International Brotherhood of
Boilermakers    ◊    Iron Ship Workers    ◊    Blacksmiths    ◊    Forgers & Helpers




Before President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the Social Security Act into law, almost half of the seniors in the United States were living in poverty. That’s simply unacceptable!

Today, Social Security turns 80 years old and is a cornerstone of economic security for the American middle class. Four out of every five Americans currently rely on Social Security or plan to rely on Social Security as a source of income when they retire. Social Security is responsible for keeping 22 million Americans out of poverty.

Social Security is especially important here in Montana where it’s the only source of income for one in three seniors.

We’ve always led the way in taking care of our seniors. In 1923 Montana passed the Old Age Pension Act, which became the model for President Roosevelt’s Social Security Act. Montanans know that now is the time to increase benefits and make Social Security stronger. Unfortunately, some far-right politicians and their financial backers want to do away with Social Security all together. In fact, they don’t think Montana seniors deserve to retire at all.

Greg Gianforte, a wealthy billionaire who is considering a run for Governor, doesn’t believe people should be able to afford retirement because it isn’t “biblical” and that you “have an obligation to work” until you die. I wish I could tell you that Gianforte is alone in his views, but he’s not.

This isn’t the kind of leadership Montana seniors need. What we need are policy makers who are committed to Social Security and will protect it and expand it.

Please take some time today to reflect on how important Social Security is to the middle class and pledge to fight to protect it for future generations.

In solidarity,

Al Ekblad

Executive Secretary 

Attention Local 11 Boilermakers

Due to a computer problem at the post office, many of your ballots for the election were returned stating that the P.O. Box was closed and the Post Office was unable to deliver.

If your ballot was returned, follow the instructions given below:


1. Do Not Re-Send in another envelope.

2. Remove the yellow label

3. Cross out the bar code on the bottom edge of the envelope, both front and back (the bar code on the back is a pinkish color)

4. Place a new stamp over the cancelled stamp.

5. Place it back in the mail no sooner than Saturday, August 22, 2015. This is to give the Post Office time to ensure that the computers have been updated at all pertinent locations.

6. Call the hall and let us know your ballot was returned.


If you have already placed it in another envelope and put it back in the mail, call the hall and we will send you a new ballot.


Call the hall if you have any questions.  (406) 227-8757

Congratulations to Local Lodge #11 for being this year's recipient of the Charles W. Jones Award. What a great honor! The link below is the press release which is displayed on the MOST website and has been distributed to local (East Helena/Colstrip) media and to the construction trades media.

REMEMBER - After being released from a job in our jurisdiction, call the hall to be released from the BDS. 

Annual Drug Testing

The MOST Board of Trustees have amended the Drug Policy to include annual testing. The new policy will take effect on August 31, 2015. Anyone eligible for referral on the MBDS who does not comply with the new policy by the date will move to the ineligible list until a negative drug screen has been completed and received by the MOST office.

Please note that from this date forward any applicant that wishes to update their MOST drug screen can contact the MOST office directly for their chain of custody. MOST is also sending renewal cards to anyone who hasn't tested from February 1, 2013 to present so they know they need to test.

Contact MOST at 1-800-395-1089 if you have any questions or concerns.




EFFECTIVE February 1, 2015

The National Joint Rules and Standards Committee amended the Uniform Referral Standards and Joint Referral Rules to become effective February 1, 2015.

Some highlights of the amendments:

                -Amendments to limit the number of locals available for selection at any one time to 12.

                -Amendments to remove the ability of individuals serving referral suspensions from being dispatched.

                -New Articles to restrict certain individuals working in their Local Lodge of domicile from remaining on that Local’s Out-of-Work List.

                -An amendment to enhance the mandate for posting and removing penalties to the MBDS and clarify intent.

Also, please be advised of the following:

- If you do not meet the requirements of a Qualified Construction Boilermaker as defined in Article 6.1.1 of the U.R.S. & J.R.R., you will not qualify for registration on either the Primary or Secondary Referral Lists after August 31, 2015.

-Non-Permanent Grandfathered, Qualified Construction Boilermaker Applicants on the Primary List have until August 31, 2015 to meet the requirements of Article 5.1.2 or you will be moved to the Secondary List.

-Non-Permanent Grandfathered, Qualified Construction Boilermaker Applicants on the Secondary List have until August 31, 2015 to meet the requirements of Article 5.2.1 or you will be moved to the Boilermaker Intern / Other-Craft Pool.

Article 2.3 Posting:

         The Local Joint Referral Rules Committee shall require the posting of these exclusive referral procedures and rules at the appropriate registration facility and the actual places of hire at the employers’ jobsites. Upon request, the Local shall make available copies of these Referral Rules to applicants qualified for referral.

Please call Local 11 if you have questions.



Anyone who works in the boiler construction or repair trade.


A member of the International Brotherhood of Boilermakers, Iron Ship Builders, Blacksmiths, Forgers and Helpers.



Boilermakers and boilermaker mechanics make, install, and repair boilers, vats, and other large vessels that hold liquids and gases.  Boilers supply steam to drive huge turbines in electric power plants and to provide heat and power inbuildings, factories, and ships.  Tanks and vats are used to process and store chemicals, oil, beer, and hundreds of other products. Boilermaker mechanics maintain and repair boilers and similar vessels.  They inspect tubes, fittings, valves, controls, and auxiliary machinery and clean or supervise the cleaning of boilers using scrapers, wire brushes, and cleaning solvents.  They repair or replace defective parts, using hand and power tools, gas torches, and welding equipment, and may operate metalworking machinery to repair or make parts.  They also dismantle leaky boilers, patch weak spots with metal stock, replace defective sections, and strengthen joints.  Boilermakers regularly maintain and update components, such as burners and boiler tubes, to increase efficiency.



Boilermakers often use potentially dangerous equipment, such as acetylenetorches and power grinders, handle heavy parts, and work on ladders or on top of large vessels. The work is physically demanding and may be done in cramped quarters inside boilers, vats, or tanks that are often damp and poorly ventilated.  In some instances, work may be done at high elevations for an extended period.  To reduce the chance of injuries, boilermakers may wear hardhats, harnesses, protective clothing, safety glasses, shoes, and respirators.  Boilermakers may experience extended periods of overtime when equipment is shut down for maintenance.  Overtime work may also be necessary to meet construction or production deadlines.  At other times there may be periods of unemployment between jobs.



Apprenticeship programs usually consist of 4 years of on-the-job-training, supplemented by a minimum of 144 hours of classroom instruction each year in subjects such as set-up and assembly rigging, welding of all types, blueprint reading, and layout.  Those with welding training or a welding certification will have priority in applying for apprenticeship programs.  Experienced boilermakers often attend apprenticeship classes or seminars to learn about new equipment, procedures, and technology.  When an apprenticeship becomes available, the local union publicizes the opportunity by notifying local vocational schools andhigh school vocational programs.