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Volume 47, Number 3
Jul 2008 to Sep 2008

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Election 2008 Boilermakers' endorsements, Obama-McCain candidate comparison, Local 614 members build submarine in record time, NASSCO workers ratify agreement, Labor's opponents attack Employee Free Choice Act, L-146's Pinault wins Canadian apprentice contest, 2008 Boilermaker scholarship content winners, and much, much more...

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Local 374 readies for $3.8B refinery job

BP’s Whiting, Ind., refinery will be modernized to accept more Canadian crude. Photo courtesy of BP

Project will be biggest private investment in Indiana history

AFTER YEARS of planning, engineering, and permitting, a $3.8 billion refinery modernization and expansion project is gearing up along Lake Michigan in Whiting, Ind. — and Local 374 (Hammond, Ind.) will be part of it.

The Whiting facility, owned by British Petroleum (BP), is the largest refinery in the Midwest and the fourth largest in the United States. The massive, multi-year project will allow the refinery to process additional heavy crude oil from Canada.

Tags  Jobs, Local News
Locals  L-374
Reporter  V47N3

Unions play role in 'Tall Ships' festival

The U.S. Coast Guard’s Eagle, a floating classroom since 1946, participates in the Parade of Sails July 3 along Foss Waterway in Tacoma, Wash. (Photo by Petty Officer Kelly Parker, U.S. Coast Guard)

Boilermakers help build infrastructure for five-day Tacoma event

BOILERMAKERS WERE among the army of union volunteers whose efforts were essential to the opening of “Tall Ships Tacoma 2008” held July 3-7 at the Thea Foss Waterway.

Tags  Local News
Reporter  V47N3

Local 5 members featured on TV show

Discovery Channel’s “How It’s Made” films members of Local 5’s Zone 175 making vertical steam boilers for a show to be aired in the spring of 2009.

“How It’s Made” films Zone 175 at Fulton Boiler Works

MEMBERS OF LOCAL 5’s Zone 175 (New York) will make their television debut next year on the TV show, “How It’s Made.” The show airs Fridays at 9PM/EST and chronicles the fabrication of various industrial, commercial, and household products, featuring a narration of the process from conception to shipment.

Tags  Local News
Locals  L-5
Reporter  V47N3

MOST creates new safety films

Apprentice Brenda Healey, Local 83 (Kansas City), responds to fellow apprentice Matthew “Scooter” Payne, Local 592 (Tulsa, Okla.), who plays the role of an injured worker.

Videos are being custom made for Boilermaker trade

INSTRUCTORS WHO teach the OSHA 10-hour safety course can look forward to new videos that are being custom made for Boilermaker construction workers. MOST (Mobilization, Optimization, Stabilization, and Training) has begun the process of producing 16 films that can be used to supplement classroom texts. The films will cover such topics as lockout/tagout, materials handling, confined space entry, and fall protection.

Locals  L-83, L-592
Reporter  V47N3

Union Tank Car closes

Company officials join Local 524 members in front of the last tank built at Union Tank Car in East Chicago, Ind. L-524’s Rick Welton (last row at left in blue-plaid jacket) used a wireless transmitter to take this photo.

Local 524 members are out of work

40 YEARS, 400 JOBS. That was the headline of a local newspaper story announcing the May 30th closing of Union Tank Car in East Chicago, Ind.

That’s 400 Boilermaker jobs — all members of Local Lodge 524.

L-524 Pres. Kelly Hounshell, a 27-year employee at the railroad car manufacturer, got word of the plant closing in March. A few months earlier the company cut production in half and laid-off 100 employees.

Tags  Jobs, Local News
Locals  L-524
Reporter  V47N3

Local lodge leaders attend summer training institute

2008 School for Workers Basic Class

Venue moves as university converts Friedrick Center to dorm

FORTY-SEVEN LOCAL lodge leaders attended classes at the 51st annual Summer Training Institute at the University of Wisconsin’s School for Workers held July 13-25, 2008, in Madison, Wis. Over a two-week period, the institute offered basic and advanced courses.

Reporter  V47N3

AIP Bill Almond retires

William J. Almond, Director of the National Transient Division and AIP, retires effective August 1.

Director of National Transient Division calls end to 45-year career as ‘tankie’

AFTER A DISTINGUISHED 45-year career with the Boilermakers, AIP and Director of the National Transient Division (NTD) William J. Almond retired Aug. 1.

Tags  Headline News
Locals  NTL
Reporter  V47N3

GLAIC conducts safety training

Safety Specialist Milan Racic teaches his last safety class for the GLAIC.

Members from six affiliate lodges attend class

NEARLY 20 MEMBERS from six lodges attended a one-day program on safety and health at the AmeriHost Inn in Hammond, Ind., March 28.

Reporter  V47N3

L-203 raises $50,000 for cancer facility

Local 203 officers and staff present a $50,000 check to Rose Daley (far right) of the Daffodil Place Campaign. L. to r., BM-ST Tom Walsh, Darlene Ryan, Heather Greely, and Pres. Bill Healey.

Daffodil Place to provide housing, support for patients and their families

MEMBERS OF LOCAL 203 (St. John’s, Newfoundland) raised $50,000 for the Canadian Cancer Society’s Daffodil Place, a 24-suite housing facility expected to open in 2009. The new facility will provide accommodations for patients and their families who must travel to St. John’s for cancer treatment.

Tags  Local News
Locals  L-203
Reporter  V47N3

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