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District Meetings

All Local 793 members that attend their monthly district meeting throughout 2019 will receive a 100th anniversary promotional item.

A different item will be given to members each month. 

Members who attended a meeting in December will receive an embroidered 100th anniversary winter jacket. This giveaway was extended through to anyone who attends a January monthly meeting. 

We will announce February’s giveaway before the end the month.

Get out and participate in your local union! 

District Meetings 

54 Waterloo Rd., Unit 2, Timmins, 7:30 p.m., 1st Wednesday of the month.

1255 Terwillegar Ave., Unit 7, Oshawa, 7 p.m., 1st Thursday of the month. 

979 Alloy Drive, Suite 101, Thunder Bay, 8 p.m., 1st Thursday of the month.
*PLEASE NOTE: Starting in April, the Thunder Bay meeting will start at 7 p.m.

188 Bunting Rd., Unit 5, St. Catharines, 7:30 p.m., 2nd Tuesday of the month.

3383 Walker Rd., Windsor, 7 p.m., 2nd Tuesday of the month. 

432 Great Northern Rd., Suite 203, Sault Ste. Marie, 7:30 p.m., 2nd Wednesday of the month. 

55 Fleming Drive, Unit 26, Cambridge, 7:30 p.m., 2nd Wednesday of the month.
*NOTE: As of February 4, 2019 the Cambridge office has moved to 55 Fleming Drive, Unit 26. The phone and fax numbers remain the same. 

430 Westmount Ave., Unit H, Sudbury, 7 p.m., 3rd Tuesday of the month.

2245 Speers Rd., Oakville, 7:30 p.m., 3rd Wednesday of the month. 

1 Millennium Parkway, Suite 102, Belleville, 7 p.m., 4th Tuesday of the month. 

4096 Meadowbrook Drive, Unit 115, London, 7 p.m., 4th Tuesday of the month.

35 Goderich Rd., Unit 5, Hamilton, 7:30 p.m., 4th Wednesday of the month. 

Best Western Plus-Ottawa City Centre, 1274 Carling Ave., 7 p.m., 4th Wednesday of the month. 

Voyager Inn, Greenery Room, 123 Delaware Ave., North Bay, 7:30 p.m., 4th Wednesday of the month.

240 Bayview Drive, Unit 12, Barrie, 7:30 p.m., 4th Thursday of the month. 

1390A Lougar Ave., Sarnia, 7 p.m., 4th Thursday of the month.

To confirm dates and location or for more information, contact your local office.

Notes to members

Sudbury district:
The start time for the monthly meetings has been changed to 7 p.m. from 8 p.m.

Cambridge district:
As of February 4, 2019 the Cambridge office has moved to 55 Fleming Drive, Unit 26. The phone and fax numbers remain the same. 

Thunder Bay district:
Starting in April, the Thunder Bay meeting will start at 7 p.m. (on the 1st Thursday of the month).

Important Proposal Meeting Notice

For All I.U.O.E., Local 793 members working under the Master Distribution Pipeline Agreement for Canada

 Dear Member: 

This is an important notice that your Union is holding vital proposal meetings during the month of February, 2019 for all members that work under the Master Distribution Pipeline Agreement for Canada. 

Please see below the district meeting schedule for February 2019: 

Timmins  February 6, 2019  7:30 P.M.  54 Waterloo Road, Unit #2, Timmins 
Oshawa  February 7, 2019  7:00 P.M.  1255 Terwillegar Ave., Unit #7, Oshawa 
Thunder Bay  February 7, 2019  8:00 P.M.  979 Alloy Drive, Unit #101, Thunder Bay 
St. Catharines  February 12, 2019  7:30 P.M.  188 Bunting Road, Unit #5, St. Catharines 
Windsor  February 12, 2019  7:00 P.M.  3383 Walker Road, Windsor 
Sault Ste. Marie  February 13, 2019  7:30 P.M.  432 Great Northern Road, Suite #203, Sault Ste. Marie 
Cambridge  February 13, 2019  7:30 P.M.  55 Fleming Drive, Unit 26, Cambridge 
Sudbury  February 19, 2019  7:00 P.M.  430 Westmount Avenue, Unit H, Sudbury 
Toronto  February 20, 2019  7:30 P.M.  2245 Speers Road, Banquet Hall, Oakville 
Belleville  February 26, 2019  7:00 P.M.  1 Millennium Parkway, Suite 102, Belleville 
London  February 26, 2019  7:00 P.M.  4096 Meadowbrook Drive, Unit 115, London 
Hamilton  February 27, 2019  7:30 P.M.  35 Goderich Road, Unit 5, Hamilton 
Ottawa  February 27, 2019  7:00 P.M.  Best Western Plus, 1274 Carling Avenue, Ottawa 
North Bay  February 27, 2019  7:30 P.M.  Voyager Inn, Greenery Room, 123 Delaware Ave., North Bay 
Barrie  February 28, 2019  7:30 P.M.  240 Bayview Drive, Unit 12, Barrie 
Sarnia  February 28, 2019  7:00 P.M.  1390A Lougar Avenue, Sarnia 

Please be sure you attend this important proposal meeting and notify as many of your fellow members as possible to join you. With proposals from the membership, Local 793 will move forward with our negotiating committee to bargain a fair renewal Agreement. 

Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call your District Office. 

Fraternally Yours, 
Mike Gallagher
Business Manager

Member discount at Mister Safety Shoes

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Visit one of the many Mister Safety Shoes retail locations across Ontario.

Show your union card and receive 10% off.

CLICK HERE for locations across Ontario.

Official Website

Change of address?

2018 income tax time is fast approaching! To be certain that receipts are mailed to the proper address, please ensure that any address changes you may have are updated in our system.

Members can either update their address online or can contact their nearest union office or 793 head office to update their address.

Please Note: Due to privacy, we can only accept address changes from members.

Although members will be able to download their 2018 tax receipts online, they are automatically sent out to members’ home addresses as well.

Are you paid up-to-date? One-time contribution holiday of $30

Make sure your 2018 Defence Assessment is paid by no later than December 31, 2018. This will entitle you to a one-time contribution holiday for the calendar year 2019, in conjunction with our 100th Anniversary Celebration.

This is a $30 savings. Payments can be made on our website, or go to your local area office. Don’t delay. Get this done today.

Effective January 1, 2020 you will pay your regular Defence Assessment.


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.

Local 793’s Defence Assessment

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 by-laws.

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.

Local 793 joins the fun at Timmins Santa Claus Parade

The International Union of Operating Engineers Local 793, in partnership with union employer Kerr Crane, participated in the 2018 Timmins Santa Claus Parade this past weekend.

Members and staff of the union created a float with the theme “Toy Land.”

Union members and crane operators Ben Daguerre and Wes Roy helped spearhead this first-time initiative for the Local in Timmins. Though it was a chilly night, 8,000-plus residents lined the streets of downtown Timmins. The event was televised on Eastlink TV and will be available on-demand soon.

Local 793 members and Kerr Crane agreed that with this year’s success, both will endeavour to participate in this event every year.

The staff and members of Local 793 Timmins Hall would like to wish all members a safe and happy Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, and a prosperous coming New Year!

Local 793 By-Law Proposals

Following the 2018 General Convention, Local 793 will be conducting a review of its current by-laws and will be asking for proposals at the district meetings during the months of January and February, 2019.

Proposals shall be made at the district meetings in the form of a recommendation. They must have a seconder followed by a vote of the members present. Those recommendations in the majority shall be forwarded to my attention, and those in the minority shall be recorded in the minutes.

The Business Manager will appoint a by-law review committee to consider all proposals, and make a recommendation to the Executive Board at a future meeting, once they have completed their review.

Further note, any recommendations that are in conflict with the I.U.O.E. Constitution, Federal or Provincial laws will not be considered by the committee.

Click here for a PDF version of the memo.


Joe Redshaw

Government officials visit Local 793 head office

Local 793 business manager Mike Gallagher welcomed newly elected Oakville MPP Stephen Crawford and Oakville North-Burlington MPP Effie Triantafilopoulos to the union’s head office and training campus in Oakville on Friday, Oct. 26.

The meeting with the Progressive Conservative Party members was an opportunity to raise issues and to establish a relationship with the new government.

Joining Gallagher was Local 793 vice president and government affairs representative Joe Dowdall, Local 793 director of Toronto area Dave Turple and OETIO director of training and apprenticeship Brain Alexander.

Amongst the subjects discussed was safety within the construction industry and the importance of mandatory training and compulsory certification.

Gallagher noted the union fought for mandatory training on the foundation rotary drills since Local 793 apprentice Kyle Knox lost his life when a drill rig collapsed at a subway construction site at York University in Toronto on Oct. 11, 2011. 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.

Gallagher gave another example why the province needs compulsory certification and mandatory training. In 2000, a 31-year-old man from Mississauga, Ontario and a 58-year-old man from Winnipeg, Manitoba died in the accident at a waste-water treatment complex in Oakville. North America Construction, the lead contractor, had a non-unionized member operating a crane and were fined $250,000. The operator was fined $25,000.

Gallagher also touched on the recent news about the proposed removal of the Ontario College of Trade (OCoT). Premier Doug Ford announced Tuesday that his government plans to remove the regulatory body that governs skilled trades in Ontario. If passed by Ontario’s Legislature, the province will develop a replacement model for the regulation of skilled trades and apprenticeships with a one-to-one journeyperson-to-apprentice ratio for every trade for which ratios apply.

Energy East, the largest oil pipeline project ever proposed in Canada, was brought to the attention of the MPP’s. Abandoned by TransCanada one year ago and opposed by many Quebec municipalities, the project was an example Gallagher used to stress the need for pipelines. Both Crawford and Triantafilopoulos agreed.

Gallagher also pointed out investments OETIO put into pipeline training in anticipation of projects like Energy East. OETIO had purchased two sidebooms and offered courses at the Morrisburg training facility before termination of the project.

The Renewable Energy Alliance of Ontario (REAO) was also brought to the table. Renewable energy makes sense for Ontario, Gallagher pointed out, saying that it provides reliable and affordable electricity to ratepayers. Combined with technological innovation, renewable energy can affordably address Ontario’s power needs in the coming years. Gallagher suggested that the Progressive Conservative government take another look at renewable energy.

He added that renewables and nuclear power are the safest, most economical, environmentally-friendly and healthiest way to produce electricity and are a vital part of the province’s energy plan.

The Ring of Fire, a large mineral resource-rich area in northern Ontario that contains potentially billions in nickel, copper and chromite was also discussed. As Gallagher pointed out, it has near limitless potential for future work and will make significant contributions to Ontario’s economy.

Following the informal portion of the meeting, Crawford and Triantafilopoulos had an opportunity to tour the world-class educational and training facility of Oakville’s OETIO. They also had a chance to sit in a simulator seat for first-hand experience on the state-of-the-art equipment. Special thanks to crane apprentice Ryan Tracy for chipping in to guide Triantafilopoulos on the rotary drill simulator and apprentice Tyler Thibault for helping Crawford on the conventional crane.

“We had a very productive meeting with Effie and Stephen,” Dowdall said. “It allowed us to promote our trade, establish a rapport with our local MPP’s and move forward with the new provincial government. With both Effie and Stephen in the Oakville and Oakville-North district, it’s important that they understand what we do at Local 793 and OETIO.”

Gallagher reiterated that Local 793 is prepared to work with the Progressive Conservative government and looks forward to future discussions on helping build Ontario. Both Crawford and Triantafilopoulos expressed an interest in scheduling future meetings on training and infrastructure jobs.