Letters to the Editor

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

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

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.


Daughter of L-28 retiree serves with AmeriCorps

Nichole Letizia with AmeriCorps

My daughter, Nichole, was a 2009 recipient of an International scholarship. After completing her degree in architecture at the New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT), she wanted to show her thanks for the financial assistance she has received by joining AmeriCorps to help other people, before getting on with her professional career. This has been a great experience for her.

Locals  L-28
Reporter  V53N4

Boilermaker Code is “survival tool”

[Addressed to IP Newton B. Jones, via email]

I JUST WATCHED “The Boilermaker Code: Ending the Red Ass Era.” The Boilermaker Code may be the most important survival tool since the inception of the MOST programs. I am so glad to see that we are admitting to and addressing an issue that has cost us untold man-hours and dollars.

Thank you.

MELVIN P. COOMER
Local 374 (retired)

Locals  L-374
Reporter  V53N4

Thanks to “slices”

AFTER 30 PLUS years of being a part of this great and crazy Boilermaker life, I want to thank all those “slices” who helped, taught, looked out for and just plain put up with me that made up my Boilermaker “pie.”

I also want to thank the Boilermaker ladies in my hall and in the Funds Office for being so nice.

Your Brother,

FRED ELDER (“Elder the Welder”)
South Boston, Mass.
Local 29, Boston

Locals  L-29
Reporter  V53N2

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