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the Boilermaker Reporter

Volume 56, Number 1
Jan 2017 to Mar 2017

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IVP-Northeast Haggerty retires after distinguished career, Western States breaks ground on new training center, CSO conference tackles industry challenges, Boilermakers’ USA shoot hits fundraising high, L-374 members learn Code during AEP Rockport project, Local 73 good Samaritan backs cross-Canada cyclist, and much, much more.

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Remembering Number 17

Mary Claire, Julianna and Jack Borzell

Local 13 family keeps son’s memory alive with philanthropy

RETIRED BUSINESS AGENT Jack Borzell, his wife Mary Claire, and daughter Julianna have turned the tragic loss of their son and brother, John, into a positive mission of honor and remembrance.

Tags  Local News
Locals  L-13
Reporter  V56N1

L-374 members learn Code during AEP Rockport project

L-374 members listen to a presentation by MOST instructors Ray Parrot and Jim Porter.

Owner, contractor sponsor training for 100

NEARLY 100 MEMBERS of Local 374 (Hammond, Indiana) received paid time off for Boilermaker Code training during a project to install a selective catalytic reduction (SCR) system at the AEP Rockport, Indiana, plant February 21-23. The training was sponsored by AEP and contractor Graycor. The night shift attended the first session, and the day shift broke into two segments to attend training on the second and third days.

Locals  L-40, L-374, L-667
Reporter  V56N1

Preserving national pension involves us all

Newton B. Jones, Intl. President

Trustee actions will help address fund imbalance

IN JANUARY, TRUSTEES of the Boilermaker-Blacksmith National Pension Trust took steps to address an emerging threat to the fund. Essentially, the problem is one of too little money going into the fund for the amount being paid out in benefits. If left uncorrected, this imbalance could, over time, trigger government intervention with potentially negative consequences for plan participants.

Reporter  V56N1

L-73 good Samaritan backs cross-Canada cyclist

Sean Richardson, left, and Keven Michaud, L-73, pause during their ride across Canada to raise awareness of the veteran suicide rate.

Trip raises awareness of veteran suicide rate

LEAVE IT TO a Boilermaker to help a stranger when he’s down. That’s what Kevin Michaud, Local 73 (Halifax, Nova Scotia) did when he saw Sean Richardson, cyclist and veteran advocate, pushing his bike along the highway in Edmundston, New Brunswick in August 2016.

Tags  Headline News
Locals  L-73
Reporter  V56N1

Union breaks ground for regional training center

The new J.G. Cooksey WSJAC Boilermaker Training Center is being financed by Bank of Labor. Left to right: Bob McCall, BOL President; Bill Arnold, BOL Executive Vice President/Director of Client Services; J. Tom Baca, IVP-WS; Bill Creeden, IST; and Joe Keller, BOL Senior Vice President, Manager Commercial Banking Division.

Salt Lake City facility will feature robotic welding, 30 booths

THE BOILERMAKERS UNION broke ground Feb. 9 on a new regional training center in Salt Lake City designed to provide advanced welding instruction to journeymen, apprentices and helpers.

Tags  Headline News
Reporter  V56N1

Unions rally in support of Atlantic Coast Pipeline

L-45 BM-ST Danny Watson, left, speaks in support of the proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline project on January 30 at the Virginia State Capitol. Photo courtesy of Daniel Duncan, AFL-CIO Maritime Trades Department

New pipeline could employ Boilermakers on gas-fired units, compression stations

BOILERMAKERS AND OTHER union members from Virginia’s building and construction trades gathered at the Virginia State Capitol on January 30 to advocate for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline. Danny Watson, Business Manager/Secretary Treasurer for Local 45 (Richmond, Virginia) spoke at the rally. He said they were also there to show support for Governor Terry McAuliffe, who backed the project in spite of opposition from environmental activists.

Tags  Local News
Locals  L-45
Reporter  V56N1

Retired Boilermaker creates art for charity

All donations for the calendar go to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, Tenn.

FREDRICK W. MCDONALD, Jr. is using his passion for art to raise money for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee. The Local 83 (Kansas City, Missouri) retiree created a 2017 calendar with his original art, including some drawings of children, in an effort to help St. Jude advance its mission to find cures and to prevent pediatric diseases.

Locals  L-83
Reporter  V56N1

L-627 hosts Boilermaker Code training in New Mexico

Thirty-four members of L-627 and L-4 attend Boilermaker Code and steward/jurisdiction training in Farmington, New Mexico, Jan. 17-18. Jacob Evenson, L-627 BM-ST, is in the first row, fifth from left. Instructors include Code trainers Ernie Dorsey, first row, far left, and Steve Speed, first row, far right; and L-627 Assistant Business Manager and steward/jurisdiction trainer Richard Lerma, second row, far left. Jay Brophy, MOST representative/technical support is in the third row, far left.

Owner, contractor reps show support

LOCAL 627 (PHOENIX) hosted two days of Boilermaker Code and steward training Jan. 17-18 in Farmington, New Mexico, drawing more 34 members, including some from Local 4 (Page, Arizona).

The Boilermaker Code is the newest program of the MOST trust and is aimed at educating and inspiring members to work with absolute professionalism on every project. The program stresses the importance of “living the Code” to build trust and earn opportunities for more work.

Locals  L-4, L-627
Reporter  V56N1

Boilermakers USA shoot hits fundraising high

Event raises $160,000, draws 186 shooters

THE UNION SPORTSMEN’S Alliance (USA) 8th Annual Boilermakers Kansas City Sporting Clays Shoot raised more than $160,000 to set a new record for all USA shooting events Sept. 24. The event, held at the Powder Creek Shooting Park in Lenexa, Kansas, attracted 186 participants. Representing the Boilermakers union were 23 teams from various locals and from the International. A total of 38 teams participated.

Reporter  V56N1

Seventy-two receive field supervisor training in Canada

L-555 (Regina, Saskatchewan), Feb. 17-18  Seated, left to right: Sean Dixon, Justin McRedmond, Noel Loffler and Mike Feiffer. Back row: Grant Jacobs (Director of National Training), Dallas Rogers, Clayton Stephanson, Dana Koloski, Travis Englesman, Jade Herman and Jonathan White (Assistant National Training Coordinator).

Locals 128, 203, 146 and 555 host courses

NATIONAL TRAINING, CANADA, taught the Field Supervisor Leadership Training Course to 72 members across the country during 2016. The two-day sessions were held at Local 128 (Toronto, Ontario), Local 146 (Edmonton, Alberta), Local 203 (St. John’s, Newfoundland), and Local 555, facilities in Regina, Saskatchewan and Winnipeg, Manitoba.

Locals  L-128, L-146, L-203, L-555
Reporter  V56N1

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