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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.

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. 

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. 

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

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.

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
Boilermaker 
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
Ironworker 
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
OPERATING
ENGINEERS
$4.25 over 3 years
Year 1: $1.50
Year 2: $1.50
Year 3: $1.25
Painter 
Painter
(Taper
Portion)
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
Sprinkler
Fitter
Tentative Agreement
National agreement, ratification expected by end of June
SteeplejackTentative Agreement
Ratification expected June 1
Teamster 
Tile &
Terrazzo
 

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
Picnic Poster

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 Van Wagners Beach Road, Hamilton, ON
Time: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Picnic and golf contact: Jane Lewis 905-544-1851
Picnic poster

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
Picnic poster

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
Picnic poster

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
Picnic poster

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
Picnic poster

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
Picnic poster

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
Picnic poster

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
Picnic poster

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
Picnic poster

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
Picnic poster

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 hosted 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 entertained 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

More than a half-million people lined the streets of Toronto to watch parade participants paint the city green. The parade had 4,000 marchers, the largest number yet. And with 500 of those marchers being Local 793 members, we are 1/8 responsible for the increase. Local 793 business manager Mike Gallagher was the 2019 Grand Marshal and the ceremonial leader of a parade.
Began at the corner of St George St & Bloor St W, Toronto, ON M5S 1W7
Ended at Nathan Phillips Square.
Distance 3.5 kilometres (approximately)

St. Patrick’s Day Parade POST-PARADE RECEPTION: Due to the overwhelming “marcher” response – nearly 500 of us marched #793Strong – we moved the post-parade reception to Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel “Willow Room.” There was a lunch buffet of sandwiches, salads and desserts. The Sheraton Centre, at 123 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M5H 2M9, is located 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: Begin at University Ave and Queen St and ends at the Dufferin Gates of the CNE
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.

The Honourable Patty Hajdu visits OETIO Oakville campus

The Honourable Patty Hajdu, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour, was a guest of honour at the union’s head office and OETIO campus in Oakville Friday afternoon. 

Minister Hajdu was joined by Oakville MP John Oliver, business manager Mike Gallagher, vice-president and government affairs representative Joe Dowdall, director of Toronto area Dave Turple, OETIO executive director Harold McBride and OETIO director of training and apprenticeship Brian Alexander. 

The visit was an opportunity for the guests to tour the world-class educational and training facility and a chance to speak to students.

“I want to thank you for choosing a skill trade and investing in yourself,” Hajdu told a classroom of students in the tower and mobile crane apprenticeship program. “Our government is investing heavily in infrastructure, bridges and roads and we can’t actually build the things we need unless we have skilled people like you to do it.

“A skilled trade is a really good middle-class job,” she continued. “You make good money, receive good benefits, pay into a pension and you get unionization, which protects your rights in the workplace. We will always support the critical work unions do in training highly-skilled Canadian labourers as they begin exciting careers in the trades.”

The guests also made a stop at the monument and memorial garden on the union property. The structure was built to honour members of the Local who have died as a result of construction site accidents or due to an occupational illness.

The Honourable Patty Hajdu visits OETIO Oakville campus

The Honourable Patty Hajdu, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour, was a guest of honour at the union’s head office and OETIO campus in Oakville Friday afternoon. 

Minister Hajdu was joined by Oakville MP John Oliver, business manager Mike Gallagher, vice-president and government affairs representative Joe Dowdall, director of Toronto area Dave Turple, OETIO executive director Harold McBride and OETIO director of training and apprenticeship Brian Alexander. 

The visit was an opportunity for the guests to tour the world-class educational and training facility and a chance to speak to students.

“I want to thank you for choosing a skill trade and investing in yourself,” Hajdu told a classroom of students in the tower and mobile crane apprenticeship program. “Our government is investing heavily in infrastructure, bridges and roads and we can’t actually build the things we need unless we have skilled people like you to do it.

“A skilled trade is a really good middle-class job,” she continued. “You make good money, receive good benefits, pay into a pension and you get unionization, which protects your rights in the workplace. We will always support the critical work unions do in training highly-skilled Canadian labourers as they begin exciting careers in the trades.”

The guests also made a stop at the monument and memorial garden on the union property. The structure was built to honour members of the Local who have died as a result of construction site accidents or due to an occupational illness.

Update on Collective Agreement Ratification Votes

Greater Toronto Sewer & Watermain Collective Agreement – the Agreement was ratified in favour of the settlement.

Provincial Utility Collective Agreement – the Agreement was ratified in favour of the settlement.

Toronto and Area Road Builders Collective Agreement (TARBA) – the Agreement was ratified at more than 99% in favour of the settlement.

Should you have any questions about this information, or the ratification votes, please contact your Local 793 Business Representative.