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Good news from the Insurance Fund Committee

In honour of our 100th Anniversary, Local 793’s Insurance Fund Committee passed a resolution on September 22, 2018, whereby they deemed the one-time $30 contribution holiday towards the defence assessment be waived in 2019.

In order to be eligible, members must be in good standing with the union as of December 31, 2018. They must also have their current defence assessments paid up to date (to the end of 2018) by no later than December 31, 2018.

If a member has already prepaid the $30 defence assessment for 2019, a credit will be applied to their account for a future year.

Any member who joins membership or pays their defence assessment following the deadline will be required to pay the regular defence assessment for 2019.

The fund provides money for “pay strike or lockout benefits to the members of Local 793 and its subdivisions, or any other expenses incurred as a result of a strike or lockout,” according to the bylaws.

The fund is administered by a committee comprised of the business manager, president, recording-corresponding secretary and one other officer selected by the business manager. Also, five other members who represent different regions of the province of Ontario as determined by the business manager.

Should the requirement arise, all eligible members who meet the criteria of the contribution holiday will be eligible for strike pay in 2019.

2018 Terry Fox run team photo

Local 793 supports Terry Fox Run in 2018

Great turn out for members, staff and supporters at the 38th annual Terry Fox run for cancer research in Oakville! On September 16, the run (walk, wheel, bike, stroll, et al) started and finished at Coronation Park at 1426 Lakeshore Road West. Those participating in the event could either walk, run, bicycle, rollerblade or use a wheelchair for the two-kilometre, five-kilometre and 10-kilometre routes.

At the start we had a group picture with energetic Pam Damoff, Federal MP for Oakville North — Burlington. Members, staff and participants wore IUOE Local 793 team t-shirts.

All of us know someone or have a family member touched by cancer. It was good to join the community, raise money for cancer research and work toward Terry Fox’s dream of ending the disease. As of 12noon EDT on September 17, 2018 we raised $1,375. You can still donate and sponsor us at www.terryfox.ca/iuoeLocal793

Special thanks to Local 793 government affairs representative Joe Dowdall for organizing our participation this year!

Local 793 was proud to support the event. Well done everybody who came out! If you didn’t make it this year mark it on your calendar for next year in our 100th anniversary year!

  2018 Terry Fox run   2018 Terry Fox run team

2018 Terry Fox run team     2018 Terry Fox run team

2018 Terry Fox run team     2018 Terry Fox run

2018 Terry Fox run    

Union Dues Tax Receipts Online as of Feb. 22, 2018

As of Thursday, February 22, 2018, Local 793 members will be able to go online to the union website and download their 2017 tax receipts for union dues and T4A’s issued by Global Benefits.

Originals are still being mailed to all members, as in past practice.

The online feature was established by Local 793 business manager Mike Gallagher to allow members to download their receipts and file their tax returns early, if they choose to do so.

Following are step-by-step instructions on how to go online and download the 2017 receipts online:

  • Go to the union website at iuoelocal793.org.
  • Log in to the member section of the IUOE Local 793 website. If you do not currently have an account, you must create one first.

 

 

 

 

  • Log in with your credentials

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Once logged in to your member account profile, scroll to the bottom of the page and select view documents beside the downloadable tax forms description

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Click on the available forms Dues (Union Dues Receipt)  and T4A Form.  This will download a printable pdf form.

 

 

Schedule of District Meetings in December

Please be advised that a number of monthly district union meetings have been cancelled in December due to their proximity to Christmas.

The following monthly district meetings have been cancelled in December:

  • Belleville
  • London
  • Hamilton
  • Ottawa
  • North Bay
  • Barrie
  • Sarnia

The following monthly district meetings are still scheduled in December:

  • Timmins – Wednesday, Dec. 6, 7:30 p.m., 54 Waterloo Rd., Unit 2, Timmins
  • Oshawa – Thursday, Dec. 7, 7 p.m., 1255 Terwillegar Ave., Unit 7, Oshawa
  • Thunder Bay – Thursday, Dec. 7, 8 p.m., 979 Alloy Drive, Suite 101, Thunder Bay
  • St. Catharines – Tuesday, Dec. 12, 7:30 p.m., 188 Bunting Rd., Unit 5, St. Catharines
  • Windsor – Tuesday, Dec. 12, 7 p.m., 3383 Walker Rd., Windsor
  • Sault Ste. Marie – Wednesday, Dec. 13, 7:30 p.m., 432 Great Northern Rd., Suite 203, Sault Ste. Marie
  • Cambridge – Wednesday, Dec. 13, 7:30 p.m., 100 Sheldon Dr., Unit 10, Cambridge
  • Sudbury – Tuesday, Dec. 19, 8 p.m., 430 Westmount Ave., Unit H, Sudbury
  • Toronto – Wednesday, Dec. 20, 7:30 p.m., 2245 Speers Rd., Oakville
 

Defence Assessments Due for 2018

Please be reminded that defence assessment payments for 2018 are due by the end of 2017 for Local 793 members.

The annual assessment is $30.

Members can make payments in several ways. For example:

  • Members can pay business representatives.
  • Members can make payments in person at head office or any district office. Payments must be made by credit card, debit or cheque. Offices do not accept cash.
  • Members can login to the members section of the union website by clicking here and make a payment.
  • Members can mail payments to head office at 2245 Speers Road, Oakville, Ont., L6L 6X8.

When mailing a payment, please ensure it is marked on the envelope as a “Defence Assessment Payment.” The cheque should be made payable to IUOE Local 793.

The fund provides money for the “defence of actions commenced in labour disputes against the local, its officers or members,” according to the bylaws.

The fund is administered by a committee comprised of the business manager, president, recording-corresponding secretary, one other officer selected by the executive board, and five other members who represent different regions of the province as determined by the executive board.

Money in the fund is used to help defray costs incurred by the union as a result of a labour dispute, including strikes or lockouts, and any legal and other fees and expenses incurred in the defence of interests of Local 793.

The account of the defence fund is audited annually by a chartered accountant.

If you have any questions, please call the dues department at head office at 905-469-9299.

 
 
 

Local 793 Participates in Santa Claus Parade

Local 793 members and their families participated in the Oakville Santa Claus Parade on Saturday, Nov. 18, 2017.

The union was a gold sponsor of the event and had a float in the parade.

Theme of the parade was A Canadian Christmas through the Decades. Local 793 chose to mark Christmas in the 70s.

There was a slight drizzle of rain in the air, but the parade route was lined with thousands of children and parents.

Many of the participants in the Local 793 contingent were dressed as toys from the 70s.

The parade wound its way through the downtown area.

Children rode on the float.

 
 
 
 

Local 793 and Aecon Sign Memorandum of Understanding

Local 793 business manager Mike Gallagher has received assurances from Aecon Group Inc. that the company’s practices with respect to the bargaining rights of the union will not be adversely impacted by its pending acquisition by CCCC International (CCCCI) Holding Ltd. of China.

Gallagher met with Aecon president and CEO John Beck on Nov. 13 and signed a Memorandum of Agreement that confirmed that collective agreements will be honoured and the relationship between the union and company will not change as a result of the sale.

“Aecon is an iconic Canadian construction company that is one of our largest employers,” Gallagher said. “Nearly 600 of our members are employed by the company and we were concerned as to how the acquisition would affect our members and relationship with Aecon.

“We have a long-standing and successful relationship with Aecon and I wanted to ensure that it continued going forward. I am pleased to report that this Memorandum of Understanding has been signed as it confirms our commitment to continue working together.”

Gallagher had been concerned about issues such as job security for Local 793 members and the hiring of Indigenous and northern peoples for projects in their communities. He wanted assurances that bargaining rights of Local 793 would not be affected, and a commitment to ensuring that programs to bring in foreign workers are not used if the sale is approved.

On Nov. 6, he met in Ottawa with a senior policy advisor from Industry Canada. The Nov. 13 meeting with Aecon CEO Beck was arranged to bring the union’s concerns to the table. Beck also signed a similar MOU the same day with IUOE Canadian director Lionel Railton.

Aecon, a Toronto-based publicly traded company, announced in August it was seeking a buyer so it could compete for larger projects. On Oct. 26, engineering and construction giant CCCCI said it had agreed to pay $20.37 per Aecon share to buy the company for $1.19 billion.

The company will continue to be headquartered in Canada.

The MOU with Local 793 lays out nine specific commitments by Aecon and the union.

For starters, the parties confirmed a mutual commitment to work together to achieve and maintain the high Canadian standards of corporate governance currently adhered to by Aecon.

The company also confirmed that its current treatment of, and practices with respect to, the bargaining rights of Local 793 will not be adversely impacted by the acquisition.

In the MOU, the parties also stated they mutually recognize the importance of continuity in both management and production workforces and the value of the retention of Aecon’s Canada-based employees.

Aecon also stated it remains committed to its established practice of working with and hiring Indigenous and northern peoples for projects in their communities, its participation in the Helmets to Hardhats program, and working with Local 793 on them and other similar employment initiatives.

The MOU also states that Aecon recognizes the job security interests of Local 793 and that the union will continue to supply Aecon with qualified Operating Engineers. In doing so, the company and union agreed to “work together to ensure that the Temporary Foreign Worker Program and the intra-company transfer program of the federal government are not utilized following the acquisition in a way at odds with the union security provisions of the collective agreements to which each employer is bound, or otherwise decreases the level of job security held by members of Local 793.”

Aecon also confirmed its core value commitment to a safety-first culture and continuing its historic embrace of Ontario-specific health and safety laws and regulations, including those pertaining to training and licensing requirements.

Meanwhile, Aecon agreed that, following the acquisition, it will keep Local 793 informed of major decisions in respect of future growth so the parties can promote positive outcomes while avoiding the potential of future conflict.

Both Aecon and the union agreed that the terms of the MOU be incorporated into the applicable collective agreements between each employer and Local 793, and that the contents of the MOU would not be used to create or expand the bargaining rights of Local 793 with any Aecon affiliates or subsidiary or between the employers.

It is important to note that the MOU does not prevent Local 793 from bringing related or successor employer actions against Aecon.

A number of regulatory approvals must be met before the takeover goes through. The offer requires government and regulatory approvals under the Investment Canada Act.