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International Operating Engineer - Fall 2017

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The quarterly magazine of the International Union of Operating Engineers.

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IUOE Family Members Awarded 2017 Union Plus Scholarships Winners Honored for Achievement and Union Values UNION PLUS RECENTLY awarded 0,000 in scholarships to 106 students representing 31 unions, including five winners representing the International Union of Operating Engineers (IUOE). This year’s group of scholarship recipients includes university, college, and trade or technical school students from 35 states. The Union Plus Scholarship Program, now in its 26th year, awards scholarships based on outstanding academic achievement, personal character, financial need and commitment to the values of organized labor. The program is offered through the Union Plus Education Foundation. IUOE Local 4—Mackenzie Brooks Brooks, whose father, David Brooks, is a member of IUOE Local 4, has been awarded a ,000 scholarship. Mackenzie is a 2017 high school graduate who will begin college this fall. She has aspired to be a pediatric nurse since she was young and will pursue a degree in that field. Mackenzie has worked at a grocery store since 2013, saving money for her college expenses. Her maternal grandfather, who at age 20 immigrated to the United States from Newfoundland, Canada, was able to return to his union job after serving in the Korean War, and experienced many other union benefits. Mackenzie said that union membership has provided her family with support, reassurance and financial stability through the years. “The union provides one voice and sticks up for each person who is affiliated with them,” Mackenzie said. “By doing this, they are taking care of each individual in an immediate and extended family.” Alexander Comshaw-Arnold Since starting the program in 1991, Union Plus has awarded more than .2 million in educational funding to more than 2,800 union members, spouses and dependent children. Union Plus Scholarship awards are granted to students attending a two-year college, four-year college, graduate school or recognized technical or trade school. The selection process is very competitive, and this year over 5,100 applications were received from 65 unions and all 50 states plus the District of Columbia and three U.S. territories. Visit for applications and benefit eligibility. Meet the 2017 IUOE Honorees IUOE Local 18—Alexander Comshaw-Arnold Comshaw-Arnold, whose mother, Kathryn Mackenzie Brooks Comshaw-Arnold, is a member of IUOE Local 18, has been awarded a ,00 scholarship. Alex, who was a 2016 Union Plus scholarship recipient, is an economics major at The Ohio State University. He has a passion for business and plans to pursue a Master of Business Administration after graduating in December. Alex will have completed his bachelor’s degree in less than three years after completing two years of post-secondary education while at Fairless High School in Navarre, Ohio, where he graduated valedictorian in 2015. He works as an economics research assistant for Dr. Daeho Kim at Ohio State. Alex’s mother is a second-generation union member, and he believes unions affect families and change lives. “Labor unions have a proud heritage in American history and played a vital role in healing not just the economy but also families,” he said. “I am proud of my union heritage and prouder still to be part of a union family.” Ashlyn Darnell IUOE Local 399—Ashlyn Darnell Darnell, whose father, Matthew Darnell, is a member of IUOE Local 399, has been awarded a ,000 scholarship. Having graduated high school in 2017 with 34 college credit hours and a certified nursing assistant (CNA) certificate, Ashlyn will enroll at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville this fall as a nursing major. Between her junior and senior years she joined the U.S. Army and attended basic combat training at Fort Jackson, South Carolina. She will attend advanced individual training at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri, this summer and will participate in Army ROTC while in college, continuing to serve in her engineering battalion. She intends to graduate as an active-duty U.S. army nurse officer with the rank of second lieutenant. Ashlyn was recognized by congressman John Shimkus on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives for her Army service while in high school. Ashlyn, whose mother, Melissa Darnell, is an American Federation of Teachers (AFT) member, said the labor movement has been the fabric of her life. “My values and personal character traits have been heavily influenced by the dedicated union people in my life,” Ashlyn said. “Collective bargaining has enabled our family to enjoy a middle-class livelihood and good medical insurance coverage, and will ensure a dignified retirement for my parents.” IUOE Local 3—Breanna Kjoll Kjoll, whose father, Tore Kjoll, is a member of IUOE Local 3, has been awarded a ,000 scholarship. Breanna is a 2017 graduate of The Davidson Academy of Nevada and will begin college this fall as an animal science major. She aspires to become a veterinarian and is interested in exploring how animals can help people with diverse needs and disabilities. Since February 2016, she has been the sole high school intern in the University of Nevada, Reno, animal nutrition lab, working with undergraduate and graduate students. Breanna also interned for an environmental engineering lab in the summer of 2014. Her mother is a member of the Nevada State Education Association, and Breanna has supported unions and fair labor practices as president of The Davidson Academy’s Social Justice Club, which she founded as a freshman. “My parents have always made it clear to me how important collective bargaining is and the importance of labor unions in their lives,” Breanna said. “I support the message of inclusion and fairness that makes unions such as IUOE so strong and essential to the American dream.” Breanna Kjoll IUOE Local 3—Christopher Pham Pham, whose mother, Vivian Pham-Nguyen, is a member of IUOE Local 3, has been awarded a ,000 scholarship. Christopher attends New Jersey Medical School as part of Rutgers University’s seven-year BA/MD program. He completed his undergraduate degree in biology in January and has been a research lab assistant at the medical school since beginning at Rutgers. Christopher aspires to become a researcher and physician specializing in gastroenterology. He was valedictorian of his 2014 graduating class at Piedmont Hills High School in San José, California. He is certified as a shodan (first-degree black belt) by the International Aikido Federation, based in Tokyo. Christopher strongly believes in the labor movement and said his mother’s union membership has a positive effect on his family. “Because of the union’s efforts, she benefits from stable wages, health insurance and pensions, which give her the opportunity to spend more quality time at work and with family,” Christopher said. “I can honestly say that the reason I can go to college is because of the union’s achievements and work.” Christopher Pham 20 INTERNATIONAL OPERATING ENGINEER FALL 2017 21

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