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.
THE WORST FLOODING in Alberta’s recorded history brought devastation to the region this past summer with estimated losses of $5 billion (Canadian) and more than 100,000 people displaced. Boilermaker members from Local D331 (Exshaw) and Local 146 (Edmonton) have suffered substantial damages to their homes, automobiles, and other property. Some still cannot return to their homes.
L-D331 has set up a relief fund to help their members, and the International disaster fund has contributed $10,000 in assistance.
Scholarship recipients, family members, and L-83 union officials take part in the lodge’s annual award presentation in Kansas City, Mo. Front row, left to right, Heike Talkington, recipient Kimberly Talkington, Dennis Schissel (recipient Danielle Schissel unavailable for photo), Darrell Manroe, recipient Shylo Manroe, Kathy Harlan, recipient Katy Harlan, Michael Harlan, and recipient Jacob Calvert. Back row, Missouri Business Agent Joe Lewandowski, BM-ST Scot Albertson, President Tom Dye, Vice President Chris Urie, Gerald Calvert,
THE BOILERMAKERS’ International Executive Council has announced its selection of scholarship recipients for three local lodges and the Canadian Federation of Labour (CFL).
The committee selected Jose Nathaniel Villanueva Espayos, son of Jose Espayos, Local 146 (Edmonton, Alberta) to receive a $1,000 CFL scholarship. He will also receive a $2,000 scholarship from the lodge.