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Volume 55, Number 3
Jul 2016 to Sep 2016

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Included articles:

33rd Consolidated Convention sets course for the future, Convention speakers inspire and inform delegates, Boilermakers stand with UMWA on pension fight, members attend United State of Women summit, and much, much more.

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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:

Tags  Local News
Locals  L-1, L-83, L-132, L-344
Reporter  V55N3

Bank of Labor funds financial literacy curriculum

Bank of Labor funds financial literacy curriculum

Training helps pre-apprentices and apprentices become stable workers

A NEW TRAINING program funded by the Bank of Labor is helping union apprentices in the construction industry become better able to manage their money.

The curriculum, developed by the North American Building Trades Unions, launched in September 2015 and is a part of NABTU’s Apprenticeship Readiness Program.

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Health and Welfare trustees announce benefit improvements effective January 2017

Boilermakers National Funds

Rates will not increase for Active G/GR or Retiree Coverage

Although Active G/GR rates have not increased since 2010, participants of the Health and Welfare Fund will see benefit improvements effective January 1, 2017.

The Health and Welfare Board of Trustees approved the following benefit improvements at the September 2016 board meeting:

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Boilermakers attend United State of Women summit

BOILERMAKERS TAKE TIME DURING THE UNITED STATE OF WOMEN SUMMIT TO MEET WITH AFL-CIO SECRETARY-TREASURER LIZ SHULER. L. to r., Bridget Martin, Crystal Spratley, Amanda Green, Michelle Nagle, and Shuler.

FOUR BOILERMAKERS ATTENDED the first summit on The United State of Women June 14 in Washington D.C. They included Bridget Martin, Special Assistant to the International President; Crystal Spratley and Michelle Nagle, Local 83 (Kansas City, Missouri); and Amanda Green, Local 29 (Boston, Massachusetts).

Locals  L-29, L-83
Reporter  V55N3

Election 2016 Boilermaker Endorsements

Informed union voters can make a big difference Nov. 8

THE CANDIDATES LISTED below have been selected by the leadership of the local lodges in their areas, along with the International Government Affairs Department, as those who will best support working families.

We know that how you vote is a personal decision. And we respect that decision. We also know that working families will make a huge difference in these elections – just as we did in the 2004, when many pro-worker candidates were elected to Congress and to state and local offices across the nation.

Tags  LEAP Issues
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'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

First-time Convention delegate experiences Boilermaker passion

Kaitlyn “Goose” Machmer

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.

Locals  L-196
Reporter  V55N3

With convention complete, focus returns to pressing issues

Newton B. Jones, Intl. President

Solidarity will help energize, guide our union

THE 33RD CONSOLIDATED Convention brought together Boilermakers from across the United States and Canada to perform the vital work of reaffirming our constitution and electing officers. We can be proud that delegates accomplished these goals while representing, with great passion and conviction, the interests of our membership.

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33rd Convention sets course for future

Delegates vote on constitutional changes, officers

NEARLY 500 DELEGATES representing Boilermaker local lodges, districts and councils across the United States and Canada met at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas July 18-21 to chart the Brotherhood's course for the next five years. Sixty-seven delegates-at-large also attended, along with International staff and administrative employees.

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Boilermakers stand with UMWA on pension fight

Boilermakers from around the country stand in solidarity with the UMWA on Capitol Hill.

Miners implore legislators to pass retirement funding bill

BOILERMAKERS from across the country joined the United Mine Workers of America and other supporters on Capitol Hill Sept. 8 in urging lawmakers to pass legislation to prevent the loss of the coal miners’ health care and retirement benefits. Congressmen, senators, clergy, and UMWA President Cecil Roberts addressed the crowd of nearly 10,000 during the three-hour rally.

Tags  Headline News
Reporter  V55N3

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