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L-374 presents university president, new contractor with honorary memberships

Local 374 BM-ST Paul Maday (at podium) presents an honorary union membership to retiring Purdue University President Dr. Martin C. Jischke.

Indiana school shares history with Boilermakers union

The Purdue University in West Lafayette, Ind., is home to the “fighting Boilermakers.” The first use of the term “Boilermaker” in connection with the Purdue football team was made in a newspaper report in 1891, and has stayed with the university to this date. It is a symbol of a tireless work ethic — a roll-up-your-sleeves, get-the-job-done attitude that remains true today.

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Locals  L-374

Ethanol Tank runs nonunion element off job site

Pictured, l. to r., are Harold Didricksen, Scott McIntosh, Shaun Woroneski, Rob McIntosh, Jeremy Miller Sr., Corey Morrow, Jeff Bills, Andrew Stafford, Bennie Joiner, and Mark Ferullo.

THE BOILERMAKER ADVANTAGE. Never was it more evident than in Meade, Neb., when E-3 Bio Fuels found itself so far behind schedule that it hired NTL contractor Ethanol Tanks LLC to get it back on track. The company was so impressed with Ethanol’s crew, they ended up firing the original nonunion contractor and had Ethanol — and the Boilermakers — finish the job. In all they built two storage tanks and finished four fermenter tanks the nonunion workers were supposed to build. According to Adam Dalton, Ethanol Tanks’ director of operations, “The power of craftsmanship has no boundaries.”

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MOST provides over 14,000 safety boot vouchers

Board of trustees extends voucher expiration date to October 2007

Since beginning its program in January 2006, MOST has issued over 14,000 safety boot vouchers to Boilermaker members.


Boilermakers recommend Missouri fire district for grant

IST Bill Creeden, left, joins in a check presentation to the Kearny, Mo., Fire Protection District. L. to r. are Chris DeCaigny, president of the Union Insurance Group; Rick Victores, field vice president for Fireman’s Fund Insurance; and Captain Kevin Pratt of the Kearny FPD.

Kearney Fire Department receives $6,479 award

FIRE FIGHTERS IN the community of Kearney, Mo., just north of Kansas City, will receive some computer training modules courtesy of the Fireman’s Fund Insurance Co. and a recommendation by IST Bill Creeden.

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Local 587 wins national NACBE safety award

Lone Star District Lodge BM-ST Ronnie Keck, center, accepts the national NACBE safety award on behalf or Local 587 (Orange, Texas). L. to r.: John Erickson, NACBE executive director; George Rogers, South Central area IVP; Clay Herford, IR-CD; Newton Jones, IP; and Wendell Bell, NACBE president.

Orange, Texas, lodge works without injury in 2006

THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION of Construction Boilermaker Employers (NACBE) presented its annual safety awards to the 2006 top-performing locals from the Boilermakers’ five U.S. vice-presidential areas March 5 during the annual Construction Division conference at Marco Island, Fla.

Local 587 (Orange, Texas), representing the South and Central area, took national honors with zero lost-time accidents, zero compensable injuries, and zero OSHA-recordable injuries.

Locals  L-11, L-69, L-105, L-193, L-587

Boilermakers receive awards for CAF, LEF support

Money helps pro-worker candidates and builds strong member education

BOILERMAKERS WHO EXCELLED at raising money for CAF and LEF in 2006 received recognition during the annual LEAP conference in Washington, D.C., March 13. International President Newton B. Jones presented crystal “capitol dome” awards to vice presidential sections and individual local lodges for exceptional performance.

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Check out these Web sites just for Boilermakers

More information is at your fingertips!

THREE WEB SITES — one of them re-designed and two created entirely new — are now providing access via the Internet to information developed exclusively for Boilermakers. The Boilermakers’ central Web site, www.boilermakers.org, has been re-designed with a fresh, bold look, expanded content, and greater functionality. And it now offers access to the Digital Reporter, a new publication made necessary by convention action. The site is intended for all of our members.


Local S8 and Peabody Energies make community donation

Members of Local S8, Equality, Ill., donate Thanksgiving Baskets to WADI, a Head Start program in Saline County. L. to r., Natalie Fox, Greg Fort, (in front) DeAnna Day, Lena Hankins, Tony Young, Ella Young, Rachel Hunt, and (in front) Brandy Rector.

Union and company put contract differences aside to help those in need

WORKING A MONTH without a contract can cause tension to build between workers and employers. But Boilermakers and company reps at the Willow Lake Mine were able to set their contract differences aside long enough to make a joint contribution to their community.

Members of Local S8, Equality, Ill., and representatives of the Peabody Energies-owned mine in Harrisburg, Ill., donated food and Thanksgiving baskets to Wabash Area Development Inc. (WADI), a member of the Illinois Head Start Association.

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Locals  L-S8

Local S8 ratifies contract at Willow Lake Mine

Intl. Rep Len Gunderson (center with laptop) conducts a training program for Local S8 members. Consultant Mike Murphy is pictured second from left.

Members can be proud of four-year agreement that was two years in the making

WHAT BEGAN IN Feb. 2005 as early negotiations, finally ended some 25 months later with ratification of a four-year agreement for members of Local S8 (Equality, Ill.) at the Willow Lake Mine.

The contract with the Peabody Energies-owned mine in Harrisburg, Ill., expired Oct. 18, 2006. Despite a 175-to-1 vote to take strike action if necessary, the strike option was never utilized. Instead, members were able to secure an agreement, effective April 16, 2007, to April 15, 2011.

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