BUSINESS MANAGER, WADE LOGAN’S CURRENT UPDATE
Sunday, June 2, 1013
Here are the applicants for the June 15th General Membership Meeting, the door prize will be two season tickets to the Edmonton Eskimos hope to see you there.
– John Laud Anderson, 1st year permit, 1705 hours no reported missed time, Tentatively accepted
– Pierre Maguet, 1st year permit, 650 hours no reported missed time, Tentatively accepted
– Sheldon Sather, 1st year permit, 1094 hours no reported missed time, Tentatively accepted
– Brad Carberry, 1st year permit, 1048 hours no reported missed time, Tentatively accepted
– Peter Wiscombe, 1st year permit, 1346 hours no reported missed time, Tentatively accepted
– Sidney Bishop-Adams, 1st year permit, 962 hours no reported missed time, Tentatively accepted
– Jade Schultz, 1st year permit, 1010 hours no reported missed time, Tentatively accepted
– Brian Deschenes, 1st year permit, 261 hours, May's hrs not posted yet no reported missed time, Tentatively accepted
– Troy Whitford, 1st year permit, 2682 hours no reported missed time, Tentatively accepted
– Kingsley Okerri, 1st year permit, 195 hours, May's hrs not posted yet no reported missed time, Tentatively accepted
– Jarrett MacDonald, 2nd year permit, 3140 hours no reported missed time, Tentatively accepted
– David Gutierrez, 3rd year permit, 10,969 hours no reported missed time, Tentatively accepted
– Aaron Johnson, Journeyman permit, 4452 hours no reported missed time, Tentatively accepted
– Rene Genaille, Journeyman permit, 736 hours no reported missed time, Tentativel accepted
– Levi Gavelin, Journeyman permit,Organized by local 110, Tentatively accepted
– Charles Pichette, Journeymen transfer 95, 2375 hours no reported missed time, Tentatively accepted
– Robert Thompson, Journeymen transfer 118, 1801 hours no reported missed time, Tentatively accepted
– Calvin Wiseman, Journeymen transfer 116, 2047 hours no reported missed time, Tentatively accepted
– Gavin Hunter, Journeymen transfer 95, 3389 hours no reported missed time, Tentatively accepted
– Bruce Link, Journeymen transfer 95, 816 hours no reported missed time, Tentatively accepted
– Jason Gale, Journeymen transfer 116, 1177 hours no reported missed time, Tentatively accepted
– Eric Bourdreau, Journeymen transfer 116, 5525.75 hours, Tentatively accepted
– Normand Sequin, Journeymen transfer 58, 7827 hours no reported missed time, Tentatively rejected
– Stephane Comeau, Journeymen transfer 58, 5956 hours no reported missed time, Tentatively accepted
– Alex Wilkie, Journeymen transfer 60, Canadian citizen 7188 hours no reported missed time, Tentatively accepted
– Difu Shi, 1st year permit, Tentatively accepted.
– Vibol Tep, Journeymen transfer 58, four quits since 2010, Tentatively Rejected
– Ken Yuzyk, Journeyman permit, Tentatively Rejected
– Tyler Pincemin, 1st year permit, Tentatively accepted
– John Cardinal, union organized Tentatively accepted
As always the membership will vote to determine who is accepted for membership, if you have any information or feedback on the applicants please call the hall to discuss with myself or one of the Business agents or Trish, thank you.
Friday, May31, 2013
Here is an example of the Federal government selling our resources to an outside country and then letting them dictate who they will hire, if they can do it in B.C. how long before they try this in Alberta. Please circulate this around and send letters and emails to the M.P.s in your area to express your outrage and to demand that Canadian jobs employ Canadians first and foremost.
Controversy over Chinese miners in B.C. prompts flood of angry letters
James Keller, The Canadian Press
Last Updated Friday, May 31, 2013 8:29AM EDT
VANCOUVER — One resident of an unnamed British Columbia community claimed to personally know 40 unemployed miners who would be more than happy to work at a proposed coal mine in the province's northeast that was instead slated to employ temporary Chinese workers.
Another lamented the mine's hiring plan as just the latest example of Canadian resources leaving this country.
And yet another bluntly asked: "Are you trying to lose the next election?"
As a public debate swirled about Chinese-owned HD Mining's plan to use temporary foreign workers at its proposed underground coal mine — prompting multiple government investigations and a lawsuit by a pair of unions — the province was flooded with angry letters from the public.
Four months of those letters, obtained through freedom of information laws, reveal deep anger about the province's public support for the project and little sympathy for politicians and company officials who insisted there was not a single Canadian qualified to work at the mine.
The dozens of emails and typewritten letters sent to the government on the subject between October and January stretch on for more than 70 pages.
All are negative, with many writers telling the government they simply do not believe the assertion there was no way to train and hire workers from the province.
"We as Canadian citizens are appalled that the Canadian and B.C. governments would allow foreign workers into Canada to steal away jobs that Canadians are perfectly willing, qualified and able to perform," said one letter, dated Oct. 22, 2012.
"In casual conversations with friends and neighbours about this issue, I find them pretty fired up … that you would so casually give our jobs away."
HD Mining's plan to use temporary foreign workers from China at its Murray River coal mine, near Tumbler Ridge, B.C., first emerged in media reports in mid-October. Those reports also included allegations the company required workers speak Mandarin, which HD Mining has repeatedly denied.
The company was quick to defend its hiring plan, and the province's jobs minister at the time, Pat Bell, became one of the project's most vocal boosters.
The mine would use a specialized form of mining not currently used in Canada, they said, and Canadians would be trained and hired eventually. Documents presented in a subsequent court case revealed the company's plans wouldn't see Canadian miners hired for at least four years, and all of the temporary foreign workers wouldn't be gone for more than a decade.
Two unions asked the Federal Court to throw out the permits, but the court rejected the unions' case earlier this month.
Among the people who wrote to the provincial government about the controversy, many rejected the claims by the company and the government.
"The mining company claims that there aren't enough trained Canadians to do the work," one person wrote.
"The solution, then, is to train Canadians to do the work. Send them to China for training if we have to. The B.C. government has known about this project for five years. That is more than enough time to train Canadians to fill all the available jobs. So why wasn't that done?"
A number of the letters said the company's timeline for hiring Canadians is simply too long, including this one: "I am writing to tell you that I think this schedule is totally unacceptable."
Some letters asked whether the workers will be safe in a mine owned by a Chinese company, while others warned against allowing foreign companies to control Canadian resources.
Several letter writers insisted they had unemployed friends or family members who should have been given a chance to work at the mine, and at least one suggested he would have been qualified himself.
Others said they had previously supported the governing Liberals, but the party had lost their vote.
One person who wrote the jobs minister in late November offered an obvious assessment of the political problem that was unfolding for the government.
"Even if a good argument can be made, and I'm certain there is a good one, you will not be able to fix the bad optics or get rid of the bad smell," the letter said.
Amid the controversy, the federal government announced a review of the entire temporary foreign-worker program, while the B.C. government said it would investigate claims recruiters in China were asking for money.
The debate over the mine set the stage for a similar backlash against the Royal Bank of Canada, which faced loud criticism earlier this year over an outsourcing arrangement involving the use of temporary foreign workers.
Last month, the government announced changes to the program, including an end to a rule that allowed businesses to pay foreign workers up to 15 per cent below average wages for a job.
HD Mining declined to respond to the emails or answer questions about how it plans to allay concerns from the public about its use of temporary foreign workers.
Bell, who retired from politics before the province's spring election campaign, declined to comment on the HD Mining case and the public outrage it fuelled.
With Bell's departure, there won't be a replacement jobs minister until Premier Christy Clark announces her new cabinet. Clark's Liberals were re-elected in the May 14 election.
The Ministry of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training issued a written statement that simply repeated the government's insistence that Canadians will one day work in new mines that open up in the province.
"Our government is committed to making sure that if these mines are found to be viable, British Columbians will have an opportunity to be trained and employed at these sites in Northeastern B.C.," said the statement.
"Our government expects companies to follow the rules laid down by the federal government for temporary foreign workers and understand that British Columbians felt the program was not working as it should — something the federal government has responded to with new rules."
Wednesday, May28, 2013
Good afternoon Local 110 Brothers and Sisters we are not doing to well in the volunteering department for the Habitat for Humanity build as you can see from the below table if you have any free time please consider helping them out, I put in a full day this month and challenge you to do the same. the contact info is on our main page of the website, thank you in advance.
Local 424 – International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers
Local 488 – United Association of Plumbers and Pipefitters
Local 955 – International Union of Operating Engineers
Local 1325 –The Alberta Regional Council of Carpenters and Allied Workers
NO LOCAL # GIVEN
Wednesday, May 29, 2013
Yesterday I spent the day at a seminar by OH&S to listen and ask questions about the new (TAPS) Ticketing and Administrative Penalties System that is to launched in the fall of this year. The gist of the program is that the OH&S officers will now be taking training to become Peace Officers which will let them write tickets exactly like the speeding tickets we receive now under the (POPA) Provincial Offenses Provision Act. They have a set section of offense that can be ticketed which I will publish once they have had the final approval. the OH&S officers will only be writing tickets for these offenses covered under these sections and will not be acting as Peace Officers.These tickets can be issued to the worker or the employer or both if warranted and if needed there will be a set appeal processes in place which I will also post later.Once these tickets are issued it will be the Provincial jurisdiction that will be responsible for enforcement of payment similar to how speeding tickets are done.After hearing everything and asking questions I don't believe this will be an impact on our Industrial jobs which meet and in alot of cases exceed the Safety requirements and are enforced by the contractor and Client safety reps.
Job posting for the Building Trades of Alberta
Northern Manager Position (Edmonton)
As the Northern Manager for the Building Trades of Alberta your main focus will be to represent the council and its affiliated unions and members. Developing, securing and maintaining relationships with various internal and external stakeholders throughout Northern Alberta, and especially the Wood Buffalo Region, will be a key component of this position. This position includes but is not limited to labour relations, public relations, stakeholder management, marketing, committee/board work, government relations and promotion of the charitable foundation. An excellent understanding of the Trade Union Movement, the current labour relations environment and a strong desire to make a difference is essential in this position.
Key Skills & Abilities
- Strong interpersonal skills in conjunction with problem solving skills
- Understanding of the foundations of labour relations
- Ability to communicate effectively and efficiently
- Balance the interests of the affiliated unions
- Dealing with difficult situations while ensuring the councils interests
- Three to five years experience in Labour Relations/Human Resources within a unionized setting
- A degree or diploma in Human Resources or Labour Relations would be an asset
- A combination of experience and education would also be considered
- Strong working knowledge of the construction industry would be a definite asset
Salary will be commensurate with experience
Attn: Executive Director
Building Trades of Alberta
Or email to:
Closing Date June 15, 2013
This has been a very busy month and I thought I would give you a quick update you on what I have been doing. First I would like to take a moment to remember our Brothers who have recently passed away I can't recollect when so many have passed away in such a short time and each and everyone of them will be missed and remembered for their contributions to the Union and our membership.
On May 2nd Bill Spring and I spent the day volunteering at the Habitat for Humanity build and spent the day prefabbing walls for the home, I was sore for about a week after this but it was for a very worth cause and if you can spare the time please volunteer on behalf of local 110.
May 5 to May 10 I was in Gatineau Quebec for the Canadian Building Trades Union conference and met with International Representatives, James Grogan, Bud McCourt, Keith Wagner, Vince Engel and Fred Clare to have the International Health and Safety meeting with the other Canadian Unions to watch a presentation from PH.D Andy Todd on the Tissue bank , CT scans and smoking cessation followed by a discussion on what we can do to better identify the markers for the various forms of cancer and come up with new treatments so if you haven't filled out your consent forms for your Tissue samples to be sent to Mount Sinai for study please go on the International website and download the form to complete and send back, your tissue could hold the genetic break through they have been looking for. We also had our first meeting of the Canadian Advisory Committee to the LMCT and had preliminary discussions on the International bringing on a lobbyist for the Canada and how as the Business Managers we would like to see him/her utilized in our area's and what benefits we would like to see we have a conference call next week to have further discussions on this topic. The Canadian Building Trades conference were the next couple of days and were highly informative with the major topic being the introduction of new resolutions for the members to vote or reject, the main resolution was to divert 1 cent of their per capita to a fund to campaign against the introduction of any more anti union Bills (377). We also had the opportunity to hear the leader of the Liberal party speak at the function Justin Trudeau a very well spoken young man who says he will represent the middle class and hopefully he will be a man of his word.
May 14-15 the Business Agents and I attended the Construction Owners Association of Alberta Awards and seminar to mingle and meet with all of the major player in the Oil and Gas industry and partake in information seminar classes on various related topics. I left early on the 15th so I could head to the Northlands Expo to be part of the Apprentice competition and tradeshow, I was surprised to hear that 7000 students will pass through the exhibits and to see the crowd of young students lined up at the Insulation booth to try their hand at laying out and fabricating a hand fan with Susan Markine acting as crowd control, good job Susan. next year I plan to have a 110 booth there so we can get a chance to expose these young people to benefits of working Union, Thank you to Ron Milich for huge part he plays in this every year and to Eamon Boyle for manning the BTA booth.
May 16 I was in Red Deer to attend the Building Trades of Alberta general meeting and we had a presentation from the U of A on the various studies they have done in the construction field and we are planning on working with them I the future to have studies done that we can use to benefit the Union Construction Industry.
Wednesday, May 1, 2013
Local 110 has just learned long time member David Beck passed away Tuesday, April 30, 2013 at the age of 67. He was living in New Sarepta and had taken a withdrawl card a year ago after completing his last job through Local 110 with Book at the Shell Scotford Refinery in 2009. The funeral service is Thursday, May 9, 2013, 2:00 p.m. at Serenity Funeral Home, 10129 Princess Elizabeth Avenue, Edmonton. Condolences and prayers to Dave’s family and friends, from all of us at Local 110.
Tuesday,April 30, 2013
Local 110’s Officers and staff are sad to announce the passing of Brother Patriot Wilfred Wamburu. Wilfred was a recent member of Local 110 and impressed everyone with his drive to learn and to share his knowledge. He will be greatly missed by everyone who knew him. We will provide information on funeral/memorial services if/when we are advised. All of us at Local 110 offer our deepest condolences and prayers to Brother Wilfred’s family and friends.
Tuesday,April 30, 2013
Changes announced to the Temporary Foreign Workers Progam.
“Canadais experiencing significant skills shortages in many sectors and regions, and Canadians must always have first crack at job opportunities when they become available,” said Minister Finley. “The purpose of the Temporary Foreign Worker Program is to help fill genuine and acute labour needs and we have been reviewing the program to ensure that goal is met and Canadian workers are never displaced.”
“These reforms will require that greater efforts be made to recruit and train Canadians to fill available jobs,” said Minister Kenney. “They will also help ensure the Temporary Foreign Worker Program is only used as intended—to fill acute skills shortages on a temporary basis.”
Stemming from the ongoing review of the TFWP, and as announced in Canada’s Economic Action Plan 2013, the Government is introducing legislative, regulatory and administrative changes that will:
- effective immediately, require employers to pay temporary foreign workers at the prevailing wage by removing the existing wage flexibility;
- effective immediately, temporarily suspend the Accelerated Labour Market Opinion process;
- increase the Government’s authority to suspend and revoke work permits and Labour Market Opinions (LMOs) if the program is being misused;
- add questions to employer LMO applications to ensure that the TFWP is not used to facilitate the outsourcing of Canadian jobs;
- ensure employers who rely on temporary foreign workers have a firm plan in place to transition to a Canadian workforce over time through the LMO process;
- introduce fees for employers for the processing of LMOs and increase the fees for work permits so that the taxpayers are no longer subsidizing the costs; and
- identify English and French as the only languages that can be used as a job requirement.
The Seasonal Agricultural Worker Program and other primary agricultural occupations will be subject to the reform that will increase the Government’s authority to suspend and revoke work permits and LMOs if they are being misused. However, they will be unaffected by the remaining reforms, as there are proven acute labour shortages in this industry and the unfilled jobs are truly temporary.
The results of these changes will strengthen and improve the TFWP to support our economic recovery and growth, and ensure that employers make greater efforts to hire Canadians before hiring temporary foreign workers. These reforms will ensure that the TFWP, which is an important program to deal with acute skills shortages on a temporary basis, is used only as a last resort.
As part of the ongoing review of the TFWP, the Harper government will seek input from Canadians on further changes, to ensure that the Program is working in the best interests of Canadian workers and businesses. Cross-Canada consultations will be held over the coming months with businesses, industry and trade organizations, unions and others on additional changes to the TFWP.
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For more information, contact:
Office of Minister Finley
Monday, April 29, 2013
Update on TFW controversy;
Citizenship and Immigration Minister Jason Kenney defended the temporary foreign worker program as he unveiled changes to it Monday that include imposing a new fee on employers who want to bring workers in from outside Canada.The amount of the fee is yet to be determined, Kenney said at a news conference in Ottawa.The expected changes came after a CBC Go Public story earlier this month on use of foreign workers by Royal Bank which sparked public outrage and brought renewed focus on the temporary foreign workers program. The controversy dominated Parliament Hill and had the government defending the program but also promising changes to it so that it is not abused.One of the reforms expected is that employers will have to demonstrate that they have a plan to recruit, train and hire Canadians first before they can be granted a permit to hire foreign workers. If they have to hire foreign workers they will then need to have a plan to show how they will eventually hire Canadians for those positions.Another change to the program will be a fee imposed on employers who want to hire temporary foreign workers.
There could also be changes to the current rule that allows for some temporary foreign workers to be paid up to15 per cent less than the median wage paid to Canadians in the same occupation.Employers, however, must offer foreign workers the same wage that is paid to Canadian workers in the same job in the same geographic area.Citizenship and Immigration Minister Jason Kenney and Kellie Leitch, parliamentary secretary to Human Resources Minister Diane Finley will announce the changes in Ottawa. Finley was expected to attend the news conference but had a last minute scheduling change.The government said in its March budget that it would make reforms to the program, and they are expected to be included in the government's budget implementation bill that is on notice. It could be introduced after question period in the House of Commons today.Finley's department oversees the program and issues labour market opinions (LMO) on how hiring foreign workers would impact the Canadian job market. Employers are only given permission to hire temporary foreign workers if they can't find Canadians to fill the jobs and only if bringing in foreign workers won't have a negative impact on the Canadian labour market.To receive a positive LMO employers have to show what efforts they have made to recruit and train Canadian residents and the potential benefits that hiring foreign workers could have on the Canadian economy. Some work categories are exempt from the LMO requirement. Professionals and business people, for example, who come to Canada as part of international agreements or workers who come as part of an exchange program, do not need a LMO.The total number of temporary foreign workers has doubled in the last decade, to 338,189 workers.Some labour economists have been calling for a review of the program to determine if it is adequately addressing labour shortages or whether it is undermining wages and job opportunities in Canada.Erin Weir, a labour economist with the United Steel Workers Union said in an interview earlier this month that some companies go through the motions of pretending to hire Canadians in order to get a positive labour market opinion.The Alberta Federation of Labour said Monday that the program is being abused and employers are using it as a first choice instead of a last resort."Nowhere in the country is the situation more serious than in Alberta where clearly the temporary foreign worker program is being used to displace Canadians and to set off a race to the bottom in terms of wages and conditions," said Gil McGown, the group's president.McGowan said at a news conference on Parliament Hill that the program is driving down wages and "giving employers an excuse to abdicate their responsibility to train the next generation of Canadians."McGowan said his group is not reassured by the initiatives being announced Monday and that the government is just trying to give the appearance that it is doing something to respond to public opinion.
This morning I had an appointment at the WoW center to have my health assessment done, PFT and chest X-ray completed and thought I would let anyone who hasn't been there know whats involved. I showed five minutes before my appointment and checked in at the front desk where I was given some forms to be completed, Health questions, family doctor, alberta health care number and a consent form for the health assessment I completed the forms and handed them back in. I then had a seat for a couple of minutes before Jennifer Spring the R.N. called me in and took my height and weight and then proceeded to her office where she explained the how the consent form I had signed worked and that I would be part of the study on Insulator monitoring . She then continued to ask more detailed health questions all of which is kept strictly confidential although I did sign a form for the test results to be shared with my family doctor. Jennifer then asked about my work history and the jobs I had been on and exposure to fumes and whether I wore a respirator, then it was on to the various insulations I have been exposed to including asbestos and aerogel and which jobs I had been exposed to these materials and whether I wore a respirator while working with these materials.She then printed me off the forms to have my chest X-ray done downstairs and one to have my blood work completed since it had been awhile, and then I was off to do the PFT. The PFT is done in the diffusion box and took about twenty minutes and consisted of the regular test of blowing as hard as you can for as long as you can as well as a couple of different tests that I had not done before but only one test is done with the door closed and takes about a minute or two and then towards the end you get four shots of ventolin to see if there will be an improvement on your results when you redo a few of the breathing tests and then I was done. I then took my form and went downstairs to have my chest X-ray done, the whole process took one hour and forty five minutes and I'm sure we can all spare that amount of time to have this done and perhaps save your life and help the next generation of Insulators with what they can learn from us. The only thing left is to book another appointment to go over the test results with Dr. Naseem.
Friday, April 26th,2013
Local 110’s Officers and staff are sad to announce the passing of Brother Fred Stewart on the evening of April 24, 2013. Fred was a long time member of Local 110 and influenced a lot of his fellow members in the 36 years of affiliation and will be greatly missed by his Brother’s and Sister’s. There will be a viewing on Tuesday, April 30 from 6:00-8:00pm at Park Memorial Chapel, 9709 – 111 Avenue, Edmonton. The funeral will be Wednesday, May 1st at 1:00pm at Bethel Lutheran Church, 298 Bethel Drive, Sherwood Park. All of us at Local 110 offer our deepest condolences and prayers to Fred’s family and friends.
Thursday, April 25, 2013
Local 110 is sad to announce we just learned Brother Allan Brown passed away Thursday, April 18 2013 at the age of 58. He transferred into Local 110 from Local 95 in October of 2002. He worked at many sites, mostly in the Fort McMurray area, while our member. Cremation has taken place. The memorial service to celebrate his life is being held at 1 pm on Friday May 10, 2013, at the Crestmount Funeral Home, 322 Fennell Avenue E, Hamilton, Ontario. All of us at Local 110 offer deep condolences and prayers to Allan’s family and friends.
A little update on contactors we have had two more sign up with us in the last week or so for voluntary recognition due to the concern that they will not be able to get the manpower without using our resources, so good news but we need to continue to attract and signup new members.
Monday,April 22, 2013
Attention Journeyworkers- the Trustees of the Insulators’ Training Trust Fund of Alberta will be accepting resumes for the position of Training Coordinator from
April 24 to May 8, 2013. Interested members may call Ron Milich at 780-440-6832 to obtain a list of qualifications, a job description and additional information
about the position.
Monday, April 15, 2013
At the Saturday general membership meeting the following were voted in, Congratulations !
– Sheldon Fedoruk, 1st year , Accepted
– Manuel Munoz, 1st year , Accepted
-Patrick Enright, 1st year , Accepted
-Katrina McArtur, 1st year , Accepted
-Tressa McLeod, 1st year, Accepted
– Andras Katona, 1st year, Accepted
-Christian D. MacKey , 1st year , Accepted
-Timothy R. Wilkie, 1st year , Accepted
-Daniel MacDonald, 1st year, Accepted
-Simone Frost, 1st year , Accepted
-Samuel Bentamtam, 1st year, Accepted
-Rogelio Capangpangan, Journeyman transfer, Accepted
– Mark Carr, Journeyman transfer , Accepted
-Errol Brendish, Journeyman transfer ,Accepted
– Matthew J. Mills, Journeyman , Accepted
-Lucas A. Hanson, 3rd year , Accepted
-Andy Dort, Journeyman , Accepted
-Lawrence Dovich, Journeyman transfer , Accepted
The following members were nominated and voted to be Delegates at the Canadian Conference in June, Doug Casemore, Bill Markine, Bill Spring, and Rick Burgess, alternates were Larry Graham and Bill Hackman. There was also a motion that was approved to send the Exexutive board and recording secretary as per past practice.