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IBB documentary makes powerful case for carbon capture

Newton B. Jones, International President

Union aligns with advocacy groups to promote CCS

A NEW IBB-PRODUCED video documentary “CCS: Bridge to a Cleaner Energy Future,” breaks ground in our quest to bring carbon capture and storage into mainstream conversation and to promote its development and deployment. The video and its companion website (cleanerfutureccs.org) offer a much-needed platform for viewers to learn about CCS and advocate for it around the world.

Reporter  V57N4

Lockout leads to Breast Cancer Awareness rally

Rally participants, led by (l. to r.) Pat O’Brien Townsend of the Montana Nurses Association; Jamie Cross, event organizer; and Janette May (and pup Gertie), cancer survivor, begin the mile-long march to the picket line.

NEAR THE END of the lockout, Local D239 hosted a “Breast Cancer + Health Care Awareness Rally and March,” using the lockout’s attention, timed with October as National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, as a way to raise awareness and share resources. Open to the community, the goal of the event was to draw attention to the importance of employer support and health coverage for those who fight cancer and other serious illnesses.

Tags  Local News
Locals  L-D239

Cap lift crowns Laramie River Station job for Local 101

The SCR cap lift nears completion as dawn crests the horizon at Basin Electric’s Laramie River Station.

Boilermakers side-step 70-mph wind

IN THE FOGGY pre-dawn calm at the Laramie River Station, a coal-fired power plant east of Wheatland, Wyoming, Boilermakers working for contractor Graycor hustled to lift a 176-ton SCR (selective catalytic reduction) cap and fly it to top the new unit. Eight members worked against time to place the cap and beat the gusty Wyoming wind that usually kicks up around dawn.

Tags  Jobs
Locals  L-101
Reporter  V57N4

New Canadian leaders attend training in Toronto

Canadian business managers listen as presenters at a training in Toronto prepare them for their new lodge responsibilities.

NEW BUSINESS manager/secretary-treasurers from across Canada attended a training course in Toronto August 1 to prepare for their lodge leadership roles. International Vice President - Canada Joseph Maloney called for and hosted the training.

Locals  L-D10, L-128, L-146, L-191, L-203, L-555
Reporter  V57N4

Long lockout over for Local D239

Members of L-D239, their families, friends and the community stayed the course on the picket line throughout the three-month lockout.

Three-month standoff ends with new contract

LOCAL D239 BOILERMAKERS are back to work in Three Forks, Montana, after a more than 90-day lockout by multinational Imerys Talc. The massive French-owned company locked out workers August 2, after the union refused to ratify a new contract that would have gutted key benefits and work practices.

Tags  Headline News
Locals  L-D239
Reporter  V57N4

L-154 members form human chain to rescue trapped union brother

L-154 heroes Rick Derrick (far left) and Ethan Boyd (far right), flank Jonathan Bach. Derrick and Boyd were presented with awards for heroism during a Labor Day picnic in Pittsburgh. John McClurg and Scott Weaver were not available to attend the event.

Quick action saves life

FOR LOCAL 154 (Pittsburgh) Boilermaker Jonathan Bach, making his way along the catwalk as he inspected compartments in the bag house was routine — business as usual at the William H. Sims, First Energy plant. Until it wasn’t.

Unknown to the 12-year Boilermaker, the door to one of the bag house cells was open, and as he approached, suction drawing through the opening yanked him into the dusty, pitch-black cell.

“At first, it didn’t seem like a big deal, but I realized pretty quickly that I couldn’t see the hole to get out,” says Bach.

Tags  Local News
Locals  L-154
Reporter  V57N4

Union mourns loss of member-poet Don Rojem

Don Rojem at the 2016 Consolidated Convention.

L-169 retiree wrote about life as a Boilermaker

DONALD JAMES ROJEM, the 65-year retired member whose poetry inspired many inside and outside the Brotherhood, passed away October 15. He was 88.

Tags  Local News
Locals  L-169

Democrats Paid a Huge Price for Letting Unions Die

There is power in a union. Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

There’s power in uniting — that’s no secret. Standing together is what makes unions work. The Republican Party knows it, and it’s why the GOP works so hard against the labor movement. The question is: Why doesn’t the Democratic Party seem to “get it?”


Local lodge leaders attend summer institute

Basic Class

THIRTY-FOUR BOILERMAKERS from the United States and Canada attended the 61st annual School for Workers Summer Institute in Madison, Wisconsin, August 13-24. Over the two-week period, the institute offered basic and advanced courses. Participants received training from School for Workers professors as well as International staff on topics geared to broaden understanding of the labor movement and skills that are essential to union leadership development.

Reporter  V57N4

L-S1978 president wins Wyoming AFL-CIO award

Roy Moyer, L-S1978 president, winner of the Wyoming AFL-CIO 2018 Labor Leader of the Year award.

Humble leader honored for going “above and beyond”

ROY MOYER NEVER expected to be put in the spotlight during the Wyoming AFL-CIO’s annual conference this past September. Moyer, who is president of Local S1978 (Rock Springs, Wyoming), said he went from a moment of confusion to surprise to disbelief, as it registered that he was being presented with the 2018 Labor Leader of the Year Award, the state labor council’s top honor.

Tags  Local News
Locals  L-S1978
Reporter  V57N4

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