Boiler Talk

Dear Brothers & Sisters,

URGENT NOTICE Any member that received a delinquent notice from the Hall this month has until Sep 31st to pay their dues. After the Sept 31st deadline you will be suspended and have to pay a reinstatement fee of $450 to be reinstated no exceptions.

The training center will be offering Osha 30 classes Sept. 15th-18th and Supplemental Rigging classes September 22nd-25th. This may be the last class of the year and next year and you will need both classes to sign the books as of January 1st 2015 so contact Paul McGrew at the training center to sign up.

The Boilermakers Local Walleyes game is scheduled for January 24 2015. Contact Abe at the hall or stop in to put your name on the list to reserve tickets.

We will be sending letters to the membership inviting people to apply for the upcoming Apprenticeship Director position that is going to be opening up. Please refer to the letter or contact Tim Timmons with any questions that may arise. We are also looking for volunteers to become instructors and teach upcoming training classes.

Congratulations to Phil Klingensmith for taking first place in the Great Lakes area apprenticeship competition. He represented local 85 very well and we are proud of him and his accomplishments. He will be competing for the National competition in Slidell, Louisiana at Local 37 in September.

There is a NextGen Labor Steak Roast Saturday September 27th at Local 723 Union Hall  281 Detroit Ave. Monroe, Mi 48162. This is a free event for Union members wanting to learn more about Unions, get more active in their community, or connect with persons in other unions.  Please RSVP through Abe at the hall by August 29th so we can get a count on who is attending. This is a great opportunity to get involved in your community.

 The Boilermaker golf outing for the summer of 2014 at Chippewa golf course in Curtice, Ohio on July 12th was a success. Thanks Steve Coffman for all the hard work you put into setting it up.



Our next union meeting is September 18th beginning at 7:00 pm. Please make sure you have an up to date dues receipt.


Work has started to slow down a bit for the summer. We are expecting some long term work this summer at Gerdau Steel for Detroit Boiler, Chem Plant in Lima for Cherne and Toledo Refinery for Nooter. Detroit Boiler will be keeping around 12 Boilermakers all summer for a new furnace job. Cherne will be keeping a hand full of Boilermakers all summer for some maintenance work and new construction with periodic peaks in manpower. Nooter will also have a hand full of Boilermakers preparing for the fall outage and will pick up a second shift in August. The short term list has been moving steadily with some unplanned work and should continue throughout the summer. If there is anyone interested in traveling here is the link to access the Most BDS. If any member has any question as to how to login and use it have them contact Abe Babcock at the Union Hall and he can walk you through it.

If you need to change your address or Phone number with the international here is the link  you will still need to contact the funds office to change your address there.



The next retiree Meeting will be August 19th  at the Bob Evans at the corner of Woodville and Lemoyne Rd. We hope to see a lot of you there.

Brothers and Sister we have a fight on our hands with So Called Right to Work knocking on our door. Please take the time to Educate yourself and your families so were able to stand our ground. For more information check out this is a Operating Engineer website but we strongly encourage our members to check it out to inform themselves and get involved.

Fraternally yours,

Tim Timmons, Bus. Mgr./Sec. Treas.