EFFECTIVE DEC. 15, 2016, clarifications to the Uniform Referral Standards and Joint Referral Rules concerning U.S. construction lodge joint referral rules goes into effect. The National Joint Rules and Standards Committee has issued amendments that apply to Article 5, Registration, clarifying what is required to change an applicant’s domicile or dispatching local.
IT WAS STILL dark at Anthony (Cornbread) Howell’s home in Albany, Louisiana, one rainy morning this past August when he was awakened by pounding on his front door. An anxious neighbor told him she had water coming into her house. Historic rains had been drenching the state, and in Livingston Parish, where Howell lives, more than 31 inches fell in 15 hours.
THREE GLOBAL LABOR unions affected by the merger of the world’s two largest cement companies, Lafarge and Holcim, are working together to promote the fair treatment of the conglomerate’s more than 100,000 workers worldwide, including cement industry Boilermakers belonging to eight local lodges in North America.
Owners describe industry developments; work groups report
THE SOUTHEAST AREA Tripartite conference held in Destin, Florida, earlier this year stressed the importance of safety and recruitment while providing updates on the utility industry and committee work.
IVP-SE Warren Fairley praised Southeast locals for their commitment to safety, noting their successes, including winning the 2015 national safety award sponsored by the National Association of Construction Boilermaker Employers (NACBE). Since 1991, the Southeast Area has won the award 19 times, Fairley noted.
Group cites IBB for publishing, video, photography, website
THE INTERNATIONAL LABOR Communications Association has announced that creative work produced by the Boilermakers International has been selected for seven awards of excellence.
The Communications Department received two first place awards, for Best Photo Essay or Gallery and Best Design for Newspapers or Newsletters. The department also received two third place awards, for the 33rd Consolidated Convention website and Best Photograph.
THIRTEEN BOILERMAKERS GOT a rare treat September 26, when they traveled west of Calgary, Alberta, for a personal tour of the Canadian Museum of Making, a private collection of industrial machinery and tools, some of which are centuries old.
The group joined engineer, inventor and entrepreneur Ian MacGregor, as he led them through a vast underground chamber below his home containing some 20,000 artifacts.
INDUSTRY PARTNERS ATTENDING the 31st National Tripartite Alliance conference in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, October 3-5 kept a watchful eye on the approach of Hurricane Matthew but still managed to take in most of the event’s presentations and activities. The hurricane brought dire warnings up and down the U.S. East Coast, and Myrtle Beach faced a mandatory evacuation order for October 6. That led some participants to leave early, but many stayed through all the scheduled presentations.
Participants get look at planned training center in Utah
THE WESTERN STATES Tripartite conference held in Coeur D’Alene, Idaho, August 29-September 1 addressed many topics vital to industry partners; however, three issues received particular focus: organizing, training and marijuana use.
KAITLYN “GOOSE” MACHMER from Local 196 (Sayre, Pennsylvania), a first-time delegate to the 33rd Consolidated Convention July 18-21, said her first convention was an inspirational learning event. Machmer, who works as a carman at Union Tank Car in Altoona, Pennsylvania, attended the convention after her local’s president was unable to make the trip.
“It’s an eye-opener,” she said. “Some of the speakers are very motivating.”
Machmer said the passion she saw in the delegates surprised her, and that she was excited to go home and tell everyone about the experience.