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Volume 47, Number 1
Jan 2008 to Mar 2008

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LEAP names 2008 legislative issues, L-169 members tear down, rebuild blast furnace in under 100 days, Boilermakers attend UN climate change conference, recruiting program adds 500 workers in first year, HAZMAT/radiological training for railroad members, and much, much more...

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Dying pines signal global warming has arrived

One of the many faces of climate change.
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THE SIZE OF A GRAIN of rice, the female mountain pine beetle is able to slip through the crevices in the bark of lodgepole, ponderosa, scots, and limber pine trees and lay her eggs. In about two weeks, the eggs hatch, releasing white larva that tunnel into the phloem of the tree, the part that transports nutrients from the roots to the limbs. They feed on the phloem through the winter, pupate in late spring, and then the mature beetles attack another tree.

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L-40 revamps Marathon regenerator

Local 40 members finalize the removal of the regenerator’s old air grid at Marathon Petroleum.

Boilermakers work 80,000 man-hours with no recordables

WORKING FOR Construction Turnaround Services of Tulsa, Okla., members of Local 40 (Elizabethtown, Ky.) have completed a “head-off” plenum and cyclone rebuild at Marathon Petroleum’s Catlettsburg, Ky., oil refinery. Together with travelers from other area Boilermaker lodges, they worked 80,000 man-hours with no recordable accidents.

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L-687’s Sibley teaches Afghans to weld

Apprentice Thomas Sibley

Apprentice serves with South Carolina National Guard

SPECIALIST THOMAS SIBLEY, a third-period apprentice with Local 687 (Charleston, Heights, S.C.) didn’t figure on putting his welding skills to much use when his National Guard unit shipped out to Afghanistan in May 2007. A communications specialist with the 218th Brigade Combat Team, Sibley handles video teleconferencing assignments, linking his unit to others around the world.

Locals  L-687
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Local 374 members complete rigging yard

After breaking ground for the local’s new rigging yard last April, Local 374 journeymen and apprentices began erecting the steel frame.

New addition reinforces lodge’s commitment to contractors, customers

MEMBERS OF LOCAL Lodge 374 have not one, but two high-tech training facilities. One is located by their lodge office in Hammond, Ind.; the other can be found about 300 miles south in Dale, Ind., where members recently completed a new rigging yard.

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Local 1 VP Schwartz named fire chief

Bob Schwartz, Local 1 (Chicago) vice president and business agent, is now “Chief Schwartz.”

Interest in fire fighting spans decades

AT LOCAL 1’S UNION hall in Chicago, Bob Schwartz is known as the lodge vice president, one of its business agents, and its training director. Sixty miles down the road, in the comfortable, small town of Shorewood, they have a new title for him — “chief.”

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Asbestos

Flickr photo by brunkfordbraun

ONE OF THE MOST hazardous substances we might encounter in the workplace, asbestos has been used for centuries because of its excellent fire resistance and insulating properties. Asbestos has been used widely in construction, shipbuilding, and boiler manufacture because of its availability, low production cost, and high tensile strength. Boilermakers are likely to encounter asbestos-containing materials (ACM) in a variety of settings — on the job and in their own homes.

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District D11 forms safety committee

Group will serve cement locals in Western Canada

SAFETY ISSUES FOR Western Canadian members working in the cement, wallboard, and quarrying industries will be the focus of a new committee created by Cement District Lodge D11. The committee held its first meeting Dec. 7 in Calgary.

Locals  D-11
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Local 146 celebrates 60 years

Top apprentices earn recognition at the Local 146 anniversary celebration. L. to r. are Sheena Binette (2nd-year welder), Brent Toohey (3rd-year Blmkr.), Ricky Sens (entry-level Blmkr.), and Jarediah Bradley (3rd-year welder).

Members honor apprentices, long-term service

MORE THAN 500 people gathered at the Delta Inn South Jan. 26 to commemorate the 1948 chartering of Local 146 (Edmonton, Alberta). Members and their families as well as industry representatives from the owner, contractor, and union communities enjoyed a dinner and musical celebration.

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Political action can change nation’s course

Newton B. Jones, Intl. President

IN FEBRUARY the Executive Council voted unanimously to endorse Senator Barack Obama for president of the United States. Our endorsement was not an easy decision. Many good candidates presented themselves. We studied them all and in the end determined that Obama is our best hope to unite our nation, jump-start the economy, and return the United States to its rightful place as not only the most powerful nation, but also the most respected nation.

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