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Brothers in every sense of the word

Father and sons on the job in the 1960s. Left to right: John Miskell, Don, Jerry and Jim.

Miskell legacy spans 76 years

AN HOUR SOUTHWEST of Chicago, knee-high corn dances in the warm breeze. The sun blazes, heating up the small town of Marseilles, Illinois, where the six Miskell brothers sit shoulder to shoulder around the dining room table at middle-brother Jim’s house. The men, along with several other relatives, are reminiscing about their family’s 76-year Boilermaker heritage, most of it spent working out of Local 60 (Peoria, Illinois).

Tags  Local News
Locals  L-60

Midwest Refinery gets a facelift

Boilermakers working for Madison Industrial lift the new reactor into place.

Engineers, planners, fabricators and contractors spent over a year in preparation to complete a major renovation of the FCC Unit at the Phillips 66 Wood River Refinery in Roxana, Illinois, in March and April of 2018.

Six hundred Boilermakers (450 from Local 363 in East St. Louis, Illinois, and another 150 from other locals) were among the more than 3,000 personnel who completed this turnaround safely, on time and on budget.

Tags  Letters, Kudos
Reporter  V57N3

Past scholarship recipients praise Boilermaker legacy

Past scholarship recipients praise Boilermaker legacy

Dozens affirm positive impact of scholarships

FOR THE PAST 30 years, the Boilermakers union has awarded select high school seniors scholarships to help with college expenses. Recently, the Scholarship Committee asked past recipients how receiving a Boilermaker scholarship impacted their lives. Recipients are using their education in a variety of ways — teaching, serving in the military, working to eradicate homelessness, solving crimes, and seeking cures for disease, just to name a few. Read their inspiring stories below.

Tags  Scholarships
Reporter  V57N3

L-374 treats visiting instructors to blacksmithing demo

L-374’s Nick Tokarz explains the hammer forging process.

Hammer forging offers apprentices opportunity to try age-old craft

BOILERMAKER APPRENTICE INSTRUCTORS attending the first-ever BNAP-sponsored national conference in Chicago in May took a road trip to nearby Local 374 (Hammond, Indiana) to watch a demonstration of blacksmithing skills.

Nick Tokarz, L-374 Assistant Director of Development and Training, coordinated and led the demonstration, assisted by L-374 welding instructor Pete Merkel along with Pat Quinn and Dan Neville of the Center for Metal Arts in Johnstown, Pennsylvania.

Locals  L-374
Reporter  V57N3

Tags  Headline News
Reporter  V57N3

It's time to end oilsands shaming

Enough with the guilt trip. I’m proud to represent people who work in the oilsands. They’re proud of the jobs they do. And they should be.

As a union leader, I represent thousands of oilsands workers. These people are extremely skilled at keeping our oil plants and refineries operating. And guess what? They care just as much about the environment and global warming as the people who want to shut the industry down.

Tags  Commentaries
Reporter  V57N4

EPA proposes replacement for Clean Power Plan

Newton B. Jones, Intl. President

ACE rule seeks to undo CPP overreach

A NEW EPA rule to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from existing coal-fired power plants is generating heat of its own. Proponents, including the Boilermakers union, support the rule while opposing groups seek to kill it. Known as the Affordable Clean Energy (ACE) rule, the proposal would replace the controversial Clean Power Plan (CPP) promulgated by the EPA during the Obama administration.

Reporter  V57N3

Locked out L-D239 stands strong, seeks return to work, fair contract

Members of Local D239 in Three Forks, Montana, man the picket line outside the Imerys Talc facility that locked them out August 2. Lodge president Randy Tocci holds a toy unicorn, referencing Montana Governor Steve Bullock’s assertion to the media that the lockout is a “unicorn” in Montana — a rare occurrence. The last lockout in the state happened in the 1980s.

Local community, nationwide and global support pours in after French multinational demands cuts to pensions, healthcare

THIRTY-FIVE LOCAL D239 Boilermakers in Three Forks, Montana, have been locked out at Imerys Talc America since August 2, their families going without paychecks and more after the French-owned company served up “last, best and final” contract demands that removed critical benefits.

Tags  Headline News
Locals  L-D239
Reporter  V57N3

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