Dear Brothers and Sisters,
Our next membership meeting will take place on January 13, 2023, at 8:00 pm. It will be in Area 1 at the Boilermakers Union Hall, 1755 Fairlane Drive, Allen Park, MI 48101.
Current Union dues for 2022 are $52.35 in accordance with the International Brotherhood of Boilermakers Constitution. The Union Hall accepts Visa, Mastercard, and Discover. Payments can be made both at the Union Hall and over the phone.
OSHA 10 and OSHA 30 safety training can now be taken online. Please visit our website – www.boilermakerslocal169.com- for more information.
Retirees: Retiree luncheons have resumed.
Area 1 Retiree luncheon is held on the first Wednesday of every month at 11:00 am at the Brown Derby Bar, 10661 West Jefferson, River Rouge, Mi.
Area 2 Retirees are holding luncheons on the first Thursday of every month at 11am at Whitlow’s Forerunner Restaurant located at 4610 Airline Rd, Muskegon MI. All retirees and members from all areas are welcome to attend.
Area 3 Retirees luncheon lunch is returning to the 3rd Wednesday of the month. We will be meeting at Green Spot Pub on December 21, 2022, at 11am. Green Spot Pub is located at 808 N. Mission Street, Mt. Pleasant, MI 48858.
Area 4 retirees’ lunches are on the first Tuesday of the month at 11am in Rapid River at Jacks Restaurant 7898 S. Main Street, Rapid River, MI. Area 4 retirees also meet in Marquette on the second Tuesday of the month at 11am at Crossroads Bar on the corner of County Rd 553 and County Road 480.
The Annual Boilermakers Local 169 Dinner Dance will be held on February 18th, 2023, at the Soaring Eagle Resort & Casino in Mount Pleasant, Michigan. Boilermakers will receive a reduced room rate of $249.00 when using the reservation code. This code will be available soon. Please call the Union Hall to reserve a seat at the Dinner Dance and provide a deposit in the amount of $50.00. This helps us estimate food and beverage availability and will be returned to you upon entrance to the event. I encourage all retirees, active members, and apprentices to attend this event. This is always a great time and a chance to meet and interact with your Union Brothers & Sisters at something other than a work site. I look forward to seeing you there.
I want to take this opportunity to wish all members Happy Holiday’s, Merry Christmas, and Best Wishes for a prosperous New Year! I thank all of you who have worked hard to make Boilermakers Local 169 the best it can be, and I continue to be encouraged by the efforts our younger members are making to increase their skill level. Together, we have endured a Worldwide pandemic, changes to our industry, and an assault on the union way of life. With the changes to our State Legislative Branches, I look forward to improvements of things that affect our union, like unemployment benefits, union rights, & increased safety standards. Together we will continue to train for whatever the future brings us, and together we will succeed, just as our Local has done for over 125 years! Please have a safe and enjoyable Holiday season.
Hoodies have been restocked and are available in sizes ranging from medium through 3XL. The Cost is $40.00. Payments can be made with cash, check, or credit. If you live out of the area and would like to order one, please call the hall. Additional shipping charges will be added. Baseball caps are also available. Varsity jackets are available by special order. Please contact the Union Hall for details.
The upcoming MSHA training schedule is available at www.boilermakerslocal169 or on our Facebook page.
Any member needing the services of a Notary Public can do so at no charge at the Boilermakers Local 169 Union Hall beginning January 1st, 2023. Please call ahead to ensure availability.
In accordance with our International Constitution and by order of our International President, monthly union dues will increase by $3.50 beginning February 1st, 2023. The total for monthly union dues beginning February 1st, 2023 will be $55.85.
Any current apprentice that is eligible to utilize their G.I. Bill should contact their branch of service regarding this benefit. Your apprenticeship training qualifies for reimbursement under the terms of the G.I. Bill. I advise all apprentices who qualify to take advantage of this well-deserved benefit.
Condolences to retired member, Jim Bostedt on the recent passing of his wife, Sharon (Sheri) Bostedt. They were married for over 50 years. Please keep their family in your thoughts during this difficult time.