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EPA's proposed CO2 rules threaten existing coal-fired fleet

Newton B. Jones, Intl. President

Impact would be devastating for Boilermakers, nation

ON JUNE 2, THE EPA proposed new rules that will require existing coal-fired generation systems to cut carbon dioxide emissions by up to 30 percent by 2030, using 2005 emissions as a baseline. To achieve the reduction, the rules would allow states to adopt individual plans ranging from cap and trade to fuel switching to replacing coal-fired generation with renewables.

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L-101, Lincoln Electric team up to help Scouts

A young Scout shows his excitement after welding his initials in plate steel. Holding up the handiwork is L-101 member Vince Sheely.

Welding event draws kids seeking merit badges

BOILERMAKERS TEAMED UP with Lincoln Electric at the Denver Scout Show April 26 to provide some hands-on experience for about 200 members of the Boy Scouts seeking a welding merit badge. The Scouts, some as young as five or six, lined up at the welding stations throughout the day.

“We didn’t know what to expect going into this event,” said Local 101 (Denver) BM-ST Tim Ruth. “We were definitely the most popular exhibit. Some kids en-joyed it so much they lined up more than once. It was a blast to work with the little ones.”

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Locals  L-101
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L-146 members learn automatic welding

Boilermakers from across Canada and the United States use the CIMS process during the 2013 Suncor vacuum tower turn-around.

CIMS process provides protective overlays

MEMBERS OF LOCAL 146 in Edmonton, Alberta, are developing specialized skills using an automated GMAW welding process from CIMS Ltd. The process can be used to protect or restore vessels and equipment in heavy industry. The portable, all-digital system includes an aluminum track with a weld head, a hand-held controller, and a wire spool. It can be loaded in a wire basket and passed through a 16-inch man-way.

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Locals  L-146, L-363
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LEAP conference called ‘the best one yet’

Delegates praise organization, planning

DELEGATES ATTENDING THE 2014 LEAP conference at the Hyatt Regency in Washington, D.C., April 27-May 1 found much to like about the annual event. A full-slate of quality speakers, a record-setting turn-out for the congressional reception, and the smoothest-running conference in recent memory had many participants describing the conference as “the best one yet.”

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L-169 hosts high school welding competition

L-169 Apprenticeship Coordinator Mark Wertz speaks to high school students about a career with the Boilermakers.

Annual event draws 42 students from 12 schools

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.

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Locals  L-169
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Congressional reception draws large crowd

Nearly 50 members of Congress attend

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.

Tags  LEAP Issues
Reporter  V53N2

Statement of Boilermakers International President Newton B. Jones on the Turkish Mining Disaster

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.

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