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International Brotherhood of Boilermakers

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Baltimore, MD 21230

 

Membership

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60,000 members

 


Affiliations

Structure

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The primary structural unit of the union is the local lodge. Local lodges are organized into several categories under the Boilermakers Constitution.

  • Geographical Sections
  • Industrial Divisions
  • District Lodges
  • Industrial Conferences and Councils
  • Departments

Geographical Sections

The International Brotherhood of Boilermakers has established a number of divisions to enable officers and representing lodges within the same industry to meet and discuss their issues. Currently, the union is divided into six sections, each with an international vice president (IVP) to oversee the lodges in that section. The Vice Presidents make up the Executive Council.

In addition to the vice presidents who represent geographical sections, one international vice president serves and advocates for members in industrial lodges, regardless of where they are situated geographically. This is the Industrial Sector Operations Division (IVP-at-Large James Pressley).

Industrial Divisions

There have been a number of divisions established representing lodges within the same industry. The larger divisions have full-time directors who provide a variety of services to lodges within their divisions. Currently, the International Brotherhood has seven divisions:

District Lodges

District lodges are made up of a group of local lodges in close proximity that are involved in the same industries. The district lodge is an administrative, servicing, and coordinating body.

The district lodge can assist affiliated lodges with organizing, collective bargaining, and grievance and dispute settlement, as well as establish training programs and engage in legislative activities if its by-laws so provide.

The Constitution authorizes the International President and Executive Council to form district lodges when two or more local lodges represent members in the same industry. The International President and Executive Council will determine which lodges shall affiliate or remain in affiliation with a district lodge.

Currently, the Boilermakers union has four district lodges:

Industry Councils and Conferences

Industry councils are a venue for workers in similar industries to coordinate collective bargaining, organizing and training. Councils elect officers and hold regular business meetings, which often include training as a major component.  Currently, the councils and conferences within the union are:

In addition to these groups of local lodges, the International Brotherhood has organized workers in the nondestructive testing division under quality control councils in the United States and Canada:

Local Lodges

Local lodges are the most important structural part of the union. All of the other structural elements – sections, divisions, districts, councils, and departments – exist solely to help local lodges conduct their business more effectively. Local lodges are formalized when 35 or more persons residing in the United States or Canada meet the qualifications of Boilermaker membership. Each local lodge, within the framework of the Brotherhood’s Constitution, adopts by-laws specifying the rules and regulations governing the conduct of the local lodge. Local lodge members elect the officers of their lodge and vote on contracts and other important matters. See appendix I for a list of available contact information for local lodges.

 

Industries

 

Key Officers

ibb_newtonjonesNewton B. Jones, International President, Elected 2003

Newton B. Jones has served as the Boilermakers International president since July 24, 2003, when the International Executive Council elected him to complete the unexpired term of International President Charles W. Jones, who resigned after 20 years in office. In July 2006, delegates to the Boilermakers 31st Consolidated Convention in Las Vegas unanimously re-elected Newton to a five-year term.

Newton has worked for the Boilermakers union in various capacities over the past 33 years ― as a construction boilermaker; organizer; director of organizing and communications; managing editor of the Boilermaker Reporter and Boilermaker Organizer newspapers; and as the International vice president of the Boilermakers’ southeast area.

Newton began his career as a field construction boilermaker in 1971, working in the jurisdiction of Local 454, Chattanooga, Tenn., on a Georgia Power project. In 1972, he joined Local 203 in St. John’s, Newfoundland, and worked on a refinery job. He later transferred his membership to Local 199 in Jacksonville, Florida, and worked mainly as a high rigger and as a certified pressure welder. In 1981, Newton joined the International staff as an organizer. He was appointed director of organizing and communications in 1986.

While working as a Boilermaker, Newton also attended the University of South Florida and Florida State University. He graduated from the Harvard Trade Union Program in 1985.

Contact Information:
753 State Ave., Suite 570
Kansas City, KS 66101
(913) 371-2640      FAX (913) 281-8101
E-mail

ibb_williamcreedenWilliam T. Creeden International Secretary-Treasurer, Elected 2005

William T. Creeden has served as International secretary-treasurer since Dec. 5, 2005, when he was unanimously approved by the International Executive Council to fill the unexpired term of IST Jerry Willburn, who retired. Creeden had previously servedas director of organizing and an assistant to the International president since December 1993.

A member of Local 627 (Phoenix) since 1978, Creeden began his Boilermaker career as a field construction apprentice and worked primarily as a pressure welder. In 1986, he was hired as an organizer to implement the Brotherhood’s “Fight Back” construction organizing strategy. He later served as a general organizer and as assistant to the director of organizing and communication.

Contact Information:
753 State Ave, Suite 565
Kansas City, KS 66101
(913) 371-2640      FAX (913) 281-8102
E-mail

International Vice Presidents

ibb_lawrencemcmanamonLawrence J McManamon Vice President for the Great Lakes, Elected 1990

(Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, Wisconsin)

Lawrence J. McManamon has been the International Vice President for the Great Lakes Section of the International Brotherhood of Boilermakers, Iron Ship Builders, Blacksmiths, Forgers and Helpers, AFL-CIO, since 1990.

Larry began his career as a field construction boilermaker in 1967. He served Local 744, Cleveland, Ohio, as a trustee and business agent in 1975, and was elected lodge president in 1976, serving in that position until his 1986 election as the local’s business manager and secretary-treasurer.

ibb_josephmaloneyJoseph Maloney, Vice President for the Western Canadian Section, Elected 2005

(Thunder Bay West and all territory west – British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Yukon, Northwest Territories, and Manitoba)

Joseph Maloney was nominated by International President Newton B. Jones to complete the term of retiring International vice president Rick Albright and unanimously elected by the Executive Council. He took office on October 1, 2005.

Maloney joined Local 128 in 1975. As a graduate apprentice, he worked as a fitter and rigger. He served Local 128 in numerous capacities from steward to president and finally as business manager. In 1991, he was appointed by IP Charles W. Jones to serve as an International representative for Eastern Canada.

In 1993 he left the Brotherhood’s payroll to work for the Building & Construction Trades Department (BCTD) in the Canadian office as assistant to the executive secretary. In 1998, he became the BCTD’s director of Canadian Affairs, and in 2000 he was appointed to serve as BCTD secretary-treasurer under the new president, Edward C. Sullivan.

ibb_edwardpowerEdward Power, Vice President for the Eastern Canadian Section, Elected 2006

(Thunder Bay East and all territory east – Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, Newfoundland, and Labrador)

Ed Power became the International vice president for Eastern Canada February 1, 2006, taking over for long-time IVP Alexander (Sandy) MacDonald, who retired January 31, 2006.

A 31-year member of Local 128, Toronto, Ontario, Power began his career in 1974 as an apprentice construction Boilermaker. He held a variety of local lodge offices before being elected business manager in 1993, a position he held for 12 years. He was appointed as an International representative in 2003.

Power helped set up the first-ever tripartite conference in Canada, in 2004. He twice chaired the Canadian board of the International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans, an educational body for pension plan trustees.

ibb_tombacaJ. Tom Baca, Vice President for the Western States Section, Elected 2007

(Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington, Wyoming, and the Islands of the Pacific)

J. Tom Baca began his Boilermaker career as a field construction worker in 1969. A member of Local 549 (Pittsburg, Calif.), Baca worked his way up the ranks, from steward to job superintendent, earning an appointment as an assistant business manager in 1994. He has served as both trustee and chairman of trustees on the Local 549 executive board and became business manager/secretary-treasurer for Local 549 in March 2005.

A third-generation Boilermaker, Baca has been president of both the Contra Costa Building Trades and Central Labor Council, and a member of the executive board for that area’s NAACP chapter. Baca was appointed union trustee to the Boilermaker-Blacksmith National Pension Trust in 2005. He also served on the Law Committee for the 31st Consolidated Convention in July 2006.

On February 1, 2007, he became International Vice President of the Western States.

ibb_warrenfairlyWarren Fairly, Vice President of the Southeast States Section, Elected

(Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Puerto Rico, Isthmus of Panama and the U.S. Virgin Islands.)

Warren Fairley has been an International Vice President for the International Brotherhood of Boilermakers, Iron Ship Builders, Blacksmiths, Forgers, and Helpers, AFL-CIO, since Oct. 24, 2007.

Warren joined Local 693 (Pascagoula, Miss.) in 1990 and worked in the rigging department at Ingalls Shipbuilding. He was elected L-693 Business Manager in 1996, and became an International Rep at the completion of his term. In 2003 he was made Assistant to the International President and Assistant Director of the Shipbuilding Division. One month later, he was promoted Deputy Director of that division, and in 2005 became Executive Assistant to the International President and Director of the Shipbuilding & Marine Services Division, positions he continues to hold.

ibb_jamespressleyJames A. Pressley (International Vice President at Large – Industrial Sector Operations)

(Industrial sector lodges, including those servicing members in non-construction industries: shipbuilding, railroad, cement, stove, metal, mining, boiler shop, forging, and manufacturing)

James A. Pressley is the International Vice President at Large for Industrial Sector Operations, a position he has held since Oct. 28, 2010. He also holds the position of Director of Administrative Affairs of the International President.

Pressley began his Boilermaker career in 1962, when he joined Local 900 (Barberton, Ohio), a boiler manufacturing lodge. He served in various lodge leadership positions and was elected president in 1988.

From 1994 until 2006, Pressley served as International Rep for the Great Lakes region. He was appointed Assistant to the Director of the Research and Collective Bargaining Services Department in 2005 and promoted to Director in 2006.

In 2007, he was named Director of the newly formed Industrial Sector Services Department. The following year, he was appointed Executive Director of Industrial Sector Operations and Director of Administrative Affairs of the International President.

ibb_davidhaggertyD. David Haggerty (International Vice President – Northeast States Section)

(Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia, and the District of Columbia)

On July 16, 2011, the International Executive Council elected D. David Haggerty International Vice President – Northeast Section. Haggerty previously served as Director of National Construction Agreements (D-NCA), a position he held since his appointment in 2006 by International President Newton B. Jones. He simultaneously held the designation of Special Assistant to the International President.

As D-NCA, Haggerty worked out of a Washington, D.C., office representing the interests of the Boilermakers union across a range of labor-management agreements involving construction trade unions and contractors, including the General Presidents’ Project Maintenance Agreement (GPPMA), the National Construction Agreement (NCA), the National Maintenance Agreement (NMA), various specialty agreements, and project labor agreements (PLAs). As the Boilermakers representative, Haggerty participated in processing grievances involving multi-trade jurisdictions, among other responsibilities.

Haggerty began his career in the construction trades in 1974, working for his father at the Yorktown Oil Refinery in Virginia while attending Virginia State College, majoring in Industrial Arts Education. He was indentured into the Boilermakers Apprenticeship Program in 1977, through Local Lodge 45 (Richmond, Va.), graduating as a journeyman in 1980.

Haggerty was elected president of Local 45 in 1984 and also served as an assistant business agent from 1984 through 1988. He was elected business manager/secretary-treasurer for the lodge in 1993. In 1998, he was appointed as a safety rep for MOST (Mobilization, Optimization, Stabilization, and Training), a position he held until his appointment as D-NCA in 2006.

Sustainability Profile

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The Boilermakers have dramatically shifted their direction on climate change and “clean energy” within the past four years. Most notably, it appears that IBB President Newton Jones has done a “180” on his late 2008 position on fossil fuels. Formerly, he declared that it would be “economic suicide for labor unions to ignore or minimize the potential negative effects of the world’s use of fossil fuels.” The union even sent representatives to both Bali and Poznan UN Climate Summit meetings and appeared to be actively talking to their membership about the climate change issues. Environmentalists applauded the IBB’s sponsorship of a 2008 Duke University study titled “Manufacturing Climate Solutions”, which assessed five carbon-reducing technologies with potential for future green job creation. Now, environmentalists fear that the Duke study may have been the high point of IBB’s climate activism rather than a new foundation.

In early 2013, President Jones released an article entitled “It’s Time to Renew Promise on Fossil Fuels Future.” The document simultaneously acknowledges the dangers of climate change yet urges for a return to the “all-of-the-above” energy strategy of President Obama’s first term. This comprehensive strategy pushes for the continued use of all sources of energy in America. The rhetoric of Jones’ speech gives homage to the manufactured panic surrounding the “fiscal cliff” and highlights the underlying fear of job loss within IBB industries. In the words of Jones, “failure to achieve a workable energy policy could send us toward an energy cliff no less dangerous than the fiscal one.” The excerpts below embodies IBB’s concept of what this “workable energy policy” might be:

WHILE CLIMATE CHANGE has its skeptics, the Boilermakers union is not one of them. The body of evidence is too large not to be convincing. But we cannot abruptly shut down U.S. coal plants without creating massive job loss, economic turmoil, and an energy supply that works only some of the time. Yet the complete elimination of coal (and ultimately all fossil fuels) is precisely what many environmentalists are seeking — and the EPA seems willing to oblige them, with enormously expensive and technologically challenging regulations.

There are many reasons why ending fossil fuel use in the United States is a terrible idea. Coal-fueled energy alone accounts for about 36 percent of the electricity this country uses, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration. That’s a major share of our nation’s power. Coal is also one of the most reliable fuel sources, unlike intermittent solar and wind. Moreover, coal is plentiful and relatively cheap.

Even if we stopped all U.S. coal use tomorrow — and endured the resulting economic hardships for those who make their living in this industry — the benefit to the world’s climate might be fleeting. Why? Because the growth in CO2 emissions is largely coming from developing countries. China has already surpassed the United States as the number-one user of coal in the world. India is not far behind. Developing countries have made it clear that economic growth will take priority over environmental concerns.

While developed countries pursue higher-cost, less dependable renewable energy sources, industries that depend on competitive energy prices have been moving to China, India, and other developing countries

Carbon capture and storage still faces hurdles before being adopted commercially. It will require more time and investment; but if we are serious about an all-of-the-above energy strategy, we need the commitment of all stakeholders. And the incessant demonization of coal and other fossil fuels must stop.

Jones concludes with an appeal to the President and Congress to more strictly deal with the economic implications of EPA policies. Placing responsibility on developing countries demonstrates a limited intention to actively reduce climate change as a union. While these energy policies might “work” for the IBB, they contradict the reality of climate change and the need for energy that is safe, clean, and renewable.

The Boilermakers represent the quandary facing many industrial unions– going green could lead to job loss or foreign flight in the short term. IBB harbors a very real concern over the departure of US jobs to foreign soil. As a result, the Boilermakers strongly support the development of clean coal technologies in the US, citing large domestic coal deposits and China and India’s insistence on continued coal use. The union is advocating that a portion of the revenues generated from cap and trade be allocated to the industry for carbon capture and storage. The president has argued that “new supercritical and ultra-supercritical plants are burning coal at higher temperatures and pressures, reducing the amount of coal needed to produce the same energy output as comparable older units… [and the] Boilermakers have been at the forefront of installing these environmental controls and advanced systems.”

The IBB often criticizes the work of the Environmental Protection Agency. According to the Wall Street Journal, in 2011, “the EPA slowed its timetable for action on some issues in recent months. Lisa Jackson, an EPA administrator, late last year delayed a decision on whether to tighten the government’s limits on ground-level ozone, a primary ingredient in smog. A coalition of labor groups including Boilermakers, Mine Workers and Utility Workers warned her in a letter that tightening the standard would lead to ‘significant job losses across the country. ‘” Also from the same Wall Street Journal Article, “the EPA unveiled a scaled-back version of regulations it proposed last year targeting emissions of pollutants from industrial boilers after being deluged with letters and comments.”  The IBB has also criticized the Clean Air Act and is now calling for a “rational approach to energy.”

Green Employment Prospects

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Like the Sheet Metal Workers Union, the Boilermakers see two key sources of jobs in the future. First is the expansion of current energy sources: coal and nuclear. According to union officials there will need to be three times the current number of coal fired power plants built in the coming decades to keep up with demand. Based on a joint study, “Employment and Other Economic Benefits from Advanced Coal Electric Generation with Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) Technologies,” the Boilermakers estimate that coal-based electric power plants equipped with CCS technologies will create 5 to 7 million worker-years of employment during construction, and a quarter of a million permanent jobs during operations.

They also anticipate the need for 40-45 new nuclear power plants in the coming decades to maintain the current 20% market share for nuclear power, and as a result, the union supports shifting to nuclear power, an industry where they have current membership. The Energy Department projects that construction of the fifteen new reactors currently undergoing licensing review will require approximately 600 boilermaker jobs (as well as 2,700 pipefitters; 2,900 electricians; 1,800 construction professionals; 2,500 sheet metal workers; and 2,900 iron workers).

EPA regulation of greenhouse gas emissions under the Clean Air Act will produce thousands of new jobs, not destroy them.  How many and what kind of jobs EPA regulation will create of course depends on the specific rules it establishes. A study by Synapse Energy Economics developed a Transition Scenario for the electric power industry based on reducing energy consumption, phasing out high-emission power plants, and building new, lower-emission energy facilities.  The study estimated the number of “job years” — one new worker employed for one year — that would be created by the Transition Scenario over a decade:

  • 444,000 job-years for construction workers, equivalent to 44,400 construction workers working full time for the entire decade.
  • 90,000 job-years for operations and maintenance workers, equivalent to about 9,000 full time workers employed over the decade.
  • 3.1 million indirect jobs for people designing, manufacturing, and delivering materials and jobs in local economies around

 

Additional Comments and Analysis

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It will be difficult to convince the IBB to drop their stance on fossil fuels and nonrenewable energy. They are dwelling on a short-term reality, and nearly all of their members would be affected immediately by climate legislation.  We need to prove that it is possible to create a just transition to green jobs for their workers—one that won’t leave them all unemployed.

Programs that increase the fuel efficiency of vehicles are already creating substantial numbers of jobs.

 

Appendixes

Appendix 1: Union Locals

 

 

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