Boilermakers Local 647
Proudly serving Minnesota, North Dakota, and South Dakota since 1936
Current News and Events
Minnesota Pollution Control Agency Listening Sessions
The MPCA has scheduled four Clean Power Plan community listening sessions to be held around the state of MN during the month of February and March. The sessions will be held at the following locations. Please click on the city for the flyer with more information.
February 23, 2016 in Duluth, MN
February 24, 2016 in Marshall, MN
March 2, 2016 in St. Paul, MN
March 8, 2016 in Minneapolis, MN
March 9, 2016 in Rochester, MN
Certified Welding Inspector Scholarship Program
The Executive Board and membership voted to start a Certified Welding Inspector Scholarship Program to assist members in attaining the Inspector certification. There have been many requests from area contractors for Boilermakers with a CWI certification; and in recognition of this need the Executive Board and membership approved this program. Please contact Luke for details if you are interested.
Non-Permanent Grandfathering Period Expiration
Please be advised that effective January 4, 2016, the Non-Permanent Grandfathering period for the Primary and Secondary out-of-work lists will expire. Please click here for more information.
Building Trades Medical Screening
The International would like to make all current and retired members aware of the Building Trades National Medical Screening Program. This program provides free medical screening to those that may have been exposed to hazardous materials while working at a Department of Energy site. Please click here for more information.
Please click on the following links to voice your opinion/leave comments on PolyMet's NorthMet Mining Project.
North Dakota Public Meetings
On November 12, 2015 the North Dakota Department of Health will host a public hearing regarding the EPA clean Power Plan at the Beulah Civic Center at 7:00 p.m. They will also hold another hearing at Bismarck State College, Room 304, on November 16, 2015 at 7:00 p.m. The proposed CO2 reduction for North Dakota was raised from 11 percent to 45 percent; if this rule goes into effect as such, we will lose many of our coal fired boilers. The Boilermakers need to be at these hearings and have our voice heard. The Local is encouraging everyone to take the time to attend these meetings. Please click here for the flyer with more information.
Clean Power Plan
Our work is –and must be- about more than just our bottom line. Part of our job is helping make our state a better place for our members and your family. We take our responsibility as Boilermakers very seriously, and therefore pay close attention to the legislative activity in St. Paul. I am writing you today to express my concern about proposed policies that I believe will weaken, rather than build, our great state.
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has recently released new regulations known as the Clean Power Plan that will have a significant impact on how we use electricity. Under the rules, according to a study by Energy Ventures Analysis, companies we serve can expect to see a 35% increase in electricity rates by 2030. That will have a serious impact on our ability to continue to be regionally competitive. Furthermore, it may cause power plans where we work to be shutdown, leading to a loss of jobs for hardworking Minnesotans.
I am deeply worried about the adverse consequences regulations will have on our state. Minnesota’s economy is improving and employers across the state are still emerging from the recession. Increased regulations will force businesses to forgo hiring new employees and send jobs to competitor states. There will be fewer jobs for Minnesota workers and higher consumer prices for Minnesota families.
This is my assessment of the continued push for regulations, and I welcome yours. This is America, and part of what makes our country great is that everyone is entitled to his or her own opinion. We all have a responsibility to be informed and engaged citizens. I wanted to share some information from the Coalition for a Secure Energy Future about the new regulations.
If you come to the same conclusion I have about these regulations, consider contacting your State Senator, Representative, or contacting Governor Dayton’s office. There are two simple ways to get involved. Click here to follow simple instructions to send a letter to your elected official and click here to sign a petition opposing the EPA’s Clean Power Plan.
The Local is encouraging all members and their families to let your voices be heard in support of our industry and trade. Please click here to engage on the issue of the Clean Power Plan.
Thanks for taking the time to read this. Minnesota is a great place to live and do business—and I’m committed to keeping it that way.
Business Manager/Secretary Treasurer
Educational Trust Fund Created
An educational turst fund has been set up for the children of Thad Lais to help them with their future education. If you would like to donate please make a check payable to: Thad Lais Children’s Memorial Fund and drop off or mail to any Wells Fargo Bank location.
JMEQ Testing/Journeyman Upgrades
The Local has been notified by the International that the deadline for journeymen upgrade/equivalency training has been extended until January 1, 2016. Any Journeyman that has not gone through the Apprenticeship must have the JMEQ tests along with Journeyman upgrades completed before the deadline.
Justice for MN Terex Workers
The NLRB has granted the International Brotherhood of Boilermakers and Local 647 the Gissel Bargaining Order. Terex is required to return 13 terminated employees back to work and bargain with the Union. Please click here for the article with more information.
Amendment to Referral Rules
Please click here for information on the offical notice of the Amendment to the Model Referral Rules regarding employment through NTD contractors. Also, please click here for information on the qualifications that are required to be on the tank builder out of work list. This amendment will become effective June 1, 2015. Please click here to see a copy of the current Referral Rules.
M.O.S.T. Drug Policy
Please click here for information on the M.O.S.T. Drug Policy changes effective August 31, 2015.
Insurance Eligibility Problems
If you are having insurance eligibility problems you need to go to the Boilermakers National Funds website and fill out a new Coordination of Benefits form. Please click here for the website.
Anyone that is thinking of retirement or investing is encouraged to contact Principal Financial Group. Please click here to see the products and services that are available as well as their contact information.
Want to be a Boilermaker?
Please click here for dates and times to apply to start your career as a Boilermaker.
Want to form a Union?
Are you interested in forming a Union within your workplace? If so, please click here for more information.
FHR Background Check Form
Please click here for the background check form that is needed for upcoming work this spring at Flint Hills Refinery. Please sign, date, and submit the form to Midwest Safety Counselors, Inc. at 379 Bridgepoint Way, South St. Paul, MN 55075. Once submitted and background is cleared your clearance is good for 90 days. Status of background can be check at www.mcsafety.com.
DGC Background Release Form
Please click here for the DGC Background Release Form and here for the Madison form which are needed for work at the gas plant. Print the form, sign, and fax to the Mandan Hall at 701-250-0988 or the Ramsey Hall at 763-712-9935.
If you are having trouble with your insurance or are recieving information regarding COBRA please contat Luke at the Ramsey Hall.
Special Retiree Back to Work Rule Enacted
Boilermakers Local #647 along with approval from the International have enacted the Special Retiree Work Rule until June 30, 2016.
The Local is encouraging members to get a TWIC card for upcoming work. For pre-enrollment and to schedule an appointment click here. To schedule an apponitment for Bismarck, ND (Thursday only) please call 701-223-4424, for Dickenson, ND (Tuesday through Thursday) call 701-483-6559. The cost for the card is $128.00. If you have any questions please call the Ramsey Hall.