FORTY-TWO VOCATIONAL education students from 12 Michigan schools competed in the Local 169 (Detroit) High School Welding Invitational May 2. It was the 11th year for the annual event, which gives contestants an opportunity to test their welding skills and learn about a career as a Boilermaker. More than 500 students have participated since the event’s inception.
Marty Spencer, National Coordinator for the Boilermakers National Apprenticeship Program (BNAP), spoke to the group about apprenticeships.
FEDERAL LAWMAKERS AND A diverse crowd representing labor unions, federal agencies, contractors, industry owners, consultants and attorneys thronged the Boilermakers’ Congressional Reception at the Hyatt Regency Hotel near Capitol Hill April 28.
May 19, 2014
It is with profound sadness and deep concern that the International Brotherhood of Boilermakers learned of the May 13 mining disaster in Soma, Turkey, and the extensive loss of life there. As of the date this is written, 301 workers have been reported killed, making this the worst mining disaster in Turkey’s history.
Leadership presentation draws on military experience
OWNERS, CONTRACTORS, AND Boilermaker leaders gathered in Destin, Fla., March 30-April 1 for the third annual Southeast Area (SEA) Tripartite conference to ad-dress common issues in the construction industry. The meeting covered safety, leader-ship, recruitment, apprenticeship, MOST programs, utility company forecasts, and other topics. Owner representatives from Tennessee Valley Authority, Southern Company, and Entergy were among those making presentations.
Over 2,000 peak union jobs expected at Coos Bay, Oregon
BOILERMAKERS AND OTHER trades received good news March 24 with an announcement by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission of conditional approval for the $7.5 billion Jordan Cove LNG project in Coos Bay, Ore. The project will average more than 900 jobs during its 42-month construction period. Peak manpower is expected to reach 2,100 workers. Boilermaker man-hours on the job will be in the jurisdiction of Local 242, Spokane, Wash.
THREE EMPLOYEES AT Lehigh Cement Ltd.’s Regina Cement Terminal, locked out since Jan. 21, are about to get a helping hand from Saskatchewan’s largest labor organization.
The Saskatchewan Federation of Labour and the International Brotherhood of Boilermakers (IBB) are teaming up for a solidarity picket, to take place April 24 at the company’s facility on Victoria Plains, Fleet Street North, Regina, Saskatchewan, at 10:00 a.m.