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the Boilermaker Reporter

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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Per capita tax to increase 40 cents in 2011

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

THE BUREAU OF LABOR Statistics (BLS) has announced a 1.7 percent average increase in hourly earnings for the manufacturing industry from July 2009 to July 2010. As a result, the International will raise its per capita tax in 2011 by 1.7 percent (40 cents), and monthly union dues will increase by twice that amount ($0.80), effective Jan. 1, 2011.

Tags  Featured
Reporter  V50N1

First all-Canadian project management course held in Vancouver

Pictured above are, l. to r., front row: Berren Sonier, L-73 (Halifax, Nova Scotia); Dan Dutkiwich, Local 146 (Edmonton, Alberta); and Steve McGuire, Local 128; second row, Scott Brechin, L-146; Greg Florell, Local 555 (Winnipeg, Manitoba); Grant Jacobs; Sam Basque, L-73; Jody Pedersen, L-146; and Jerry Flaherty, Local 203 (St. John’s, Newfoundland); third row, Gerry Klimo; j’Amey Holroyd, L-146 training coordinator; at center of group, Andy Ogrodnik, L-555; J. P. Gogosha, L-128; Hugh Cameron, L-128; and Sk

17 members from six locals attend

SEVENTEEN CONSTRUCTION Boilermakers from six local lodges attended the first project management course to be held in Canada with all-Canadian participants. The training took place in Vancouver, British Columbia, Nov. 7-12.

The week-long course was taught by Dale “Skipper” Branscum, Director of Construction Division Services, and Gerry Klimo, Local 154 (Pittsburgh) safety training coordinator.

Training coordinators Scot McMahon, Local 128 (Toronto, Ontario) and Al Bennett, Local 359 (Vancouver) audited the program.

Locals  L-73, L-128, L-146, L-203, L-359, L-555
Reporter  V50N1

L-363 repairs 1895 steam tractor

Jumbo, an 1895 12-hp. steam engine tractor, is operational again thanks to the efforts of Local 363.

PMC donates material; members provide labor at no cost to museum

THE LABOR AND Industry Museum in Belleville, Ill., was stumped. “Jumbo,” their 12-hp. steam engine tractor built in 1895 by Harrison Machine Works in Belleville, was out of commission. Jumbo needed work on the firebox section of its boiler, and the museum couldn’t find an organization willing to make the costly repairs. That is until they called their area Boilermaker hall — Local 363.

Tags  Local News
Locals  L-363
Reporter  V50N1

Union dollars put union members to work

Construction begins on a union-financed, union-built pediatric center in Yonkers, N.Y.

Boilermakers invest in pediatric center that L-5 members may help build

THE BOILERMAKERS union, as an HIT investor, is helping to finance a new pediatric center that HIT anticipates will employ New York Local 5 members in its construction. The project is being funded by labor pension capital through HIT — the ALF-CIO Housing Investment Trust. HIT is providing $100 million to finance the new home for the Elizabeth Seton Pediatric Center in Yonkers, N.Y.

Tags  Jobs
Locals  L-5
Reporter  V50N1

First class of Local 193 members earn OSHA 30 authorization

Baltimore Local 193 members complete OSHA 30 classes conducted by primary instructor William Herd (in yellow shirt, center front).

TWENTY-NINE MEMBERS of Baltimore Local 193 have earned OSHA 30 authorization by completing four, MOST-administered training classes.

According to Local 193 BM-ST Michael Herd, this is the first class of Local 193 members to earn OSHA 30 authorization. They began a series of training in February, and completed the OSHA 30 requirements in July. Participants ranged from third-year apprentices to 35-year Boilermakers. Classes were held on Saturdays and Sundays so members would not have to miss work. William Herd served as primary instructor.

Locals  L-193
Reporter  V50N1

Local 128’s Nadeau spends retirement volunteering

Jean-Marie and Florence Nadeau are pictured with children wearing Local 128 hats and T-shirts at the Marsh Orphanage in Acapulco, Mexico.

Couple travels to Mexico to teach children, maintain orphanage

FLORENCE AND JEAN-MARIE Nadeau, a retired member of Local 128 (Toronto, Ontario), are living part-time in Mazatlan, one of Mexico’s greatest vacation destinations. Their time, however, is not spent at an exotic resort, but in volunteer work at some of Mexico’s poorest regions.

Locals  L-128
Reporter  V50N1


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