Boilermakers Local 363, of Belleville, celebrated 110 years of the union’s “Dedication to Excellence” with a dinner April 13 at the Renaissance Grand Hotel in St. Louis.
That was the theme of the evening and several awards were presented recognizing the dedication to excellence of union officers past and present and the union’s apprenticeship instructors.
Apprenticeship instructors Jim Irwin, Brian Cutsinger, Kevin Stewart and Eric Meyer were recognized for their dedication to training the next generation of boilermakers.
Business managers past and present were recognized for their own dedication to excellence including Bill Mulconnery Sr. (1984-1990), Bill Palmisano (1990-1995), John Passiglia (1995-2008) Rick Eller (2008-2011) and present Business Manager Bill Mulconnery Jr. (2011-present).
Touching on economic challenges, energy independence, environmental responsibility and the role Boilermakers Local 363 plays in overcoming those challenges and meeting those goals, Mulconnery said:
“Boilermakers Local 363 is committed to all of those battles which we share in common, and also to a goal that I know we all share in common. That’s the ability for all of us to make a good living for our families now and well into the future.”
Congressman Bill Enyart (D-Belleville), who presentend the keynote address for the evening’s festivities, presented Mulconnery Jr. with a copy of his remarks honoring Boilermakers Local 363 on its 110th anniversary, which he read into the Congressional Record on April 11, 2013.
Enyart spoke on his JOBS Act bill (Job Opportunities Between our Shores), a jobs retraining initiative which he recently introduced in Congress to promote advanced manufacturing in Southern Illinois by giving dislocated workers the training and skills they need to find new jobs in growing industries.
Enyart was presented with a plaque thanking him for his service and commemorating the union’s 110th anniversary.
See more photos of the event below. (Click on photo to enlarge.)