Boilermaker News

News from the International Brotherhood of Boilermakers

  • Boilermaker surges into action to rescue flash flood victim

    Boilermaker surges into action to rescue flash flood victim

     JOHN MESSINA, LOCAL 154 (Pittsburgh) credits his training as a Boilermaker for preparing him to face unpredictable and dangerous situations. And not just on the job. Messina’s fast action and...

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  • New Northeast Training Facility hosts Welding Boot Camp

    New Northeast Training Facility hosts Welding Boot Camp

     The new Northeast Training Facility opened its doors in July to host the first of three Welding Boot Camp sessions. IVP-NE John Fultz said hosting the boot camp as the first event at the new...

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  • Boilermakers bring Aggregate Industries on board in West Virginia

    Boilermakers bring Aggregate Industries on board in West Virginia

     AFTER A NINE-MONTH organizing campaign, 36 workers at Aggregate Industries in Harpers Ferry, West Virginia, voted June 27 to join the Boilermakers union. The National Labor Relations Board...

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  • Climate solutions should (and can) save our planet and our jobs

    Climate solutions should (and can) save our planet and our jobs

     The urgency to mitigate climate change has pushed many to propose radical alterations to how humans exist on the planet. Some see the rapid abandonment of fossil fuels as essential to climate...

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  • Local 158 donates to veterans’ Honor Flights

    Local 158 donates to veterans’ Honor Flights

     LOCAL 158 (PEORIA, ILLINOIS) members love veterans, and that shows in their fundraising. The local raises money for veterans through their Red Friday shirts, spearheaded by L-158 sister Keri...

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  • Industrial Sector leaders energized at ISO conference

    Industrial Sector leaders energized at ISO conference

     FROM INSPIRING STORIES about Boilermakers winning more work in shipyards to negotiating contracts that add back benefits corporations wrenched away from members, Industrial Sector Operations...

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  • Women at Work caucus holds inaugural meeting

    Women at Work caucus holds inaugural meeting

     GIVEN THE HIGH priority of supporting sisters in the union, and with an eye toward adding more women to the ranks, Boilermakers launched its new women’s caucus, tentatively called Women At...

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  • From horses to hardhats, mother and daughter rein it in

    From horses to hardhats, mother and daughter rein it in

     JACKIE CHAPMAN HAD no idea that her lifelong love of horses would lead her into a career as a Boilermaker. Or, that her daughter, Sydney Chapman, would follow in her footsteps. Jackie, L-374...

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  • WS Tripartite Conference focuses on solutions to industry challenges

    WS Tripartite Conference focuses on solutions to industry challenges

     Fossil fuels, safety, manpower among key topics OWNERS AND CONTRACTORS joined the Boilermakers July 22-25 in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, to discuss industry challenges at the annual Western States...

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  • Locals award service pins

    Locals award service pins

     Local 1 • Chicago ERIC S. DAVIS, BM-ST of Local 1, Chicago, reports presentation of a membership pin to the following: 25 YEARS — Kurt Pecsenye. Local 4 • Page, Arizona LOUIS DODSON, BM-ST of...

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  • Boilermakers advocate for CCUS technology in Canada

    Boilermakers advocate for CCUS technology in Canada

     BOILERMAKERS CHAMPIONED CARBON Capture, Use and Storage (CCUS) technology at two key energy and climate events in Saskatchewan and British Columbia in May. The Boilermakers union partnered with...

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  • Boilermaker-sponsored Piper High School Trap Team members rank in top 100

    Boilermaker-sponsored Piper High School Trap Team members rank in top 100

     TEN MEMBERS OF the Piper High School Trap Team in Kansas City, Kansas, qualified this year for the Kansas State High School Clay Target League 2019 Top 100 All-State Team. The Boilermakers and...

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  • Bank of Labor receives USA Diamond Life Corporate Achievement Award

    Bank of Labor receives USA Diamond Life Corporate Achievement Award

     THE UNION SPORTSMEN’S Alliance honored Bank of Labor with the Diamond Life Corporate Achievement Award this past June. The award is presented to USA’s industry partners that have surpassed the $1...

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  • Congresswoman Holmes Norton visits Boilermaker reception

    Congresswoman Holmes Norton visits Boilermaker reception

     REPRESENTATIVE ELEANOR HOLMES Norton (D-DC) visits with Boilermaker constituents during the 2019 LEAP Congressional Reception, April 16 at the Mayflower Hotel. The reception is a longstanding...

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  • House Democrats and Republicans vote to repeal ‘Cadillac tax’

    House Democrats and Republicans vote to repeal ‘Cadillac tax’

     IN AN OVERWHELMING 419-6 vote, House Republicans joined Democrats to repeal the “Cadillac tax”—a proposed tax on high-cost employer health insurance. If it is not repealed, The Health Care Excise...

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  • Second California Refinery Tripartite spotlights manpower, skillsets and safety

    Second California Refinery Tripartite spotlights manpower, skillsets and safety

     BUILDING ON DISCUSSIONS begun during the first-ever California Refinery Tripartite conference in 2018, more than 125 refiners, contractors and Boilermakers convened 26 in Napa for the 2019...

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  • Boilermakers, partners win awards for campaign against lockout

    Boilermakers, partners win awards for campaign against lockout

     THE BOILERMAKERS COMMUNICATIONS department and partners Wide Awake Films and Creative Marketing Programs, Kansas City, have won two industry awards for campaign materials supporting an end to...

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  • L-627 contingent visits state legislators for Day of Action

    L-627 contingent visits state legislators for Day of Action

     LOCAL 627 (Phoenix) BM-ST Jacob Evenson had an inspiration when he returned home in April from the Boilermakers annual LEAP conference: Political action shouldn’t happen just once a year in...

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  • Money brought her to the union; the Brotherhood keeps her here

    Money brought her to the union; the Brotherhood keeps her here

     IT’S NO SURPRISE that Local 83 dispatcher Tatum Keister turned to the trades for her livelihood when she indentured in 2003. There were only five women in the Kansas City-based local at the time,...

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  • Boilermakers revitalize shipbuilding in British Columbia

    Boilermakers revitalize shipbuilding in British Columbia

     ON PICTURESQUE VANCOUVER Island, down a quiet street near the water in the capitol city of Victoria, Local 191 Boilermakers (Victoria, B.C.), along with travelers, are doing their part in...

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