Local 110 Rope Access Committee

Good day Union Family,

At last nights General Membership Meeting a motion was made, seconded, and past for Local 110 to start a Rope Access Committee.

This Committee will focus on the unique challenges that are faced by Members working in the Rope Access sector of the Mechanical Insulation trade. While at the same time building recommendations on how the Local can grow in this part of the industry and attract additional Members to fill the growing need.

I have appointed Local 110 Vice President and Training Coordinator Dan Annett as Chair of this Committee and meetings will be held over Zoom and in person at the Edmonton Union Hall, on the First Monday bi-monthly starting with July 4, 2022. If you are interested in becoming a member of this committee please email your Name, Membership Number, and Contact information to KimberlyM@insulators110.com .

With robust member involvement I am sure this Committee will succeed and expand into the future. As Rope Access Work expands in most of our sister Locals across Canada, there may even be an opportunity to help develop similar Committees in those Locals and work collectively and collaboratively across the International.

In Solidarity,

Kevin Lecht

Business Manager

 

Good Friday Office Closure

Good day Union Family

Just a quick reminder that this Friday April 15, 2022, is Good Friday and is the holiday as per the Collective Agreement. Offices in both Calgary and Edmonton will be closed, and the Staff and Officers will have the day off.

The Business Agents and I can still be contacted by Email or on our cell phone in the case of emergencies.

In solidarity

Kevin Lecht                                                                          

Business Manager 

2022 Rudy Wiederspiel Golf Tournament

 

Good day Union Family

Local 110 is happy to restart the tradition of the annual Rudy Wiederspiel Golf Tournament.

This year it will be held at the Edmonton Garrison Memorial Golf and Curling Club on Saturday July 9th. Tickets are $110 dollars and will cover the round of golf, cart, and meal. The tickets can be purchased in person or over the phone from the Edmonton Union Hall.

I would like to thank Agent Casemore and our Staff Members because without them this day would not be possible.

In solidarity

Kevin Lecht                                                                        

Business Manager

February 12, 2022 General Membership Meeting

Good day Union Family,

Tomorrow, February 12, 2022 is the Local 110 General Membership Meeting. The meeting will start at 12:00 PM at the Edmonton and Calgary Union Halls.

The Province of Alberta has ended the “Restriction Exemption Program” as such there is no requirement for proof of vaccination or negative COVID 19 test to attend the meeting.

All attending will be required to wear a mask for the duration of the time they are in the Union Hall. You are strongly encouraged to use hand sanitizer and bring your own pen. The area will be sanitized but, there will be no food or drinks provided at the meeting. When the meeting is concluded, you are asked to not congregate in the hallways, entry way, or meeting hall to help facilitate the additional cleaning requirements.

If you have any questions, please contact me at the Edmonton Union office.

In Solidarity,

Kevin Lecht 

Business Manager 

COVID and WCB Coverage

Good day Union Family,

Since the return from the Christmas break, I have had several conversations with Members who believe that they have contracted COVID due to job site exposure. I have explained that there have been cases that have been found to be a compensable injury by WCB, with proper compensation being provided.

The Alberta Government has drastically reduced the number of tests being performed and have been telling Albertans to rely on at home quick tests. Unfortunately, these tests do not provide documentation of the positive test that will be accepted by WCB. Due to this if you believe that you have or may have contracted COVID because of an employment related exposure you must take the time and get a PCR test through Alberta Health Services.

The situation with COVID is constantly changing, and every person who contracts COVID responds differently to the virus. Local 110 has had Members who have tested positive and showed no symptoms at all, some Members have had mild symptoms, but unfortunately there are other Members who are still dealing with ongoing issues from Long COVID, others who have spent time in hospital and some that have passed away from complications of COVID. If you test positive from COVID with a possibility that it was a work-related exposure, complete the WCB paperwork as soon as possible. You do not know how your body will react with COVID and it is much harder to get proper compensation if it is not reported as early as possible.

If you have any questions, please contact me at the Edmonton Union office.

In Solidarity,

Kevin Lecht

Business Manager

Office Closed for the Holidays 2021

Good day Union Family

The Local 110 offices in both Edmonton and Calgary will be closed as of 4:30 PM Thursday December 23, 2021 until 8:00 AM January 04, 2022, for the Christmas break. If there are any emergency calls the phones and website will be updated, with the information on bidding. The Business Agents and I can be reached in emergency by Email or on our cell phones.

Health and Welfare must have all self-payments in before the end of day December 23, 2021 to ensure continued coverage. Also please check to see if your mailing address is correct for the end of the year packages that are being sent out shortly. Every mail out we have several letters returned as undeliverable due to out-of-date mailing addresses.

The Holiday season can be a stressful and difficult time. If you happen to be struggling, please take the time to reach out and ask for help. The CEFAP program is available at 1-800-663-1142, or call Health Link at 811.

In close I wish everyone a relaxing and enjoyable holiday season. Please stay safe and take care of yourself and your loved ones.

Doug Casemore Business Agent North dougc@insulators110.com

Stacy Edmondson Business Agent Central stacye@insulators110.com

Derek Stock Business Agent South dereks@insulators110.com

Kevin Lecht Business Manager kevinl@insulators110.com

In solidarity

Kevin Lecht

Remembrance Day Office Closure

Good day Union Family
Reminder that Thursday this week is November 11th, Remembrance Day. Local 110 Offices in Edmonton and Calgary will be closed.

There are several services being held throughout Alberta. Agent Doug Casemore will be laying a wreath at the Fort McMurray MacDonald Island service. Agent Derek Stock will be laying a wreath in Calgary at the Military Museum 4520 Crowchild Trail SW. In Edmonton a wreath will be laid at the Beverly Cenotaph 4001 118 Ave, due to the limiting of participance in the service the Legion will be laying the Edmonton wreath for the Local.

The Business Agents and I can be reached by Cell Phone or by Email.

Doug Casemore Business Agent North dougc@insulators110.com

Stacy Edmondson Business Agent Central stacye@insulators110.com

Derek Stock Business Agent South dereks@insulators110.com

Kevin Lecht Business Manager kevinl@insulators110.com

In solidarity,

November 20, 2021 General Membership Meeting

Good day Union Family,

With this week being Remembrance Day the General Membership Meeting will be moved to November 20, 2021. The meeting will start at 12:00 PM at the Edmonton and Calgary Union Halls.

Local 110 has been advised that to host this meeting in person we are required to implement the “Restriction Exemption Program”. Currently there is no indoor gatherings permitted with vaccine eligible unvaccinated people. As such for the meeting Members must show one of the following:

  • Proof of vaccination, or
  • Proof of a privately paid negative rapid test taken within 72 hours, or
  • Verifiable documentation of a medical exemption

All attending will be required to wear a mask for the duration of the time they are in the Union Hall. You are strongly encouraged to use hand sanitizer and bring your own pen. The area will be sanitized but, there will be no food or drinks provided at the meeting. When the meeting is concluded you are asked to not congregate in the hallways, entry way, or meeting hall to help facilitate the additional cleaning requirements.

If you have any questions, please contact me at the Edmonton Union office.

In Solidarity,

COVID Rapid Antigen Screening (RAS) Testing

Good day Union Family,

As industry moves through the COVID 19 pandemic, there continues to be dramatic changes to our working lives.

Months ago, Clients brought forward Rapid Antigen Screening (RAS) Programs to help reduce the likelihood of onsite transmission of COVID 19. As vaccination rates increase the focus on RAS Program has moved from the entire workforce, to a strategic testing requirement focused on those workers that are not fully vaccinated. Since, this group is significantly less than the entire workforce Clients have pushed the testing requirements onto the Contractors. Therefore, we are now seeing RAS Program policies being sent out by our Contractors.

Local 110 acknowledges, that Contractors have the right to request declaration of vaccination status and have the right to implement a RAS Program. However, Local 110 does not and will not agree that this program is at the cost of our Members. Every Member directed to take a RAS test at their own cost, complete the test, submit the sales receipt to the Contractor for proper reimbursement, if not reimbursed submit proper payroll queries regarding the reimbursement asking for a written response, and once the Contractor responds provide all this documentation to the Union for a grievance.

Most Contractors are doing this process properly by providing RAS testing at no cost to the Members. Hopefully, the few outliers that are trying to download a $3.75 hourly cost on Members working 40 hours per week, will quickly change their policy without causing significant labour unrest on their projects.

In Solidarity,

National Day for Truth and Reconciliation Office Closure.

Good day Union Family
Reminder that Thursday this week is September 30th, the first National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. Local 110 Offices in Edmonton and Calgary will be closed in recognition of the day.

 

The Business Agents and I can be reached by Cell Phone or by Email.

 

Doug Casemore Business Agent North dougc@insulators110.com

Stacy Edmondson Business Agent Central stacye@insulators110.com

Derek Stock Business Agent South dereks@insulators110.com

Kevin Lecht Business Manager kevinl@insulators110.com

 

In solidarity,

Kevin Lecht                                                                        

Business Manager