Double Time

Good day Brothers and Sisters

Currently Local 110 has open work for over one hundred Journeyman Mechanical Insulators. Most of these calls are for work in Northern Alberta under the National Maintenance or General Presidents Maintenance Agreements. These contractors have exhausted the local workforce to the point that the clients have started providing flights and transportation across Canada to try and attract Mechanical Insulators, unfortunately this also has not had the desired effect.

Over the last few months a number of non-union companies have been contacting Local 110 looking to secure Mechanical Insulators to man their projects across Alberta. Most agree that the pool of Mechanical Insulators has drastically diminished over the last year. In the past when they would advertise insulator positions it was common to have between two to three hundred applicants with varying degrees of experience. Now the same advertisements are yielding only forty to fifty applicants and in most cases, these applicants possess limited experience in our field. This demonstrates that the problem is not a Union or non-union issue, but rather it is an industry wide issue. Therefore, as an industry, we will need to find a long term solution.

Since early August I have been meeting with contractors and clients, trying to find a short term solution to the sudden need for Mechanical Insulators in Northern Alberta. With all the possible programs and incentives that could be put into place the only solution that I have found would be to reinstate Double Time overtime for Mechanical Insulators working on these projects.

When Double Time was removed from the National Maintenance and General Presidents Maintenance Agreements it was with limited work on the horizon and a large unemployed group of mechanical trades such as Pipefitters and Electricians. As these trades decreased in man hours worked, our man hours have increased and are continuing to increase. As we all know, this trend will not continue; however in the short term, to bring the required number of Mechanical Insulators to Northern Alberta, the cross-trade terms of these agreements need to be put aside and trades such as ours that are being squeezed for manpower need to be provided with compensation equal to, if not above, what is outlined in the Provincial Construction Collective Agreements.

In solidarity

Kevin Lecht

Local 110 is sad to announce that Member Otto Skarohlid passed away

Local 110 is sad to announce that Member Otto Skarohlid passed away on Thursday September 14,2017. He was a  member of the International since February 1985. He last worked with Tracer Suncor Baseplant until  June 2017.

Funeral is to be held overseas. Donations can be made to your charity of choice.

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

 

Kevin Lecht

Business Manager

Payroll Burden

Good day Brothers and Sisters

At the last General Membership Meeting I was asked about the history and the reason for the pension payroll burden that is retained by the contractor when the pension contributions are added to the members pay cheques.

Originally, when a member was drawing their pension through Local 110 and returned to work, the pension contributions were remitted to the plan as normal, as per the Provincial Collective Agreement. However, due to Canadian pension law, the member received no gain to their monthly pension because you are not allowed to both contribute to a plan and draw a pension at the same time. As a result, the money served no benefit to the members who were working for the contributions. Currently, this is still the practice of most trade union pension plans in Alberta and across Canada.

In the mid 2000’s Local 110 was successful in bargaining into the Provincial Collective Agreement the ability for a member who was drawing a Local 110 pension, to have the contributions added to the hourly pay. At this time the pension contribution was five dollars per hour worked that was directly added to the member’s base rate of pay before taxes and benefits were paid. Shortly after the ratification of the Agreement it was brought forward to the Union and the Contractors by one of our Industrial Clients, that due to the five dollar per hour being moved from a nontaxable benefit, such as a pension plan to a taxed benefit such as wages, the company was paying a total of six dollars instead of the negotiated five dollars in pension contributions. The reason for this increase is due to the added cost of WCB coverage, Employment Insurance payments, Canada Pension Plan contributions and the ten percent Statutory Holiday and Vacation pay, which are all based on taxable wages for each individual, so with the change to the base rate all these costs to the contractor were also increased.

When this was discovered, the offer was made to reopen the Agreement and rectify this error. However, the contractors refused to reopen the Agreement at that time and took on the additional costs of the “payroll burden” for the duration of the Agreement, even though in most cases the contractors were unable to recoup these additional costs from the Clients.

In the next round of bargaining language was added to the Provincial Collective Agreement to have twenty percent of the listed pension contribution held to cover the additional costs resulting from pension money being added to the base rate for members who are drawing their Local 110 pension. At that time the Agreement was ratified first round and has been ratified in every Agreement up to and including our current Agreement signed in 2015.

Some members have questioned the base wage amount listed for our pension members, the Agreement states that the “payroll burden” is twenty percent of the listed pension contribution. Currently the listed pension contribution is $6.25 per hour, twenty percent of that is $1.25. So $4.55 is added to the base rate and the remaining 45 cents is added to the Statutory Holiday and Vacation pay which gives us the total $5.00 per hour added to the members pay cheque per hour.

I hope that this information clarifies the “payroll burden” issue. In close I would ask that any member who is currently having the pension contributions added to their pay contact Local 110 pension administrator and review the other options that are now available.

In Solidarity

Kevin Lecht

Potential Members for the September 9, 2017 General Membership Meeting

Name

Status

Recommend

Final Vote

AGUILO, Evella        3rd Year             Reject    R
AHMED, Omar        1st Year             Accept    A
GADREAULT, Benjamin       1st Year            Accept    A
KOOPMANS, Nathan      2nd Year           Accept    A
ADAMS, William          JM          Accept    A
ADIE, Ian          JM         Accept    A
BERTRAND, Alan          JM         Accept    A
BOREJKO, Steven          JM         Accept    A
HIEBERT, Nicholas          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.

Local 110 is sad to announce the passing of Brother Aleksandr Grebnev

Local 110 is sad to announce the passing of Aleksandr Grebnev.

Local 110 is sad to announce that member, Brother Aleksandr Grebnev. passed away on Friday, August 25,2017. Brother Aleksandr has been a member of Local 110 since January 2011.

A  funeral service will be held Friday September 1, 2017 at 10:00 am at the St. Barbara Russian Orthodox Cathedral, located at 10105 – 96 Street, Edmonton, AB. There will be a reception after the service.

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

Outstanding Calls

Good day Brothers and Sisters,

We find ourselves with an abundance of outstanding calls that aren’t being filled. It is our Local’s responsibility to be supplying manpower to these calls, we don’t want to lose contracts to the non union.  We will be opening some calls to the Sheetmetal Unions to start supplying manpower to start filling these calls. Anyone interested in these calls are to call Leslie in dispatch for further information.

In solidarity,

Brother Kevin Lecht

Potential Members for the August 12, 2017 General Membership Meeting

Due to the delayed response from Alberta Industry Training (AIT) regarding the status of the Apprentices who made application for August’s Meeting, we were unable to honour the Standing Motion that the applicants names be posted on the Local 110 website one week prior to the General Membership Meeting. As such, this will require that they be laid over for one month to the September General Membership Meeting. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

Local 118 Memo re: Safway Canada

To: All Local Canadian Locals

From: Lee Loftus, Business Manager Local 118

CC: Vince Engel, Western Vice President

Date: August 2, 2017

Re: Safway Canada

 

This is to notify All Canadian Locals that Safway Canada is advertising and hiring for both Journeyperson and Apprentice Insulators to work in the Vancouver Area, most likely Shipyards.

Safway Canada is certified to the BC Regional Council of CARPENTERS as an “all employee” certification.

The work that has been secured, is mechanical insulation on board the Canadian Coast Guard Supply Vessel currently under construction at Seaspan Shipyards.

We call on all Locals to notify our Canadian Members not to support our work being done under a Carpenter’s Agreement. We further ask that all Locals report to Local 118 any contact reported by Safway and the details.

Local 118 has unemployed local tradespersons and local contractors ready, able & willing to do this work, but not as a carpenter. It’s insulation work and that work belongs to our craft.

Should you be aware of any such activities, please contact Local 118.

Local 110 is sad to announce that Member Dallas Beck passed away

Local 110 is sad to announce that Member Dallas Beck passed away Saturday, July 15,2017.  Brother Dallas had been a Member of Local 110 since November 2009.

A Celebration of Life will be held at 10:00 a.m. Friday, July 21, 2017 at Morinville Cultural Centre, 9502 – 100 Avenue, Morinville, AB.

Memorial donations may be made to Athabasca Search and Rescue, 9768 – 170 Street, Suite 142, Edmonton, Alberta T5T 5L4.

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

 

Kevin Lecht

Business Manager

Officers away for Canadian Conference

Good morning Brothers & Sisters,

The annual Canadian Conference is being held in Montreal, Quebec this week. Business Agents Doug Johnson & Pat Tilley and I will be out of the office from July 11, 2017 until July 15, 2017.

Northern Business Agent Doug Casemore will be at the Edmonton Union hall in our absence.

At any time away from the office the Agents and I can be reached by email by the staff at the Local 110 office in Edmonton or Calgary. However, I ask that you remain patient as we may not be able to respond until we are away from the conference floor.

In solidarity,

Brother Kevin Lecht