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Union Tools closes Frankfort, N.Y., plant

Local 1916 leaders pose at the Union Tools plant. L. to r. are Richard Bernier, president; Don Miles, recording secretary; and Larry Russell, treasurer.

Seventy-five Local 1916 members lose jobs

A 100-YEAR-OLD lawn and garden tool-making operation in Frankfort, N.Y., shut its doors permanently December 1, throwing 75 Boilermakers from Local 1916 out of work. Union Tools had produced shovels, hoes, and forks, under brand names like Razor-Back and UnionPro. In April 2006, Ames True Temper purchased Union Tools. It subsequently shut down the Frankfort plant and folded the operation into its more modern U.S. manufacturing facilities.

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Local 60 awards 17 $500 scholarships

L-60 BM-ST Ed Hebert (l.) presents scholarship awards to nine of the local’s 17 winners: Corey Crawford, William Burress, Rikki Alsvig, Jacob Grilc, Lyndsey Vincent, Lydia Vincent, Mallory Hunt, Jenny Sorrell, and Rhianna Neubaum.

Members participate in fund-raisers throughout year to finance education program

Local Lodge 60 (Peoria, Ill.) announced the winners of its second annual scholarship award on October 21, 2006. A total of $8,500 was awarded to 17 scholarship recipients. The one-year, $500 grants were awarded to every 2006 applicant — all Local 60 Boilermakers or their dependents. Only Local 60 members — or the spouse, child, or grandchild of a Local 60 member — are eligible for this scholarship award.

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L-374’s Beebe devotes life to Boy Scouts

Local 374 retiree John Beebe has devoted his life to helping youth through the Boy Scouts Association.

Retiree makes oath “To help others at all times” his life-long goal

Be Prepared. That’s the motto of the Boy Scouts. “Be prepared for what?” someone once asked Baden-Powell, the founder of scouting. “Why, for any old thing,” he answered. And that’s how John A. Beebe Sr. has lived — being prepared for any old thing and helping others to become prepared.

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Local 158 participates in telethon

Members raise $3,000 for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

On August 5, 2006, local 158 Sec.-Treas. Kevin Reatherford didn’t mind answering the phone. In fact, the more calls he got, the happier he was — and the more money he raised for the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis. Tenn.

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Fourth-generation Kirkland is new L-587 vice president

Kevin Kirkland, second from right, is sworn in as vice president of Local 587 (Orange, Texas) by his uncle and retiring president, Terry Kirkland (far left).

Pictured second from left is Kevin’s father, Local 587 BM-ST James Kirkland. The photo was taken by Kevin’s twin brother, Keith Kirkland.

Both young men are fourth-generation Boilermakers. Their grandfather, James H. Kirkland Jr., was a trustee and asst. business manager for Local 587. Their great-grandfather, James H. Kirkland Sr., was also a Local 587 member.

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Son of Local 199 member signs with Angels

David Herndon, son of L-199 member Stephen Herndon, signs with Los Angeles Angels.

Kenneth D. “David” Herndon, son of 30-year member Stephen Herndon, Local 199, Jacksonville, Fla., signed with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, Calif., at his home in Southport, Fla., on June 9, 2006. The Angels took Herndon in the fifth round of the Major League Baseball Draft on June 6. It was the third time Herndon had been selected in the draft — the first when he graduated high school, and again in 2005 while still attending college.

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Per capita tax increases by 30 cents, dues by 60 cents

Compared to wage increases, union dues increases are minimal

SINCE 2002, THE AVERAGE monthly wage for unionized workers has increased from $3,090 to $3,489 — a monthly increase of $399. During the same five-year period, Boilermaker union dues have increased by an average of only $4.80 per month.


Union contracts in 2006 improve over 2005

THE BUREAU OF NATIONAL Affairs reports that an analysis of new collective bargaining agreements through Nov. 20, 2006, shows an average wage increase of 3.4 percent in the first year of the contract, compared to 3.1 percent in the comparable period of 2005.

Major contracts reached during the period include a new three-year contract between Tyson Foods and the United Food and Commercial Workers, representing approximately 900 workers in Ohio, and new three-year contracts between St. Vincent Mercy Medical Center and United Auto Workers, covering approximately 2,650 workers.


DOE proposal would reduce employee benefits

Unions join Congress and public in demanding plan review

Under pressure from organized labor, Congress, and the public, the Department of Energy last year suspended a controversial new policy that would end reimbursements to contractors for traditional, defined-benefit pension and comprehensive medical plans. Secretary of Energy Samuel Bodman ordered the one-year suspension just three weeks after he first announced the new policy. The department had planned on full implementation of the new policy by March 1, 2007.


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