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Volume 57, Number 2
Apr 2018 to Jun 2018

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California Refinery Tripartite Launches, Boilermakers celebrate 50 years of LEAP, Western States Section convenes historic M.O.R.E. Work Action Council, Boilemakers Dedicate Salt Lake City Training Center, Bank of Labor fights scams targeting senior citizens, Nearly 200 complete Code training at Plant Vogtle, Young Local 73 member sets the bar with Red Seal certification, and much, much more...

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Liberty Bell award commemorates LEAP’s golden anniversary

Liberty Bell award commemorates LEAP’s golden anniversary

To commemorate LEAP’s 50th anniversary and thank the Boilermakers Government Affairs Department, Local 13 (Philadelphia) presented Cecile Conroy, Director of Government Affairs, with a special Liberty Bell award during a morning delegate session. In addition to preparing and conducting the annual LEAP Conference, the Government Affairs team stays on top of legislative issues that might impact Boilermakers, prepares materials to assist Boilermaker delegates with lobbying, and coordinates political action activities.

Tags  LEAP Issues
Locals  L-13
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Locals award service pins

Locals award service pins

Local 1 • Chicago

ERIC S. DAVIS, BM-ST of Local 1, Chicago, reports presentation of membership pins to the following:

  • 55 YEARS — Sylvester Lopaczynski Jr.

Local 60 • Morton, Illinois

KIRK W. COOPER, BM-ST of Local 60, Morton, Illinois, reports presentation of membership pins to the following:

Tags  Local News
Locals  L-1, L-60, L-83, L-647, L-650, L-667
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Western States Section convenes historic M.O.R.E. Work Action Council

IP NEWTON JONES, foreground, explains the M.O.R.E. Work Investment Fund at the inaugural meeting of the Western States M.O.R.E. Work Action Council.

Group votes to cover member TWIC cards

IN AN HISTORIC event in Salt Lake City May 7, International officers, International reps and business managers from the Western States’ eight construction locals launched the first-ever M.O.R.E. Work Action Council meeting.

M.O.R.E. (Marketing, Organizing, Recruitment and Employment) is a work investment fund financed by U.S. construction members and designed to transform the union using proactive, coordinated strategies to increase work opportunities and bring in new members.

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Boilermakers’ reception brings legislators

Rep. Cheri Bustos (D-IL 17th), fifth from right, with, l. to r., IVP-NE John Fultz; John Tortat, L-60; guest Julie Tortat; guest Debbie Cooper; Kirk Cooper, L-60; IR Bill Staggs; IR Miguel Fonseca; ED-QCCUS/AD-CSO Eugene Forkin III; and IVP-WS J. Tom Baca.

CONGRESSMEN AND WOMEN, Boilermakers and guests met up at the Mayflower Hotel April 24 for informal conversation and photo ops at the 2018 LEAP Congressional Reception.

The reception, which takes place after two days of education, legislative updates and lobbying on Capitol Hill, is a longstanding part of the annual LEAP conference. The event gives Boilermaker delegates a chance to follow up with their elected representatives and continue building relationships in an effort to bring Boilermaker issues to the forefront and enlist legislative champions for those issues.

Tags  LEAP Issues
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New Utah center ready to prep next generation of Boilermakers

Jim Cooksey cuts the ceremonial red ribbon to signify the center’s official opening. l. to r. WSJAC Assistant Coordinator Andrew Jones, BOL President Bob McCall, SBCTC President Robbie Hunter, WSJAC Area Coordinator Collin Keisling, Cooksey, Charmayne Cooksey, IP Newton Jones, IVP Tom Baca, and Jenny Farney and Dan Klingman of Lincoln Electric.

J.G. Cooksey WSJAC Boilermaker Training Center opens for business

CLEAR SALT LAKE City skies and the snow-capped Wasatch and Oquirrh Mountains made a picture-perfect backdrop as Boilermaker dignitaries and friends cut the ribbon and opened the new world-class J.G. Cooksey WSJAC Boilermaker Training Center this past May.

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Southeast Area Tripartite focuses on adapting with industry changes

IP Jones unveils the M.O.R.E. Work Investment Fund.

Companies, contractors depend on trained-and-ready Boilermakers for mutual success

SAFETY, SHIPYARDS, THE power industry and the M.O.R.E. Work Investment Fund were hot topics during the 2018 Southeast Area Tripartite, March 26-28 in Destin, Florida. More than 115 company representatives, contractors and Boilermakers met under the uniting theme “Working Together for a Stronger Industry!” to build relationships, learn the latest industry info and confront challenges.

Tags  Headline News
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Young Local 73 member sets the bar with Red Seal certification

Michael Barnett, Director of New Brunswick Apprenticeship and Occupation Certification, left, awards L-73’s Sheldon Patterson with his Red Seal Certificate.

SHELDON PATTERSON IS already an over achiever. The 21-year-old from Local 73 (Halifax, Nova Scotia) became the first New Brunswick Teen Apprentice Program (NBTAP) graduate to earn a Red Seal Certification (a skills accreditation for construction industry workers). He’s also the youngest person in recent years to become a Red Seal Boilermaker.

Tags  Local News
Locals  L-73
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Labor-business partners launch California Refinery Tripartite

California State Building and Construction Trades Council President Robbie Hunter, with IP Jones and Western States IVP Tom Baca, receives an award for his longstanding partnership with Boilermakers.

Refiners, contractors, Boilermakers seek common ground, industry solutions

WHEN THE IDEA to convene a California refinery-focused tripartite was first envisioned, Western States International Vice President J. Tom Baca anticipated 40 to 50 refiners, contractors and Boilermakers would attend the inaugural event hosted by the Brotherhood.

Tags  Headline News
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CCUS gains wider acceptance as climate change solution

Newton B. Jones, Intl. President

Technology breakthroughs, renewable limitations drive shift

CAPTURING AND USING carbon dioxide as a way to mitigate climate change has for decades been broadly dismissed by many climate activists, environmental groups, scientists and government officials as expensive, impractical and unnecessary.

That mindset is finally beginning to change markedly, thanks to advances in technology and the growing realization that renewables alone cannot solve the climate problem.

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  • 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.

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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.

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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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