Letters

L-40's Autry remembers Dwain Smith

The International Brotherhood of Boilermakers lost a dear friend and Brother Boilermaker September 5, when Local 40 member Larry Dwain “Smitty” Smith, 71, passed away after a 35-year battle with Muscular Dystrophy.

Locals  L-40
Reporter  V55N4

L-587 family thankful for assistance

A HEART-FELT thank you to the Boilermaker Relief Fund for your generous monetary gift to us after the recent flooding of our home. We are forever grateful!

DANIEL & BECKY BURKS
Boilermakers Local 587
Orange, Texas

Locals  L-587
Reporter  V55N4

Local 1626 offers thanks for lockout support

ON SEPTEMBER 29, 2015, Clifford-Jacobs IMT Corp. of Champaign, Ill., locked out all union employees. We were locked out until February 29, 2016. On behalf of Boilermakers Local 1626 of Champaign, we would like to thank everyone who supported us and who contributed money to help all of us through this extremely hard time. We are back to work now, and we are all very thankful for that. We would also like to thank [International] President Newton Jones for everything he had done for us.

Locals  L-1626
Reporter  V55N2

Exelon praises L-5 Zone 175 for nuclear outage work

DAN AND NICK, I want to personally thank you and your team for the excellent support you provided to my team this outage. I cannot tell you how impressed I am with the way you and your team worked safely and error free. This was the first time I did an outage utilizing boilermakers (I used to work the outages in the east, and we used in-house workers) and cannot be more happy with the results.

Tags  Letters, Kudos
Locals  L-5/175
Reporter  V55N1

L-5 retiree recalls foremen

I wonder if this has ever happened before in Boilermaker history. In 1960, at Danskammer Powerhouse in Newburgh, N.Y., my first Boilermaker foreman was Frank Mellon, a great Boilermaker.

Forty-one years later, my last foreman was his son, Jack Mellon, who I worked for in Brooklyn, N.Y., before I retired from Local 5.

God bless the Boilermakers and their families, because they are the best.

JACK “THE HORSE” SHAUGHNESSY
Boilermakers Local 5, retired
Staten Island, N.Y.

Locals  L-5

Hayes Mechanical cites Local 1 effort

Boilermakers working on the day shift (top photo) and night shift pause during a successful project at NRG’s Waukegan Station unit 7 in Lake County, Illinois. The crews completed the conversion of a “hot” electrostatic precipitator system to a “cold” ESP ahead of schedule despite difficult scheduling restraints.

[Letter addressed to Local 1 (Chicago) BM-ST John Riel]

HAYES MECHANICAL WISHES to extend our gratitude over Local 1’s cooperation and efforts in making the Waukegan Station unit 7 ESP Hot to Cold Conversion project a success. [ESPs, or electrostatic precipitators, remove particulates from a boiler’s exhaust stream. Hot or cold refers to the relative temperature of the exhaust gases entering the ESP and thus the overall size and design of the system.]

Tags  Letters, Kudos
Locals  L-1
Reporter  V54N2

L-69 embraces Code & Creed

[Addressed to International President Newton B. Jones]

ON APRIL 24TH, while in town for a Local 69 [Little Rock, Ark.] retiree picnic, I attended a union meeting at the lodge. The meeting was well attended, and I noticed banners depicting the Boilermaker Creed hanging from the walls of the union hall. I was pleasantly surprised to see members stand up and recite the Boilermaker Creed when the meeting began. Business Manager Rodney Allison then explained how the characteristics identified in the Boilermaker Code describe what it means to be a Boilermaker.

Locals  L-69

Egyptian-born L-28 member reflects on career

I came to America from Egypt in 1982 when I was 22, looking for a better life. My father-in-law, the late John A. Harmer Jr., a first-generation Boilermaker, encouraged me to join the trade. I worked closely with highly-skilled Boilermakers who patiently taught me everything I needed to know. Coming from another country and having to learn English was hard, and my first years in the trade were the toughest.

Locals  L-28
Reporter  V54N1

We need to talk about men’s health

MEN’S HEALTH IS something people do not like to talk about, but I am willing to talk about it. I am now just one year over my two cancer operations, and I am happy to say I am cancer free now for one year. The reason I am cancer free right now is because I went for a check-up, something most men do not do. These men are your family members, friends, co-workers, your members, your clients and your employees. I have joined the Movember Movement, and I am growing a moustache to change the face of men’s health.


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