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Boilermakers refurbish world's most powerful electrical device

Arcs and sparks fly on the Z Machine, the world's most powerful electrical device, following its refurbishment by members of the NTL and Local 4.  Courtesy Sandia National Laboratories

The Z Machine is 300 times hotter than the sun and produces X-ray power 80 times the world’s entire electrical output

MEMBERS OF THE National Transient Lodge (NTL) and Local 4 (Page, Ariz.) are working on the world’s most powerful electrical device — the Z Machine. Located at the Sandia National Laboratory in Albuquerque, N.M., the Z Machine is a pulsed power accelerator, able to create X-ray power output of nearly 290 trillion watts, or 80 times the entire world’s output of electricity, for short periods of time. Pulsed power is a term used to describe a process in which

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Locals  NTL, L-4
Reporter  V46N2

Let's hold on to the solidarity we displayed in the 2004 elections

Newton B. Jones, Intl. President

We face many challenges, but working together, we can face them with strength and move forward

IN THIS YEAR’S ELECTIONS, OUR members and our union were more active than in any other election that I can recall. We jumped in early, and we worked hard right up until the last voting precincts closed.

Reporter  V43N5

Actions speak louder than words

Newton B. Jones, Intl. President

Bush vowed to protect the American people, but his policies protect only the rich

IN POLITICS, YOU LEARN early that you can’t judge a candidate by his words. Every candidate says we need a strong economy, good schools, and affordable health care. Every candidate says he hates terrorism, loves economic opportunity, and wants to provide a comfortable retirement for our senior citizens.

To choose between the candidates, we must look at their actions and their proposals, not their sentiments and their promises.

Reporter  V43N4

Boilermaker members are taking political action

Newton B. Jones, Intl. President

This year's elections are too important to ignore

ALL OVER THE UNITED STATES, Boilermakers are getting involved in political action at a greater level than I remember ever seeing.

Members are taking the Boilermaker message to rallies, marches, and meetings. They are knocking on doors to urge workers to vote this November for candidates who stand up for our jobs as well as our rights.

They are raising money for the Boilermakers Campaign Assistance Fund, raising awareness of issues that affect our families, and registering their friends and neighbors to vote.

Reporter  V43N3

We Must Stand And Work Together

International President Newton B. Jones

“I pledge to you that my life is devoted to our cause.”

First, let me say what an honor and a privilege it is to have been elected by our International Executive Council to succeed International President Charles W. Jones as your International president.

The president's job, and the inherent responsibility of this office, more than any other job in our union, requires that I devote my life to the service of our members and to the cause of our union.

Reporter  V42N4

It's Up To You - Register And Vote!

Newton B. Jones, Intl. President

Political action can protect our jobs, but only if we vote — and you can't vote unless you register

When I see what has happened to working families in the United States since George W. Bush became president, I am reminded of one of his own sound bites: "Shock and awe." I am shocked and awed by how much damage this president has done to the lives of working families in fewer than three years in office. Since Bush took the oath of office, our nation has lost more than three million jobs.

Reporter  V42N5

Boilermakers Endorse John Kerry

Newton B. Jones, Intl. President

John Kerry will listen to workers' needs and work with us to address our concerns.

When Congressman Dick Gephardt withdrew as a candidate for president of the United States, working families lost our strongest champion in the race.

It was a great honor to endorse and work on behalf of a man of such honor and integrity - a true hero to working men and women, union and non-union. Dick Gephardt has been a pillar of strength and dignity his entire political career, and it is the country's loss that he won't be the next president.

Reporter  V43N1

Rising Health Care Costs Threaten The Future of Employee Coverage

Newton B. Jones, Intl. President

Congress and the president can ensure that all Americans have access to health care - will they?

America's health care system is in crisis. That's the word from the street and from the boardrooms as well.

When the Kaiser Family Foundation asked people to rate their greatest personal concern, the cost of health care was number one. Nearly 40 percent of Americans rate health care costs as a bigger worry than the economy, the stock market, the war in Iraq, or the threat of global terrorism.

Reporter  V43N2

Let’s ensure a good future for all

Newton B. Jones, Intl. President

IN HIS FIRST TERM, President Bush’s number one priority was lowering taxes. He succeeded to a degree that still amazes many observers. Though his tax cuts primarily benefited the wealthiest Americans and created our nation’s largest budget deficits in history, they sailed through Congress.

The tax cuts of 2001-2004 shifted more of the tax burden to middle-class working families and saddled our children and grandchildren with trillions of dollars of government debt.

Reporter  V44N1

Administration's Budget Doesn't Offer Much For U.S. Workers

Newton B. Jones, Intl. President

Funding makes working families a low priority

IT IS THROUGH the federal budget that a president and his administration show their priorities. The budget for fiscal year 2005 makes it clear that taking care of American workers is not a high priority for this administration.

While the U.S. loses manufacturing jobs by the millions each year, the White House is proposing a 60 percent funding cut for the Manufacturing Extension Partnership, a program with a proven track record in helping manufacturers modernize, increase productivity, and create and retain jobs.

Reporter  V44N2

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