COVID-19 Response and Closure Updates

A Message from Bus. Manager Chew

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

As you know our current situation with the Coronavirus (Covid-19). Saturday March 21, 2020 Governor Murphy issued a stay at home executive order for all non-essential workers which includes all non-profit organization.

Given our status being a non-profit organization we will close the office beginning Monday March 23, 2020 until our States situation improves.

Moving forward given our ability to access our dispatch system from the web and handle most of our duties from home, we should get through this with minimal disruption. Especially since many of our current and upcoming work has been delayed because of the virus. Those members whose jobs are not shut down, I urge you to use social distancing and proper hygiene when ever possible and by all means if you are not feeling well stay home.

All phone calls to the office will be forwarded to my cell phone or to one of the Business Agents cell phone as to not disrupt our ability to service our members and contractors to the best of our ability during this time.

We will be arranging conferences calls with both the Executive Board and the Scholarship Committee so that business can be conducted in a manner that would best serve our members and our organization.

I ask you all to keep a close look out for emails, text and to visit our website as this is the fastest and most efficient way at this time to communicate. Any updates on our situation will be communicated in this manner. We will do our best to get information out to those members that do not have the ability to receive emails or

We must all use social distancing and proper hygiene to lessen the affects of this virus. Keep your families safe!

Very Truly Yours,

James Chew

Boilermakers Local 28

Bus. Manager/Sec. Treasurer



Due to overwhelming concern for the safety and health of our members and staff here at Local 28. We will be adhering to specific mandates given to us by President Jones and the International Brotherhood of Boilermakers.

To comply with government guidelines on social distancing:

  • All Apprenticeship classes and meetings will be cancelled until further notice.
  • All Monthly Meetings will be cancelled until further notice
  • The Weld Shop will be closed until further notice.

We would like to thank you all for your understanding that some things are out of our control and we are doing our best to retain our normal procedures without causing unnecessary health risks. We will be monitoring the situation closely and making informed decisions. If you have any questions or concerns please call the hall 1-609-784-8963. We will also be keeping you updated via email if you are signed up for the newsletter. If you would like to sign up for email notifications please fill out the form below.

March Meeting Cancelled

Out of concern for our Membership, we have decided to proceed on the side of caution and cancel this months meeting (March 13th, 2020). We anticipate a return to the normal schedule on April 10th, 2020.

If you know a member that doesn’t use a computer please make them aware and as always any questions or concerns can be made to the hall 1-609-784-8963.

February 2020 Bulletin

Next Meeting March 13th, 2020

Common Arc Certification Updating

There will be a contractor at the Union Hall Shop Conducting Common Arc Updating on March 10th, 2020. Between the hours of 8am-12pm. Please review your common arc certs and take the proper action to keep them current.

Code Training and OSHA 30 Training

We have Scheduled Boilermaker Code Class for March 17th and 18th. Please keep in mind Code Training must be completed before the end of December 2020.

OSHA 30 Training will be March 2nd- 5th. Please call the office to register.

EPRI Rigging Training/ Certification

Anyone interested in EPRI Rigging Training (this is rigging over and above the required MOST Rigging) can contact Jim Paglia for details and Requirements 609-784-8969

Scholarship Test

Scholarship Testing will be April 25th @ 9 am sharp. Please call the hall or email to sign your child up ASAP.

Dues Alert

January 8th, 2020

It has come to our attention that there was an error made in the Monthly Dues Increase, set on 1/1/2020. We have adjusted the Dues error back to the mandated amount of $50.30 per month. All dues charges have been corrected on Our end and a $1.00 credit was issued to every active member. As always all payment overages will be applied to your accounts to go towards upcoming Monthly Charges.

January 2020 Bulletin

Next Meeting: January 10th, 2020

2020 Dues Increase

Monthly dues increase will begin on January 1st, 2020. Union Dues will increase by $1.00, bringing you to a total of $51.30 per month. Please make the necessary adjustments.

Common Arc Cert Updating

There will be a contractor at the union hall on January 7th. 2020 between the hours of 8am-1pm, conducting Common Arc Updating. Please review your certs and take the appropriate action to keep your welding certs. current. We are trying to bring a contractor in every other month for updating. Going forward this will be the ONLY way to keep current.

Code Training and Leadership Training

We will be scheduling these classes as soon as scheduling becomes available by the international. Please keep in mind that Code training must be completed by the end of December 2020. You will be notified about the next training classes.

Training Schedule

Rigging Mod 1 &2….January 11th @7am

Rigging Mod 3………..January 18th @7am

Rigging Mod 4……….January 25th @7am

Contact Jim Paglia 1-609-784-8969 to set up your training schedule

December Bulletin

Next Meeting: December 13th, 2019

Last Meeting of the 2019 Calendar Year. All Members and Retirees are invited to Celebrate the Holidays and award Service Pins. Food and Beverages will be provided. Please Join Us.

Toys for Tots

Once Again we are a Toys for Tots Drop off Center. Please bring an Unwrapped Toy to the Union Hall by December 14th.

2020 Wage Increase

On November 8th, 2019 the Membership Voted on Allocating the 2020 Wage Increase. The follow Option was chosen with 21 votes.

$.66 increase in Hourly Wage

$.98 increase in Vacation Fund

Please keep in mind that there is a $.36 increase in the Pension Contribution Rate. All of these factors equal to our negotiated $2.00 increase.

Notice of 2020 Dues Increase

As of January 1st, 2020, the Monthly Union Dues will increase by $1.00, bringing our Monthly dues to $51.30. This is in accordance with he International Constitution. We ask you to please make the necessary adjustments. As always dues can be submitted online via the website, by check or money order, or cash in person.

Training Schedule

Rigging Mod. 1 & 2- January 11th, 2020 @ 7 am

Rigging Mod. 3- January 18th, 2020 @ 7am

Rigging Mod. 4- January 25th, 2020 @7am

Please Contact Jim Paglia to set up your Training Schedule

November Bulletin


Next Meeting Date: November 8th, 2019

2020 Wage Increase Allocation and Vote

The Executive Board will be considering any proposals for the upcoming wage increase. Please direct all suggestion to the Business Manager by November 1st, 2019. The 3 most popular suggestion will then be brought to Vote at the November 8th, 2019 Meeting.

Keep in mind the $2.00 p/hr increase includes the 2% pension increase leaving the membership $1.64 to Allocate.

2020 Monthly Dues Increase

Effective January 1st, 2020 Monthly Dues will increase by $1.00 bringing our Monthly Dues to $51.30 a month

Drug Test / Safety Training

As Always please make sure to consistently check your BDS profile to make sure your drug test and safety training are up-to-date. Failure to stay up-to-date will result in your ineligibility and there for you will be removed from the out-of-work List.

Labor Walks

We will participating in Labor Walks with both the AFL- CIO and the State Building Trades every weekend leading up to the Elections. Please Contact the office for scheduled walks!

M.O.R.E. Fund

We are working on Legislation in Trenton that would require by law, that refineries and chemical processing facilities hire employees that have served or are currently serving a certified DOL Apprenticeship. This will ensure a sae skilled and qualified work force.

October Bulletin Board

Next Union Meeting- October 11th, 2019

-Scholarship Dinner Dance

The time for Dinner Dance tickets and Ad is nearing the deadline. All Ads must be placed by October 16th to make it into the DVDs( NO EXCEPTIONS). Please call in to make arrangements or send in the order form provided below.

The deadline for booking rooms has closed. Any Room booked after 10/9/19 is subject to the Hard Rocks Full Price.

-Drug Test/ Safety Training

Please be sure to check your BDS dashboard to make sure your eligibility for the out-of-work list is still valid. If you have questions regarding the Referral Rules and the BDS system please contact the office.

-Labor Walks

We will be participating in Labor Walks with the AFL-CIO and State Building Trades every weekend leading up to the coming election. If anyone is interested in participating please contact the office.


CODE/ RIGGING Training and Leadership Training will schedule for the First Quarter of next year. If you are interested in EPRI Training please contact Jim Paglia for Information.

-M.O.R.E. Fund

We are currently working on Legislation in Trenton that would require Refineries and Chemical Processing Facilities to Hire experienced and skilled workers that have or are in the process of completing DOL certified Apprenticeships.

There are several contractors that are bidding jobs with the help of the M.O.R.E. Funding.

** Anyone who maybe renewing their TWIC can send a picture of your new card along with a receipt for the renewal to this office and we will be seeking reimbursement through the M.O.R.E. Program.