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the Boilermaker Reporter

Volume 48, Number 2
Apr 2009 to Jun 2009


Included articles:

Local 92 completes Chevron refinery job injury-free, Construction Division conference highlights, Peter Visclosky named Legislator of the Year, Delegates push for Employee Free Choice, Local 154 makes symbolic Navy anchor, and much, much more...

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Let's build on our political successes

Newton B. Jones, Intl. President

“In politics, the war is never won. The individual battles are what matter most.”

Employee Free Choice must be our first priority

THE ACHIEVEMENTS OF organized labor in recent elections have been nothing short of magnificent. Many in the media and in politics openly acknowledge that it was labor that made the difference in building pro-worker majorities in the U.S. House and U.S. Senate — and it was labor that helped lift union-friendly Barack Obama into the White House.

Reporter  V48N2

Most Americans support a carbon cap

A MARCH SURVEY conducted by the Pew Research Center for the People and the Press, a nonpartisan “fact tank” that provides information on attitudes and trends affecting public policy but does not take positions on issues, shows that a majority of the public (59%) favors setting limits on carbon dioxide emissions and making companies pay for their emissions, even if that may mean higher energy prices. A third (33%) oppose capping carbon emissions under these conditions.

Tags  Featured
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Members of Congress join delegates at reception

Hawaii Sen. Daniel Akaka, third from right, with (l. to r.) IR Dave Bunch; Dir. of Political Affairs Bridget Martin; Gary Aycock, L-627; Keola Martin, L-90; and IVP Warren Fairley.

Boilermakers build relationships with legislators

DELEGATES TO THE 41st annual LEAP conference welcomed legislators, congressional aides, and other guests to the Boilermakers’ congressional reception March 18 to continue the work of building good relationships.

Tags  LEAP Issues
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Local 592 earns national safety award

Lone Star District Lodge BM-ES Ron Keck (c.) accepts the national NACBE safety award on behalf of Local 592 (Tulsa, Okla.). Joining in the presentation are, l. to r., NACBE Exec. Dir. John Erickson, retired Central States IVP George Rogers, Intl. Pres. Newton Jones, and NACBE Pres. Wendell Bell.

Safety records improve, even with an 8.7 percent increase in man-hours

THE MORE YOU work, the more chances you have to get hurt. But even with an 8.7 percent increase in man-hours by field construction Boilermakers working in the United States in 2008, the safety records just got better, reports John Erickson, executive director of the National Association of Construction Boilermaker Employers (NACBE).

Locals  L-45, L-85, L-92, L-199, L-592
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Boilermakers receive awards for CAF, LEF support

Pittsburgh Local 154 delegates accept the award for the highest CAF contribution by a local from Intl. Pres. Newton Jones (holding award), with IVP Sean Murphy (4th from left) and Political Affairs Director Bridget Martin (r.).

Money helps pro-worker candidates, builds strong member education

BOILERMAKERS WHO EXCELLED at raising money for CAF and LEF in 2008 received recognition during the annual LEAP conference in Washington, D.C., March 18. International President Newton B. Jones presented crystal “capitol dome” awards to vice-presidential sections and individual local lodges for exceptional performance.

BY ACTION OF delegates to the Thirty-First Consolidated Convention, all local lodges must contribute no less than 25 cents per member, per month, to the Legislative Education Fund (LEF).

Tags  LEAP Issues
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LEAP delegates celebrate, then get down to work

IP Newton Jones tells Boilermakers, “You did great!”

Employee Free Choice Act draws focus on Capitol Hill

WITH A LABOR-friendly president in the White House and pro-worker majorities in both houses of Congress, one might have expected the annual conference of the Legislative Education-Action Program (LEAP) in Washington, D.C., March 15-20, to have been one big celebration.

Tags  LEAP Issues
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Boilermaker is first responder to plane crash

Local D308 trustee David Case serves as incident commander over rescue and fire suppression operations following the crash of Flight 3407 Feb. 12 near Buffalo, N.Y.

Local D308’s David Case grew up on street where Flight 3407 crashed into home

AS CHIEF OF the Clarence Center Volunteer Fire Company near Buffalo, N.Y., David Case has faced many emergencies. But those experiences could not have prepared the 36-year-old trustee of Local D308 (Bowmansville, N.Y.) for the catastrophic plane crash near his home on the night of Feb. 12.

Tags  Local News
Locals  L-D308
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CD conference assesses industry challenges, opportunities

Kyle Evenson, ED-CSO, chairs the annual construction conference March 2-5.

Despite economic downturn, business managers hear good news

THE WORLD ECONOMY may be in a tailspin, but business managers still heard some good news at the annual Boilermaker Construction Division conference at Marco Island, Fla., March 2-5.

The union added about 1,500 members in 2008, despite plant closings and a slow-down in capital projects. Total construction man-hours worked last year hit 40 million, up nearly 10 percent from 2007. And construction members tied a record for safety on the job, even with the additional man-hours and an influx of new craftsmen.

Tags  Headline News
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