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TSSA & International Brotherhood of Boilermakers - Strategic Partnership

10 February 2020

TSSA and the IBB (International Brotherhood of Boilermakers, Iron Ship Builders, Blacksmiths, Forgers & Helpers) are delighted to have signed a mutually beneficial strategic partnership agreement.

The agreement aims to build greater cooperation between the two unions, enhancing their common strengths by sharing respective organising and education programs while exchanging resources and creating a greater political voice at an international level.

The IBB and the TSSA share a common desire to see our respective unions grow as a result of our organising initiatives. We will cooperate with each other including sharing resources, knowledge, campaigning and communication techniques to help deliver membership growth in both organisations.

TSSA General Secretary, Manuel Cortes, said: “I was delighted to welcome a delegation from the IBB to London and agree to enter into this strategic partnership. Our two unions have much in common and I have no doubt our accord will be of great mutual benefit in numerous ways.

“I know how seriously our sisters and brothers in the IBB take the work they are doing in education, politics as well as organising to win in the industrial sphere. Through our collective strength we can continue to learn from each other, working together for all our members.”

IBB International President, Newton B. Jones, said: "The International Brotherhood of Boilermakers has deep roots in the railroad and transportation industries that go back to our earliest days.

“This strategic partnership will amplify our common strengths and resources, creating new intensity for both IBB and TSSA in our efforts to ensure working people have a voice on the job, safe working conditions, fair wages and fair treatment.

“Under this new strategic partnership, we look forward to building a bright future for our unions together.”

The IBB and the TSSA share a common desire to see our respective unions grow as a result of our organising initiatives. We will cooperate with each other including sharing organising and educational resources, knowledge, campaigning and communication techniques to help deliver membership growth in both organisations.

Initial Areas of Cooperation

We will work jointly on our organising and education programs and look to share organising and educational resources, campaigning and communication techniques and knowledge.

Joint Coordination of International Relations

TSSA and IBB will work closely together at an international level to help deliver membership

*TSSA is a specialised transport and travel union founded in 1897 which has thousands of members working throughout Britain and Ireland.

*The International Brotherhood of Boilermakers (IBB) is a diverse union founded in 1880 and currently has approximately 50,000 members working throughout the United States and Canada. The International union is divided into three primary sectors that group together various divisions of common interest and operations.

1. Industrial Sector Operations consists of the Railroad Division, the Ship Building Division and the Stove and Metal Polisher Division.

2. Construction Sector Operations consists of the Construction Division (CD), National Transient Division (NTD) and Non-Destructive Testing Division (QCC).

3. Bank Sector Operations consists of the Bank of Labor, founded in 1924 by the International Brotherhood of Boilermakers, the principal owner and largest shareholder.

*Picture attached shows IBB International President, Newton B. Jones and TSSA General Secretary, Manuel Cortes, shaking hands on the agreement, in London.

 

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