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Motels – Colstrip, Montana


Fort Union Inn – (406) 748-2553 or (406) 740-2928 - $449 per week single/$500 per week double


Colstrip Inn and Suites – (406) 748-3400 - $87.61 per night single/$95.10 per night double


Bed and Breakfast – (406) 748-3653 - $138 per night with breakfast/$125 per night without


Metro Property (for campers/ man camps/apartments) – (406) 748-3016 – man camps $200 per week (must use credit card)/RV lots $200 per week with sewer and electric (25 of the 29 man camps are reserved already)


Motels – Forsyth, Montana (roughly 33 miles away from Colstrip)


Pats Motel – (406) 346-2352 - $140.00 per week single/ $150.00 per week double


Best Western Sundowner Inn – (406) 356-2115 - $95.00 per night single/$100.00 per night double – no weekly rates


Montana Inn – (406) 346-7947 - $180.00 per week single/$250.00 per week double


Rails Inn – (406) 346-2242 - $45.50 per day or $344.00 per week single/ $58.70 per day or $438.00 per week double


Restwell Inn – (406) 346-2771 - $55 per day or $250.00 per week single/$65 per day or $300.00 per week double


Westwind Motor Inn – (406) 346-2038- $45.50 per day or $344.00 per week single/ $58.70 per day or $438.00 per week double


Howdy Hotel – (406) 346-2241 - $135.00 per week single/$240.00 per week double


Wagon Wheel Campground – (406) 356-7982 - $450 monthly full hookup/ $350 electricity and water. Work Camp-52 lots $200 month



Motels – Hardin, Montana (roughly 80 miles away from Colstrip)


Western Motel – (406) 665-2296 - $70.00 per night - no weekly rates


Rodeway Inn – (406) 665-1870 - $125.99 per night single/$140 per night double – no weekly rates


Super 8 – (406) 665-1700 - $76.88 per night single/$81.88 per night double – no weekly rates

Lariat Motel – (406) 665-2683 - $49.00 per night – no weekly rates


Hotel Becker Bed and Breakfast – (406) 665-2707


KOA Camp Ground – (406) 665-1635


Grandview Camp Ground - (406) 665-2489 - $675 per month



Motels – Ashland, Montana (roughly 43 miles away from Colstrip)


Western 8 Motel – (406) 784-2400 - $40.00 per night single/$60 per day double



Motels – Miles City, Montana (roughly 80 miles away from Colstrip)


Big Sky Campground – (406) 234-1511 - $425 per month/$150 weekly


KOA – (406) 232-3991


Holiday Inn Express – (855) 443-2241


Comfort Inn – (866) 611-6301 - $109.00 per night – no weekly


Best Western War Bonnet Inn – (406) 234-4560 - $75.00 per night single/$111.00 per night double – no weekly


Econo Lodge – (406) 232-8880 - $85 per night – no weekly


Sleep Inn – (406) 232-3000


Historic Olive Hotel – (406) 234-2450


Guest House International – (406) 232-3661


Star Motel – (406) 234-9773


Motel 6 – (406) 232-7040


Red Rock Motel – (406) 234-5382


Super 8 – (406) 234-5261


Yellowstone Bluffs Bed and Breakfast – (406) 234-8012


Horton House Bed and Breakfast – (406) 234-4422


Elks Lodge – (406) 234-3234

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.