FIFTY BOILERMAKERS, 19 Machinists and an Electrician employed by Clifford-Jacobs Forging near Champaign, Ill., have been walking a picket line since September 29, locked out of their jobs after the unions unanimously rejected the firm’s brutal contract offer and approved a strike vote.
Despite the willingness of the union employees to work without a contract while negotiations continued, the company not only prevented them from returning to their jobs, but it also brought in replacement workers.
EIGHTEEN MEMBERS OF Local 169 (Detroit) are among the building trade workers constructing a $240 million combined cycle plant in Holland, Mich., a community of 28,000 in the state’s western Lower Peninsula. The new plant, situated on about 26 acres, will replace and double the output of the aging James DeYoung coal-fired facility, which was completed in 1939.
JIM DELSORDO has followed his passion for big game hunting across North America and as far away as South Africa. The Local 13 (Philadelphia) retiree and former lodge president is pictured with a gemsbok taken in South Africa in 2007. He has also hunted in Newfoundland, Canada (caribou); Wyoming (mule deer and antelope); and North Carolina (whitetail). During other trips to South Africa, he has taken a fallow deer and a kudu.
VOLUNTEERS FROM LODGE 359 (Burnaby, British Columbia) have been connecting with history and the work of past generations of boilermakers by restoring steam-powered equipment at the Western Vancouver Island Industrial Heritage Society at Port Alberni.
THE BOILERMAKERS’ International Executive Council scholarship committee announced the winners of its 2015 scholarship program this past April. The committee awarded $50,000 to 31 recipients, with $38,000 being allocated to U.S. applicants and $12,000 to Canadian applicants.
Advanced systems must be part of global effort to decarbonize
WHEN NEGOTIATORS FROM some 200 countries meet in Paris this December to seek a global climate agreement, they would be well served to fully recognize and support promising advancements being made in reducing carbon emissions from fossil fuels. Doing so would help prompt governments to create enabling policies and to make more robust investments in technologies such as carbon capture, use and storage (CCUS) and high efficiency, low emission (HELE) systems.