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the Boilermaker Reporter

Volume 57, Number 3
Jul 2018 to Sep 2018


Included articles:

Boilermakers build eucalyptus-fueled power plant, ISO conference draws high attendance, Take a peek at the 'Amazon of boating accessories and parts', Boilermaker family legacy spans 76 years, and much, much more...

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Midwest Refinery gets a facelift

Boilermakers working for Madison Industrial lift the new reactor into place.

Engineers, planners, fabricators and contractors spent over a year in preparation to complete a major renovation of the FCC Unit at the Phillips 66 Wood River Refinery in Roxana, Illinois, in March and April of 2018.

Six hundred Boilermakers (450 from Local 363 in East St. Louis, Illinois, and another 150 from other locals) were among the more than 3,000 personnel who completed this turnaround safely, on time and on budget.

Tags  Letters, Kudos
Reporter  V57N3

Past scholarship recipients praise Boilermaker legacy

Past scholarship recipients praise Boilermaker legacy

Dozens affirm positive impact of scholarships

FOR THE PAST 30 years, the Boilermakers union has awarded select high school seniors scholarships to help with college expenses. Recently, the Scholarship Committee asked past recipients how receiving a Boilermaker scholarship impacted their lives. Recipients are using their education in a variety of ways — teaching, serving in the military, working to eradicate homelessness, solving crimes, and seeking cures for disease, just to name a few. Read their inspiring stories below.

Tags  Scholarships
Reporter  V57N3

L-374 treats visiting instructors to blacksmithing demo

L-374’s Nick Tokarz explains the hammer forging process.

Hammer forging offers apprentices opportunity to try age-old craft

BOILERMAKER APPRENTICE INSTRUCTORS attending the first-ever BNAP-sponsored national conference in Chicago in May took a road trip to nearby Local 374 (Hammond, Indiana) to watch a demonstration of blacksmithing skills.

Nick Tokarz, L-374 Assistant Director of Development and Training, coordinated and led the demonstration, assisted by L-374 welding instructor Pete Merkel along with Pat Quinn and Dan Neville of the Center for Metal Arts in Johnstown, Pennsylvania.

Locals  L-374
Reporter  V57N3

Tags  Headline News
Reporter  V57N3

EPA proposes replacement for Clean Power Plan

Newton B. Jones, Intl. President

ACE rule seeks to undo CPP overreach

A NEW EPA rule to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from existing coal-fired power plants is generating heat of its own. Proponents, including the Boilermakers union, support the rule while opposing groups seek to kill it. Known as the Affordable Clean Energy (ACE) rule, the proposal would replace the controversial Clean Power Plan (CPP) promulgated by the EPA during the Obama administration.

Reporter  V57N3

Locked out L-D239 stands strong, seeks return to work, fair contract

Members of Local D239 in Three Forks, Montana, man the picket line outside the Imerys Talc facility that locked them out August 2. Lodge president Randy Tocci holds a toy unicorn, referencing Montana Governor Steve Bullock’s assertion to the media that the lockout is a “unicorn” in Montana — a rare occurrence. The last lockout in the state happened in the 1980s.

Local community, nationwide and global support pours in after French multinational demands cuts to pensions, healthcare

THIRTY-FIVE LOCAL D239 Boilermakers in Three Forks, Montana, have been locked out at Imerys Talc America since August 2, their families going without paychecks and more after the French-owned company served up “last, best and final” contract demands that removed critical benefits.

Tags  Headline News
Locals  L-D239
Reporter  V57N3

BNAP hosts first-ever National Instructor Conference

Mark Wertz, BNAP NC, welcomes instructors to the inaugural National Instructor Conference.

Topic experts, hands-on demos lead to high-energy, intensive learning

A NEW TRAINING format brought more than 60 instructors together for a conference in Chicago this past May for three high-energy days of interactive classes, tool and product demonstrations, idea-sharing and even a field trip to nearby Local 374 (Hammond, Indiana) for a close-up look at its blacksmithing operation.

Reporter  V57N3

ISO conference stresses organizing, recruiting

ISO conference stresses organizing, recruiting

Leaders from 104 local and district lodges attend

WITH UNIONS INCREASINGLY under attack, nearly 200 Boilermakers demonstrated their solidarity at this year’s Industrial Sector Operations Conference, eager to find the right tools to grow Boilermaker membership and strengthen their locals. The conference, held in Las Vegas July 24-27, drew one of the highest turnout in its history. Delegates gained informative and inspirational advice about organizing, recruiting and the need to increase union density worldwide.

Reporter  V57N3

Union trades reach major safety milestone at Vogtle nuclear plant

Vogtle Units 1-4  ©Georgia Power Company. All rights reserved.

Owner, contractor applaud 53 million man-hours without lost-time injury

FIFTY-THREE MILLION MAN-HOURS without a single lost-time injury is impressive — even more so on a massive, nuclear construction job. Southern Nuclear Company CEO and President Steve Kuczynski along with Bechtel Site Director Ty Troutman announced that major safety milestone at Vogtle Units 3 & 4 in southeast Georgia in July.

Tags  Headline News
Reporter  V57N3


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