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Like fossil fuels, renewables are not a perfect solution

Newton B. Jones, International President

Intermittency, high cost plague wind power

LAST WINTER’S POLAR vortex stretched the limits of U.S. energy systems to a near breaking point. Faced with record-setting cold temperatures from the Rockies to the Atlantic seaboard, utilities fired up reserve coal-fired boilers to keep the heat on for millions of Americans.

Reporter  V53N4

Daughter of L-28 retiree serves with AmeriCorps

Nichole Letizia with AmeriCorps

My daughter, Nichole, was a 2009 recipient of an International scholarship. After completing her degree in architecture at the New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT), she wanted to show her thanks for the financial assistance she has received by joining AmeriCorps to help other people, before getting on with her professional career. This has been a great experience for her.

Locals  L-28
Reporter  V53N4

L-29 member hikes 2,200-mile Appalachian Trail

Holland and Miss Kay take a break along the trail.

Adventure takes more than five months

IF YOU EVER plan to hike the 2,186-mile Appalachian Trail, Dola Holland has some advice. Pack light. Bring rain gear. Plan on cold weather, even in the South.

Holland, a member of Local 29 (Boston) and his 4-year-old black lab, Miss Kay, made the five-and-a-half-month trek in 2013, starting in Maine on June 11 and ending in Georgia on November 23. It was a trip that had captured his imagination for some time, especially as the trail meanders close to his home near Plymouth, Vermont.

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Locals  L-29
Reporter  V53N4

Need Your Help to Get Brotherhood Outdoors TV an Award

Cast Your Vote for Brotherhood Outdoors in the Sportsman Choice Awards

And You Could Win A Cast & Blast Package

A program of the Union Sportsmen’s Alliance (USA), Brotherhood Outdoors is the ONLY 100% union-dedicated outdoor TV series that showcases everyday, hardworking members in a positive way while they join us on a dream hunting or fishing trip. Please cast a vote now for YOUR show, Brotherhood Outdoors, and help it win a prestigious Sportsman Choice award in the following categories:

SaskPower to capture 90% of Unit 3 CO2 at Boundary Dam plant

An aerial photograph of SaskPower’s Boundary Dam Power Station. The new carbon capture and storage complex is shown at far right. SaskPower

L-555 has key role in first-of-a-kind CCS project

GLOBAL ENERGY INTERESTS are keeping a close eye on operations at the Boundary Dam Power Station in Saskatchewan these days, now that SaskPower has begun operating its rebuilt coal-fired Unit 3 with carbon capture and storage (CCS) capability.

Tags  Jobs
Locals  L-555
Reporter  V53N4

Feds indict former Massey Energy CEO

Memorial Service for Upper Big Branch Mine disaster victims, April 2010. Photo by Matt Sullivan

Safety violations cited in deaths of 29 miners

A FEDERAL GRAND jury handed down an indictment November 14 charging former Massey Energy CEO Donald Blankenship with four criminal counts related to mine safety violations and securities fraud.

Blankenship ran Massey Energy in 2010 when an explosion rocked the Upper Big Branch Mine in Montcoal, W. Va., killing 29 miners. He retired less than a year later.

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Boilermaker Code is “survival tool”

[Addressed to IP Newton B. Jones, via email]

I JUST WATCHED “The Boilermaker Code: Ending the Red Ass Era.” The Boilermaker Code may be the most important survival tool since the inception of the MOST programs. I am so glad to see that we are admitting to and addressing an issue that has cost us untold man-hours and dollars.

Thank you.

Local 374 (retired)

Locals  L-374
Reporter  V53N4

Boilermakers back Wounded Warriors fishing event

Marlin Gatlin, left, a wounded warrior from Mississippi, stands with fishing partner Larry Horseman, a retired L-83 president.

L-83’s Horseman partners up with Army vet from Mississippi

THE INTERNATIONAL UNION and Local 83 (Kansas City, Mo.) made substantial donations to the annual Wounded Warriors “Fishing for Freedom” tournament on Truman Lake recently, becoming one of the event’s primary sponsors, along with IBEW Local 124, also of Kansas City.

Hosted by the Leavenworth, Kan., Bass Fishing Club, the tournament matches up wounded veterans with boat-owning volunteers who want to give something back to those who have given so much in the service of our nation.

Tags  Local News
Locals  L-83
Reporter  V53N4

Rosies get White House recognition at long last

'We Can Do It!' by J. Howard Miller

Six former “Rosie the Riveters,” including three Boilermakers who worked at Kaiser Shipyards in Richmond, Calif., during WWII, finally received recognition at the White House Nov. 10. The Boilermaker Rosies included Phyllis Gould, who organized the trip, her sister Mary Ann Sousa, and Agnes Moore.

See story and video.

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Inflatable coal plant goes limp after solar energy source fails

IT WAS SUPPOSED to be a cool “save the Earth” type happening. Environmental activists set up an inflatable replica of a coal-fired power plant to protest the use of fossil fuels by Madison Gas & Electric in Madison Wis. To demonstrate their boundless faith in renewable energy, the protesters rigged the inflatable to a solar panel and batteries that had been charged by wind power the previous day.

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