Service + Solidarity Spotlight: IBB Hosts Virtual Conferences, Bringing Together Local Leadership

Working people across the United States have stepped up to help out our friends, neighbors and communities during these trying times. In our regular Service + Solidarity Spotlight series, we’ll showcase one of these stories every day. Here’s today’s story.

The Boilermakers (IBB) enjoyed a semblance of normality in May through the return of two of the union’s events: the Industrial Sector Operations and Construction Sector Operations conferences. Lodge leaders from each sector met in one-day virtual formats for a much-needed touch point after more than a year of lost connections. Even delivered virtually, the message was clear during both conferences: Boilermakers remained strong and resilient in a year of unprecedented upheaval.

“We’ve had a difficult year,” acknowledged IBB International President Newton B. Jones in the conference openings. “We’ve weathered the storm financially very well. The pension is holding steady. It’s better news than we thought we’d be having…. Coming out of this pandemic, the work will return in force.”