JOHN CAMMUSO, a long-time apprentice competition judge and Babcock Power employee, received special recognition earlier this year when the Northeast Area Apprenticeship Program (NEABAP) announced an award in his name.
BOILERMAKERS LOCAL 627 held its annual golf tournament and area picnic in Farmington, N.M., August 30-31, with 42 active and retired members attending. L-627 BM-ST Jacob Evenson noted that owner representatives from the PNM power plant were among those participating in the tournament, along with contractor representatives from Babcock & Wilcox, CB&I, and Electrical Energy Services Inc.
Front row, left to right: Darrell Yazzie, Filbert King, Truman Arizona, Monty Kinlicheenie, Lionel Goldtooth, Randy Wilcox, Steve Stephenson, Asst. BM Wes Hevener, BM-ST Jacob Evenson.
BRIAN LAY (center), a member of Local 85, Toledo, Ohio, has a passion for racing that started at a tender age. He began competing on three-wheelers at age 3 and later graduated to go-carts, where he won six championships by age 17. A year later, he began racing 410 Sprint Cars. Now 33, Lay has won three dirt-track championships in the last five years. His racing has taken him to South Africa for four events. Joining him in the photo are, left to right, Rick Katafiasz; L-85 member Andrew Varga; Kenny Katafiasz; and Kent Lay, Brian’s father, a retired 32-year L-85 member.
CHRISTOPHER OPALEWSKI, a member of Local 169 (Detroit), became the first military veteran indentured through the Helmets to Hardhats program to be named the top U.S. Boilermaker graduate apprentice, following a four-day competition at L-169’s training center in Allen Park, Mich., Sept. 22-25. The 26th annual competition was held under the auspices of the Boilermakers National Apprenticeship Program (BNAP), with L-169 serving as the host lodge.
WITH SEVERAL THOUSAND Local 1998 (National City, Calif.) members laid off and a possible two-year gap in future orders, Boilermakers at the General Dynamics NASSCO shipyard in San Diego were facing tough times as 2013 began. Those worries have diminished, however, following news of two new contracts for Jones Act product tankers and an announcement by the Navy that it would move up production of new fleet oilers.
Eligible employees, contractors could get compensation, free medical care
WORKERS EMPLOYED AT 11 Department of Energy sites across the United States who were made ill by exposure to beryllium or silica dust may have a claim for compensation and free medical care under the Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program Act (EEOICPA).
The program went into effect July 31, 2001 with the U.S. Department of Labor’s implementation of Part B. Part E implementation began Oct. 28, 2004.