NEGOTIATORS FROM NEARLY 200 countries will meet in Paris in December to seek a climate change agreement aimed at keeping the global average temperature from rising more than 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit). Beyond that threshold, many scientists believe, the Earth will suffer catastrophic and irreparable climate harm.
The Paris summit, known as COP21 (Conference of the Parties, 21st year), follows a December 2014 meeting in Lima, Peru (COP 20), which laid the groundwork for a possible agreement.
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.
I came to America from Egypt in 1982 when I was 22, looking for a better life. My father-in-law, the late John A. Harmer Jr., a first-generation Boilermaker, encouraged me to join the trade. I worked closely with highly-skilled Boilermakers who patiently taught me everything I needed to know. Coming from another country and having to learn English was hard, and my first years in the trade were the toughest.
AN ICE SCULPTURE depicting the Boilermakers’ official seal helped set the stage for Local 169’s celebration of 120 years as an IBB lodge February 14. The celebration was held at the MGM Grand Detroit in conjunction with the local’s annual dinner-dance fundraiser benefiting the lodge’s scholarship program. Local 169 received its charter as a construction lodge on October 10, 1895. BM-ST Bob Hutsell put the lodge’s longevity into perspective, noting, “Boilermakers Local 169 has been around longer than the John Deere Tractor, Firestone, Goodyear, and U.S. Steel.
MARK SUTHERS, A retired Local 83 member who now commands American Legion Post 598 in Kansas City, Mo., hoped he could count on his lodge to come through with help for veterans in need this past February, and the lodge didn’t let him down. Business Manager Joe Lewandowski presented Suthers with a donation that paid for enough personal hygiene items to fill two pick-up trucks. Lewandowski and Suthers delivered the items to St. Michaels Veterans Center, a newly-built facility that offers permanent housing to nearly 60 formerly homeless vets in the Kansas City area.
Boundary Dam, Ivanpah receive international honors
ENERGY INDUSTRY MAGAZINES Power Engineering and Renewable Energy World have chosen two projects worked by Boilermakers as “projects of the year” for 2014. The SaskPower Boundary Dam carbon capture and storage project won in the coal category; Ivanpah solar thermal took the top honor in the renewables category. Both projects were featured previously in the Reporter.
THE SHARE OF national income going to the top 10 percent in the United States continues to increase, hitting 47.8 percent in 2012 and apparently continuing an upward trend. That’s the finding of Lawrence Mishel and Will Kimball of the Economic Policy Institute (EPI), a progressive think tank.