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Heavy Equipment Apprenticeship Program

IUOE Local 793 area offices in Sudbury, Timmins and Sault Ste. Marie are now taking Heavy Equipment Apprenticeship applications for our September 3, 2019 intake.

To apply for an apprenticeship with IUOE Local 793, you must:

1) Be 18 years of age or older
2) Submit a resume and cover letter
3) Show proof of Grade 12 or equivalent
4) Hold a valid Ontario driver’s license

If you are interested in applying, CLICK HERE and enter your address, city or postal code to locate a Local 793 union office in your area.

Summer District Meeting Schedule

Following is a schedule of suspended monthly district meetings for July and August:

ST. CATHARINES
188 Bunting Rd., Unit 5, St. Catharines, 7:30 p.m., 2nd Tuesday of the month. 
Note: July & August meetings are cancelled.

WINDSOR
3383 Walker Rd., Windsor, 7 p.m., 2nd Tuesday of the month. 
Note: July & August meetings are cancelled.

BELLEVILLE
1 Millennium Parkway, Suite 102, Belleville, 7 p.m., 4th Tuesday of the month. 
Note: July & August meetings are cancelled.

SUDBURY
430 Westmount Ave., Unit H, Sudbury, 7 p.m., 3rd Tuesday of the month.
Note: July & August meetings are cancelled. 

LONDON
4096 Meadowbrook Drive, Unit 115, London, 7 p.m., 4th Tuesday of the month. 
Note: July & August meetings are cancelled. 

TIMMINS
54 Waterloo Rd., Unit 2, Timmins, 7:30 p.m., 1st Wednesday of the month. 
Note: July & August meetings are cancelled.

SAULT STE. MARIE
432 Great Northern Rd., Suite 203, Sault Ste. Marie, 7:30 p.m., 2nd Wednesday of the month. 
Note: July & August meetings are cancelled. 

CAMBRIDGE
55 Fleming Drive, Unit 26, Cambridge, 7:30 p.m., 2nd Wednesday of the month.
Note: August meeting cancelled. 

TORONTO
2245 Speers Rd., Oakville, 7:30 p.m., 3rd Wednesday of the month.
Note: July & August meetings are cancelled.

HAMILTON
35 Goderich Rd., Unit 5, Hamilton, 7:30 p.m., 4th Wednesday of the month.
Note: July & August meetings are cancelled.

OTTAWA
Best Western Plus, 1274 Carling Ave., 7 p.m., 4th Wednesday of the month.
Note: July & August meetings are cancelled.

NORTH BAY
Voyager Inn, Greenery Room, 123 Delaware Ave., North Bay, 7:30 p.m., 4th Wednesday of the month. 
Note: July & August meetings are cancelled. 

OSHAWA
1255 Terwillegar Ave., Unit 7, Oshawa, 7 p.m., 1st Thursday of the month. 
Note: July & August meetings are cancelled.

THUNDER BAY
979 Alloy Drive, Suite 101, Thunder Bay, 7 p.m., 1st Thursday of the month.
Note: July & August meetings are cancelled.

SARNIA
1390A Lougar Ave., Sarnia, 7 p.m., 4th Thursday of the month. 
Note: July & August meetings are cancelled.

BARRIE
240 Bayview Drive, Unit 12, Barrie, 7:30 p.m., 4th Thursday of the month. 
Note: July & August meetings are cancelled. 

Timmins rounds out Northeastern Ontario celebrations

Local 793 held anniversary celebrations in Timmins on Sunday, rounding out three weekends of 100th anniversary festivities for members in Northeastern Ontario.

The celebrations began with a “honour” song given by the Thunder Creek Indigenous Drum Group from Timmins. After the initial song, the drummers stayed and continued to play music, including a drum rendition of SpongeBob SquarePants for the children in attendance. Music for the day was provided by a local DJ.

Regional staff and volunteers gathered to offer a great barbecue for members in attendance. As the celebration was centrally located in Timmins, area residents were encouraged to come celebrate with the union and learn more about our accomplishments over the last 100 years.

93.1 Moose FM did a remote broadcast to highlight the event. Members received a 100th anniversary t-shirt and entry to the prize draws that included Mastercraft wrench and socket sets, ShopVac, Keurig Coffee Maker, cottage and patio furniture, gift cards and more. Non-members received access to bouncy castles and laser tag, a 100th anniversary frisbee, and access to our “make your own treat bag” candy bar.

Between members and residents, the Timmins celebration saw over 200 people take in the festivities in what turned into a beautiful, 27 degrees day. Many members walked away with prizes and a great experience. Non-Members shared in our pride and learned more of what our union has to offer Timmins and the surrounding area.

Northeastern Ontario supervisor and financial secretary Robert Turpin would like to thank the 100th anniversary organizing committee, area staff, and volunteers that made the last three weekends so successful.

Celebrations at Morrisburg Rodeo

Members, staff and family were treated to a fun day of celebrations, as Ottawa & Belleville districts and the OETIO Morrisburg campus hosted the 100th anniversary Rodeo Picnic on Saturday.

More than 650 Local 793 staff, members and their families registered for the event, which was held at the OETIO campus in Morrisburg.

Business manager Mike Gallagher and staff from across the province attended the event.

Guests were treated to a wide variety of activities and entertainment, from pony rides, a petting zoo and bouncy castles to a reptile zoo, magician and live DJ.

Operators were put to the test in the IUOE LOCAL 793 MEMBERS COMPETITIONS. Prizes were awarded to the top three operators in four categories: Mobile Crane, Tower Crane, Excavator and Tractor-Loader-Backhoe (TLB).

Following were winners:

Mobile Crane
1st: Zach Borutski
2nd: Michel Alig
3rd: Dan Alig

Tower Crane
1st: Jonathan Sprung
2nd: Vince Beaudoin
3rd: Jose Campos

Excavator
1st: Tim Gilmer
2nd: Donny Molson
3rd: Scott Walker

Tractor-Loader-Backhoe (TLB)
1st: Tim Gilmer
2nd: Donny Molson
3rd: Jason Beckman

Thanks to generous donations by Eastern Ontario contractors, competition winners in each category received $1,500 for first place, $750 for second place and $500 for third place.

Following the Rodeo, a dinner-dance was held where members enjoyed dinner followed by the sounds of A Bigger Hammer band fronted by Local 793 member Scott Greene. The evening also included a breathtaking professional fireworks display.

Photo credit: Armand Dowdall


Sault celebrates 100th anniversary

The third installment of IUOE Local 793’s 100th anniversary celebrations took place at Ojibway Park in Sault Ste. Marie on Sunday.

A great day was planned which included bouncy castles, football toss and kick and a “fish pond,” with some games of skill for the adults.

Participants received a union t-shirt, a 100th anniversary frisbee, and other great merchandise. Children were given the opportunity to make their own treat bags, which was a big success.

Following a hearty lunch, Sault Ste. Marie business rep John Miners and Timmins business rep Tyler L. Levesque gave out raffle draw prizes, such as a Shop-Vac, beauty baskets, gift certificates and other great prizes.

Local 793 encourages all members and family to attend these 100th anniversary celebrations as they roll out provincewide.

Photo credit: Robert Turpin and Kirk Fournier

Local 793 congratulates the Toronto Raptors

IUOE Local 793 would like to congratulate the Toronto Raptors on winning the 2019 NBA World Championship. 

The Raptors won the team’s first title in the franchise’s 24-year history on Thursday night in Game 6 of the NBA Finals, defeating the defending champion Golden State Warriors 114–110 at Oracle Arena in California.

We The North!

Local 793 congratulates the Toronto Raptors

IUOE Local 793 would like to congratulate the Toronto Raptors on winning the 2019 NBA World Championship. 

The Raptors won the team’s first title in the franchise’s 24-year history on Thursday night in Game 6 of the NBA Finals, defeating the defending champion Golden State Warriors 114–110 at Oracle Arena in California.

We The North!

Sudbury kicks off 100th anniversary picnic celebrations

Local 793 held the first of many 100th anniversary celebration picnics on Saturday in Sudbury, Ontario.

Held at the Warren Fairgrounds, area supervisor and financial secretary Robert Turpin, Sudbury business rep Kirk Fournier, Sault Ste. Marie business rep John Miners, and Sudbury administrative assistant Lori Trembley organized the event in conjunction with the 100th anniversary committee. 

Local 793 members and family were treated to a wide variety of activities and games to keep everyone entertained. From bean bag toss to lawn dart games and inflatables bubble soccer, everyone enjoyed the hot sunny weather and excellent location the fairground provided.  

All attendees received Local 793 merchandise and children had gift bags and treats given upon their arrival.

Afterwards, business manager Mike Gallagher addressed the over 150 attendees which followed with a delicious meal.  

Local 793 members were given raffle tickets for the draw table. Some of the prizes that were available to be won included a Google Home Smart Speaker, a Keurig coffee maker, barbecue cooking sets, beauty baskets, and gift certificates.

Aside from business manager Gallagher, staff from across the province attended the event including Toronto area supervisor and executive board member Dave Turple, South Central Ontario area supervisor and auditor Virgil Nosé, and Simcoe County area coordinator and trustee Justin O’Neill took the journey to join the festivities.

The Sudbury area 100th anniversary celebration was a great success. The International Union of Operating Engineers encourages all members and their families to attend celebrations being held across the province all summer long.

Strike Action

Large-scale projects across the Greater Toronto Area were slowed and some completely shut down this week, as IUOE Local 793 concrete and drain operators went on strike following a breakdown in negotiations with the Ontario Concrete & Drain Contractors Association.

The withdrawal of services began at various worksites on Monday.

IUOE Local 793 was on-site to lead the strike.

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!

https://readerschoice.oakvillebeaver.com/2019/05/entertainment/banquet-facility

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.