WITH ELECTION SEASON well under way, Local 69 (Little Rock, Ark.) has ramped up its political action efforts by presenting contributions to candidates it believes can do the most good for working people and the union.
L-69 LEAP committee chairman Richard Rowley, who recently took over responsibilities from Don Hensley, who retired, said the lodge has made donations to the campaigns of U.S. Senator Mark Pryor, gubernatorial candidate Mike Ross, and candidates for the U.S. House and Arkansas House.
THE EASTERN CANADA Tripartite held its 10th anniversary conference August 19-21 at the Algonquin Resort in St. Andrews, New Brunswick, and set a new attendance record.
One hundred and twenty-one delegates attended the event, including 21 from the owner community, 61 from contractor firms and 39 from the Boilermakers union. Another 34 persons participated as speakers and guests, and more than 100 family members attended.
Pittsburgh authorities arrest IVP Haggerty, UAW officials for civil disobedience
CONCERNED BY THE prospect of widespread job loss, higher consumer electric bills and the risk of power blackouts, thousands of union members and supporters of the coal and power industries turned out in major U.S. cities to tell EPA the agency’s proposed regulations on existing source power plants are dangerous for America. The rallies were planned in conjunction with the EPA’s “listening sessions,” held at regional offices to gather input from stakeholders and the public.
A LOCAL 83 (Kansas City, Mo.) blood drive conducted August 8 at the lodge’s training center held special meaning for those who donated to the Red Cross effort. The collection was named for Conon Kennedy, the two-year-old son of member Kris Kennedy and his wife, Melaina. Conon passed away Jan. 15, 2014, following a struggle with Crohn’s disease. Conon had received a bone marrow transplant and numerous blood infusions before succumbing to the disease.
THE WESTERN STATES Tripartite conducted its annual meeting July 15-17 in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, with owners, contractors and Boilermakers attending from across the region. IR-CSO Jim Cooksey chaired the event.
On the opening day, Jim Croyle, CEO of SCS Energy, described a proposed coal gasification project in Bakersfield, Calif., that could mean thousands of union construction jobs. Called Hydrogen Energy California (HECA), the project will include both a power generation plant and a fertilizer plant.
Volunteers accept “ice bucket challenge,” raise money to fight ALS
THERE WERE NO dry eyes — or other body parts — for several dozen volunteers at International headquarters, August 29, as they endured an ice water drenching in the fight against ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease). The International group, along with participants from Bank of Labor, raised more than $3,000 for the ALS Association. The drenching followed one earlier in the week put on by the National Funds Office.