Updated Review of Overall Costs of Asbestos Cancers in Canada

Study update: New cases of mesothelioma and asbestos-related lung cancer from one year cost $2.35B

IWH’s new estimate of economic burden higher than earlier figure

One year’s newly diagnosed cases of mesothelioma and lung cancer due to work-related asbestos exposures cost Canadians $2.35 billion—up from an earlier estimate of $1.9 billion.

This is according to a study led by Institute for Work & Health (IWH) Senior Scientist Dr. Emile Tompa, a health economist who assessed the costs to Canadian society of cases newly diagnosed in 2011.

The study is the first to estimate the costs to society of illnesses associated with work-related asbestos exposures, including secondhand or “para-occupational” exposures (e.g. a family member’s exposure to fibres brought home on work clothing).

The study, conducted with funding from the Canadian Cancer Society, was published July 2017 as an open access article in the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (doi:10.1136/oemed-2016-104173).

Earlier reports and presentations about this study put the economic burden estimate at $1.9 billion. The new estimate is higher because it includes the value of activities in the home (known as “home production”). This addition to the estimate was requested by the article’s peer reviewers.

2,331 new cases in 2011

Tompa and his team looked at the estimated total lifetime costs of 427 cases of mesothelioma newly diagnosed in 2011, as well as 1,904 cases of lung cancer newly diagnosed in the same year, for a total of 2,331 new cases in 2011. These were all cases attributed to occupational and para-occupational exposures to asbestos.

They considered costs in three areas: direct costs (e.g. health-care and family/community caregiver time), indirect costs (e.g. productivity losses associated with work in the paid labour market and unpaid work in home production) and quality-of-life costs (e.g. pain, suffering and loss of enjoyment of life).

Updated estimates are displayed in the tables below. Table 1 shows the economic burden of mesothelioma due to occupational and para-occupational (i.e. secondhand) exposures to asbestos. Table 2 shows the economic burden of lung cancer due to occupational (not para-occupational) exposures to asbestos.

The cases were diagnosed in 2011. All figures are in 2011 Canadian dollars.

Table 1: Economic burden of mesothelioma
Based on 427 cases in 2011 All cases Per case
Total health-care costs $23,212,416 $54,393
  Health-care sector treatment costs $17,130,994 $40,143
  Out-of-pocket costs $6,081,422 $14,251
Total productivity and output costs $117,884,178 $276,143
  Wage and salary costs $26,501,873 $62,102
  Fringe benefit costs* $3,710,262 $8,694
  Home production costs** $87,632,043 $205,347
Total friction costs*** $2,360,170 $5,531
Total informal care-giving costs $5,790,544 $13,569
Total insurance administration costs $36,886,993 $86,437
  Health-care administration costs $2,574,720 $6,033
  Workers’ compensation administration costs* $34,312,273 $80,404
Total health-related quality of life costs $296,303,160 $694,325
Overall total costs $482,397,461 $1,130,398

 

 

 

Table 2: Economic burden of asbestos-related lung cancer

Based on 1,904 cases in 2011 All cases Per case
Total health-care costs $81,831,543 $42,974
  Health-care sector treatment costs $46,154,063 $24,238
  Out-of-pocket costs $35,677,480 $18,736
Total productivity and output costs $498,309,077 $261,690
  Wage and salary costs $126,275,066 $66,314
  Fringe benefit costs* $15,507,464 $8,144
  Home production costs** $356,562,546 $187,232
Total friction costs*** $10,542,816 $5,537
Total informal care-giving costs $32,857,086 $17,255
Total insurance administration costs $21,201,183 $11,134
  Health-care administration costs $7,627,244 $4,005
  Workers’ compensation administration costs $13,573,939 $7,128
Total health-related quality of life costs $1,224,370,103 $642,986
Overall total costs $1,869,111,809 $981,576

*Fringe benefits in paid work were estimated at 14 per cent of wages. Fringe benefits include items such as dental care, extended health care, disability and employment insurance and retirement benefits.

** Home production pertains to the value of an individual’s contribution to the upkeep of his or her home.

***Friction costs refer to employers’ short-term cost of production disturbances associated with employee turnover. This may include costs such as search expenses, management time for interviews, and reduced productivity of the new hire during the training period.

Source:  At Work, Issue 90, Fall 2017: Institute for Work & Health, Toronto

Organizing Campaign. We Need Your Help!

Good day Brothers and Sisters

Local 110 is looking to start an aggressive top down organizing campaign in the Edmonton area.

This is a time sensitive situation and as such I ask that anyone interested in helping at this starting phase to contact me directly at the Edmonton union hall today or Brandon Hammond on Monday.

To start this will require limited time and effort from our members so it could be completed by members who are working.

In Solidarity

Kevin Lecht

Scotford Maintenance

Good day Brothers and Sisters

As most of you know there have been a number of rumors regarding the insulation maintenance contract at Scotford changing from a Union contractor to a CLAC contractor. As of today the contractor and the client have not provided a definitive answer regarding the future of the maintenance contract.

Over the last two weeks a number of our members have been laid off from the Scotford site from Safway Services who took over all mechanical insulation scope on site just a few months ago. Some of these members have been working on this site for a number of years. The members that are left on site have been informed that more layoffs are possible over the next few weeks. More alarming than these layoffs is that a number of our members who have been laid off and some that are still on the project have been approached by Brand Energy, the CLAC arm of Aluma Systems and Safway Services, and offered jobs back at the Scotford site.

These job offers are a clear indication that the Scotford site will not be utilizing our members for maintenance on their project. However this also shows that Brand is currently unable to man this project in anyway without the help of the members of Local 110. Our job is to keep it this way. To that end I ask that every member that is offered a position with Brand to refuse it, and every member that hears of a member that has been offered a position talk to them about how taking this position would help undermine the wages and working conditions of all Mechanical Insulators in Alberta. Currently Local 110 has an abundance of work and our Locals across Canada will be looking for travelers in the near future, so there is no reason that a Union member should be working for a CLAC contractor.

This is a true slap in the face of our Union as we have built and maintained this project for decades. Our Local will not accept members of our Local or our sister Locals adding to this insult by manning this project. As such accept this post as official notice that Local 110 has listed Brand at the Scotford site as a hot job. If any member is found to be working on this project connected to Mechanical Insulation both in or out of scope will be charged and if found guilty will be fined $15000.

Our members need to remember our history Shell Scotford started our Non-Union issues in 1984. They were the first client to lock out our members. If our members hold strong and stand together we will be able to get through these cuts to our industries wages and working conditions.

In solidarity

Kevin Lecht

Local 110 2017 Election

Good day Brothers and Sisters

Our Local 110 Election Committee Chaired by Johannus (Joe) Visser has completed the eligibility review of the members nominated for positions in the 2017 Election and have approved the official Local 110 Election Ballot. The Ballots will be mailed out to all Journeyman members eligible to vote Wednesday November 8, 2017 and have to be returned to the Auditor no later than December 15, 2017 at 16:00.

President

Patrick (Pat) Sullivan – Acclamation

 

Vice President

Daniel (Dan) Annett – Acclamation

 

Trustee

Michael (Mike) Corcoran – Acclamation

Ronald (Ron) Milich – Acclamation

William (Bill) Spring – Acclamation

 

Business Manager

Kevin Lecht

Wade Logan

 

Business Agent South

Robert (Bob) Minnis

Derek Stock

Patrick (Pat) Tilley

 

Business Agent Central

Ronald (Jim) Adams

Stacy Edmondson

Douglas (Doug) Johnson

 

Business Agent North

Douglas (Doug) Casemore

Leonard Chomistek

Brandon Hammond

 

Executive Board

Laura Adams

James (Jim) Bitschy

Paul Blinzer

Gary Buhay

Ralph Bunker

Casey Clements

Michael (Mike) Corcoran

Alan (Al) Davidson

Jason (Jay) Doucet

Justin Dow

Michael (Mike) Gagnon

Neil Holatko

Janice Matlock

Jarred Nagle

Phil Poirier

Mitch Thompson

 

Sergeant at Arms

Kyle Matuk – Acclamation

 

Recording Secretary

Janice Matlock

Sheryl Tompkins

 

BTA/CLRA Problem Solving Committee

Good day Brothers and Sisters

Local 110 has received another list of “Competitiveness Measures” from the joint Building Trades of Alberta and Construction Labour Relations Alberta BTA/CLRA problem solving committee.

Again this is a long list of roll backs in wages and working conditions. As I have previously I have informed the other Business Managers and the Executive Director of the Building Trades that Local 110 will not be rolling back our wages or our working conditions. The demands for roll backs in the form of one sided Project Labour Agreements (PLAs) are showing up daily.

I am proud to tell the membership and our industry that Local 110 have not agreed to any wage roll backs. However I am sad to report that a number of other trades in the Building Trades have not taken the same stand. Currently some of the larger trades started with a ten percent rollback of the total package. These cuts were hidden as much as possible by cutting into pension, benefits and trust fund contributions. Now some of the trades are looking at taking an additional four dollars per hour off of the base rate. This would bring the cuts to most trades between nine and ten dollars per hour. In my opinion this is a great devalue of the skilled trade industry.

A number of months ago the GPMC/NMC made some significant cuts to the compensation package for members of all trades working in the maintenance sector. Shortly thereafter a few of our contractors came to our Local requesting additional cuts to our maintenance package to bid for work with one client. Our Local made the choice to not accept these enabling requests. As we knew it would the contract was awarded to one of our contractors non-union arms. The base rate for insulators on this project is thirty three dollars per hour for ticketed journeyman. This contractor has not been able to fill this project due to the low rate and Local 110 has been and continues to be successful pulling people off of this project to help man union projects. Recently this client has contacted me regarding the issues of manning the work on the site. I have now been asked to meet with the client procurement team regarding next steps.

With the continuing attack on trades people in Alberta and the limited number of projects that are on the books for the next four to five years the future is uncertain, but with focus on moving forward and manning projects our Local will be stronger when the economy up swings again.

I will present the full list of “Competitiveness Measures” as it has been provided at our General Membership meeting November 4, 2017.

In solidarity

Kevin Lecht

Celebration of Life for Brother David A. Campbell

David Allan Campbell (aka Dave, DAC) passed away unexpectedly of a heart attack on March 26, 2017, just shy of his 56th birthday.  Dave passed away peacefully and in his sleep.  Proud member of the 110 since December, 1989, the family knows the importance of his union brothers and sisters to him, along with his colleagues, peers and friends.  We would be honoured by your attendance at a celebration of his life on Friday November 3, 2017 at the Polish Hall, 10960 104 Street NW in Edmonton, from 4-7 pm.  There will be food served, along with an open bar.  The Celebration will have a slide show and an open mike, and those in attendance are encouraged to share a story or memory.  There will be a separate celebration in Banff on Saturday November 4.  For details on the Banff celebration, please contact Don Campbell @ dc.law@shaw.ca .  We look forward to meeting everyone on the 3rd.

Potential Members for the November 4, 2017 General Membership Meeting

Name Status Tentative Final Vote
ALEMU, Amanuel 1st Year Accepted      A
BRAUMBERGER, Rayanne 1st Year Accepted      A
GAUTREAU, Jessica 1st Year Accepted      R
HRYNKOW, Mariusz 1st Year Accepted      A
LETTA, Abel 1st Year Accepted      A
VARGAS, Carlos 1st  Year Accepted      A
ST. MARIE, Sierra 1st Year Accepted      A
YAGER, Brady 1st Year Accepted      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.

  1. 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.
  1. 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.
  2. New member orientation will be held in Edmonton and Calgary once every month and in Red Deer and Fort McMurry once every two months.
  3. 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.

Local 110 Staff Training

Good day Brothers and Sisters

It has come to my attention that one of our members has some concerns regarding the training provided to the staff here at Local 110.

During the last election, as part of my campaign letter, I said that I would work to have Local 110 staff trained and educated, so they can provide the most professional and highest quality service to our Membership. Building upon the staff contracts of 2013, where the Business Manager at the time added into the contracts that “any education or improvement course(s) that the staff member wished to take related to the business of the Union, the Union could choose to pay for all or part of the cost of the course and any terms that may apply” I added “Training” during the creation of the first ever budget for Local 110. This budget was approved by the Membership at the General Membership Meeting of February 6, 2016.

Since that time, the majority of the staff have made the effort to attend such training. It is an ongoing process that is open to all staff members. They are encouraged to approach either myself or the Office Manager, Cecilia, regarding any training they may feel would improve their skillset within their position and I feel that there have been great strides made to the quality of service provided to our members. The courses some of the staff have attended include – Assertiveness: Business Language That Works, Dealing with Difficult People, Leadership & Professionalism, Minute Taking, Organizational Behaviour, Human Resources Metrics, Human Resources Foundations and Labour and Employee Relations.

Any courses attended outside of regular working hours are not compensated with any sort of wage top up., these courses are attended on the staff’s own personal time. Costs for these courses have remained below budget and

I applaud their efforts in taking the time and working towards becoming stronger staff members of Local 110.

If anyone has any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me at the Edmonton Union Hall.

In Solidarity,

 

Kevin Lecht

 

Potential Members for the October 14, 2017 General Membership Meeting

Name Status Tentative Final Vote
BOURQUE, Nicole 1st Year Accept      A
EVERITT, Dwight 1st Year Accept      A
KNOLLER, Charlene 1st Year Accept      A
KROESTSCH, Nicole 1st Year Accept      A
MCCARTNEY, Robert 2nd Year Accept      A
ONEKEO, Phouphet 1st Year Accept      A
RIETZE, Spencer P Accept      A
 GIENGER, Robert  JM Accept       A
LABINE, Leslie JM Accept       R
SICHKARYK, Malcolm JM Accept       A
THOMAS, Christopher JM Accept       A
WICHMAN, Stevin JM 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.

  1. 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.
  1. 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.
  2. New member orientation will be held in Edmonton and Calgary once every month and in Red Deer and Fort McMurry once every two months.
  3. 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.

A Celebration of Life for Brother David A. Campbell

David Allan Campbell (aka Dave, DAC) passed away unexpectedly of a heart attack on March 26, 2017, just shy of his 56th birthday.  Dave passed away peacefully and in his sleep.  Proud member of the 110 since December, 1989, the family knows the importance of his union brothers and sisters to him, along with his colleagues, peers and friends.  We would be honoured by your attendance at a celebration of his life on Friday November 3, 2017 at the Polish Hall, 10960 104 Street NW in Edmonton, from 4-7 pm.  There will be food served, along with an open bar.  The Celebration will have a slide show and an open mike, and those in attendance are encouraged to share a story or memory.  There will be a separate celebration in Banff on Saturday November 4.  For details on the Banff celebration, please contact Don Campbell @ dc.law@shaw.ca .  We look forward to meeting everyone on the 3rd.