Remembrance Day Ceremonies

Good afternoon Brothers & Sisters

Local 110 marks Remembrance Day with a number of beautiful ceremonies to honour Canada’s fallen soldiers, veterans and currently serving military.

The services where Local 110 will be laying wreaths are:

Edmonton – Beverly Cenotaph located at 4001-118 Ave Edm AB. Services begins at 10:45 am; laying the wreath will be Training Coordinator Phil Poirier.

Ft. McMurray – MacDonald Island Park located at 1 MacDonald Dr. Ft McMurray AB. Services begins at 10:00 am; laying the wreath will be Northern Business Agent Doug Casemore.

Calgary – The Military Museums Service located at 4520 Crowchild Trail SW Calgary AB. Service begins at 10:30 am; laying the wreath will be Member Luke McMIllan

Red Deer – Servus Arena located at 4725-43 St Red Deer AB. Service begins at 10:30 am; laying the wreath will be Member Mike Zalinko

Wherever you are, I ask that you please attend a Remembrance Day Ceremony, take a moment at 11:00 am and pause to pay tribute to all victims of war.

In Solidarity

Brother Kevin Lecht

Local 110 is sad to announce the passing of Brother Bernie Schmidt

Local 110 is sad to announce that Member Bernie Schmidt passed away on Saturday, November 3, 2018. Brother Bernie  has been a long-time  Local 110 member since March 1996.

There will be a funeral service held on Saturday, November 10, 2018 at 1:00 pm at St Paul Catholic Church, 1305 Main St S, Airdrie, AB. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Canadian Diabetes Association or the Heart and Stroke Foundation.

Local 110 Officers, Staff and Members extend their deepest condolences to all of Brother  Bernie’s Family and Friends.

Local 110 is sad to announce the passing of Brother Ken Holtz

Local 110 is sad to announce that Member Ken Holtz passed away on November 1st, 2018. Brother Ken was a member of Local 110 since February 2016.

There will be a viewing held at Westlawn Funeral Home, 16310 Stony Plain Road, Edmonton, AB on Saturday, November 10, 2018 at 5:00 PM.

Local 110 Officers, Staff and Members extend their deepest condolences to all of Brother Ken’s Family and Friends.

Red Deer Information Meeting

Just a quick reminder that the Red Deer information meeting is tomorrow October 24, 2018 at 6:30 pm at the Sheraton 3310-50 Avenue Red Deer, AB

I have not been able to attend one of these information meetings in a number of months, so I will be coming down for this meeting as well. Hope to see a good turnout.

Statement of Claim

Good day Brothers and Sisters

Over the last two days I have had a number of calls from Members working in the field regarding the Statement of Claim filed by the Boilermakers 146 and OE 955 against the Government of Alberta. I hope to clarify the situation as much as possible for the Members of Local 110.

On October 16, 2018, Local 110 was informed by the Building Trades of Alberta that the Boilermakers International, Boilermakers 146 and OE 955, filed a Statement of Claim against the Alberta Government in Court of Queen’s Bench regarding section 184 – 191 of the Alberta Labour Relations Code. These articles are focused around the bargaining process, dispute resolution process and membership strike vote process. Since this is a statement of claim, there is a requirement that this is heard by the Court of Queen’s Bench, the best estimate from legal counsel is this case will not be heard for around 20 – 25 months and depending decision and the fortitude of the Plaintiffs involved this situation, it could drag on for years. As such, this action from these two Unions will not impact Collective Bargaining currently underway for the next Provincial Collective Agreement.

The unfortunate downfall of this situation is that these Unions are now forcing the current Government to defend items of the Alberta Labour Relations Code that have been in place since 1988, and that were previously challenged by some of the same Unions in 2007, but then withdrawn shortly after.

Prior to the recent changes to the Alberta Labour Relations Code the NDP Government provided all affected parties, including Unions, the opportunity to provide input for changes. The resulting changes have been positive for both Union and Non-union workers in Alberta. At that time, Local 110 provided the submission on behalf of our Members and one of the points in that submission was regarding the constitutional right to bargain, supported by Supreme Court of Canada decisions regarding the right to strike. Unfortunately, due to a number of issues, the requested changes regarding Sections 189 and 190 of the Labour Relations Code were not changed at that time. However, this has not stopped our Local from continuing to work through productive lobbying of the Government to work to have this change implemented in the future.

In conclusion, Local 110 does support the removal of sections 189 and 190 of the Labour Relations Code and as such, agree with the new interests of the Boilermakers and OE’s. Local 110 does not support these Unions in their Statement of Claim to the Court of Queen’s Bench. The reasons for this are numerous but to highlight a few:

  • these Unions have neglected to fully engage the NDP Government on this issue and work for positive change
  • this issue has been ignored until the Construction Unions are in the bargaining process, and there is no possible way this action will change the outcome of current Collective Bargaining
  • the only reason for this action is to deflect and confuse the bargaining process for the membership of all Building Trades Unions.

November 2018 Wage Adjustment

There will be a Wage Adjustment as of November 4, 2018.

As per the Letter of Understanding Re: Industrial Wage Determination there is to be 40 CENTS ($0.40) added to the total wage package – we would like your input as to where this increase will be going – IF YOU ARE ABLE, PLEASE ATTEND THE GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING OCTOBER 13, 2018.

As per our Collective Agreement, we have the option to put the $0.40 into the base rate or into the pension on the Industrial Wage Schedule (these are the only 2 options)

For the Commercial Wage Package it would only be applied to the Base Rate.

There will be discussion at the OCTOBER 13, 2018 GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING prior to any decisions being made so please attend this meeting if you can.

In Solidarity,

Kevin Lecht

Business Manager

Local 110 is sad to announce the passing of Brother Gary Prestidge

Local 110 is sad to announce that Member Gary Prestidge passed away on October 4th, 2018. Brother Gary was a member of Local 110 for 41 years.
A Celebration of Life Service will be held Sunday, October 21st, 2018 at 12:00 to 3:00 pm in the Fort Saskatchewan Legion, Normandy Room.
In lieu of flowers a donation can be made to the Alberta Lung Association, Box 4700, STN South, Edmonton, AB, T6E 9Z9 or a charity of your choice.
Local 110 Officers, Staff and Members extend their deepest condolences to all of Brother Gary’s Family and Friends.
 
Online condolences may be sent through www.riverviewfuneral.com 

Potential Members for the October 2018 General Membership Meeting

 

Name

Status

Recommendation

Meeting

Cherry, Kenneth 1st year Reject  R
Cote, Shelby 1st year Accept  A
Drake, Jeffrey 1st year Accept  A
Enwereobi, Kelvin 2nd year Accept  A
Falt, Tyler 1st year Accept  A
Gomez-Leon, Brenda 1st year Accept  A
Grant, Danielle 1st year Reject  R
Johansen, Kevin 1st year Accept  R
Ladoureur, Russell 1st year Reject  A
Larson, Jordynne 1st year Reject  R
Lei, Dequan 1st year Accept  A
Leys, Ethan 1st year Accept  A
Rand, Dalton 1st year Accept  A
Sullivan, Kyle 1st year Accept  A
Wickstrom Darrin 1st year Accept  R
Wladyka, Isaac 1st year Accept  A
Roberts, Monica Alberta Red Seal Journeyman Accept  A
Tembo, Stolo Journeyman Transfer from Local 99 Reject  A

Please take note of Local 110 Bylaws Section 19- all requirements of this section must be met before being issued membership in Local 110.

Section 19 – Membership

19.1        Any Member who applies to join Local 110, if accepted, will pay an initiation fee in the amount of one hundred dollars ($100.00), excepting that:

Those Members who lapse out of the union will pay an additional amount of money which equals the amount owed for union dues and fines at the time of lapsing. This amount must be paid in full prior to vote of acceptance by the general membership. A $200.00 reinstatement fee, to reinstate their membership will be paid at the time of New Member Orientation.

19.2        Any individual that makes application to Local 110 and is rejected by vote of the membership.

  • First rejection they will not be able to make new application for a minimum 3 calendar months.
  • Second rejection they will not be able to make new application for a minimum of 6 calendar months.
  • Third or more rejections they will not be able to make new application for a minimum of 12 calendar months.

19.3        All new Members, including Members who are transferring their membership to Local 110, must complete New Member Orientation within 180 days from the date they were voted into Local 110 or their membership is void and they will have to reapply for membership.

19.4        New Member Orientation will be held in Edmonton and Calgary once every month and Fort McMurray once every two months.

19.5        Permit members and Travel Card Members requesting membership will not receive their union card and Local 110 will not accept a transfer card, until after the Member has taken the oath of membership referred to in the International Association of Heat and Frost Insulators and Allied Workers Constitution at New Member Orientation.

Framework Bargaining Update

Good day Brothers and Sisters

The process for Collective Bargaining for our Provincial Construction Collective Agreement, with the Building Trades Unions in Alberta is unique. After the 2007 round of bargaining a process was put into place to allow all unions to bargain the common issues as a collective against their respective Registered Employer Organizations (REO’s), with the remainder of Trade specific issues being bargained at Small Table with each Individual Trade. For the majority of the trades the REO is the Construction Labour Relations of Alberta (CLRA), but the Electricians have the Electrical Contractors’ Association of Alberta and the Boilermakers have the Boilermakers Contractors’ Association.  Currently there are 12 Unions signed on to the Memorandum of Agreement for Framework Bargaining.

In this process each individual Union has the ability to walk away from Framework Bargaining and bargain their Provincial Collective Agreement individually at Small Table Bargaining. However if they choose this path they are not part of Framework Bargaining and have no input on the process or the outcomes at that table. Traditionally the terms from Framework Bargaining are eventually adopted into the Collective Agreements of the Unions that are not part of the Framework process. This is one of the reasons that I chose to bring to the membership that Local 110 sign on to Framework Bargaining and have our say in the process and I still feel this is the best option for our Local.

That being said our Union and our Trade has unique needs and not all issues that are being brought to Framework can be properly addressed in the best interests of our Local. So in consultation with the Local 110 Bargaining Committee our Local has exercised the option to opt out of the following Framework Bargaining Issues:

Competitiveness and Compensation:

b) Wage Levels

c) Premiums

i) overtime;

ii) shifts;

iii) supervision;

h) Equipment: tools, clothing, PPE

k) Other benefits plans and contributions;

m) Grievance processing;

q) Show up time/stand down time

Workforce Development:

e.g. contributions to and the operation of the Workforce Development Trust Fund,

Project Performance:

a) Hiring

b) Jurisdiction / composite crews

c) Ratios (apprentices, foremen, general foremen)

d) Membership requirements

e) Layoff protocols

f) Dispatch Ready / Work Ready / Assessed for Physical Demands

Local 110 taking the option to Opt Out of these issues will not remove them from the bargaining process, but it will allow our Local to highlight our individual needs as Mechanical Insulators directly to our contractors. Unfortunately with the current Government Legislation our Union will have a limited amount of time to bargain productively with our REO. The reason for this is under Legislation once 75% of trades have ratified their Collective Agreements all trades still bargaining are moved into a path of Interest based Arbitration. Once the Trade is moved to Interest based Arbitration the members no longer have the right to vote on the terms of the Collective Agreement and the individual Union does not have the ability to legally vote to strike. This in my opinion is the major hindrance to the Collective Bargaining process for Construction Unions in Alberta.

As Local 110 moves through the Bargaining process I will provide updates when possible on our Web Site and Facebook page, but the majority of updates will be provided at our monthly General Membership Meetings and Information Meetings.

In Solidarity

Kevin Lecht

RJW Bursary – Website Now Accepting Application

The 2018 RJW Bursary website is now open and accepting applications for this year’s draw. Please inform your membership and those eligible that they can now apply to win one of eighty-eight (88) one thousand ($1000) dollar bursaries. Applications must be submitted by November 14th, 2018 as the draw will take place the following week.

 

All applications must go through www.rjwbursary.com