THE BOILERMAKERS’ International Executive Council scholarship committee announced the winners of its 2014 scholarship program this past April. The committee awarded $50,000 to 28 recipients, with $40,000 being allocated to U.S. applicants and $10,000 to Canadian applicants.
Pittsburgh authorities arrest IVP Haggerty, UAW officials for civil disobedience
CONCERNED BY THE prospect of widespread job loss, higher consumer electric bills and the risk of power blackouts, thousands of union members and supporters of the coal and power industries turned out in major U.S. cities to tell EPA the agency’s proposed regulations on existing source power plants are dangerous for America. The rallies were planned in conjunction with the EPA’s “listening sessions,” held at regional offices to gather input from stakeholders and the public.
Coal accounts for 60,000 jobs in state, injects $4 billion annually into Pa.’s economy
THROUGHOUT PENNSYLVANIA, union members count on coal for the good-paying, middle-class jobs that enable them to support themselves and their families.
I should know. As the business manager for Boilermakers Local 154 in the western part of the state, I see every day the positive impact that coal — with jobs that rely on coal — has in our communities.
Funds support pro-worker candidates, member education
TOP DONORS TO CAF and LEF in 2013 received recognition during the 46th annual Legislative Education Action Program (LEAP) conference in Washington, D.C., April 28-May 1. The awards went to vice presidential sections, individual lodges and individual members.
The Local 154 (Pittsburgh) Retirees Club held its first annual chili cook-off during the group’s February meeting. Competing for the top honor were, left to right, Bill Karas, Ralph Polite, winner Don Halbedl, Bill Cornelius, and George Felsing.
FIFTEEN MEMBERS FROM eight Boilermaker lodges attended the MOST project management class held in Kansas City, Mo., January 12-17.
MOST stands for Mobilization, Optimization, Stabilization, and Training. Created in 1989 as a joint labor-management trust fund operated by the Boilermakers union and the National Association of Construction Boilermaker Employers (NACBE), MOST administers 17 programs to ensure the highest standards of excellence in the Boilermaker craft.
THE U.S. NATIONAL Apprenticeship Competition marks the highest level of skills and knowledge testing for Boilermaker graduate apprentices. But before the finale, contestants are selected at the local lodge level to compete in their geographic areas.
In 2013, 37 graduate apprentices reached their area competitions, from which eight were selected by judges to enter the nationals.
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.