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the Boilermaker Reporter

Volume 57, Number 4
Oct 2018 to Dec 2018

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Boilermakers cap off Laramie River Project, Long lockout over for Local D239, Boilermakers add voice to Women Build Nations Conference, Hilary Peach, L-359: poet, writer, sculptor, filmmaker, artist, Boilermaker, Graduate apprentices test their skills at BNAP competition, and much, much more...

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Boy Scouts earn badges, learn merits of being a Boilermaker

Boy Scouts earn a Model Design and Building merit badge by completing mock reeving project. From left to right: L-627’s Gary Bain, and Scouts Henry Flatt and Nathan Schrepfer.

Scouts complete mock reeving project with Local 627

BOY SCOUTS AND Boilermaker goals matched up perfectly when Scouts from the Boy Scouts of America Grand Canyon Council met up with Local 627 (Phoenix) and the Western States Apprenticeship Program. The Scouts fulfilled a goal to provide its members with career-oriented programs in partnership with community organizations. The local got an audience of young, prospective apprentices to educate. And the Scouts themselves earned their Model Design and Building merit badges.

Tags  Local News
Locals  L-627
Reporter  V57N4

Charles W. Jones Award presented to Local 26

(L. to r.) MOST Administrator Mark Garrett, IVP Southeast Warren Fairley, L-26 BM-ST Johnathon Bates and IP Newton B. Jones.

LOCAL LODGE 26 (Savannah, Georgia) was presented with the Charles W. Jones Award, during the 2018 MOST National Tripartite Alliance Conference in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, this past August. The award honors the local lodge demonstrating the highest use of specified MOST programs during the preceding year. International President Newton B. Jones presented the award to L-26 Business Manager/Secretary-Treasurer Johnathon Bates.

Tags  Headline News
Locals  L-26
Reporter  V57N4

Tradeswomen roar at Women Build Nations conference

IR Erica Stewart helps emcee the plenary sessions at Women Build Nations.

Over 50 Boilermakers attend eighth annual event

THEY’RE LOUD, THEY’RE proud, and they want their union brothers to know they’re capable on the job. That was the mantra of 52 Boilermakers along with 2,200 other skilled tradeswomen and union representatives who gathered for the 2018 Women Build Nations conference in Seattle October 12-14, sponsored by the North American Building Trades Unions.

Tags  Headline News
Reporter  V57N4

Local 169 apprentice pulls worker from burning ash

Local 169 apprentice Patrick Morand gives a thumbs-up after being hospitalized.

Boilermakers’ brotherhood bond is lifesaving

BEING FELLOW BOILERMAKERS, Patrick Morand and Bill Tyler already had a bond before the fateful night of August 10. But when 100,000 pounds of hot ash buried 15 Boilermakers, Morand’s heroic efforts to pull his coworker to safety made that bond lifesaving. The workers fell victim to a collapsed dust catcher at U.S. Steel’s Great Lakes Works Plant on Zug Island in the Detroit River.

Tags  Local News
Locals  L-169
Reporter  V57N4

National Tripartite Alliance holds 33rd conference

Former Congressman Richard Gephardt

President Jones highlights M.O.R.E. Work Investment Fund

THE MOST NATIONAL Tripartite Alliance brought together Boilermakers, owners and contractors in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, August 27-30 for the 33rd annual conference of the industry partnership. International President Newton B. Jones, conference chairman, opened the event with a discussion of the M.O.R.E. Work Investment Fund.

Reporter  V57N4

Slater keeps the L-169 streak going

2018 graduate apprenticeship competition winner Joshua Slater

Top graduate apprentice grateful for training, support

AT ANY TIME during the 2018 BNAP graduate apprenticeship competition, one could glance at winner Josh Slater and read the intense concentration and determination on his face — through flying sparks, up high rigging and even in consultation with his team weld partner. Concentration and determination, he says, are two things every apprentice at Local 169 (Detroit) learns early.

Locals  L-169
Reporter  V57N4

L-169’s Slater captures 2018 graduate apprentice title

COMPETITORS AT THE NATIONAL APPRENTICESHIP COMPETITION SHOWCASE THEIR SKILLS AT LOCAL 28 IN NEWARK, NEW JERSEY. Pictured from l. to r.: Matt Stillson, L-1; Joshua Slater, L-169; Dwayne Martin, L-40; Michael Estes, L-83; Joshua Roupe, L-154; Andrew Davis, L-29; Justin Williams, L-101; and Jason Eubanks, L-549.

Runner-up spot goes to L-29’s Davis; Northeast Section takes team honors

JOSHUA SLATER, A member of Detroit Local 169 (Great Lakes Area), won top honors at the 2018 National Apprenticeship Competition held at Local 28 (Newark, New Jersey) August 20-23. This was the fourth straight year a graduate apprentice of L-169 took top honors, and it was the local’s sixth top finish in the last 10 years.

Andrew Davis, a member of Local 29 (Boston), was named runner up. Team honors went to the Northeast, which paired Davis with Joshua Roupe, Local 154 (Pittsburgh).

Locals  L-1, L-29, L-40, L-83, L-101, L-154, L-169, L-549
Reporter  V57N4

IBB documentary makes powerful case for carbon capture

Newton B. Jones, International President

Union aligns with advocacy groups to promote CCS

A NEW IBB-PRODUCED video documentary “CCS: Bridge to a Cleaner Energy Future,” breaks ground in our quest to bring carbon capture and storage into mainstream conversation and to promote its development and deployment. The video and its companion website (cleanerfutureccs.org) offer a much-needed platform for viewers to learn about CCS and advocate for it around the world.

Reporter  V57N4

Cap lift crowns Laramie River Station job for Local 101

The SCR cap lift nears completion as dawn crests the horizon at Basin Electric’s Laramie River Station.

Boilermakers side-step 70-mph wind

IN THE FOGGY pre-dawn calm at the Laramie River Station, a coal-fired power plant east of Wheatland, Wyoming, Boilermakers working for contractor Graycor hustled to lift a 176-ton SCR (selective catalytic reduction) cap and fly it to top the new unit. Eight members worked against time to place the cap and beat the gusty Wyoming wind that usually kicks up around dawn.

Tags  Jobs
Locals  L-101
Reporter  V57N4

New Canadian leaders attend training in Toronto

Canadian business managers listen as presenters at a training in Toronto prepare them for their new lodge responsibilities.

NEW BUSINESS manager/secretary-treasurers from across Canada attended a training course in Toronto August 1 to prepare for their lodge leadership roles. International Vice President - Canada Joseph Maloney called for and hosted the training.

Locals  L-D10, L-128, L-146, L-191, L-203, L-555
Reporter  V57N4

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