THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION of Construction Boilermaker Employers (NACBE) presented its annual safety awards to the 2014 top-performing locals from the Boilermakers’ four U.S. vice-presidential sections during the Construction Sector Operations conference held at Marco Island, Fla., March 2-5.
DO YOU NEED help applying for a government program for student debt or finding an expert who can help you manage your debt and understand your rights? The AFL-CIO and the Lawyers Coordinating Committee are hosting a free student loan debt helpline, May 19-21, 9:00 a.m.-10:00 p.m. EST.
THE MOST DRUG policy for construction Boilermakers will once again include annual testing, effective August 31, 2015.
MOST Administrator Roger Erickson issued a memorandum to all construction lodges March 20 announcing the change. Under the revised policy, any construction member who is eligible for referral through the MOST Boilermaker Delivery System (MBDS) must comply with the policy by the August 31, 2015 deadline or face being placed on the ineligible list until the test can be completed with a negative test result.
[Letter addressed to Local 1 (Chicago) BM-ST John Riel]
HAYES MECHANICAL WISHES to extend our gratitude over Local 1’s cooperation and efforts in making the Waukegan Station unit 7 ESP Hot to Cold Conversion project a success. [ESPs, or electrostatic precipitators, remove particulates from a boiler’s exhaust stream. Hot or cold refers to the relative temperature of the exhaust gases entering the ESP and thus the overall size and design of the system.]
Steel Fab employees receive training, build solidarity
NEWLY ORGANIZED MEMBERS of Local 2014 rallied April 23 to promote solidarity as negotiations continue for a first contract with Steel Fab manufacturing in Lebanon, Va. The event was held at the Russell County Conference Center. About 200 employees of the company — one of the nation’s largest makers of ASME air receivers — are represented by the Boilermaker lodge.
The Southeast Area (SEA) Tripartite Alliance met at the Hilton Sandestin Hotel in Destin, Fla., March 30-April 1, to address industry issues. The alliance includes leaders from the Boilermaker, contractor and owner communities.
[Addressed to International President Newton B. Jones]
ON APRIL 24TH, while in town for a Local 69 [Little Rock, Ark.] retiree picnic, I attended a union meeting at the lodge. The meeting was well attended, and I noticed banners depicting the Boilermaker Creed hanging from the walls of the union hall. I was pleasantly surprised to see members stand up and recite the Boilermaker Creed when the meeting began. Business Manager Rodney Allison then explained how the characteristics identified in the Boilermaker Code describe what it means to be a Boilermaker.