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L-374 members learn Code during AEP Rockport project

L-374 members listen to a presentation by MOST instructors Ray Parrot and Jim Porter.

Owner, contractor sponsor training for 100

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.

Locals  L-40, L-374, L-667

IVP Maloney: Canada trade deal is bad for workers

Joseph Maloney, IVP - Canada

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.

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Preserving national pension involves us all

Newton B. Jones, Intl. President

Trustee actions will help address fund imbalance

IN JANUARY, TRUSTEES of the Boilermaker-Blacksmith National Pension Trust took steps to address an emerging threat to the fund. Essentially, the problem is one of too little money going into the fund for the amount being paid out in benefits. If left uncorrected, this imbalance could, over time, trigger government intervention with potentially negative consequences for plan participants.


National Consumers League picks Bank of Labor

The National Consumers League and representatives of other organizations supporting the NLC protests meet with Bank of Labor Feb. 27 at the bank’s Washington, DC, headquarters. Seated, l. to r.: Karen Duncan, Maritime Trades Department, AFL-CIO; Gwend Johnson, Coalition of Black Trade Unionists, Mike Stotz, AFL-CIO ITC; and Elise Bryant, Labor Heritage Foundation. Standing are Alicia Page, Bank of Labor, Fran Owens, Labor Heritage Foundation, Puja Aura, AFL-CIO ITC and Labor Advisory Board Member for Bank o

The Bank of Labor on March 6 issued the following statement regarding recent actions by the National Consumers League protesting Wells Fargo's policy on mandatory arbitration.

"As a labor majority owned and operated bank, we enthusiastically welcome the National Consumers League as a client. The NCL's decision to withdraw its operating capital from Wells Fargo and open an account with Bank of Labor speaks not only to the mutual respect between our two organizations but also to our common focus on serving the needs of workers and promoting social justice.

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L-73 good Samaritan backs cross-Canada cyclist

Sean Richardson, left, and Keven Michaud, L-73, pause during their ride across Canada to raise awareness of the veteran suicide rate.

Trip raises awareness of veteran suicide rate

LEAVE IT TO a Boilermaker to help a stranger when he’s down. That’s what Kevin Michaud, Local 73 (Halifax, Nova Scotia) did when he saw Sean Richardson, cyclist and veteran advocate, pushing his bike along the highway in Edmundston, New Brunswick in August 2016.

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Locals  L-73

Power Generation: Adapting to New Labor Demands in Power Plant Construction

The PipeWorx 350 FieldPro system has helped Boilermakers Local 92 train members in easier-to-learn and more productive advanced wire welding processes which, in turn, have helped the union meet the increasing demand for skilled workers on a wider variety of jobsites in southern California and southern Nevada.

Boilermakers Local 92 (Bloomington, CA) is experiencing significant growth in labor demand, caused in part by a recently enacted state law that impacts refinery jobs. The law requires that 60 percent of the skilled workers employed by contractors at refineries and chemical manufacturing facilities be graduates of state-approved apprenticeship programs.

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Locals  L-92

Union breaks ground for regional training center

The new J.G. Cooksey WSJAC Boilermaker Training Center is being financed by Bank of Labor. Left to right: Bob McCall, BOL President; Bill Arnold, BOL Executive Vice President/Director of Client Services; J. Tom Baca, IVP-WS; Bill Creeden, IST; and Joe Keller, BOL Senior Vice President, Manager Commercial Banking Division.

Salt Lake City facility will feature robotic welding, 30 booths

THE BOILERMAKERS UNION broke ground Feb. 9 on a new regional training center in Salt Lake City designed to provide advanced welding instruction to journeymen, apprentices and helpers.

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National Ladder Safety Month

Every step matters: From step stools to extension ladders, make sure you're putting the right foot forward.

Every year over 300 people die in ladder-related accidents, and thousands suffer disabling injuries. Mark your calendar to join the American Ladder Institute (ALI) in celebrating the first-ever National Ladder Safety Month, designed to raise awareness of ladder safety and to decrease the number of ladder-related injuries and fatalities.


L-83 Boilermakers shine on Jeffrey Energy Center outage

Jeffrey Energy Center, St. Marys, Kan. Courtesy Westar Energy

Members replace re-heat outlet header, more than 1,000 baskets

LATE LAST YEAR, Local 83 Boilermakers working for Day & Zimmerman at Westar Energy’s Jeffrey Energy Center near St. Marys, Kansas, performed at the highest level in completing an outage on the facility’s Unit 2.

The work scope involved removing and replacing the re-heat outlet header and replacing radial air heater baskets. Following inspection of the boiler and other major components, Boilermakers made additional repairs.

Tags  Letters, Kudos
Locals  L-83

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  • L-374 members listen to a presentation by MOST instructors Ray Parrot and Jim Porter.

    L-374 members learn Code during AEP Rockport project

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  • Joseph Maloney, IVP - Canada

    IVP Maloney: Canada trade deal is bad for workers

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  • Newton B. Jones, Intl. President

    Preserving national pension involves us all

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  • Camden Choplick, fourth from left, son of L-13 member Chester Choplick, along with other members of the group Re-Creation, meet with a veteran at Nottingham Village in Northumberland, Pa.

    Boilermaker’s son performs at VA hospitals

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  • The National Consumers League and representatives of other organizations supporting the NLC protests meet with Bank of Labor Feb. 27 at the bank’s Washington, DC, headquarters. Seated, l. to r.: Karen Duncan, Maritime Trades Department, AFL-CIO; Gwend Johnson, Coalition of Black Trade Unionists, Mike Stotz, AFL-CIO ITC; and Elise Bryant, Labor Heritage Foundation. Standing are Alicia Page, Bank of Labor, Fran Owens, Labor Heritage Foundation, Puja Aura, AFL-CIO ITC and Labor Advisory Board Member for Bank o

    National Consumers League picks Bank of Labor

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