Ironworkers union gets grant to train Plant Vogtle specialists

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An Augusta-area ironworkers union chapter received a $30,000 grant to purchase specialized welding equipment that will be used to train workers for tasks related to the addition of two new reactors at Plant Vogtle.

The grant from the Ironworker Management Progressive Action Cooperative was used to buy three pulse arc welding machines from Lincoln Electric Co. to train members of Local 709 for the specialized welding needed at the Vogtle site.

The type of welding, referred to as GMAW-P, is a special form of gas-shielded arc welding. The welders are also being trained to weld from remote locations.

“We have to use stainless duplex metal and wire for this type of welding. Both of these pieces are very expensive,” said Ed Abbott, the executive director for the Welding Certification program at the National Training Fund. “Between the expense of the materials and the special training, our local needed some help.”

The Vogtle project is expected to employ as many as 3,500 workers at its peak activity. Currently, about 1,750 workers are involved in site preparation and similar activities.

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TK3 12/22/11 - 02:34 pm
Glad the Power Company didn't

Glad the Power Company didn't have to pay for it even if they are the ones to benefit and would of course just pass the cost on to citizens, but wait, those same customers are also taxpayers who will have to pay for the "Grant" (giveaway of tax dollars) to the "Union"!
Same old, same old !

REDRIDER 12/22/11 - 03:01 pm
Why is it that all of the

Why is it that all of the crafts to be hired at Vogtle have to be union?

Chillen 12/22/11 - 03:17 pm
More money for the

More money for the unions.....the rest of America has to pay for their own education & training.

Little Lamb
Little Lamb 12/22/11 - 03:47 pm
Why, you ask, RedRider?

Why, you ask, RedRider? Because the Obama regime dangled a juicy red carrot in front of Southern Company's nose in the form of a federal government loan guarantee for the financing of the plant. Part of the terms of the loan guarantee were for union workers to be required.

JIW 709 INST. 12/22/11 - 07:44 pm
I have been a Union

I have been a Union Ironworker for Local 709 for 12 years, I am also one of the instructors for our Apprenticeship Program. That being said, I want to point out that the fund to which they are referring (IMPACT) is funded by Union Ironworkers for Union Ironworkers. This money comes out of Union member paychecks on an hourly basis. In addition to paying for equipment needed by Local chapters, IMPACT provides funds for drug testing and other safety related things.
The training that our Journeymen and Apprentices receive is paid for through a seperate fund, also provided by Union Ironworker contributions. Each Local member contributes a portion of their paycheck specifically for education. We take care of our own! This is not tax money or a grant from the government, it is provided soley by Union members. I was excited to see that the Augusta Chronicle published this article, but sad to read the comments.

Pu239 12/23/11 - 07:10 pm
From the DOL Davis Bacon wage

From the DOL Davis Bacon wage decode the Iron Worker Structural, Agreement with Local 709 dated 9/1/2010. The wage determination was just reviewed 12/2/2011 by the DOL

IRON0709-001 09/01/2010

Rates Fringes

IRONWORKER, STRUCTURAL...........$ 23.10 8.15

$31.25/Hr for Iron Workers with cuts for bennies...not too shabby

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