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the Boilermaker Reporter

Volume 53, Number 2
Apr 2014 to Jun 2014


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LEAP conference called ‘the best one yet’

Delegates praise organization, planning

DELEGATES ATTENDING THE 2014 LEAP conference at the Hyatt Regency in Washington, D.C., April 27-May 1 found much to like about the annual event. A full-slate of quality speakers, a record-setting turn-out for the congressional reception, and the smoothest-running conference in recent memory had many participants describing the conference as “the best one yet.”

Tags  LEAP Issues
Reporter  V53N2

L-169 hosts high school welding competition

L-169 Apprenticeship Coordinator Mark Wertz speaks to high school students about a career with the Boilermakers.

Annual event draws 42 students from 12 schools

FORTY-TWO VOCATIONAL education students from 12 Michigan schools competed in the Local 169 (Detroit) High School Welding Invitational May 2. It was the 11th year for the annual event, which gives contestants an opportunity to test their welding skills and learn about a career as a Boilermaker. More than 500 students have participated since the event’s inception.

Marty Spencer, National Coordinator for the Boilermakers National Apprenticeship Program (BNAP), spoke to the group about apprenticeships.

Tags  Local News
Locals  L-169
Reporter  V53N2

Congressional reception draws large crowd

Nearly 50 members of Congress attend

FEDERAL LAWMAKERS AND A diverse crowd representing labor unions, federal agencies, contractors, industry owners, consultants and attorneys thronged the Boilermakers’ Congressional Reception at the Hyatt Regency Hotel near Capitol Hill April 28.

Tags  LEAP Issues
Reporter  V53N2

SEA Tripartite focuses on regional issues

Southern Company’s Mike Snowden speaks about leadership.

Leadership presentation draws on military experience

OWNERS, CONTRACTORS, AND Boilermaker leaders gathered in Destin, Fla., March 30-April 1 for the third annual Southeast Area (SEA) Tripartite conference to ad-dress common issues in the construction industry. The meeting covered safety, leader-ship, recruitment, apprenticeship, MOST programs, utility company forecasts, and other topics. Owner representatives from Tennessee Valley Authority, Southern Company, and Entergy were among those making presentations.

Tags  Headline News
Reporter  V53N2

IBB wins dispute over smelter ductwork

Alumina travels by conveyor at a Canadian aluminum plant.  Copyright © 2014 Rio Tinto

Decision hinges on waste gas handling, reverses umpire’s ruling

BOILERMAKER LOCAL 359 (Vancouver, British Columbia) emerged victorious April 1 in a jurisdiction dispute over the assignment of waste gas ductwork at the Rio Tinto Alcan aluminum smelter upgrade near Kitimat, B.C.

Tags  Headline News
Locals  L-359
Reporter  V53N2

L-667 apprentices build smoker-grill

Project tests group’s skills

FOURTH-YEAR APPRENTICES at Local 667 (Winfield, W.Va.) received a special challenge during their final class at the lodge’s training center in January. The soon-to-be journeymen were tasked with building a smoker-grill from scratch, starting with just a general set of blueprints.

Locals  L-667
Reporter  V53N2

Proud to join Boilermakers

I RECEIVED EXCITING mail [recently]; my long-term goal to work for the IBB had finally been realized — thank you. I will wear the crest with pride. You must know there are many experienced and skilled tradesmen who wish nothing more but to work under, and strengthen, the IBB, but for innumerable (and often nonsensical) reasons hit a dead end and fail in their efforts, and so end up under a different banner. Again, thank you for allowing me into this storied organization. I look forward to representing it with pride and good work.

Locals  L-133
Reporter  V53N2


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