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N.Y. residents sue giant wind farm

Noise, lights cause problems for people, animals

WIND POWER GETS high marks among environmentalists and the Obama administration these days as a clean energy source. But as the Boilermakers union has pointed out repeatedly, all energy sources — not just fossil fuels — come with their own challenges.

As residents living near Utica, N.Y., have discovered, wind energy can disrupt the lives of both man and beast.

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Per capita tax to increase 40 cents in 2011

Constitution calls for monthly union dues to increase by twice that amount

THE BUREAU OF LABOR Statistics (BLS) has announced a 1.7 percent average increase in hourly earnings for the manufacturing industry from July 2009 to July 2010. As a result, the International will raise its per capita tax in 2011 by 1.7 percent (40 cents), and monthly union dues will increase by twice that amount ($0.80), effective Jan. 1, 2011.

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States face $1 trillion pension gap

IT’S NOT JUST multi-employer pension plans that have suffered from the “Great Recession” plaguing the U.S. economy. A report released Feb. 18 by the PEW Research Center for the People & the Press says state pension plans for public employees have been hammered as well. As of fiscal year 2008, the states held $3.35 trillion worth of obligations for pension, health care, and other retirement benefits promised to current and retired workers. However, they actually have $2.35 trillion on hand — a $1 trillion gap.

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NALC food drive is set for May 8

Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive

Postal workers will handle pick-ups

WITH UNEMPLOYMENT hovering around 10 percent, the National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) national food drive, scheduled for May 8, comes at a critical time. Food banks are seeing an unprecedented crisis. Requests for food have risen month after month while donations have continued to fall.

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Face of labor changes dramatically

Report cites rise in female members, minorities, college grads, older workers

BY 2020, WOMEN will outnumber men in the ranks of union members, a new study predicts. The report, The Changing Face of Labor 1983-2008, released last November, describes how demographics have changed within the labor movement over the past 25 years and projects how those changes may play out in the future.

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Technology used at Mountaineer plant could help ensure coal’s continued use

THE FUTURE OF COAL as a cheap, abundant, reliable energy source will be determined by how quickly reliable methods to capture and store carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions are developed.

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Locals award service pins

Members of Local 26 (Savannah, Ga.) receive their membership pins at the October 2009 local lodge monthly meeting.

Local 1 - Chicago

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

Local 7 - Buffalo, N.Y.

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

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Letters to the Editor

Bill “Fuzzy” Wilts, L-175 retiree

Widow grateful for Boilermaker support

My husband, William E. Vincent Jr. [a member of Local 83, Kansas City, Mo.], passed away Nov. 17, 2009. He was a Boilermaker for 27 years. I wish to sincerely thank all the Boilermakers who donated to the collection to help us.

It is appreciated more than you will ever know.

Debra Vincent
Lumberton, Texas

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Locals  L-83, L-175, L-191

Union Plus matches donations for Haiti earthquake relief

Donations through Union Plus will help buy medical supplies, food, water, blankets, and tents. Photo by Tracey L. Hall-Leahy, U.S. Army

Effort doubles amount union members give

UNION PLUS HAS committed $100,000 in matching funds to the AFL-CIO Solidarity Center toward earthquake relief efforts in Haiti. The dollar-for-dollar match means that union members giving $10 will in effect be giving $20, those giving $50 will see it doubled to $100, and so on.

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Union workers make 15 percent more

Study shows advantages of being organized

A NEW STUDY by the Center for Economic Policy and Research (CEPR) reinforces what organized workers have long known: union members make more money than nonunion workers, and they are more likely to have benefits.

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