33 million in OT pay

Labor Department says retailer must reimburse workers, but no fines issued

WAL-MART IS ONCE again in the news for labor law violations — this time for cheating nearly 87,000 current and former employees nationwide out of overtime pay over a five-year period. In a settlement with the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) announced January 25, the world’s largest retailer will ante up more than $33 million in restitution.


Railroad safety in desperate need of reform

Transportation labor testifies at congressional hearing

CONGRESS MUST OVERCOME the railroad industry’s decade-long campaign to block common sense safety legislation and make clear that profits do not trump safety, the AFL-CIO’s Transportation Trades Department (TTD) said at a hearing on Capitol Hill recently. The Boilermakers are one of 32 member unions in the department.


Happy hour will not be banned

Appeals court overturns NLRB ruling

IN A VICTORY for workers — and happy hour lovers everywhere — the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled February 2 that the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) erred when it supported a policy by Guardsmark LLC that would have banned off-duty “fraternizing” by co-workers.


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