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IMPORTANT NOTICE: All I.U.O.E., Local 793 members working under the Badger LP and Badger Toronto Utility Corp Agreements

SPECIAL CALLED RATIFICATION VOTE MEETING
Wednesday, August 22, 2018 at 8:00 P.M.

Dear Members:
On Wednesday, August 22, 2018 at 8:00 P.M., your Union will be holding ratification vote meetings at the locations listed below to renew the terms and conditions of the Badger LP and the Badger Toronto Utility Corp Agreements

PLEASE BE SURE TO ATTEND THIS IMPORTANT MEETING.

OAKVILLE – HEAD OFFICE
2245 Speers Road, Oakville

BARRIE OFFICE
240 Bayview Drive, Unit 12, Barrie

OSHAWA OFFICE
1255 Terwillegar Avenue, Unit 7,Oshawa

LONDON OFFICE
4096 Meadowbrook Drive, Unit 15 London

Heavy Equipment Apprenticeship Program: Openings Available

IUOE Local 793 Area Offices are accepting Heavy Equipment Apprenticeship Applications for 2018/2019.

For program information please visit OETIO here:

Entrance Requirements are:

  1. 18 Years of Age
  2. Resumé
  3. Grade 12 or Equivalent
  4. Valid Drivers License (G)
  5. Pass a Trade Entrance Exam (70 per cent passing grade)

If you are interested in applying, please contact your local union office at the contact information listed below.

Barrie 240 Bayview Drive, Unit 12,
Barrie Ontario L4N 4Y8 
Justin O’Neill
barrie@iuoelocal793.org
Phone: 705-734-2494
Fax: 705-734-1407
Belleville 1 Millennium Parkway, Unit 102
Belleville, Ontario K8N 4Z5
Andrew Patton
belleville@iuoelocal793.org
Phone: 613-968-3363
Fax: 613-968-6302
Cambridge 100 Sheldon Drive, Unit 10
Cambridge Ontario N1R 7S7
Bob Sutherland
cambridg@iuoelocal793.org
Phone: 519-621-6344
Fax: 519-621-5887
Hamilton 35 Goderich Road, Unit 5
Hamilton Ontario L8E 4P2
Virgil Nosé
Mike Schutte
Brian Rogerson
hamilton@iuoelocal793.org
Phone: 905-544-1851
Fax: 905-544-3595
London 4096 Meadowbrook Drive, Unit 115
London Ontario N6L 1G4
Anthony Wade
Kelly Burla
london@iuoelocal793.org
Phone: 519-652-2740
Fax: 519-652-9676
Oshawa 1255 Terwillegar Avenue, Unit #7
Oshawa Ontario L1J 7A4
Ryan Wilbee
Paul Marshall
oshawa@iuoelocal793.org
Phone: 905-720-0480
Fax: 905-720-0722
Ottawa 174 Colonnade Road South, Unit 2,
Nepean Ontario K2E 7J5
Rick Kerr
Jim Laginski
Gerry St. Jacques
ottawa@iuoelocal793.org
Phone: 613-228-1759
Fax: 613-228-1841
Sarnia 1390A Lougar Avenue
Sarnia Ontario N7S 5N7
Mike Barons
Paul Knight
sarnia@iuoelocal793.org
Phone: 519-337-2053
Fax: 519-337-3849
Sault Ste. Marie 432 Great Northern Road, Suite 203
Sault Ste. Marie Ontario P6B 4Z9
Robert Turpin
Robert Catling
saultstemarie@iuoelocal793.org
Phone: 705-949-6860
Fax: 705-949-4541
St. Catharines 188 Bunting Road, Unit 5
St. Catharines Ontario L2M 3Y1
Steve Homewood
stcatharines@iuoelocal793.org
Phone: 905-227-8211
Fax: 905-227-3046
Sudbury 430 Westmount Avenue, Unit H
Sudbury Ontario P3A 5Z8
Eric Giroux
sudbury@iuoelocal793.org
Phone: 705-675-8643
Fax: 705-675-8683
Thunder Bay 979 Alloy Drive
Thunder Bay Ontario P7B 5Z8
John Kelly
Mark Anttonen
thunderbay@iuoelocal793.org
Phone: 807-344-7612
Fax: 807-345-9317
Timmins 54 Waterloo Rd, Unit 2
Timmins ON P4N 8P3
Kirk Fournier
timmins@iuoelocal793.org
Phone: 705-531-3119
Fax: 705-531-3121
Windsor 3383 Walker Road,
Windsor Ontario N8W 3R9
Steve Booze
Dave Pfaff
windsor@iuoelocal793.org
Phone: 519-250-8877
Fax: 519-250-9354
Renewable Energy Alliance of Ontario (REAO)

Release – REAO: Ontario’s Low-Cost, Reliable Energy System Dependent on New Renewable Power

July 25, 2018 – TORONTO: The Renewable Energy Alliance (REAO) members comprise a significant portion of Ontario’s workforce. We welcome initiatives that encourage private sector competition, and those that will make for a more reliable, affordable energy system in the future.

We understand that the Ontario government is committed to finding efficiencies and to lowering electricity bills, but we do not believe that the cancellation of Feed-in-Tariff (FIT) and Large Renewable Procurement (LRP) contracts will accomplish those objectives. We fear the current and future importance of renewable energy to the Ontario economy is being overlooked.

“Renewable energy makes sense for Ontario, providing reliable and affordable electricity to ratepayers,” said Mike Gallagher, Business Manager, IUOE Local 793. “Combined with technological innovation, renewable energy can affordably address Ontario’s power needs in the coming years.”

The price of wind and solar technologies has declined significantly in recent years. Market experts agree that securing zero-cost fuel sources for when Ontario will need power will cost approximately 70 per cent less than the projected retail price to consumers. Many other markets are realizing these benefits now, as time and time again across North America, renewable energy has won competitive procurements for new energy resources. Harnessing and supporting advancements in renewable technologies is also a significant competitive advantage for Ontario, as dozens of companies across the province are actively working on innovation and processes that will create jobs and new export opportunities for Ontario-based companies to access markets around the world.

“Given that renewable energy will cost less than the projected retail price of power in Ontario, the provincial government and system planners at the Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO) have the opportunity to capitalize on the lowest cost option for new procurement,” stated Brandy Giannetta, Ontario Regional Director, the Canadian Wind Energy Association (CanWEA). “Effectively lowering the cost for ratepayers, while harnessing Ontario-based employment, should be something everyone supports.”

Renewable energy projects are a ready-made solution for the mining industry and the future Ring of Fire. In addition to financial incentives, these projects provide Indigenous communities with access to non-emitting generation, thereby reducing reliance on antiquated diesel systems.

“The LRP projects had significant long-term economic benefits for not only Curve Lake, but First Nations across Ontario. The cancellation of these projects was short-sighted and goes against the recommendations set out by the truth and reconciliation report with regards to economic opportunities. We consider this a step back, not a step forward on the path to reconciliation,” said Chief Phyllis Williams of Curve Lake First Nation.

The industry employs thousands of Ontarians, who work as project managers and engineers, technicians, tradespersons, service providers and advisors. If renewable energy is harnessed to meet power needs, rather than the province relying on expensive imports that benefit other jurisdictions, Ontario could maintain and create thousands of new jobs in communities right across the province.

“Renewable energy comprises a part of Ontario’s manufacturing industry – with facilities that manufacture hydro turbines, solar modules, racking components, and wind power components,” said Tom Rankin, CEO, Rankin Construction. “The development of these renewable assets has made Ontario a healthier place to live, has maximized grid efficiency and has produced a reliable source of energy.”

As a result of the Large Renewable Procurement and Feed-in-Tariff cancellations, thousands of Ontarians lost meaningful employment, and the integrity of capital investment was undermined. The cancellation of these projects is considered a lost opportunity for job creation, economic activity and local spending in Ontario.

“Ontario has benefited, both economically and environmentally, from the development of renewable energy projects,” said Kim Jarvi, Senior Economist, Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario (RNAO). “Investing in renewables has improved air quality across the province. An independent assessment conducted by Toronto Public Health in 2014 suggests that improvements in Ontario’s air quality have translated into significant health benefits for Ontario residents, reducing air pollution-related premature deaths by 23 per cent and hospital admissions by 41 per cent in Toronto alone.”

REAO’s members support and depend upon Ontario’s private-sector competitiveness. Superseding the rights of contract holders erodes investor confidence in Ontario, and that will make the province less competitive. Power procurement is not about immediate short-term needs, but addressing future needs, with sufficient time to build the necessary infrastructure. Long-term contracts are a competitive procurement option and provide the stability that supports business confidence and Ontario’s competitiveness.

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The Renewable Energy Alliance of Ontario (REAO) is a broad coalition of employers, labour and industry groups dedicated to working with the Ontario government to ensure renewable energy continues to play a vital role in Ontario’s energy mix. At present membership includes the following organizations:

  • The International Union of Operating Engineers
  • Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario
  • Laborers’ International Union of North America
  • Canadian Solar Industries Association
  • The Ontario Crane Rental Association
  • The Canadian Wind Energy Association
  • The Aboriginal Apprenticeship Board of Ontario
  • Rankin Construction
  • Pumpcrete
  • Surespan Wind Energy
  • David Suzuki Foundation
  • Fengate Capital Management
  • Ridge National

For additional information contact:
Communication Representatives
1-905-469-9299
Danny Celia, ext. 2116  |  Kathryn Peet, ext. 2219

Deadline: Sept. 13, 2018 for Jack Redshaw Scholarships

The Jack Redshaw Scholarships are available to all the sons, daughters and grandchildren of Local 793 members who are going to be attending, or are attending, a post-secondary institution and in good standing at the time of selection of the awards.

Application and Deadline
The application must be received no later than 4 p.m. on Thursday, September 13, 2018. See application form for details. Download the 2018 Jack Redshaw Scholarship Application form or contact any Local 793 area office for a copy.

Bursary Amount
Each year, the business manager of Local 793 determines the maximum amount of each scholarship and number of scholarships to be awarded.

Criteria
Applications must be supported by transcripts, other evidence of potential ability to succeed in the post-secondary program and a letter of recommendation from an individual with personal academic knowledge of the person making the application as well as why a scholarship should be awarded.

Release – Responding to Cancelled Renewable Energy Projects

OAKVILLE – On July 13, 2018, the Ontario Government announced the cancellation of 758 renewable energy projects. Mike Gallagher, business manager of Local 793 of the International Union of Operating Engineers, says that this is short sighted for the province. For IUOE Local 793, this is about real people (our members) losing real jobs. Contractors losing hiring power. Companies losing projects that rely on our skilled Operating Engineers. Moreover, it may adversely affect investor confidence in Ontario, seeing it as an unstable market in which to invest.

“On behalf of the 14,958 IUOE Local 793 members, I am disappointed with the new Ontario Government’s decision. Renewable energy projects, by their very nature, are able to provide reliable, near-endless sources of clean, low cost electricity for families and businesses. This is a loss for Ontarians and a loss of long-term employment for Operating Engineers.”

In addition to his role as union leader, Gallagher is a director on the Renewable Energy Alliance of Ontario (REAO), which is a broad coalition of employers, labour and industry groups dedicated to ensuring that renewable energy plays a vital role in Ontario’s energy mix.

In October 2017, Gallagher commented that the Ontario Government’s 2017 Long-Term Energy Plan would ensure, ‘the province will be able to generate the affordable power it needs for current and future demand while reducing greenhouse gases and protecting the health of Ontarians.’

“Renewable energy is extremely cheap to get, with some at 4 to 6 cents per kilowatt hour. If you look at it over time renewable energy will make a profit. How do we approach a new government that says green energy is expensive?”

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Local 793 of the International Union of Operating Engineers represents nearly 15,000 highly-skilled crane and heavy equipment operators across Ontario and Nunavut. The union has a head office, banquet hall and training campus in Oakville, and another training campus in Morrisburg, Ontario. Canadian locals of the International Union of Operating Engineers represent more than 50,000 operators and have hundreds of millions of dollars invested in equipment at training centres across the country.

For additional information contact:
Local 793 Business Manager Mike Gallagher
905-469-9299, ext. 2202

Deadline Nearing for Canadian Conference Bursary Applications

Deadline for applications for the IUOE Canadian Conference bursaries is Aug. 1, 2018.

There are 10 bursaries of $750 each.

The bursaries are intended to provide financial assistance to students who are dependents of IUOE members.

The bursary recipient must be entering the first or subsequent year of a full-time course of study (at least two years in length) leading to a diploma, certificate or degree from any recognized public Canadian college or university.

Applications are considered from four regions:

  • Atlantic Canada
  • Quebec and Ontario
  • Saskatchewan and Manitoba
  • Alberta

Applications must be supported by transcripts of high school achievement and accompanied by a detailed letter of recommendation from an individual with personal academic knowledge of the candidate, outlining reasons why the bursary should be awarded.

In addition, applicants must submit a 1,000-word essay on the reason why the bursary will be of assistance or the impact that being a dependent of a union member has had on the applicant’s life.

An application form can be downloaded by clicking here. They can also be obtained by calling the IUOE Local 772 office at 905-527-5250.

Gallagher Re-elected as International VP

Local 793 business manager Mike Gallagher has been re-elected as seventh vice-president on the general executive board of the International Union of Operating Engineers which represents nearly 400,000 union members from across North America.

“I consider it an honour and privilege to be re-elected as a vice-president on the general executive board of the IUOE and to represent Operating Engineers across the country,” Gallagher said.

“I feel humbled and will continue to do everything in my power to raise issues that we face in Canada to the IUOE general executive board.”

The election took place recently at the 39th general convention of the IUOE in Hollywood, Florida.

Gallagher, who is also president of the Canadian Conference of the IUOE, said he looks forward to advancing the union agenda.

“The issues that Operating Engineers face here in Canada are often the same ones faced by our Brothers and Sisters south of the border, namely organizing new companies and training the next generation of crane and heavy equipment operators,” he said. “I look forward to working with the rest of the general executive board to chart a bright future for our union and its members.”

Local 793 president Joe Redshaw said in remarks at the convention that Gallagher is a dedicated, loyal and hard working union leader who has been an advocate for health and safety.

“Brother Gallagher’s honesty, integrity and work ethic will benefit the membership of this great International union.”

Gallagher is a past president of the Construction Safety Association of Ontario and won the Roy A. Phinnemore Award in 2013 for his contributions to construction health and safety. More recently, he was instrumental in convincing the government that rotary drill rig operators in Ontario require mandatory training.

Redshaw said in addition to his union contributions, Gallagher has also spearheaded events to raise money for charitable causes. He helped raise $170,000 to purchase a bulldozer for an orphanage in Kenya, another $100,000 for victims of the 2010 earthquake in Haiti, and chairs the Gary O’Neill Memorial Golf Tournament that has raised more than $600,000 for esophageal cancer research.

Gallagher was first appointed to the general executive board as an International trustee in October 2005. In May 2011, he was appointed as an International vice-president on the board. He has been a vice-president for seven years.

 

Day of Mourning Event Held at Local 793 Head Office

Labour, governments and employers must do more to curb fatalities and injuries on construction sites and other workplaces, Local 793 business manager Mike Gallagher said in remarks at a Day of Mourning ceremony April 27 at the union’s head office in Oakville.

“The trend this year for fatalities is absolutely going the wrong way,” he said, “and that means that we have to redouble our efforts, find out what the main cause is, what’s happening and make sure that we take actions to prevent these fatalities from happening.”

About 100 people, including many employers, apprentices and union staff, attended the morning, hour-long ceremony, held at a monument at head office that is dedicated to Local 793 operators who’ve been killed or injured on the job.

In the audience were a number of family members of Local 793 operators whose names are etched on the monument. One new name was engraved on the monument this year – that of 54-year-member Wayne McPhail who died from asbestosis on April 6, 2017 at 77. McPhail developed problems from asbestos on the clutches and brakes he worked on.

Gallagher said while efforts are being made to prevent accidents, the fatality statistics so far this year in construction are sobering.

“When we think we’re going in the right direction, we start to go in the wrong direction.”

There have been seven construction fatalities in Ontario so far this year, he said, up from two during the same period in 2017.

In 2017, he noted, 22 people were killed in construction site accidents in the province, up significantly from 14 in 2016, while 271 construction workers were injured, up from 182 in 2016.

According to the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB), about 200 people are killed each year on the job in Ontario, which, Gallagher said, is “far, far too many.”

He said a large number of the construction fatalities are either from struck-by accidents or falls.

“You can fall just seven feet and end up in a fatality,” he said. “Some of these falls are from much greater heights and some of them are from lesser, but a fall is absolutely a major problem despite all the efforts that have been made for fall protection and everything else.

“It just seems not to be getting through because you can have fall protection gear on, but if you don’t tie off it isn’t worth anything really except decoration.”

Gallagher noted the Ontario government has launched an awareness program called Stand Down for Safety aimed at encouraging construction employers and workers to engage in toolbox-style talks at the start of each workday to ensure safety is a daily focus.

However, he said, more must be done, legislation needs to be tougher, and efforts to prevent fatalities from happening have to move quicker, as workers are still being killed.

Gallagher noted that several years ago two young girls were killed in a tragic accident in the Niagara area on a Take Our Kids to Work Day when the “Gator” utility vehicle they were riding in smashed into the bottom of a parked truck-trailer.

“If that doesn’t tell you there’s something wrong with how we view health and safety nothing will.”

He also spoke about a fatality involving Kyle Knox, a Local 793 apprentice who was killed Oct. 11, 2011 when a rotary drill rig collapsed at a construction site in Toronto. The operator of the drill rig was not licensed and only had 80 hours training.

Gallagher said Knox was a young man with a promising career and the accident likely would not have happened if a licensed, qualified operator had been running the rig.

“It boggles the mind why we would want to take shortcuts when we know the risk is so, so high.”

Gallagher told those at the ceremony that labour has been pushing for more penalties and bigger fines for employers who are criminally responsible for fatalities in their workplaces and on their sites since the Westray mine disaster, but the fact is it’s not happening.

“The law is there but the enforcement of that is not and very few employers have gone to jail. The other thing is that the fines, on average, are just under $100,000 across the country for a fatality and I say to you that that’s a pitifully low amount to value a human life when there’s been absolute cause of an employer ignoring health and safety.”

Gallagher said he believes that fines have to increase but governments also have to put more money into prevention.

“Everybody talks a good game in government and that probably happens in every province across the country where they talk the mantra, but they don’t necessarily follow through with what they’re saying. They’re fine-sounding words but they’re not taking action to prevent accidents and fatalities from happening.”

Gallagher said Ontario has a chief prevention officer but the problem is that everything moves too slowly when it comes to health and safety.

“We’re not moving fast enough on prevention to ensure that we do actually prevent the fatalities from happening.”

For example, Gallagher said, a study done by the Construction Safety Association of Ontario showed that compulsory certification of crane operators coupled with mandatory training reduced operator fatalities in Ontario by more than 80 per cent or higher, but crane licensing regulations across the country are less than Ontario’s standard.

As a result of harmonization efforts, he said, there is pressure on Ontario to lower its standards and reduce the amount of training hours required to become a crane operator.

Instead, he said, the tide should be reversed and compulsory certification should be made mandatory for every piece of heavy equipment.

“You should have compulsory certification and you should have mandatory training. Unbelievably, there is equipment out there on jobsites and various places where the operator doesn’t even need a driver’s licence to operate the equipment.”

Gallagher called on governments to ensure that all types of heavy equipment have certified and licensed, mandatory-trained and qualified operators.

He noted that after four and a half years the union was finally able to convince the province to make crane licensing mandatory for rotary drill rig operators.

“The issue was offshore contractors coming in here and putting less-qualified workers on the equipment, something we have to be absolutely vigilant on,” he said. “But why does it take four and a half years for us to do what we all know needs to be done?”

Gallagher also spoke about a mesothelioma-screening program at Princess Margaret Hospital in Toronto. The early detection program is a pilot project supported by Local 793 and other building trades. The program is designed to detect mesothelioma and lung cancer at an early stage.

He encouraged operators and apprentices to participate in the program. Members can call 416-340-5686 to get more information about the program.

Local 793 president Joe Redshaw, who emceed the ceremony, said fatality statistics are going in the wrong direction and he called on the Ministry of Labour (MOL) to conduct more enforcement blitzes to make sure workers are trained and using equipment properly.

He also called on the WSIB, Infrastructure Health and Safety Association and MOL to review statistics to find out if there’s a common cause for fatalities and determine if that’s due to lack of enforcement, jobsite inspections, training or complacency in the workplace.

“We need to look at those deeper and find out if we can find a cause and then we can focus on that type of training.”

Oakville Mayor Rob Burton said he’s proud that the Region of Halton, Town of Oakville, Oakville Hydro, the local hospital and housing corporation all agree that safety is their top priority.

“We pledge that we will return you and we will do everything in our power and deploy every resource at our command to make sure that you go home to your family and your loved ones in as good condition as you come to work in the morning. That is our reciprocal responsibility we have to the people who work for us.”

Oakville North-Burlington MP Pam Damoff expressed her condolences to families at the ceremony whose loved ones have died.

“No one should send someone off to work and not have them come home,” she said. “Everyone should expect to greet their loved ones exactly the same way that they left for work.”

Oakville MP John Oliver said in 2016 more than 900 Canadians died due to a workplace injury or illness and hundreds more were injured.

“The tragic loss of women and men every year is a reminder that there’s always more that we can be doing to improve workplace health and safety.”

Also at the event, Local 793 vice-president Joe Dowdall read a poem called Do You See Me? that was written by retiree Frank G. Davis of London. Following is the poem:

You will see me in the sunset’s glow
And in the early morning rise
And you will see me in the clouds that float
Across our lovely skies

You will hear me in the thunder
And in the winds that blow
You will see me in the sparkling frost
And on the new falling snow

You will feel me in the warm breeze
That blows every spring
You will hear me in the song
That nesting robins sing

You will feel me in the bark
As you touch a tree
And each leaf that falls
Forever more
Will be a part of me

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

London Office Being Relocated as of May 7

Local 793’s district office in London is moving and will be operational at a new location as of Monday, May 7, 2018.

The office is being relocated to 4096 Meadowbrook Drive, Unit 115, London, N6L 1G4.

The phone number for the new office is 519-652-2740 and will be active on May 7, 2018.

The office at 523 First Street, Suite 2, in London, will be closed as of 4 p.m. on Wednesday, May 2, 2018 and will remain closed on Thursday, May 3 and Friday May 4, 2018 due to preparations for the move.

Click here for a map of the new office location.