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Volume 55, Number 1
Jan 2016 to Mar 2016

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Included articles:

Boilermakers help prove Einstein theory, Local 359 helps with $5 billion smelter upgrade, Community group honors IP Jones with top labor award, L-290's Deanna Cain cited for union activism, SB 54 creates a new, safe day at refineries, L-11's Small attends State of the Union, and much, much more...

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Locals award service pins

National Transient Lodge

MARK VANDIVER, Director, National Transient Division Services, reports presentation of a membership pin to the following:

  • 40 YEARS — Timothy L. Thompson.

Local 1 • Chicago

JOHN F. RIEL, BM-ST of Local 1, Chicago, reports presentation of membership pins to the following:

Tags  Local News
Reporter  V55N1

L-159 defends Boilermaker-Blacksmith pension

L-159 BARGAINING COMMITTEE MEMBERS, l. to r., Tim Ehrhart, Ken Chamberlain and Carl Zielinski.

Members stand firm, defeat employer’s 401(k) switch

BOILERMAKERS LOCAL 159 (Wyoming, Pa.), led by its bargaining committee, preserved the members’ participation in the Boilermaker-Blacksmith National Pension Trust in contract negotiations completed with Ashley Machine Tool earlier this year. Members ratified the proposed agreement Feb. 19. The contract is effective Jan. 14, 2016, to Oct. 31, 2018.

The bargaining committee included President Kenneth Chamberlain, chief steward Carl Zielinski and first shift shop steward Tim Ehrhart.

Locals  L-159
Reporter  V55N1

L-D27 rescue team tests mine emergency response

Lodge joins with other unions, agencies in regional drill

A MINE RESCUE team from Local D-27 (Sugar Creek, Mo.) and eight other teams from across the Midwest tested emergency tactics and equipment during a drill at Eagle Materials’ limestone mine in Sugar Creek, Mo., Nov. 6-7. The event was sponsored by the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA), Central Plains Cement Company and the Missouri Department of Labor.

Eagle Materials owns and operates the mine and the adjacent cement plant located near Kansas City, Mo. L-D27 members are employed at both facilities.

Locals  L-D27
Reporter  V55N1

L-11 president attends Obama State of Union

L-11 PRESIDENT JASON SMALL, left, accompanies Montana Sen. Steve Daines to the 2016 State of the Union in Washington, D.C.

Jason Small recalls impression of Capitol event

JASON SMALL, PRESIDENT of Local 11 (East Helena, Mont.) enjoyed a bird’s eye view of one of the nation’s top political events when he attended the annual State of the Union (SOTU) at the U.S. Capitol January 13.

Small, who is politically active, especially on matters pertaining to the future of coal and opportunities for Native Americans (he is a member of the Northern Cheyenne Nation), attended the SOTU as a special guest of U.S. Sen. Steve Daines of Montana.

Tags  Local News
Locals  L-11
Reporter  V55N1

Supreme Court's CPP stay offers hope for coal industry

Newton B. Jones, Intl. President

Boilermakers play role in legal challenge to halt EPA monstrosity

THE U.S. SUPREME Court's 5-4 decision February 9 to place a hold, or “stay,” on the implementation of EPA's costly and overreaching Clean Power Plan is a critical, if temporary, victory for the Boilermakers union, the United Mine Workers of America, the coal industry and the future of power generation in the United States. It is also an extraordinary legal precedent.

Reporter  V55N1

Women in Trades honors L-290 BM-ST Cain

L-290 BM-ST Deanna Cain

Award cites union activism

THE WASHINGTON WOMEN in Trades Association honored Local 290 (Bremerton, Wash.) Business Manager/Secretary-Treasurer Deanna Cain for union activism at the group’s 9th Annual Dream Big Dinner held Nov. 21 near Seattle. Cain was among six women recognized for their leadership roles.

Cain also serves as secretary-treasurer for the Bremerton Metal Trades, which represents workers at the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard. She previously served Local 290 as a steward and recording secretary.

Tags  Local News
Locals  L-290
Reporter  V55N1

Community group honors IP Jones with top labor award

President Jones delivers his keynote address prior to accepting the Labor Leadership Award.

President’s tribute draws standing ovation

THE INSTITUTO LABORAL de la Raza presented International President Newton B. Jones with its International Labor Leadership Award March 5 in San Francisco. Some 500 labor leaders, community activists and sponsors attended the event, including a large contingent from the International, local lodges and Bank of Labor.

The Instituto is a community support group that provides labor rights education and legal advocacy to the working poor in California, especially immigrants from Mexico, Central America and Southeast Asia.

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Reporter  V55N1

Clean Power Plan will hurt poor

Luke Voigt, L-647 BM-ST

L-647 BM-ST Luke Voigt takes EPA rule to task

Editor’s Note: The following editorial first appeared January 12 in the Duluth News Tribune.

Tags  Commentaries
Locals  L-647
Reporter  V55N1

L-359 completes work on $4.8 billion aluminum smelter upgrade

The Rio Tinto Alcan aluminum smelter at Kitimat, British Columbia. Courtesy Rio Tinto Alcan

Rio Tinto’s Kitimat plant ups production, cuts pollution

THE ALUMINUM INDUSTRY has been a primary economic driver for the town of Kitimat, British Columbia, for some 60 years. But the Rio Tinto Alcan smelter located there — featured in National Geographic as the largest in the world when it was built in the 1950s — was due for an upgrade to modernize its operations and reduce environmental emissions.

Tags  Jobs
Locals  L-359
Reporter  V55N1

SB 54 creates a new, safe day at refineries

Local unions pushed together for statewide law to improve dangerous worksites

By Mark Edward Nero, Building Trades News (www.BuildingTradesNews.com)

SINCE IT WENT into effect in 2014, a law requiring private refineries to pay prevailing wages and employ a percentage of workers who have graduated from an apprenticeship program has made its impact in ensuring that Southern California refineries have skilled, safe and well-trained workforces, members of the Building Trades say.

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Reporter  V55N1

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