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Volume 48, Number 1
Jan 2009 to Mar 2009

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Election 2008 Boilermakers' endorsements, Obama-McCain candidate comparison, Local 614 members build submarine in record time, NASSCO workers ratify agreement, Labor's opponents attack Employee Free Choice Act, L-146's Pinault wins Canadian apprentice contest, 2008 Boilermaker scholarship content winners, and much, much more...

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Mark your calendars for summer training

Annual collective bargaining institutes to be held weeks of July 26 and August 2

STEWARDS, OFFICERS, AND other local lodge leaders should consider enrolling in the Boilermakers Collective Bargaining Institutes, offered through the University of Wisconsin School for Workers July 26 and August 2. These institutes offer the most comprehensive training in collective bargaining, grievance handling, and other aspects of local lodge leadership of any courses provided by or through the International.

Reporter  V48N1

Boilermakers cosponsor event at UN conference

Boilermakers DLA Abe Breehey addresses a session titled “Manufacturing Climate Solutions” at the UN Conference on Climate Change in Poznan, Poland, on Dec. 10, 2008.

BOILERMAKERS WERE represented for a second year in a row at the United Nations Conference on Climate Change last December. The meeting, in Poznan, Poland, included an event cosponsored by the Boilermakers at which Dir. of Legislative Affairs Abe Breehey discussed how Boilermakers can perform many of the jobs needed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, including manufacturing key elements of the green technology supply chain.

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Economist argues for larger stimulus package

Moderates in the Senate who have negotiated a slimmer version of Pres. Obama’s stimulus package are missing the boat, says economist Dean Baker, co-director of the Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR). They have managed to reduce the total cost of the package by about $100 billion, he says, but in doing so they have also reduced the number of jobs it will create by about one million.

Tags  Headline News
Reporter  V48N1

Senate confirms Solis as labor secretary

Labor Secretary Hilda Solis

Obama pick vows to revamp employer-leaning DOL

THROUGHOUT HIS CAMPAIGN, President Obama promised to choose someone who recognizes that it is the Department of Labor, not the Department of Management, to head that agency. And he has done just that by appointing Hilda Solis as the next secretary of labor. Solis grew up in a union family and has been a champion of workers throughout her more than 15 years in public service, in California and in Congress.

Tags  LEAP Issues
Reporter  V48N1

New study shows advanced coal technology will create jobs

A STUDY CONDUCTED by BBC Research and Consulting concludes that developing carbon capture and storage (CCS) technology and installing it in electric-power generation facilities will create millions of high-skilled, high-wage jobs for American workers. Throughout his presidential campaign, Pres. Obama repeatedly cited CCS technology as a way to reduce greenhouse gas emissions while continuing to meet the nation’s growing need for electrical power.

Reporter  V48N1

Medal of Honor remains elusive for L-13’s Gresko

Gresko’s boot camp graduation photo, 1969.

Supporters hope four decades of denial will be reversed

A HEROIC DEED from 39 years ago continues to inspire Local 13 (Philadelphia) Boilermakers to seek the Medal of Honor for one of their brothers, retired member Richard Gresko.

Fighting in Vietnam with the 1st Marine Division, then-Lance Cpl. Gresko, age 20, threw himself on an enemy grenade on March 11, 1970, to save three fellow Marines during a night ambush. The Philadelphia native received the Navy Cross in 1976, the second-highest award for valor a Marine can earn.

Tags  Local News
Locals  L-13
Reporter  V48N1

LEAP announces 2009 legislative issues

Delegates will discuss priorities on Capitol Hill

BOILERMAKER DELEGATES FROM across the nation will meet in Washington, D. C., March 16-20 to seek congressional support for key issues during the 41st annual Legislative Education-Action Program (LEAP) conference.

The Department of Government Affairs plans and presents the conference. Members attend educational sessions, hear guest speakers, and attend meetings in U.S. House and Senate offices with their elected representatives or congressional aides. This year’s key legislative issues are summarized below.

Tags  LEAP Issues
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Kudos

ConocoPhillips says Local 92 members “walk the talk”

AS THE FCC Particulate Project [Wilmington, Calif.] wraps up, I would like to comment on the outstanding participation by our team members of Boilermakers Local 92 [Los Angeles]. Without their commitment, our project would not have been a success.

Boilermakers Local 92 [demonstrated] the belief that safety is number one. They walk the talk. They truly believe in our project motto, “Safety Takes Every Person.”

Tags  Featured
Locals  L-92, L-199, L-627
Reporter  V48N1

New contract summaries

A brief listing of recent agreements signed and ratified by Boilermaker local lodges

National Cement Lodge

Effective Aug. 29, 2008 to Aug. 28, 2011, for eight members of the National Cement Lodge who make perlite (a form of natural glass) at Chemrock Corp. in Bala Cynwyd, Pa.

L-104 — Seattle

Effective March 31, 2008 to March 31, 2011, for 10 members of Local 104 (Seattle), who make forestry equipment and parts at Acrowood Corporation.

Tags  Featured
Reporter  V48N1

Locals award service pins

Local 1 — Chicago

John Skermont, BM-ST of Local 1, Chicago, reports presentation of membership pins to the following:

40 Years – Thomas C. Patterson;
35 Years – Thomas E. Hartley; and
30 Years – Greg C. VanHaren.

Local 34 — Topeka, Kan.

Kenneth Nelson, Local 34 rec. sec., Topeka, Kan., reports presentation of membership pins to the following:

Tags  Featured
Locals  L-1, L-34, L-60, L-374
Reporter  V48N1

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Latest News

  • John Messina, L-154, and an unidentified man carry Harold Gold to safety from his stranded vehicle during a flash flood in Pittsburgh.

    Boilermaker surges into action to rescue flash flood victim

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  • The new Northeast Training Facility opens its door to host the first of three Welding Boot Camps. Kneeling l. to r., Jordon Trust and Dominic Nacca. Front row l. to r., L-237 BM-ST Chris O’Neill, Instructor Joel Kipfer, IVP-NE John Fultz, Adam Church, Adam Ziegler and Ryan Hoffman. Middle row l. to r., Jerry Couser, Zeresehay Berhe, Ruark Danforth, Thomas McNeil, Jedediah Robertson, Instructor Daniel Badiali and Jason Dupuis, NEAAC. Back row l. to r., Jonathan Middleton, Chance Gendron, Tom Keegan and David

    New Northeast Training Facility hosts Welding Boot Camp

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  • Aggregate Industries

    Boilermakers bring Aggregate Industries on board in West Virginia

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  • Newton B. Jones, International President

    Climate solutions should (and can) save our planet and our jobs

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  • Members of Local 158 wear red to raise funds for Honor Flights. They donated $2,100 to Honor Flights at their May meeting.

    Local 158 donates to veterans’ Honor Flights

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