Alcan - Boilermakers
Boilermakers Lodge 359
Powell River
Revelstoke Night

ABOUT US

Executive Board

President – Dave Braithwaite
Vice President – Dave French
Business Manager/Secretary Treasurer – Martin D. Nicholson
Recording Secretary – Jeremy Kwok

Inspector – J’onn Giese
Trustee – James Wymer (Chairman)
Trustee – Sat Chatta
Trustee – Alan Dingwall

Trade Description
Boilermakers Constitution
Bylaws

International History

In the 1860’s an organization of Boilermakers and Blacksmiths was formed in Pittsburgh and other cities of Pennsylvania. In 1866 New Orleans, Louisiana (presumably on a government contract) Boilermakers struck for an eight hour day and they were successful however, the men gradually dropped out and the organization was disbanded.

In 1879, the Boilermakers of San Francisco organized the Boilermakers League of the Pacific Coast and demanded an increase in pay and being refused they went on strike and after three weeks they were successful.

Chicago organized in 1880, as did St. Paul, Minnesota and other cities. In October 1880, representatives of nine lodges met in Chicago, Illinois. At this first convention, a constitution and by-laws was adopted and the title of National Boiler Makers Protective and Benevolent Union was established. There were about 1,000 members. The Chicago Union demanded an increase in wages early in 1881, and being refused they went on strike and after six weeks won out.

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Canadian History

The first lodge chartered by the International Brotherhood in the province was Lodge 191 in Victoria on 25 January 1898. This was followed by Lodge 194 in Vancouver on 7 March 1898.

It is important to note that the first Stationary Boiler Inspection Act in British Columbia came into being in 1899. It was primarily an act to set up an inspection department. It 1901 the Steam Boiler Inspection Act was completely rewritten. Of particular significance was the incorporation of examinations and licensing of engineers in charge of boilers and engines. This was the first such provision in Canada.

By the end of 1902, 1,229 boilers were “on the books” of the new department.
By 1916 this number rose 5,714 giving us a good indication of how the boilermaking industry had grown in the early part of the century.

The Victoria area had long been an industrial area attracting boilermakers. For the Victoria lodge, the early members were active in organizing those who followed their trade in two of that city’s boiler-shops: the Albion Iron Works and the Victoria Machinery Depot.

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