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LEAP names 2008 legislative issues, L-169 members tear down, rebuild blast furnace in under 100 days, Boilermakers attend UN climate change conference, recruiting program adds 500 workers in first year, HAZMAT/radiological training for railroad members, and much, much more...

Dying pines signal global warming has arrived

One of the many faces of climate change. >

THE SIZE OF A GRAIN of rice, the female mountain pine beetle is able to slip through the crevices in the bark of lodgepole, ponderosa, scots, and limber pine trees and lay her eggs. In about

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L-40 revamps Marathon regenerator

Local 40 members finalize the removal of the regenerator’s old air grid at Marathon Petroleum.

Boilermakers work 80,000 man-hours with no recordables

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L-687’s Sibley teaches Afghans to weld

Apprentice Thomas Sibley

Apprentice serves with South Carolina National Guard

SPECIALIST THOMAS SIBLEY, a third-period apprentice with Local 687 (Charleston, Heights, S.C.) didn’t figure on putting his welding skills to much use when his National Guard unit shipped out to Afghanistan in May 2007. A communications specialist with the 218th Brigade Combat Team, Sibley handles video teleconferencing assignments, linking his unit to others around the world.

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Local 374 members complete rigging yard

After breaking ground for the local’s new rigging yard last April, Local 374 journeymen and apprentices began erecting the steel frame.

New addition reinforces lodge’s commitment to contractors, customers

MEMBERS OF LOCAL Lodge 374 have not one, but two high-tech training facilities. One is located by their lodge office in Hammond, Ind.; the other can be found about 300 miles south in Dale, Ind., where members recently completed a new rigging yard.

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Local 1 VP Schwartz named fire chief

Bob Schwartz, Local 1 (Chicago) vice president and business agent, is now “Chief Schwartz.”

Interest in fire fighting spans decades

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Asbestos

Flickr photo by brunkfordbraun

ONE OF THE MOST hazardous substances we might encounter in the workplace, asbestos has been used for centuries because of its excellent fire resistance and insulating properties. Asbestos has been

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District D11 forms safety committee

Group will serve cement locals in Western Canada

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Local 146 celebrates 60 years

Top apprentices earn recognition at the Local 146 anniversary celebration. L. to r. are Sheena Binette (2nd-year welder), Brent Toohey (3rd-year Blmkr.), Ricky Sens (entry-level Blmkr.), and Jarediah Bradley (3rd-year welder).

Members honor apprentices, long-term service

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Political action can change nation’s course

Newton B. Jones, Intl. President

IN FEBRUARY the Executive Council voted unanimously to endorse Senator Barack Obama for president of the United States. Our endorsement was not an easy decision.

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