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the Boilermaker Reporter

Volume 49, Number 2
Apr 2010 to Jun 2010


Included articles:

President Emeritus C.W. Jones dies at 86, Construction conference tackles industry issues, L-13's Jayne wins TAUC award, LEAP meets in D.C., L-28 member build sub, and much, much more...

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Letters to the Editor

Riveting is not a completely-lost art

I read the article in the Boilermaker Reporter about riveting [“Film captures story of Boilermakers,” p.3, Jan-Mar issue] and would like to let you know it’s not a completely-lost art. I’m a journeyman out of Local 85 [Toledo, Ohio]. My brothers, Tim [a former 10-year L-85 member], Terry [an active member who joined L-85 in 1992 with Todd], and I still drive rivets on Great Lakes’ freighters, as well as on high-pressure digesters in the Canadian paper mills.

Locals  L-74, L-85
Reporter  V49N2

LEAP honors two members for activism

L-11 President Robert Winger (c.) receives an award from IP Newton Jones, left, with IVP J. Tom Baca at right.

Winger, Maciejewski receive recognition

TWO MEMBERS WHO exemplify outstanding political activism received special recognition at this year’s LEAP conference.

Robert Winger, president of Local 11 (Helena, Mont.), received a certificate of appreciation for promoting clean coal technology. Winger has built positive relationships with the offices of Montana’s senators.

Tags  LEAP Issues
Locals  L-11, L-107
Reporter  V49N2

Conectiv praises L-13 power plant work

[Letter addressed to BM-ST James Banford Jr.]

THE MEMBERS OF Boilermakers Local Lodge 13 [Philadelphia] on the Conectiv Delta site [a 545-MW combined cycle power plant currently under construction in Delta, Pennsylvania]... have represented your organization well and sustained a level of professionalism and commitment to safety aligned with your established objectives.

Tags  Kudos
Locals  L-13
Reporter  V49N2

Steelworkers cite IBB solidarity for ending strike

District Lodge D11 members refuse to unload barges

BOILERMAKER CEMENT LODGES in western Canada are credited with helping to end a strike and lockout between Lafarge and United Steelworkers (USW) Local 816 in early May.

IBB Local D385 (Vancouver, British Columbia) and Local D277 (Bamberton, British Columbia) refused to unload barges carrying lime from quarries operated by the Steelworkers following a strike and subsequent lockout. The labor dispute ran from April 27 to May 6.

Tags  Local News
Locals  L-D277, L-D385
Reporter  V49N2

Film examines tax break abuses

AFL-CIO Pres. Richard Trumka discusses corporate abuse of tax breaks with IP New

IP Jones and former L-524 president join panel discussion on Union Tank Car closure

A DOCUMENTARY FILM from UNITE HERE on corporate abuse of tax breaks for economic development premiered at Teamsters headquarters in Washington, D.C., May 13. Union and congressional leaders heard about the issue from a panel that included AFL-CIO President Rich Trumka, Boilermakers International President Newton B. Jones, UNITE HERE President John Wilhelm, and Kelly Hounshell, President of Local 524 when the closing of Union Tank Car ended the lodge.

Tags  Headline News
Locals  L-524
Reporter  V49N2

Construction conference tackles industry issues

IP Newton Jones urges business managers to prepare for a spike in work when the economy recovers.

Politics and economy frame discussions

UPCOMING NUCLEAR PLANT work, changes to the MOST (Mobilization, Optimization, Safety, and Training) programs, and pension developments were among the key topics addressed at the 2010 Construction Division Conference held at Marco Island, Fla., Mar. 1-4.

Tags  Headline News
Reporter  V49N2

Locals award service pins

L-146 55-year pin recipients, l. to r.: Adolf Zelt and Josef Zavazal Sr.

Local 1 — Chicago

John Skermont, BM-ST of Local 1, Chicago, reports the following membership pin presentation.

55 YEARS — Edward J. Downs

Local 40 — Elizabethtown, KY

RAY PARROTT, BM-ST of Local 40, Elizabethtown, Ky., reports presentation of membership pins to the following:

Tags  Local News
Reporter  V49N2

2010 Congressional Reception

FOR BOILERMAKER delegates attending the LEAP conference, the congressional reception is a special opportunity to build on the relationships they have established with U.S. senators and representatives.

Tags  LEAP Issues
Reporter  V49N2

Building a culture of safety is a worthy goal

Newton B. Jones, Intl. President

Milestones mark progress, but tragedies loom large

WE ARE AN ORGANIZATION that places a high value on the safety and health of our members. This is evident both in our Construction Sector and our Industrial Sector, whether our lodges are bringing in a complex job without a single recordable injury or winning awards for working safely in plants, shops, and shipyards. It is evident as well in our commitment to the MOST safety training programs, our apprentice training efforts, and the work of our health and safety directors in Canada and the United States.

Reporter  V49N2

IP Emeritus Jones dies at 86

President Emeritus Charles W. Jones 1923-2010

Union career spanned more than 50 years

THE INTERNATIONAL Brotherhood of Boilermakers lost one of its most respected and successful leaders April 5 when President Emeritus Charles W. Jones passed away at a Kansas City, Mo., hospice. He was 86.

Jones, or “C.W.” as he was fondly called by many, had a remarkable career with the Brotherhood that spanned more than half a century, including 20 years (1983-2003) as International President. His firm hand and sharp intellect guided our union through some of its most trying years.

Reporter  V49N2

Latest News

  • Pictured left to right: IP Newton B. Jones, L-92 BM-ST Oscar Davila, IVP Western States J. Tom Baca and MOST Administrator Mark Garrett.

    Top safety award goes to Local 92

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  • Locals award service pins

    Locals award service pins

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  •  L-D23’s Terris Deans, left, and Daniel Jones repair crane cables at the Cemex plant in Clinchfield, Georgia. Both Deans and Jones are in college through the plant’s college education program.

    L-D23 boosts education and safety at Cemex plant

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  • From l. to r., B&W’s Boilermaker superintendent Don Wallace, supervisor Eric Boggs, rigging engineer Steve Fox, construction manager Marty Crum, and L-744’s Steven Walters, foreman Stephen Ginley, Business Manager Martin Mahon and (kneeling) Gregory Pamer.

    Babcock & Wilcox asks L-744 members to install antique boiler

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  • L-5, Z-7’s Jacob Weber and partner Zane Martin, L-29, both from the Northeast, work on the buddy weld exercise. The test requires contestants to cut out a section of a bad tube and replace it with a new one.

    Local 374’s Shick earns top honors at National Apprenticeship Competition

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