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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. 

Notice to all Primary and Secondary Applicants

The Uniform Referral Standards and Joint Referral Rules, adopted and approved for implementation January 2, 2013, state the following:


                Article Permanent Grandfathered Primary Applicants:

will be qualified for the Primary Referral List if they meet the requirements listed [under 5.1.1] for grandfathered applicants.


                Article Non- Permanent Grandfathered Primary Applicants:

… After two (2) years from the date of the adoption of these Referral Rules, said applicants must meet all the requirements of Article 5.1.2 to qualify for the Primary Referral List.


                Article 5.2.2 Non- Permanent Grandfathered Secondary Applicants:

… After two (2) years from the date of the adoption of these Referral Rules, said applicants must meet all the requirements of Article 5.2.1 to qualify for the Secondary Referral List.


                The two year anniversary date will be this coming January. Please check Articles 5.1.1; 5.1.2; and 5.2.1 to be sure that you meet the requirements.


We will be conducting training in the coming months geared towards meeting these requirements.


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.



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:

                -New Articles 1.2 and 4.3 strengthen the mandate for all Local Lodge referral offices to utilize the MBDS.

                -Amendments to clean up existing language and limit the number of locals available for selection at any one time to 12 and to clarify the intent. (Articles 5.5.1; 5.5.2; 5.6.2; & 5.7.2)

                -Amendments to remove the ability of individuals serving referral suspensions from being dispatched. (Article 5.8 and its subsections)

                -New Articles to restrict certain individuals working in their Local Lodge of domicile from remaining on that Local’s Out-of-Work List. (Articles 6.5.1 & 6.5.2)

                -An amendment to enhance the mandate for posting and removing penalties to the MBDS and clarify intent. (Article 9)

                -And amendments to strengthen the accumulated penalty suspensions. (Articles 9.2 & 9.3.2)

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.

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.