Boilermakers Local 647

Proudly serving Minnesota, North Dakota, and South Dakota since 1936

Current News and Events


JMEQ Testing/Journeyman Upgrades

The Local has been notified by the International that the deadline for journeymen upgrade/equivalency training has been extended until August 31, 2015.  Any Journeyman that has not gone through the Apprenticeship must have the JMEQ tests along with Journeyman upgrades completed before the deadline.  This is the last chance to take these tests and classes.  The JMEQ testing is scheduled for the week of July 27, 2015 at the Hall in Ramsey, MN.  The schedule for the upgrade classes is as follows:

Scaffolding-August 19-20, 2015 in Ramsey, MN

Sub Part R-August 21, 2015 in Ramsey, MN

Scaffolding-August 24-25, 2015 in Mandan, ND

Sub Part R-August 26, 2015 in Mandan, ND


There will also be Supplemental Rigging Training (SRT) held at the following dates and locations:

August 10-13, 2015 in Mandan, ND

August 24-27, 2015 in Ramsey, MN


Please contact Rich with questions and to sign up.


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.

 Financial Advisors

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

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.

 Insurance Questions

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 December 31, 2015.  Please click here for more information and the form needed to return to work.  

TWIC Enrollment

The Local is encouraging members to get a TWIC card for upcoming work.  For pre-enrollment and to schedule an appointment click here. For the Duluth Area click hereThe cost for the card is $127.50.  If you have any questions please call the Ramsey Hall.