Boilermakers Local 647
Proudly serving Minnesota, North Dakota, and South Dakota since 1936
Current News and Events
With the current economics, the mine production is at an all time high and is working at capacity. We foresee an upswing of maintenance this fall and winter. Therefore, we would like to stress the importance of having a current MSHA. There will be a few classes provided by the hall and you may also pay to get it at the Hibbing Community College. Please click here for more information on taking classes at the College. If you do receive MSHA from another source, please let Rich know.
M.O.S.T. Project Management Training
M.O.S.T. has scheduled Project Management Training to be held January 6-11, 2019 in Kansas City, KS. If you are interested in attending please contact the Ramsey Hall for an application and more information.
To show support for the Polymet Land exchange please click here.
Pension Beneficiary Forms
Please click here for information on the new Beneficiary Designation Form for non-retired participants.
Local 647 is now an EPRI (Electric Power Research Institute) qualified certification center. If you intend on keeping our ability to be riggers at our nuclear facilities, refineries or the Xcel fleet, you will need this qualification. The qualification consists of a written exam and a hands-on exercise that needs to be done on our rigging structure at the Ramsey hall. The written exam can be taken in Ramsey or Mandan and can be taken prior to the hands-on exam. Once you have taken the written exam, you do not have to rush to get the hands-on done as there is no expiration date on the written. To become qualified, you will need to do both.
There is a pretest available on the Boilermaker LMS website. If you do not take the pretest, you most likely will not pass the written exam. To take the pretest contact Rich, he will compile a list and we will get you registered on the website.
We will have a crane available later this summer for the hands-on exam. We can accommodate about 15 per day for that portion. Get signed up for the written exam sooner than later for a shot at the hands on portion before we fill up.
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.
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.
Justice for MN Terex/ASV 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.
The International and Local #647 are still waiting to hear from the NLRB in regards to the objections the company raised in the Administrative Law Judges Gissel Bargaining Order.
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.