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Lodge 128 takes on massive tower removal

Boilermakers rigged part of a 166-foot tower that suffered a structural failure in Sarnia, Ontario. Members of L-128, L-555 and L-73 removed the tower safely.

LOCAL 128 (TORONTO) STEPPED it up when a 166-foot tall, 16-foot diameter naphtha stripper tower experienced a structural failure at the Imperial Oil Limited plant in Sarnia, Ontario. In April, during one of the largest shutdowns at the area’s refineries, the tower failed approximately 60 feet up and fell directly onto the fin fans at that same height.

While no one was hurt, it was a very precarious and potentially dangerous situation that had to be remedied immediately.

Tags  Local News
Locals  L-128
Reporter  V58N3

Boilermaker climbs political ladder in Pennsylvania

Dan Engle campaigns for Northampton County Council District 4 in Pennsylvania at a carnival in Roseto. L. to r., Roseto Mayor Joseph C. Angelini, Engle and Northampton County District Attorney candidate Terry Houck.

GROWING UP, DAN ENGLE’S parents were always active in their community and encouraged their four children to be as well. But Engle, Local 28 (Newark, New Jersey) never suspected the example his parents set would lead him into a life of politics.

Tags  Local News
Locals  L-28
Reporter  V58N3

Boilermakers bring massive Pennsylvania Chemicals project to life

THERE ARE TOWNS smaller than Shell’s Pennsylvania Chemicals construction site in Beaver County, Pennsylvania. Positioned just northwest of Pittsburgh along the Ohio River, it’s one of the largest active construction sites currently in the United States. It’s hard to take it all in in a day, and it’s impossible to comprehend the scope of the project, let alone the countless individual skills of thousands of craftsmen and women steadily at work there 24/7 changing both the area’s skyline and its economy.

Tags  Jobs
Locals  NTD, L-154
Reporter  V58N3

Boilermakers National Fund and Boilermaker family featured in New York Times article

Dawn Patterson of Perrysburg, Ohio, takes a multimillion-dollar drug to treat a rare bone disease that two of her children have, too.CreditCreditMaddie McGarvey for The New York Times

WITH DRUG COMPANIES developing new, life-saving treatments for once untreatable diseases, more and more families are asking their insurance companies to pay for these novel medications. According to a recent article in The New York Times, new treatments for rare diseases can cost millions, as was the case for a Boilermaker family highlighted in the article.

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Reporter  V58N3

Northeast Area Tripartite stresses need for qualified welders

IVP-NE John Fultz announces a new training center in East Hartford, Connecticut.

THE NORTHEAST AREA Tripartite highlighted initiatives in the Northeast Section, including a new training center and additional work gained for members. The biennial conference, held in Plymouth, Massachusetts, July 12-13, brought together owners, contractors and Boilermakers to address common issues facing the construction industry throughout the region.

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Reporter  V58N3

The Union Sportsmen’s Alliance—An Organized Approach to Conservation

USA, UAW Local 1853 and UAW Region 8, and the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency treated more than 200 youth and their parents to a Spring Hill, Tennessee, Take Kids Fishing Day at the Tennessee Children’s Home on April 13, 2019.

WHEN PEOPLE COME together, great things happen. As union members, Boilermakers experience that every day on the job, at home and throughout communities. But it’s also been proven in the woods and on the waters since 2007, when a small group of union leaders launched the Union Sportsmen’s Alliance (USA).

Reporter  V58N3

L-D239’s president elected as Montana AFL-CIO president

Randy Tocci, L-D239 president is Montana’s new AFL-CIO president

RANDY TOCCI, WHO led Local D239 (Three Forks, Montana) through a three-month lockout last fall, was elected as Montana AFL-CIO president this past June in Missoula. He ran unopposed and began his term July 1.

Tocci told the Bozeman Daily Chronicle that his experience with the lockout and the support L-D239 received from not only Boilermakers, but also from other labor unions, politicians and the community, inspired him to become more politically active in the labor movement and run for the position.

Tags  Headline News
Locals  L-D239
Reporter  V58N3

New anti-harassment, discrimination policy posted

International Brotherhood of Boilermakers

THE BOILERMAKERS INTERNATIONAL has created a new anti-harassment policy for IBB officers, staff, employees, applicants for employment, vendors and contractors. This policy strictly prohibits discrimination and harassment of any kind and sets forth a complaint procedure for individuals who believe they’ve been subjected to or witnessed discriminatory or harassing conduct.

Reporter  V58N4

Local 203 celebrates milestone in Newfoundland

L-203 BM-ST Jerry Flaherty welcomes guests to the gala evening.

NEARLY 200 CURRENT and retired Boilermakers from Local 203 (St. John’s, Newfoundland) and guests gathered August 10 in Newfoundland and Labrador’s capital St. John’s from throughout the province and far beyond to celebrate the local’s milestone 50th anniversary.

Locals  L-203
Reporter  V58N4

The underdog wins in Washington State

IVP-WS J. Tom Baca visits the Washington Capitol with Washington local business managers L-502’s Tracy Eixenberger and L-242’s Luke Lafley. From l. to r. Eixenberger, Mark Keffeler, Lafley, J. Tom Baca, Erik Seaberg, Mircha Vorobets and Trent Sorenson.

WITH THE WINDOWS rolled up tight against the freezing Alaska winter, Organizer Mircha Vorobets and IR/Organizer Erik Seaberg watched snow ping against the car’s windshield, the signal bars on their mobile phones slowly dropping to one as Anchorage faded from view. But before they totally lost service on that mid-February afternoon, one call got through. It was IVP-WS J. Tom Baca with news that would upend their lives for the next three months.

Reporter  V58N3

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