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Volume 55, Number 2
Apr 2016 to Jun 2016

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Connecticut congressman received second legislator of the year award, Boilermaker Code showcased at TAUC, Boilermaker Women making a difference, L-146's Holroyd makes history, Brotherhood prepares for 33rd Consolidated Convention, LEAP delegates learn, lobby in D.C. and much, much more...

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Locals award service pins

Local 1 • Chicago

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

  • 55 YEARS — Gary Metcalfe;
  • 45 YEARS — Jerome Petralia, John Skermont; and
  • 25 YEARS — Reyes Mirabal.

Local 69 • Little Rock, Ark.

RODNEY E. ALLISON, BM-ST of Local 69, Little Rock, Ark., reports presentation of membership pins to the following:

Tags  Local News
Locals  L-1, L-69, L-83, L-656, L-1510
Reporter  V55N2

L-587 wins national safety award

DISTRICT LODGE BM-ES CLAY HERFORD, center, accepts the top NACBE safety award on behalf of Local 587 (Orange, Texas). Joining in the presentation are (l. to r.) NACBE Exec. Dir. John Erickson, outgoing NACBE Pres. Greg Purdon, IVP-SE Warren Fairley and IP Newton Jones.

Safety records improve in two key areas

THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION of Construction Boilermaker Employers (NACBE) presented its annual safety awards to the 2015 top-performing locals from the Boilermakers’ four U.S. vice-presidential sections during the Construction Sector Operations conference held at Marco Island, Fla., Feb. 20-Mar. 3.

Tags  Headline News
Locals  L-11, L-85, L-587, L-667
Reporter  V55N2

Construction Sector addresses industry issues

CSO EXEC. DIR. KYLE EVENSON leads a session on the MBDS system.

IP Jones stresses push for new markets

BOILERMAKERS ENGAGED IN field construction gathered at Marco Island, Fla., Feb. 28-Mar. 3 for the annual conference on industry issues. The event offered business managers, International officers and International staff an opportunity to jointly review developments that impact the sector.

Business partners from the National Association of Construction Boilermakers (NACBE) hosted their own meeting concurrently with the Boilermaker event, and the two groups jointly participated in various sessions and side activities.

Tags  Headline News
Reporter  V55N2

Obama's climate change legacy: A costly missed opportunity

Newton B. Jones, Intl. President

Green Movement guides energy policy-making

OBAMA’S CLIMATE CHANGE legacy will be the subject of debate long after he leaves office in January 2017. But for those working in the U.S. fossil fuel industry, the verdict is already in. His legacy is one of shattered communities, shuttered power plants, shutdown coal mines — and lost blue collar jobs numbering in the tens of thousands.

Reporter  V55N2

Brotherhood prepares for 33rd Consolidated Convention

Delegates will renew constitution, elect officers

WHEN DELEGATES TO the 33rd Consolidated Convention meet at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas July 18-23, they will shoulder the heavy responsibility of renewing the Boilermakers Constitution and electing International Officers. The convention is by far the largest and most important gathering of Boilermakers, drawing participants from across North America and Hawaii to set the course for our Brotherhood for the next five years.

Reporter  V55N2

LEAP delegates learn, lobby in D.C.

Speakers address key issues, changing political landscape

IN THE RUN-UP to the November general elections, Boilermaker delegates had plenty to take in as they gathered for the LEAP conference at the Capitol Hilton Hotel in Washington, D.C. May 16-18.

Major issues like climate change, trade and jobs were discussed in detail, but the changing political environment also captured attention.

In his opening address, International President Newton B. Jones told delegates, “It has been one incredibly unique presidential election year.”

Tags  LEAP Issues
Reporter  V55N2

IBB reception draws members of Congress, aides

Labor allies, officials also attend

SOME TWO DOZEN members of Congress attended the Boilermakers’ legislative reception at the Capitol Hilton Hotel in Washington, D.C., May 16. Labor allies from the AFL-CIO, including President Rich Trumka, along with representatives from international unions and government officials such as NLRB member Philip Miscimarra, also joined the event.

Tags  LEAP Issues
Reporter  V55N2

L-146’s Holroyd makes history as Alberta AIT chair

Alberta Minister of Advanced Education Marlin Schmidt congratulates L-146 member j’Amey Holroyd upon her appointment as AIT board chair.

She is first trade unionist and first woman to head the board

J’AMEY HOLROYD, A member of Local 146 (Edmonton, Alberta) made history in May when she was named Chair of the Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training (AIT) Board.

It’s the first time in the board’s 71-year history that either a trade unionist or a woman has been appointed to the position.

Tags  Local News
Locals  L-146
Reporter  V55N2

Joe Courtney: Champion for IBB causes

Congressman Courtney acknowledges his 10-year partnership with the Boilermakers, calling the union “an incredible ally.”

Conn. congressman receives second legislator of year award

WHEN IT COMES to lawmakers who reliably fight for labor causes — especially IBB causes — Joe Courtney’s name frequently appears at the top of the list. The U.S. representative from Connecticut’s 2nd congressional district received his second Abe Breehey Legislator of the Year Award May 17 during the Boilermakers’ annual LEAP conference in Washington, D.C. He received his first award in 2007 during his first term in Congress.

Tags  LEAP Issues
Reporter  V55N2

L-28 apprentice serves as White House guard

L-28 apprentice and Marine guard Justin Hynes stands with his father, Franny, and President Barack Obama.

JUSTIN HYNES, A fourth-generation apprentice with Local 28 (Eastampton, N.J.), is proudly serving with the U.S. Marine Corps as a White House guard, reports Justin’s father, Franny Hynes, who is also a Local 28 member.

Franny says Justin placed his apprenticeship training on hold to serve in the Marines and that “his hard work habits and ‘can do’ attitude learned in the trade contributed to him being hand-picked for this important detail, from a field of hundreds of Marines.”

Tags  Local News
Locals  L-28
Reporter  V55N2

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