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the Boilermaker Reporter

Volume 50, Number 1
Jan 2011 to Mar 2011


Included articles:

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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Marinette shipyard workers await $3.6 billion construction boom

The first U.S. Navy littoral combat ship, USS Freedom (LCS 1) conducts a speed run during builders’ trials. The ship is designed for littoral, or close-to-shore, operations and to provide access and dominance in coastal-water areas. Photo courtesy of Lockheed Martin.

New Navy contract calls for 10 more littoral combat ships

THE WORK OUTLOOK for members of Local 696 (Marinette, Wis.) has taken a decidedly positive turn in recent months. Last December, the U.S. Navy awarded Lockheed Martin a $3.6 billion contract to continue building littoral combat ships (LCS) at the Marinette Marine Corp. shipyard in northeast Wisconsin. The contract includes options for 10 additional warships through 2015.

Tags  Headline News
Locals  L-449, L-696
Reporter  V50N1

DGA announces 2011 LEAP issues

WHEN DELEGATES TO the 43rd annual Legislative Education Action Program (LEAP) conference gather in Washington, D.C., March 21, they will encounter a much different political picture than existed last year.

The November 2010 mid-term elections produced an historic number of new members of Congress. Delegates will need to introduce our union to the staffs of these new representatives and senators, and outline our priorities on the issues impacting the Brotherhood’s diverse membership.

Tags  LEAP Issues
Reporter  V50N1

Plight of Avondale workers remains in doubt

L-1814 President Chris Burnett stands near the bow section of an LPD ship under construction at the Avondale shipyard in 2009.

Northrop Grumman plans to close shipyard by 2013

AS MEMBERS OF Local 1814 (Bridge City, La.) report for work at the Avondale shipyard each day, they do so with a sense of foreboding. Unless something changes dramatically, Northrop Grumman will shut down Avondale, eliminating about 4,500 jobs by 2013. Nearly 1,000 Boilermakers worked at the shipyard and at the smaller Tallulah shipyard until last fall, when the company began laying off workers. The firm ceased operations at Tallulah in late 2010. By early February 2011, only about 550 L-1814 members remained at Avondale.

Tags  Headline News
Locals  L-693, L-1814
Reporter  V50N1

Union Sportsmen’s Alliance announces new logo

BOILERMAKERS WHO BELONG to the Union Sportsmen’s Alliance (USA) may have noticed the organization’s new logo, which was released late last fall. A circular emblem in blue and green — reflective of the earth, woods, and water — the logo includes icons depicting a whitetail deer, a bass, and a duck. According to the USA, these are the types of game most pursued by USA members.

Tags  Headline News
Reporter  V50N1

L-199 helps reform Florida redistricting laws

L-199 volunteers work to help pass constitutional amendments curtailing gerrymandering in Florida.

Constitutional changes will limit gerrymandering

A NON-PARTISAN group seeking to reform Florida’s redistricting laws has cited Local Lodge 199 (Jacksonville, Fla.) as one of the key players in its successful ballot initiative last November. The initiative, backed by Fair Districts Florida, included two constitutional amendments aimed at discouraging the practice of gerrymandering. It passed by more than 60 percent of the vote.

Tags  LEAP Issues
Locals  L-199
Reporter  V50N1

L-555 apprentice receives Langan Award

L-555 Business Rep Ted Stark, l., accepts a $5,000 check to fund a new award for

Mike McMullin named first recipient

LOCAL LODGE 555 (Winnipeg, Manitoba) presented its first Mark Langan Apprentice Achievement Award to Mike McMullin Dec. 1, 2010. The award recognizes apprentices who demonstrate commitment to the Boilermaker trade. It takes into account volunteerism, attendance at union meetings, work ethic on the job, performance in apprenticeship school, and respect by co-workers.

Locals  L-555
Reporter  V50N1

Canadian BCTD re-elects IVP Maloney chairman

Joseph Maloney - International Vice President for the Western Canadian Section

DIRECTORS OF THE Canadian Building and Construction Trades Department, AFL-CIO, re-elected Boilermaker International Vice President for Western Canada Joe Maloney to a second three-year term as chairman of its executive board during a meeting last November. The board includes leaders from all 14 international construction unions in Canada.

“It is a great pleasure to be elected once again to this position,” Maloney said. “It is truly humbling to know that fellow construction industry trade unionists have the faith and support in me and the Boilermaker organization."

Tags  Headline News
Reporter  V50N1

Boilermaker son named top football player

Chris White, son of the late L-112 member Larry White and grandson of retired member James B. White, played for Mississippi State.

Chris White chosen best collegiate player in Mississippi

THE BEST COLLEGE football player in the state of Mississippi last year has strong Boilermaker roots. Chris White is the son of the late James B. (Larry) White Jr., who belonged to Local Lodge 112 (Mobile, Ala.) until his death in 1999, and is also the grandson of retired L-112 member James B. White.

Tags  Local News
Locals  L-112
Reporter  V50N1

L-1620 Blacksmiths help set safety record

L-1620 members finish a safety meeting. L. to r., Chris Butcher, Chad Stout, Pres. Bill Bailey, Rec. Sec. Roger Jonas, Chuck Frontz, Donald Stein, committeeman Marc Bogenschutz, Doug Greenway, Caleb Carpenter, and Darwin Harshman.

Forge goes one million hours without lost-time accident

ABOUT 140 BOILERMAKERS working as blacksmiths for Portland Forge in Portland, Ind., joined other union workers and management employees at the facility to celebrate a remarkable milestone last November — one million man-hours without a lost-time accident.

Locals  L-1620
Reporter  V50N1

L-359 members donate to family of slain teen

Workers, mining contractor raise $5,100

WHEN NEWS THAT 15-year-old Loren Leslie was found slain in central British Columbia, near the town of Vanderhoof, last November, Boilermakers working at the nearby Endako Mine expansion project decided to do something for the girl’s family.

Local 359 (Vancouver) members Kerry Hughes and Chris Frazer spearheaded a collection at the work site, assisted by fellow members Leon McCrea and Gerald Bergstrom.

Tags  Local News
Locals  L-359
Reporter  V50N1


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