JESSE GROEMM, A second-year apprentice with Local 28 (Newark, N.J.) made quite a splash in the world of cross-country motorcycle racing last year. Not only was he named Enduro Rookie of the Year, he also had the honor of representing the United States in the International Six-Day Enduro (ISDE) championship held in Germany last September. His U.S. Junior Trophy Team (younger than 24) won third place in a field of 32 teams.
Groemm is the stepson of L-28 member Ed “Skeeter” Allegar, an avid recreational motor bike rider.
Newton B. Jones, President of the International Brotherhood of Boilermakers, Iron Ship Builders, Blacksmiths, Forgers, and Helpers, AFL-CIO and CLC, said the union “will seek a constructive dialogue for the future of clean coal” with President Obama’s nominees to head the EPA and DOE.
Obama announced March 4 that Gina McCarthy is his choice as EPA Administrator and Ernest Moniz his pick for DOE Secretary. The nominees both face Senate confirmation hearings.
SINCE HIS RETIREMENT in 2004 from Local 374, Hammond, Ind., Bruce (Randy) Scott has been keeping busy volunteering his time for community services in northwest Indiana. An assistant pastor of the Pentecostals of Southlake in Merrillville, Ind., Scott also is the chaplain for the community’s police department. He says his greatest honor was to open a session of the U.S. House of Representatives with a prayer in July 2010 as a guest chaplain sponsored by Rep. Pete Visclosky and his staff.
Boilermakers collect donations at Mica Dam project
WHILE WORKING THE Mica Dam upgrade project last year along the Columbia River, Local 359 (Burnaby, British Columbia) members decided to give something back to the community over the Christmas holidays. They chose the city of Revelstoke, British Columbia, about a two-hour drive from the dam.
THE HARVARD TRADE Union Program (HTUP) celebrated its 70th year of operation in 2012 with a gathering of former students on the university campus in Boston. About 50 graduates from around the world participated, including Boilermaker staff members Tyler Brown (D-ISO/AAIP) and Gary Powers (A/D-ISO).
THIS YEAR, REGIONAL tripartite conferences will again draw leaders from the Boilermaker, contractor, and owner communities together in a mutual effort to identify and resolve issues within the Boilermaker construction industry. Similar in function to the annual general tripartite conference hosted by MOST, the regional events have a sharper focus within geographical areas of the country and the specific challenges those areas present.
PRESIDENT OBAMA’S REELECTION in November of 2012 signaled confidence from the American people regarding the direction of the country — and a strong rebuke of the Republican candidate’s vision for our nation. There was cautious hope that the 113th Congress, which began this past January, could begin to address America’s most pressing priorities.
Unfortunately, the partisan bickering and legislative gridlock on Capitol Hill have not changed.