Today, as we enjoy the last of summer with our families and friends, Boilermakers Local 203 pays tribute to its members and to everyone who works for a living. Everyday on the job, your efforts help to make Canada a better place to work and live.
I am a skilled craftsperson and a team member.
I work for my family, my crew, my union and my employer.
I am part of a Brotherhood with a legacy of more than 130 years.
I honour my mentors, who came before me.
I honour their struggle to give me a union opportunity.
I respect their knowledge, leadership and integrity.
I show up on time and ready to work.
I provide quality work for quality pay.
I honour our negotiated contract and let my stewards and union representatives do their jobs.
I am responsible and accountable for my actions.
I do things right the first time.
I am an excellent problem solver.
I am a guest at job sites and conduct myself accordingly.
I am constantly learning and sharing my knowledge.
I always work safely and demand the same from those around me.
I am a guardian of my trade and the union way of life.
I am a Boilermaker.
On December 6th & 7th National Training conducted Boilermaker Field Supervisor Leadership training for 14 members of Local 203 in St. John's, NL.
On the south coast of Newfoundland is the site of the Bay d'Espoir Hydroelectric Power Station which first came online in 1967. The seven generating units provide 2,650 GWh of power to the province, making it the largest hydroelectric plant on the island.
In the fall of 2016, Lodge 203 was called into action by the Cahill Group who won the contract to repair the welds of the penstock at the remote location. It created a project that had logistical issues plus, to add to the challenges, they had to deal with a hurricane. Lodge 203 members and Cahill worked together to get the client's facilities back in operation.
The Project Manager for the Cahill Group, Gregory Button, reported to Lodge 203 Business Manager "Final walk thru and signed off of the Bay d'Espoir Penstock repairs; was completed on November 27th, 2016. As you are aware this job ramped up very quickly and had some logistic challenges adding to the demanding schedule. I want to recognize Local 203 members for their work in completing the repairs. The job was completed without any reportable safety incidents and an impressive weld repair rate off 0.0022%. Please express my sincere thanks on behalf of Cahill to the members of Local 203 on a job well done. I look forward to our next challenge."
Lodge 203 Business Manager, Jerry Flaherty, responded to Cahill "Thank you for your kind words, I will send it out to the membership by email this afternoon. I am very proud of the men and women that we dispatched to the Bay d'Espoir Penstock repair job. It was by all accounts a very difficult project and to say that there were some logistical issues is a huge understatement and for good measure thrown in, a hurricane. Our safety culture is very strong in the Boilermakers union and our members take pride in the fact that everybody goes home safe. A safe working environment, no matter the difficulty of the project is the rule and not the exception. The weld repair rate, when I first looked at it, I thought it was a typo! Those weld repair percentages are difficult to get in a shop environment let alone in a Penstock built in the sixties."
Jerry further stated "I also have to thank you Greg for responding immediately to any and all issues that arose, along for taking my calls at all hours of the day and weekends. It's been a pleasure working with you and Cahill this year and you have my number when you need us."
Our industry needs your help. We are appealing to you to speak out in supporting our industry and your participation is vital. Bill e-216 isn't about just TransCanada, it's our entire industry and Canadians that are facing a direct threat from the opposition. I know we collectively agree on this but without a significant outcry from the general public we are at risk of significantly reducing our future opportunities building any pipelines. Please get this urgent message out. Let's all speak out for what we believe is one of the safest, environmentally friendly and economically beneficial modes of transportation.
The Lodge 203 Business Manager recently organized Steward Training for 22 members in St. John's, NL, on February 17-18. The class was conducted by International Representatives Richard MacIntosh and Kent Oliver who directed jurisdictional training.
Director of National Training, Grant Jacobs, is proud to announce the completion of another successful class of Boilermaker project leaders. Members of the Boilermakers who wish to participate in a future project management class are advised to contact their local lodge training coordinator for more information.
Members of the Boilermakers are proud of their contributions to Canada's industrial and military infrastructure, that allows us all to function freely in a modern and global economy. We are requesting that members of the International Brotherhood of Boilermakers submit photos of Boilermakers at work.
The photo submission will be launched August 1, 2015 and will remain open for entries until midnight September 15, 2015. Mark your calendars, check your cameras and submit as often as you wish. Members whose photos are accepted for the 2016 calendar will receive acknowledgement on the calendar.
2016 Boilermaker Calendar Photo Guidelines/Details
Submissions will be accepted between August 1, 2015 and midnight September 15, 2015.
Photos will be voted on by registered members on boilermaker.ca October 1, 2015 - October 31, 2015.
We are encouraging all Members to contact the main office @ (709) 229-7958 Ext: 221 or Ext: 224 to provide your email address and any changes to your contact information. As we are advancing with the demands of technology, the Union hopes to provide its members with immediate and accurate information as it becomes available to the office. Don't be left out, please call now.
We are happy to announce the launch of 203.boilermaker.ca! The goal of the site is to provide important information and updates to our members with the
click of a button. As you peruse the site, you may see some "Coming Soon" placeholders - please note that the site is a work in progress and we will be
adding more content in the coming weeks so visit often!