2015 Presidents, Business Managers and Business Agents Meeting

This year’s Presidents, Business Managers and Business Agents Meeting, was held in Baltimore Maryland.

All of the speakers were excellent and informative, with clearly a large amount of Canadian content added to the program. With the expansion of the ISAVE program from the USA into Canada, a number of Canadian locals are having success with expansion of their commercial markets and government relations. The LMCT has now launched a Canadian web site to help show case mechanical insulation in Canada. www.insulatorscanada.ca

There was an informative presentation from the Department of Labor, reviewing with the officers the requirements and process for proper documentation and disclosure of all union financials. Including all plans and the members who were paid out from the plans, wages for staff and officers, expenses, rental costs, maintenance costs, political action funds, and consumables just to name a few. This was a clear look at what Bill 377 is bringing to our Canadian Locals and unfortunately for a local the size of Local 110 a full time accountant is required on staff to insure compliance. With the way the information is presented on the Department of Labor website this information is not being compiled to show any extra transparency to union members, this is an information page for anti-union organizations to know where unions are the weakest and focus their attacks.

Held on the first night of this meeting was the Florence Bernard/Alta Miller Scholarship awards dinner. This year Local 110 did not have any of our applicants win scholarships. So we need our members to flood the international with applications for these scholarships so that Local 110 can have a better showing next year.

Lastly at this meeting General President James Grogan stepped down taking his retirement. The General Executive board made up of all the International Vice Presidents voted to have James "Buddy" McCourt step in to the role of General President and to have Greg Revard take over for Mr. McCourt as General Financial Secretary. Mr. Revard was previously the International Vice President for the Central States Conference. We all wish Mr. McCourt and Mr. Revard the best in their new positions and thank Mr. Grogan for his years of service to our International and all he was able to accomplish for the betterment of the North American Labour Movement.

Golf Tournament

On July 18 Local 110 held the annual Golf Tournament at Legends Golf course. Our event was well attended with 95 golfers and 112 people attending the dinner. A good time was had by all and most people walked away with a prize.

A big thank you to all the staff for their work on this event dealing with all the organizing set up and tear down. As well thank you to Northern Agent Doug Casemore for spearheading the event and Edmonton Agent Doug Johnson for running his “Doug Dog Hot Dog Stand”. An extra thank you has to be given to Administrative Executive Shannon Tilley who made sure everything was delivered and ready on time, as well as putting in a number of volunteer hours after work to make sure this event would be a success.

The top team of the day:

Ben Puff

Darrell Chichak

Andrew Rmkhelawan

Greg Budd

Longest Drive:

Women- Crystal Wakaruk

Men- Wade Logan

Longest Putt:

Women- Cecilia Wakaruk

Men- Darryl Clouston (Doc)

Closest to the Pin:

Women- Crystal Wakaruk

Men- Aaron Gregson

50/50: Wade Logan

Unfortunately there was one incident on the day. On the way to golf in our tournament journeyman member of IBEW Local 424 Jennifer Horne was involved in a single vehicle accident just North of Fort Saskatchewan. She has sustained a number of major injuries and is still being held in the intensive care unit at the UofA Hospital. Our thoughts are with her at this time and hope for a speedy recovery.

New Contractors

Good day Brothers and Sisters

Over the last few months Local 110 has had an influx of new companies signing voluntary recognitions with the union, giving our members new opportunities throughout the province in both the construction and maintenance sectors of our industry.

  • Dawco Construction Enterprises Ltd- currently working maintenance at the CNRL site.
  • RAM (Rope Access Maintenance)- Currently working maintenance at the Shell Scotford site.
  • Norcan Electric Inc.- currently working maintenance at Suncor Base plant.
  • CBS Construction Ltd.- currently working new construction at the Syncrude mine site.
  • Summit Insulation Ltd.- currently working new construction at the Air Liquide site in Fort Saskatchewan.

Bringing new contractors into the union is never an easy task and as a local we must recognize all the effort that the officers, agents and our client and contractors liaison had to put forward to make this happen. However the reason that Local 110 continues to bring in new contractors is the work ethic, skill and integrity of our membership making our Local a valued partner in Alberta industry.

Local 110 is sad to announce the passing of Brother Adam Bartosinski

Local 110 notified that Brother Adam Bartosinski passed away Saturday August 1, 2015.

A memorial service for Adam will be held Friday August 7, 2015 at 10:00 am, taking place at Our Lady Queen of Poland, 9906 – 83 Avenue Edmonton, AB.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation.

All of us at Local 110 offer our deep condolences and prayers to Brother Adam's family and friends.

Local 110 is sad to announce the passing of Brother Cody Michalichyn

Local 110 was notified that Brother Cody Michalichyn passed away Thursday July 23, 2015.

For those wishing to pay their last respects, a public visitation will be held on Tuesday July 28, 2015 from 7:00 – 9:00pm at Serenity Funeral Service, 10129 Princess Elizabeth Avenue, Edmonton AB.

A celebration of Cody's life will be held on Friday July 31, 2015 at The Palace, 3223 Parsons Road, Edmonton AB at 2:00pm.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made directly to the Edmonton Humane Society in honour of Cody's love of dogs.

All of us at Local 110 offer deep condolences and prayers to Brother Cody's family and friends.

 

Canadian Conference St. Johns Newfoundland

This year was the 49th Canadian Conference and was held in St. Johns Newfoundland. Local 137 did an excellent job of hosting the conference and making all the delegates feel welcome.

Local 110 sat a total of six delegates at this conference, Ronald James (Jim) Adams, Ralph Bunker, Derek Stock, Patrick Sullivan, Patrick Tilley, and myself. I would like to thank all that attended for representing Local 110 and for their professionalism in doing so.

 

At this conference it was reported that the work outlook is good in almost all of the Canadian Locals. They should be holding at almost full employment and some may have the opportunity of requiring travel card members to help fill their manpower requirements. This is excellent news for all Locals in Canada, however this will slow the ability for Local 110 to obtain travel card members and fill the manpower requests here in Alberta. As such our Local will have to look outside the box and find a made in Alberta solution to filling the manpower needs of our contractors.

 

Also at this Conference there was the election of officers for the Canadian Conference and I am proud to say that I am the new President of the Canadian Conference. I take over from Louis Duguay Business Manger Local 131 who has held the position for over a decade. I hope that I will be able to make a similar contribution.

Women in Trades Round Table

David Yurdiga (Member of Parliament Fort McMurray – Athabasca) invites you to a round table with Minister Kellie Leitch.

Honourable Kellie Leitch Miniater of Labour & Status of Women

July 9, 2015

Golden Years Society

10111 Main Street

12:20 pm – 2:00 pm

* Refreshments will be served

Join us for conversation with Women in Trades

As our governement is committed to connecting Canadians with available jobs, we have set provisions in the Economic Action Plan 2013 outlined the Governement's three-point plan to address challenges in connecting Canadians with available jobs by equipping them with the skills and training they need to obtain high quality, well-paying jobs through the: Canada Job Grant; Creating Opportunities for Apprentices; and Supporting Job Opportunities for all Canadians.

Take this opportunity to share your experiences as a woman who is currently in the trades and inspire those who could be interested in starting their careers in trades.

Please RSVP to David.Yurdiga@parl.gc.ca

by Wednesday, July 8, 2015

 

Online Orientation

With changing technology all contractors and clients are trying to find ways to have more onsite productive time. One way they are starting to attempt this is moving away from traditional classroom orientation to online site orientation.

Some of our contractors have been requesting our members to complete online orientation for some sites before the member is able to report to the site. As a Local we understand that this is a client site requirement. However this does not remove the company obligation to pay the members for their time spent doing the online orientation.

Most of the online orientations that I was required to complete have been less than two hours to complete and the company has added the two hours onto the members first pay check. However I have been informed that some of our members have recently been told that they will not be paid for the time taken to complete orientation. If you have been required to complete an online orientation and were not paid or have been recently dispatched and informed that you will not be paid for online orientation please contact the Business Agent for the area and provide a written statement regarding the situation.