LIKE THE OIL sands region where most of its members work, Local 146 in Edmonton, Alberta, has seen substantial growth in recent years — and with that growth has come the need for expanded administration and training facilities.
On June 14, the local cut the ribbon to formally open its new Boilermaker Apprenticeship and Mechanical Training Centre, located adjacent to its union hall. The event coincided with the lodge’s annual barbecue, which was held on the grounds of the centre.
INDUSTRIAL SECTOR OPERATIONS held its 2014 conference at the Mirage Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas July 29-August 1, drawing more than 200 participants. The conference is the largest learning event held for industrial lodges, with delegates attending from across North America.
The three day-meeting included half-day plenary sessions with speaker presentations followed by break-out segments for industry- and topic-specific educational content.
Coal accounts for 60,000 jobs in state, injects $4 billion annually into Pa.’s economy
THROUGHOUT PENNSYLVANIA, union members count on coal for the good-paying, middle-class jobs that enable them to support themselves and their families.
I should know. As the business manager for Boilermakers Local 154 in the western part of the state, I see every day the positive impact that coal — with jobs that rely on coal — has in our communities.
Consumers Energy adds spray dry absorbers for SO2 removal
BOILERMAKERS FROM Local 169 (Detroit) are completing work at two Consumers Energy coal-fired power plants in Michigan to retrofit air quality control systems. Work is underway on both sides of the state: at the Karn-Weadock Generating Complex near Bay City in the east, and at the J. H. Campbell complex near Port Sheldon in the west. Both projects involve installing spray dry absorbers to remove sulfur dioxide (SO2) from flue gas before it reaches the stack.
THOUSANDS OF MEMBERS of the United Mine Workers of America (UMWA) will be joined by electrical workers, boilermakers, railway workers, utility workers and others in a July 31 rally and march in downtown Pittsburgh protesting the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) proposed rule limiting greenhouse gas emissions from existing sources.
STEFANIE HAMILTON, OWNER of The Beach House, a home-based salon in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, says she needs nails in her life to keep her in touch with her feminine side. That’s because she spends most of her workweek inside boilers and on vessels. “As a member of the Boilermakers union, everything I do right now is oil- and gas-related,” says Hamilton, who has been welding professionally for about seven years.