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It’s time to nominate the O.E. Banquet Hall

The Oakville Beaver is hosting their annual Readers’ Choice Awards and the O.E. Banquet Hall & Conference Centre is seeking your nomination for Best Banquet Facility.

Simply click the link below and vote for the O.E. Banquet Hall. It takes less than a minute!

Nominations will be accepted between now and Monday, August 5 at 11:59 pm as the first part of the competition.

Thank you in advance.

Operating Engineers Achieve Highest Provincial Collective Agreement Settlement

The Ontario Construction Secretariat (OCS) has just released the 4th edition of the ICI Collective Bargaining Bulletin, an up-to-date look at the Ontario Provincial Collective Agreements. 

To date, operating engineershave received the highest settlement of all trades across the province, ratifying a $4.25 increase over three years.

Below is the ICI Collective Bargaining Bulletin based on information received by the OCS as of end of day May 29, 2019.

TradeStatus / Details
BricklayerTentative Agreement
CarpenterGeneral Carpenter 
Ranges from $2.70 (London) to $3.65 (Toronto)
General Carpenter Board Area 8 ($3.65 over 3 years)
Year 1: $1.15
Year 2: $1.30
Year 3: $1.20
Formwork Board Area 8 ($3.75 over 3 years)
Year 1: $1.15
Year 2: $1.30
Year 3: $1.30
Cement MasonTentative Agreement
DemolitionTentative Agreement
Electrical$4.05 over 3 years
Year 1: $1.25
Year 2: $1.40
Year 3: $1.40
• Possible post-negotiated wage adjustment of up
to $1.00, depending on the settlements reached with
the eight comparator trades
• Local areas negotiated meaningful changes to their
local agreements
ElevatorYear 1: $1.00 (1.5%)
Wage formula to determine Year 2 and 3
GlazierTentative Agreement
Insulator$4.05 over 3 years
Year 1: $1.50
Year 2: $1.25
Year 3:$1.30
LabourerTentative Agreement
Millwright$3.98 over 3 years
Year 1: $1.30
Year 2: $1.33
Year 3: $1.35 2% increase to travel and
Board 40 hour work week across the province
$4.25 over 3 years
Year 1: $1.50
Year 2: $1.50
Year 3: $1.25
Toronto ($3.80 over 3 years)
Year 1: $1.20
Year 2: $1.20
Year 3: $1.40
Outside Toronto
Varies at lower rate
Plasterer$3.10 over 3 years
PlumberManagement presented final offer on May 27.
Union membership vote to be held on May 30.
PrecastLocal 506 ($3.75 over 3 years)
Year 1: $1.25
Year 2: $1.25
Year 3: $1.25
RefrigerationTentative Agreement
Ratified by Management, Labour ratification expected
by end of June.
RodworkerPrevious tentative agreement voted down
RooferToronto Wage Increase
Year 1: $1.50 includes $0.10 in exchange for
deletion of the WSIB Bill 162 req’t
Year 2: $1.35
Year 3: $1.35
Ottawa Wage Increase
Year 1: $1.70 * includes $0.10 in exchange for
deletion of the WSIB Bill 162 req’t
Year 2: $1.25 *
Year 3: $1.00
*includes contributions to Stabilization Fund, Work
Ready Training and Skills Training
Provincial Wage Increase
(excluding Toronto and Ottawa)
Year 1: $1.30 includes $0.10 in exchange for deletion
of the WSIB Bill 162 req’t
Year 2: $1.15
Year 3: $1.05
Sheet MetalStrike as of May 6
Tentative Agreement
National agreement, ratification expected by end of June
SteeplejackTentative Agreement
Ratification expected June 1
Tile &

Status of our Formwork Agreement

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

Many of you have been asking about the status of our Formwork Agreement since Local 793 voted in favour of ratification, but our friends at Local 183 turned the offer down. Due to the fact that we are in a council with the Labourers Local Unions, including Local 183, and because Local 183, along with 1059 and us have a “veto” on the council regarding ratifications and strikes, if one of either Local 793, 183 or 1059 fail to vote in favour of ratification, the entire Formwork Agreement remains unratified.

On Tuesday May 21, 2019 the Formwork Council of Ontario convened a meeting to discuss next steps. Local 793 voted in favor of supporting Local 183 members who wished to strike. Local 1059 out of London did not support strike action. Therefore, Local 183’s remaining issues are being submitted to final and binding arbitration. The arbitration will be held on June 14.

Since Local 793 members voted in favor of ratification, we proposed and the OFA agreed that our settlement will not be subject to the arbitration. They have agreed to this same protocol for all of the other LiUNA local unions. This means status quo for everyone except Local 183. It is vital that we protect our best in the industry settlement of $4.25 plus various language improvements. We cannot go backwards and we are not prepared to risk the possibility of losing retro pay.

We were in a similar position back in 2010 when the Labourers Local 183 turned down the proposed settlement. In 2010, the Labourers had a settlement on the table of $3.40 for labourers that was turned down and it went to arbitration. In that round of negotiations Local 793 achieved $3.75 for our Operators. Local 183 was seeking $4.00 from the arbitrator. The Arbitrator upheld the $3.40 settlement.

While it is not a perfect system, we have to navigate the system to the best of our abilities and our number one priority remains protecting our settlement and retro pay. Our focus for the next three years needs to be trying to find a way to overturn the archaic Labour Relations Act Provisions, which restrict our right to strike in the residential sector of the construction industry. Local 793 is committed to exploring all avenues to remove this barrier to a successful strike. As we learn further information, we will update the membership. In the meantime it is business as usual.

Dave Turple • Director of Toronto Area
IUOE Local 793

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.

Business Manager Gallagher honoured at Grand Marshal Ball

Celebrations for the St. Patrick’s Day parade kicked off on Friday, March 8, when the St. Patrick’s Parade Society held its Grand Marshal Ball at Steam Whistle Brewery in Toronto.

The evening was in honour of the 2019 Grand Marshal – Local 793 business manager Mike Gallagher.

The event attracted dignitary figures, labour and business leaders, and some of the most prominent members of Toronto’s Irish community.

The night featured a performance by Irish music icon Mundy and traditional Irish dancers.

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.

Committee to Draft Brief on Green Energy Project Benefits

A committee of employer and union representatives has been formed to put together a brief on the number of jobs and benefits that wind, solar and biomass projects bring to Ontario.

The committee will hire a consultant to prepare the brief. It will be presented to the provincial government during upcoming consultations on Ontario’s new Long-Term Energy Plan.

Mike Gallagher, business manager of Local 793, is on the industry committee. Others on the committee include: IUOE business rep Andre Chenier; Tom Rankin, CEO of Rankin Construction; Ken Williams Jr., president of Pumpcrete and also the Crane Rental Association of Ontario; Jason Dashney of Surespan Wind Energy Service; Bill Barbosa of LIUNA Local 183; and Brandy Giannetta of the Canadian Wind Energy Association.

The decision to form the committee was made at a meeting held Oct. 13 at Local 793’s head office in Oakville.

The meeting was arranged by business manager Gallagher to discuss the industry’s response to government plans to scrap $3.8 billion in future wind, solar and biomass projects across the province. The projects are under the Large Renewable Procurement 2, or LRP2 program.

More than two dozen representatives of employers and unions attended the meeting, along with Sara Monture, a representative of the Aboriginal Apprenticeship Board of Ontario.

Business Manager Gallagher said the industry was caught off guard by the government’s announcement and cancellation of the green energy projects is a concern to both employers and unions because of the investment in equipment and training for the work.

He provided a synopsis of a 45-minute meeting he and other Local 793 representatives had with Energy Minister Glenn Thibeault at the union’s district office in Sudbury on Oct. 11.

At the meeting, Gallagher noted that Local 793 and signatory contractors who may have purchased equipment in anticipation of the work are concerned about the decision to cut the green energy projects and the fact they were not consulted in advance of the announcement.

Minister Thibeault apologized for missing the union in the consultation. He said that LRP2 has been suspended but projects under an earlier program, known as LRP1, will still go forward, and that Feed-in Tariff and microFeed-in Tariff projects won’t be affected.

The minister indicated there are still four years of building left for contracts that have been signed and he noted that all projects that have a signed contract will continue as planned.

Thibeault said the Long-Term Energy Plan which will be completed in 2017 will outline future needs.

Interestingly, the minister said that, contrary to what’s been widely reported in the media, Ontario is not losing money when it sells its electricity to the U.S., Manitoba and Quebec. In fact, Thibeault said the government is $230 million in the black each year on those sales.

In the meeting, the minister explained that Ontario must produce more electricity than it uses because standards set by the North American Electricity Reliability Council require that Ontario has to maintain between eight and 15 per cent in excess power. This was set to avoid another blackout such as occurred in August 2003 in Ontario and the eastern U.S.

While wind, solar and biomass projects are presently, and by far, the cheapest way of producing energy today, the minister noted that Ontario is at a “tipping point” in finding power storage solutions for renewable energy generation.

At the meeting at Local 793’s head office, Gallagher said it’s good that the government is still going ahead with LRP1 projects but the decision to postpone LRP2 projects is bad news and the message about the importance of renewable energy is not getting through.

Tom Rankin of Rankin Construction had the same message and noted, for example, that 18 studies have been done worldwide that show there are no ill health effects from wind turbines.

Rankin noted the government is not sending a good message by cancelling the green energy projects.

Shane McCarthy of Surespan Wind Energy Service said the public is forming opinions on wrong information and does not understand the importance of projects like wind turbines.

He said there are no figures on items such as how much taxes from wind turbines go to municipalities to show taxpayers how the green energy industry is contributing to growth.

Gallagher suggested that a committee be formed to put together a brief for the upcoming Long-Term Energy Plan consultations. The suggestion was accepted by those at the meeting.

“We’ve got some work to do on the attitude of the general public and, quite frankly, the government,” he said.

Other representatives at the meeting included:

  • Frank Newman of Pumpcrete
  • Ian Smythe of Northern Mat and Bridge
  • Peter Lulecmis of Northern Mat and Bridge
  • Lee Spalding of Liebherr Canada
  • Bill Finkle of Cropac Equipment
  • Jeremy Asher of Mammoet
  • Jenifer Fitzpatrick of Mammoet
  • John Maclellan of Rankin Construction
  • Shawn Tyler of Rankin Construction
  • Jason Hanna of All Canada Crane
  • Aaron Hanna of All Canada Crane
  • Jeffrey Atkins of BIK Hydraulics
  • Brad Thomson of Thomkess Crane
  • Alex Law, assistant business manager at IUOE Local 793
  • Joe Redshaw, president at IUOE Local 793
  • Bob Turpin, northeastern Ontario area supervisor at IUOE Local 793
  • Ken Lew, labour relations manager at IUOE Local 793
  • Grant Cameron, director of communications at IUOE Local 793
  • Larry Richard, EPSCA business rep at IUOE Local 793

Direct Deposit for Claims Payments

Local 793 Business Manager Mike Gallagher is pleased to announce that Global Benefits has implemented an electronic claims payment reimbursement system for all health claims.

Effective July 14, 2016, members may choose to have reimbursement of their claims deposited directly into their bank accounts.

Click here to download the notice and payment authorization sign-up form.

Once you’ve downloaded the form and filled it in, mail the form and void cheque to: Global Benefits Claims Department, 88 St. Regis Crescent South, Toronto, Ontario, M3J 1Y8.

In the event of suspension of mail service:

  • Members can take their forms to the Global Benefits office at 88 St. Regis Crescent South, Toronto, Ontario, M3J 1Y8.
  • Members can take their forms to head office in Oakville and any of the 14 district offices across the province. The forms will be forwarded to Global Benefits.
  • Members can fax their forms directly to Global Benefits at 416-635-6464. The fax will be checked every morning by staff at Global Benefits.

Following is a list of the Local 793 offices and locations:

Barrie – 240 Bayview Drive, Unit 12
Belleville – 1 Millennium Parkway, Suite 102
Cambridge – 100 Sheldon Drive, Unit 10
Hamilton – 35 Goderich Road, Unit 5
London – 523 First Street, Suite 2
Oshawa – 1255 Terwillegar Ave., Unit 7
Ottawa – 174 Colonnade Road South, Unit 2
Sarnia – 1390A Lougar Avenue
Sault Ste. Marie – 432 Great Northern Road, Suite 203
St. Catharines – 188 Bunting Road, Unit 5
Sudbury – 430 Westmount Avenue, Unit H
Thunder Bay – 107 Johnson Avenue
Timmins – 54 Waterloo Road, Unit 2
Toronto – 2245 Speers Road, Oakville
Windsor – 3383 Walker Road

OETIO Receives Funds for New Equipment

Local 793 business manager Mike Gallagher was quoted in the following article that appeared recently in Daily Commercial News.

With an aging workforce and infrastructure spending ramping up, the need to teach specialty skills such as crane and heavy equipment operation in Ontario has gone past talk and into crunch time.

Mike Gallagher, Oakville, Ont. business manager of Local 793 of the International Union of Operating Engineers (IUOE), addressed the gravity of the situation recently as he welcomed funding for seven new pieces of heavy equipment worth close to $1.3 million for the Operating Engineers Training Institute of Ontario (OETIO) campuses in Morrisburg and Oakville.

The OETIO trains crane operators as well as heavy equipment operators who run dozers, backhoes and excavators but Gallagher said they are barely keeping up with demand.

There are currently 320 crane and tower apprentices training at the Oakville centre but research shows OETIO and the colleges who also train heavy equipment operators are in a race against time as the huge boomer generation reaches retirement age.

The average age of a journeyman mobile crane operator according to Ontario statistics compiled in 2012 was 50; even more pressing, the average tower crane operator was 58.

“We carefully monitor that,” said Gallagher. “We allow retirees to work for a certain amount of time after they retire but you can only keep working for so long at this trade, it is a physically demanding trade.”

“So the opportunity is there for young people considering a career.”

Click here to read full article