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Happy Easter weekend from Business Manager Mike Gallagher

On behalf of the officers and staff of IUOE Local 793, in our 100thAnniversary year, I wish all union members and their families a Happy Easter weekend.

Easter and its renewing spring weather fill us with hope, joy and warmth. 

It is a time to get together with friends, family and loved ones. Many celebrate with food and banter around the table. Some are able to take a relaxation celebration. Others have to work to keep Ontario and Nunavut’s projects moving forward. 

I encourage our members and staff to count their blessings, reflect on the past and anticipate a united and prosperous future. We are 100 YEARS STRONG.

Personally, I would like to thank all members for their support and involvement in their local union. 

Easter does not end here; it signifies a new beginning. Wishing the happiest of Easters to you, your family and loved ones!

Fraternally Yours,

Mike Gallagher
Business Manager
IUOE Local 793

Happy Easter weekend from Business Manager Mike Gallagher

On behalf of the officers and staff of IUOE Local 793, in our 100thAnniversary year, I wish everyone and their families a Happy Easter weekend.

Easter and its renewing spring weather fill us with hope, joy and warmth. 

It is a time to get together with friends, family and loved ones. Many celebrate with food and banter around the table. Some are able to take a relaxation celebration. Others have to work to keep Ontario and Nunavut’s projects moving forward. 

I encourage our members and staff to count their blessings, reflect on the past and anticipate a united and prosperous future. We are 100 YEARS STRONG.

Personally, I would like to thank all members for their support and involvement in their local union. 

Easter does not end here; it signifies a new beginning. Wishing the happiest of Easters to you, your family and loved ones!

Fraternally Yours,

Mike Gallagher
Business Manager
IUOE Local 793

Baffinland Iron Mines Corp. mine employees vote in favour of a first collective agreement negotiated by IUOE Local 793

BAFFIN ISLAND, NUNAVUT April 17, 2019 – What started as an organizing drive in May 2017 has culminated in the successful ratification of a first collective agreement with Baffinland Iron Mine Corp. to represent its production employees, that will be effective May 1, 2019.

The International Union of Operating Engineers, Local 793 (“IUOE Local 793”) appreciates Baffinland’s decision to sit down and negotiate a fair and reasonable mutual gains partnership agreement.

With the goal of increasing Union membership, IUOE Local 793 had set as priorities – in their recently concluded Strategic Plan – to augment its organizing with mines and continue its efforts to establish representation rights in Nunavut.

The mine itself is located in Mary River in northwest Baffin Island in the territory of Nunavut. It is an open pit iron mine and is said to be the world’s sixth most northerly mine.

As of the date of closing of the ratification vote there were upward of 800 workers employed in various positions within the bargaining unit, including many ore haul truck drivers, heavy equipment operators, skilled trades, and other workers.

IUOE Local 793’s sister organization, the Operating Engineers Training Institute of Ontario (“OETIO”), has offered heavy equipment operator training to the Inuit communities of Nunavut since January 2005. IUOE Local 793 itself was granted a Charter to organize and represent employees in Nunavut on behalf of the International Union of Operating Engineers in 2014. 

On behalf of IUOE Local 793’s Executive Board, Mike Gallagher, business manager of IUOE Local 793 has said “We thank the employees of Baffinland for putting their trust in IUOE Local 793 and having the confidence to vote in favour of the tentative agreement. We are committed to providing them with the quality representation they deserve.” 

“Over the last six months, Baffinland and the Operating Engineers have worked closely based on employee feedback to build a partnership that emphasizes collaboration, fully respects our IIBA, and reflects Baffinland’s core value to engage and develop our employees,” said Brian Penney, President and CEO of Baffinland. “Baffinland will continue to explore partnerships that help our employees continue to be successful at Baffinland, and help our company become the lowest cost-producer of high grade iron ore in the world through the safe and efficient operation and ongoing development of the Mary River Mine.”

About the International Union of Operating Engineers, Local 793
In 2019, IUOE Local 793 is celebrating its 100thanniversary. IUOE Local 793 represents more than 15,300 crane and heavy equipment operators and industrial and production workers in Ontario and Nunavut. Its members work in all sectors of the construction industry, for municipalities, and in industrial establishments. Local 793 members build the roads and bridges you travel on, the subways you ride in, and the offices you work in. Members also build pipelines, stadiums, refineries, subdivisions, and work in mechanics shops, landfills, quarries, and mines.

The International Union of Operating Engineers is dedicated to serving and protecting the needs and interests of its members and their families through the collective bargaining process, legislative action and extensive training and skills improvement programs. IUOE Local 793 has a head office and training campus in Oakville, Ontario, another training campus in Morrisburg, Ontario and district offices around the province of Ontario. 

For more information about IUOE Local 793, please visit our website at iuoeLocal793.org

Contact: 
IUOE Local 793 
Kathryn Peet, communications representative 
+1-905-469-9299 ext. 2219

Baffinland Iron Mine Corp.
Jason Leite, communications specialist
+1-416-529-2624

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Baffinland Iron Mines Corp. mine employees vote in favour of a first collective agreement negotiated by IUOE Local 793

BAFFIN ISLAND, NUNAVUT April 17, 2019 – What started as an organizing drive in May 2017 has culminated in the successful ratification of a first collective agreement with Baffinland Iron Mine Corp. to represent its production employees, that will be effective May 1, 2019.

The International Union of Operating Engineers, Local 793 (“IUOE Local 793”) appreciates Baffinland’s decision to sit down and negotiate a fair and reasonable mutual gains partnership agreement.

With the goal of increasing Union membership, IUOE Local 793 had set as priorities – in their recently concluded Strategic Plan – to augment its organizing with mines and continue its efforts to establish representation rights in Nunavut.

The mine itself is located in Mary River in northwest Baffin Island in the territory of Nunavut. It is an open pit iron mine and is said to be the world’s sixth most northerly mine.

As of the date of closing of the ratification vote there were upward of 800 workers employed in various positions within the bargaining unit, including many ore haul truck drivers, heavy equipment operators, skilled trades, and other workers.

IUOE Local 793’s sister organization, the Operating Engineers Training Institute of Ontario (“OETIO”), has offered heavy equipment operator training to the Inuit communities of Nunavut since January 2005. IUOE Local 793 itself was granted a Charter to organize and represent employees in Nunavut on behalf of the International Union of Operating Engineers in 2014. 

On behalf of IUOE Local 793’s Executive Board, Mike Gallagher, business manager of IUOE Local 793 has said “We thank the employees of Baffinland for putting their trust in IUOE Local 793 and having the confidence to vote in favour of the tentative agreement. We are committed to providing them with the quality representation they deserve.” 

“Over the last six months, Baffinland and the Operating Engineers have worked closely based on employee feedback to build a partnership that emphasizes collaboration, fully respects our IIBA, and reflects Baffinland’s core value to engage and develop our employees,” said Brian Penney, President and CEO of Baffinland. “Baffinland will continue to explore partnerships that help our employees continue to be successful at Baffinland, and help our company become the lowest cost-producer of high grade iron ore in the world through the safe and efficient operation and ongoing development of the Mary River Mine.”

About the International Union of Operating Engineers, Local 793
In 2019, IUOE Local 793 is celebrating its 100thanniversary. IUOE Local 793 represents more than 15,300 crane and heavy equipment operators and industrial and production workers in Ontario and Nunavut. Its members work in all sectors of the construction industry, for municipalities, and in industrial establishments. Local 793 members build the roads and bridges you travel on, the subways you ride in, and the offices you work in. Members also build pipelines, stadiums, refineries, subdivisions, and work in mechanics shops, landfills, quarries, and mines.

The International Union of Operating Engineers is dedicated to serving and protecting the needs and interests of its members and their families through the collective bargaining process, legislative action and extensive training and skills improvement programs. IUOE Local 793 has a head office and training campus in Oakville, Ontario, another training campus in Morrisburg, Ontario and district offices around the province of Ontario. 

For more information about IUOE Local 793, please visit our website at iuoeLocal793.org

Contact: 

IUOE Local 793
Kathryn Peet, communications representative 
+1-905-469-9299 ext. 2219

Baffinland Iron Mine Corp.
Jason Leite, communications specialist
+1-416-529-2624

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UNITED WE STAND #793STRONG

On Tuesday, April 2, 2019 at 7:30 p.m., IUOE Local 793 held a Strike Mandate Vote, in multiple locations, for Members Working Under the Provincial Collective Agreement. These members voted 97% in favour of a strike, should it come to that (please note we are NOT on strike)

The Provincial Collective Agreement applies to the following types of work: 

  • Crane & Equipment Rental
  • Steel Erection and Mechanical Installations
  • Foundation Piling and Caisson Boring
  • Excavation
  • General Construction
  • Surveying (related to the above work)

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Local 793 members pump 6,700m3 of concrete at Sugar Wharf project

On Saturday, March 30 Local 793 members were on-site for Pumpcrete with six trucks pumping 6,700m3 of concrete for the Menkes – Sugar Wharf project at Cooper St and Queens Quay in Toronto. One tower crane with Verdi assisted on the pour.  Local 793 members on-site this day included Sean Kerby, Rob Epstein, Jake Stevenson, Ray Sharpe, Andrew Campbell, James Tanner, Matt Trudel, Trevor Thorn and Local 793 steward Craig Agar.

Local 793 steward Craig Agar
Local 793 member Trevor Thorn
(L to R) Local 793 members Matt Trudel and James Tanner
(L to R) Local 793 members Rob Epstein and Sean Kerby
Standing, looking at the pour are Local 793 steward Craig Agar and Local 793 business representatives Jordan Glendenning and Mike Chianello.
Andy Campbell
Local 793 member Ray Sharpe
Local 793 member Jake Stevenson

North Tunnel Constructors’ John Deere 870G lifted out of partially completed shaft

On Tuesday March 26, in Toronto at the Coxwell Bypass Tunnel jobsite, Mammoet Cranes lifted North Tunnel Constructors’ John Deere 870G out of a partially completed shaft. Mobile crane operator Paul Brady performed the 206,000 lbs lift running the Grove GMK 7550 with his mobile crane apprentice Mike Batchelor.

Also on-site for Mammoet were Local 793 members Tyler Armstrong working as the float driver and erector; Bobby Sutherland as the mechanic; and Maclaren Broad as the mobile crane apprentice. The lift was performed with an eight part line, with 100 feet of boom at a 40-foot radius.

Local 793 members on-site for North Tunnel Constructors were Jonathan Colford as the operator of the John Deere 870G; Umberto Vadori running the Link-Belt 8090RT and Ronan Shannon as the TLB operator.

Business Rep Matthew Porter photographed the lift from the top and Local 793 member Jonathan Colford photographed the lift from inside the shaft.

Special Executive-Board Meeting: Local 793 united more than ever

The IUOE Local 793 held a special executive board meeting at the Oakville Conference Centre in Oakville on Saturday, March 23. 

The more than 125 attendees included area supervisors, business reps, staff, delegates, officers and honourary lifetime members.

Speakers shared that Local 793’s finances remain healthy following another record year, news of a tentative agreement at the Baffinland Iron Mines in Nunavut, and an update on negotiations for a new Provincial Collective Agreement. 

The meeting opened on a somber note with president Joe Redshaw sharing news that brother Bob Baird had passed away earlier in the week. 

Bob died on March 21 following an automobile accident in his hometown of Roblin, Ontario. He was 64 years old. 

A moment of silence was held in Bob’s honour.

Spirits were lifted when business manager Mike Gallagher and president Redshaw recognized the recipients of the Kyle Knox Memorial Award.

Business Manager Mike Gallagher, Operator Thomas Lintner, President Joe Redshaw and Darren Thompson of Aecon.

Thomas Lintner was named the 2017 award winner and Al Sorbera won the 2018 honour.

Thomas was nominated by Darren Thompson of Aecon for his heroic actions in saving a man’s life at a hunting camp on November 10, 2017. 

Director of Toronto area Dave Turple nominated Al for his rescue efforts in helping save a man trapped in a trench in Toronto’s north end on July 20, 2018.

Business Manager Mike Gallagher, Operator Al Sorbera, President Joe Redshaw and Director Of Toronto Area Dave Turple.

The Kyle Knox Award was established in memory of Kyle Knox, a 24-year-old Local 793 crane apprentice who was killed when a drill rig collapsed at York University on October 11, 2011. The award recognizes a Local 793 member who has shown extraordinary bravery and initiative in rescuing another member, fellow worker or a member of the public.

Business manager Gallagher opened his report by stating that Local 793 is doing great on all fronts. He assured members that the union is in strong financial shape.

He reported that Local 793 had its best financial year ever in 2018, operating debt-free and continuing to grow the pension plan. He stated that the plan currently sits at $2.8 billion.

He pointed out that while the numbers will fluctuate year-to-year, the performance of the pension plan has shown 9.4 per cent gains over a 10-year period. 

Business manager Gallagher also talked about the growth in membership.

He stated that the union is now 15,300 strong and credited the union’s investment into organizing for the growing numbers.

“The commitment to hiring more organizers was one of my platforms when I was re-elected in 2016,” Gallagher said. “We have done that; growing our team to 10 full-time organizers on staff. I look to bring that number up to 12,” he added. 

Business manager Gallagher continued, saying the growth in organizing has also allowed the union to expand into the mining sector.

“I think we’re doing exactly the right thing at just the right time to be ready to move in and capitalize on some of that work,” Gallagher said of areas like Detour Gold in northeastern Ontario and Baffinland Iron Ore Mines in Nunavut. 

Business Manager Mike Gallagher.

In his remarks, business manager Gallagher said it was a great honour being selected to serve as Grand Marshal for the 2019 Toronto St. Patrick’s Day parade. 

He commended the efforts of everyone who worked hard to ensure the event was a success and spoke of the pride he felt seeing joy and happiness on the faces of brothers and sisters and their families. 

“I’ve never seen Local 793 as united as they are right now,” he said.

Business manager Gallagher spoke about the important year ahead in collective bargaining, not the least of which is the Provincial Collective Agreement.

He told the attendees that the union proposed a 17-page document highlighting how Local 793 could make the agreement better for both contractors and operators, but added that there was no progress in talks.

Business Manager Gallagher added that while talks haven’t broken off, he felt the union was spinning their tires. 

“I have talked to the Labour Relations Board and we have scheduled a province-wide strike vote to solve these problems,” Gallagher announced to a round of applause.

He encouraged members to go back to their areas and tell all brothers and sisters to get out and vote.

“Give us the tools so that we can go and get you the agreement you need,” Gallagher said. “Tell members to come out in a show of force and show them what they’re tangling with. They have the tiger by the tail and they better not mess with us because we know how to shut it down, and we will.”

Business manager Gallagher ended his report commenting on the respect for operating engineers amongst other trades. 

“They look to us as being leaders and that has given us a position of respect,” Gallagher said. “We’re going to hold onto that and keep growing this organization. As long as you give me the opportunity and the privilege to stand up here and lead you, I will never let you down on things like that.”

Director of Toronto area Dave Turple was given a round of applause when he announced Local 793 and Baffinland Iron Mines have signed a tentative agreement. 

Following a short video presentation, Dave gave a detailed look into the history of Local 793 and the expansion into Nunavut, the Baffinland organizing drive and the timeline of the negotiations.

Director of Toronto Area Dave Turple.

“There were 25 days of negotiations, 40 conference call meetings, and more than 250 documents exchanged. We did our homework,” Dave said.

Dave shared the improvements offered in the tentative collective agreement, and how they were developed from the key concerns brought forward by the more than 800 Baffinland employees.

Moving forward, a team of Local 793 representatives traveled to the Baffinland site this week, where they will hold a series of meetings over 21 consecutive days.

During these meetings the Operating Engineers Local 793 Bargaining Team will communicate with the more than 800 workers.

The team heading north includes director of Toronto area Dave Turple, director of operations Ken Lew, executive director of OETIO Harold McBride, director of marketing and indigenous affairs Carla St. Louis, legal counsel Steve Sagle, senior general council Kirsten Agrell, international representative AndréChénier, Ottawa supervisor Rick Kerr, Thunder Bay supervisor John Kelly, business representative Eric Giroux and Rod McKenzie, director of training at the OETIO Morrisburg campus. 

Manager of organizing Kyle Schutte, business representative Gerry St. Jacques, and organizers Zach MacInnis, Tony Wark and Andrew Saunders will be at the Montréal–Mirabel International Airport to meet Baffinland employees as they leave for and return from Baffinland to answer questions and hand out our Update #3 communication and Easy-to-read guide to the Mutual Gains Bargaining Partnership Agreement between Baffinland Iron Ore Mines Corporation and International Union of Operating Engineers and IUOE Local 793.

Pipeline/EPSCA Representative Mike Scott.

Mike Scott, Local 793 Pipeline/EPSCA representative, began his remarks by acknowledging Larry Richard and the work he did as the previous EPSCA representative. Mike also acknowledged assistant EPSCA representative, Paul Marshall, in his new role.  

Mike reported that the electrical power systems sector remains a steady source of employment for Local 793 members, with an abundance of work on the horizon.

He added that pipeline will remain consistent across the province in 2019.

Organizer manager Kyle Schutte updated members on the recent struggles and successes of organizing. 

He highlighted the certification victory for Local 987 in Manitoba, where business manager Gallagher assigned Kyle and organizer Bob Brooks to help the local organize Crown Utilities Ltd.

Manager of Organizing Kyle Schutte.

Members applauded when Kyle announced that the 120-man unit is now signatory to Local 987.

Kyle also shared other certificate victories and many voluntary recognition agreements, like Detour Gold.

Kyle recognized the organizers’ efforts in putting on a lot of kilometres and being away from family for extended periods of time. He closed his report by sharing a long list of current organizing drives.

Last year was very busy for Local 793’s legal counsel team.

Labour relations manager Melissa Atkins-Mahaney reported that in 2018, there were 276 new files opened. Of those, 108 were grievances that were referred to Local 793’s labour relations.

While there are still plenty of ongoing files, Melissa reported that 31 settlements have been reached.

Labour Relations Manager Melissa Atkins-Mahaney.

She added that 33 applications for certificates were filed in 2018. Of those, 20 new certificates were received, representing 259 new members to the union.

And 36 new voluntary recognition agreements were reached in 2018.

Melissa also commented on one of the biggest challenges the union faces in bargaining the Provincial Collective Agreement – the de-rating/manning issue. 

She told members that labour relations will start hearing evidence on the de-rating of the Grove TMS 990E’s on April 2.

“We’re confident the labour board will see through this charade and rule in our favour,” Melissa said. “We look forward to the fireworks that are going to happen on April 2.”

Vice-president and government affairs representative Joe Dowdall gave a 100thanniversary committee report. 

He commented that the union’s communication and IT department have been working on the development of a commemorative journal and have started to interview honourary members for the anniversary video that will be shown at the dinner-dance on Saturday December 7 at the newly expanded OE Banquet Hall.  

Vice-President and Government Affairs Representative Joe Dowdall.

Vice-president Dowdall pointed out that a total of 2,170 anniversary jackets were distributed to members who attended a monthly union meeting in 2018 and January of 2019. He thanked Leanne Tabar and Heather Hamer, from business manager Gallagher’s office, for all of their hard work in making sure that the jackets were mailed out to members. 

He also mentioned giveaways in the current and upcoming months that will be handed out to members who attend a monthly meeting. 

March: Car Flags
April: Key Chains 
May: Ball Caps
June: Water Bottles

In closing, Local 793 area delegates reported on the work situation in different locations in Ontario, including Ian Copps (Sault Ste. Marie), Blair Doyle (St. Catharines), John Hoffren (Timmins), Mike Lavallee (Sudbury), Matt Loree (Cambridge), Andrew MacSween (Toronto), Steve Martin (Ottawa), Normand McLeod (Oshawa), Todd Moosberger (London), Dave Pepler (Thunder Bay), Mike Reynolds (Barrie), Chris Skillen (Belleville), Peter Sumandl (Toronto), Angelo Teti (Windsor), Salvatore Tuttolomondo (Hamilton) and Gord Vandevenne (Sarnia).

100th Anniversary Events

Events will be held across the province in 2019 to mark the 100th anniversary of Local 793. Additional details on events and times will be shared with members as they are made available. Please contact Area Offices for more information and registration.

PICNICS & GOLF TOURNAMENTS

TORONTO AND BARRIE
Picnic – Sunday, August 18, 2019
A picnic for members and their families will be held at the IUOE, Local 793 head office in Oakville.
Location: 2245 Speers Road, Oakville, ON
Time: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Picnic Contact: Kathryn Peet 905-469-9299 ext. 2219

Golf – Saturday, August 10, 2019
Enjoy a round of golf at Glen Abbey Golf Club in Oakville, home to the Canadian Golf Hall of Fame.
Location: 1333 Dorval Drive, Oakville, ON
Time: 12 noon registration; 1:30 p.m. start
Golf Contact: Marco Palladini Phone 905-469-9299 ext. 2113

HAMILTON, CAMBRIDGE AND ST. CATHARINES
Picnic – Sunday, July 21, 2019
A picnic for members and their families will be held at Wild Waterworks in Hamilton.
Location: 680 Waterfront Trail, Hamilton, ON
Time: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Picnic and golf contact: Jane Lewis 905-544-1851

Golf – Saturday, June 22, 2019
Enjoy a round of golf at Copetown Woods Golf Club, one of the newest championship courses in south-western Ontario.
Location: 1430 Concession 2 Road West, Copetown, ON
Time: 7:30 a.m. registration; 9 a.m. shotgun start
Picnic and golf contact: Jane Lewis 905-544-1851

LONDON
Picnic – Saturday, August 17, 2019
A picnic for members and their families will be held at East Park in London.
Location 1275 Hamilton Road East, London, ON
Time: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Picnic contact: Colleen Swanson 519-652-2740

OSHAWA
Picnic – Saturday, July 20, 2019
A picnic for members and their families will be held at Palmer Park in Port Perry.
Location: 175 Water Street, Port Perry, ON
Time: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Picnic contact: Therese Patterson 905-720-0480

OTTAWA, BELLEVILLE AND MORRISBURG
Picnic/Rodeo – Saturday, June 15, 2019
A rodeo/picnic for members and their families will be held at the OETIO Morrisburg campus.
Location: 12580 County Road #2, Morrisburg, ON
Time: 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Picnic/Rodeo contact: Stephanie Druce 613-228-1759

SAULT STE. MARIE
Picnic – Sunday, June 16, 2019
A picnic for members and their families will be held at Ojibway Park in Garden River. 
Location: 2628 Highway 17B East, Garden River, ON
Time: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Picnic contact: Kim Copps 705-949-6860

SARNIA
Picnic – Saturday, July 27, 2019
A picnic for members and their families will be held at Corunna Athletic Park in Corunna. 
Location: 420 Colborne Street, Corunna, ON
Time: 12 noon to 3 p.m.
Picnic and golf contact: Margarete Solinas 519-337-2053

Golf – Saturday, July 6, 2019
Enjoy a round of golf at St. Clair Parkway, a course renowned for its beautifully manicured greens.
Location: 132 Moore Line, Mooretown, ON
Time: 7 a.m. registration; 8 a.m. start
Picnic and golf contact: Margarete Solinas 519-337-2053

SUDBURY
Picnic – Saturday, June 8, 2019
A picnic for members and their families will be held at Warren Agricultural Society in Warren. 
Location: 9 Stanhope Avenue, Warren, ON
Time: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Picnic contact: Lori Tremblay 705-675-8643

THUNDER BAY
Picnic – Sunday, July 7, 2019
A picnic for members and their families will be held at Chippewa Park Pavilion in Thunder Bay. 
Location: 2465 City Road, Thunder Bay, ON
Time: 12 noon to 5 p.m.
Picnic contact: Lisa Veran 807-344-7612

TIMMINS
Picnic – Sunday, June 23, 2019
A picnic for members and their families will be held at Gillies Lake Conservation Area in Timmins. 
Location: 100 Lakeshore Road, Timmins, ON
Time: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Picnic contact: Helen Piper 705-531-3119

WINDSOR
Picnic – Saturday, July 13, 2019
A picnic for members and their families will be held at Fogolar Furlan in Windsor. 
Location: 1800 North Service Road, Windsor, ON
Time: 12 noon to 3 p.m.
Picnic and golf contact: Sandra Foster 519-250-8877

Golf – Saturday, June 1, 2019
Enjoy a round of golf at Deer Run Golf Course, one of the best golf courses in south-western Ontario.
Location: 19605 Bloomfield Road, Blenheim, ON
Time: 8 a.m. registration; 9 a.m. start
Picnic and golf contact: Sandra Foster 519-250-8877

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ADDITIONAL EVENTS IN 2019

Grand Marshal’s Ball for Toronto’s 2019 St. Patrick’s Day
Friday, March 8, 2019
The St. Patrick’s Parade Society of Toronto will host a cocktail reception to honour Local 793 business manager Mike Gallagher as the 2019 St. Patrick’s Day Grand Marshal. Traditional Irish dancers and live music will entertain those attending.
Location: Steam Whistle Brewing, The Roundhouse, 255 Bremner Boulevard, Toronto, ON
Time:  8 p.m.

Toronto’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade
Sunday, March 10, 2019
Join more than a half-million people who line the streets of Toronto to watch parade participants paint the city green. Local 793 business manager Mike Gallagher is the 2019 Grand Marshal and will be the ceremonial leader of a parade.
NOTE: DAYLIGHT SAVING TIME WILL BEGIN AT 3 A.M. ON SUNDAY, MARCH 10. So before you go to bed on March 9, make sure you set your clocks forward by one (1) hour. 

Parade location: 
Begins at the corner of St George St & Bloor St W, Toronto, ON M5S 1W7
Ends at Nathan Phillips Square.
Distance 3.5 kilometres (approximately)
Start Time: 12 noon
Pre-parade meetup time: 11 a.m. 
Go to St George St & Hoskin Ave, Toronto, ON M5S 3G5. Our Marshal Location is just north on St George Street. Look for “LOCATION A” FLAGS and our IUOE LOCAL 793 BOOM TRUCKS. When in doubt, look for the INFORMATION BOOTH. They will be happy to direct you to our Marshal Location. 
St. Patrick’s Day Parade POST-PARADE RECEPTION:
Due to the overwhelming “marcher” response, we have moved the post-parade reception to Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel “Willow Room.” There will be a lunch buffet of sandwiches, salads and desserts. 
The Sheraton Centre, at 123 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M5H 2M9, is across the street from Nathan Phillips Square, and close to the parade march ending location.

Labour Day Parades and Picnics
Local 793 will be marching in Labour Day Parades around the province and hosting post-parade picnics. Check your local area offices for dates and times. 

Toronto’s Labour Day Parade
Monday, September 2, 2019
Local 793 has secured the first-place spot in the 2019 Labour Day parade, where business manager Mike Gallagher and Local 793 members will lead the parade.
Location: TBA
Time: TBA

Oakville Santa Claus Parade
Saturday, November 16, 2019 
Join us as we walk alongside Local 793’s float through the streets of Oakville for Oakville’s 2019 Santa Claus parade.
Parade start: 9 a.m.
Pre-parade meeting and departure location: TBA

100th Anniversary Dinner Dance
Saturday, December 7, 2019
IUOE, Local 793’s 100th anniversary dinner dance will offer members a chance to celebrate amongst one another along with dinner, dancing and a celebration of a century of brother and sisterhood. 
Location: OE Banquet & Conference Centre, 2245 Speers Road, Oakville, ON
Time: Reception at 6 p.m. Dinner at 7 p.m.

Grand Marshal Gallagher leads St. Patrick’s Day parade

Local 793 was well-represented at the 32nd annual Toronto St. Patrick’s Day parade on Sunday, March 10.

Business manager and parade Grand Marshal, Mike Gallagher, lead an entourage of around 450 members, staff and their families along the streets of Toronto wearing special 100th Anniversary St. Patrick’s Day jackets.

James T. Callahan, general president of the International Union of Operating Engineers, marched alongside Grand Marshal Gallagher. 

Local 793 president Joe Redshaw, Local 793 vice president and government affairs representative Joe Dowdall and chair of the St. Patrick’s Parade Society of Toronto Shaun Ruddy also marched side-by-side with Mike.

Watch the video below shot and edited by IT manager Armand Dowdall.