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Volume 58, Number 3
Jul 2019 to Sep 2019


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L-D239’s president elected as Montana AFL-CIO president

Randy Tocci, L-D239 president is Montana’s new AFL-CIO president

RANDY TOCCI, WHO led Local D239 (Three Forks, Montana) through a three-month lockout last fall, was elected as Montana AFL-CIO president this past June in Missoula. He ran unopposed and began his term July 1.

Tocci told the Bozeman Daily Chronicle that his experience with the lockout and the support L-D239 received from not only Boilermakers, but also from other labor unions, politicians and the community, inspired him to become more politically active in the labor movement and run for the position.

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The underdog wins in Washington State

IVP-WS J. Tom Baca visits the Washington Capitol with Washington local business managers L-502’s Tracy Eixenberger and L-242’s Luke Lafley. From l. to r. Eixenberger, Mark Keffeler, Lafley, J. Tom Baca, Erik Seaberg, Mircha Vorobets and Trent Sorenson.

WITH THE WINDOWS rolled up tight against the freezing Alaska winter, Organizer Mircha Vorobets and IR/Organizer Erik Seaberg watched snow ping against the car’s windshield, the signal bars on their mobile phones slowly dropping to one as Anchorage faded from view. But before they totally lost service on that mid-February afternoon, one call got through. It was IVP-WS J. Tom Baca with news that would upend their lives for the next three months.

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New Northeast Training Facility hosts Welding Boot Camp

The new Northeast Training Facility opens its door to host the first of three Welding Boot Camps. Kneeling l. to r., Jordon Trust and Dominic Nacca. Front row l. to r., L-237 BM-ST Chris O’Neill, Instructor Joel Kipfer, IVP-NE John Fultz, Adam Church, Adam Ziegler and Ryan Hoffman. Middle row l. to r., Jerry Couser, Zeresehay Berhe, Ruark Danforth, Thomas McNeil, Jedediah Robertson, Instructor Daniel Badiali and Jason Dupuis, NEAAC. Back row l. to r., Jonathan Middleton, Chance Gendron, Tom Keegan and David

The new Northeast Training Facility opened its doors in July to host the first of three Welding Boot Camp sessions. IVP-NE John Fultz said hosting the boot camp as the first event at the new training center allowed them to test it out and determine its capabilities in action.

The facility passed with flying colors. So did the boot camp students, who completed the session with an impressive 100 percent pass rate.

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Boilermakers bring Aggregate Industries on board in West Virginia

Aggregate Industries

AFTER A NINE-MONTH organizing campaign, 36 workers at Aggregate Industries in Harpers Ferry, West Virginia, voted June 27 to join the Boilermakers union. The National Labor Relations Board certified the election results on July 9, and a negotiating committee is working on their first contract.

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Climate solutions should (and can) save our planet and our jobs

Newton B. Jones, International President

The urgency to mitigate climate change has pushed many to propose radical alterations to how humans exist on the planet. Some see the rapid abandonment of fossil fuels as essential to climate goals. This opinion certainly is at the core of the Green New Deal proposed by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY 14th) and Sen. Ed Markey (D-MA) earlier this year – and supported by some Democratic presidential candidates.

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Industrial Sector leaders energized at ISO conference

IP Newton B. Jones reminds delegates that when working people come together, they’re a powerful force.

FROM INSPIRING STORIES about Boilermakers winning more work in shipyards to negotiating contracts that add back benefits corporations wrenched away from members, Industrial Sector Operations lodge leaders were inspired and equipped at the ISO Conference July 9-11 in Las Vegas.

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Women at Work caucus holds inaugural meeting

Women At Work™ participants launch the Boilermakers’ new women’s caucus.

GIVEN THE HIGH priority of supporting sisters in the union, and with an eye toward adding more women to the ranks, Boilermakers launched its new women’s caucus, tentatively called Women At Work™, at the Industrial Sector Operations conference. Nearly 40 ISO Boilermaker sisters and other women met to participate in discussions about the contributions, opportunities and obstacles impacting women in manufacturing and the building trades.

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From horses to hardhats, mother and daughter rein it in

Jackie Chapman and her daughter, Sydney, on the roof of Indianapolis Power & Light Company Harding Street Station.

JACKIE CHAPMAN HAD no idea that her lifelong love of horses would lead her into a career as a Boilermaker. Or, that her daughter, Sydney Chapman, would follow in her footsteps.

Jackie, L-374 (Hobart, Indiana), grew up riding in barrel races and training quarter horses. While working various jobs at a union print shop and helping her dad build pole barns, Jackie took up welding horseshoes into decorative items as a hobby and selling them at the local western store.

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WS Tripartite Conference focuses on solutions to industry challenges

IVP-WS J. Tom Baca stresses relationship building among owners, contractors and Boilermakers.

Fossil fuels, safety, manpower among key topics

OWNERS AND CONTRACTORS joined the Boilermakers July 22-25 in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, to discuss industry challenges at the annual Western States Tripartite Conference. It was the 15th meeting of the group, which draws owners of refineries, power plants and other heavy industrial facilities, construction and maintenance contractors, and leaders from the Boilermakers International and local lodges.

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