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Schedule of district meetings in December

Please be advised that several December district meetings have been cancelled due to their proximity to Christmas.

Meetings in Belleville, London, Hamilton, Ottawa, North Bay, Sarnia and Barrieare cancelled in December and will resume at normal dates in January.

Following is a list of meeting locations, dates and times

Wednesday, Dec 5 at 7:30 p.m.
54 Waterloo Rd., Unit 2, Timmins.

Thursday, Dec 6 at 7 p.m.
1255 Terwillegar Ave., Unit 7, Oshawa.

Thursday, Dec 6 at 8 p.m.
107 Johnson Ave., Boardroom, Thunder Bay.

Tuesday, Dec 11 at 7:30 p.m.
88 Bunting Rd., Unit 5, St. Catharines.

Tuesday, Dec 11 at 7 p.m.
3383 Walker Rd., Windsor.

Wednesday, Dec 12 at 7:30 p.m.
432 Great Northern Rd., Suite 203, Sault Ste. Marie.

Wednesday, Dec 12 at 7:30 p.m.
100 Sheldon Dr., Unit 10, Cambridge.

Tuesday, Dec 18 at 8 p.m.
430 Westmount Ave., Unit H, Sudbury.
NOTE: Beginning January 2019, the start time for Sudbury’s monthly district
meetings will move from 8 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Wednesday, Dec 19 at 7:30 p.m.
2245 Speers Rd., Oakville.

Tuesday, Dec 25 at 7 p.m.
1 Millennium Parkway, Suite 102, Belleville.
December meeting is cancelled

Tuesday, Dec 25 at 7 p.m.
523 First St., London.
December meeting is cancelled

Wednesday, Dec 26 at 7:30 p.m.
35 Goderich Rd., Unit 5, Hamilton.
December meeting is cancelled

Wednesday, Dec 26 at 7 p.m.
Best Western Plus, 1274 Carling Ave.
December meeting is cancelled

Wednesday, Dec 26 at 7:30 p.m.
Voyager Inn, Greenery Room, 123 Delaware Ave., North Bay.
December meeting is cancelled

Thursday, Dec 27 at 7:30 p.m.
240 Bayview Drive, Unit 12, Barrie.
December meeting is cancelled

Thursday, Dec 27 at 7 p.m.
1390A Lougar Ave., Sarnia.
December meeting is cancelled

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 participates in Santa Claus Parade

Local 793 members and their families participated in the Oakville Santa Claus Parade on Saturday, November 17, 2018.

The union was a gold sponsor of the event and had a float in the parade. The Local 793 truck was decorated in white and light blue and had speakers playing Christmas music.

The theme was Winter Wonderland. Playful costumed characters rode the float including a polar bear, snowmen (and women), the abominable snow beast aka the Bumble, Christmas trees, penguins, chipmunks and reindeer. A Local 793 contingent followed the float on foot wearing red Santa hats and handed out lollipops (to those that had been good).

The day was chilly and overcast, but the parade route was lined with thousands of children and adults. Local 793 waved to the crowd as the group wound its way along the route through the downtown area.


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

Defence assessments paid up to date by Dec. 31 deadline

A reminder to all members to get your current defence assessment paid up to date in order to be eligible to have your 2019 contribution waived.

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.

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.

Ontario College of Trades logo

Ford government announces the winding down of the Ontario College of Trades

The Ontario College of Trades (OCOT) was the first organization in Canada that allowed construction trades to govern themselves, rather than leaving them to be directed by a provincial government ministry. At the time of its creation, the OCOT was also responsible for a much-needed modernizing of apprenticeship and skilled trades training and licensing in Ontario. On Tuesday, the Ford government made a sudden announcement that the OCOT is coming to an end.

Before the creation of the OCOT, it had been over 35 years since any government had acted on changes to technology and training needs to declare a new compulsory trade. A compulsory trade is a trade in which registration as an apprentice, journeyperson candidate or certification as a journeyperson is mandatory. At that time, we at the Operating Engineers were the last to be able to make our voice heard. In 1982, Hoisting Engineer was named a compulsory trade. It wasn’t until 2017 that Sprinkler Fitters were named the next compulsory trade. The OCOT provided a clear pathway by which any trade could apply to formally change their status to that of a compulsory trade.

Local 793 supported the creation of the OCOT right from the start. It provided improved safety and training for our members and a clear process to require licensing and training. Local 793 also supported, and continues to support, the concept of trades being regulated by those with the relevant expertise and direct involvement in the construction industry.

With the OCOT in place, many positive changes occurred that benefitted Local 793, OETIO, our members, our signatory contractors and the construction industry as a whole. The OCOT developed for the first time a Provincial Trade Exam for the Concrete Pump. The operators of TLBs, excavators, and bulldozers had their training standards reviewed and updated for the first time in almost 20 years. Appointees to the Heavy Equipment trade board, working with the OCOT, were also able to get Red Seal endorsement for those who wrote the approved Heavy Equipment Trade Exam. This ensures that our members’ skills are recognized anywhere they choose to work in Canada.

Local 793 thanks those 26 members, staff, and members of management of our signatory contractors who have spent many hours working on the OCOT trade boards, the divisional board, the board of governors and the appointments council. Over the last nine years, they have dedicated their time and expertise to make the OCOT all that it could be.

Of course, the OCOT was not perfect and did result in greater costs for fees and regulations. Safety and skills training, and a timely and enforceable means for addressing all industry concerns, remain top priorities of Local 793. We will meet, and where possible, work with the current Ford government to address our concerns and to continue to advance safety and skills training.

Our immediate priority is to meet with all Local 793 staff and with the representatives of our signatory companies, who currently do work at the OCOT, to discuss next steps. Specifically, our focus will be to help ensure the winding down of the OCOT is done responsibly. Most importantly, we must make sure that the development of a replacement model for the regulation of the skilled trades and the apprenticeship system in Ontario continues to promote safety, skills training and licensing.