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Four issues top LEAP agenda

Delegates focus on Free Choice Act, climate change, trade, and shipbuilding

WHEN DELEGATES TO the annual LEAP conference visited their elected representatives this past March, they had a lot on their minds. But four issues were seen as especially important: the Employee Free Choice Act, climate change legislation, a new model for fair trade, and U.S. shipbuilding. All of these issues are vital to Boilermaker jobs or to the ability of unions to compete in a global economy.

Here is a brief overview.

MBIC and TVIC offer joint training

Over 30 representatives of 13 lodges participate in the MBIC-TVIC joint training.

Increasing days, adding outside instructors improves program

FOR THE SECOND year in a row, the Midwest Boilermakers Industrial Council (MBIC) and Tennessee Volunteers Industrial Council (TVIC) joined forces to offer training for local lodge officers in Kokomo, Ind. This year, they expanded their training program, bringing in two instructors from the University of Wisconsin School for Workers (SFW) for nearly three full days of training.

Unions throw wedding for L-693 member

It’s a picket line wedding for Local 693’s Kenneth Hill as he places a wedding ring on the finger of Sonya McGruffin while fellow strikers and supporters look on.  Christy Pritchett/AP.

Wedding moves to picket line when Ingalls’ workers go on strike

LOCAL 693 MEMBER Kenneth Hill (Pascagoula, Miss.) voted “Yes” to strike, then said “I do“ on the picket line.

He and Sonya McGruffin were married March 23 on the picket line outside the main gate of Northrop Grumman’s Ingalls shipyard, where Hill works as a welder.

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By a vote of 46-53, the US Senate failed to achieve cloture on S. 1639, the comprehensive immigration reform bill. Immediately following the vote, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) removed the bill from further consideration.

This is a great victory for our industry, our unions and, most importantly, our members and their families.

Thanks for all your hard work and the efforts that were put forth at each stage of this process.

RLBC Unions Ratify Agreements with the NCCC

Historic Agreement Best in a Generation for Rail Labor

Source: Rail Labor Bargaining Coalition

(Washington, DC) Six of the seven rail unions that make up the Rail Labor Bargaining Coalition (RLBC) have ratified their contracts with the National Carrier’s Conference Committee (NCCC).


Senate revives bad legislation. Act now to protect your wages!

ALL BOILERMAKER MEMBERS are urged to take immediate action to help defeat the comprehensive immigration reform bill which is expected to come back to the floor of the U.S. Senate around June 20.

BCTD efforts help defeat immigration reform bill

Legislation did not protect American workers

Frustrated by the lack of protections for American workers — as well as other deficiencies — the AFL-CIO’s Building and Construction Trades Department (BCTD) mounted an aggressive nationwide campaign that helped defeat the comprehensive immigration reform bill in the U.S. Senate June 7.

Fox Valley workers take strike to the internet

International Rep Howard Cole's claim that workers received only a 75-cent raise in ten years was based on statements from the workers, but since this video was taped, this claim has been discredited by the company. However, raises at Fox Valley Forge have not kept pace with inflation nor with increases in wages at other Fox Valley Forge facilities.


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