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Local 104 Hoodies

Boilermaker Local 104 Hoodies available now for a $45 donation to LEAP

Brother Bob Kimbrough

Bob Kimbrough passed away on 9-16-16 in Estancia New Mexico. This photo was taken approx.. 1982 in Fairbanks and was one of Jaffa Construction’s earliest large job. Former 104 members left to right but not in order, (blonde head showing) Todd Kerr, Jerry Kerr,  , Lonnie Scott, Charlie Winston (Retired), Ed Post, Bob Kimbrough, Bruce Jaffa, “Skip” Reutter, Ben Irons, Ed Tiller, Marty Woods, Jim McPherson. Other members who came from all over and were in first  in 498 then later 502 were Ron Thebeau (past away this Spring) and Joe Poirier. Also  shown is Mike Gauthier from Maine and client reps. This was while Dave Chess was our 498 Business Agent.

Maritime Safety Day

Name: Katie Greiff                                                              9/27/16


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Registration is now open for Maritime Safety Day October 25, 2016, at the Beach Park Event Center, Des Moines, WA.

This one day safety event includes industry workshops, demonstrations and an exhibitor fair.

Opening remarks will feature Dr. Jennifer Lincoln, Director, NIOSH Center for Maritime Safety and Health Studies.

If you want to learn more about:

·         Lock-out/Tags-Plus

·         Fall Arrest / Rescue

·         Toxic Preservative Coatings/ Confined Space w/Hot work

·         Diver's in the Water - Hazards in Commercial Diving

·         Incident Investigations

·         What It Takes to be A Shipyard Competent Person

Then this event is for you!

All of the experts have been gathered together to bring you Maritime Safety Day.  The event is geared toward workers, managers, employers and safety and health professionals.

***Pre-registration is required to qualify for the discounted rates, and special rates always apply for students and apprentices***

Click HERE for more details or to register today!

Feel free to forward this message to anyone you think may be interested attending the training or being an exhibitor at!

Use these hyperlinks to find out more about EXHIBITING or SPONSORSHIP opportunities at CSD.

Please visit the website or call us if you need anything further.

Hope to see you at the Beach Park Center in Des Moines!

Katie Greiff

Department of Labor and Industries

Division of Occupational Safety & Health Maritime Safety Compliance Inspector

P: 360-415-4062

C: 360-900-6564

Minion BBQ by Boilermakers!

This Minion BBQ was made by members of Local 104. Boilermakers are creative people!

Acrowood Forging and Blacksmithing
Boilermaker Matt Beck does his thing at Acrowood in Everett. Acrowood is the only company that employs Boilermakers within 104 that still uses Blacksmithing and Forging. Video was shot in slow motion, from start to finish actually only took 20 seconds. *Thanks to Brad Stedenfeld for the footage.
Hard Hat Art
The pictures below represent some artwork done by a fellow Boilermakers in the Portland area. He does tattooing on hard hats, drawnings, air brush,pretty much anything. If you would like more info on getting something like this done for yourself give him a call and he will quote you a price. Read More...

Brothers and Sisters, for a donation of $15 dollars to LEAP you can take one of these home!

General Membership Meeting -September 19, 2015
Brothers and Sisters, Local 104's next General Membership Meeting is scheduled to take place Saturday September 19th in Portland. The meeting will begin at 9:30 am at the Portland Local 104 Hall located at 2515 NE Columbia Blvd. As a result, we will not be holding our monthly informational meeting in Portland that are scheduled for the second Thursday or every month. Read More...
Non-Union Competitors

August 20, 2015

Current Events

Brothers and Sisters,

Historically our industry of Ship Building and Ship Repair seems to slow down during the summer months. As work begins to slow down, members get laid off accordingly. We’ve grown accustom to having a few months off during the summer to spend time with our friends and families, and some even look forward to having a little time off as well.   

This practice is understandable, we work our tails off for roughly 8 or 9 months from early fall to late spring. However as our industry continues to change, we as members need to realize that we need to change along with it. Local 104 now has two (2) fully functional training facilities. One in Seattle and one in Portland. So as work slows down, and members get laid off, I’m encouraging all members, regardless of skill level, to utilize the training facilities that YOU pay for.

Something else that I’m sure you’ve heard me talk about during every membership meeting, is the fact that there's been a lack of active organizing efforts throughout Washington and Oregon the last few years. Local 104 needs your help to encourage and educate friends and family members working at non-union companies.

Seattle and especially Portland members keep in mind, that if you get laid off for any duration of time, you can help by applying at a non-union employer. I’m encouraging members to seek employment with our non-union competitors with the intention of creating discussion with the workforce. There are steps that Local 104 will help you with that could lead to a winnable organizing campaign. The point that I’m making is that without taking the first step, we aren’t taking enough action to better our organization.   

Keep in mind that Union Representation by the Boilermakers can be for any type of work regardless if the nature of work is related to shipbuilding, ship repair and metal fabrication. Boilermakers Represent Brothers and Sisters covered under Collective Bargaining Agreements with Taxi Services, Nursing, Golf Ball Manufacturing, Commercial Truck Driving, Car Washes and Electric Motor Repair. Basically there’s nothing Local 104 members can’t do.

Regardless of the nature of work your friends and family members perform, Representation is what matters. Not the name of the Organization Representing those workers. Spread the word, encourage and educate everyone you speak with on a daily basis. The greatness of our Brotherhood begins with the Brothers and Sisters belonging to it.

Below is a general list of our non-union competitors. If you’ve worked or know someone who is or has worked, or would like to apply and become employed at one of these employers listed below, please let me know. It is no secret that one of my biggest passions is organizing. There’s no greater feeling than seeing a group of workers finally stand together and gain the power to control the terms and conditions they work under, while taking that power away from the employer.

Feel free to contact me or any Representative of Local 104 if you have any questions regarding organizing. I remain

In Solidarity,


Brian Opland

Business Manager/Sec. Treasurer

Boilermakers Union Local 104

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