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the Boilermaker Reporter

Volume 50, Number 2
Apr 2011 to Jun 2011

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Boilermakers excel at Prairie State power plant build, Boilermakers mourn the loss of Abe Breehey, Construction conference tackles industry issues, LEAP fires up delegates, Local 687 wins NACBE Safety Award, Boilermakers support Canadian workers’ memorial, Local 28’s Engle family lends a hand to historic documentary, and much, much more...

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Canada funds Helmets to Hardhats

Helmets to Hardhats

IVP Maloney cited for leading effort

AFTER MORE THAN three years, a push to bring Helmets to Hardhats (H2H) to Canada has finally paid off, with a June 6 announcement that the Canadian federal government will provide funding for the program. H2H connects military veterans with careers in the construction industry. It was first established in the United States, in 2003, and has been highly acclaimed for its innovation and effectiveness.

Tags  Headline News
Reporter  V50N2

Bechtel thanks L-363 for Prairie State work

I AM WRITING to recognize the Boilermakers working on the Prairie State Energy Campus, a 1,600-megawatt, state-of-the-art power plant in Washington County, Ill.

On Aug. 28 the Boilermakers of Local 363 [E. St. Louis, Ill.], along with many members from other [Boilermaker] locals, hung the last boiler wall in the second of two 800-MW Universal Pressure (UP®) boilers.

Tags  Letters, Kudos
Locals  L-363
Reporter  V50N2

L-83 completes training facility

Ground-breaking ceremonies get under way March 13, 2010, for L-83’s new training

A NEW ADDITION to the Local 83 (Kansas City, Mo.) union hall has more than doubled the size of the existing facility, from 10,000 square feet to 21,000 square feet. According to BM-ST Randy Cruse, the addition includes a training area with an indoor rigging structure, approximately 2,000 square feet of new office space, and basement storage space. Skylights provide natural lighting in the training facility. Previously, L-83 members had received training at the International training center in Kansas City, Kan. That facility has since closed.

Tags  Local News
Locals  L-83
Reporter  V50N2

Grandfather finishes apprenticeship one year before grandson begins his

Three generations of the Goddards stand together while on an Enerfab job at AEP’

Three generations of Goddards are active members of L-667

THE BOILERMAKER TRADE is often passed down through generations. But while it’s not uncommon to hail from a multi-generational Boilermaker family, it is quite unusual for three generations of the same family to work at the same job sites, as Steve, Dale, and Patrick Goddard have done on a number of occasions. The men are all members of Local 667 (Charleston, W.Va.). Most recently, they worked together for Enerfab during an outage at AEP’s Kammer power plant in Moundsville, W.Va.

Tags  Local News
Locals  L-667
Reporter  V50N2

L-1393 members rally in Harrisburg, Pa.

Local 1393 members rally for workers’ rights

MEMBERS OF RAILROAD Local 1393 (Altoona, Pa.) rally for workers’ rights recently on the steps of the Pennsylvania capitol in Harrisburg. Across the country, union members are joining together to condemn Republican efforts to deny public workers collective bargaining rights and undermine labor unions. L. to r., Brian Chirdon, president; Bill Brubaker, chairman (Boilermakers); Bob Isenberg, vice president; Jerry Conrad, finance secretary; Tom Risbon, retired chairman (Blacksmiths); and Joe Chirdon, recording secretary.

Tags  LEAP Issues
Locals  L-1393
Reporter  V50N2

Boilermakers support Canadian workers’ memorial

Martine Allain, Julie Allain, and Josee Allain, daughters of L-73 member Omer Al

Daughters of deceased L-73 member lay wreath at Saint John, NB, monument

THE FORMAL DEDICATION and unveiling of a new monument to commemorate Canadian workers who have been killed or injured on the job took place on April 28th at Rockwood Park in Saint John, New Brunswick. The unveiling was part of a “day of mourning” ceremony in which more than 30 wreaths were laid at the foot of the monument by family members and union representatives.

Locals  L-73
Reporter  V50N2

Tumultuous times precede convention

Newton B. Jones, Intl. President

IN THE FIVE years since our last convention, historic changes have challenged us and tested our resolve. As Boilermakers have done throughout our 131-year history, we have risen to meet those challenges — adapting to change with innovative approaches, making sacrifices where necessary, and above all, standing together as brothers and sisters to advance our future.

Reporter  V50N2

LEAP delegates make politics ‘local’

Local 169 BM-ST Bob Hutsell, second from right, discusses a Korean free trade ag

Lawmakers get reminder that Boilermakers vote

THE LATE TIP O’Neill, who served as Speaker of the House for 10 consecutive years, authored a book titled “All Politics Is Local.” What he meant by that statement, which he attributed to his father, was that politicians should never forget where they come from — and who their constituents are.

As Boilermakers attending the 2011 LEAP conference can attest, that is sage advice, not only for politicians, but for those who travel to Capitol Hill to lobby for their issues.

Tags  LEAP Issues
Locals  L-40, L-169, L-696
Reporter  V50N2

Labor board sues Arizona over antiunion law

Employee Free Choice Act

Three other states may face NLRB suits

IF THE EMPLOYEE Free Choice Act ever became law (the legislation has been halted for now in the U.S. Congress), workers could form a union simply and quickly. All they would need is a majority of the proposed bargaining unit to sign cards. Or they could opt for a secret ballot election. However, governments in four states — all led by Republican governors and Republican-majority legislatures — have recently passed constitutional amendments to deny workers the first option, in effect heading off any future Free Choice law.

Tags  LEAP Issues
Reporter  V50N2

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