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AFL-CIO Press Conference Ends with TPP Critics Being Locked Out of USTR

(Washington, DC, Tuesday, June 2) – Today, under the backdrop of a huge “Show Us the Text, Show Us the Jobs” banner, AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer Liz Shuler and Executive Vice President Tefere Gebre gathered with critics of Fast Track and the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) to reinforce the message that working people won’t stand for another bad trade deal.


Local 27, Nooter complete complex boiler overhaul in record time

CAREFULLY – The new, five-story superheater header is hoisted by Boilermakers Local 27 members through an opening cut into the side of the building where the 17-story boiler is located.

Crews work 23-million man-hours without an injury

HOW DO YOU remove a worn out, five-story, 59,000-pound cylinder with 141 attached tubes from a 17-story boiler at Ameren Missouri’s Labadie power plant and out of the building housing it when the 40-year-old equipment was never intended to be removed in the first place? And then reverse the process to re-install new equipment?

Answer: You call on Nooter Construction and the skilled members of Boilermakers Local 27, who provide:

Tags  Jobs
Locals  L-27
Reporter  V54N2

Local 69 tops safety third year in a row

Local 69 (Little Rock, Ark.) BM-ST Rodney Allison, center, accepts the top NACBE safety award on behalf of his local. Joining in the presentation are (l. to r.) NACBE Exec. Dir. John Erickson, IVP-SE Warren Fairley, IP Newton Jones and NACBE Pres. Greg Purdon.

Compensable injury rate reaches record low

THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION of Construction Boilermaker Employers (NACBE) presented its annual safety awards to the 2014 top-performing locals from the Boilermakers’ four U.S. vice-presidential sections during the Construction Sector Operations conference held at Marco Island, Fla., March 2-5.

Locals  L-69, L-92, L-105, L-237
Reporter  V54N2

Get help with your student debt

DO YOU NEED help applying for a government program for student debt or finding an expert who can help you manage your debt and understand your rights? The AFL-CIO and the Lawyers Coordinating Committee are hosting a free student loan debt helpline, May 19-21, 9:00 a.m.-10:00 p.m. EST.

RSVP now at http://theborrowers.org/rsvp/ and receive the hotline phone number before it’s publicly advertised.


MOST announces drug policy change

Annual testing will resume August 31, 2015

THE MOST DRUG policy for construction Boilermakers will once again include annual testing, effective August 31, 2015.

MOST Administrator Roger Erickson issued a memorandum to all construction lodges March 20 announcing the change. Under the revised policy, any construction member who is eligible for referral through the MOST Boilermaker Delivery System (MBDS) must comply with the policy by the August 31, 2015 deadline or face being placed on the ineligible list until the test can be completed with a negative test result.

Reporter  V54N2

Hayes Mechanical cites Local 1 effort

Boilermakers working on the day shift (top photo) and night shift pause during a successful project at NRG’s Waukegan Station unit 7 in Lake County, Illinois. The crews completed the conversion of a “hot” electrostatic precipitator system to a “cold” ESP ahead of schedule despite difficult scheduling restraints.

[Letter addressed to Local 1 (Chicago) BM-ST John Riel]

HAYES MECHANICAL WISHES to extend our gratitude over Local 1’s cooperation and efforts in making the Waukegan Station unit 7 ESP Hot to Cold Conversion project a success. [ESPs, or electrostatic precipitators, remove particulates from a boiler’s exhaust stream. Hot or cold refers to the relative temperature of the exhaust gases entering the ESP and thus the overall size and design of the system.]

Tags  Letters, Kudos
Locals  L-1
Reporter  V54N2

L-2014 rallies for first contract

Members listen as International Rep Don Hamric, top right, discusses collective bargaining.

Steel Fab employees receive training, build solidarity

NEWLY ORGANIZED MEMBERS of Local 2014 rallied April 23 to promote solidarity as negotiations continue for a first contract with Steel Fab manufacturing in Lebanon, Va. The event was held at the Russell County Conference Center. About 200 employees of the company — one of the nation’s largest makers of ASME air receivers — are represented by the Boilermaker lodge.

Locals  L-2014
Reporter  V54N2

SEA Tripartite Alliance addresses industry issues

Committees form to tackle challenges

The Southeast Area (SEA) Tripartite Alliance met at the Hilton Sandestin Hotel in Destin, Fla., March 30-April 1, to address industry issues. The alliance includes leaders from the Boilermaker, contractor and owner communities.

Tags  Headline News
Reporter  V54N2

L-69 embraces Code & Creed

[Addressed to International President Newton B. Jones]

ON APRIL 24TH, while in town for a Local 69 [Little Rock, Ark.] retiree picnic, I attended a union meeting at the lodge. The meeting was well attended, and I noticed banners depicting the Boilermaker Creed hanging from the walls of the union hall. I was pleasantly surprised to see members stand up and recite the Boilermaker Creed when the meeting began. Business Manager Rodney Allison then explained how the characteristics identified in the Boilermaker Code describe what it means to be a Boilermaker.

Locals  L-69

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