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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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L-29 holds leadership training

Local 29 members (l. to r.) Brian Cahill, Chris Haynes, Kevin Sharland, and Scott Burke participate in a “tubeworks” exercise as part of a Jan. 14-15 field leadership class.

Members attend steward, foreman education programs

MEMBERS OF LOCAL 29 (Boston) attended leadership training programs at their union hall in January. On Jan. 7-8, Donald Caswell (Director of Communication, Education, and Training Services) and Dale “Skipper” Branscum (Director of Construction Division Services) conducted steward training.

Locals  L-29
Reporter  V48N1

Railroad retirement calls will soon be toll-free

THE U.S. RAILROAD Retirement Board (RRB) announced that all 53 field offices should have toll-free telephone service by April. A single toll-free number, 1-877-RRB-5RRB (1-877-772-5772), will provide RRB customers with nationwide access.

Implementation began in Nov. 2008 with 12 locations; an additional 18 field offices were added to the nationwide toll-free telephone service in January. The remaining 23 RRB field offices should be included in March.

Reporter  V48N1

Don’t forget to include the ‘information highway’ in your travels

The Boilermakers’ Web site offers valuable information and resources for members and the public.

Web site offers visitors hundreds of pages of valuable resources

FOLLOWING THE 29th Consolidated Convention in 1996, the Communication Department gave the International Brotherhood a presence on the World Wide Web through the creation of a Web site at http://www.boilermakers.org. This award-winning site was completely overhauled in 2006, and has now grown to over 500 pages of information about the Boilermakers union, union benefits, organizing, political action, and current news.

Tags  Featured
Reporter  V48N1

L-60 apprentice moonlights in union-made gear

Bill Herman, a third-year apprentice with Local 60 (Peoria, Ill.), holds one of the T-shirts he designed for his company, Union Boilermaker Gear.

BILL HERMAN BECAME a field construction Boilermaker apprentice in 2005, joining Local 60 (Peoria, Ill.) in Sept. 2006. Throughout his four-year apprenticeship, his frustration grew in his search to find union-made clothing and gear. When he graduated in March 2009, he did so with the hope that no other Boilermaker would have to go through such an exhausting search, not now that he has opened his own online company called UnionBoilermakerGear.com.

Tags  Local News
Locals  L-60
Reporter  V48N1

MOST holds project management training

Project management training, Jan. 18-23, Embassy Suites Hotel, Kansas City, Mo.

MEMBERS FROM 17 Boilermaker lodges traveled to Kansas City, Mo., to attend a project management training class sponsored by MOST, the Boilermakers’ Mobilization, Optimization, Stabilization, and Training Fund. Held at the Embassy Suites Hotel near the Kansas City International Airport Jan.

Reporter  V48N1

L-193 members stack it up in Alexandria

Local 193 members use a 365-ton crane to move a new ductwork section into place at the Mirant power plant on the Potomac River in Alexandria, Va. Sections ranged in size from 19,000 to 41,000 pounds.

Ductwork demo/install work on Mirant power plant stacks is on schedule

MEMBERS OF LOCAL 193 (Baltimore) have been on the job in Alexandria, Va., since August 2008, replacing old ductwork at the Mirant Potomac River Generating Station. The job is expected to be completed in February.

Working for Riggs Distler & Co. Inc., the Boilermaker crew is replacing everything from the ID fan to the stack tie-in on five units. In all they will remove 650,000 pounds of scrap metal and install 690,000 pounds of new steel, working a total of 190,000 man-hours.

Tags  Jobs
Locals  L-193
Reporter  V48N1

L-34 members celebrate holiday, raise funds for sick member

Over 100 people attend Local 34’s Christmas party in Topeka, Kan., including retired Intl. Vice Pres. Joe Stinger (pictured at right in off-white jacket).

MEMBERS OF LOCAL 34 (Topeka, Kan.) attended their annual Christmas party Dec. 13. The members usually celebrate Christmas at work by eating pizza together. But this year, with help from the law firm C. Marshall Friedman, they partied with their spouses at the Crestview Shelter House in Topeka. Over 100 active and retired members and guests enjoyed an evening of celebration and activities.

Tags  Local News
Locals  L-34
Reporter  V48N1

Third time is a charm for Local 11

After calling the building trades for help two years in a row, Exxon goes 100% union

TWICE MEMBERS OF Local 11 (Helena, Mont.) were called to the Exxon/Mobil refinery in Billings, Mont., to complete projects started by nonunion crews because the owner was dissatisfied with the work. The third time around, the company decided to award the entire job to the union.

Tags  Jobs
Locals  L-11
Reporter  V48N1

Per capita tax to increase 60 cents in 2009

Constitution calls for monthly union dues to increase by twice that amount

THE BUREAU OF LABOR Statistics (BLS) has announced a 2.84 percent average increase in hourly earnings for the manufacturing industry from July 2007 to July 2008. As a result, the International will raise its per capita tax in 2009 by 2.84 percent (60 cents), and monthly union dues will increase by twice that amount ($1.20), effective Jan. 1, 2009.

Reporter  V48N1

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