Dear Brothers and Sisters,
I would like to thank all of you for your efforts in the area of safety. Boilermakers Local 169 has seen a steady decrease in our OSHA recordable rate, compensable rate, and lost time rate in the last twenty years. While there are many factors that contribute to this decrease, the most important one is the individual member's commitment to working safe and keeping those around them safe. Please keep up the good work and strive to make every day a zero injury day.
As the Fall outage season begins, make safety your number one priority. In addition, please make every effort to capture every man hour that is available. Missed man hours can never be recaptured once they are lost. Lost man hours affect your Health and Welfare Fund, Annuity, and Pension, as well as your local lodge. It is imperative that each member do their part in this regard.
In closing, I would like to thank Branden Dormire for his hard work in bringing home another National Apprentice of the Year championship. With that win, Boilermakers Local 169 has now won three years in a row, as well as five out of the last six years. With seven National Champions and six Team Championships, it is obvious that out training program is one of the best. I encourage every member to take advantage of the training available at our training center. As owners and contractors increase their demands in this area, it is important that every boilermaker is up to par. Safety training, rigging qualifications, and welding certifications are constantly evolving. This is why boilermakers must constantly adapt to the changes of our industry. It is because of our work ethic, skill set, and training that Boilermakers Local 169 has endured for over 120 years. Let's all do our part to ensure that we endure for many years to come.