SOME TWO DOZEN members of Congress attended the Boilermakers’ legislative reception at the Capitol Hilton Hotel in Washington, D.C., May 16. Labor allies from the AFL-CIO, including President Rich Trumka, along with representatives from international unions and government officials such as NLRB member Philip Miscimarra, also joined the event.
Conn. congressman receives second legislator of year award
WHEN IT COMES to lawmakers who reliably fight for labor causes — especially IBB causes — Joe Courtney’s name frequently appears at the top of the list. The U.S. representative from Connecticut’s 2nd congressional district received his second Abe Breehey Legislator of the Year Award May 17 during the Boilermakers’ annual LEAP conference in Washington, D.C. He received his first award in 2007 during his first term in Congress.
Members stand firm, defeat employer’s 401(k) switch
BOILERMAKERS LOCAL 159 (Wyoming, Pa.), led by its bargaining committee, preserved the members’ participation in the Boilermaker-Blacksmith National Pension Trust in contract negotiations completed with Ashley Machine Tool earlier this year. Members ratified the proposed agreement Feb. 19. The contract is effective Jan. 14, 2016, to Oct. 31, 2018.
The bargaining committee included President Kenneth Chamberlain, chief steward Carl Zielinski and first shift shop steward Tim Ehrhart.
JUSTIN HYNES, A fourth-generation apprentice with Local 28 (Eastampton, N.J.), is proudly serving with the U.S. Marine Corps as a White House guard, reports Justin’s father, Franny Hynes, who is also a Local 28 member.
Franny says Justin placed his apprenticeship training on hold to serve in the Marines and that “his hard work habits and ‘can do’ attitude learned in the trade contributed to him being hand-picked for this important detail, from a field of hundreds of Marines.”
ON SEPTEMBER 29, 2015, Clifford-Jacobs IMT Corp. of Champaign, Ill., locked out all union employees. We were locked out until February 29, 2016. On behalf of Boilermakers Local 1626 of Champaign, we would like to thank everyone who supported us and who contributed money to help all of us through this extremely hard time. We are back to work now, and we are all very thankful for that. We would also like to thank [International] President Newton Jones for everything he had done for us.
IP Jones, MOST Administrator Branscum present program to industry group
THE NEW BOILERMAKER Code program received a warm reception at the 2016 TAUC Leadership Conference in Naples, Fla., May 5. TAUC, which stands for The Association of Union Constructors, is a national industry group that brings together multiple crafts, contractors and related interests to advance the group’s goals.