Nomination and Election of Delegates

Good day Brothers and Sisters

By now the journeyman members of the Local should have received the notice of Nomination and Election for Delegates to the International Convention in Boston that was sent out on May 11, 2017.

As most of the membership knows Local 110 has not in previous years mailed out a notice for Nomination and Election for delegate positions. It has always been the policy of Local 110 to nominate and elect delegate representatives from the floor of our monthly General Membership Meetings as required. This year was no exception, with Nomination and Election of delegate for the International Convention completed at the March 2017 General Membership Meeting.

Our process was brought under scrutiny by the International and it was found by International General President McCourt that we were in violation of US federal law that requires notice of Nomination and Election the same as an Election of Union officers, and that the US Department of Labor requires that selection of delegates attending conference in the US must comply with US law even if the delegates are from Canada. As such our Delegate Election from March is void.

Since there is limited time before the International Convention General President McCourt has waived the timelines in our Constitution and Bylaws, so that notice could be sent out and Nominations and Election could be held at the June 2017 General Membership Meeting. This will allow Local 110 to be fully represented at the 2017 International Convention and be in full compliance with Department of Labor requirements.

I hope this clears up any confusion caused by the change of process.

Thank you

Local 110 is sad to announce the passing of Brother Ronald Dirk

Local 110 is sad to announce that member, Ronald Dirk passed away on Sunday March 5, 2017. Brother Ronald has been a member of Local 110 since December 2012.

A private interment will be held on Thursday March 9, 2017, and there will be a Come & Go Celebration of Life at 3:00 pm at the Assiniboia Inn 680-3 Street SE, Medicine Hat.

Local 110 Officers, Staff and Members extend their deepest condolences to all of Brother Ronald's Family & Friends.

Residential Construction Builder Licensing

Good day Brothers and Sisters

Here is a survey that is being circulated by the Alberta Government regarding residential construction. For the most part this doesn’t affect our members. However with the movement to multi home buildings and the changes to the Canadian building code our commercial sector is gaining more work in this industry.

This is an opportunity for our members to send a message about proper licensing for builders in Alberta and also speak to the need for certified trade’s people to be used in building both single and multi-family homes in Alberta. If proper rules are put in place for builders it is more likely proper tradespeople will be used making this industry safer and could result in work for members of Local 110.

I ask that you take the time to fill out this survey at the link below and focus as much as possible on safety and certification.

Thank you, in solidarity

Kevin Lecht

https://www.alberta.ca/builder-licensing-engagement.aspx

Potential Members for the March 11, 2017 General Membership Meeting

Name

Status

Recommendation

Meeting

Cabello, Henry Jose

2nd year

Reject

R

Cole, Edward

1st year

Accept

A

Collier, William

1st year

Accept

A

Jarik, Kenadid

1st year

Reject

R

MacGillivray, Bradley

1st year

Accept

A

Manalo, Wilson

1st year

Accept

A

Pancewicz, Matthewz

1st year

Accept

A

 

 

 

 

Smith, Derek

Certified Alberta Journeyman

Accept

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

1. Any member who applies to join Local 110, if they are accepted, will pay an initiation fee in the amount of one hundred dollars ($100.00),plus membership card fee, excepting that:

Those members who lapse out of the union from October 23, 2004 and after, will pay an additional amount of money which equals the amount owed for union dues and fines at the time of lapsing, plus a $200.00 reinstatement fee, to reinstate their membership. This amount must be paid in full not more than 30 calendar days from the date of the vote of acceptance by the general membership. The insulator who fails to pay the full amount owing within this time will not be reinstated as a member and will have to reapply for membership.

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.

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.

4. New member orientation will be held in Edmonton and Calgary once every month and in Red Deer and Fort McMurry once every two months.

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 the New Member Orientation.

 

Mechanical Insulator Wages in Alberta

Open Letter to All Mechanical Insulators in Alberta

As we all know the face of our industry in Alberta has changed and will continue to change. The mega projects that have allowed for wage increases over the last 15 years have died down and we are moving toward a more Maintenance and Small Projects based industry. This is still a significant amount of work for Mechanical Insulators.

Over the last few months there has been a scary trend of middle class trades people taking roll backs in wages, benefits and working conditions. For some trades this could be necessary because of over inflated wage packages, a glutton of certified trades people or a global change where their skill set is no longer in the same demand as before.

These are not the problems of the Mechanical Insulator. Our wage package both Union and Non-Union have increased over the last 15 years, but not significantly when compared to the cost of living or in comparison with other Mechanical Insulators across Canada. As we all know there are not a lot of Mechanical Insulators in Alberta or even throughout North America and even fewer certified Mechanical Insulators. This is why we work with the same people job to job and contractor to contractor.

Lastly, our global work outlook – In 2016 a major US newspaper published the fifteen top industries for growth in the next ten years; Mechanical Insulator was number three. When we look at the changes coming with the Canadian Building Code, the requirements for insulation thickness have in most cases doubled from previous code. Additionally, industry has shifted from the “production at any cost mentality” to a savings approach that looks at issues like replacement costs for mechanical systems due to corrosion under insulation, and the changes to Green House Gas emission taxes and levies.  We are now seeing the business case for the correct mechanical insulation installed by skilled and trained Mechanical Insulators.

So what does this all mean? We are faced with three to five years of slow economic times. However, there will still be work. We as an industry, both Union and Non-Union, need to do what is right for our industry and not get dragged into a race to the bottom. Slashing wages will not create more work, it will only create smaller pay cheques. I ask that every Mechanical Insulator that lives in Alberta, or makes their living from this province, to take pride in your work and demand the wages, benefits and working conditions we deserve as professional Mechanical Insulators.

This won’t be easy, but we are all in this together, Non-Union and Union alike, we have to support our industry and move it forward as a career not just for ourselves, but for generations to come. Remember we are not just applying insulation; we are the only trade that pays for itself through reducing energy loss, reducing GHG’s and reducing maintenance costs through increased life expectancy of mechanical systems.

Our industry united will be able to fight through these difficult economic times and come out stronger on the other side.

In solidarity

Kevin Lecht

Business Manager Heat and Frost Insulators Local 110

Alberta Canada 

SALTING (Working Non-Union)

Good day Brothers and Sisters 

Over the last few years Local 110 has had members working for non-union companies as Salts. The objective of these members was to find educated, trained, certified mechanical insulators working for the non-union sector and convince these people to become members of Local 110. The reason for these activities was to help man the overwhelming amount of work that our signatory contractors had secured and grow our membership.

Early in 2016 it was obvious that the world of Oil was changing and that it was going to have a major impact on the work situation for the members of Local 110. With this change our objectives for Salting changed as well; Local 110 moved our focus from pulling people to the union side and started to focus on convincing companies to become unionized contractors.

With the change in the economy Local 110 is now looking to expand it's Salting efforts. To this end the Local 110 Client Contractor Liaison Brandon Hammond is available to meet with any members who are interested in working non-union as a Salt for Local 110. Brandon can be reached by phone at the Edmonton Union Hall (780) 426 2874. Members will be required to sign a Salting agreement and abide by the rules set out in the agreement.

This will not be an open pass to work non-union.  Members found working non-union without a signed Salting Agreement will be charged as per the International Constitution and Bylaws as well as the Local 110 Bylaws. Also there will be some contractors or projects that the Local will not sign a Salting Agreement for, such as NWR for Thomas. This project is majority Union insulation contractors and if this one non-union contractor cannot man the work with quality mechanical insulators the work scope will be move to one of our signatory contractors and result in more of our members working.

Salting is not an easy job, but it helps us control our market by not allowing non-union companies to build an alternative workforce. If our members can man these projects the end goal is to turn these companies into good signatory contractors for Local 110 and reduce the non-union workforce.

If any members have questions please contact Brandon at the Edmonton Union Office.

 

 

Local 110 is sad to announce the passing of Brother Delmar Hicks

Local 110 is sad to announce that member, Delmar Hicks passed away on February 21, 2017. Brother Delmar had been a long time Member of Local 110 since March 1977.

In memory of Brother Delmar, donations can be made to your local Alzheimer Society.

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


Local 110 is sad to announce the passing of Brother Timothy McIntrye

Local 110 is sad to announce that member, Timothy McIntyre passed away on February 21, 2017. Brother Timothy had been a long time Member of Local 110 since May 1971.

Family will update us with funeral arrangements once they are known.

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

Potential Members for the February 11, 2017 General Membership Meeting

 Name

 Status

 Recommendation 

 Meeting 

BLACKBURN, Gary

1st year

Reject  

        R

CAMPBELL, Jessica

1st year

Accept

        A

CANNON, Kelsi

1st year

Accept

        A

CHAMPAGNE, Keith

1st year

Reject

         A

GABLE, Kelsey

1st year

Accept

         A

HEIGHTON, David

3rd  year

Accept

        A

HODDINOT, Darcy

1st year

Reject

        R

KELLER, Gary

1st year

Accept

        A

KETCHUM, Philip

2nd year

Accept

        A

KEY, Andy

1st year

Reject

        R

LAZOWSKI, Tracey

1st year

Accept

         A

MADAR, Hamza

2nd year

Reject

         R

SPIELMANN, Alex

1st year

Reject

         R

STAVER, Josh

1st year

Accept

         A   

       

DEVIN, Ryan

JM

Reject

         R

 

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

1. Any member who applies to join Local 110, if they are accepted, will pay an initiation fee in the amount of one hundred dollars ($100.00),plus membership card fee, excepting that:

Those members who lapse out of the union from October 23, 2004 and after, will pay an additional amount of money which equals the amount owed for union dues and fines at the time of lapsing, plus a $200.00 reinstatement fee, to reinstate their membership. This amount must be paid in full not more than 30 calendar days from the date of the vote of acceptance by the general membership. The insulator who fails to pay the full amount owing within this time will not be reinstated as a member and will have to reapply for membership.

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.

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.

4. New member orientation will be held in Edmonton and Calgary once every month and in Red Deer and Fort McMurry once every two months.

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 the New Member Orientation.