Business Manager Kevin Lecht Update January 09, 2015

Good Day Brothers and Sisters

Our new slate of officers have now been in the office since January 5, 2015 and I would like to congratulate all on their positions. We have lots of work ahead of us but I am excited to be part of this team and know that working together we will have a positive impact on our unions future.

The last week we have all been scrambling to get our feet under us and up to speed, as much as possible. However with the change over there can be some information missed so if you have been working with our Previous BM on any issues please contact me at the Edmonton union office so that we can make sure things are moving forward and all the required information is in your file.

Lastly I would like to remind all of our members that we have the January General Membership Meeting tomorrow January 10, 2015 starting at 12:00 at Kings University Edmonton. Hope to see you all there.

Wednesday, December 24th, 2014

*** Please note that all applications for Membership from the January 2015 meeting (below) have been put off until the

February 2015 meeting ***

Here are the tentatively approved or rejected applicants for the January 10th, 2015 Union general membership meeting, if you have any valid concerns or recommendations for any of the applicants please contact Doug Johnson. The final vote will be up to the membership in attendance at the meeting.

Applicant Name Status Training review Business
Agent
Review
Membership Vote Comments
Tyler Hurst 1st Year A A   voted in Sept  – did not pay
Adeyonbo Aladjare 1st Year A A   551 hours, no missed time
Abdessattar Messaoudi 1st Year A A   540 hours, no missed time
Hremann Kuate-Wafo 1st Year A A   534.5 hours, no missed time
Wesley Thomas 1st Year A A   698.3 hours, no missed time
Ryan Oliver 1st Year A A   344 hours, no missed time
Ahmed Mohamed Yousuf 1st Year A A   435 hours, no missed time
Cody Ronanetz 1st Year A A   1119.5 hours, no missed time
Fritz-Gerald Dumont 1st Year A A   364 hours, no missed time
Nelson McFadyen 1st Year A A   532 hours, no missed time
Jeffrey Francis 1st Year A A   308 hours, no missed time
Tanner Stewart 1st Year A A   voted in Sept, did not pay
Brian Karim 1st Year A A   537.5 hours, no missed time
Brandon Anderson 1st Year A A   914.75 hours, no missed time
Boris Taguimdjeu Taguenang 1st Year A A   877.5 hours, 1 Quit
Pablo Botello 1st Year A A   664 hours, no missed time
Melissa Girard-Poirier 1st Year A A   841.25 hours, no missed time
Jennifer Tourigny 1st Year A A   451.5 hours, no missed time
Jase Dawesom 1st Year R A   956 hours, no missed time
Philip Henstridge JM R R   9146 hours, lasped 119, prev member no hrs 2009
Alicia Liew 1st Year R R  

343.5 hours, Fired

BM Wade Logan Update

 

 

 

 

Tuesday, December 16th, 2014

Good morning and Merry Christmas to all our members as we prepare for a well deserved holiday and days off, hopefully you will be able to join us at this Friday's Christmas party to celebrate our brothers and sister milestones of service through our union. Congratulations to each and every one of you for going to work everyday and helping to make our union strong it is members like you that enhance our reputation and make it possible to regain lost market shares.Local 110 has never been in a better postion with lots of work forecasted, all funds in excellent shape and all our union functions sold out with our brothers and sister participating and even raising funds for Charity. I wish you all a Happy and Safe New Year.

 

Monday, December, 15th, 2014

After the membership vote held Saturday, December 13th for the new applicants here are the results, for any transfer's from an affliated union there was a motion to hold those over until a Local 110 bylaws review was conducted in the New Year.

 

  Applicant Name Status Training review B.A. Review Business
Manager
Review
Membership Vote Comments
1 Raymond Felker 1st Year A A A R 684 hours, no missed time, S.E.
2 Steven Neal Kent 1st Year A A A A 729 hours, no missed time, S.E.
3 Paul Duff 1st Year A A A R 742 hours,No missed time, S.E.
4 Brian Dewar 1st Year A A A A 340 hours, no missed time, S.E.
5 Andrey Kotelnikov 1st Year A A A R 3065 hours, no missed time, S.E.
6 Hussein Ismail Mohamed 1st Year A A A A 565 hours, no missed time, S.E.
7 Kody Richardson 1st Year A A A A 738 hours, no missed time, S.E.
8 Jundel Misa 1st Year A A A A 519 hours, no missed time, S.E.
9 Richard Bakos 1st Year A A A A 577 hours, no missed time, S.E.
10 Anlexandre Gendron 1st Year A A A A 1035 hours, no missed time, S.E.
11 Jeffrey Fischer 1st Year A A A A 819 hours, no missed time, S.E.
12 Justin Lenko 1st Year A A A A 596 hours, no missed time, S.E.
13 Abdullahi Osman Ibrahim 1st Year A A A A 434 hours, no missed time, S.E.
14 Troy Hollenbeck 1st Year A A A A 700 hours, no missed time, S.E.
15 Abel Muyoboke 1st Year A A A A 574 hours, no missed time, S.E.
16 Denny Viana 1st Year A A A A 597 hours, no missed time, S.E.
17 Mohamoud Hire Mohamed 1st Year A A A R 347 hours, no missed time, S.E.
18 Samir Mettioui 1st Year A A A R 606 hours, no missed time
19 Darcy Hoddinott 1st Year A A A A 1266 hours, no missed time, S.E.
20 Damon Chisholm 1st Year A A A A 410 hours, no missed time, S.E.
21 Hamza Mohamed Madar 1st Year A A A A 1624 hours, no missed time, S.E.
22 Mohamed Aly 1st Year A A A A 872 hours, no missed time, S.E.
23 Krasimir Iliev 1st Year A A A A 974 hours, no missed time, S.E.
24 Senaca Crowe 1st Year A A A A 385 hours, Pre-Trades July 2014
25 Bisrat Tekletsadik 1st Year A A A A 607 hours, no missed time, S.E.
26 Susan Przybilla 1st Year A A A A 490 hours, no missed time, S.E.
27 John Howard Sim 1st Year A A A A 312 hours, letter of support
28 Francis Sumagpang 1st Year R A A A 1728 hours, no missed time. S.E.
29 Tariq Rabah Ahmed 1st Year R A A A 2166 hours, no missed time, S.E.
30 Remi Pelletier 1st Year A A A A 597 hours, no missed time, S.E.
1A Corey Egers  2nd Year A A A A Organized
1F Brandy MacNeil Firestopper A A A A Firestopper
2F Nevada Webb Firestopper A A A A Firestopper
2F Jason Cunnington Firestopper A A A A Firestopper
2F Michael Cunnington Firestopper A A A A Firestopper
1J Rumyan Mishe Transfer JM 95 R R Held over Fired – Safety infraction Aug.2014
2J Michael Vandamme Transfer JM 95 A A A Held over 535 hours worked in 110, S.E.
3J Justin Moyer Transfer JM 95 A A A Held over 1404 hours worked in 110, S.E.
4J Craig Hunter Transfer JM 95 A A A Held over Voted in Sept./ 2014  – missed deadline to pay, 7488 hours
5J Robin Clarke Transfer JM 116 A A A Held over 3110 hours worked in 110,. S.E.
6J Gary Bready Transfer JM 118 A A A Held over 13,434 hours worked for 110, S.E.
7J Clyde Wick Transfer JM 118 R A R Held over 17,583 hours, S.E.
8J Jeffrey Bolda JM C A R A A 5477 hours, no missed time, S.E.
9J Peter Towpich JM R A A R Prev Member, 5101 hours
10J Clement Tremblay JM R A A R Prev member, 15,683 hours
45 Total = 30- 1st years, 1 – 2nd year, 4 – Firestoppers, 7 – JM transfers, 3 – Jm  / S.E. = Still Employed

 

Attention all Local 110 members:

Many of you are aware that on Saturday December 13 at the Local 110 membership meeting charges were read by a Local 110 member against Business Agent Kevin Lecht.  Obviously this is cause for deep concern for the members of Local 110, and rightfully so especially in the middle of Local 110’s election of officers.  I have received a number of calls and emails today and there are many questions. I feel it is appropriate and necessary that I use Business Manager Logan’s Update page to answer the concerns I heard today and provide clarity to the entire membership with respect to the charges and the process.Local 110 staff employees who are members of Local 110 have the constitutional right to file charges just like any other member.Brother Lecht is innocent until proven guilty.The reading of the charges does not affect Brother Lecht’s eligibility to hold or run for office.The ballots will be counted as scheduled and under the direction of the Local 110 election committee.If Brother Lecht is successful in his election he will assume his responsibilities at the appropriate time.The charges will be investigated by the International as per the constitution and if necessary they will be heard by the General Executive Board (the International Vice Presidents).The charges can be dismissed before the hearing if they are found to be obviously frivolous or without merit.If the charges are found to be frivolous or have no merit Brother Lecht has constitutional options to clear his name.Both parties will have the opportunity to present their case at the hearing if or when there is one.

I appreciate that many members are very concerned – this is a difficult situation for everyone.  I ask for your patience while this process unfolds.

Sadly there are those who see this as an opportunity to spread misinformation and make accusations that are untrue and inflammatory seemingly with the intention of further driving a wedge between Local 110’s membership and the International. Some of these accusations were directed towards me at the meeting on Saturday.  In response to the unfounded and untrue accusations my sincere pledge to the membership of Local 110 is that I will do all in my power to ensure both parties receive due process and further I intend to ensure this matter is dealt with as fairly as possible and that the outcome, whatever it may be, is fully explained to the membership at the appropriate time. 

Thank you for your patience and understanding.

Vince Engel,

International Vice President for Western Canada

 

Energy Conservation Logo Tan Green Red from InternationalVince Engel

International Vice President, Western Canada

International Association of Heat and Frost Insulators and Allied Workers

 

 

Friday, December 5th, 2014

Here is the tentatively approved or rejected applicants for the December 13th Union general membership meeting, if you have any valid concerns or recommendations for any of the applicants please contact myself of Doug Johnson. The final vote will be up to the membership in attendance at the meeting.

 

  Applicant Name Status Training review B.A. Review Business
Manager
Review
Membership Vote Comments
1 Raymond Felker 1st Year A A A   684 hours, no missed time, S.E.
2 Steven Neal Kent 1st Year A A A   729 hours, no missed time, S.E.
3 Paul Duff 1st Year A A A   742 hours,No missed time, S.E.
4 Brian Dewar 1st Year A A A   340 hours, no missed time, S.E.
5 Andrey Kotelnikov 1st Year A A A   3065 hours, no missed time, S.E.
6 Hussein Ismail Mohamed 1st Year A A A   565 hours, no missed time, S.E.
7 Kody Richardson 1st Year A A A   738 hours, no missed time, S.E.
8 Jundel Misa 1st Year A A A   519 hours, no missed time, S.E.
9 Richard Bakos 1st Year A A A   577 hours, no missed time, S.E.
10 Anlexandre Gendron 1st Year A A A   1035 hours, no missed time, S.E.
11 Jeffrey Fischer 1st Year A A A   819 hours, no missed time, S.E.
12 Justin Lenko 1st Year A A A   596 hours, no missed time, S.E.
13 Abdullahi Osman Ibrahim 1st Year A A A   434 hours, no missed time, S.E.
14 Troy Hollenbeck 1st Year A A A   700 hours, no missed time, S.E.
15 Abel Muyoboke 1st Year A A A   574 hours, no missed time, S.E.
16 Denny Viana 1st Year A A A   597 hours, no missed time, S.E.
17 Mohamoud Hire Mohamed 1st Year A A A   347 hours, no missed time, S.E.
18 Samir Mettioui 1st Year A A A   606 hours, no missed time
19 Darcy Hoddinott 1st Year A A A   1266 hours, no missed time, S.E.
20 Damon Chisholm 1st Year A A A   410 hours, no missed time, S.E.
21 Hamza Mohamed Madar 1st Year A A A   1624 hours, no missed time, S.E.
22 Mohamed Aly 1st Year A A A   872 hours, no missed time, S.E.
23 Krasimir Iliev 1st Year A A A   974 hours, no missed time, S.E.
24 Senaca Crowe 1st Year A A A   385 hours, Pre-Trades July 2014
25 Bisrat Tekletsadik 1st Year A A A   607 hours, no missed time, S.E.
26 Susan Przybilla 1st Year A A A   490 hours, no missed time, S.E.
27 John Howard Sim 1st Year A A A   312 hours, letter of support
28 Francis Sumagpang 1st Year R A A   1728 hours, no missed time. S.E.
29 Tariq Rabah Ahmed 1st Year R A A   2166 hours, no missed time, S.E.
30 Remi Pelletier 1st Year A A A   597 hours, no missed time, S.E.
1A Corey Egers  2nd Year A A A   Organized
1F Brandy MacNeil Firestopper A A A   Firestopper
2F Nevada Webb Firestopper A A A   Firestopper
2F Jason Cunnington Firestopper A A A   Firestopper
2F Michael Cunnington Firestopper A A A   Firestopper
1J Rumyan Mishe Transfer JM 95 R R   Fired – Safety infraction Aug.2014
2J Michael Vandamme Transfer JM 95 A A A   535 hours worked in 110, S.E.
3J Justin Moyer Transfer JM 95 A A A   1404 hours worked in 110, S.E.
4J Craig Hunter Transfer JM 95 A A A   Voted in Sept./ 2014  – missed deadline to pay, 7488 hours
5J Robin Clarke Transfer JM 116 A A A   3110 hours worked in 110,. S.E.
6J Gary Bready Transfer JM 118 A A A   13,434 hours worked for 110, S.E.
7J Clyde Wick Transfer JM 118 R A R   17,583 hours, S.E.
8J Jeffrey Bolda JM C A R A   5477 hours, no missed time, S.E.
9J Peter Towpich JM R A A   Prev Member, 5101 hours
10J Clement Tremblay JM R A A   Prev member, 15,683 hours
45 Total = 30- 1st years, 1 – 2nd year, 4 – Firestoppers, 7 – JM transfers, 3 – Jm  / S.E. = Still Employed

 

 


Monday, December 1st, 2014

It has been brought to my attention the slander going around on the job and on Facebook, we as Union Brothers and Sisters should never engage in this type of behavior. To represent the Union is to be held to the highest standard and treat all members and potential members with respect and dignity at all times and keep all dealings confidential. We are in the Union for a Brotherhood of members to be treated with respect and dignity and have each others back when needed and to make sure our wages and benefits and working conditions are protected. I'm afraid it won't it won't be the non-union or alternative unions that will be the demise of our unions but the internal gossip and quick reaction to throw each other under the bus, we have a great silent majority of members that perhaps needs to speak up and say that is not the way we operate here in Local 110.

 

                               

Thursday, November 27, 2014

 Below are the ongoing union concerns.

 

·         Market Share:

We need to take back our Market Share in the Industrial sector!!!

There are 10,000 Industrial Insulators in Alberta, before I was elected we had 1,460 members and being most are Industrial I calculated it was around 14% market share. Since then we now have 2000 members for a market share of 19.5% a move that shows we are heading in the right direction. We have also started to work with the commercial and firestop markets to look to expand our workforce in both.

 

·         Collective agreement expires April 30th, 2015,

 I am currently in the middle of Framework bargaining to ensure we get a new four year contract which will bring us up to par with the other major locals and using the relationship I have built with the other Business Managers. I am confident that this will be the best agreement we have seen in the last 12 years, if I am allowed to finish collective bargaining.  

 

·         Retiring Journeymen:

We are about to lose the majority of our journeymen due to retirement!!! Unfortunately we had a decade of slow work where we did not take in any new apprentices and so produced no journeymen. We are now on the verge of a huge demand for journeymen and qualified insulators due to the forecasted scope of work for the next ten years. I have been working with the Industry and contractors to take on more 1st year insulators which we will push to into school thus  ensuring a steady stream of Local journeyman; we have now dispatched 1000 – 1st years which will continue a steady flow of income into our Pension and Health & Welfare funds. I will continue to push to see our young Journeymen take over on supervision roles and mentoring of these apprentices.

 

·         Technology upgrades:

Local 110 needs to stay in the forefront with technology our previous system was so arcane that we had to keep an I.T. person on staff just to ensure we could keep it up and running. We also have stacks of paper files on all our contractors and members. We are now implementing a new system and were able to end the contract with the I.T. person on staff and save the union $152,224.80 per year. Once we are complete with the conversation in 2015 the members will have access to online secure computerized bidding or to continue to call in as they do now as well as log in and see where they sit on the list and their personal information all securely encrypted . All of your information will be scanned into the system and be backed up securely onsite as well as offsite so in the case of a fire or emergency we would be able to setup computers at another location and have access to our members file’s within the same week without any loss of information and continue business as usual. We are also converting over to an electronic remittance system where the contractors will submit a secured report that will be uploaded by the system therefore reducing the amount of errors with union dues.

 

·         RSAP:

 I sit on the RSAP Board and have lobbied for changes to make the system fairer and less complicated to get our members back to work. I was recently successful into getting D&A incidents that happen offsite (camps & orientation) to be excluded from Canadian Model violations, you will receive a client ban but will be able to be dispatched to another site immediately, leaving the member to decide if they want to go through RSAP to get back on the site the incident happened. We are also continuing to push through legal challenges and in this round of Collective agreement bargaining for alternative treatments and in independent review.

 

In the short time I have represented you we have made major strides forward and our union hall has never been in better shape, with work forecasted to explode for the next ten years. 

 

·         Increased union membership from 1450 to 2000.

·         Dispatched over 1000 – 1st apprentices, the union’s new life blood.

·         New website for easier access to all Local 110 information including dispatch, “in memory” for members who are gone but not forgotten.

·         All Union Funds and trusts are doing great and should require no further action.

·          “Open Door” policy.

·         Computer upgrades

·         Standardized staff contracts.

·         Reduced paid sick days allowed for staff from 20 days to 10 days.

·         Brought in training for the staff as was promised in their previous contract.

·         Updated the Union clothing for members to wear and show solidarity.

·         Rebuilt relations with the Alberta Building Trades, Business Managers.

·         Rebuilt ties with our International and our representatives because we are all stronger as an organization of Brothers and Sisters across North America.

·         Worked with The International to hire a lobbyist firm for the Canadian locals to promote Mechanical Insulation.

·         Took the Local 110 golf tournament from 59 participants to a sold out event and turned it into a successful charity event that raised $10,110.00 for Alberta Breast Cancer in 2013 and raised $13,500 in 2014 for the Calgary,                Wood Buffalo and Edmonton Food Banks.

·         Changed the venue of the Christmas party to give members access to hotel rooms and timely taxi service and turned it from 140 members in 2012 to a sellout of 300 members in 2013.

·         Hired an organizer (Labor Manager) who has made a huge impact attracting non- union journeymen to the Union and pushing contractors to take 1st year apprentices.

·         Continued aggressive responses to grievances such as lost wages, wrongful dismissals.

·         Focus on diversity: representation at the International “Conference for Women in the Trades”

·         Strengthened Local 110 position through winning various ALRB cases (DFRs, Jurisdictional issues, Unfair Labour Practices and Joint grievance panels)

·         Instituted a Firestopping training program.

·         Permits must wait 24 hours to take a newly posted call giving members the 1st opportunity to take the calls.

·         Permits; reduced their Health and Welfare benefits as listed on the H&W page so they no longer get the same services as our members and saving the plan $100,000.00 a month.

·         Put forward a motion for the Union to pay for member Assessments when the member has no other options and wants to work union, which the membership approved.

·         Championing the need for changes made to the Drug and Alcohol 3rd party provider services in this round of Collective negotiations.

·         Have the University of Alberta working with a contractor to do a study on Pyrogel and whether the current P.P.E. is sufficient for the product with no cost to the Union.

Boards and Trusts I represent you on:

·         Union Pension Plan

·         Union Health and Welfare Plan

·         Training Fund

·         Pitt Fund

·         Insulator Joint Trade Board

·         Building Trades Executive Board

·         Building Trades Jurisdictional Assignment Plan

·         RSAP Board

·         LMCT committee (International)

 

I will leave you with one thought it takes courage and foresight to continue on a new path of change and growth to evolve as the world changes. The easiest thing to do is sit back and complain and do nothing and watch our trade slowly disappear.

 

 

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Here is the list of new applicants requesting membership for the upcoming General membership meeting on November 1st, some have not been reviewed by the Business agent as he is not in on Saturday. All applicants will be voted on by the membership, any concerns please notify me as soon as possible.

 

Applicant Name Status Training review Business Agent review Business
Manager
Review
Membership Vote Comments
Troy Freamon 1st Year A A A Accepted 718 hrs, N.M.T. still employed
Pierre Barthold 1st Year A A A Accepted 408 hrs, N.M.T. still employed
Rolando Lluveras 1st Year A A A Accepted 347 hrs, N.M.T. still employed
Kelsey Ray Edgerton 1st Year A A A Accepted 628 hrs, N.M.T. still employed
Shemsuden Hasen 1st Year A A A Accepted 572 hrs, N.M.T. still employed
Mamadou Alain Sow 1st Year A A A Accepted 445 hrs, N.M.T.  still employed
Roy Arnold Kerr 1st Year A A A Accepted 490 hrs, N.M.T. still employed
Kenneth Moyah 1st Year A A A Accepted 306 hrs, N.M.T. still employed
Christian Bernardo 1st Year A A A Accepted 624 hrs, N.M.T. still employed
Perry Musseau 1st Year A A A Accepted Helmets to Hardhats Program, 531 hrs, N.M.T.
Mouhammad Diop 1st Year A A R Rejected 335 hrs, N.M.T. still employed, letter from contractor,negative
Barkhad Mohamed Ahmed 1st Year A A A Accepted 353 hrs, N.M.T. still employed
Hire Kase Bare 1st Year A A A Accepted 479 hrs, N.M.T. still employed
Tracy Wilks 1st Year A A A Accepted 407 hrs, N.M.T. still employed
Christopher Marc Schmidt 1st Year A A A Accepted Helmets to Hardhats,598 hrs, N.M.T. 
Salem Ali 1st Year A ? A Accepted Pre-Trades Program 2013, 613 hrs, N.M.T.
Katerina Sanders 1st Year A A A Accepted 516 hrs, no missed time
Ababacar Djite 1st Year A A A Accepted 504 hrs, no missed time
Amare Gifawossen 1st Year R A A Accepted 873 hrs, no missed time
Jeremy Ziegler  1st Year R A A Accepted Quit 2014, 418 hrs, no missed time
Cory Patrick Hodgson 1st Year R A A Accepted JM SM from Local 8/ 1447 hrs , No missed time
Brandon Graham 1st Year A   A Accepted 624 hrs, N.M.T. still employed
Garmajo Ahmed 1st Year A   A Accepted 675 hrs, N.M.T. still employed
Dainis Pless 1st Year A   A Accepted 2823 hrs, N.M.T. still employed, Commercial
Timothy Jones 1st Year A   A Accepted 2075 hrs, N.M.T. still employed
Cameron Mountha 1st Year A   A Accepted 692 hrs, N.M.T. still employed
Melissa Turcotte 1st Year A   A Accepted 377 hrs, N.M.T. still employed
Nasser Ahmed Ali 1st Year A   A Accepted 1900 hrs, N.M.T. still employed
Pablo Aravena 1st Year A   A Accepted 1124 hrs, N.M.T. still employed
Kenneth John Sherman JM Transfer Local 95 R   A Accepted 2945 hrs,still employed, clean file/2007
Mitchell Gilliland Firestopper A   A Accepted 1362 hrs, N.M.T. still employed
Tim Denottbeck JM Transfer Local 95 A A A Accepted Error in History, In good standings
Mark James Knopf JM Transfer Local 95 A A A Accepted 5057 hrs, N.M.T. still employed
Tammy Lynn Kelly JM C  A A A Accepted 850 hrs, N.M.T. still employed
Jarrod Alexander  JM transfer Local 131 A ? A Accepted 2018 hrs, N.M.T. still employed
Scott Adrian Currie JM Transfer Local 116 R A A Accepted 6029 hrs, 1 quit last year, No problems in file
Darrel Stock prev member – JM A ? R Rejected Negative letter from Fuller Austin
Levi Savoury JM Transfer Local 116 R A A Rejected Local 110 member 2006/transferred to 116-2009
N.M.T. – No missed time

Friday, October 17, 2014

I have had a few inquiries about our H&W fund so I am posting a chart prepared by the H&W consultantion firm of Benchmark Decisions Ltd.to show that the expenses have exceeded the contributions since 2009 and the Trustees have stepped up to address the problem before it negativly impacts our members. You need to scroll up and down to see complete chart. Keep in mind that the majority of the money spent goes back into the particpants pockets when they turn in their receipts.

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Thursday, October 16, 2014

Today I attended the celebration of life for the late Business Manager of Local 177, John Tackaberry on behalf of our membership. It is said you can judge a man on the people and words said at their funeral and that could not be a truer statement because of the out pour of love to John's family and friends and the stories that were told of a man that was honest, integral, dedicated and loving. John left behind huge shoes to fill in for his Local 177 and we wish the best to his organization. To his wife Jacquie and his daughters and grand children we offer our prayers and any support they may need. It was said at the service " That a loved ones death leaves a heartache that will never heal, but their love creates memories in your heart that no one can steal !!"

 

Tuesday, October 14th, 2014

Brothers and Sisters;

At the last Union meeting there was a motion to put 25 cents of our November increase of 66 cents into the Health and Welfare fund, but the membership voted to put the whole 66 cents into the fund. Unfortunately the increase to the Health and Welfare fund fell out of the May scope which is where the increase is usually allowed and done, after many discussions with the Construction Labour Board and the Contractor association they will be allowing 25 cents into the Health and Welfare fund and the rest into wages. This is what the trustees of the H&W fund had asked for and is quite acceptable, and we will revisit the matter in May to see if the membership still wants to increase the funding. The table below shows exactly what the breakdown on the November wage increase will look like for Industrial workers.

 

Effective            Base

        Date                 Rate          SH &V           H&W          WC          Pension       PITT        Training       Total

Foreman

Nov. 2, 2014

47.77

4.78

2.10

0.10

6.25

0.50

0.25

61.75

 

Journeyman

Nov. 2, 2014

42.68

4.27

2.10

0.10

6.25

0.50

0.25

56.15

 

3rd Year Apprentice – Based on 80% of the Journeyman Rate

Nov. 2, 2014

34.14

3.41

2.10

0.10

6.25

0.50

0.25

46.71

 

2nd Year Apprentice – Based on 65% of the Journeyman Rate

Nov. 2, 2014

27.74

2.77

2.10

0.10

6.25

0.50

0.25

39.63

 

1st Year Apprentice and Helper – Based on 50% of the Journeyman Rate

Nov. 2, 2014

21.34

2.13

2.10

0.10

3.13

0.50

0.25

29.44

ARTICLE 9.00 – WAGES

Industrial Rates;

The following rates and contributions will be adjusted in accordance with the “Wage Determination” Letter of Understanding attached hereto.  Forthwith after the January wage adjustment calculations in each of 2012, 2013 and 2014, representatives of the Parties shall determine whether any adjustments to the Employer Contributions will be implemented in conjunction with the respective May wage adjustments.  In respect to contributions to the Pension Trust Fund, the Union shall have the discretion to increase the contribution by up to one dollar and twenty five cents ($1.25) over the term of this Agreement.  Any further increases to the Pension Trust Fund contribution shall require the agreement of the Trade Division.   Any adjustments to Employer Contributions shall be funded through the May gross wage.

Fraternally;

Wade Logan

Business Manager

 

Thursday, September, 25, 2014

Here is the list of applicants for membership for the October 4th meeting if there are any concerns please contact Amanda K.before the membership votes.

 

Applicant Name Status Training review Business
Manager
Review
Membership Vote Comments
Tanner Stewart 1st Year A A A 476 hours, no missed time, still employed
Bobbi Jo Rose 1st Year A A A 472 hours, no mised time, still employed
Colin Wankah 1st Year A A 314 hours, no missed time, still employed
Michelle Caron  1st Year A A A 541 hours, no missed time, still employed
Kelly Plante 1st Year A A A 1292 hours, no missed time,
David James Jamieson 1st Year A A A 325 hours, no missed time, still employed
Tugbe Koti Wreegbo 1st Year A A A 537 hours, no missed time, still employed
Felicia Kurosawa 1st Year A A A 314 hours, no missed time, still employed
Gabriela Oliveira  1st Year A A A Commercial, 312 hours, no missed time, still employed
Redouane Bouchaker  1st Year A A A 376 hours, no missed time, still employed
Robert Krechuniak  1st Year A A A 448 hours, no missed time, still employed
Steven Stenhouse 1st Year A A A 532 hours, no missed time, still employed
Joseph Oloyede  1st Year A A A 346 hours, no missed time, still employed
Yoseph Banksira 1st Year A A A 491 hours, no missed time, still employed
Chun Lee 1st Year A A A 320 hours, no missed time, still employed
Whitney E. Antonelli 1st Year A A A 896 hours, no missed time, still employed
Nathan Jones 1st Year A A A 300 hours, no missed time, still employed
William Budd 1st Year A A R 339 hours, no missed time, still employed
Sharon Grant 2nd Year A A A 245 hours, no missed time, still employed
Hugh Janz 2nd Year A A A 4645 hours, no missed time, still employed
Andrew Koprnicky 3rd Year A A A 3041 hours, no missed time, still employed
Desirea Leng 3rd Year A A A 390 hours, no missed time, still employed
Ken Yuzyk  JM previous member  A A R 18,028 hours, previous member
James Stephen Murrant JM Transfer  Local 116 A A A 3893 hours worked through Local 110
William Connor  JM Transfer  Local 95 A A R 1431 hours, no missed time, still employed
Roy Andrew Cook JM Transfer  Local 95 A A A 914 hours worked through Local 110
Isaac (Jerry) Alexander  JM Transfer  Local 131 A A A 939 hours, no missed time, still employed
Raimonds Sirmais Permit JM "C" A A A Commercial, 2501 hours, nomissed time, still employed
18 – 1st years, 2 – 2nd year, 2 – 3rd year, 1 – JM, 4 – JM transfers, 1 – JM "C"

 

Well it has been a busy last couple of months, as alot of you know  Doug Johnson and myself are now into full contract negotiations for next year Collective agreement, As you all know the Officers inherited the agreement and shifts from the previous set of Officers. So this will be our first chance to see if we can improve on the agreement and perhaps work on standardizing alot of the conditions with the rest of the Building Trade unions. We will be in two day a week negotiations until we have a new deal agreed to and then will present it to the members for ratification. Without going into any details I believe the members will be pleased with the progress the contractors and the unions are making.Wednesday, September 24, 2014

 

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BM Update Monday June 9th, 2014

Monday, June 9th,2014

Update on last Fridays' activity here at the Union hall, earlier we learned that Red Deer College was looking for instructors to teach a ten week course for temporary foreign workers where at the end of the course they would be able to take a " Qualification Certificate Program" exam for which the  temporary foreign worker needs to show that they have 6827 hours experience in the last 54 months and pay $475.00. If they successfully passed the exam they would be issued a certificate equivalent as a journeyman Insulator after checking with some other unions this program is available for other trades as well, we discussed our options with the International and decided that the best approach was to inquiry why this program is not available to Albertan's and Canadians with the same or better qualifications. A CBC reporter contacted us on this story and was here Friday to do a short interview and get our side of the issue, we will continue to look into this concern and see what options we have to turn this into something beneficial.

Friday, June 6th, 2014

Here are the applicants for Union membership for the June 14th meeting. They are tentative until voted on by the membership in attendance at the June 14th meeting. Hope to see you there.

Gizzie Arku 1st Year Tentatively Accepted
Alex Daskaluk JM Transfer Local 95 Tentatively Accepted
Denis Robichaud JM Transfer Local 58 Tentatively Accepted
Leslie Labine JM Tentatively Accepted
Sean Aitken 1st Year Tentatively Accepted
Dmitry Zubretsov 3rd Year Tentatively Accepted
Eric J Freel JM Transfer Local 97  Tentatively Accepted
Shawn Vanslyke JM Transfer Local 95 Tentatively Accepted
Jason Bressette JM Transfer Local 95 Tentatively Accepted
Justin London JM Transfer Local 131 Tentatively Accepted
Craig Brown 1st Year Tentatively Accepted
Jeffery Bassett 1st Year Tentatively Accepted
Fowsi Yusuf 1st Year Tentatively Accepted
Mitchell Doiron 1st Year Tentatively Accepted
Jeff Maude JM Transfer Local 95 Tentatively rejected
Ken Yuzyk JM – previous member Tentatively Accepted
Cody Lima 1st Year Tentatively rejected
Lana Francis 1st Year Tentatively Accepted
Salem Archivald Ali 1st Year Tentatively Accepted

BM Update Friday May 23rd, 2014

 

Friday May 23rd 2014

 Western International Vice President Vince Engel and I spent Tuesday, May 20th meeting with individuals in Calgary to see if we could convince them to let us do an Energy audit on an existing high-rise, this would entail our expert going in and detailing all the missing insulation, breached firestopping and insulation that was no longer efficient. We would then present them with a detailed report on the cost to replace the insulation as well as how much energy in gigajoules was being wasted and the amount of Co2 gases in tons that are being released into the atmosphere as well as the actual savings they would have, as well the time frame for them to recoup their original investment. Overall, the meetings went very well with good opportunities to promote mechanical insulation and build relationships with government and industry leaders.  The meeting  Craig Watt, Executive  Director, Premier’s Southern Alberta Office was very positive, and we were impressed with Mr. Watt’s knowledge about energy, and he had good questions after the power point/deck presentation.  Watt will facilitate additional meetings with the Alberta Energy and Infrastructure ministers, and the current manpower shortages in Alberta provided a good opportunity for us to describe the importance of apprenticeship training to provide the necessary experience for apprentices to become journeymen.  Watt also suggested that we consider having a full-time marketing/development professional expand our communications efforts.The meeting with Param Sekhon, Director, South Region Infrastructure, and Infrastructure Alberta was also positive, as Mr. Sekhon is responsible for the new builds in Alberta.  He was also impressed with our presentation and was also encouraging the use of energy audits to promote our energy efficiency work.    The meeting with Lloyd Suchet, Director of Government and Regulatory Affairs, BOMA (Building Owners Managers Association of Calgary) went well, as we was very well prepared for the meeting, and while he did not have any specific recommendations, he did state that he would share our interest in performing energy audits with his BOMA committee members.  The last meeting with Tom Dixon, Business and Trade Development Sector, Calgary Economic Development was not positive as Mr. Dixon was distracted and not focused on our presentation.    

Yesterday May 22nd the Business Managers for the various 22 unions met for our monthly Building Trades of Alberta Executive Board Meeting in Red Deer alot of members are frustrated by some of the schedules and agreements that the Building Trades approves, I will let you know that a motion to approve a schedule or agreement is needed and then a seconder followed by discussion on the pros and cons of approving such a schedule or agreement, after everyone has had their say it goes to a vote and the majority rules whether to approve or deny. In todays enviroment with us competing for work against CLAC, Merit and the open shops the Building Trades agrees in is better to get us onto sites previously closed to the unions and increase our market share and then show them the advantages of using our skilled workers. We met for the entire day and discussed numerous issues including RSAP and hopefully I will have some good news to report in the near future.

Monday May 12th, 2014

Here are the results of the applications for union membership!

 

Glenn Harder – 1st year permit, 384 hours, still employed,  Accepted

Rodney K. Lewis – JM permit, previous member, 10,312 hours, Still employed,  Accepted

Michel Viau – Transfer, JM Local 58, 290 hours, still employed,  Accepted

Dennis S. Robert – 1st year permit, 1875 hours, previously accepted,  Accepted

Sean Keable – Transfer, JM Local 95, 7150 hours, still employed, Rejected

Donald J. Epp – Transfer, JM Local 95, 2110 hours, no missed time,  Accepted

James McFadyen – Transfer, JM Local 95, 1969 hours, still employed, Rejected

David Rondeau – Transfer, JM Local 95, 6978 hours, still employed,  Accepted

Lawrence Wehyee – 3rd year permit, 5838 hours, still employed,  Accepted

Kyla Hawco – 1st year permit, 349 hours, no missed time,  Accepted

Jessica Kacklin – 1st year permit, 681 hours, still employed,  Accepted

Pierre Maguet – 2nd year permit, 2,167 hours,,  Accepted

Dylan Worsell – 1st year permit, 517 hours, still employed, Accepted

Kofi Boakye- Yiadom – 1st year permit, 618 hours, still employed, Accepted

Denis Robichaud – Transfer, JM Local 58, 5,852 hours, still employed,  Accepted

Timothy Bailey – Journeyman C, 620 hours, Held over until June meeting

Grizzie Arku – 1st year permit,  Held over till June meeting 

Gordon Wolfe – 3rd year permit, 1,326 hours,still employed, tentatively accepted

Vicent Wishmwn – Journeyman, 2435 hours,still employed, tentatively accepted

Darrel Stock – Journeyman, previous member, 20,989 hours, previous member, tentatively accepted

Bradley Lewis – Transfer Local 95, 577 hours, still employed, tentatively accepted

Congratulations to all our new members, please contact the Union hall ASAP to make final arrangements.

 

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BM Update Thursday, March 20th, 2014

Thursday, March 20th, 2014

Good morning, there has been some confusion about how Joffre NMA calls work, so just to clarify:

NMA Article 19.303 states the Union will undertake to dispatch qualified persons for employment in the following sequence, (i) qualified union members who are local residents; (ii) qualified union members residing outside of the local area.

As confirmed by the GPMCC/NMCC, this means the company is obligated to hire or name hire (in accordance with the proper percentages) from the pool of qualified members who are deemed to be local residents. If that pool of workers was exhausted, they (the company) would be able to hire or name hire (in accordance with the proper percentages) from those union members residing outside of the local area. 

A local resident is a person who has resided within one hundred (100) radius kilometers of the project for at least six (6) months immediately preceding the date of hire and the person's residence is the place where the person permanently maintains a self-contained domestic establishment in which s/he resides; original documents (not photo copies) are required for proof of residence and will be verified by the employer, copied and returned; two (2) of the following are acceptable: income tax assessment; property tax assessment; EI; utilities receipt. All of this is detailed in Article 19.300 of the NMA and all of it was included for competitive as well as practical reasons when the agreement was established in 1994/1995.

I hope this clears up the questions you might have had about this.

Wade Logan
Business Manager

 

BM Update Monday, March 10th, 2014

Monday, March 10th, 2014

Good Morning at the Saturday General Membership meeting we had over 100 members in attendance great to see such a great turn out and they voted to put the upcoming May Increase of 75 cents into the following two funds, 44 cents will go into the Pension fund and 31 cents will also go into the Health and Welfare plan as well here are the results for the applicantations for membership as voted on by the membership.

Doug Kanto –                          JM – Previous member, 11,623 hrs. –  Accepted

Amanda Tipton –                     1st Year Permit, 1889 hrs. –  Accepted

Edwin Perdomo –                    1st Year Permit, 2,357 hrs. –  Accepted

Megan MacQuarrie-                1st Year Permit, over  400 hrs. –  Accepted

Devin La –                              1st Year Permit, 442 hrs. –  Accepted

Dean Ziegler –                         2nd Year Permit, 6,787 hrs. –  Accepted

Rickey E Smith –                    JM Transfer – Local 95, 7,559 hrs. –  Accepted

Joe Calladine –                      JM Transfer – Local 95, 4,834.9 hrs. –  Accepted

Evan Dahms –                         Journeyman, Organized –  Accepted

Victor Lair –                             JM Transfer – Local 95, 5,947 hrs. –  Accepted ,

David Mitchell –                        JM – previous member, 6,517 hrs. –  Accepted

Nevada Webb Cunnington –       Firestopper, Organized,  Accepted

Jason Cunnington –                  Firestopper, Organized, –  Accepted

Ilia Koltsov –                             Firestopper, Organized –  Accepted

Steve Richardson –                  JM Transfer – Local 131, 6,554 hrs. –  Accepted

Bruce Cartier –                        1st Year Permit, Organized,  Accepted

Jacques Bourget –                   JM Transfer – Local 58, 3,139 hrs. –  Rejected

Please contact the Union hall to complete paperwork and pay initiation cost for the successful applicants, and Congratulations!!!

Also at this meeting our membership voted to split the May wage increase of 75 cents by putting 44 cents into the Pension Plan and the remaining 31 cents into the Health and Welfare Plan.

 

Tuesday, March 4th,2014

I have been getting a few phone calls concerned about seeing advertisements for Insulators on job banks posting and other media by our contractors and I just want to let our members know that due to the number of Insulators that are anticipated for the upcoming work our contractors are getting ready to apply for a Labor Market Opinion (LMO) from the Federal government. Part of the process for them to be approved for an LMO is to prove they have advertised for Canadian workers and then report back the number of individuals that responded back to their ad. An additional step is they must have a letter from the Union confirming that they too believe there will be a shortage of Qualified Canadian workers, if the government is convinced there will be a labor shortage then an LMO is granted to the contractor and when the shortage arrives they can begin bringing in TFW's. There is more to the process than what I have outlined but if you have any questions please give me a call.

 

Monday, March 3rd, 2014

Temporary Foreign Workers

 

This morning I attended the TFW rally at the Legislature and I applaud the members of the various unions who braved the weather to try to institute a change to the TFW process. While I too think the process is flawed and needs to be amended, I believe that the Building Trades of Alberta, The Alberta Federation of Labor and perhaps the AUPE need to be involved to come up with one agenda that all their members can promote.

In my opinion the TFW’s are a Band-Aid solution to our labor shortage in Alberta and the real solution would be to promote and train the young men and women here in Alberta. This would necessitate a change by the government to have a clear set percentage of 1st year apprentices required on all Alberta projects and to police that it is being met.

The second criteria would be complete transparency and would follow the Sunshine program outlined in the AFL whicht is proposing an online searchable database listing all employers holding work permits in the program. This would mean the database would also include Labour Market Opinions, Accelerated Labour Market Opinions, and employers using the Alberta Pilot Project or any similar project in other provinces.

It would also include the number of workers, job classifications and wages being paid to the workers, as well as the worksites where the workers are employed, bottom line needs to be if you are qualified to work here you should be paid the prevailing wage. One last point I would like to make is I do not classify our brothers and sister to the south as TFW’s as they are part of our International have similar apprenticeship and our dispatched out of our hall here in Alberta.

 

Saturday, March 1st, 2014

Here are the applicants for Union membership fpr the March 8th meeting they are tentative until voted on by the membership in attendence at the March 8th meeting, hope to see you there.

 Sands Hotel (Flamenco Banquet Room) ** Vote on allocation of the May 2014 wage increase, and on delegates for the 2014 Canadian Conference

Doug Kanto –                          JM – Previous member, 11,623 hrs. – Tentatively Accepted

Amanda Tipton –                     1st Year Permit, 1889 hrs. – Tentatively Accepted

Edwin Perdomo –                    1st Year Permit, 2,357 hrs. – Tentatively Accepted

Megan MacQuarrie-                1st Year Permit, over  400 hrs. – Tentatively Accepted

Devin La –                              1st Year Permit, 442 hrs. – Tentatively Accepted

Dean Ziegler –                         2nd Year Permit, 6,787 hrs. – Tentatively Accepted

Rickey E Smith –                    JM Transfer – Local 95, 7,559 hrs. – Tentatively Accepted

Joe Calladine –                      JM Transfer – Local 95, 4,834.9 hrs. – Tentatively Accepted

Evan Dahms –                         Journeyman, Organized – Tentatively Accepted

Victor Lair –                             JM Transfer – Local 95, 5,947 hrs. – Tentatively Accepted Organized,

David Mitchell –                        JM – previous member, 6,517 hrs. – Tentatively Accepted

Nevada Webb Cunnington –       Firestopper, Organized, Tentatively Accepted

Jason Cunnington –                  Firestopper, Organized, – Tentatively Accepted

Ilia Koltsov –                             Firestopper, Organized – Tentatively Accepted

Steve Richardson –                  JM Transfer – Local 131, 6,554 hrs. – Tentatively Accepted

Bruce Cartier –                        1st Year Permit, Organized, Tentatively Accepted

Jacques Bourget –                   JM Transfer – Local 58, 3,139 hrs. – Tentatively Rejected

 

 

Thursday, February 27,2014

Aerogel/Pyrogel

There has been a lot of talk lately on Aerogel/Pyrogel and what the Union is doing to help the members. I can tell you that we at the local level and at the International level are concerned as well. Here we have the WOW Center studying and charting the members who have been working with this product; at the International level they are pushing NIOSH the American version of OSHA to be proactive and complete more intensive research. The fact right now is that this is an insulation material and we are working with it all across North America and we will continue to push for further research into the material and a clear knowledge of the Personal Protective Equipment required. Local 110 is being proactive and pushing our contractors to err on the side of caution and use the best P.P.E. outlined in the MSDS. We will continue to monitor the product and update the P.P.E. as scientific evidence warrants it.

There have been some members comparing the Aerogel/Pyrogel product to asbestos, causing fear and problems at work sites, I cannot condone that. I started in 1980 as a commercial 1st year apprentice when the contractors were allowed to use whatever asbestos product they had stockpiled from previous purchases. I saw firsthand that there was no communication from our Government to our Union Hall or to membership to enforce the meager Personal Protective Equipment that was required or to try to educate the membership on the dangers of inhaling or ingesting asbestos fibers. I saw my Journeymen and I working in our street clothes which we all took home to be laundered with  our families clothing, exposing them all to asbestos fibers. At no time was I or my coworkers ever informed or warned of the dire consequences of this product by our Government or the Union Hall. The only protection I saw was the paper filter masks we could ask for and being new I saw no danger as the insulators I was working with would cut holes in their mask so they could smoke while wearing them and continue to work. I know for a fact while mixing Blue mud which is 99% asbestos in a trough in a boiler room with a hoe there was dust so thick you could not see and we all continued to work some with paper masks and some with nothing. So I take great exception to the comparison and know firsthand the lack of education we as insulators received from our local and the contractors and the meager Personal Protective Equipment that was enforced. I look at the membership now and see the education on all the products has been greatly increased and the knowledge of the importance of protecting yourself while working. I see our members wearing coveralls on all projects and when working with aerogel disposable coveralls and nitrile gloves and half mask or full face mask with P 100 filters and I wish that the members affected with asbestosis would have had the same education and P.P.E. and they would all still be here today. We will continue to monitor and push for research to increase safety with all products!

   Wade Logan                                                                                                                        

   Business Manager

 

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BM Update Friday, January 24, 2014

Friday, January, 24, 2014 

Good day to everyone, I thought I would let you know what transpired here this week, as you may or may not know at last years Canadian Conference the International formed a committee called the LMCT to start lobbying the various provincial and Federal agencies to increase the energy effeciencies of the building codes and Industrial sites to reduce our Carbon foot print.The International has hired a lobbyist group on all of the Canadian local behalf to work with them in their provinces. SUMMA was the company hired and this past week Vince Engel our International Western Vice president, Alec Rexrout head of the contractors association in Chicago and I met with various Alberta enegy departments as a first step to introduce ourselves and let them know the benefits of Mechanical Insulation and how we could help them reduce energy consumption and Alberta's Carbon footprint, the meetings went very well and were all arranged by SUMMA. Now we just need to continue to work with the various department's that show an interest and continue to promote the advantages of Mechanical Insulation as an investment into Albeta's future well being.

Monday, January, 13,2014

Here are the the membership applicants results as voted on by the membership in attendance at this past Saturdays meeting.

Congratulations to our new members !

Cole Albers, 1st year permit, Held Over

Steve Cairns, Local 95 JM transfer, Accepted

Jordon A Smith, Local 118 JM transfer, Accepted

Joshua Butt, 1st year permit,  Accepted

Brian Rolf, 1st year permit,  Accepted

Cody Detta, 1st year permit,  Accepted

Reshid Wellebo, 1st year permit, Accepted

Mohammad Sliman, 1st year permit, Accepted

Russel Alder, Local 95 JM transfer, Accepted

Bonat Albert, JM C (member of Local 8),  Accepted

Ashton Boutin, 1st year permit, Accepted

Darrin Craig, JM C, Accepted

Tuan Ngo, JM,  Accepted

Saturday, January 11,2014

 Happy New Year to everyone, hopefully the new year finds you in good fortune, well it 2014 already and two years have come and gone just like that, the work forecast for this year looks to be slightly busier than last year so any member's looking to work will have that oppertunity we will also be bringing in our brothers and sisters from across Canada to help out with Turn Arounds as well as some TFW's, the forecast for 2015 to 2020 looks like it will be full steam ahead and we will spend the time now looking to gather more experienced insulators into the Union fold so we can man the jobs and expand our market share into areas previously held by the nonunion sector. We are in a bargaining year so if you have any suggestions about changes to our Collective agreement please submit them to our union or pass them along to your E board members.This past week we worked together with our International to bring in two fire stop trainers from the U.S. to put on a train thre trainer class so Dan Annette can now teach fire stopping a market we let slip away and now will be trying to voluntarily sign up non union shops, we also invited trainers from across Canada from our sister locals to attend and local 110 did a great job of hosting and showcasing our local. The Christmas party was a huge success selling out a 290 members, with rave reviews from the members that participated, the new location was also a huge hit, it is great to see the membership coming out and supporting the union by selling out our functions, It is only with membership participation that we will be able to maintain a strong successful Union so I hope this support will also start to trickle into the Union meetings so we have a packed venue each and every time.

 

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BM Update Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Tuesday, December,17,2013

Well another year has just about come and gone and where does the time go, we have had a good year regarding work with our members working  steady over the last year, The clients have requested a few shifts that are not to favorable with the membership and the business agents and I have been trying to convince them to change, but the client owns the site and makes the rules but we will continue to argue the merits of change. Next year looks to be just as busy as the past year and then if projections are correct it will start to get crazy busy in 2015 -2020. Local 110 is and will continue to implement advertising, training and apprentice changes so we will be in a position to supply union workers to as many sites as possible. The Union Christmas Party is sold out with 290 participants including our Western Canada International Vice President, Vince Engel so hopefully I will see you there if not I would like to extend a Merry Christmas and a Happy and Prosperous New Year to you and your family. 

Here are the results of the union applicants.

1.     Ebenezer Ogboso – 1st year Apprentice, Industrial helper, 2,400 hours worked through Local 110,  Accepted

2.     Travis Jones – 1st  year Apprentice, 860 hours worked through Local 110,  Accepted

3.     Mohamed Siraj Mohamed – 1st year Apprentice, 745 hours worked through Local 110,  Accepted

4.     Rachel Terrell – 1st year Apprentice, 360 hours worked through Local 110,  Accepted

5.     Sloan Dovich – 1st year Apprentice, 1,028 hours worked through Local 110,  Accepted

6.     Mitchell Cormack- 1st year Apprentice, 604 hours worked through Local 110,  Accepted

7.     Hugh Janz – 1st year Apprentice, 2,565 hours worked through Local 110, Accepted

8.     Patrick McConaghy – 1st year Apprentice, 1,453 hours worked through local 110, Accepted

9.     Phillip Black – 1st year Apprentice, Former member, 2,378 hours worked through Local 110,  Accepted

10.  Junior Matthews – Journeymen C, 5,225 hours worked through Local 110, Accepted

11.  Gary S Broad – Transfer, Local 95 Journeyman, 1,905 hours worked through Local 110, Accepted

12.  Norman Seguin -Transfer, Local 58, Journeyman, 7,827 hours worked through Local 110, Accepted

13.  Rickey E. Smith – Transfer, Local 95, Journeyman, 7,192 hours worked through Local 110,  Accepted

14.  Mario Malouin – Transfer, Local 58, Journeyman, 3,032 hours worked through Local 110, Accepted

15.  Ammie McNallie- Journeyman, Former member, 7,457 hours worked through Local 110,Accepted

16.  Randy Pysh – Journeyman, Former member, 22,745 hours worked through Local 110,  Accepted

17.  Penny Bellerose – 1st year Apprentice, 230 hours worked through Local 110,  Rejected

18.  Stephen Muise – Transfer, Local 131, Journeyman, 4,284 hours worked through Local 110,  Rejected

 

Tuesday, December 3rd, 2013

Good afternoon, this morning we the Building Trades Union's (BTA) gathered at the Operating Engineers hall with the Registered Employers Organization (REO) and the Construction Labor Board (CLR)  to start the discussions for the upcoming negotiations for the Union Collective agreements. For those of you who are unfamiliar with this process the BTA Union's enters into Joint Framework Bargaining as a whole to settle 90-95% of the Collective issues as a whole with input from all the unions on common Interest based negotiations, when they have agreement on the that, we then move to the small table to discuss trade specific issues. Local 110 bargaining committee is the Business Manager and the three Business Agents and we will be asking for the input from the job stewards from some of our bigger jobs as to issues they have run across and the Executive Board but any member with a concern or a suggestion can call myself or a Business agent to discuss. Just to clarify that maintenance issues are not part of this and our negotiated by the Western Canada Vice President and the GPMC.                                                                                            On another note I will be in Calgary this Saturday to attend the annual Christmas party so I hope to see you there.

Here are the applicants for membership and transfer this month.

1.     Ebenezer Ogboso – 1st year Apprentice, Industrial helper, 2,400 hours worked through Local 110, Tentatively Accepted

2.     Travis Jones – 1st  year Apprentice, 860 hours worked through Local 110, Tentatively Accepted

3.     Mohamed Siraj Mohamed – 1st year Apprentice, 745 hours worked through Local 110, Tentatively Accepted

4.     Rachel Terrell – 1st year Apprentice, 360 hours worked through Local 110, Tentatively Accepted

5.     Sloan Dovich – 1st year Apprentice, 1,028 hours worked through Local 110, Tentatively Accepted

6.     Mitchell Cormack- 1st year Apprentice, 604 hours worked through Local 110, Tentatively Accepted

7.     Hugh Janz – 1st year Apprentice, 2,565 hours worked through Local 110,  Tentatively Accepted

8.     Patrick McConaghy – 1st year Apprentice, 1,453 hours worked through local 110,  Tentatively Accepted

9.     Phillip Black – 1st year Apprentice, Former member, 2,378 hours worked through Local 110, Tentatively Accepted

10.  Junior Matthews – Journeymen C, 5,225 hours worked through Local 110,Tentatively Accepted

11.  Gary S Broad – Transfer, Local 95 Journeyman, 1,905 hours worked through Local 110, Tentatively Accepted

12.  Norman Seguin -Transfer, Local 58, Journeyman, 7,827 hours worked through Local 110, Tentatively Accepted

13.  Rickey E. Smith – Transfer, Local 95, Journeyman, 7,192 hours worked through Local 110, Tentatively Accepted

14.  Mario Malouin – Transfer, Local 58, Journeyman, 3,032 hours worked through Local 110, Tentatively Accepted

15.  Ammie McNallie- Journeyman, Former member, 7,457 hours worked through Local 110, Tentatively Accepted

16.  Randy Pysh – Journeyman, Former member, 22,745 hours worked through Local 110, Tentatively Accepted

17.  Penny Bellerose – 1st year Apprentice, 230 hours worked through Local 110, Tentatively Rejected

18.  Stephen Muise – Transfer, Local 131, Journeyman, 4,284 hours worked through Local 110,  Tentatively Rejected

​As usual the final vote for membership is up to the members in attendance at the meeting, please contact the union if you have concerns over any of the listed and if you would like to review the applications please contact the hall to make an appointment. Thank you.

Tuesday, November 12th, 2013

I had a request to post a message from Joy Lafferty, so I am  posting it here for our members to read.

We would like to thank Local 110 for supporting his family with telephone calls and attending his service on November 2 and donating to the University of Alberta, Gordon Lafferty Memorial Football Scholarship fund established by his sons in his honor.  Gordie was a humble man and would feel very proud to think that a living tribute such as this has been established.  He was an adventurer, always up for another trip to a new destination but quite happy to just walk around the block pulling his beloved grandsons in the red flyer wagon.  His dive buddies who attended described him as being so grateful for the opportunity to explore new worlds, but said he would have been happy strapping a tank on his back to explore a mud puddle.  Gordie had no expectations of others, he loved and befriended people the world over, rich and poor, famous and infamous, it made no difference to him, his only expectation was of himself, that he maintain the dignity and well-being that he worked so hard to attain, that he provide for his family and work to create a better world for them and he worked toward that end by supporting his sons every decision.  We are so grateful to Gordie, that he was a loving husband, father and grampa and we are grateful Local 110 for providing Gordie with the opportunity and stability and support over the years to help him achieve his goals. On behalf of myself, his sons Jason and Shaun, their spouses and our most beloved grandsons, Brady and Isaac, a heart felt thank you.  

Joy Lafferty

 

Wednesday, November 6th, 2013

Good Morning; as you may have heard the framework agreement for the Northern gateway pipeline was reached between Alberta and B.C.. so I would anticipate that the projects up north will start to announce expansions in the next couple of years, with the amount of work forecasted for the future it looks like the only battle Local 110 will be facing is suppling enough qualified manpower. Our changing the Journeymen ratio was a good start but will only start to ease the burden in three years if the members go to school, Canadian travelers will not be as abundant as work in all the provinces is picking up as well, our supply of TFW's our brothers in the U.S.A.. will also be drying up if what I've heard about their work situation is true. We have started to target nonunion journeymen working in Alberta with radio ads to see if we can get them to work through us and will continue to think on strategies to increase our manpower if you know Journeymen insulators working non union  that would like top of the line health and welfare benefits and a pension when they retire please have them contact us. Or if you have any ideas on how to increase our pool of qualified manpower I am always available to listen.We have now also started our Green initiative that the International is funding and have a lobbying group working on our behalf with all our sister locals in Canada, so hopefully we can campaign to increase the insulation required both Commercially and Industrial and I will need to start making appearances at the MLA functions to start to push for changes in our Province.

Monday, November 4th, 2013

Good Morning, I am posting the results of the General Membership vote for Union application,unfortunately I was unable to be at Saturday's meeting as I attended the funeral of a long time friend and member Gord Lafferty. Here are the results of the votes.

  1. Dianne Corbett – 1st year Apprentice,Industrial helper, 4,600 hours worked through Local 110, Accepted
  2. Genny Martinez – 1st  year Apprentice,Industrial helper, 20,498 hours worked through Local 110,  Accepted
  3. David Peddle – 1st year Apprentice, 367 hours worked through Local 110,  Accepted
  4. Wayne Noel – 1st year Apprentice, 880 hours worked through Local 110,  Accepted
  5. Tanner Nelson – 1st year Apprentice, 363 hours worked through Local 110,  Accepted
  6. Kim Tobin- 1st year Apprentice, 1,631 hours worked through Local 110,  Accepted
  7. Joel Jeannotte – 1st year Apprentice, 2,242 hours worked through Local 110, Accepted
  8. Aaron Griffith – 1st year apprentice, 629 hours worked through local 110,  Accepted
  9. Wilko Benyk – Journeymen C, 9,693 hours worked through Local 110, Accepted
  10. Franck Pelissier – Journeymen C, 3,904 hours worked through Local 110, Accepted
  11. Matthew Hargie – Journeyman, 3055 hrs worked through local 110,  Accepted
  12. Thomas Cote – , Journeyman,Former member 6822 hrs,  Accepted
  13. Norman Seguin –  Transfer, Local 58, Journeyman, 7827 hours worked for local 110, Rejected
  14. Coady Cassidy –  Transfer, Local 131, Journeyman, 1564 hours worked for local 110,   Accepted
  15. Rickey E. Smith-  Transfer, Local 95, Journeyman, 7192 hours worked for local 110, Rejected
  16. Dennis Borden –  Transfer, Local 116, Journeyman, 2564 hours worked for local 110,  Accepted
  17. Dustin Boyd-  Transfer, Local 95, Journeyman, 2564 hours worked for local 110, Accepted
  18. Stephen Muise –  Transfer, Local 131, Journeyman, 4284 hours worked for local 110,  Rejected
  19. Jeffrey Bolda – Journeymen C,  1544 hours worked through Local 110,  Rejected

Friday, October 25th,2013

Good Morning, I just got back from a two day lobby conference here in Edmonton where they gave us the basics of how to lobby the goverment. It was very useful information and will come in handy with the Canadian Unions starting a campaign. I will get you more information as we get our statistic and facts together to get this off the ground. We will be having our monthly union meeting next week on Saturday Nov.2nd and if you are not working please come down and get involved in the direction and events of your union. Here are the the applicants for membership and transfer for next month.

 

  1. Dianne Corbett – 1st year Apprentice,Industrial helper, 4,600 hours worked through Local 110, Tentatively Accepted
  2. Genny Martinez – 1st  year Apprentice,Industrial helper, 20,498 hours worked through Local 110, Tentatively Accepted
  3. David Peddle – 1st year Apprentice, 367 hours worked through Local 110, Tentatively Accepted
  4. Wayne Noel – 1st year Apprentice, 880 hours worked through Local 110, Tentatively Accepted
  5. Tanner Nelson – 1st year Apprentice, 363 hours worked through Local 110, Tentatively Accepted
  6. Kim Tobin- 1st year Apprentice, 1,631 hours worked through Local 110, Tentatively Accepted
  7. Joel Jeannotte – 1st year Apprentice, 2,242 hours worked through Local 110,  TentativelyAccepted
  8. Aaron Griffith – 1st year apprentice, 629 hours worked through local 110,  TentativelyAccepted
  9. Wilko Benyk – Journeymen C, 9,693 hours worked through Local 110,Tentatively Accepted
  10. Franck Pelissier – Journeymen C, 3,904 hours worked through Local 110,Tentatively Accepted
  11. Matthew Hargie – Journeyman, 3055 hrs worked through local 110,Tentatively  Accepted
  12. Thomas Cote – , Journeyman,Former member 6822 hrs, Tentatively Accepted
  13. Norman Seguin –  Transfer, Local 58, Journeyman, 7827 hours worked for local 110, Tentatively Accepted
  14. Coady Cassidy –  Transfer, Local 131, Journeyman, 1564 hours worked for local 110,  Tentatively Accepted
  15. Rickey E. Smith-  Transfer, Local 95, Journeyman, 7192 hours worked for local 110, Tentatively Accepted
  16. Dennis Borden –  Transfer, Local 116, Journeyman, 2564 hours worked for local 110, Tentatively Accepted
  17. Dustin Boyd-  Transfer, Local 95, Journeyman, 2564 hours worked for local 110, Tentatively Accepted
  18. Stephen Muise –  Transfer, Local 131, Journeyman, 4284 hours worked for local 110,  Tentatively Rejected
  19. Jeffrey Bolda – Journeymen C,  1544 hours worked through Local 110, Tentatively Rejected

​As usual the final vote for membership is up to the members in attendance at the meeting, please contact the union if you have concerns over any of the listed and if you would like to review the applications please contact the hall to make an appointment. Thank you

And remember plese get you Christmas Party tickets, we are in a new venue that was just remodeled, we have a block of rooms set aside so you dont have to catch a cab and lastly a DJ to play the music the crowd wants to hear.

 

  1. Friday, October 11th,2013

Good afternoon, Bothers and Sisters this morning we had the opportunity to have a photo  with the STARS helicopter as they unveiled the Building Trades Logo on the tail fin, the Building Trades which Local 110 is part of have been donating to STARS for the last 17 years and have donated over $550,000.00, it was good to see the lotteries that you purchase on site through the Building Trades raffle going to causes that benefit all of that have or are working on remote sites. A big thank you to all the volunteers on the sites that put in their time to sell and organize these raffles and the members who purchase these tickets. A reminder that we have a new apprentice to journeyperson ratio in effect on November 3rd, 2013 as well as small increase in wages. And from the Officers and Staff at Local 110, have a great long weekend celebrating Thanksgiving with family and friends and if you are one of the members working, Thank you and Be Safe!!! We will post the photos when they email us a copy.

 

Monday, October 7,2013

In August, 2013 the Alberta Apprenticeship restructured the Insulator apprenticeship, eliminating the need to work 1600 hours for the 4th year portion of apprenticeship and effectively making it a three year program, unfortunately the Alberta union still had 4th years in the system which we are sending out as 4th years as per the collective agreement which is still in effect, until they can get their blue books updated making them Journeypersons. To address this situation and the 4th year classification that still exists in the other provinces, the Construction Labour  Relations and the Union signed a letter of Understanding raising the percentages of 2nd and 3rd year apprentices, so in essence a 4th year coming here from another province or State will be dispatched as a 3rd year but will still be making the old 4th year rate of 80%. I would suggest to contractors to go to the CLR website to review the letter of Understanding as there is changes to the apprentice to journeymen ratio.

 

Good Morning here are the results after the members have voted.

  1. Michae Devoldere – 1st year Apprentice, 13,812 hours worked through Local 110,  Accepted
  2. Daniel Walker – 2nd  year Apprentice,5,023 hours worked through Local 110,  Accepted
  3. Paul Bailey – 1st year Apprentice, 667 hours worked through Local 110,  Accepted
  4. Levi Straw – 1st year Apprentice, 1,095 hours worked through Local 110,  Accepted
  5. Brandon Johnston – 1st year Apprentice, 1,045 hours worked through Local 110,  Accepted
  6. Dean Trotman- 1st year Apprentice, 350 hours worked through Local 110,  Accepted
  7. Ryan Achtemichuk – 1st year Apprentice, 2,176 hours worked through Local 110,  Accepted
  8. Jacob Elias – 1st year apprentice, 403 hours worked through local 110,  Accepted
  9. Jesse Loates – Journeymen C, 10,530 hours worked through Local 110, Accepted
  10. Kristian Rhodes – Journeymen C,  1544 hours worked through Local 110,  Accepted
  11. Chris Bevan – Transfer, Local 95, Journeyman,  Accepted
  12. Dustin Boyd – Transfer, Local 95, Journeyman, Held over
  13. Salvador Flores – Lapsed Journeymen Member, 20,632 hours worked through Local 110,  Accepted
  14. Robert Aube – Firestopper, Accepted
  15. Vibol Tep –  Transfer, Local 58, Journeyman, 6043 hours worked for local 110,  Accepted
  16. Ken Yuzyk – Lapsed Journeymen Member, 14,289 hours worked through Local 110,  Rejected

 

Monday, September 30,2013

Good afternoon

Brothers and Sisters, I know it feels like it was just a few weeks ago we had our last union meeting, but it is time for the October meeting and since I just got back from a week of  holidays here are the applications for membership, please feel free to call myself or the Business agents with any concerns positive or negative, it is the membership that has been working with the applicants and know's if they will be an asset to our organization.

  1. Michae Devoldere – 1st year Apprentice, 13,812 hours worked through Local 110, Tentatively Accepted
  2. Daniel Walker – 2nd  year Apprentice,5,023 hours worked through Local 110, Tentatively Accepted
  3. Paul Bailey – 1st year Apprentice, 667 hours worked through Local 110, Tentatively Accepted
  4. Levi Straw – 1st year Apprentice, 1,095 hours worked through Local 110, Tentatively Accepted
  5. Brandon Johnston – 1st year Apprentice, 1,045 hours worked through Local 110, Tentatively Accepted
  6. Dean Trotman- 1st year Apprentice, 350 hours worked through Local 110, Tentatively Accepted
  7. Ryan Achtemichuk – 1st year Apprentice, 2,176 hours worked through Local 110, Tentatively Accepted
  8. Jacob Elias – 1st year apprentice, 403 hours worked through local 110, Tentitvely Accepted
  9. Jesse Loates – Journeymen C, 10,530 hours worked through Local 110, Tentatively Accepted
  10. Kristian Rhodes – Journeymen C,  1544 hours worked through Local 110, Tentatively Accepted
  11. Chris Bevan – Transfer, Local 95, Journeyman,  Tentatively Accepted
  12. Dustin Boyd – Transfer, Local 95, Journeyman, Tentatively Accepted
  13. Salvador Flores – Lapsed Journeymen Member, 20,632 hours worked through Local 110, Tentatively Accepted
  14. Robert Aube – Firestopper, Tentatively Accepted
  15. Vibol Tep –  Transfer, Local 58, Journeyman, 6043 hours worked for local 110, Tentatively Accepted
  16. Ken Yuzyk – Lapsed Journeymen Member, 14,289 hours worked through Local 110, Tentatively Rejected

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Here is the list of applicants seeking membership into Local 110 for  the September meeting, please contact myself of one of the Business Agents if you have any information positive or negative regarding any of the applicants listed below, judging by the number of 1st year applications the Union is going in the right direction to get back market share and grow the membership but we need the experienced members to mentor the new members so they can represent and have pride in belonging to Local 110;  Thank you.

  1. Aboubakrine S Mbaye – 1st year Apprentice, 2011 hours worked through Local 110, Tentatively Accepted
  2. Benjamin Johnson – 1st year Apprentice, 4408 hours worked through Local 110, Tentatively Accepted
  3. Brock Humphrey – JM transfer from Local 95, 2305 hours worked through Local 110, Tentatively Accepted
  4. Carlos Vargas – 1st year Apprentice, 356 hours worked through Local 110, Tentatively Accepted
  5. Cesar O Cubillos – 1st year Apprentice, 330 hours worked through Local 110, Tentatively Accepted
  6. Chris M Cousineau – 2nd year Apprentice, 8765 hours worked through Local 110, Tentatively Accepted
  7. Chuks Mady – JM transfer from Local 95, 3525 hours worked through Local 110, Tentatively Accepted
  8. Darlene Hebert – Industrial Helper, 4822 hours worked through Local 110, Tentatively Accepted
  9. Diana P Castrillon – 1st year Apprentice, 796 hours worked through Local 110, Tentatively Accepted
  10. Don Schmidt – 1st year Apprentice, 230 hours worked through Local 110, Tentatively Accepted
  11. Foday Kanneh – 1st year Apprentice, 511 hours worked through Local 110, Tentatively Accepted
  12. Francisco Puentes-Cuellar – 1st year Apprentice, 518 hours worked through Local 110, Tentatively Accepted
  13. Franck Miceli – 1st year Apprentice, 1604 hours worked through Local 110, Tentatively Accepted
  14. Gerard Kennedy – 1st year Apprentice, 536 hours worked through Local 110, Tentatively Accepted
  15. Hassan Tomma Almaliky – 1st year Apprentice, 482 hours worked through Local 110, Tentatively Accepted
  16. Hassan Yahie Shueib – 1st year Apprentice, 748 hours worked through Local 110, Tentatively Accepted
  17. James Webb – JM transfer from Local 67, 1291 hours worked through Local 110, Tentatively Accepted
  18. Jennette Tozer – 1st year Apprentice, 1359 hours worked through Local 110, Tentatively Accepted
  19. John Funk – JM transfer from Local 131, 5342 hours worked through Local 110, Tentatively Accepted
  20. John Sreang – 1st year Apprentice, 831 hours worked through Local 110, Tentatively Accepted
  21. Joyce Primeau – 1st year Apprentice, 2018 hours worked through Local 110, Tentatively Accepted
  22. Juan Lagos – 1st year Apprentice, 316 hours worked through Local 110, Tentatively Accepted
  23. Kenneth Addai – 1st year Apprentice, 1216 hours worked through Local 110, Tentatively Accepted
  24. Khalif Hassan Adar – 1st year Apprentice, 870 hours worked through Local 110, Tentatively Accepted
  25. Kim S Phelps – 1st year Apprentice, 767 hours worked through Local 110, Tentatively Accepted
  26. Kurt Weisser – JM former member, 1554 hours worked through Local 110, Tentatively Accepted
  27. Noah Daniel Steenken – 1st year Apprentice, 896 hours worked through Local 110, Tentatively Accepted
  28. Philip M Ketchum – 1st year Apprentice, union organized (382 hours) , Tentatively Accepted
  29. Rachid Ali Benchek – 1st year Apprentice, 1562 hours worked through Local 110, Tentatively Accepted
  30. Ronald Denesik – 1st year Apprentice, 1258 hours worked through Local 110, Tentatively Accepted
  31. Samuel Fraser – 1st year Apprentice, 519 hours worked through Local 110, Tentatively Accepted
  32. Stephen Lee Crane – 2nd year Apprentice, 265 hours worked through Local 110, Tentatively Accepted
  33. Tyler Bell – 1st year Apprentice, 2175 hours worked through Local 110, Tentatively Accepted
  34. Zahra Abdi Aden – 1st year Apprentice, 1194 hours worked through Local 110, Tentatively Accepted
  35. Badru Mohamed Hussein – 1st year Apprentice, 211+ hours worked through Local 110, Tentatively Accepted
  36. Crystal Larson – 2nd year Apprentice, 1702 hours worked through Local 110, Tentatively Accepted
  37. Graham Fraser – 1st year Apprentice, 10029 hours worked through Local 110, Tentatively Accepted
  38. Justin Alvin Graham – 1st year Apprentice, 1635 hours worked through Local 110, Tentatively Accepted
  39. Kenny William Vankonghnett – 2nd year, union organized, Tentatively Accepted
  40. Kevin Teske – JM, union organized, Tentatively Accepted
  41. Larry Lair – JM transfer from Local 95, 11097 hours worked through Local 110, Tentatively Accepted
  42. Michael Arsenault – JM transfer from Local 58, 4258 hours worked through Local 110, Tentatively Accepted
  43. Mike Rush – JM transfer from Local 131, 6610 hours worked through Local 110, Tentatively Accepted
  44. Nathalie Jacob – JM transfer from Local 58, 8745 hours worked through Local 110, Tentatively Accepted
  45. Reyale Paul Richard – JM transfer from Local 131, 1040 hours worked through Local 110, Tentatively Accepted
  46. Rick Day – JM transfer from Local 95, 1036 hours worked through Local 110, Tentatively Accepted
  47. Robert Lawrence Bertrand – JM transfer from Local 95, 1103 hours worked through Local 110, Tentatively Accepted
  48. Stephen Adams – JM transfer from Local 131, 2047 hours worked through Local 110, Tentatively Accepted
  49. Dennis Robert – 1st year Apprentice, 666.95 hours worked through Local 110, Tentatively Accepted
  50. Stephen R Davison – 3rd year Apprentice, 14,987 hours worked through Local 110, Tentatively Accepted
  51. Pat Burchert – 2nd year Apprentice, 11,904 hours worked through Local 110, Tentatively Accepted
  • Steve Cairns – JM transfer from Local 95, Tentatively Rejected, No Transfer letter(Contact Patti in Training)
  • Sean Keable – JM transfer from Local 95, 5972 hours worked through Local 110, Tentatively Rejected, No transfer letter (Contact Patti in Training)
  1. ​31 – 1st years tentatively accepted
  2. 5 – 2nd years tentatively accepted
  3. 1 3rd year tentatively accepted
  4. 14 – Journeymen tentatively accepted

 

Monday, August 26, 2013

Good Morning, hopefully everyone had a restful weekend. I thought I would give you an update on our software update we have finished the Union side and the dispatch side and we will need to clean up the member's data before we proceed with the Health and Welfare and Pension side, unfortunately the data kept in the old system was not formatted in the same sequence so we could not just transfer it to the new system, so we are going to double check each members file to ensure everything is correct. We will still be rolling out the member log in shortly but will not have the online bidding on jobs until the new year.

 

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Good Afternoon just a quick update on the 2013 Robert J Watson National Bursary. We expect to have applications at the Edmonton office mid September. 
You can check this link at GPMCCanada for up to date details.

Monday, August 19,2013

Good Afternoon hopefully everyone is having a good Monday, I thought I would give you an update on the Business Manager, Business Agent and President conference in Phoenix last week. Other than the fact it was over 40 degrees outside or an air conditioned 18 degrees inside making it hard for a persons body to adjust the conference was basically about the need for all Insulation unions to have their supervision take foremens training so that on big or small jobs the Insulators have their own General foreman and Superintendents from our trade in charge. Here in Alberta we have the ICCS "Industrial Construction Crew Supervisor" and I would encourage everyone to take it and get the extra dollar per hour if you are pushing. I know there is a lot of your own time you need to invest in taking these course's to get the ICCS designation but the payoff will be when the work picks up and sites are asking that alll supervisors will need to have the designation we will be able to supervise our own trade and not have another trade do it.We have another increase coming in the first week of November which will go on the base rate as well as the new Journeyman to Apprentice ratio of one to one kicking off at the same time.The software team has been here for the past couple of weeks converting our old data into the new system and gettting the union side all cleaned up and then they will come back in a month to do the pension and health and welfare side converted and if all goes well we should be able to roll out the member log in in the new year. 

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Good Morning and hopefully everyone had a great long weekend with some pretty decent weather for a change, just a reminder that we have a software company here today and for the next two weeks as we replace are ancient AS 400 system with a new user friendly system, so if you experience a few delays please bear with us as the new system gets installed and staff learn how to use the new system. Thank you in advance for your patience.

 

Thursday, July 25th, 2013

I attended the ACTIMS ( Alberta Council of Turnaround Industry Maintenance Stakeholders) Annual General meeting this past Tuesday and Wednesday in Fort McMurray it was well attended by the Clients and Contractors and Labor providers with two days of guest speakers and perspectives of the Owners, Contractors and Labor providers as well as the auditors report it was good to see how far this program has come in four years and it is now being looked at as a Global model of how well the three parties can come together for discussion and agreements for the benefit of the Industry.

 I have also been working with the Construction Labor Relations to put together a letter of understanding regarding the change in the apprentice ratio from Two Journeyperson to One Apprentice to One Journeyperson to One Apprentice a move that will ensure that the Union will have the Journeyperson's in the future to continue to man the Alberta jobs and hopefully pickup some marketshare, I applaud the membership on having the ability and foresight to do what is in the best interest of the Union and the future generations of Insulators.

  The AIT (Apprenticeship & Industry Training) are scheduled to change the Insulator program on August 1st of this year and we will update you with the changes and any implications they will have on our members when they become official.

 

Thursday, July 4, 2013

More information on the fight against Bill C-377: Merit Canada confirmed as real Sponsor of Bill C-377.

Good morning, here is the memo just received.

For Immediate Release, June 28 2013

Issue Update

To:          All Municipal Solutions clients and contacts

From:     Brian Nicholson, Associate VP, Government Relations and Public Policy

Merit Canada confirmed as real Sponsor of Bill C-377

Anti-union lobbyist met 98 times with MP’s and Senators to get their support

Oshawa– Recent research has confirmed that Merit Canada, through its President and Chief Lobbyist, Terrance Oakley, has met with MP’s and Senators at least 98 times in support of Private Member’s Bill C-377.

It was after one of those meetings that Conservative MP Russ Hebert introduced his infamous anti-union Bill into the House of Commons. The most recent meeting occurred between Mr. Oakley and Hon. James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages on June 5th, 2013. The Minister then launched a scathing attack on Bill C-377 opponents. The Minister has also been the liaison between the Government in the House of Commons and Conservative leaders and Senators in the Canadian Senate.

Confirmation of the contacts can be found at the Canadian Lobbyist Registry at the following link.

https://ocl-cal.gc.ca/app/secure/orl/lrrs/do/clntCmmLgs?cno=281784&regId=682187

Mr. Oakley had made it clear in his lobbyist registration that his intent at the meetings was “Lobbying for parliamentary support for the passage of Bill 377 (AN ACT TO AMEND THE INCOME TAX ACT (REQUIREMENTS FOR LABOUR ORGANIZATIONS).

His registry also lists other actions that he discussed. They are listed as attempting to

  • “Mandate that all construction projects financed with federal funds must be tendered without any precondition requiring contractors to be signatory to any union or abide by the terms of a specific collective agreement.
  • Under the Economic Immigrant Class Program changes to the relevant sections of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations as they pertain to the 'Point System'.”

These actions mirror the activities at the Ontario Legislature by Merit Ontario, the Progressive Contractors Association and CLAC.

With recent amendments and referral by the Senate of Bill C-377 back to the House of Commons, we are sure to see more meetings between Mr. Oakley and his Conservative operatives. Those who oppose Bill C-377 and its clearly unconstitutional, anti-union provisions need to remain vigilant and active in exposing this agenda.

 

BM Update Friday June 28 2013

Friday, June 28, 2013

Thanks to your support we have secured a major victory in the fight against Bill C-377.

Earlier this week, Bill C-377 was amended by Conservative Senator Hugh Segal to exclude local unions and branches, as well as trusts, from the onerous requirements of the bill. Only national offices, with a total national membership of 50,000 or more, will be required to report. The amended Bill was passed by the Senate and will now be returned to the House of Commons.

When the House of Commons resumes in the fall, the House will have the option of accepting or rejecting the amendments made in the Senate.

In the coming weeks and months, as the intentions of the Government become clear, we will be reaching out to you specifically for your help to communicate with your MP and other key decision makers.

Thank you for your hard work over these last few months. The fight on C-377 is not over, but this is a significant milestone.

Sincerely,

Workers Build Canada

 

 

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

The Building Trades of Alberta (BTA) and our affiliated Local Unions would like to send our heartfelt condolences and sympathies to all those in Southern Alberta affected by the devastating and catastrophic flooding that have occurred. Many of our concerned members throughout the province have been inquiring as to what assistance or contributions we are making to ease the burden on those affected by this tragedy or how they can contribute personally.

The Building Trades Executive Board made a strategic decision to provide financial support from the BTA to the Red Cross with monies being earmarked for Alberta flood relief.  The services of the BTA were then to be utilized to coordinate all other union donations to create a lump sum donation. On Monday morning the Building Trades of Alberta presented an initial donation of $200,000.00 to the Red Cross. Since then, additional commitments for another $85,000.00 have been received up to the time of writing and will likely continue to increase throughout the week. This would not have been possible with out the support and generosity of our affiliated Local and International Unions and the Provincial and Canadian Building Trades organizations.

On Tuesday we were also notified by the Premiers Office in Calgary that a request for volunteers to assist in the cleanup efforts would be forthcoming. Business Managers will be notified to appeal for volunteers when the timing is appropriate. The Building Trades of Alberta is proud to demonstrate to our community that we are always available to assist in times of urgent need and play a vital role in Alberta’s emergency response network. 

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Yesterday I attended the SCOTFORD TRIPARTITE SAFETY LEADERSHIP INITIATIVE at the Dow center in Fort Saskatchewan where we were informed the Upgrader Turnaround was going to be completed ahead of schedule and under budget with an overall absenteeism of 2 to 3%. This is a fantastic accomplishment for the Building Trades of Alberta and the Unions involved, we can show that using Unionized workers does and will pay off . To any of our Local 110 members who were involved give yourself a pat on the back for representing Local 110 and all Unionized workers,  Showing we do 10 hours work for 10 hours pay and we do it safely, we the Officers at the Union thank you ! Of course there were also issues with bussing and logistics' but Shell is working with the Contractors and the Union's to iron these out and ensure that future turnarounds are run with as few distractions as possible. Congratulations Shell on an initiative that is clearly working. 

Monday, June 17, 2013

On Saturday  June 15th here are the results of the membership voting, if you were accepted, Congratulations, please contact the union hall to complete paperwork and pay membership fee.

– John Laud Anderson, 1st year permit, Accepted

– Pierre Maguet, 1st year permit,  Accepted

– Sheldon Sather, 1st year permit, Accepted

– Brad Carberry, 1st year permit,Accepted

– Peter Wiscombe, 1st year permit, Accepted

– Sidney Bishop-Adams, 1st year permit, Accepted

– Jade Schultz, 1st year permit, Accepted

– Brian Deschenes, 1st year permit, Accepted

– Troy Whitford, 1st year permit,Accepted

– Kingsley Okerri, 1st year permit,Accepted

– Jarrett MacDonald, 2nd year permit, Accepted

– David Gutierrez, 3rd year permit, Accepted

– Aaron Johnson,  Journeyman permit, Accepted

– Rene Genaille,  Journeyman permit, Accepted

– Levi Gavelin,  Journeyman permit,Accepted

– Charles Pichette, Journeymen transfer, Accepted

– Robert Thompson, Journeymen transfer 118, Accepted

– Calvin Wiseman, Journeymen transfer Accepted

– Gavin Hunter, Journeymen transfer 95, Accepted

– Bruce Link, Journeymen transfer 95, Accepted

– Jason Gale, Journeymen transfer 116, Put over till September meeting

– Eric Bourdreau, Journeymen transfer 116, Accepted

– Normand Sequin, Journeymen transfer 58, Rejected

– Stephane Comeau, Journeymen transfer 58, Accepted

– Alex Wilkie, Journeymen transfer 60, Canadian citizen, Accepted

– Difu Shi, 1st year permit, Accepted.

– Vibol Tep, Journeymen transfer 58,  Rejected

– Ken Yuzyk, Journeyman permit,  Rejected

– Tyler Pincemin, 1st year permit, Accepted

– John Cardinal, Accepted

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Syncrude Commencing Maintenance Turnaround on Coker 8-1

Due to recent performance issues, a decision has been made to commence a maintenance turnaround of Coker 8-1 for required repairs.The plan involves advancing the Snowy Owl maintenance turnaround, previously planned for September.Those working to identify the issues impacting Coker 8-1, along with senior Syncrude management, closely examined all paths and possibilities prior to concluding this afternoon, that a prompt shutdown was the most appropriate action required to resolve these problems.Over the coming days, department managers and leaders will advise employees of the next steps involved in the process. Because this project will run into July, it is anticipated that it will impact some employees’ summer plans. Syncrude appreciates the understanding and support of all our employees and their families.

Thank you for your patience and cooperation.

Production and Maintenance 

 

"The Western Canadian Conference Apprentice Competition was held at the Local 110 training Centre on Saturday June 1 and Sunday June 2, 2013. Competitors from Locals 110, 118 and 119 competed to see who will represent Western Canada at the International’s Master Apprentice Competition in Orlando, Florida from July14 to July 19, 2013. We are pleased to announce that Local 110’s own Shelley Turner is going to Disneyland! Congratulations to all for a fine job representing their locals.”

Pictured left to right- Wade Logan, Local 110 Business Manager, Andrew Sturrock of Local 118, Shayne Chambers of Local 119 and Shelley Turner of Local 110.