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Thanks for contact after father’s death

MY FATHER [the late William C. Calhoun, Local 74, Houston], in his early days, was very proud of being a part of boiler-making. He said it was a very hot job. My daddy was a special man. He had one leg eight inches shorter than the other due to a childhood accident. It did not stop him from doing anything. He wore an eight-inch cork shoe. Thank you [National Funds Office] so much for contacting me. I will not forget how great a union you are to contact me after five years of his death.

CARLA K. ZALTISIK
Proud daughter of Bill Calhoun

Locals  L-74
Reporter  V53N1

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.

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Locals  L-359

L-154 retirees host chili cook-off

The Local 154 (Pittsburgh) Retirees Club held its first annual chili cook-off during the group’s February meeting. Competing for the top honor were, left to right, Bill Karas, Ralph Polite, winner Don Halbedl, Bill Cornelius, and George Felsing.

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Locals  L-154

Locals award service pins

HANS HOOGENDOORN, right, receives a watch commemorating his 55-years of membership in Local 549 (Pittsburg, Calif.) from BM-ST Mark Sloan. Chartered in 1983, L-549 is a shop, ship building, and metal working lodge.

Local 1 • Chicago

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

  • 45 YEARS — James G. Hagan, Robert F. Schwartz.

Local 40 • Elizabethtown, Ky.

MICHAEL AUTRY, BM-ST of Local 40, Elizabethtown, Ky., reports presentation of membership pins to the following:

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Reporter  V53N1

Massive Whiting refinery upgrade goes online

Evening shot of BP’s reconfigured 12 Pipestill unit. The new 166-ft.-tall vacuum tower is in the foreground.  Photo courtesy of BP.

BP’s $4.2 billion private investment is largest in Indiana history

VIRTUALLY ALL OF the Boilermakers working the massive upgrade to the BP Whiting Refinery in northwest Indiana have gone home or moved on to other jobsites, but the skills they brought and the work they performed at the sprawling plant just south of Chicago will yield production improvements for years to come.

Tags  Jobs
Locals  L-1, L-40, L-60, L-374
Reporter  V53N1

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