At the 33rd Consolidated Convention in Las Vegas July 18-21, 2016, more than 600 delegates and guests were treated to a series of films that capture the spirit, strength and solidarity of our members. Created by Wide Awake Films and produced by the Boilermaker History Preservation Department, the videos were displayed across three massive screens, each 50-feet wide. They have been reformatted for single-screen enjoyment and can be viewed here and on the 2016 Convention website.

Opening to the Boilermakers’ 33rd Consolidated Convention

Inspirational opening to the Boilermakers’ 33rd Consolidated Convention July 8, 2016, in Las Vegas, Nevada, featuring cellist Dana Hughlett.

The Meaning of Boilermaker Brotherhood

Closing film of Boilermaker’s 33rd Consolidated Convention. Members and retirees discuss what it means to be a member of the International Brotherhood of Boilermakers. Poetry reading by Don Rojem (retired, Local 169, Detroit).

The Importance of Unions to Workers

Boilermakers discuss the many advantages of belonging to a union, with a focus on shipbuilding at the General Dynamics NASSCO Shipyard in San Diego and the Boilermakers’ field construction recruitment.

Coyote Station Power Plant, Beulah, North Dakota

Local 647 (Ramsey, Minnesota) make repairs at the Coyote Station Power Pant in Beulah, North Dakota, relying on one another for shared knowledge and working safely.

Carbon Capture Projects, Alberta

Local 146 (Edmonton, Alberta) Boilermakers help construct advanced carbon capture, use and storage projects in Alberta as industry responds to climate change challenges.

Ingalls Shipyard, Pascagoula, Mississippi

Local 693 President describes the pride and opportunity available, especially for women, through membership in the International Brotherhood of Boilermakers and employment at the Ingalls Shipyard in Pascagoula, Mississippi.

Rebuilding Locomotives, Local 1393, Altoona, Pennsylvania

Railroad Division Boilermakers at the Juniata Locomotive Shop in Altoona, Pennsylvania (Local 1393), repair locomotive wrecks to “new” condition.

Bridger Coal Mine, Point of Rocks, Wyoming

Local 1978 Boilermakers perform surface mining at Bridger Coal Mine and take pride in environmental stewardship.

Building Heavy Haul Komatsu Trucks

With a passion for quality, Boilermakers of Local 158 build “the Ferraris” of heavy haul trucks at the Komatsu plant in Peoria, Illinois.

Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO)

Local 242 (Spokane, Washington) Boilermakers helped prove Einstein’s theory of general relativity by building the stainless steel, spiral vacuum tubes at the Hanford Observatory in Richland, Washington. The tubes are necessary to make precise measurements of gravitational waves created by objects in space.

Addressing an Historical Injustice from WWII

International President Newton B. Jones, while accepting the Instituto Laboral de la Raza “International Labor Leader of the Year” award in San Francisco March 5, 2016, honors Betty Reid Soskin, a former member of a segregated lodge during World War II.

Boilermakers Local 146 Training Centre

Local 146 (Edmonton, Alberta) offers members a state-of-the-art $20 million training center to keep up with changing technology and the needs of industry.

Preserving Boilermaker History

Charles A. Jones, Director of the Boilermaker History Preservation Department, describes effort to preserve the Boilermaker archives and tell the Boilermaker story.


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