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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.

Tags  Obituaries

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.

Tags  Letters, Kudos
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.


Three from Local 28 hold political office

“All three members of Local 28 were very impressive candidates.  All overcame odds that most people would not even have attempted. That says a lot about the Boilermakers…” – Charles Wowkanech, president, New Jersey State AFL-CIO

Locals  L-28

L-455 celebrates Labor Day in Alabama, Tennessee

Local 455 members raised $1,245 for LEF by selling tickets for a chance to win this hand-made quilt by Theresa Frost, wife of L-455 BM-ST Jack Frost. A raffle for another of her quilts the year before raised $1,900 for LEF.

Members participate in parade and political rallies; raise money for LEF

Members of Local 455, Sheffield, Ala., were busy the week of Labor Day. On Monday, Sept. 4, they participated in a parade in Tuscumbia, Ala. They rode motorcycles, ATVs, and both classic and new vehicles, tossing candy to children as they cruised down Main Street. The parade ended in Spring Park, where Local 455 and other area unions and local political organizations set up tents to provide information, ideas, and support for politicians and candidates.

Tags  Local News
Locals  L-455

Eliot Engel named Legislator of the Year

Rep. Eliot Engel (D-17th NY)

Congressman is proven ally of Boilermakers and labor

Rep. Eliot Engel (D-17th NY) will receive the Boilermakers’ Legislator of the Year award at the 39th annual conference of the Legislative Education Action Program (LEAP) this March in Washington, D.C.

Government Affairs Director Bridget Martin said the award acknowledges Engel’s exemplary efforts to support American workers.

Tags  LEAP Issues

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