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the Boilermaker Reporter

Volume 47, Number 4
Oct 2008 to Dec 2008

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Coverage of the 2008 National Apprentice Program competition, MOST National Tripartite Alliance conference topics, Boilermaker-backed candidates win, L-104 members keep boat ‘ship-shape’ for TV show, regional apprentice competition results and much, much more...

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Frank Linton now welds for fun

L-40 retiree Frank Linton displays two of his paintings and samples of his metal art — a life-size turkey and sculpture of Blue Heron.

L-40 retiree creates metal art using skills he developed on the job

AFTER WORKING 35 years as a field construction Boilermaker, Frank Linton is now using his welding skills to create some rather spectacular metal art.

Linton, who joined Local 40 (Elizabethtown, Ky.) in 1973, may have retired two years ago, but he never put away his welding tools. Instead, he has been using them to make herons, turkeys, deer, and ducks.

Tags  Retiree News
Locals  L-40
Reporter  V47N4

Boilermaker-backed candidates win

Local 19 (Philadelphia) VP Fred Chamberlain, l., and Philadelphia Metal Trades Council President Gary Gaydosh distribute worksite leaflets supporting Barack Obama. Photo courtesy Molly Theobald

Activist locals lead by example, help elect Obama and other pro-worker candidates

IT SHOULD COME as no surprise that a Boilermaker appeared in Barack Obama’s half-hour, prime-time television commercial that aired Oct. 29 — an ad that was seen by more than 33 million viewers. After all, Boilermaker volunteers across the country worked tirelessly to push for working family candidates and the promise of change.

Tags  LEAP Issues
Locals  L-19, L-29, L-D263, L-696
Reporter  V47N4

Six Little Words

by David Sirota

HISTORY BOOKS TEEM with six-word phrases, from the comforting ("Nothing to fear but fear itself") to the inspiring ("Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall") to the embarrassing ("Read my lips, no new taxes"). But the six words, "on the basis of union membership" could be more momentous than any of those. Though hardly Roosevelt's rhetoric, Reagan's bluster or Bush's clumsiness, the clause could solve America's wage crisis.

Tags  LEAP Issues
Reporter  V47N4

New lodge officers attend training

St. John’s, Newfoundland, Sept. 9-11

Program held in five cities in United States and Canada

2008 WAS AN election year — not only for the governments of Canada and the United States, but also for Boilermaker local lodges in both countries. While U.S. lodges must hold elections every three years, Canadian lodges do so every five years. Occasionally, the Boilermaker local lodge election cycles coincide, as they did in 2008.

Reporter  V47N4

Kudos

Babcock & Wilcox praises L-627

CONGRATULATIONS ON ACCOMPLISHING what appeared to be the impossible on an unbelievable schedule, while still maintaining safety and quality. Our first impression: there was no way to get a big enough lift crane close enough to replace the “B” spray dryer absorbers in the assembly sizes necessary to support the customer’s [Tucson Electric Power Company at the Springerville Generating Station] production schedule. But your guys [Phoenix Local 627 members] did it!

Tags  Featured
Locals  L-627, L-667
Reporter  V47N4

Letters to the Editor

Cushing family grateful for memories

WE WOULD LIKE to thank everyone for their condolences, flowers, and cards. It is of the utmost importance to his family that Ray [past New Jersey Local 28 BM-ST] be remembered for the man he was and the dedication he gave to his union and his family.

Our experiences with the Boilermakers have marked our lives indelibly. We will treasure these memories always.

Locals  L-6, L-19, L-28, L-549
Reporter  V47N4

Union-business alliance seeks pension relief

NEARLY 300 organizations with defined-benefit pension plans have joined together to ask Congress for legislative relief in light of the current economic tailspin and restrictive regulations under the Pension Protection Act. In a letter to the Ways and Means Committee (reprinted below), the alliance explains the difficulties that pension plans are facing during these troubling times.

Tags  LEAP Issues
Reporter  V47N4

Congress must adjust Pension Protection Act

Newton B. Jones, Intl. President

Those who framed the tight funding rules for the PPA did not expect a credit tsunami and stock market collapse

THE EXTRAORDINARY COLLAPSE of America’s financial system in October has plunged the country — in fact, the world — into a recession that may be longer and deeper than any downturn we’ve seen in 25 years. What former Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan described as “a credit tsunami” has resulted in bank failures, mortgage foreclosures, a shrinking economy,

Reporter  V47N4

New contract summaries

Negotiating a four-year agreement for L-D500 members at Carmeuse Lime & Stone are, l. to r., front row, John Wirgow, Gary Luetzow, Jeff Hoedel; back row, Anthony Lafleche, Roger Nash, IR Mark Kelly, and Jeff Karsten.

A brief listing of recent agreements signed and ratified by Boilermaker local lodges

L-13 — Philadelphia

Effective April 23, 2008 to March 31, 2011, for four members of Local 13, Philadelphia, who perform shop and field work in the oil and gas division of Integra Services Technologies Inc.

L-M18 — Buffalo, N.Y.

Effective June 1, 2008 to May 31, 2011, for 24 members of Local M18, Buffalo, N.Y., who make metal plating at the Keystone Corp.

Tags  Featured
Reporter  V47N4

Locals award service pins

Baltimore retired L-193 member Eldon P. Gold receives his 50-year membership pin.

Local 1 — Chicago

John Skermont, BM-ST of Local 1, Chicago, reports presentation of membership pins to the following:

Local 169 — Detroit

Anthony Jacobs, BM-ST of Local 169, Detroit, reports presentation of membership pins to the following:

L-502 — Tacoma, Wash.

Randy Robbins, BM-ST of Local 502, Tacoma, Wash., reports presentation of membership pins to the following:

Tags  Featured
Locals  L-1, L-169, L-502
Reporter  V47N4

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Latest News

  • Representative Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC), center, at the 2019 LEAP Congressional Reception with, l. to r., Vernon Jackson and the late Wilton Barnett, L-S50; IVP-NE John Fultz; Dan Weber, L-193; Clifton Saul, L-S50; EA-DGA Hannah Samuel; Ron Myers, L-193; and Darrin Furgason and Brian Bosse, Vulcan.

    Congresswoman Holmes Norton visits Boilermaker reception

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  • Delegates Andy Labeck and Christopher Donahue of Local 5, Zone 5 talk to a legislative staffer about the need to repeal the Cadillac tax, during the 2019 LEAP Conference in Washington, D.C.

    House Democrats and Republicans vote to repeal ‘Cadillac tax’

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  • IVP-Western States J. Tom Baca welcomes participants to the 2019 California Refinery Tripartite Conference in Napa.

    Second California Refinery Tripartite spotlights manpower, skillsets and safety

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  • Boilermakers’ film partner Wide Awake Films won a Bronze Telly award for the video they produced about the L-D239 lockout.

    Boilermakers, partners win awards for campaign against lockout

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  • Forty members of L-627 gathered in the courtyard of the Arizona State Capitol for the local’s first annual Day of Action.

    L-627 contingent visits state legislators for Day of Action

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