THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION of Construction
Boilermaker Employers (NACBE) presented its annual
safety awards to the 2015 top-performing locals from the
Boilermakers’ four U.S. vice-presidential sections during
the Construction Sector Operations conference held at
Marco Island, Fla., Feb. 20-Mar. 3.
BOILERMAKERS ENGAGED IN field construction
gathered at Marco Island, Fla., Feb. 28-Mar. 3 for the annual
conference on industry issues. The event offered business
managers, International officers and International staff an
opportunity to jointly review developments that impact
Business partners from the National Association of
Construction Boilermakers (NACBE) hosted their own
meeting concurrently with the Boilermaker event, and
the two groups jointly participated in various sessions and
OBAMA’S CLIMATE CHANGE legacy will be the subject of debate long after he leaves office in January 2017. But for those working in the U.S. fossil fuel industry, the verdict is already in. His legacy is one of shattered communities, shuttered power plants, shutdown coal mines — and lost blue collar jobs numbering in the tens of thousands.
WHEN DELEGATES TO the 33rd Consolidated Convention meet at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas July 18-23, they will shoulder the heavy responsibility of renewing the Boilermakers Constitution and electing International Officers. The convention is by far the largest and most important gathering of Boilermakers, drawing participants from across North America and Hawaii to set the course for our Brotherhood for the next five years.
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.