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Volume 53, Number 4
Oct 2014 to Dec 2014

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Local 13's Arthur Kling wins 2014 graduate apprentice title, National Tripartite Alliance marks 25th anniversary of MOST, Boilermakers honor WWII-era auxiliary member, Boilermakers back Wounded Warriors fishing event, CCS power plant goes operational in Saskatchewan, and much, much more!

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IEC scholarship committee announces local, CFL winners

L-83 SCHOLARSHIP WINNERS are pictured with the lodge's scholarship committee. Front row, l. to r., Vice President Tom Dye, Megan Speichinger, Hayley Nash, Sarah Matthews and BM-ST Joe Lewandowski; back row, l. to r., Inspector John Seward, Trustee Chairman Casey Jensen, and President Scott Campbell.

THE BOILERMAKERS’ International Executive Council has announced its selection of scholarship recipients for three local lodges and the Canadian Federation of Labour (CFL).

The committee selected Victoria Wren Kuefler, daughter of Ken Kuefler, Local 146 (Edmonton, Alberta) to receive a $2,000 scholarship from the lodge. Victoria is a graduate of Holy Trinity Academy in Okotoks, Alberta. She is attending Mount Royal University in Calgary, Alberta, and plans to pursue a career in health care. (Attendance deferred for one year.)

Tags  Scholarships
Locals  L-13, L-40, L-83, L-105, L-108, L-146
Reporter  V53N4

Boilermakers union wins five ILCA awards

IBB cited for publishing and website work

THE INTERNATIONAL LABOR Communications Association has announced that creative work produced by the Boilermakers International has been selected for five awards for excellence.

The Communications Department and the Department of Government Affairs received a first place award in the “General Excellence – Non-periodical Publications” category for the Boilermakers’ LEAP manual.

Tags  Headline News
Reporter  V53N4

Locals award service pins

Local 1 • Chicago

JOHN F. RIEL BM-ST of Local 1, Chicago, reports presentation of membership pins to the following:

Tags  Local News
Locals  L-1, L-83, L-193, L-647, L-1510
Reporter  V53N4

International announces 2014 scholarship winners

Twenty-seven Boilermaker dependents earn awards totaling $50,000

THE BOILERMAKERS’ International Executive Council scholarship committee announced the winners of its 2014 scholarship program this past April. The committee awarded $50,000 to 28 recipients, with $40,000 being allocated to U.S. applicants and $10,000 to Canadian applicants.

Reporter  V53N4

IBB hosts 6th USA Clay Shoot

The 6th Annual USA Boilermaker shoot draws 169 participants.

Event nets $94,000 for conservation

THE UNION SPORTSMEN’S Alliance (USA) 6th Annual Boilermakers Kansas City Sporting Clays Shoot held in Lenexa, Kan., September 6, netted $94,427 to support the group’s conservation mission. Held at the Powder Creek Shooting Park, the event drew 169 union members, shooting enthusiasts, volunteers and guests — including several members of the Armed Forces and the Fishing for Freedom program.

Reporter  V53N4

Like fossil fuels, renewables are not a perfect solution

Newton B. Jones, International President

Intermittency, high cost plague wind power

LAST WINTER’S POLAR vortex stretched the limits of U.S. energy systems to a near breaking point. Faced with record-setting cold temperatures from the Rockies to the Atlantic seaboard, utilities fired up reserve coal-fired boilers to keep the heat on for millions of Americans.

Reporter  V53N4

Locals  L-28
Reporter  V53N4

L-29 member hikes 2,200-mile Appalachian Trail

Holland and Miss Kay take a break along the trail.

Adventure takes more than five months

IF YOU EVER plan to hike the 2,186-mile Appalachian Trail, Dola Holland has some advice. Pack light. Bring rain gear. Plan on cold weather, even in the South.

Holland, a member of Local 29 (Boston) and his 4-year-old black lab, Miss Kay, made the five-and-a-half-month trek in 2013, starting in Maine on June 11 and ending in Georgia on November 23. It was a trip that had captured his imagination for some time, especially as the trail meanders close to his home near Plymouth, Vermont.

Tags  Local News
Locals  L-29
Reporter  V53N4

SaskPower to capture 90% of Unit 3 CO2 at Boundary Dam plant

An aerial photograph of SaskPower’s Boundary Dam Power Station. The new carbon capture and storage complex is shown at far right. SaskPower

L-555 has key role in first-of-a-kind CCS project

GLOBAL ENERGY INTERESTS are keeping a close eye on operations at the Boundary Dam Power Station in Saskatchewan these days, now that SaskPower has begun operating its rebuilt coal-fired Unit 3 with carbon capture and storage (CCS) capability.

Tags  Jobs
Locals  L-555
Reporter  V53N4

Boilermaker Code is “survival tool”

[Addressed to IP Newton B. Jones, via email]

I JUST WATCHED “The Boilermaker Code: Ending the Red Ass Era.” The Boilermaker Code may be the most important survival tool since the inception of the MOST programs. I am so glad to see that we are admitting to and addressing an issue that has cost us untold man-hours and dollars.

Thank you.

MELVIN P. COOMER
Local 374 (retired)

Locals  L-374
Reporter  V53N4

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Latest News

  • Pictured left to right: IP Newton B. Jones, L-92 BM-ST Oscar Davila, IVP Western States J. Tom Baca and MOST Administrator Mark Garrett.

    Top safety award goes to Local 92

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  • Locals award service pins

    Locals award service pins

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  •  L-D23’s Terris Deans, left, and Daniel Jones repair crane cables at the Cemex plant in Clinchfield, Georgia. Both Deans and Jones are in college through the plant’s college education program.

    L-D23 boosts education and safety at Cemex plant

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  • From l. to r., B&W’s Boilermaker superintendent Don Wallace, supervisor Eric Boggs, rigging engineer Steve Fox, construction manager Marty Crum, and L-744’s Steven Walters, foreman Stephen Ginley, Business Manager Martin Mahon and (kneeling) Gregory Pamer.

    Babcock & Wilcox asks L-744 members to install antique boiler

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  • L-5, Z-7’s Jacob Weber and partner Zane Martin, L-29, both from the Northeast, work on the buddy weld exercise. The test requires contestants to cut out a section of a bad tube and replace it with a new one.

    Local 374’s Shick earns top honors at National Apprenticeship Competition

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