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Congresswoman Holmes Norton visits Boilermaker reception

Representative Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC), center, at the 2019 LEAP Congressional Reception with, l. to r., Vernon Jackson and the late Wilton Barnett, L-S50; IVP-NE John Fultz; Dan Weber, L-193; Clifton Saul, L-S50; EA-DGA Hannah Samuel; Ron Myers, L-193; and Darrin Furgason and Brian Bosse, Vulcan.

REPRESENTATIVE ELEANOR HOLMES Norton (D-DC) visits with Boilermaker constituents during the 2019 LEAP Congressional Reception, April 16 at the Mayflower Hotel. The reception is a longstanding part of the annual LEAP conference and gives Boilermaker delegates, legislators and legislator staff an opportunity to continue conversations about key Boilermaker issues and further build relationships. With Rep. Holmes Norton (center) are l.

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Locals  L-S50, L-193
Reporter  V58N2

House Democrats and Republicans vote to repeal ‘Cadillac tax’

Delegates Andy Labeck and Christopher Donahue of Local 5, Zone 5 talk to a legislative staffer about the need to repeal the Cadillac tax, during the 2019 LEAP Conference in Washington, D.C.

IN AN OVERWHELMING 419-6 vote, House Republicans joined Democrats to repeal the “Cadillac tax”—a proposed tax on high-cost employer health insurance. If it is not repealed, The Health Care Excise Tax is set to go into effect in 2022 and would levy a 40-percent tax on the cost of employer-based health insurance that exceeds a certain level.


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Boilermakers, partners win awards for campaign against lockout

Boilermakers’ film partner Wide Awake Films won a Bronze Telly award for the video they produced about the L-D239 lockout.

THE BOILERMAKERS COMMUNICATIONS department and partners Wide Awake Films and Creative Marketing Programs, Kansas City, have won two industry awards for campaign materials supporting an end to last year’s 90-day Local D239 lockout in Three Forks, Montana.

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Locals  L-D239
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L-627 contingent visits state legislators for Day of Action

Forty members of L-627 gathered in the courtyard of the Arizona State Capitol for the local’s first annual Day of Action.

LOCAL 627 (Phoenix) BM-ST Jacob Evenson had an inspiration when he returned home in April from the Boilermakers annual LEAP conference: Political action shouldn’t happen just once a year in Washington D.C. —it needs to take place year-round on state and local levels. So, he brought Boilermaker lobbying home with L-627’s first Day of Action. Forty members, along with retirees, showed up at the local on May 22, ready to lobby.

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Locals  L-627
Reporter  V58N2

Money brought her to the union; the Brotherhood keeps her here

L-83 dispatcher Tatum Keister

IT’S NO SURPRISE that Local 83 dispatcher Tatum Keister turned to the trades for her livelihood when she indentured in 2003. There were only five women in the Kansas City-based local at the time, but that didn’t faze her. She’d grown up with a family who thrived on manual labor.

Keister’s Arkansas upbringing had her roaming the woods and helping her lumberjack uncles with their work. They would cut trees on their land, then sell the logs to local sawmills. The family also hauled around firewood to local residents and businesses on the weekends.

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Locals  L-83
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Boilermakers revitalize shipbuilding in British Columbia

The Sir John Franklin is the first Coast Guard ship built at Seaspan. The ship will be delivered to the Coast Guard this summer, following sea trials.

ON PICTURESQUE VANCOUVER Island, down a quiet street near the water in the capitol city of Victoria, Local 191 Boilermakers (Victoria, B.C.), along with travelers, are doing their part in bringing Canadian shipbuilding back from the dead. This rebirth is taking place, in part, at Seaspan’s Victoria Shipyards, which operates within the federally-owned Esquimalt Graving Dock, the largest solid bottom commercial drydock on the West Coast of the Americas.

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Locals  L-191
Reporter  V58N2

D-TS Creeden honored with conservation award

Ryan Creeden was presented with the 2019 IBB Conservation Steward of the Year Award by USA Director of Union Relations Walt Ingram.

RYAN CREEDEN, DIRECTOR of Technology Services-IST and a member of L-627 (Phoenix) was awarded the 2019 IBB Conservation Steward of the Year Award by the Union Sportsmen’s Alliance (USA) for his exemplary commitment to conservation and community service.

The award recognizes volunteers from each of the USA’s charter unions who make exceptional contributions to the USA’s efforts to organize union volunteers to donate their time and unique trade skills to preserve North America’s outdoor heritage.

USA called Creeden a tireless promoter of youth shooting sports.

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Locals  L-627

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Locals  L-83, L-667
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