February 15, 2023, General Membership Meeting

Good day Union Family,

February 15, 2023 is the Local 110 General Membership Meeting. The meeting will start at 7:30 PM at the Edmonton and Calgary Union Halls, as well as the OE 955 Union Office in Fort McMurray.

Air Products has requested that Local 110 sign onto the Division 8 agreement for their new plant that will be located near Fort Saskatchewan. This agreement will be reviewed and discussed at the meeting.

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

In Solidarity,

Kevin Lecht                                                                              

Business Manager

December 2022 General Membership Meeting

Good day Union Family,

This is the last General Membership Meeting of 2022.

The General Membership Meeting is being held at 7:30 PM on Wednesday December 21, 2022. Members can attend at the Edmonton Union Hall, 9335-47 Street Edmonton, or at the Calgary Union Hall, 6165-6 Street Calgary, or at the OE Hall in Fort McMurray, 258 Gregoire Drive.

With the move to evening meetings, we hope to have more Member participation. Additionally, giving Members that live and work in the Fort McMurray area the ability to fully participate in the General Membership Meeting without having to travel to Edmonton or miss an overtime day will also bolster involvement.

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

In Solidarity,

Kevin Lecht

Business Manager

Office Closed for the Holidays 2022

Good day Union Family

The Local 110 offices in both Edmonton and Calgary will be closed as of 4:30 PM Thursday December 22, 2022 until 8:00 AM January 03, 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 21, 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 Every mail out we have several letters returned as undeliverable due to out-of-date mailing addresses.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 

Business Manager 

Commercial Health and Welfare/Pension

Good day Union Family

In late August Members were notified that the PITT fund would no longer be providing Health and Welfare/Pension RRSP contributions on behalf of the Contractors employing in the Commercial/Institutional Insulation sector. At that time all the Contractors made the choice to not make Health and Welfare contributions on behalf of the members work for them.

After extensive consultation with the Owner of ICON, Local 110 has been able to work out a system for the company to ensure that the members working for them will continue with health and welfare benefits through Local 110. Going forward ICON will be paying the base cost for every member working for them each month without being tied to the hours worked during the month. What does this mean for the member? If there are limited hours worked during the month, that would not normally allow for benefits in the month ICON will still pay the amount on behalf of the member to ensure that the benefits will continue for that month.

Currently, the wage rate in the Commercial sector is to a point that it is difficult to bring people into the sector. As such ICON has agreed to provide a contribution directly to the members base wage to make up for the pension contribution. This is a short-term solution, that will allow the members to have a higher base wage without the RRSP that was being provided by the PITT fund. In the future as the agreements move forward both Local 110 and the Owner of ICON are committed to bringing the commercial workers into the pension plan to ensure a future with a dignified retirement.

As of today, ICON is the only Commercial Contractor that has committed to providing these benefits to the members currently working for them. Every other Commercial Contractor has the ability to follow the process as ICON by contacting Local 110. There are some contractors that are trying to have members move towards a low-cost minimal coverage Blue Cross plan that will most likely not provide the required benefits for most of the members. If your contractor is not providing benefits, you are not getting the proper value for your work and bring your concerns to the company and the Union.

If you have questions, please contacted us at the Local 110 Union Hall.

Thank you

Kevin Lecht 

Business Manager 

New Training Coordinator

Good day Brothers and Sisters

I’d like to introduce you to our newest member of the Local 110 Training team. After an extensive application process Sister Kassy McDowell has accepted our offer to become a Local 110 Training Coordinator.

Kassy has been a member of Local 110 since November 2008. She brings a background in teaching from her years as an instructor at NAIT for the Insulator program.

As Training Coordinator, Kassy will be working with Dan Annett to help make our Training Department as successful as possible. Kassy will be directly involved in these areas:

  • Direct training of members for both trade specific and safety training.
  • Providing study guides and help for apprenticeship training.
  • Developing course curriculum for the Training Department.
  • Researching and evaluating new product opportunities.
  • Journeyman upgrading.
  • Pre trades training.
  • Trade shows and recruiting.
  • Booking of outside training for members.
  • Updating information on the Local 110 training website.
  • Training trust administration and documentation.

I am confident that Kassy will be an asset to the Local and help in our efforts to keep the members of Local 110 the best trained, highest quality and most productive mechanical insulators in our industry.

Thank you

Kevin Lecht

Business Manager

Pension Plan Trustee Election

Good day Union Family,

I would like to congratulate Brother Derek Stock, and Brother Bill Spring on being re-elected to the Asbestos Workers Pension Plan of Alberta. I am sure you both will continue the good governance and sound decision making that has made our Pension Plan successful to this point and into the future.

Both positions will run for a three-year term starting January 1, 2023.

In Solidarity,

Kevin Lecht                                                                          

Business Manager

International Association of Heat and Frost Insulators and Allied Workers, Local 110

Travel Cards November 23, 2022

Good day Union Family

As we all know there has been a sudden and significant amount of work being posted for Local 95 in Ontario, and there have been several Local 110 members that have taken travel cards to help man this work.

For the majority of members that have received travel cards they have been ineligible to work for the contractors or at the sites that are posted on our dispatch board, or they reside outside of Alberta. Unfortunately, there are numerous members that have been quitting jobs in Fort McMurray to be given site or company restrictions so that they could take a travel card. This is a practice that can no longer continue.

The Local must man the work in our jurisdiction first. As such if you quit or are fired Local 110 will not issue a travel card for you until one month after your last day employed.

I fully understand the reasons members are looking to work in other provinces. For the last few weeks, I was part of bargaining for the new GPMA and NMA contracts and although I do not believe they have addressed all the issues there are significant positive changes being made to start in January.

Regards,

Kevin Lecht                                                                        

Business Manager

International Association of Heat and Frost Insulators and Allied Workers, Local 110

Training Coordinator Position

Good day Union Family,

The Training Trust has begun the process of hiring an additional Training Coordinator for Local 110. This position will be open to all Journeymen Members of Local 110. (Please see the full job description below) If you have any questions, please contact BM Kevin Lecht at 780-426-2874. The deadline for applications is 4:00pm Friday August 12th, 2022.  If you are interested in this position, please email your resume to KimberlyM@insulators110.com. Please be advised that only successful candidates will be contacted for interview.

Job Title: Heat and Frost Insulators and Allied Workers Local 110 Training Coordinator

Reports to: Local 110 Business Manager

Summary: The Training Coordinator will be responsible for the ongoing, long-term improvement of members’ skills, the purpose of which is to enable our members to reach their full potential as insulators. They will also be involved in the development of potential members through the Pre-Trades program. Training for both will be provided directly via the Training Coordinator or where necessary, booked through an alternate provider, by the Training Coordinator.

Duties:

Shall include, but are not limited to:

  • Instructing the 8-week Pre-Trades course
  • Instructing the 16-week High School Trades Program
  • Delivering the Job Steward Courses, the Professional Craftsman Code of Conduct (PCCC) and Red Seal preparation courses
  • Keeping Members’ certifications on file in Union Manager
  • Answering Phone calls and inquiries from the front counter
  • Booking training courses with outside providers as need be (i.e., H2S Alive)
  • Assisting members who require extra help with trade Provincial Examinations
  • Working with Apprenticeship and Industry Training to ensure Apprentices advance in a timely manner
  • Attending Trade Shows, Career Fairs and Job Expos to promote Local 110
  • Assist with online training such as CSTS, Online Orientations, Etc.
  • Provide additional training in shop to members as needed

Requirements:

Successful applicants must possess the following:

  • A Journeyman designation from the International Association of Heat and Frost Insulators.
  • Excellent communication skills – both written and verbal.
  • Ability to work both alone and as part of a team.
  • Time management skills.
  • Valid Driver’s license.
  • Valid Passport (or ability to obtain one).
  • Ability to problem solve.
  • Listening skills.
  • Confidence and self-awareness.
  • Research skills.
  • Ability to work under pressure.
  • Computer proficiency (familiarity with Windows OS-Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint would be an asset).
  • Ability to travel.
  • Willingness to work irregular hours.
  • Background in Commercial and Industrial sectors of the Mechanical Insulation trade.
  • Although not required Red Seal Certification an asset but must be willing to obtain Red Seal Certification.

In Solidarity,

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