Gift cites Boilermakers’ chemical wash and re-tube work
A JOB WELL done is often its own reward. But when members of Local 13 (Philadelphia) completed outage work at the NextEra Energy power plant in Marcus Hook, Pa., recently, contractors Delta Products Group and Thermal Solutions happily showed their appreciation with a contribution of $2,500 toward the union’s scholarship fund.
LafargeHolcim has committed to provide “safe, healthy and inclusive workplaces”. The company announced health and safety as “a critical success factor” for their operational performance, which workers and trade unions appreciate.
But, more than 300 people have died over the last four years doing work for Lafarge and Holcim. Almost 90 per cent of the dead were employed by subcontractors or third parties.
Event highlights organizing efforts, among other topics
THE BOILERMAKERS’ 2015 Industrial Sector Operations (ISO) Conference drew several hundred delegates from across North America to the Mirage Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas August 3-7. The meeting provided opportunities to learn from guest speakers and breakout session presenters, and to network with lodge leaders from other regions and industries.
NEARLY TWO DOZEN retired Boilermaker leaders and MOST representatives attended a Boilermaker Code train-the-trainer course August 18-20 in Kansas City, Mo. The group will form a cadre that will teach construction members a one-day course aimed at elevating craft performance and securing work, among other objectives.
Western States’ event draws 14 owner representatives
WHILE THERE WAS much to discuss at the 11th Annual Western States Tripartite Conference July 21-23 in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, considerable attention was given to the Boilermakers’ Helper program. A panel led by IVP-WS J. Tom Baca discussed why the program was needed, the initial skepticism it met and the benefits that are being demonstrated by the program.
THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION’S push for fast track trade authority and new trade deals dominated the Boilermakers’ 2015 LEAP conference discussion May 18-19 in Washington, D.C., as speakers slammed the efforts, calling them disastrous for American jobs.
In his opening remarks, International President Newton B. Jones outlined those issues and others that are important to our union.
600 will lose jobs; Mexican workers will receive $2 an hour
(PAI, CHICAGO) — STARTING SOON, AS a result of the firm’s drive for higher profits and lower wages, your Oreo cookies will be made in Mexico, not Chicago. And it’s all thanks to NAFTA. That’s the unpleasant news — minus the NAFTA reference, of course — that Mondelez, Inc., delivered to workers at its Southwest Side plant on Aug. 24.
ABOUT THREE YEARS ago, Local 456 member Gikus Bigelow decided to make a tool bucket for himself that was lightweight, tall enough to sit on comfortably and fitted with a sturdy rope handle for hoisting. When he brought the bucket to work it was an immediate hit with his fellow Boilermakers.
“Everybody wanted one,” Bigelow says. He began making buckets as fast as he could. “I sold 230 of them on one job,” he recalls.