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Information Sessions Being Held on OETIO Programs

Local 793 members can learn more about courses that are offered at OETIO campuses in Oakville and Morrisburg.

Information sessions are being held at district offices across the province to help members understand the training that’s available.

The sessions focus on the OETIO’s heavy equipment pre-apprenticeship program and apprenticeship programs in heavy equipment, mobile and tower crane and concrete pump.

Members can also get information on training for heavy equipment operators and the Fundamentals of Heavy Equipment Program.

All attendees must preregister by clicking here.

Following is a schedule of the remaining sessions for 2017. All information sessions begin at 1 p.m. unless stated otherwise:

1 Millennium Parkway, Unit #102
September 22

1255 Terwillegar Ave., Unit #7
September 28

523 First Street, Suite 2
October 3

1390A Lougar Ave.
October 4

Hamilton (All sessions start at 10 a.m.)
St. Catharines’ sessions are held in Hamilton
5 – 35 Goderich Road
October 17

240 Bayview Dr., Unit #12
September 28

430 Westmount Ave, Unit H
October 6

Cambridge (All sessions start at 10 a.m.)
100 Sheldon Dr. Unit 10
October 17

Sault Ste. Marie
432 Great Northern Rd, Suite 203
October 4

54 Waterloo Rd., Unit #2
October 5

Thunder Bay
979 Alloy Drive, Suite 101
September 28

3383 Walker Road
October 5

OETIO Oakville Campus
2245 Speers Rd.
September 21
October 19
November 23

OETIO Morrisburg Campus
12580 County Rd. 2
September 22
October 20
November 17

Deadline Nearing for Jack Redshaw Scholarships

Deadline for applications for The Jack Redshaw Scholarships is Friday, Sept. 15, 2017.

The scholarships are available to all the sons, daughters and grandchildren of Local 793 members who are going to be attending, or are attending, a post-secondary institution and in good standing at the time of selection of the awards.

Applications must be supported by:

  • Transcripts;
  • Other evidence of potential ability to succeed in the post-secondary program; and
  • A letter of recommendation from an individual with personal academic knowledge of the person making the application as well as why a scholarship should be awarded.

Applicants must also submit an essay of not more than 1,000 words on either:

  • Reasons why this scholarship will help me.
  • The impact on my life of being a dependent of a Local 793 union member.

An application form can be downloaded from the Local 793 website at or by clicking here. Applications can also be obtained by contacting any Local 793 area office.


Appointments Made to Union Board

Local 793 director of Toronto area and organizing Ron Hillis retired June 30.

Ron was on staff for 20 years and has been in the union for 28. He started his career with the union in 1988 and learned how to operate different pieces of heavy equipment while working at a small company in Collingwood.

Ron became a Local 793 staff member in 1997 when he was hired as a business rep for the Toronto area by business manager Mike Gallagher.

He’s held a number of positions over the years.

In 2005, he was appointed as supervisor for Toronto and vicinity and in 2013 he became director of organizing. In 2016, he was appointed director of Toronto area and organizing.

Ron was elected as a trustee in 2000. He was a trustee for 12 years and in 2012 was elected to the executive board. He was re-elected to the executive board in the last election in 2016.

Ron was also a trustee on the union’s life and health benefits plan and served as recording secretary, treasurer and then president of Local 793’s non-profit housing board.

Ron’s daughter, Amanda, and son, Jason, are both Operating Engineers.

With Ron’s departure, business manager Gallagher announced that:

  • Assistant labour relations manager Dave Turple has been appointed as director of Toronto area.
  • Assistant director of Toronto area Mike Scott has been appointed as the provincial pipeline/distribution rep.

Meanwhile, the union’s officers met July 4 and:

  • Dave Turple tendered his resignation as a Local 793 trustee effective July 4.
  • Andrew Patton tendered his resignation as Local 793 guard effective July 4.

In accordance with Article XXIV, Subdivision 1, Section (f) of the IUOE Constitution, the following appointments were made:

  • Dave Turple was appointed as a Local 793 executive board member.
  • Andrew Patton was appointed as a Local 793 trustee.
  • Justin O’Neill was appointed as Local 793 guard.

Medals Presented to Local 793 Crane Apprentices

Three Local 793 mobile crane apprentices were presented with medals for receiving top marks at the 2017 Skills Ontario Competition, a three-day event held May 1 to 3 at the Toronto Congress Centre.

In the competition, mobile crane apprentices were put through a series of practical exercises and had to complete a written test.

From left to right in the photo are: assistant director of training and apprenticeship Brian Alexander, OETIO lead instructor Craig Giles, Skills Ontario competitions assistant Solange Saraiva, gold medal winner Patrick Perreault, silver medal winner Dalton Koks, and bronze medal winner Nick Sentance.

Joe Kennedy Granted Honorary Lifetime Membership

Retired Local 793 business manager Joe Kennedy has been granted honorary lifetime membership in the union.

The union’s insurance committee voted on the honour March 24 and business manager Mike Gallagher made the announcement at a special e-board meeting in Oakville the next day.

Kennedy attended the e-board meeting with his grandson, Simon.

“It’s a great privilege to announce that the insurance committee has unanimously afforded you this great honour of being made an honorary lifetime member of Local 793,” Gallagher said at the meeting.

“I certainly believe Joe is deserving of this honour. He built a pretty important foundation for us to build on. This is the right thing for us to do.”

Gallagher had recommended in a letter to the insurance committee that Kennedy be approved.

Kennedy was at the helm of the union for 18 years. He was elected business manager of the local in 1974 and held the post until his retirement in 1992.

A crane operator by trade, Kennedy joined the union while working in Mattawa, Ont. with his father. He used to fire up the boilers for his father’s steam-powered crane.

Kennedy was initiated Oct. 17, 1951 and is a 66-year member of Local 793.

As an operator, he worked on projects across Ontario, Quebec and Nova Scotia, including the Angus MacDonald Bridge in Halifax, the Burlington Skyway, the mines of Elliot Lake and the Bruce Generating Station. He was frequently appointed union steward on many of the jobs.

At the e-board meeting, Gallagher said he learned from Kennedy what it takes to be a good leader and business manager.

He also noted that Kennedy oversaw the introduction of Local 793’s pension and life and health benefits plans and it was through his persistent efforts that the long-sought-after compulsory indentured apprenticeship for the trade of hoisting engineer became reality.

“What we have as far as our pension was started by Joe,” said Gallagher. “Before Joe Kennedy there was no mandatory training for the hoisting trade and it was because of him that came about.”

Building Trades Holding Contest

Canada’s Building Trades Unions (CBTU) is seeking an original union song or poem that celebrates Canadian tradesmen and women.

The creator of the selected submission will receive $5,000 and will be invited to present the song or poem in Ottawa at the unveiling ceremony of the Canadian Building Trades Monument on May 17, 2017.

All members of affiliated unions are invited to submit entries.

The deadline is April 25, 2017.

All submitted songs and poems must:

  • Celebrate the experiences and contributions of members of the Canadian building trades
  • Be no longer than 5 minutes
  • Be suitable for live performance by a small ensemble or a solo artist
  • Be an original composition
  • Include the title of the monument: “Standing Together”/“Solidaires”
  • Be in either official language or bilingual/multilingual
  • Be inclusive

Those participating in the contest must be:

For more info, or to submit online, please click here.


Local 793/183 Agreement Subject of Article

The following article regarding the Mutual Co-operation Agreement between Local 793 and Local 183 was posted in Daily Commercial News.

LIUNA, IUOE locals reach deal on jurisdictional disputes

Two heavyweight construction unions have agreed to set aside years of differences, reaching an agreement to co-operate on a range of issues including establishing a mechanism to avoid jurisdictional disputes.

Local 793 of the International Union of Operating Engineers (IUOE) and Labourers’ International Union of North America Local 183 (LIUNA) had negotiated since last fall until an understanding was reached. Their 2017 Mutual Co-operation Agreement was signed in Toronto on Jan. 27 by Local 793 business manager Mike Gallagher and Local 183 business manager Jack Oliveira.

“Over the past few years we have been fighting each other rather than working collaboratively,” said Oliveira in a statement announcing the deal. “I am happy we were able to put that behind us, and that we are moving forward to level the playing field. This level of co-operation will be good for our members and for members of Local 793.”

Elements of the pact include a framework for resolving outstanding jurisdictional disputes and avoiding future ones, commitments to work together in organizing and collective agreement enforcement and an agreement on strategies for greater co-operation in utilities work as well as the sewer and watermain, roads and heavy engineering sectors in the Greater Toronto Area, parts of south central Ontario and parts of eastern Ontario.

Click here for rest of story

Season’s Greetings from Business Manager Gallagher

On behalf of the officers and staff of IUOE Local 793, I would like to wish all union members and their families a joyous holiday season.

Christmas is a time for relaxing with family and friends, remembering the past and hoping for the future.

I encourage all members to take some time during the Yuletide season to spend time with their loved ones.

Personally, I would like to thank all members for the support you have given the officers and I in 2016. We had a very good year. We achieved industry-leading collective bargaining settlements, our pension plan is healthy and our finances are in good shape.

We are looking forward to a prosperous 2017.

I hope that this holiday season brings you and your families plenty of joy and good times.

Wishing you and your family a wonderful Christmas and a Happy New Year!


Fraternally Yours,




Mike Gallagher
Business Manager
IUOE Local 793