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Local Lodge 359

Vancouver, British Columbia

Website: http://www.boilermakers359.org/

Phone: (778) 369-3590

L-359 completes work on $4.8 billion aluminum smelter upgrade

The Rio Tinto Alcan aluminum smelter at Kitimat, British Columbia. Courtesy Rio Tinto Alcan

Rio Tinto’s Kitimat plant ups production, cuts pollution

THE ALUMINUM INDUSTRY has been a primary economic driver for the town of Kitimat, British Columbia, for some 60 years. But the Rio Tinto Alcan smelter located there — featured in National Geographic as the largest in the world when it was built in the 1950s — was due for an upgrade to modernize its operations and reduce environmental emissions.

Tags  Jobs
Locals  L-359
Reporter  V55N1

L-359 members retube tractor, ‘steam donkey’

Barry Dobrensky, left, and Mike Roxburgh stand alongside the 1917 Farquhar tractor they helped restore.

Volunteers donate skills to heritage society

VOLUNTEERS FROM LODGE 359 (Burnaby, British Columbia) have been connecting with history and the work of past generations of boilermakers by restoring steam-powered equipment at the Western Vancouver Island Industrial Heritage Society at Port Alberni.

Tags  Local News
Locals  L-359
Reporter  V54N4

Top Canadian apprentices receive recognition

TOP GRADUATE APPRENTICES receive recognition during the 2015 Canadian Tripartite Alliance conference August 19. Left to right, Dylan MacIntyre, L-73, Nova Scotia; Dylan Cunliffe, L-359, British Columbia; James Ross, L-271, Quebec; Kathleen Pike, L-203, Newfoundland and Labrador; Brock Overs, L-555, Saskatchewan; Alida Nourry, L-146, Alberta; Timothy Chibi, L-146, Alberta; Davis Boucher, L-73, New Brunswick; Joel Baker, L-128, Ontario; and Ed Friesen, L-555, Manitoba.

Lodges select representatives to attend tripartite event

TEN GRADUATE APPRENTICES from across Canada received recognition at an awards banquet held August 19 during the 2015 Boilermaker Industry Tripartite Conference at Niagara-on-the-Lake.

Locals  L-73, L-128, L-146, L-203, L-271, L-359, L-555
Reporter  V54N3

Canadian members receive steward training

Local 191 (Victoria, British Columbia) Oct. 4, 2014

More than 70 Boilermakers attend classes

MORE THAN 70 Boilermakers from across Canada received steward training between October 2014 and February 2015, according to International Rep Richard MacIntosh, who led the instruction.

Ten lodges sent members to the training.

Reporter  V54N2

International announces 2014 scholarship winners

Twenty-seven Boilermaker dependents earn awards totaling $50,000

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.

Reporter  V53N4

Lewis, Dubreuil win Canadian graduate apprentice contest

Brad Lewis, L-146, and Jason Dubreuil, L-128, take top team honors.

12 compete at BCIT in Vancouver, British Columbia

THE TEAM OF Brad Lewis and Jason Dubreuil won the 2014 Canadian Boilermaker Graduate Apprenticeship Competition held June 24-26 at the British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT) in Vancouver.

Lewis, Local 146 (Edmonton, Alberta), and Dubreuil, Local 128 (Toronto, Ontario), were among 12 graduate apprentices from across Canada who participated in the biennial event, which is planned and executed by the Boilermakers National Training Trust Fund (NTTF), Canada.

Locals  L-73, L-128, L-146, L-271, L-359, L-555
Reporter  V53N3

New BM-STs complete training course

Newly-elected BM-STs attend 4-day training session in Kansas City, Mo., August 11-14.

Four-day event draws 21 from U.S. and Canada

TWENTY-ONE NEW business managers/secretary-treasurers from the United States and Canada attended a training course August 11-14 in Kansas City, Mo., to prepare them for their lodge leadership roles.

Reporter  V53N3

IBB wins dispute over smelter ductwork

Alumina travels by conveyor at a Canadian aluminum plant.  Copyright © 2014 Rio Tinto

Decision hinges on waste gas handling, reverses umpire’s ruling

BOILERMAKER LOCAL 359 (Vancouver, British Columbia) emerged victorious April 1 in a jurisdiction dispute over the assignment of waste gas ductwork at the Rio Tinto Alcan aluminum smelter upgrade near Kitimat, B.C.

Tags  Headline News
Locals  L-359
Reporter  V53N2

Boilermakers support wheelchair rugby dream

Jordon Dycke, left, and Stu Wymer compete on the rugby court.

L-359’s Dycke seeks spot on national team

PHYSICALLY DISABLING INJURIES suffered by two Local 359 (Vancouver, British Columbia) members have not kept them from competing in the rough-and-tumble game of rugby — and the generosity of other Boilermakers is supporting a big dream for one of the members.

Jordon Dycke and Stu Wymer both lost their ability to walk after separate vehicle accidents. Wheelchair sports allow the two men to continue being active and competitive.

Tags  Local News
Locals  L-359
Reporter  V53N1

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