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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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Obama online store opens

Boilermaker site offers T-shirts, bumper stickers, and more

BARACK OBAMA campaign material — customized for Boilermakers — is now available for purchase at the new Boilermakers for Obama 2008 Political Online Store. There you’ll find “Boilermakers for Obama” T-shirts, buttons, bumper stickers, lapel stickers, and other support material for the upcoming election.

Tags  LEAP Issues
Reporter  V47N3

Local 647 retrofits Boswell’s Unit 3

his Local 647 crew is retrofitting Unit 3 at the Boswell Energy Center in Cohasset, Minn. L. to r., front row: Tim Sauter, Dave Kantola, Rex Gustafson, Kim Gullickson, Mike Halik, Matt Cox, Erik KAntola, and Wayne Everett. Center row: Les Rinerson, Archie Maki, Travis Gullickson, Barry Wagner, Warren Klinger, Ron Black, Bill Polchow, John Paul Jones, Paul Wilcox, and John Knutson. Back row: Josh Overn, Nathan Rinerson, Paul A. Silvis, John Silvis, Curt Bendickson, Travis Gullickson, Joe Machones, Jason Brow

Project includes SCR, baghouse, and tons of duct work

LOCAL 647 MEMBERS (Minneapolis) are working through some harsh temperatures to retrofit Unit 3 at the Minnesota Power’s Boswell Energy Center near Grand Rapids.

The project — part of Minnesota Power’s plan to reduce air emissions — started last winter with members working several days running in temperatures as low as 25 degrees below zero. The work has continued into the summer months, with temperatures reaching the high nineties.

Tags  Jobs, Local News
Locals  L-647
Reporter  V47N3

Construction BMs train in Kansas City

New business managers from the U.S. and Canada attend training in Kansas City July 27-31.

NEARLY TWO DOZEN U.S. and Canadian business managers met in Kansas City, Mo., July 27-31 for new officer training. The event was hosted by Construction Division Services (CDS) in conjunction with the Education and Training Services Department.

“We had an excellent group that stayed focused the entire week on the curriculum we developed for new business managers,” said CDS Director Skipper Branscum. “Our goal was to introduce these leaders to the various programs and resources that are available to help them succeed.”

Reporter  V47N3

L-146’s Pinault wins Canadian apprentice contest

Local 146’s David Pinault, l., accepts the 2008 Top Canadian Apprentice award from Award of Excellence Winner Ole Florell.

Event marks 15th year

DAVID PINAULT, 22, a Local 146 graduate apprentice, won the 2008 Canadian Boilermaker Apprenticeship Competition held at Red River College in Winnipeg, Manitoba, June 22-26. This year marked the 15th anniversary of the event.

Locals  L-73, L-128, L-146, L-271, L-359, L-555
Reporter  V47N3

Award of Excellence gets new name

Retired IVP Sandy MacDonald, l., receives congratulations from IVP Ed Power upon being named ― with retired IVP Rick Albright ― as honorees for the Award of Excellence.

Retired IVPs Albright, MacDonald named honorees

SINCE 1995 THE Canadian Boilermakers Apprenticeship Competition Award of Excellence has been named after Donald G. Whan. On June 25, the event retired Whan’s name. Two new honorees now share the title: Richard “Rick” Albright, retired IVP for Western Canada, and Alexander “Sandy” MacDonald, retired IVP for Eastern Canada.

Locals  L-73, L-146
Reporter  V47N3

L-69’s White thanks members after crash

L-69’s Corey White sits on his hospital bed in the weeks following his accident.

Boilermakers raise $3,000 within 36 hours of accident

COREY WHITE, A nine-year member of Local 69 (Little Rock, Ark.) is glad to be alive today and thankful to his union brothers and sisters for seeing him through a horrendous accident last year.

On May 30, 2007, Corey, 28, and his brother, Cliff, 35, were riding in Corey’s pickup truck when it was struck head-on by a logging truck near Hot Springs, Ark. The impact broke Corey’s neck and caused other major injuries. Cliff suffered severe injuries as well.

Tags  Local News
Locals  L-69
Reporter  V47N3

Daughter of L-105 member earns medical degree

Miranda Beth Binion, daughter of L-105 member Jesse Binion, graduated with honors from the University of Kentucky College of Medicine.

Union scholarship winner to practice internal medicine

MIRANDA BETH BINION graduated May 12 with honors from the University of Kentucky College of Medicine with a Doctor of Medicine Degree. She is the daughter of Sheila Flaugher Binion and Jesse F. Binion, a 29–year member of Local 105 (Chillicothe, Ohio), and granddaughter of retired Local 105 members Jack Binion and the late Ed Flaugher.

Once she completes her three-year residency at the University of Kentucky Chandler Medical Center, Dr. Binion plans to practice internal medicine near her hometown of Grayson, Ky.

Locals  L-105
Reporter  V47N3

McCain’s climate change stance will cost Boilermakers jobs

He wants to remove Davis-Bacon protections from bill that promises 50 years of Boilermaker work

REPUBLICAN PRESIDENTIAL candidate John McCain issued a statement June 5 supporting the Lieberman-Warner Climate Security Act, a bill supported by the Boilermakers union, but first he wants to make one big change – remove all Davis-Bacon requirements.

Reporter  V47N3

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