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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)

Stay informed!
Watch our member website, Facebook group and your email for updates.

TIP: Make sure you have a valid email registered to your member account – so you get can receive the news you need to know NOW.

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.

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.

Union dues tax receipt online as of Feb. 21, 2019

As of Thursday, February 21, 2019, Local 793 members will be able to go online to the union website and download their 2018 tax receipts for union dues and T4A’s issued by Global Benefits.

Originals are automatically sent out to members’ home addresses, as per usual. 

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 2018 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.

Change of address?

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

How members can update their address:

  • online,
  • contact their nearest union office, or
  • contact Local 793 head office.

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.