Friday, June 29, 2007

Boilermakers Union Flexs Muscle At Entergy's Request?

At the last two NRC meetings (license renewal and annual assessment), Entergy has been using the brut force of Union workers to stack the deck at these public meetings, their numbers being used to intimidate members of the public, and concerned citizens into silence. Members of various environmental groups have conveniently been bumped into (in a harsh manner) by these thugs from said unions, with whispered threats such as, "You better watch yourself." These kinds of scare tactics are not only unethical, but may verge on being illegal.

Wednesday's meeting on Indian Point's License Renewal Application saw a huge contingent from the Local chapter of the International Brotherhood of Boilermakers in hats, shirts, and a food buffet paid for by Entergy (where flash cards were used to let workers know what points to make) were incentives for those attending...we spoke to many of these union workers who admitted privately they showed up out of fear at what might happen if they did not attend.

Jerry Connolly (business manager - secretary treasurer The International Brotherhood of Boilermakers, Iron Ship Builders, Blacksmiths, Forgers and Helpers local no. 5) trotted out a speech that could have, might have been written by Entergy. Yet, in a private conversation, he admitted he does not care one way or the other about Indian Point, other than his concern for his men having jobs...there is a brilliant strategy if I ever saw one...lets risk the lives of 21 MILLION people so that 1300 union workers can keep their jobs...what is wrong with this thinking? Has it occurred to these workers that they would be heroes if they stepped forward publicly, and spilled the beans on Indian Point? Seems that Jerry Connolly had some concerns, again privately, about Indian Point, but we'll cover those in a future article. It should be noted, that Jerry of all people knows the risks, and has spoken out about risks to the workers who work in the power industry, as this comment from his shows:

"Our members are becoming seriously ill and dying prematurely because of exposure to such toxic substances as cadmium, lead, asbestos and mercury,"

For now, we are working on getting the contact information for some of those Boilermakers who were at that meeting. We would encourage all of you to contact these people, and ask that they stop with the tactics of fear and intimidation, ask them to end the BULLYING tactics at these public meetings. Below is Jerry Connolly contact information, as well as contact points for the International Headquarters staff. Public meetings must be about discourse and conversation of the issues, not about intimidation and carefully delivered threats.

Jerry Connoly
business manager - secretary treasurer
The International Brotherhood of Boilermakers, Iron Ship Builders, Blacksmiths, Forgers and Helpers
local no. 5
24 Van Siclen Avenue
Floral Park NY 10011
516-326-3435 fax
International Headquarters

The International Brotherhood of Boilermakers headquarters offices are open 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Central Time, Monday through Friday. Most of our departmental offices are located at headquarters:

753 State Avenue
Kansas City KS 66101
(913) 371-2640

How to Contact International Officers and Staff

All persons are listed alphabetically by last name. This listing includes some staff not employed directly by the Boilermakers but closely associated with our organization. Names given without addresses or phone numbers may be reached at the following address and phone

753 State Ave
Kansas City, Kansas 66101
(913) 371-2640

This is not a complete list of all staff, but merely represents some of the most frequently contacted offices. If the person you are looking for is not on this list, contact the department he or she works for by consulting the list of departments and offices.

Carey Allen
Director of Cement, Lime, Gypsum and Allied Workers Division Services
P.O. Box 813
Cloverdale, IN 46120
(765) 795-6418 FAX (765) 795-5252

Carolyn S. Almond
Assistant to the Managing Editor, the Boilermaker Reporter
(205) 856-5151 FAX (205) 856-5551

William J. Almond
Assistant to the International President
Director, National Transient Division
5280 Old Springville Road, Suite 200
Pinson, AL 35126
(205) 856-9080 FAX (205) 856-9081

J. Tom Baca
International Vice President - Western Section
1850 Gateway Blvd., Suite 185
Concord, CA 94520
(925) 798-7665 FAX (925) 798-7886

Curtis Barnhill
Executive Administrator, Boilermaker National Funds
754 Minnesota Ave., Suite 522
Kansas City, KS 66101
(913) 342-6555

Dale Branscum
Director, Construction Division Services
FAX (913) 281-8105

Timothy Canon
Website Developer
FAX (913) 281-8105

Donald Caswell
Director of Communication and Education
Managing Editor, the Boilermaker Reporter
FAX (913) 281-8104

Ryan Creeden
Director, Information Technology
FAX (913) 281-8104

John Erickson
Executive Administrator, Common Arc Corporation
PO Box 190
Geneva IL 60134
(630) 232-8378 FAX (630) 232-9643

Warren Fairley
Director, Shipbuilding and Marine Division
5127 River Road
Lucedale, MS 39452
(601) 947-2416

Newton B. Jones
International President
753 State Ave., Suite 570
Kansas City, KS 66101
(913) 371-2640 FAX (913) 281-8101

Mike Linderer
753 State Ave., Suite 570
Kansas City, KS 66101
(913) 371-2640 FAX (913) 281-8105

Joseph Maloney
International Vice President - Western Canada
17205 - 106 A Avenue, Suite 206
Edmonton, AB, CAN T5S 1M7
(780) 483-0823 FAX (780) 489-3043

Bridget Martin
Director, Government Affairs
2722 Merrilee Drive, Suite 360
Fairfax,VA 22031
(703) 560-1493 FAX (703) 560-2584

Sam May
International Vice President - Southeast Section
503 Westfield Place
Jasper, TN 37347
(423) 942-0126 FAX (423) 942-6312

Lawrence J. McManamon
International Vice President - Great Lakes Section
18500 Lake Road, Suite 210
Rocky River, OH 44116-1744
(440) 333-0300 FAX (440) 333-8448

Sean Murphy
International Vice President - Northeast Section
3201 McKnight East Dr.
Pittsburgh, PA 15237
(412) 367-1007 FAX (412) 367-1445

National Archives
c/o IST William Creeden
753 State Ave, Suite 565
Kansas City, KS 66101
(913) 371-2640 FAX (913) 281-8102

William J. Palmisano
Administrator, Mobilization Optimization Stabilization and Training (MOST)
753 State Ave., Suite 800
Kansas City, KS 66101
(913) 281-5036 FAX (913) 281-0037

Edward Power
International Vice President - Eastern Canada
1216 Sandcove Road, Suite 139
St. John, NB, CAN E2M 5V8
(506) 634-8203 FAX (506) 634-0307

James A. Pressley
Director of Research and Collective Bargaining Services
FAX (913) 281-8105

Gary Prochnow
Director of Organizing
FAX (913) 281-8104

Milan Racic
Safety & Health Specialist

George D. Rogers
International Vice President - Central Section
18096 Kings Row, Suite B
Houston, TX 77058
(281) 333-0423 FAX (281) 333-1242

Alan Scheer
Director, Railroad Division
697-A Rhea County Highway
Dayton, TN 37321
(423) 570-0211 FAX (423) 570-0215

Othal Smith Jr.,
International Vice President - SFEAW Division
5016 Spedale Court #399
Spring Hill, TN 37174
(615) 794-9495 FAX (615) 599-1209

Pat Smith
National Coordinator, Boilermaker National Apprenticeship Program
1017 North 9th Street
Kansas City, KS 66101
(913) 342-2100 FAX (913) 342-2158

Nicole Stinger
Communications Assistant
753 State Ave., Suite 570
Kansas City, KS 66101
(913) 371-2640 FAX (913) 281-8105

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