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Local Lodge 169

Allen Park, Michigan

Website: http://www.boilermakerslocal169.com/

Phone: (313) 584-8520

Boilermakers shine on Michigan nuclear job

RECENTLY STONE & WEBSTER was called upon by our client, Entergy Nuclear, to assist in the replacement of the Control Rod Drive housings on the reactor head at the Palisades Nuclear Station near Covert, Michigan. The added work was expected to extend the critical path of the Palisades refueling outage by approximately 28 days.

Tags  Letters, Kudos
Locals  L-169
Reporter  V53N1

MOST conducts project management training

Project management training, January 12-17, Kansas City, Mo.

Week-long class held in KC

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.


Area competitions test graduate apprentices

Great Lakes Area Competition

Events determine finalists for national title

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.


L-169’s Opalewski wins top graduate apprentice title

L-169’s Christopher Opalewski hoists the first place trophy after being named the top graduate apprentice for 2013.

National award is first for an H2H contestant

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.

Locals  L-7, L-69, L-85, L-154, L-169, L-242, L-433, L-502

International announces scholarship winners

Twenty-seven Boilermaker dependents earn awards totaling $54,000

THE BOILERMAKERS’ International Executive Council scholarship committee announced the winners of its 2013 scholarship program this past April. The committee awarded $54,000 to 27 recipients, with $42,000 being allocated to U.S. applicants and $12,000 to Canadian applicants.

Tags  Scholarships
Reporter  V52N3

Locals award service pins

Local 1 • Chicago

John Skermont, BM-ST of Local 1, Chicago, reports presentation of membership pins to the following:

30 YEARS — August Pusateri.

Local 7 • Buffalo, N.Y.

Dan DeCarlo, BM-ST of Local 7, Buffalo, N.Y., reports presentation of membership pins to the following:

Tags  Local News
Locals  L-1, L-7, L-83, L-169, L-433, L-500, L-502, L-549
Reporter  V52N2

2013 Boilermakers Congressional Reception

AFTER SEVERAL DAYS of conference sessions and visits to the Hill lobbying for Boilermaker priorities, delegates enjoyed an opportunity May 7th to mingle with members of Congress...

Tags  LEAP Issues
Reporter  V52N2

L-169 offers lawmakers inside look at Boilermaker work

Wertz, left, talks with Reps. Kosowski and Roberts on a gallery overlooking the plant’s Unit 2 turbine and generator.

Michigan state reps tour Belle River power plant

IN THE AFTERMATH of right-to-work becoming law in Michigan and in the wake of numerous other attacks on workers, Boilermakers Local 169 Business Agent/Apprentice Coordinator Mark Wertz set out to inform a contingent of state representatives what it is that Boilermakers do.

With the cooperation of DTE Energy management, he coordinated a walk-through of the company’s Belle River power plant, just north of Detroit.

Tags  Local News
Locals  L-169

L-169 welding contest becomes destination for high schoolers

Retired L-169 instructor Jim Howard addresses participants in the lodge’s annual welding contest for high school students.

A DECADE AFTER the first Boilermakers Local 169 High School Welding Invitational, the annual springtime event has become

Locals  L-169
Reporter  V52N2

Trainer classes begin for LMS

Great Lakes Area apprentice coordinators and instructors receive trainer instruction on the new LMS and Related Studies Lessons.

APPRENTICE COORDINATORS and instructors from the Great Lakes Area received training Sept. 12-14 on the new On-Line Interactive Learning Management System (LMS) and the updated Related Studies Lessons. The Boilermaker National Apprenticeship Program (BNAP) is developing the system in conjunction with Kelly Press to upgrade and standardize apprentice instruction.

Locals  L-1, L-27, L-60, L-85, L-107, L-169, L-363, L-374, L-647
Reporter  V51N4

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