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Union trades collaborate to benefit area children

Don Hartney, L-29, left, gives Toys for Tots representative Tony Gatro a check for over $1,200.

Toy drive nets over $1,200 and nearly 600 toys

IN A MULTI-CRAFT effort to make the holidays merry for those less fortunate, Boilermakers from Local 29 (Boston) spearheaded a Toys for Tots campaign at the O’Connor Corporation’s Salem Harbor Project jobsite in Salem, Massachusetts, last December. In addition to the Boilermakers, the IBEW, UBC, UA and LiUNA also collaborated in the holiday effort. The O’Connor Corporation offered their support of the month-long donation drive as well.

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Locals  L-29

BNAP training helps save a life

Chad Riley, left, and father Jeff Riley, L-455 (Sheffield, Alabama).

FORMER APPRENTICE CHAD Riley, son of Local 455 (Sheffield, Alabama) Jeff Riley, saved a boy’s life on Labor Day weekend with CPR skills he learned while in the Boilermaker National Apprenticeship Program.

Chad Riley and his family were spending part of Labor Day weekend at the Phil Campbell, Alabama, swimming area when Riley heard shouts coming from the water’s edge. A friend’s nephew wasn’t breathing after being found unconscious in the water. A bystander tried CPR on the boy for two minutes, but he still wasn’t breathing.

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Locals  L-455
Reporter  V55N4

Locals award service pins

Local 1 • Chicago

JOHN F. RIEL, BM-ST of Local 1, Chicago, reports presentation of membership pins to the following:

  • 45 YEARS — Edward Anderson, Mark Gustafson;
  • 40 YEARS — Eugene M. Forkin III; and
  • 25 YEARS — Robert Taylor.

Local 83 • Kansas City, Mo.

JOE LEWANDOWSKI, BM-ST of Local 83, Kansas City, Mo., reports presentation of membership pins to the following:

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Locals  L-1, L-83, L-132, L-344
Reporter  V55N3

'Dean of Boilermakers' John Skermont passes

JOHN J. SKERMONT, 1947-2016

Retired Local 1 member served 25 years as BM-ST

JOHN J. SKERMONT, A retired 45-year member of Local 1 (Chicago) who served 25 years as the lodge’s BM-ST, passed away September 13 at the age of 69. He is survived by his wife Susan (nee Christy); three daughters, Patricia (Daniel) Pohrte, Amy (Gabriel) Cuevas, and Jaclyn (Kristopher) Lunquist; grandchildren John, Lola, Mckinley, Max, Juno and Margot; and sisters Kathleen (Robert) Mrugala and Peggy ( Jack) Crotty.

Locals  L-1
Reporter  V55N3

Bryan Steam marks 100 years, cites L-357 members

LOCAL 357 (Peru, Indiana) members took part in celebrating the 100-year anniversary of their employer, Bryan Steam, August 16, during ceremonies at the plant. The firm began operation in 1916 building steam tractors and cars. Union Boilermakers there now build steam boilers for large commercial, institutional and industrial facilities. Company President Bryan O’Toole thanked L-357 members and retirees for their role in making Bryan Steam successful. Pictured in front of a Bryan Steam tractor are, left to right, International Rep Bill Coleman, O’Toole and L-357 President John Benedict.
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Locals  L-357
Reporter  V55N4

Boilermaker family lays wreath at Tomb of Unknown Soldier

Bridget Martin and her husband, Bryan, watch as their sons, Bryce and Brody, receive the wreath prior to setting it at the tomb.

BRIDGET MARTIN, SPECIAL Assistant to the International President and a member of Local 693 (Pascagoula, Miss.), received “an opportunity of a lifetime” when she and her family were invited to lay a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery on Memorial Day. Due to another family being unable to attend, the president of the Ironworkers, Eric Dean, asked Martin and her family to participate. “It was very touching,” said Martin, “especially because it was Memorial Day.”

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Locals  L-693

Locals award service pins

Local 1 • Chicago

JOHN F. RIEL, BM-ST of Local 1, Chicago, reports presentation of membership pins to the following:

  • 55 YEARS — Gary Metcalfe;
  • 45 YEARS — Jerome Petralia, John Skermont; and
  • 25 YEARS — Reyes Mirabal.

Local 69 • Little Rock, Ark.

RODNEY E. ALLISON, BM-ST of Local 69, Little Rock, Ark., reports presentation of membership pins to the following:

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Locals  L-1, L-69, L-83, L-656, L-1510
Reporter  V55N2

L-D561 members ink 8-year contract

 L-D561 negotiating committee members, l. to r., Jim Rhedin, Kermit Gates, Scott Schreiner, Ernie West and Rolland “Kit” Cooper.

Lodge sees wage increases, other improvements

MEMBERS OF LOCAL D561 (Weeping Water, Nebraska) employed by Kerford Limestone ratified an eight-year collective bargaining agreement in late July that will provide a 24.6 percent wage increase over the term of the agreement along with other improvements.

Locals  L-D561
Reporter  V55N3

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