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Measure benefitting Boilermaker work passes Washington State House & Senate

Western States M.O.R.E. Work Investment Fund Organizers Mircha Vorobets, Erik Seaberg and Trent Sorensen with IR Mark Keffeler, BM-ST Tracey Eixenberger and members of L-502 in front of the Washington State Capital successfully lobbied to get HB 1817 passed. The measure awaits Washington State Governor Jay Inslee to sign it into law.

Important news out of Washington State for Boilermakers: Proposed legislation has passed both the State House and Senate that requires 60 percent of craftsmen and women working in Washington State refineries to be apprentices of state approved programs—including the Boilermakers apprenticeship program.

The measure, which was powered by Boilermakers Western States M.O.R.E. Work Investment Fund through a joint effort with the Washington State Building Trades, now awaits the signature of Washington State Governor Jay Inslee.

Locals  L-502

Local 73 provides foreman and steward training

Local 73 provides foreman and steward training

TWENTY-THREE FOREMEN and stewards from Local 73 (Halifax, Nova Scotia) received training the week of Dec. 3. The two-day foreman course provided training on administrative responsibilities, people skills and the business aspects of construction. National Training Director Grant Jacobs and National Training Coordinator Jonathon White led the class.

Locals  L-73

Immigrant finds rewarding life in Boilermakers union

Oscar Davila, L-92’s president and acting business manager.

Local 92’s Davila worked his first “job” at age 7

NINETEEN YEARS AGO — just four years after emigrating to the U.S. from Mexico — Oscar Davila was working a job to nowhere in the Los Angeles area when he heard about the Boilermakers from an unlikely source — an ironworker. That conversation changed the direction of his life. Since then, Davila, president and acting business manager of Los Angeles’ Local 92, has worked hard and smart, with both determination and ingenuity.

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Locals  L-92
Reporter  V58N1

CSO Conference highlights solutions for stronger future

IP Newton B. Jones reviews M.O.R.E. WORK Investment Fund.

Leaders focus on membership and M.O.R.E. Work Investment Fund

WESTERN STATES SECTION membership has climbed to 2,550, up from 1,983 in 2017. That was good news shared during the 2019 Construction Sector Operations Conference March 4-7, where membership numbers, manhours, safety and the M.O.R.E. Work Investment Fund were key topics.

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‘Fight Back’ gives back to Navajo Nation

Retired IR Gary Evenson volunteers with Adopt-A-Native-Elder on the Navajo Reservation near Winslow, Arizona.

Local 4 forms as a direct result of recruiting Navajos

DURING A CHILLY, windy week in mid-October, retired IR Gary Evenson spent his time volunteering with Adopt-A-Native Elder to deliver food, clothing and supplies to elderly Navajos living on the reservation near Winslow, Arizona. Boilermakers began supporting 40 native elders through Adopt-A-Native Elder in 2017, but the union’s relationship with members of the Navajo Nation began long before that.

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Locals  L-4
Reporter  V58N1

Bank of Labor film receives International recognition

Newton B. Jones, Bank of Labor Chairman and CEO and Boilermakers International President, accepts the award from Società Cattolica di Assicurazione – Società Cooperativa President Paolo Bedoni.

A DOCUMENTARY FILM produced by Bank of Labor called “Lobstermen” received a special award from Società Cattolica di Assicurazione – Società Cooperativa in Verona, Italy, this past November during the organization’s annual film festival highlighting the Catholic Church’s social doctrine.

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New partnerships forged in support of CCUS

Cory Channon, Assistant Director -CSO/Canada, second from right, with, l. to r., Global Carbon Capture and Storage Institute Client Engagement Manager Jamie Burrows, CEO Brad Page, and Advocacy and Communications General Manager Guloren Turan; and Global, Municipal, Boilermaker and Allied Trade Union National Officer Stuart Fegan.

IBB sits down with UK trade union and Global CCS Institute

ONE OF THE UNITED KINGDOM’S largest unions — the Global, Municipal, Boilermaker and Allied Trade Union (GMB) —- and the Global Carbon Capture and Storage Institute (GCCSI) met with Boilermaker leadership in January to discuss the important role carbon capture, utilization and storage (CCUS) plays in mitigating global climate change.

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Local 11 clinches NACBE’s top safety honor

Clinton Penny, BM-ST of Local 11, accepts The John F. Erickson NACBE Safety Award on behalf of his lodge during the 2019 Construction Sector Operations conference. L. to r. are IP Newton Jones, Penny, NACBE Executive Director Ron Traxler, NACBE President Tom Shull, IST Bill Creeden and IVP-WS J. Tom Baca.

Section awards go to three locals

WESTERN STATES LOCAL 11 (Helena, Montana) earned The John F. Erickson NACBE Safety Award presented during the Construction Sector Operations conference in Marco Island, Florida, March 4-7.

L-11 Business Manager/Secretary Treasurer Clinton Penny accepted the national honor, which reflects the local’s 2018 stats: zero OSHA recordable injuries, 441,690 total man-hours worked, and the highest number of man-hour percentage by contractors who contribute to the safety index (72 percent or 318,283 man-hours).

Locals  L-1, L-11, L-40, L-45
Reporter  V58N1

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Locals  L-19

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