Wages & Benefits

WAGES

Apprentice Pay Schedule

0000 – 1000  Hours

70% of Journeyman Wage  =

$26.99

1001 – 2000  Hours

75% of Journeyman Wage  =

$28.92

2001 – 3000  Hours

80% of Journeyman Wage  =

$30.85

3001 – 4000  Hours

85% of Journeyman Wage  =

$32.85

4001 – 5000  Hours

90% of Journeyman Wage  =

$34.70

5001 – 6000  Hours

95% of Journeyman Wage  =

$36.63

*Appprentices are paid full benefits.

*Vacation is added to gross wages, taxed and taken off.

*Field Dues are 6% of gross wages.

*Subsistence: Over 70 miles = $65.00/day      Over 120 miles = $80.00/day

*Travel: Over 120 miles (in and out) IRS allowable.

Hourly Rates

Journeyman:

$38.56

Assistant Foreman:

$39.81

Foreman:

$41.06

General Foreman:

Negotiated

Employer Paid Benefit Package

Health & Welfare:

$8.57

Pension:

$14.92 (hours paid)

M.O.S.T.:

$0.34

Annuity:

$1.50 (hours paid)

Vacation:

$3.50 (hours paid)

Apprenticeship:

$1.50

WSBIF:

$0.15

TOTAL FRINGE BENEFIT PACKAGE

$30.48

Total Journeyman Package:

$69.04

Total Assistant Foreman Package:

$70.29

Total Foreman Package:

$71.58

BENEFITS

The benefits of being a union member are huge. On average, unionized workers earn about 28 percent more in wages than nonunion workers. They are nearly twice as likely to have an employer-paid pension as nonunion workers. And in 2010, 84 percent of union workers were covered by an employer-sponsored health care insurance plan, compared to only 55 percent of nonunion workers.

Communities benefit from unions as well. Studies show that unions are good for business, productivity, and the economy. They lift families out of poverty and are credited by many historians with creating the U.S. middle class.

For more information on the benefits of unions, visit the Union Difference page on the AFL-CIO web site.

The page you are currently on contains links to information on benefits specifically for Boilermakers and their families. Since our founding in 1880, the International Brotherhood of Boilermakers has sought to improve the quality of life for our members through better wages and benefits.

Today, the Brotherhood participates in three Taft-Hartley trusts that provide pensions, health insurance, and an annuity for those locals who participate. These labor-management trusts offer participating members the opportunity for a more secure retirement as well quality health care for themselves and their families. Some members have other types of benefits through their employers and do not participate in these plans.

The three national trusts include:

Our pension helps participants plan more effectively for the future as it promises eligible participants a lifetime benefit in a specific monthly amount at retirement. Employer contributions are established in collective bargaining agreements, and the pension fund grows tax-deferred. Early retirement, disability, death and survivor benefits are also available under the pension plan.

The Boilermakers offer exceptional health benefits. Our networks comprise doctors, hospitals and providers who meet strict credentialing standards and deliver substantial savings for our participants.

Our health benefits currently cover a substantial part of the cost of medical, dental, vision, prescription drugs and hearing aids. We cover inpatient and outpatient hospital visits and have behavioral health/substance abuse and organ transplant programs. We also offer excellent long-term disability coverage. The combination of benefits helps to protect the health and livelihood of participants nationwide.

Click on the following link to go to the Boilermakers Health & Welfare Website: 

The Boilermakers offer exceptional health benefits. Our networks comprise doctors, hospitals and providers who meet strict credentialing standards and deliver substantial savings for our participants.

Our health benefits currently cover a substantial part of the cost of medical, dental, vision, prescription drugs and hearing aids. We cover inpatient and outpatient hospital visits and have behavioral health/substance abuse and organ transplant programs. We also offer excellent long-term disability coverage. The combination of benefits helps to protect the health and livelihood of participants nationwide.

Click on the following link to go to the Boilermakers Health & Welfare Website
http://www.bnf-kc.com/

The Boilermaker National Annuity Trust is a Taft-Hartley Fund Defined Contribution Plan. The Trust was established November 1, 1985 and is sponsored and administered by the Board of Trustees.

Participating employers make contributions to the Annuity Fund on the behalf of each covered Boilermaker in amounts determined by a Collective Bargaining or Participation Agreements.

This diversified fund is an excellent source of retirement benefits. The value of each Participant’s account depends upon the amount of contributions and investment performance.

All are administered through the Brotherhood’s National Funds Office.

For additional information on these three Taft-Hartley Trusts, visit www.bnf-kc.com.

Other benefits available to members include:

Are You Ready for College?

Dependents of Boilermaker members are eligible for scholarships of up to $5,000. Each year, the International Brotherhood of Boilermakers gives a total of $50,000 worth of scholarships to dependents of members, both in Canada and in the U.S.

Boilermaker scholarships are open to high school seniors who will be entering their first year of a two- or four-year academic program at a degree-granting, accredited college or university within one year of their high school graduation and are dependents of Boilermaker members in good standing (includes son, daughter, legally adopted child or dependent of active, retired, disabled, or deceased members).

Scholarship awards are based upon academic record, extra-curricular and outside school activities, career goals, and performance on a typed essay.

The International Brotherhood of Boilermakers has proudly participated in the Union Plus Benefits Program since 1986, when the AFL-CIO first created Union Privilege. This program provides our U.S. members and their families with valuable consumer benefits. With Union Plus benefits, your union membership “pays” at work and at home.

By using the collective buying power of unions, Union Privilege is able to offer a variety of high-quality, discounted products and services exclusively to union working families. You don’t have to join Union Plus or Union Privilege; as a member or retiree of the International Brotherhood of Boilermakers, you and your family are automatically eligible for these benefits.

The Union Privilege staff monitors each program to ensure that the unique needs of working families are being met. See the list below for benefits available to members of the International Brotherhood of Boilermakers, and start saving now. For additional information, visit the UnionPlus website.

The International Brotherhood helps local lodges and members get the legal representation they need through our relationships with Blake & Uhlig; Jones, Granger, Tramuto & Halstead (formerly Jones & Granger); other law firms; and Union Plus Legal Resources.

If your lodge needs an attorney, contact your International representative or International vice president.

Individual members in the United States can get legal help through the Union Plus Legal Resources program. No enrollment forms or fees are required. Boilermaker members are automatically enrolled and are entitled to the following benefits for each separate legal matter:

  • A free initial consultation with a lawyer of up to 30 minutes (in person or over the phone)
  • A free simple document review and explanation
  • A free follow-up letter or phone call, if likely to resolve a legal matter.
  • Most additional services are discounted by 30% (including attorney’s hourly rates and flat fees for most common legal cases.)

Spouses and dependents of Boilermakers may also use this service.

Boilermaker Vacation Trust (available to members in the Western States Section)

The Boilermaker Vacation Trust was originally established in 1963 as part of the Western States Construction Agreement. Over the years, other lodges have joined the trust, either because they added a vacation benefit to their contracts or they merged their individual plans into this trust to gain legal protection.

Today 21 local union lodges participate in the Boilermaker Vacation Trust. They include Locals 4, 7, 11, 13, 27, 28, 29, 45, 60, 83, 92, 101, 107, 193, 237, 242, 363, 502, 549, 627, and 647.

The Vacation Trust distributes benefits on December 1 of each year. The payout covers contributions received for work in September of the prior year through August of the current year.