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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.

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Women set records in American politics

Females hold some of nation’s top government offices

You’ve come a long way, baby. From having few legal rights in the 1800s, to getting the right to vote ratified in the 1900s, to holding some of the highest political offices in the 2000s — women have come a long way.


Author urges radical shift in union organizing

Mark Breslin says the “clock is ticking” and labor must make radical changes in order to survive

WITHOUT RADICAL CHANGES in the way unions operate, organized labor will at best become irrelevant and at worst sink into oblivion.  Such gloomy forecasts are prevalent today, with unions representing only about 12 percent of the U.S. workforce, not to mention recent divisions within the AFL-CIO.


MOST tests new leadership training program

Local 154 trainer Jim Basilone, standing, watches lodge members who attended the new leadership training courses.

Locals 154 and 83 host pilot sessions

THE NEW LEADERSHIP training program created for foremen by the tripartite alliance received high marks following two pilot sessions held in late 2006 and early 2007. Local 154 (Pittsburgh) and Local 83 (Kansas City, Mo.) hosted the training.

Locals  L-83, L-154

SAJAC builds training center in Texas to meet job growth

SAJAC’s new training facility houses state-of-the-art equipment.

Facility honors IVP George D. Rogers, former L-132 BM-ST

“Build it and they will come.” That famous movie phrase could easily apply to the new training facility built by the Southeastern Area Joint Apprenticeship Committee (SAJAC) on land donated by Local 132 in LaMarque, Texas.

Since the center was completed in June 2006, the two classrooms and 22 welding booths have been in near-constant use, says Mark Thompson, business manager and secretary-treasurer of Local 132 since July 2002.

Locals  L-74, L-132, L-531, L-587

Canadians attend second annual train-the-trainer program

Pictured above are national coordinator Grant Jacobs (seated); kneeling, l. to r., L-73 rigging instructor Eric Lindsay (Halifax, Nova Scotia); L-128 welding instructor Ron Sostomi (Toronto, Ontario); L-146 instructor j’Amey Holroyd (Edmonton, Alberta); L-146 executive board member Darwin Leitch; L-555 instructor Jim Beauchamp (Winnipeg, Manitoba); and ITI instructor Mike Parnell. Standing, l. to r., are L-128 training coordinator Ed Frerotte; L-128’s Marc Guay; L-359 instructor Russell Osborne (Vancouver,

Event features four-day Master Rigger course

CANADIAN APPRENTICE TRAINING coordinators and their staffs attended the second annual train-the-trainer conference Nov. 5-9 in Woodland, Wash. Grant Jacobs, national training coordinator, said the conference is designed to prepare and equip local union training instructors to provide “first-rate training programs for our members.”

Locals  L-73, L-128, L-146, L-349, L-359, L-555

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Locals  L-13

Boilermakers rehab boiler at A.S. King Plant

Workers on this night shift rigging crew are among 265 Boilermakers employed by B&W at the A.S. King Plant in Bayport, Minn.

B&W crews work 140,000 man-hours without injury

WORKING AT EXCEL Energy’s A.S. King Plant in Bayport, Minn., 265 Boilermakers are completing a Babcock & Wilcox boiler rehab project ― and they are compiling an impressive safety record in the process. B&W field supervisor Mike James reported that more than 140,000 man-hours have been worked “without so much as a scratch.” The job requires 10 cyclone change-outs. “These men truly deserve praise for their hard work and attention to detail,” James stated.

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Local 34 adds first apprentices in 20 years

Apprentice Justin McGilton, r., builds a locomotive snow plow under the watchful eye of journeyman Jeff Matzek.

Two enter three-year program at railroad lodge

AFTER 20 YEARS, Local 34, a Topeka, Kan., lodge that repairs heavy locomotives for the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway (BNSF), again has an apprentice program. Local 34 Pres. Anthony DaPrato said railroad mergers and consolidations, along with a large pool of available skilled workers, apparently convinced management to end the apprenticeship program two decades ago.

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Locals  L-34

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