On April 28, the unions of the AFL-CIO observe Workers Memorial Day to remember those who have suffered and died on the job and to renew the fight for safe jobs. This year we will come together to defend hard-won victories. We will commit to fighting until all workers have safe jobs and the freedom to form unions to seek a better future. For more information, visit the website below.
Members replace re-heat outlet headers, air heater baskets
LOCAL 83 (KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI) Boilermakers employed by Day & Zimmermann are demonstrating their skills at Westar Energy’s Jeffrey Energy Center in St. Marys, Kansas, where crews are working the spring outage on Unit 1. The job follows on the heels of the Unit 2 fall outage, successfully completed late last year. Jeffrey Energy Center is the largest fossil power generation plant in Kansas, with three units rated at a combined 2,155 MW.
THE LABOR HERITAGE Foundation has announced it will honor International President Newton B. Jones with an award May 19 at AFL-CIO headquarters in Washington, D.C.
The Foundation uses music and the arts to strengthen the Labor Movement and promote knowledge of the cultural heritage of the American worker. It also conducts historical research through written and oral histories.
INTERNATIONAL VICE PRESIDENT, Northeast Section, D. David Haggerty will retire May 1 after nearly six years as an IVP and a Boilermaker career spanning four decades. He will be succeeded by CSO Executive Director John Fultz.
The changes were announced March 6 by International President Newton B. Jones during the Construction Sector Operations conference in Marco Island, Florida.
[Addressed to MOST Administrator Dale “Skipper” Branscum]
Dear Mr. Branscum:
On behalf of Eddie Downs and myself, many thanks to MOST and Local One for inviting CB&I to participate in the new Boilermaker Code class this week in Chicago. Our class was led by John Skermont [now deceased], Patrick Gallagher, and Tony Smarra, all of whom did a great job.
CONSTRUCTION LODGE LEADERS from across North America gathered in Marco Island, Florida, March 6-9 to address challenges, opportunities and changes affecting the Boilermaker membership.
International President Newton B. Jones began his remarks by announcing the retirement of IVP-NE David Haggerty, the IEC’s election of ED-CSO John Fultz to that office as well as staff changes in Construction Sector Operations.
NEARLY 100 MEMBERS of Local 374 (Hammond, Indiana) received paid time off for Boilermaker Code training during a project to install a selective catalytic reduction (SCR) system at the AEP Rockport, Indiana, plant February 21-23. The training was sponsored by AEP and contractor Graycor. The night shift attended the first session, and the day shift broke into two segments to attend training on the second and third days.
LATVIAN CEOS ARE surely giddy at the recent parliamentary vote in favour of CETA — the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement — between Canada and the European Union. Latvia is the first EU member to ratify CETA, having approved the deal Feb. 23. The vote in the Latvian parliament was 71-5 in favour.
And why not? The average annual wage in Latvia last year was about $10,230. With CETA making it possible for foreign corporations to import their own workforces, Latvian companies are now well positioned to bid on supply and services contracts in Canadian markets.