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Volume 50, Number 1
Jan 2011 to Mar 2011

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Plight of Avondale workers remains in doubt, Marinette shipyard workers await $3.6 billion construction boom, 2011 LEAP issues, L-555 Langan award, Local 363 restores 1895 steam tractor, and much, much more...

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NALC food drive is set for May 14

Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive

Postal workers will handle pick-ups

THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION of Letter Carriers (NALC) will conduct its 19th annual “Stamp Out Hunger” food drive May 14. The event is especially important now, with the economy slow to recover and millions of Americans out of work.

Reporter  V50N1

Union Plus expands job loss grants

Furlough and strike assistance grants are also available

UNION PLUS HAS announced the expansion of job loss grants and the addition of two new hardship grants. The grants are available to qualifying members who hold a Union Plus credit card.

Previously, the $250 job loss grants were available to cardholders who applied for the benefit within six months of their last day on the job. Under the new policy, cardholders have up to 12 months after their job loss date to apply.

Cardholders must have been out of work for 90 days or longer to be eligible.

Tags  Union Plus
Reporter  V50N1

ALERT! Railroad health plan seeks dependent Social Security numbers

RAILROAD MEMBER DEPENDENTS who do not have Social Security numbers (SSNs) and/or Medicare health insurance claim numbers (HICNs) on file with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services risk losing their coverage under the Railroad Employees National Health and Welfare Plan.

Tags  Take Action
Reporter  V50N1

Clean air rules could create 1.5 million jobs

CONSTRUCTION BOILERMAKERS could see a rise in work as the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency rules push utilities to invest in new pollution controls, according to a report commissioned by Ceres, a coalition of environmentalists and institutional investors.

Reporter  V50N1

Letters to the Editor

L-29’s Moffatt thanks Boilermakers

MY BIG BROTHER, Dave, got me started as a Boilermaker in 1975. At age 54, I could not continue in the trade [due to health reasons]. Just before Christmas, a couple of my friends from Local 29 took up a collection, and I received $4,072. I can’t explain how much it meant to me.

Locals  L-29, L-549, L-647
Reporter  V50N1

Locals award service pins

Local 1 — Chicago

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

50 YEARS Gerald Daniel;
40 YEARS James Altman, Thomas Brennan, Benjamin Kosiek, Andrew Wayne Zaner;
35 YEARS Thomas Barry, Daniel Favia, Dennis Finnegan, Robert Hughes, Andrew Reid, John Riel, Louis Truffa, Kevin Sheehan, James Ward Jr.; and
25 YEARS Cruz Garcia, James K. Maddox.

Tags  Local News
Locals  L-1, L-7, L-242, L-374, L-433, L-647
Reporter  V50N1

GOP-backed budget cuts could strangle economy

Newton B. Jones, International President

Defunding government programs will cost jobs, threaten unions

FACED WITH A national debt that has grown to over $14 trillion over the past decade, Washington is debating how best to proceed with deficit reduction — and Republican-sponsored budget cuts are quickly spiraling out of control. The unfolding budget battles could have a dire impact on job growth and the nation’s continued economic recovery. Those battles will also define what kind of nation we leave our children and grandchildren.

Reporter  V50N1

Union membership declines by .6 million

Recession, construction fall-off contribute to drop

AFTER TICKING UPWARDS in 2008, union membership in the United States declined for the second straight year, dropping by 612,000 workers in 2010, according to a new report by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). Last year, total union membership — both private and public sectors — slipped from 15.3 million to 14.7 million workers, from 12.3 percent of the U.S. workforce to just 11.9 percent. Slightly less than 12 workers out of a hundred belonged to a union at the end of 2010.

Tags  Headline News
Reporter  V50N1

Natural gas climate benefits may be overstated

Comparison of Emissions from Each Segment of the Natural Gas and Petroleum Industries.

THE ENVIRONMENTAL Protection Agency may soon increase its estimates of life-cycle greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from natural gas-fueled power generation, according to an article in Pro Publica by Abrahm Lustgarden. Citing an EPA technical support document, Lustgarden points out that the higher estimates would mean that natural gas is only marginally more climate-friendly than coal.

Reporter  V50N1

U.S. House fends off Davis-Bacon attack

Amendment fails 233-189

THE U.S. HOUSE of Representatives defeated a budget bill amendment Feb. 19 that would have suspended the Davis-Bacon Act through the remainder of fiscal year 2011, which ends Sep. 30. Introduced by Rep. Steve King of Iowa, the amendment lost by a 233-189 vote.

Reporter  V50N1

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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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